Found an iPad lurking beneath the tree? Perhaps this collection of our favourite apps will help you get started. (Credit: CBSi) Productivity Whether it's taking notes or sharing data, these apps will make your life easier Atomic Web Browser (AU$1.19): Web browser with tabs, multi-touch, bookmarking, video out and a whole lot more. Flipboard (FREE): Get all your feeds and social networking in one smoothly integrated and easy-to-read place. Pages (AU$12.99): Apple's word processing app redesigned especially for the iPad. Instapaper (AU$5.99): Save web pages for reading later offline. Dropbox (FREE): Sync and share your files quickly and easily across computers or online. (Credit: CBSi) Productivity (part 2) 1Password (AU$12.99): Store your important information in one secure location and log into websites with a single tap. GoodReader (AU$3.99): Read, mark up, highlight and sticky note large text and PDF files using a range of tools or freehand drawing. PDF Reader — iPad Edition (AU$1.19): File viewer for PDFs and Office files, and audio, video and images. Evernote (FREE): Like a PDA, Evernote helps you create text, image and audio notes wherever you go. iTeleport for iPad (AU$23.99): Remotely access your home computer desktop via VNC from anywhere in the world. (Credit: CBSi) Games Like the smartphone, the iPad has rapidly become an innovative and powerful gaming console in its own right. Angry Birds HD (AU$5.99): Rovio's amazingly fun bird-catapult physics game. Battle for Wesnoth HD (AU$5.99): One of the best fantasy strategy games the iPad has seen so far. Civilization Revolution (AU$15.99): Sid Meier's Civlization Revolution, on the iPad. Scrabble (AU$1.19): Use your iPad as a Scrabble board, and sync with your iPhones for a personal tile rack. (Credit: CBSi) Games (part 2) Age of Zombies (AU$1.19): Fun and frenzied action-comedy zombie dinosaur adventure. Now that's a sentence full of awesome. Real Racing HD (AU$12.99): iPad racing as good as it gets. Fruit Ninja HD (AU$1.19): Halfbrick Studios' strangely addicting ninja fruit-slicing app, EMBIGGENED. Infinity Blade (AU$7.99): An absolutely stunning and intuitive sword-and-sorcery game. (Credit: CBSi) Reading Whatever your flavour of reading, one of these apps will get you the book fix you need. Comics (FREE): Download and read comics from Marvel, DC, Image, Red5, Slave Labor and many more. Kindle (FREE): Access and buy books from the Amazon store, to read on your iPad. iBooks (FREE): Apple's bookstore and e-reader doesn't have a huge lot of stock yet, but it's adding more all the time. Stanza (FREE): Read books, comics and documents transferred from your PC. (Credit: CBSi) News and TV Get the latest delivered direct to your iPad. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (FREE): Keep up to date with the latest news and stories from the ABC. Newsrack (AU$5.99): A full-featured RSS reader with a clean and user-friendly interface. Sources — Australian News (AU$2.49): Get all your Aussie news in one place with this easy-to-use aggregator. The Guardian Eyewitness (FREE): The news of the world in gorgeous photos. ABC iView (FREE): ABC iView catch-up TV service in high definition — watch all your favourite programs free. (Credit: CBSi) Learning The iPad can be a pretty powerful learning tool — and the best apps are as fun as they are educational. Starmap HD (AU$22.99): Follow the movements of the night sky with this gorgeous and comprehensive astronomy companion. The Elements (AU$16.99): You ain't seen the periodic table until you've seen this beautifully animated interactive version. Wikpanion (FREE): Take Wikipedia everywhere you go, properly formatted for the iPad's screen. WolframAlpha (AU$1.19): Got a question? WolframAlpha has the answer! (Credit: CBSi) Learning (part 2) GoSkyWatch Planetarium (FREE): If you don't want to lay down cash for your sky-watching activities, GoSkyWatch is a fun and serviceable basic astronomy app. TED (FREE): TED presents talks from some of the world's most fascinating people: education radicals, tech geniuses, medical mavericks, business gurus and music legends. Ultimate Dinopedia (AU$7.99): Interactive dinosaur encyclopedia by the National Geographic. PCalc RPN Calculator (AU$12.99): A comprehensive scientific calculator that looks slick and is loaded with features. (Credit: CBSi) Art and photography The iPad's sharp display and responsive touchscreen make it a wonderfully tactile interface for visual artists. Brushes (AU$9.99): Colourful and intuitive painting app capable of some surprisingly beautiful and detailed works. Adobe Ideas (FREE): Adobe's digital sketchbook for the iPad using vector tools. Sketchbook Pro (AU$3.99): Professional level painting and drawing app including layers, blending and multitouch. FlickStackr (AU$2.49): Browse Flickr photos, upload your own and edit metadata in one sleek app. Photo fx Ultra (AU$5.99): Upload and edit your own photos with a range of nifty effects. (Credit: CBSi) Lifestyle Food, travel, weather, shopping, mates. Kayak HD (FREE): Find flights and hotels quickly and easily. Epicurious (FREE): Access Epicurious' entire recipe database and create shopping lists based on what you want to cook. OZ Weather HD (AU$2.49): Weather all over Australia sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology presented in a gorgeous and easy-to-read interface. eBay for iPad (FREE): eBay shopping, streamlined and optimised for the iPad experience. TweetDeck for iPad (FREE): Do all your twittering from one customisable location. (Credit: CBSi) Music From radio to drumkit, your iPad can be almost anything ... Beatwave (FREE): Create your own synth music using preloaded samples or samples of your own via a colourful kaleidoscope interface. Pianist Pro (AU$12.99): More a synth than a piano, but almost as good as the real thing either way. Drums! (AU$1.19): Get drummin' with a choice of four different kit layouts, three different kit sounds and an excellent interface. Soundhound (AU$5.99): Search for and find those unidentified earworms by singing or humming. TuneIn Radio (AU$1.19): Listen to and record over 40,000 radio stations in Australia.