Turn Your Phone Into A Pro Camera With These Awesome Additions

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The past few years have seen massive improvements to micro-sized cameras used in smartphones and tablets, causing point-and-shoot cameras to begin going the way of the dodo bird. Not that that’s a bad thing: the latest crop of high end mobile cameras have proven to be more than adequate everyday shooters for millions of people. The fact that the iPhone is the most popular camera in the world is indication enough that smartphone photography has moved beyond a useful convenience to professional quality work good enough for commercial production. And the momentum of improvement does not appear to be slowing anytime soon.

With the advent of high quality cameras in more hands than ever, a cottage industry has arisen to help those who want to take their photography to the next level. DailyAppShow has gathered and reviewed the most effective and useful of those products. Read on for awesome smartphone accessories to bring you even closer to expert level photography.



Sony QX30

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The Qx30 is a completely unique device that essentially attaches a high-quality lens to the back of your smartphone, and connects via NFC, Bluetooth, or Wifi. Once connected, your smartphone acts as the camera controls. Using your smartphone as the viewfinder, you adjust focus, exposure, shutter speed, and composition using touchscreen controls. On top of a great quality Sony lens, you also get up to 30x optical zoom and a built-in tripod mount. Feel free to stick the QX30 on top of a tripod  while holding the coupled smartphone or tablet to get the perfect shot. Combine the QX30 with one of the PlayMemories apps, and you can enable awesome camera modes like time lapse and stop-motion photography.



Gorillapod

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If you’re at all serious about photography, you’ll need a tripod. One of the most versatile tripods today is the Gorillapod, with gooseneck legs that let you mount this tripod virtually anywhere. The higher end version we have selected includes a video head, so that you get smooth panning for those perfect seamless shots.



The Camalapse

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Want to take your landscape photography to the next level? The Camalapse is a nifty little device that sits between your camera and either a tripod or flat surface and will progress 360 degrees over an hour. Use this to create beautiful time lapse photography or video.



Nova Wireless Flash

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There is no getting over it: the flash on your phone sucks. The light is harsh and too close to the camera to be effective. Luckily there is a solution, and it works great. The Nova Wireless flash connects to your smartphone via bluetooth and provides clean, diffused light for your photos. The flash has 40 LEDs that are color temperature adjustable, charged with a USB cable, and is small enough to easily fit in your pocket. The Nova flash is a must for any serious portrait photography or lowlight scenes.



Glif

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Studio Neat’s biggest claim to fame is the Glif, a slick little tripod mount that was originally for the iPhone 4 and 4S. The Glif now works with any smartphone and provides even more functionality. You simply slide your phone into the Glif and screw it onto any 1/4″ screw attachment (the standard for most tripods). Combine with the above Gorillapod and you have a kit that will enable stable mobile photography from practically anywhere.

Top 5 MARVEL iPhone Games

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The Marvel franchise has some of the most popular and loved characters in the world, and there is no shortage of incredible content and amazing stories. This trend continues with these fun and immersive games for your iOS devices. We’ve compiled the top 5 games that have some of your favorite comic book characters from the Marvel Universe. Check it out:

 



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“Prepare yourself for the most uncanny, astonishing card-battle game of them all! Fight your way through single-player missions as Wolverine, Storm, Iceman, and other all-time X-Men favorites.”

This turn-based fighter game has an action-packed storyline and tons of missions and upgrades for all of your mutant X-Men characters. Check out this free app on the app store today.

 


 

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“Malekith, the lord of the Dark Elves and ancient enemy of Asgard, leads an invasion to destroy the Nine Worlds! Thor must race to stop the Dark Elves from plunging the universe into darkness! Join forces with Asgard’s greatest warriors and embark on an epic quest to stop Malekith’s dark ambitions and restore order to the Nine Worlds.”

In this official tie-in to the blockbuster movie Thor: The Dark World, you play as an Asgardian warrior battling Dark Elves. The game has stunning visuals, upgradeable characters, and immersive gameplay that will entertain for hours.

