Recently there have been a few polls on here that have excluded people not in possession of an iPad 2, and for that I’m sorry. This week I’m going to make up for it, however, with a chance for you to give the main reason behind not purchasing Apple’s most recent technological marvel (excuse the hyperbole).
If you’re a proud owner of the original iPad I commend your decision not to upgrade, the iPad 2 is excellent, but so was the original. The differences are rather small considering the minimum $499 spend.
Is your reason purely financial, are you saving pennies in a jar right now?
What I’m more interested in are the specific reasons why people have passed on the iPad 2, especially if they’re considering the competition. The hot discussion last week was over the iPad 2′s cameras, was that your reason?
I can see good reasons to wait for the iPad 3, especially if you have an original iPad; the possibility of a retina display alone would have many iPhone 4 users on the edge of their seats.
As always, we’d love to hear your thoughts – simply post a comment below! What was the reason you decided not to buy an iPad 2?
For a while now we’ve been able to watch movies and TV shows on the go with smartphones, but the experience can be less than enjoyable. When the iPad was released it seemed like the perfect combination of size and portability for easily watching media while traveling.
The Crackle app brings feature films and television offerings to the iPad for free, but how does it stack up against other free and paid apps in this category?
We’ve collected the top four reviews, roundups and how-to articles from across the AppStorm network in August. 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!
Last week the legal spat between Apple and Samsung reached a new and unexpected level. Following a district court ruling in Düsseldorf, Germany, Samsung were forbidden from selling their new Honeycomb-based tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in all EU countries apart from the Netherlands due to copyright infringements.
Apple claim that the physical design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 violates the iPad 2 design patents and has demanded that all Galaxy Tab 10.1 units are pulled off the shelves until the case is resolved. Samsung faces a hefty €250,000 (around $360,000) fine if they disobey the court ruling.
For a long time, Calvetica has been the most praised calendar app available for the iPhone. Fast, yet feature rich, beautiful, yet minimalist. It’s no wonder Calvetica was recommended by so many. Its only downfall? Followers of Mysterious Trousers’ amazing calendar app were left longing for a native iPad version to grace their 9.7 inch display.
Well, the wait is over. Mysterious Trousers have released version 4.0 of Calvetica and not only does this new version make the app universal, it boasts a complete overhaul of the entire design, doing the impossible and making Calvetica even more beautiful! Calvetica is finally the only calendar app that you need!
It’s kinda crazy to think, but our little internet startup, Envato, has been on the air now for five years. We started back in 2006 as four very enthusiastic and totally green entrepreneurs with a shoestring budget and a love of the web. Fast forward five years and while we’re hopefully a little less green, we’re still incredibly passionate about Education, Marketplaces and the web! It’s been an amazing time and we’d like to share a look inside our Melbourne HQ offices, some stats about Envato and a big thank you to the community.
Recent times have seen an explosion in the number of iOS games released which fall into the ’freemium’ category. This type of game is free to play, but will often tempt you to purchase extra, ‘luxury’ currency from within the app. You can spend this luxury currency to obtain better or rare items, advance through levels with quicker progress or just make the game a whole lot easier.
Typical freemium gameplay consists of performing ‘farming’ actions, these are actions where the player must return to the game a set time later to receive their reward. Generally, this reward will consist of experience points to increase the players level and/or some form of currency. Examples of such actions include; collecting rent, tending to animals, or even the literal farming of crops such as in the widely popular ‘FarmVille’. Completing these actions will allow the player to level up, unlocking new content and keeping the player interested in the game.
Read on to discover 15 of the best freemium games for the iPad…
As a device that begs to be touched, it’s little surprise that there are plenty of tablet-style “drawing” applications available on the App Store. Some focus on a sketching and artistic approach, where others strive for accuracy and precision. Although you’ll never get the same level of accuracy that you’d have with a dedicated graphics tablet, some of these apps manage to pull off a great experience.
Today, I’m going to be taking a look at Bamboo Paper, developed by the tablet manufacturer Wacom. It’s encouraging to see the company moving into this market, expanding from their traditional tablet line-up. They do, unsurprisingly, produce a pen accessory to go with the app, but we’ll get to that in due course…
This week I’m on a mission to find out what type of iPad case is most popular among the discerning readers of iPad.AppStorm. I’m sure most of us will have a case that we use from time to time to protect the iPad in transit, but which type is the most prevalent?
For the sake of simplicity I’ve taken the executive decision to exclude the Smart Cover from the equation, I was coming up with far too many variables! In my mind if you have an iPad 2 you almost definitely have, and use, the Smart Cover and if you don’t, you don’t.
Besides, you probably use a case in addition to the iPad – I just wouldn’t feel comfortable putting my iPad in my bag with just its (expensive) Smart Cover on.
I know that when I first got an iPad I had a hard time deciding what case would be the right one for me, I’m fortunate that I chose wisely – I’ve only ever bought one zip case and it fits the iPad 2 and Smart Cover like a dream.
Did you face a case dilemma? What did you go with? I seriously have no idea what will come out on top here!
Feel free to comment below with your thoughts, especially if you have a case that fits none of the descriptions!
So far we have focused on pure handwriting apps during our review series: the point with those apps was to actually use your finger or a stylus to write on the iPad. Today’s review looks at an app that takes the concept even further and adds true text recognition to the mix.
WritePad and PhatPad, both by the same developer, share common ground but differ in the scope of features offered – ranging from simple text recognition up to complex note taking with the addition of images and much more.