The first five apps you should download to your new tablet

Proud owner of a shiny new tablet? Chances are you’re already slightly overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps available to download. Before you get adventurous, make sure you’ve got the bases covered with the O2 Gurus’ five essentials:

Essential for video calling: Skype

skypeWith their large, portable screens and built-in, forward-facing cameras, tablets are ideal for video-calling, and Skype lets you chat face-to-face with friends using either their tablet, computer or compatible smartphone, as well as share text, photos and videos on the go.

Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows

Essential for reading: Kindle

kindleThe free Kindle tablet app lets you read, bookmark, and annotate a selection of millions of books to your heart’s content. There’s even a vast library of free books if you’re strapped for cash. Your progress is all logged online, so you can pick up where you left off on your tablet, phone or even a dedicated Kindle.

Price: Free
Platform: iOS, Android, Windows 8, Samsung

Essential for being productive: Office 365

officeWith big bright screens and a small footprint, tablets are a natural alternative to the traditional laptop. If you’re looking to get some work done, Office 365 is a winner. It puts all your favourite Office tools like Word and Excel onto your tablet and syncs documents to the internet while you’re working on them so you can switch devices with ease.

Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows
Price: £7.99/month

Essential for gamers: Monument Valley

monumentWe’ve already speculated that smartphones will one day replace the games console, so it follows that the bigger, more powerful tablet have a similar effect. Experience the brilliance of tablet gaming for yourself with Monument Valley, a compelling world of apparently impossible landscapes that you can explore in stunning graphical clarity.

Platform: iOS, Android
Price: £2.49

Essential for watching things on the go: Netflix

netflixNetflix offers a vast selection of TV boxsets and Hollywood blockbusters to stream directly to your tablet. It has a clean and straightforward interface and fast loading times, plus ever-increasing picture quality. Netflix even creates its own TV shows, like the much-loved Arrested Development and the critically acclaimed Orange Is The New Black.

Price: £6.99/month
Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows

What are the tablet apps that you couldn’t do without? Let us know in the comments below or by replying to us on Twitter @O2 with #O2Guru.

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