 


 

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“Unite the Spider-Verse and recruit an army of Spider-Men to stop the new Sinister Six, who have opened a dimensional portal to summon different versions of themselves! The Sinister Six are moving from dimension to dimension – destroying each one – and ours is next! ”

Play Spidey in this episodic running game, battling enemies both old and new. Spider-Man Unlimited has a stunning visual style that combines 2D and 3D in a unique way. Be sure to pick up this free app on the App Store.

 


 

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“Team up with the Avengers, Spider-Man, the X-Men, and S.H.I.E.L.D. to harness the power of ISO-8 before Dr. Doom, Loki, and the world’s most powerful villains beat you to it. Recruit your favorite Marvel Heroes, gear up and Assemble in this new game.”

Avengers Alliance brings all your favorite Marvel heroes to your iOS device in this turn-based game that has hundreds of battles, missions, and bosses.

 


 

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“Join Star-Lord, Rocket, Groot, Gamora and Drax in an all-new adventure– Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon! Jump into battle to help the Guardians recover the five pieces of The Universal Weapon before it falls into the hands of the villainous Ronan the Accuser!”

With a vast array of playable characters, comic-style visuals, and excellent gameplay, The Universal Weapon is a must-have game for any fans of the Guardians of the Galaxy comics or movie.

Top 5 keyboards for iOS 8

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Apple announced iOS 8 way back in June, one of biggest announced additions to the iPhone software was the ability to install custom keyboards. This enabled developers to extend the keyboard area of the iPhone to far beyond just letters. On September 17th, Apple released iOS 8 —and custom keyboards— to the world. DailyAppShow has spent some time delving into some of the earliest of these custom keyboards, and below are what we think to be the best 5 of the bunch.

 

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By far the most popular keyboard currently available for both iOS 8 and Android, SwiftKey shot to the top of the charts soon after its release. SwiftKey has three major features: Flow mode, predictive type, and SwiftKey cloud. SwiftKey Flow is the flagship feature where you can simply swipe between keys without lifting your finger. This makes for some very quick one-handed typing after a small learning curve. Predictive type, like the built-int iOS 8 keyboard, offers suggestions for your next word based on what you’re writing. This can be pretty accurate, and will become even more accurate when combined with SwiftKey Cloud. SwiftKeyCloud personalizes your autocorrect and predictive type based on everything you’ve typed with the keyboard. Check it out app store.

 


 

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Minuum aims to replace the default keyboard by adding some intriguing features. As the name might imply, this keyboard can be very small, resizable down to half the normal keyboard height while preserving typing accuracy using their highly tuned correction algorithm. Minuum also includes custom key layouts like AZERTY, predictive type learning engine, and gesture-based shortcuts.

 


 

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On the less serious end of the spectrum, Riffsy is a keyboard comprised purely of animated GIF images and video clips organized into various categories. Clicking any GIF will copy it into your clipboard, then you can paste it almost anywhere you can paste text. In addition to the mood-specific categories, the keyboard also has sections of trending GIFs from various sources like Reddit and Buzzfeed, and keeps your most used images in a dedicated spot in much the same way as the emoji keyboard. Riffsy adds some fun to your iOS device, and if you’re a fan of communicating via animated images (and really, who isn’t?), this keyboard will be a no-brainer.

 


 

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TextExpander adds a new feature to its already impressive ultra-useful productivity tool. TextExpander, originally a mac-only app, is an app that lets you define frequently used text snippets –like your email signature or home address– and assign a keyboard shortcut-like abbreviation to it. On supported apps, typing the abbreviation will expand to the full snippet. Unfortunately, app developers had to enable their apps to use the tool. Now, thanks to the new features of iOS 8, TextExpander can now be used anywhere, using the custom keyboard that is bundled with the latest edition of the app.

