Aweditorium £Free iPad
Stroke and swipe through tons of album covers, interviews, gig snaps and HD videos of new artists – think of it as thumbing through record covers in packed boxes, but redesigned into a sexy tablet UI. Aweditorium beats trawling through online 2012 recommendations lists any day.
OnLive £Free Android, coming soon to iPad
Did you ask Santa for on-the-go access to console quality games this year? Well if you got an OnLive sub in your stocking, download the free app for your Android tab and treat yourself to the OnLive Universal Wireless Controller while you're at it.
GTA III £1.99/£2.99 until Dec 29th iPad, Android
It was a close call between GTA III and Infinity Blade II for the essential game to show off your tablet's talents this Christmas, but Rockstar just pipped ChAIR to the post with this 10th Anniversary Edition of Grand Theft Auto. Read our review here.
X is for X-ray £5.49 iPad
One of those completely unnecessary apps that we still think we can't live without, X is for X-ray lets you swipe to see what makes up everyday objects, like toasters and motorbikes. Also in the series are The Elements and Solar System for iPad so grab your nearest niece or nephew as an excuse stat.
BBC iPlayer £Free iPad, Android
Hook your iPad or Android tablet up to your Wi-Fi and watch all that top-quality Christmas TV from Auntie without leaving the confines of your duvet, using the free BBC iPlayer app. There have been a few moans that there's no HD yet – some people are never happy – but we're sure the stacks of catch-up content will distract you.
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