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The iPad is good for reading ebooks, and the Retina Display on the new iPad turns onscreen text into crisp pages that are great to read. Apple has iBooks for those locked into that ecosystem, but the Kindle ebook selection on Amazon is as big as anybody's.
The Kindle app makes it easy to keep track of even large libraries, and finding just the right book to read. Apple doesn't allow the Kindle app to access the Kindle bookstore directly, but it's easy to buy books using the iPad browser and have it pushed to the Kindle app. The next time you open the iPad Kindle app your purchases are sitting there waiting for you.
When you think of games you can't miss Angry Birds, and the latest version is the best of the series by far. The birds move to space in Angry Birds Space, and the addition of multiple gravity wells make it the toughest version to date.
The gameplay requires careful thought, more so than past versions, and the game makes passing time on the iPad a real joy.
$2.99, with additional levels available through in-app purchase for $0.99.
When you think of video calls on the iPad, the first thing that comes to mind is Facetime. That's a good app, but Skype is the standard by which video calls are measured. Skype on the iPad is a great way to communicate with coworkers and family members, and I use it daily.
The quality of the video and audio are outstanding using Skype on the iPad, and it has become my preferred method to use Skype.
Note the image above is deliberately blurred due to lack of permission to show the caller.