 


 

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MyScript Stack harkens back to the days of Palm Pilots with it’s handwriting recognition keyboard. Stack adds an essentially blank area where the keyboard keys usually sit wherein you simply write letters and gestures and the keyboard accurately guesses what you’re writing. In addition to typing the letters you scribble, adds suggested words at the top that you can touch to quickly add. There are also useful gestures for frequent operations, like adding a period, space, or return. This free app adds another level of usefulness to your iPhone with iOS 8.

Can I Replace My Laptop with an iPad?

Replacing a laptop with an iPad can be a tricky subject as there are many things to consider when going down this route. The iPad is a very versatile tool and can be used to perform many similar functions that a laptop can but there are also functions that a laptop can do that an iPad can’t.

Most laptops, and computers for that matter, are used for six basic things: browsing the web, checking emails, writing papers, listening to music, watching movies and videos, and editing photos. Below are comparisons of these six areas to help better differentiate the difference between and iPad and laptop.

 

Browsing the Web

Browsing the web on an iPad and laptop are two completely different experiences. WIth the laptop you have the advantage of having a mouse to direct the cursor where you would like to go and with the iPad the mouse is your finger, you have to tap and touch the links that you want to open. Using the web on a laptop will also give you the ability to view the website full rich content while on the iPad it may be a light version or a mobile friendly site. Sometimes browsing a mobile site can be welcoming as it usually displays only the content you’re looking for instead of all of the adds and extras that you don’t need.

There is also a bonus with using the iPad, most sites have an App that will give you access to all of their features. Sites like Facebook, Amazon, Ebay, Twitter, Target, Google, Chase, Bank of America, etc. are all adopting mobile Apps that give the user a clean and simple interface that you wouldn’t see on a laptop. Bank Apps such as Chase and Bank of America will let you check and manage your balance right from the App, there’s even a feature that will let you deposit a check by taking a picture of it! Experiences like this are not going to be found on a laptop.

One downside with the iPad is going to be Flash. Flash enables some sites to deliver moving images and rich video content. The iPad does not have the ability to view these kinds of sites where a laptop will have the ability to install flash and view sites that use it. Most websites have found a workaround for this and can be viewed on the iPad but it is still something to consider. There also may be some sites that are not supported on the iPad or may just overall work easier on the laptop such as online schools and forums.

 

Writing Papers

Writing papers on an iPad or a laptop are going to provide very similar experiences and ease of use. With a laptop, depending on whether  it’s a PC of Mac, you can get software that will allow you to write papers. The universal application that most people will know is Microsoft Office and that is available for both PC and Mac laptops but is not currently available for the iPad. Having a laptop will allow you to use Office and gain from all of the benefits that will come with using the software. You’ll be able to type and print papers that you’re accustomed to and will have no problems sharing documents with a mass group of people. You also have the benefit of the keyboard being built into the device where you would have to buy an external keyboard for the iPad.

But that’s not to say that the iPad isn’t a great device to write papers on. The iPad has a wide range of Apps that will work in a very similar fashion as Office. The most popular one is going to be Pages, which is the iPad version of the popular Mac app. Pages is to Mac what Microsoft Word is to PC, it’s the document writer. WIth Pages you have the ability to edit Word documents right on the iPad and no one would be the wiser. You can even save Pages documents as Word documents so you can send them to your friends, family, or even college professors. The one thing that gets difficult with the iPad is printing documents. The iPad has the ability to print but it uses a service called AirPrint and you’ll need an AirPrint enabled printer to use it. Otherwise you’ll have to send the document to either Dropbox or email it to your self to print it.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the iPad does not come with a keyboard. There is an onscreen keyboard that comes up when using Apps that allow typing but it can be difficult to use at times. Being that there aren’t physical keys it can be easier to make mistakes if you are not used to the iPad’s keyboard. There is an option to get an Apple Bluetooth Keyboard or a variety of Keyboard Cases for an iPad but it is just going to either add bulk or an extra item to carry.

 

Listening to Music

The iPad and any laptop are going to be great for listening to music on since they both can do the same things and use the same services it just comes down to connivence. Since the iPad is a smaller device it can make listening to music easier and more portable than on a laptop. The iPad also has the upper hand because it’s based off of the iPod, which is one of the most popular personal music devices of our time. The iPad can be used with all of the popular music services such as Rdio, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, etc. just as easily as a laptop. Laptops and iPads are going to have the same audio inputs so all of the headphones that you use for one will work with the other.

