Looks like there is still a huge number of people who are buying iPads for the first time, so this thread aims to let you know what you need on it right off the bat. Since iWorks went free for new purchases a while back, may as well start off with that. Pages is a word-processor that is file-compatible with MS Word, Numbers is a spreadsheet with compatibility with Excel and Keynote replaces Powerpoint. Next up, you should grab iBooks. It will read .epub and .pdf files, and is your portal to ebooks in the iTunes Store. You can also download free books from a variety of sources including the Gutenberg Project and read them with iBooks. Remote enables you to control AppleTV and iTunes on your PC/Mac using your iPad. Last, have a look at iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand. All of the above were written by Apple for iDevices, and cannot fail to enhance your experience with your new device. Over to the forum. What do you consider to be essential additions to a new iPad?