Apple created a new product category when it launched the first iPod in 2001. In 2010, nine years later, the iPod still held over 70% of the mp3 player market share. In 2007, Steve Jobs unveiled the awe-inspiring iPhone. While the iPhone wasn’t a new product category, it was a reinvention of the smartphone and competitors were found scrambling to keep up. Last year came the iPad, where Apple again established themselves as a major player, this time as the creators of the modern tablet market.

We’ve seen Apple set the bar with the iPod and iPhone, allowing them to control the market as competitors look for ways to quickly develop products that can compete and still be cost effective to produce (remember the Zune? Ouch.). So, as we see tablets come and go (like the highly touted, but disappointing HP Touchpad) the question must be asked is;

Will anyone catch up with the iPad and if so, how long will it take?

To determine the answer to that question let’s look at some of the best alternatives on the market right now.


Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition

Another World, also known as Out Of This World in the US, was a massively influential game originally developed for the Commodore Amiga which eventually found its way on to many other platforms like SNES, Megadrive, and even Mac.

Having been a huge fan of the original version on the Amiga 500 and not experiencing the game in at least a decade, I jumped at the chance to revisit this retro classic. Twenty years is practically ancient in the world of gaming, so how well does Another World hold up in the 21st Century? Let’s take a look…


Many of us use Facebook for talking to friends, reconnecting with family, and doing our best to avoid stalking our ex’s profile. Since the day the iPad was launched, Facebook users had three options: use the iPhone app in a horribly pixelated 2x view, visit the site with Safari, or download a third-party application. All were less than ideal, and many users have been clamoring for a native iPad app for some time.

It’s here, and we’ve got the full review below.


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few weeks, you’ll know that Apple released the fifth version of their iOS operating system for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad this week. This latest version is, arguably, their biggest update since version two which introduced native apps. So what does this mean for iPad users? Read on to find out the big new features along with five of my top tips for getting the most out of your iPad with iOS 5…


There are no two ways about it, the music industry has struggled to cope with the digital revolution. Record labels are still trying to come to terms with lacking CD sales and are only just coming to terms with technological progressions that have changed the way the world views and consumes music forever. However, there are some artists who have managed to overcome the rest of the industries inept attempts to keep up with the world around them. Welcome to centre stage, Björk.

Regardless of whether you like the music she produces, there’s no denying that Björk is one of the most innovative musicians of her generation. Previous projects have included creating albums based entirely on vocal material and collaborations with some of the worlds greatest songwriters and electronic producers, so it didn’t come as too much of a surprise when she announced that her latest offering, Biophilia, was to be created primarily using iPad apps.


Since the release of the iPad there has been a dearth of decent weather apps. Apple decided not to build one themselves, thus leaving the door wide open for someone to make a gorgeous and unmissable weather app – but this didn’t really happen…

Weather HD was an early addition to the App Store and has some great plus points; it looks great and makes full use of photography on the iPad. But there was a catch, it lacked the actual information that you want from a weather app, making it enjoyable but somewhat redundant. More recently Aelios has come along and made a strong statement with its interface, and given the weather category a shot in the arm, but it lacks simplicity in its execution and certainly isn’t everyone’s idea of perfection.

Fear not, there is a new kid on the block. Magical Weather is a simple, yet powerful, weather app that I believe exemplifies what looking up weather should be like on the iPad! Read on to find out more…


Perhaps it’s a little premature to ask this now, but I can’t hold back – I’m fascinated to know what your favourite feature of iOS 5 is?

It’s been available for just over three days, and gives iPad owners access to some incredible extra features – several of which are vying for the prestigious label of best new feature! Will it be iMessage, or will Newsstand prove an immensely beautiful experience on the iPad?

AppStorm readers are notoriously discerning when it comes to apps, will Reminders even get a look-in considering the wealth of incredible task apps available to every iPad owner? How does the location aware feature work in reality?

Is it something other than the big hitters that really floats your boat? Perhaps the addition of multitasking gestures on the iPad makes a huge difference for you…

Get involved with the poll and be sure to leave a comment and enter discussion, especially if you’ve chosen other on the list!

If you’ve read my game reviews before, you know that I put a lot of value in games that use fluid and intuitive touch controls rather than on-screen virtual controls. Today’s game is one of those games. Contre Jour from Chillingo (publisher of Cut The Rope and Angry Birds) is a physics based game that requires timing and precision.

While it’s about to be the first thing I address, I won’t be able to stress enough the artistic and creative brilliance that went into designing this game. Perhaps more than the gameplay, experiencing the visual and sonic splendor is, I would argue, the major selling point of Contre Jour.


Winners Announced

Thanks to everyone who took part in the giveaway this week, and special thanks to the kind people at Visible Market! I’m excited to let you know that the winners have now been chosen. Congratulations are in order to:


Well done to the lucky winners, and we’ll be in touch soon. Sorry to those who missed out, be sure to check back for more great competitions!

Old Competition Post

Last week on iPad.AppStorm we reviewed StockTouch, and I’m pleased to announce that we now have 10, yes 10, promo codes to give away!

StockTouch is a visualiser for the financial markets, its groundbreaking interface brings the power of data visualization and financial information together. You can seamlessly watch the market as it unfolds and quickly dive into data to uncover insights and trends on companies and sectors. Matt Reich explains how:

It is a very different way to explore the stock market, and I found the whole experience quite refreshing.


When the first iPad was announced in 2010, the reaction was a mix of excitement and criticism. The major complaints were the lack of any USB ports, a camera, the ability to multi-task, and the absence of support for Adobe Flash content.

In 2011, the iPad 2 added some of those features and an estimated 29 million iPads have been sold in the two years since the release of the original iPad – as Apple silenced the critics.

I decided it’s never too early to begin speculating about the future. Now that Apple has once again revolutionized a product line and put themselves firmly in first place, what can they do to improve with the iPad 3 and leave competitors struggling to keep up?


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