You own an iPad. You're looking for some apps. Why not download the best?

We've played with a lot of iPad apps and used our fair share of utlilities over the years, and now we're giving you some app advice. Here's our editors' pick of the top iPad apps available in the App Store. Nine of them, in fact, and they're ones you should download straightaway.

They're all totally free, too (excluding optional in-app purchases or subscription plans for some).

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Netflix: The Netflix app gives you access to your streaming Netflix account, so you can watch TV shows and films anytime and from anywhere. Just log in with your Netflix credentials to start watching right from your iPad. A Netflix subscription starts at $8.99.

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YouTube: The official YouTube app lets you catch up on favorite channels and watch the latest viral videos while on the go. You can also cast videos from your phone, manage playlists, and launch a YouTube Mix to hear an infinite number of songs with unlimited skip.

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Evernote: Evernote is a rich note-taking app that automatically syncs across all of your devices and allows you to capture, browse, search, and edit notes anywhere. Also, Evernote premium users ($5 a month) can get access to additional features such as the ability to annotate PDFs.

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Microsoft Word: The ultimate word processor is now available on iPad. It lets you edit or create documents and format images, tables, charts, SmartArt, footnotes, equations, and more. But an Office 365 subscription is required, which starts at $6.99 a month.

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Google Drive: For those of you who want something different from iCloud, try Google Drive from Google. It lets you view, share, and organise, your files, as well as make them available to view offline. You can also upload and store new files directly from your iPad.

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Facebook Messenger: Three years after Facebook acquired Beluga and turned it into Messenger, it launched a version specially designed for iPad. It features group chats, conversation stickers, access to your camera roll, the ability to record messages, and free calls over Wi-Fi.

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Replay Video Editor: Replay says it's a video editor for Instagram, but it's just a great video editor in general. You can add media from your camera roll or iCloud, pick a style, add text, choose music, save to your iPad publish to Instagram. You can even change pace and include overlays.

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Kindle: Kindle gives you access to a huge library of ebooks, magazines, and other content. You can adjust text size, look up words, create a book or document collection, and more. It also serves up info from Wikipedia via the X-Ray feature and supports Amazon's Whispersync technology.

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Paper: Paper is for the artist in all of us. It works best with the Pencil stylus (starts at $39.99), letting you draw from every angle. You can Uue the point for fine details and the angled edge for broad strokes, and Paper will recognise everything you write, sketch, draw, colour, and draft.