13 Replies Latest reply: Jul 24, 2012 2:26 AM by computer.savvy
kwitel Level 1 (0 points)

Other than an Ipod, ive never owned anything APPLE before.


Im a PC guy who has finally caved on buying an IPAD cuz my laptop is just too darn heavy.


So right now its charging...what are the first apps I should be getting?


Any other tips/tricks/advice for a noobie is greatly appreciated!

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  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    That depends, for what? Gaming? Productivity? Utilities? Entertainment?


    Many PC users use Office. You might look at Keynote, Numbers and Pages by Apple, which are similar to Microsoft Office. And cheaper, too: $9.99 each.

  • Demo Level 10 (88,801 points)

    Download and install Find My iPhone first!!!! That is a must. You will be able to locate the iPad if you misplace it or you can remote lock or wipe it if it gets stolen. Get an icloud account as well.


    The rest is all subjective based on your needs and likes.

  • kwitel Level 1 (0 points)

    Stevesjobsfan-id say a little bit of everything.

    I am going to try and figure out now how to set up Exchange; does the Ipad come with an email program that I can link exchange to?



    Demo-I hear Dropbox and some other cloud based services are better than iCloud?

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    Your can go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account to set up Exchange.


    I use Dropbox and iCloud and feel iCloud is better. Plus Find my iPad is a feature of iCloud. Enabling Find my iPad is a MUST as Demo said, and can be done under Settings > iCloud > Find my iPad ON.

  • Kilgore-Trout Level 7 (30,667 points)

    Dropbox is quite useful. Also, iBooks and the Podcast app should be installed. You may want to find a weather app, and peruse some of the news apps, both site specific and some of the aggregators such as Flip Board, Pulse, and Zite.


    And of course, Angy Birds.

  • stevejobsfan0123 Level 8 (40,262 points)

    And of course, Angy Birds.

    Agree, and Cut the Rope is good also.


    Doodle Jump for iPad is fun for all ages.

  • Demo Level 10 (88,801 points)

    kwitel wrote:


    Demo-I hear Dropbox and some other cloud based services are better than iCloud?

    Like stevejobsfan0123 - I use both DropBox and iCloud. I use the free accounts in both instances and they both have their pros and cons. Since I am using the free accounts of both - I can't complain! .


    Once again, it depends on what you want to do. Get the free accounts for bot and see what you think works best for you.


    If you want a really good web browser - download iCab Mobile .... and leave Safari buried on the last home screen on your iPad.


    iCab Mobile is far superior to Safari in every way - IMO. It is not free, but it is one of the best $2.00 apps that I have downloaded.


    The Weather Channel App is nice. I like HBO GO, ABC Player, CNN, USA Today and Watch ESPN, ESPN Score Center XL, NFL 2012 for TV, news and sports. HBO and ESPN require subscriptions to a cable provider but they are really great apps.


    PhotoPad for iPad is a free photo editing app and it suits my simple needs very well. Kindle is great if you have an Amazon.com account.


    There are so many really cool apps.... I even have the Sam's Club app. You just have to decide what you want to do on and with your iPad and start taking the plunge!!!

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 (46,565 points)

    You can download a complete iPad User Guide here: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/ipad_user_guide.pdf

    Also, Good Instructions http://www.tcgeeks.com/how-to-use-ipad-2/


    Apple - iPad - Guided Tours


    Watch the videos see all the amazing iPad apps in action. Learn how to use FaceTime, Mail, Safari, Videos, Maps, iBooks, App Store, and more.


    How to - Articles & User Guides & Tutorials



    iPad How-Tos  http://ipod.about.com/lr/ipad_how-tos/903396/1/


    You can download this guide to your iPad.

    iPad User Guide for iOS 5



    Re: Apps - do aGoogle search using best ipad apps and best free ipad apps.


    Get some of the free Angry Birds apps.


    Other apps - BatteryDoctor HD, AppsfireDeals, Dragon Dictation, System Lite, several FaceBook apps, Free Apps, App Tracker, AppChecker


     Cheers, Tom

  • kwitel Level 1 (0 points)

    This thing is amazing-I cant believe it took me this long to buy one.


    Why cant I "search" in newstand? Dissapointing that I cannot find an app for Details magazine...


    TEXAS-thanks very much for those links!

  • kwitel Level 1 (0 points)

    One other thing...how do i open an attachement in an email?

  • Menneisyys Level 4 (1,300 points)

    Tap and hold its icon and select Open In in the menu that comes up.

  • computer.savvy Level 1 (40 points)

    CONGRATULATIONS on getting an iPad.

    If you do  a lot of document writing Pages is a must.

    for games, ?angry birds, but the rope.

    Check the top .app charts.

    My favorite RPG which is FREE is called Inotia 4.

    It's great

    Welcome to the iPad loop.

  • computer.savvy Level 1 (40 points)

    hi, you also need need need to get this app snce you're a noob

    no offense

    It's called SCOtutor,

    It's a great app that has videos for iPad basics.

    Oh wait, I just checked the app store and it's not there.

    Anyway I'm glad I still have it on mine.

    Anyway there are several excellent user guides

    If you can, you should pick up IPad for Dummies

    Make sure you get the newest edition.

    ?this book will have you mastering your iPad in no time

    And it has a section in the back devoted just for recommended apps.

    I just got mine from the library.

    Anyway enjoy your iPad.