In Pictures: 15 Best iPad Apps for Newbies (2012)

Got a shiny, new iPad or iPad Mini? The first thing you'll notice is that the tablet itself isn't all that exciting. It's the apps that make the iPad special. Here are 15 must-have apps.

TiVo Premier, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu

Not only can the iPad help you pick a movie to rent, it also does an amazing job of playing movies and television shows. You can rent and buy movies straight from iTunes on the Videos app. If you have an at-home television service, such as TiVo Premier, HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu, and others, you can get an app that gives the iPad access to it. HBO's Game of Thrones looks a lot better on a big screen high-def television than on the 9.7-inch iPad, but the fact that I can catch the latest episode anywhere with my iPad and a data connection makes all the difference.

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