That's why I compiled this list of my favorite iOS and Android tablet apps. They'll get you and your gadget off to a roaring start in 2013.
Netflix (Free; iOS, Android) - Netflix is a great service if you love movies. You just pay a monthly subscription fee, and you can watch all the movies you want. It also includes the ability to stream movies over the Web.
This app lets you watch Netflix movies anywhere. It also allows you to manage your Netflix Instant queue.
HeyTell (Free; iOS, Android) - This fun app is a throwback to the days when you used walkie-talkies as a kid.
Instead of placing a traditional call, HeyTell allows you to record a quick voice message. It is sent over Wi-Fi or cellular data so you don't even need a tablet with a voice plan.
Evernote (Free; iOS Android) - When you need to step it up from your tablet's basic built-in note-taking app, look no further than Evernote.
What sets Evernote apart from similar apps is that it synchronizes your notes to your password-protected Evernote account. So, you can access the notes from any Web browser. You can take photo notes and voice notes in addition to basic text notes. You can even type long notes on your computer and access them from your tablet.
Skype (Free; iOS, Android) - You probably know that Skype is a great way to save money on voice calling. You can call PC to PC for free and even video chat.
Skype isn't just for computers, though. You can also use it on your gadgets. Make voice and video calls over Wi-Fi or cellular. Again, it's free to call other Skype users.
Google Earth (Free; iOS, Android) - Google Earth is one of my favorite programs. It lets you explore the world through satellite and ground-level photos. You can see historic landmarks or plan trips.