Without a doubt, the Apple iPad was the most coveted and gifted gadget this holiday season. With prices starting at $500, it isn't a casual purchase, but nonetheless it made the top of almost everyone's wish list. Even among children age 6 to 12, it was the number one gadget request, leaving the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PaperJamz guitars in the dust. So let's say you were lucky enough to snag an iPad, now what?
Not to worry. The staff at PCMag.com has been testing the iPad since before it went on sale. We have you covered with the best software to download, accessories to buy, and even show you how to use your iPad with your favorite wireless carrier. That's right, you aren't stuck with AT&T! And if there is anything we missed, let us know in the comment section and we will cover that next.
Apple iPad WiFi Review
You first step should be to get to know your iPad a little better, and the best way to do that is to read PCMag.com's full review of the device. The first thing you need to determine is whether you have the WiFi or WiFi + 3G version of the iPad. Understandably, the WiFi version only works with WiFi and prices start at $499. Prices for the WiFi plus 3G version start at $629 and will run you at least $15 a month in data after that for access to AT&T's 3G network. But you aren't necessarily limited to AT&T's network.
Use Your iPad With Verizon, Sprint, or Anyone Else
Apple's 3G iPad ships with AT&T's service and only AT&T's service, but that doesn't mean you can't use another carrier indirectly. If you have a MiFi wireless router or can turn your smartphone into a wireless HotSpot, you can connect to it just like any other WiFi device. That means you could use you Verizon or Sprint connection to get online. This story will help you find the fastest, cheapest connection on every carrier.
Apple iPad Keyboard Dock Review
The iPad, of course, doesn't have a physical keyboard. Fortunately, you can purchase a keyboard dock for it that makes typing up email and documents a breeze. It also functions as a pretty nice-looking stand. Check out our full review for more details.
10 iPad Apps Everyone Should Have
There are a LOT of apps in the Apple App Store, like 300,000 and counting. These are my picks for the 10 apps you should download first. If you didn't install any others app as long as you owned the device, which isn't likely, these 10 would get you by and make the device more than worth the money Santa paid for it.
Top 50 iPad Apps
Of course, you aren't going to stop at 10 apps. No one does. That is why we assembled the Top 50 apps in the App Store. Whether you are looking for Twitter clients or productivity apps, make this list your first stop. Plus, we've broken them the down by category to make things easier.
The 20 Best Apple iPad Games
The 10-inch, gorgeous touch screen makes the iPad a killer gaming platform. But which games are worth your cash? We've played the best games on the market, and now you can too. Angry Birds is great, but you can do even better.
The Nine Most Ingenious iPad Accessories
Granted, one man's "ingenious" is another women's "ridiculously stupid," but you have to give these vendors credit for trying. From an iPad stand that charges you device, to a case that lets you convert your iPad into an in-car entertainment system, these accessories make, perhaps we can settle on, "interesting" add-ons?
10 Ridiculous iPad Cases
Now that we have the useful and ingenious out of the way, we can move on to the ridiculous. Do you want an iPad case that feels like bacon? How about a $5K alligator skin case? We found the oddest of the odd for you viewing pleasure. Enjoy. (And no, it doesn't smell like bacon, it just looks like it.)