Until iOS 5, a new, out-of-the-box iPad couldn’t do much. It needed to first establish a connection to iTunes and be set up there. Now, however, an iPad doesn’t require a computer at all—though one is definitely helpful to have. Apple’s step-by-step getting started process is easy to follow, but you’re prompted to make several decisions about how your data is synchronized and where it will live. (If you’ve already done this stage, skip ahead to “iPad Essentials.”)
1. Press and briefly hold the button at the top of the iPad until the Apple logo appears to power it on for the first time.
2. Slide the “Slide to set up” slider to get started.
3. On the Location Services screen, tap the Enable Location Services button. ...