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    AppStart for iPad (2012 Edition)

    by AppAdvice.com

    At the risk of sounding a bit self-serving, this should be the very first app that all new iPad owners download! AppStart is the beginner's guide we have created for the iPad. Learn all about your exciting new iDevice. From basic orientation to a sampling of our AppLists and AppGuides, everyone with an iPad can benefit.

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    Pages

    by Apple

    Apple’s Pages is a well-crafted word processing app that is loaded with features that will help you be more productive on your new iPad. It features pre-designed templates, powerful tools and charts, and the ability to open and export files in a variety of formats. Files can also be shared via email or iWork.com, or simply transferred to your computer. Being more productive is what the iPad is all about, and Pages should help you do that. Keynote and Numbers round out this excellent suite of iWork apps for iPad.

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    Netflix

    by Netflix, Inc.

    Netflix is one of those apps that will make you purchase the service if you haven’t already, it’s just that awesome of an idea. Who wouldn’t want to be able to watch their favorite movies and television shows instantly on their iPad? You would be crazy not to. The app also features the ability to browse the vast Netflix catalogue and manage your queue. Did we mention that the app is free?

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    ABC Player

    by ABC Digital

    ABC Player is another free television show streaming app for you to download, because you can never have enough while on the go. The app features a smooth interface that allows you to find, schedule, and watch your favorite ABC shows right on your iPad over Wi-Fi. All shows are full-length, and if you leave and come back it will pick up right where you left off.

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    AIM for iPad

    by AOL Inc.

    Sporting a stunning simple yet efficient interface, AIM for iPad will not only allow you to keep in touch with your AIM buddies, but also allow you to manage all of your social network services such as Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and more all from the same app. The fact that the app is free is great, but what makes it outstanding is that it doesn’t even have ads.

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    Pandora Radio

    by Pandora Media, Inc.

    Another extremely popular app entirely reworked for the iPad, Pandora Radio gives you personalized radio while on the go via a user friendly iTunes-like interface. If you are an existing Pandora user, things couldn’t be easier. Just log in and go. The app is universal, so if you already have it in your iTunes library just make sure to update it to get the iPad-optimized interface.

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    iBooks

    by Apple

    iBooks allows you to download and read everything from best-sellers to classics right on your iPad. Since the iPad features a backlit display, unlike some of those other ebook readers, you will be able to read your books any time, day or night. The app features all kinds of nice touches for reading books, such as the ability to quickly change font size, bookmark your pages, look up words in the dictionary, and even search for specific passages. This is what you got your iPad for, right?

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    Flipboard

    by Flipboard Inc.

    Flipboard is a customizable magazine-style app for your iPad. You choose the feed, whether it's your favorite news source, Twitter, Facebook, or website. Flipboard turns all of this into attractive, easy-to-read articles. It's a free app that everyone with an iPad should definitely check out.

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    GarageBand

    by Apple®

    With the arrival of the iPad 2 came a new suite of incredible apps from Apple. GarageBand is the definitive app for musicians. Whether you're a pro or you just like to dabble, you'll definitely want to check out this app if you love music. It is both a collection of instruments and a music studio in one elegant app! Apple's other new offering for the iPad 2, iMovie, is a great app for film editing.

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    Fruit Ninja

    by Halfbrick Studios

    Well, we know you're going to want to download a few games on your iPad. We have lots of AppGuides and AppLists to help you decide which ones. Fruit Ninja is one of those games that are simply appealing to kids and adults, male and female, gamers and non-gamers. Who doesn't love to slice up squishy, juicy fruit? With GameCenter support, goodies to unlock, and silly sound effects, you can't lose with this one.