Twenty apps for your new tablet

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.

Entertainment

BBC iPlayer

Watch TV shows from the Beeb, or download them offline.

Spotify

Stream a big catalogue of music, create and share playlists, and get personal radio stations.

Kindle

Amazon's reading app synchronises your e-books across all devices.

Feedly

One of the most accessible news-reader apps to keep track of stories on your favourite sites.

Netflix

Like Spotify but for TV shows and films, with a single monthly subscription to watch what you like.

Games

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

Like digital Lego, this creative crafting game has been a hit with kids and adults alike.

The Room

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.

Kids

Toca Hair Salon 2

Playful digital toy that turns kids into hairdressers.

Endless Alphabet

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.

Social/tools

Facebook

Slick tablet-friendly version.

Twitter

Tablet users have become a sparky back-channel to TV shows and sports events.

Flipboard

Turn your social networks and news sites into a flippable digital magazine.

Wunderlist

Practical app that helps you manage your to-do lists from your tablet.

Quip

Useful tool for word processing, designed for collaboration with work colleagues at its heart. – guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media 2013 

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