I love my iPad 2, it’s certainly found its place in my life. There is, however, one key feature of the iPad 2 that doesn’t really fit. I don’t believe that the cameras, as they currently stand, are really on a par with the rest of the device.

Apple has often been derided for its seeming inability to put effective cameras in its devices. For a company that so often gets things right, was putting cameras in the iPad 2 a mistake?

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Earlier this year Twitter got into some heated debate over their changing policy on third-party developers. Their clampdown on the Twitter API and the strong suggestion that developers should move away from replicating the experience of the official Twitter apps, was met with some frustration.

Trickle, however, is exactly the kind of app that Twitter is happy for third-party developers to push on with. A new take on the Twitter experience. Something that doesn’t compete with, or try to replace, fully featured Twitter clients, but merely complements them.

Read on to see if Trickle could transform the way you experience social media.

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There are two types of “RPGs”: rocket-propelled grenades, and role-playing games. As I’m not in a great position to write about the explosive weapon, I’ll focus on the latter. The RPG genre has a lot to offer in the realm of iOS, and is in a great position to exploit the visual capabilities of the iPad. Read on for a roundup that features 15 stunning iOS-exclusive RPGs!

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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!

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in June. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, iPad, Web, or Android apps, there’s bound to be something you didn’t spot over the course of the month. Now would be a good time to explore a part of the AppStorm Network you’ve never seen before!

Thanks for reading AppStorm, and I hope you enjoy looking over some of our favourite posts from last month!

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While I have no qualms in paying for apps, it’s vital to support the developers who work hard to make great software, it’s always good to get something brilliant for nothing. In that very spirit I have complied a list of some of the best free apps available for the iPad. If a family member or friend gets a new iPad, all you need do is direct them here…

Without further adieu.

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Ok, let’s be honest, right up front. While we all love our families, and can agree that children are truly wonderful gifts, no one wants to go on an extended road trip with a backseat full of little ones. If they’re especially young — let’s say newborn to 3 or 4 years old — the suggestions that follow may not work for you. I know I’d hesitate to hand over my $500 device to someone under 4 years old.

But for anyone older than that — how about we say the 5 and up crowd — the iPad could truly be a tired parent’s dream-come-true. There is an absolute wealth of kid-focused apps for the iPad. From honest games that’ll kill time and keep them occupied, to more educationally stimulating offerings, the App Store has you covered. Let’s dive in, and I’ll show you some of the best of the best.

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Winners Announced

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

Joshua Sigstad
Matt Apperson
Barry Wallace

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

It’s great to be able to do giveaways, particular when they’re for apps that we’ve reviewed recently and love. Just over a week ago we reviewed Daedalus Touch an I’m excited to say that we have three promo codes up for grabs.

Daedalus Touch describes itself as the first truly next-gen text editor on the iPad. It has no file lists, no folders, no documents in the classic sense – just paper stacks and an infinite amount of sheets. Zach LeBar commented on how Daedalus Touch is:

An awesome text editor, beautifully crafted for the future.

Find out how to enter below, maybe give the review another read in the meantime.

How To Enter

Entering the competition is really simple – all you need to do is leave a comment on the post. That’s it! Let us know why you’d like to win, tell us a funny story, or describe the feature you’re most excited about using!

When the iPad launched, I openly mocked it as a large iPod touch and touted that Apple has gone creatively bankrupt. Strong words, but based on what I saw with the iPad 1, I stood by my declaration for about a year. Then the iPad 2 launched. It was a move in the right direction, but still didn’t look mind blowing.

Then I read about the Motorola Xoom and how awful the tablet is when compared to the iPad. Reviews like those highlighted the strengths of the iPad, but that didn’t convince me to buy one, until the launch of iPad.AppStorm. Interested in knowing how I became a believer? Do read on.

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When people I know first get their hands on an iPad, or an iPhone for that matter, the first thing they ask me is: “What good free apps should I download?”

I happily suggest a few, and then venture a number of powerful apps that cost a couple of dollars. I’m regularly met with some kind of shock, as if it would be outlandish to spend even a dollar on an app!

I can’t help but feel a little disappointed by this sentiment. While there are undoubtedly a huge number of great free apps out there, the fact that someone who has just spent $500+ dollars on a new piece of technology somehow can’t see the value in paying even a few extra dollars for quality software is beyond me.

I am perfectly happy to spend a little money on something that will greatly increase my productivity or significantly improve the functionality of my iPad – I’m even coming round to the value of quality games!

This review is for people who value quality applications, even if they happen to come at a price. djay is a beautiful example of professional quality software that appeals to music lovers of any persuasion. Read on to discover the great musical power you can have at your fingertips!

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