This week’s poll will take a second of explanation to make complete sense, so bear with me!

New iPads will be arriving in homes all over the world tomorrow, there will be queues outside Apple stores, and thousands of bemused passers-by. The new iPad is a huge step forward, simply adding the retina display is a phenomenal upgrade – the iPad is nothing without the screen at its centre!

However, I have a little niggling question that has been bugging me over the last week, did Apple make the right compromise?

Apple very rarely releases a device that’s heavier and/or thicker than its predecessor (the iPhone 3G being the only notable example), and in the case of the new iPad it’s both. At 0.6mm thicker and around 50grams heavier (see here) the new iPad is evidence of Apple making a compromise. We all know that Tim and his team would have kept it the same, or made it thinner, if they could.

The compromise that we’re debating here is battery life, in order to keep the same battery life as the iPad 2 (something Apple clearly places as a priority) the new iPad not only needed a vastly improved battery, but a bigger one. Apple decided the trade-off was worth it, the minor physical differences in exchange for the same battery as the iPad 2 but with a retina display and 4G LTE – an impressive feat even with the compromise!

My question is whether you think the trade-off was worth it? Rather than give you endless answers, such as dropping a feature or two, I’ve given you four simple ones. Either you agree with Apple that the compromise was worth it, you’re undecided, you think they should have dropped features until everything fit, or you think they should have waited until it all worked. What say you?

Winners Announced

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

Guy Einy
Shawn
xbeta
colin
Dean

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

I reviewed Touchnote back in November and am proud to announce that we have 5 sets of 10 credits to give away to our illustrious readers!

Touchnote is the perfect app if you’re looking to send real-life postcards from the comfort of your iPad. Add your own photos, message, and signature – get sending away!

If you want to get started for free, read on to find out how to enter. It was recently included in our roundup of 11 iPad Apps to Show Off to Your Friends, you’ll be amazed at how fun it is to send physical postcards from the comfort of your iPad!

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March 7th was a bit of a milestone for me – it was the first time in my life that I had reserved and bought an Apple product straight after it was launched. Normally I am a bit dubious when it comes to technology, and before investing in a new gadget, I like to read countless reviews about it to really ascertain whether I’m getting the best value for money. But when the new iPad was announced I was certain that I could trust my instinct, took the plunge, and bought it outright without even reading one single review.

The features were certainly worth shouting about – that all-new, highly anticipated retina display and a beefed-up A5X processor with more powerful capabilities. All sounding good so far, I thought to myself. Then, the bombshell dropped – the new iPad will have 4G support (LTE), allowing blisteringly fast download speeds that makes 3G look ancient and sluggish.

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I don’t know a great deal about dinosaurs, however, I do remember being fascinated by them as a child. I grew up with Jurassic Park in the cinema and often went fossil hunting on the beaches of the south coast of England.

Understandably then, I jumped at the chance to take a look at a new app: Inside the World of Dinosaurs for iPad. The app’s description promises;

The most comprehensive interactive dinosaur encyclopedia on the iPad.

Complete with in excess of 60 “photo realistic” animated, 3D dinosaurs. So does this app really give you a view of what it was like inside the world of the dinosaurs?

Read on to find out…

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Many of the popular services that we use and love today were created to help us share our stories. Whether it’s in the form of a 140-character tweet or a photo cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook, all of these social apps are doing their best to allow us to share our stories with others. Unfortunately, while each of these services excel at creation, none of them are particularly good at curation.

This is where Storify comes in. Put simply, Storify is a way to make sense of the stories that are already being shared across all of your social services. While the web-app has been around for a while, the iPad app is next-to-new and we have a full review.

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For most power users (and I’ll assume that most of you are), security is important. Even for you non-power users, it should be important. Don’t make the tragic slip-up of using “123456” as your password for every site and service you frequent. But when you start using a different complex, alphanumeric password for every login, how do you keep track of them?

We have discussed (at length) the merits of and differences between Wallet and 1Password (and even some other competitors) here on AppStorm. As a big fan of Acrylic Apps, I tend to lean toward Wallet, but it even slipped past me when Acrylic quietly updated the iOS version to a universal app, complete with a freshly designed, iPad-optimized interface. It should go without saying, but if you already own the iPhone app, you’ll have access to the iPad version for no additional charge. However, if you haven’t sprung for Wallet on iOS yet, will the iPad version be the deciding factor?

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Our featured sponsor this week is Soonr Scribble, a great iOS app for marking up any document.

The Natural Way to Mark Up Any Document

Soonr Scribble is an annotation application that lets you easily markup any file and work naturally on your iPhone and iPad. With Soonr Scribble for iOS, you can handwrite comments, draw illustrations, sign contracts, fill out forms, or mark changes on any document. Here are a few of the very best features;

  • Annotation of more than 35 file types, including PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • 5GB of Cloud Storage included.
  • Pen Tool – adjust thickness change color.
  • Arrow Tool – emphasize important things.
  • Tools like highlighter, text box and more drawing tools included with free updates.
  • Save changes sync back down to your computer and shared computers.

Get a Free Stylus!

Not only is Soonr Scribble currently at a promotional one-time price of $3.99! (Scribble is a feature of Soonr Workplace which costs $9.95 / month) But when you buy the app the great guys over at Soonr will send you a Soonr Stylus that you can use on your iPhone and iPad. Simply visit Soonr, fill out the form and they’ll send you their insanely great stylus that works on your iPhone and iPad!

A free stylus with an app that costs $3.99, sounds good to me!

You can signup for a free trial of Soonr Workplace and experience additional features like document editing and enhanced file sharing.

It’s amazing what people are willing to give away for free. Some of the most talented writers in our industry are devoting their time for little more than recognition or the plain joy of flexing their muscles. Where some workers require monetary reward for everything that they do, others are more than willing to devote their time for free. This is why well-known bloggers will give away their writing for free and then charge large sums for an hour’s worth of talking.

When you cross this free-sometimes-crazy-expensive-the-rest-of-the-time approach with education you end up with iTunes U, the free service and app that puts you into some of the world’s greatest classrooms that would cost tens (or hundreds) of thousands of dollars to normally attend.

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So the new iPad is here, or very nearly here, and the predictable press disappointment has set in. What’s so amazing about it? The retina display is old news! We already knew all the things that were being added!

While I, personally, think that a lot of this is missing the point, I’m intrigued to find out what you would tout as the biggest new feature of the iPad?

I was impressed to learn that Apple nearly doubled the capacity of the battery in order to keep the running time the same with 4G and a Retina display, but that’s never going to be the thing you tell your friends about. If you had to name the one feature that you would consider the biggest, what would that be?

I understand that the Retina display is probably going to win this fight, but I’m a little biased because I live in a country that’s well behind in the 4G stakes (note to Apple: feel free to use your cash reserves to build the UK’s 4G network and become the only decent mobile carrier).

I’m the type of person that enjoys watching movies. I’m no movie buff, but I enjoy a trip to the theater or a night on the couch as the next person. One problem I do have is deciding what movie to watch whether at home or the theater. Going to the theater is more of an issue dealing with multiple theaters showing different movies at different times. Deciding what to see and where to see it have always been tough choices in my mind.

Flixster aims to be the movie watcher’s perfect companion. It can assist you in deciding what movie to watch either at a theater or at home and it can help you figure out what movies are showing at what theaters. Let’s be honest, this isn’t an incredibly tough problem to surpass in the grand scheme of things, but a free app that I can turn to when I need a little help? Sounds good to me. Let’s check it out.

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