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I’m not ashamed to say that I love apps. In particular, I love searching for new and exciting apps and giving them a try – weighing up whether they deserve a spot on my beloved home screen.

Even so, I probably only actively search for new apps three or four times a week – in a moment of downtime my finger hovers over the App Store, what new gem might I find? I look at the most popular apps of the moment, maybe browse a category I fancy by popularity, take a look at the staff picks and hot new apps.

If I’m really in the mood for some digging, I might even browse a category by the most recent apps – a search which requires patience and consistently good judgement to find any items of worth.

What I’m really intrigued to find out is how often you search for apps? Do you tend to just follow up recommendations, or do you look for new and exciting releases every day?

Are you a casual browser on the odd occasion you’re lured to the App Store by the updates badge, or do you search with purpose, finely tuning your genius recommendations?

I have to be honest here, when surfing on the iPad I’ve never really given any other browser a chance. Safari is perfect for everything I need, I can’t think of the last time it frustrated me.

That Safari synchronises with my bookmarks is merely a bonus that helps it keep its lead.

I am, however, fascinated to know what other browsers people do use on their iPads. There must be reasons that make you want to switch, be it the ability to view Flash or simply the superior functionality, and I’d love to know them! What browser do you use, and why is that your current choice?

Do you use Skyfire because you can’t live without Flash? Or use a different browser in order to go full screen?

What percentage of iPad users stick with Safari as their primary browser? I’m betting it’s pretty high…

Lets get an idea of the top browsers among the illustrious readers of iPad.AppStorm, get involved with the poll just over there. It’d be great to know why you use what you use, especially if you select a browser other than Safari!

When it comes to specification, it can be hard to deal with not having the absolute best. If you’re not careful you’ll end up feeling genuinely sad that your car doesn’t have the heated leather seats or the racing pedals…

I guess this is somewhat the case with iPads. You head into the Apple store and beckon an assistant/expert/champion to help you with your purchase, they ask “which one would you like?”

If you’re brash enough to simply answer “the best one”, you could end up paying a little more than you were anticipating. A 64 GB flash hard drive and 3G connectivity doesn’t come cheap!

Most of us are considerably more discerning than that, weighing up the benefits of more space and roaming ability against the cost.

What did you decide to go for? Are you happy with your choice, or do you wish you had some extra space? Feel free to comment below!

I decided to go black, and I don’t think I regret it, although sometimes I see someone with a white one and muse over its added wow factor.

This week’s quiz is unnervingly simple, do you have a white, or a black, iPad?

It’s certainly nice to have choice, and I’m sure there must be some figures somewhere that give an indication of the popularity of the white models – but, in the heat of the purchase what do AppStorm readers buy?

I’m also fascinated to find out the decisions behind your purchase, what made you choose a black over a white? I, personally, like the look of the black edge and find that it’s less distracting than the white bevel.

I do, however, like the statement you can make with a white iPad – “yes, yes I have one of these…”

Feel free to comment below with the reason for your colour selection, it’d be great to know! My heartfelt apologies to iPad 1 owners who didn’t get a say in the matter, perhaps tell us what colour you’ll go with next time.

Unfortunately, this week it’s inevitable that some people will be excluded by the poll. This is because I’d like to ask a direct question about using the cameras on the iPad 2.

They were big news in the original launch announcement and continue to feature prominently on the iPad 2’s feature rundowns, but do people actually get any use out of them?

When I do take pictures with my iPad it’s an odd and slightly uncomfortable experience, holding it steady is often a clumsy affair – as a result I find that the cameras rarely get an airing.

Do you use either of the cameras on the iPad, which one gets the most use? I’m not saying they’re not useful, if you use FaceTime then they’re downright vital, but are the cameras something we like the idea of more than the reality?

I’d love to hear your comments on the matter. If you do use one or both of the cameras regularly, it’d be interesting to know what you are using them for? Feel free to comment below and get some discussion going over the purpose and practicalities of having cameras on tablets.

One fascinating trend that’s becoming more and more evident every step we move towards true cloud computing, is the gradual death of the save button. It’s pretty rare on an iPad to find a save button lurking in the corner of an interface, it’s simply not needed.

