If you were lucky enough to pre-order before the first batch ran out, or braved the queues at retailers around the country, you're now the proud owner of an officially-released-in-Australia iPad. Here's five things to do to make your new gadget more useful.
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5. Choose a suitable data plan
If you've opted for the 3G iPad model for greater portability, then you'll need to acquire a micro-SIM to get it connected when there's no free Wi-Fi in range. Hit up our table of iPad SIM plans above to see what your options are, whether you want to spend $9.95 or $80 a month. (Yes, it's hard to imagine you'll actually need to do the latter.)
4. Hunt down some free apps
Magazine and book publishers are hoping that iPad owners will celebrate their purchase by spending even more money on subscriptions, but there are plenty of free iPad-specific apps around if you're prepared to dig. To get you started, here's a direct iTunes store link for free iPad apps.
3. Make sure Wi-Fi actually works
Some new iPad owners have found that, far from getting a seamless Wi-Fi experience, they get no connectivity at all. The scenario doesn't seem particularly common, but if it does happen to you, hit the link above for some suggestions on how to fix it.
2. Install the Air Video and Dropbox Apps
The Lifehacker team has checked out a fair few iPad apps since the device launched in the US, but two in particular have stood out: Dropbox (making it much easier to access crucial files) and Air Video, for easy and effective streaming of video to your iPad.
1. Build a stand for it without spending a fortune
If you want to use the iPad as a media viewer (which is definitely one of the more rational use cases), then you'll need something to rest it on. As well as the above-linked roundup of bargain DIY stands, you can make one from Lego or a wire coat hanger. To mount it for vertical viewing, velcro is the easiest answer.
What are you actually planning to do with your new iPad? Tell us your best use cases in the comments.