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So, Christmas is nearly here, the trees are going up, and the presents have been bought – they have haven’t they?

I would imagine that more than a few people will be waking up to the delightful surprise of an iPad waiting under the tree! Unwrapping it is a joy in itself, the wrapping paper and ribbons being only the start – I’d bet on Apple having a whole team employed to design their packaging, making sure each and every device looks at its tantalising best on first opening…

But, what next? The standard apps are all good and well, but it disappoints me when people don’t delve a bit deeper. Here is a guide to the essential apps to download on Christmas morning, the good, the great, and the downright amazing!

This is one to bookmark for your loved ones, a place to send them once the grand unwrapping is complete!


Student life can be daunting; assessments, deadlines, classes, exams and maybe even a social life. It doesn’t have to be this difficult though. The iPad is naturally a great productivity tool and, loaded with the right apps, it can be your best weapon for surviving education.

Most of these apps cost less than a pint of your favourite beer and will increase your productivity leaps and bounds, saving you countless hours of otherwise wasted time. Start reading now and learn how to ensure you never miss a deadline again!


There’s no question that one of the biggest advantages that the iOS platform has over its competitors is a robust ecosystem of apps. No doubt this wide array was one of the things that attracted you to the iPad in the first place. But in a sea of over 60,000 choices, how do you know what apps to choose? How do you know which apps are worth your time – and more importantly your money – when you’ve only just bought your iPad?

Well that’s where we come in. Today we’re going to showcase the best apps in 6 different categories for those who are just getting started with their iPad.