Games remember where you are, your notes are saved and synched the moment you’ve written them, are we moving towards an illustrious save-free future? Is this the end of the traditional floppy disk save icon?

It’s a simple poll this week, what do you think about the future of the save button?

Is the death bell tolling for this stalwart of the PC era?

As devices become more and more capable of continuously saving and backing up, the way we save is changing forever. Will this change move from iOS devices across the whole spectrum of computing? As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below!

Here at AppStorm we have a varied array of article types, this is in the hope that we can give you something interesting and diverse to read every week! Everyone has a slightly different taste, some prefer longer, more in-depth reviews, while others prefer snappy opinion pieces that get you thinking.

I’d love to know what type of post is your absolute favourite to read? iPad.AppStorm has been live for around three months and we have already gathered an awesome readership, here is your chance to help shape the growth of the site.

Before I finish it’s worth noting that I have purposefully left off two key posts; Polls and Competitions. This is mainly because I want to focus on the meat of the site, the true substance. Polls are great, a beautiful way to interact, but don’t really take much effort to read – and regarding competitions, who doesn’t like to win things?

Get involved here and tell me what your favourite article to read is and, if you’d like to, why?

Any comments or ideas are totally welcome, we’re all friends here – if you’d really like to see more of something, simply leave a note. Personally, I’m fascinated to see the outcome of this one!

Perhaps it’s a little early to be asking this question but it is, technically, summer now! One of our writers, Zach, has been doing a fantastically useful series on travelling with your iPad and it’s made me curious to see how many of you will take your iPad with you!

I can see a few different sides to this argument, it may be the perfect travelling companion but taking it means worrying that it’ll get stolen or otherwise incapacitated.

Perhaps your family, or friends, would become frustrated by the lack of attention they would get in the presence of the iPad? Would taking it mean feeling like you’re still at work? Maybe it’s best to leave it at home…

What about travelling? The iPad is a beautiful device for distraction on long journeys, some airlines are even rolling them out for premium passengers!

What will you be doing when the time comes, packing the charger and heading off boldly, or leaving it safely at home? Whatever you do, make sure you tell your iPad not to push email from the server – leave the work behind!

The sheer volume of new features announced for iOS 5 cements it as one of the biggest software upgrades ever released. iOS 5 has 200 new features, only 10 of which did Apple go into depth with on Monday. We have lots more to be excited about.

I’m fascinated to know which of the major new features you’re most excited about for the iPad? Zach shared his thoughts on Thursday and came to the conclusion that he is most looking forward to the potential of Newsstand, but what about you?

Are you on the edge of your seat for multitouch gestures? You just can’t wait to wow your friends with five-finger swipes!

What about iMessage? Surely that takes the iPad to a whole new level, keeping you in constant communication with all of your friends and contacts (the good ones anyway).

I’m genuinely excited about the ability to wirelessly sync my iPad and iPhone with my Mac, that’s one less cable I need lying around!

Simply check through the list and pick the feature that you think will transform the experience of using your iPad the most! If you find that your favourite feature update isn’t on the list then be sure to leave a comment and explain why you feel it will make a huge difference.

We’ll have to take this poll again once we’ve all had a chance to get our hands on iOS 5!

This week on iPad.AppStorm we’ve had a couple of articles that have focussed on magazines and the iPad. First there was the in-depth opinion piece by Kevin Whipps on how to fix the problems with current iPad magazines, and then we had a review of The New Yorker by Zach LeBar.

It got me to thinking about whether the iPad will ever completely trump print as the primary medium for magazine-style consumption? Will the interactive experience of the iPad make it unavoidably attractive for publishers in the future?

We are really only seeing the first wave of magazines truly optimised for the intuitive experience of the iPad, is this going to be a powerful trend?

I’m fascinated to hear what you think about the future of magazines in relation to the iPad! Obviously this is all speculation, but if you had to hazard an opinion what would it be?

Do feel free to expand on your answer by leaving a comment, I’m interested to know what you think about the future of magazines on the iPad. Have you found any particularly stunning ones?

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