There's a good chance you woke up with a new smartphone or tablet this Christmas morning, but as Microsoft can tell you, no one wants to use a device with no apps.
If you've got a new gadget, you need to load it up with the best apps, that way the device can actually improve your life and not just bust your loved ones' wallets. Last year, 328 million apps were downloaded on Christmas, and this year, the number is expected to be even higher.
So what apps should you download?
Every user has different needs so no one has the same apps, but the apps below are must-have for most users.
Angry Birds -- When it comes to mobile games, no franchise is more popular than Angry Birds. From the classic Angry Birds, to Angry Birds Star Wars and, more recently, Angry Birds Go (think Mario Kart), users can't go wrong with these feathered creatures. Available for iOS and Windows Phone for $0.99, free on Android.
Temple Run -- Another popular mobile game franchise is Temple Run, which this year released a sequel and now has a couple of spinoffs. In these never-ending games, users run for their lives trying to avoid killer monkeys, pitfalls and tree stumps. The point is to get the highest score possible. Available for free on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Cut the Rope -- Cut the Rope is another popular mobile game franchise that is available for most devices. Users who enjoy puzzles will enjoy this game, which challenges them to strategically -- as the title says -- cut ropes in order to feed candy to a little green creature. Available for $2.99 on iOS, free on Android and $0.99 on Windows Phone.
Waze -- Most smartphones come with a pre-installed navigation app, but these days, everyone should also have Waze. This Google-owned app uses real-time data from all of its users to find the fastest routes available, avoiding unexpected traffic, construction and car crashes that may cause drivers delays. Available for free on iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Yelp -- Finding new places to eat, bars to try or places to shop can always be tricky; that's why it helps to have Yelp handy. The app has more data about local shops than any other company, including store hours, full menus and useful user reviews. Available for free for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Spotify -- Haven't you heard? Paying for individual songs is so 2000s. Spotify users who pay $9.99 per month can stream the company's entire catalog from their phones whenever they want. Non-paying users can also use the Spotify app to stream songs from playlists and artists that they follow on shuffle mode with ads played after every few songs. Available for free for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Pandora -- When it comes to Internet radio, Pandora is still the top dog. Users simply tell the app the name of an artist, a song or a genre of music, and Pandora will create music stations that users can then perfect by liking and disliking songs. Available for free for iOS, Android and Windows Phone.
Netflix -- These days, there are numerous video subscription services available, but Netflix is still the leader, thanks in part to its original series "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black." The app is available for free for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, but a monthly $7.99 subscription is required.
Dropbox -- Dropbox is easily the most popular cloud-storage service, especially since users get 2 GB of free space just for signing up and can get more through simple tasks, such as connecting their account with other apps. Dropbox is also great for users who like backing up the photos they take with their smartphones, as users can enable the app to automatically save their device's pictures on their account. Available for free for iOS and Android.
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WhatsApp -- WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps on the planet as it essentially lets users send unlimited text and multimedia messages to their friends anywhere on the globe. The app is available for free for iOS, Android and Windows Phone for the first year and costs $0.99 per year after that.
Bank apps -- One of the best perks of having a mobile device is the simplicity of banking apps. Most major banks and many smaller ones have apps for smartphones and tablets, so make sure to download yours.