Our featured sponsor this week is MindNode, an easy and intuitive application for collecting, organizing and
outlining your thoughts and ideas as mind maps.

Mind maps can be used for many different tasks;

  • To-do lists
  • Brainstorming
  • Holiday planning
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Project management

MindNode is a great app for creating mind maps on the iPad, it’s intuitive and easy from the moment you open it. It has an automatically expanding work space and allows a wide array of customisation.

MindNode on the iPad.

MindNode is also available on the Mac and iPhone.

MindNode

This week’s poll is for those people who are lucky enough to own both a Laptop and an iPad. A recent survey by IDG had some fascinating things to report on iPad usage, particularly interesting are the statistics on how quickly the iPad is moving to partly, or completely, replace the laptop for many people.

54% of professionals said the iPad had ‘partly replaced’ their laptop, while 16% claimed the iPad had ‘completely replaced’ their laptop. I find that staggering.

That’s why today I’m interested in finding out how iPad.AppStorm readers feel about the place of the iPad in their lives; is the iPad replacing your laptop?

I’m going to mimic a very small element of the aforementioned survey in a bid to compare results – how many iPad.AppStorm readers, who are fully clued up when it comes to apps and using the iPad, feel that it has completely replaced their laptop?

Watching movies and video content on the iPad is a real pleasure and can be a great way to relax. The problem with it, however, comes when you sit back and make yourself comfortable, only to realize you forgot to sync your latest content across and have nothing new to watch. It may happen to you far too often or it may happen very little, but either way, with limited space on your device it will happen.

Granting access to all of the latest videos being shared by your friends, a constantly updating featured stream of their own, and your entire catalogue from your computer. Boxee is a great way to avoid finding yourself stuck with nothing new to watch. So let’s find out how to liberate you from those storage space restrictions with Boxee for iPad.

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Apple claims that the iPad boasts a 10-hour battery life. However, between the retina display, blazing 4G LTE speeds, and Infinity Blade, among other things, it can be hard to get the kind of battery life you’d really like!

Don’t worry! Increasing your battery life is easier than you might expect. Using the following tips, you will be able to max out your battery life in no time.

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Now with the retina display, gaming on the iPad is an amazing experience. Many developers have used the extra pixels to create some truly visually stunning games. A great example of one of these games is Paper Monsters. But does it live up to AppStorm expectations? Find out after the break.

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Many kids dream of becoming a fighter pilot when they are young: slicing through the clouds, perfectly executing barrel rolls and overtly defying death and gravity. When you’re just a kid, it’s easy to imagine being the next Top Gun (or Iceman for that matter).

Then of course, reality sets in, and you realize that not every average Joe gets the opportunity to fly multi-million dollar aircraft while an American flag flutters in the background and strings of Jimi Hendrix’ Star-Spangled Banner pump through your headset. You realize that the rare opportunity to do so went out the window with your high school growth spurt and hereditarily imperfect eyesight (still love you, Mom). Jetting across the blue in a bullet of taxpayer money now requires a lengthy tour in the military and that’s if you don’t get relegated to flying a svelte-deficient supply plane.

But at the end of the day, there are bigger disappointments in life. Sure, maybe no one recognizes your inborn abilities in the saddle, but you can still come home to Star Wars: X-Wing on your old x86 PC, Warhawk for your PS3, and Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy on your iPad. And the latter affords a certain portability that an F22 Raptor unfortunately lacks. Hit “More” for the rest of the review!

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We talk about games a lot here on iPad.Appstorm, and why not? They’re the first thing most people download when they get an iPad. So, if you’re going to waste hours playing games on your iPad why not challenge your brain instead of numbing it?

That’s why I’ve put together a list of eighteen games that will work out that often overlooked muscle, your brain. So, get ready to think hard about which of these you’d most enjoy! Here they are in no particular order.

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There have been many text editors on iOS over time, from iA Writer and Daedalus Touch, to Pages and Microsoft Word (unofficially, mind you). When someone asks me which one they should purchase, the answer is far from simple and usually begins with a question. I mean really, it all depends on what you need, not “what’s the best” since there are lots of different types out there.

First, there are true word processing apps like Pages that aid many a student and writer of manuscripts in completing their work. But then there are the simple, yet beautiful and nicely-featured distraction-free editors like iA Writer. If you really like these, then you’re in luck because in this article I’ll tell you all about the great Byword that has recently come to iOS. Keep reading for the full review.

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Inspired by Philip Elmer-Dewitt’s recent article on just how many people’s first Apple product is more likely to be an iPhone or, increasingly, an iPad, I’ve decided to see where most iPad.AppStorm readers clambered aboard the Apple train.

His article for Fortune, boldly entitled ‘The iPad as gateway drug‘, quotes an NPD press release that states;

“Newcomers to the brand increasingly turn to the iPhone or iPad as their first Apple device, which combined account for one-third of first-time Apple purchases since 2010.”

I’d love to know what your first Apple product was?

Rather than dilute the poll with endless different answers, I’ve attempted to break Apple products down into distinct, yet significant, categories. Where you first drawn in by the iPod, like so many people in the early 2000s, or have you been hooked since the Apple II?

We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in February. Whether you’re interested in Mac, iPhone, Web, Android, Windows, or iPad 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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