Well look at that. Someone truly loves you. Or they’re trying to buy your love. Either way, a shiny new iPad 2 is currently siting in your lap. I think you just won Christmas.
Getting In Sync
If you haven’t installed iTunes on your computer, now’s the time download it. Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of mince pies handy, we can wait.
Got it? Good. Now dig around in the iPad box and grab the 30-pin cable that came with your iPad and plug that slab of awesome into the nearest USB port.
Fortunately, iTunes does a lot of the work for you. Apps are already segmented between “universal” apps (that work equally well for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad) and apps that are designed specifically for a given device. Which means: go ahead and sync all of the universal apps you already own, then either track down the iPad equivalents (often called “
Your iPad also handily comes pre-loaded with iOS 5.0 and iCloud. Check out our iOS 5/iCloud set up guide. It’ll help you get all your contacts, email and calendar on your iPad. Even better — for those of you with Alexandrian music libraries — you can always pony up $US25 and iTunes Match your way to cloud storage galore. Use this step-by-step guide to get set up.
The Apps You Need Right Now
Now for the most important part. The apps. There are over 500,000 of these suckers in the App Store, and sorting the digital wheat from chaff can be a daunting task. Fortunately, we’ve done it for you! Check out our essential iPad apps here and download the ones that appeal to you.
Wrap It Up
The iPad is a tremendous technological achievement, but at the end of the day it’s a giant, expensive piece of glass. So get a case, please, before your fancy new toy because a fancy shattered platter. Thankfully, the world is overrun with iPad covers. Traditionalists might be drawn to the faux-book stylings of the Dodocase, while klutzes will be best served by the indestructible G-Form Extreme. Or Apple’s standard issue Smart Cover, which provides minimal protection but instant-on functionality.
Or if none of those tickle your fancy, there are plenty of cases we’ve covered in the past that you might enjoy slapping onto your new iPad 2.
Enhance your iPad with swanky accessories that will make your experience more iPaddy. That’s a thing right? iPaddy.
Apple Wireless Keyboard
3-in-1 iPad Camera Connection Kit
Twelve South iPad Compass Stand
You’ve got the basics down. Your iPad is full of apps, music and videos. You’ve wrapped it in a protective case and synced all your information to it. If you’re feeling like going the extra mile, check out our ever-userful 11 tips and tricks. Of course, you could just spend the rest of the day enjoying your iPad!