It's been at least a few months since I set up a new Android device, but the simple steps to get up and running are essentially the same--whether you're an Android veteran or a newbie. I've outlined <a href="http://mobileoffice.about.com/od/softwarewebapps/ss/How-To-Set-Up-Your-New-Android-Device-In-7-Steps.htm">the four basic steps to setting up and customizing your Android smartphone or tablet</a>, but in addition to the apps recommended there, you might be interested in a few other highly rated apps--highly rated according to Google, at least.
Gizmodo has <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5971391/these-are-googles-best-android-apps-of-the-year">a list of Google's best Android apps of 2012</a>, and in that 12-item list are a couple of apps I also recommend you install: <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote&feature=editorial-apps_promotion_3000068_best_apps#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLG51bGwsImNvbS5ldmVybm90ZSJd">Evernote</a>, for note-taking, and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ideashower.readitlater.pro&feature=editorial-apps_promotion_3000068_best_apps">Pocket</a>, for saving articles to read later. (<a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mint&feature=editorial-apps_promotion_3000068_best_apps">Mint</a> is also a pretty good personal finance app.)
Some of the apps on that list will just make you scratch your head: Ancestry? Grimm's Snow White storybook?
Anyway, there are <a href="http://mobileoffice.about.com/od/softwarewebapps/ss/How-To-Set-Up-Your-New-Android-Device-In-7-Steps_4.htm">many other apps you should download for Android</a> first (after <a href="http://mobileoffice.about.com/od/softwarewebapps/ss/How-To-Set-Up-Your-New-Android-Device-In-7-Steps_3.htm">setting up your Android security settings</a>).
And if you want to really trick out your device's wallpaper, widgets, and homescreen organization, check out <a href="http://mycolorscreen.com/">My Color Screen</a>, where you can see what other people are doing with their new Android tablets and smartphones and download or copy the setup for your own device.
Read more: <a href="http://mobileoffice.about.com/od/softwarewebapps/ss/How-To-Set-Up-Your-New-Android-Device-In-7-Steps.htm">How to Set Up Your New Android Device in 4 Steps</a>