So you got a new iPad or iPad Mini for Christmas.Now what?
Might we suggest loading it up with apps to make it even more indispensable?
From games to utilities, these are the most essential add-ons to get started with your new tablet.
One of the runaway favourites of the App Store in 2012, Letterpress is an asynchronous, turn-based word game to play with your friends. It's by Loren Brichter, the guy who made Tweetie, an early Twitter client which became the basis for the company's official mobile app.
One of the definitive destinations for streaming video on the Web. If you've got a streaming subscription, installing the app should be a no-brainer--and if you don't, the ease of viewing videos on a tablet is a reason to consider joining Netflix.
Price: Free for the app; $7.99/mo. for access to Netflix's streaming movie and TV-show library
Ditto for Hulu Plus--if you're a subscriber, get the app on your iPad posthaste.
Note that free watching on Hulu.com isn't an option on the iPad. Hulu requires a paid subscription for mobile viewing--and tablets are considered mobile, so you'll need to pay for some shows you can watch free on a laptop. 'We know, it's frustrating,' Hulu explains in its FAQ. It has to do with licensing deals. The subscription is good on all your devices, though.
Price: Free; $7.99/mo. for subscription.
Like the iPhone, the iPad now comes with Apple's own Maps app, which even Apple's CEO has admitted is disappointing. Go with the app that's done it right from the beginning and install Google Maps instead.