If you've unwrapped a brand new tablet and are looking for the best apps to start with, try these. All are available for both iPad and Android tablets.
Watch TV shows from the Beeb, or download them offline.
Stream a big catalogue of music, create and share playlists, and get personal radio stations.
Amazon's reading app synchronises your e-books across all devices.
One of the most accessible news-reader apps to keep track of stories on your favourite sites.
Like Spotify but for TV shows and films, with a single monthly subscription to watch what you like.
Minecraft - Pocket Edition
Like digital Lego, this creative crafting game has been a hit with kids and adults alike.
A beautiful puzzle game that sees you exploring 3D objects in a room and solving riddles.
Clash of Clans
Deep and fulfilling strategy game that sees you building and defending a village while raiding other players.
Real Racing 3
Console-quality racing game with the ability to race your Facebook friends even if they're offline.
Angry Birds Star Wars II
Angry Birds has been a big app craze, and its latest Star Wars title will delight fans of either brand.
Toca Hair Salon 2
Playful digital toy that turns kids into hairdressers.
Spelling made fun with the help of a band of mischievous monsters, and plenty of humour.
BBC CBeebies Playtime
Fun mini-games featuring characters from TV shows including Tree Fu Tom, Octonauts and Something Special.
The Snowman and the Snowdog Game
Channel 4's classic gets an 'endless runner' across the snowy UK landscape.
Mr Shingu's Paper Zoo
Origami-themed game where kids fold together a menagerie of digital animals, then keep them happy.
Slick tablet-friendly version.
Tablet users have become a sparky back-channel to TV shows and sports events.
Turn your social networks and news sites into a flippable digital magazine.
Practical app that helps you manage your to-do lists from your tablet.
Useful tool for word processing, designed for collaboration with work colleagues at its heart.
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