The advantage of listening to music on a laptop is going to be the built-in speakers. The iPad has a built-in speaker but it is quite and cannot compare to stereo speakers on a laptop. Also, depending on the storage capacity of your laptop, you can generally store more music on a laptop than an iPad. This means that if you purchase music through iTunes or another source that you can store it on your laptop without worry of running out of room. If you are using a streaming service such as Rdio or Spotify then storage isn’t going to be an issue, it’s going to be internet access. This is going to be the same whether  you have an iPad or laptop, as both can access Wi-Fi networks and will need that access to stream music.

 

Watching Movies & Videos

Much like listening to music it’s going to be exactly the same for Movies and Videos. If you purchase all of your movies through iTunes it will be very easy to put them on your iPad, you just have to sync the Movies in the same manner that you sync Music. Other than watching videos on YouTube, Netflix, or some other streaming service, purchasing movies through iTunes is going to be the only way the watch movies on the iPad.

With a laptop you have a clear advantage, most laptops have a DVD player built in. So you can bring along any DVD that you have purchased and pop it into the DVD player and watch it. You can also watch all of the digital movies that you have purchase on your laptop and stream Netflix and watch YouTube. The iPad is going to work best when traveling and you want to watch a movie on a long drive.

 

Checking Email

The iPad comes standard with a built-in Mail App that will allow you to quickly and easily access all of your email accounts. With most laptops, depending on if it’s a PC or Mac, may vary with built-in Mail clients. This is going to be just like browsing the web, they are both going to have their advantages and weaknesses.

With Mail on the iPad everything is going to be gesture drive, you have to use you fingers to do all of the typing and clicking. This is great if you’re out and about and want to quickly reply to an email but it can become cumbersome if it’s your main client. You have to get used to typing on a glass display with no physical buttons or you’re going to have to get an external keyboard. The Mail experience is still great on an iPad but you need to get used to the keyboard.

Mail on a laptop is going to depend on the software. Most Mail providers have web access so you can check your email on your web browser. This makes it feel like you’re browsing a web page. The experience can vary depending on what provider you are using for your email such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. With the Mail App on the iPad it is the same interface no matter what mail provider you are using.

 

Editing Photos

Editing photos is where the two devices really differentiate. With the iPad there are plenty of Apps in the App Store that you can download and use to edit photos with, and most of them are really easy to use. With a laptop there are Applications that you can purchase that will work worlds better than an iPad App, Photoshop is a prime example. Most laptops come with a built-in SD card reader and require no additional accessories to import photos from your digital camera. With an iPad you have to buy a camera accessory from Apple that will allow you to transfer images off of an SD card onto the iPad. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of great Apps for editing on the iPad, they are often times easier to use that a desktop app, but they are not going to be anywhere near as powerful as a desktop app. If you’re wanting to quickly put a filter on an image then iPad Apps are going to be your best bet. There is also the fact that Photoshop will cost you an additional $600 where most iPad Photo Apps are around $5.

 

 Have You Made the Switch?

If you are looking to replace your laptop with an iPad you can see that for the most part that you are going to be just fine. If you are barely using a laptop or are only doing the basics then you are going to love switching to an iPad only, I would just recommend that you still have some sort of computer that can be used. If you depend on your laptop for work or use it quite frequently then and iPad would make a great companion device. In either case there are clear advantages to both.

Have you made the switch to an iPad only workflow or have your tried switching? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Which iPad Do I Have

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In order to determine your iPad model number all you need to do is turn your iPad over on the back and the model information is location on the bottom. You’ll see the word iPad and below that will be all of the identification text. The quickest way to determine which iPad model you have is to look for the model number. The model number is a four-digit number that is proceeded by an “A” which looks something like A1234. Once you have found this model number you can look at our list below to see exactly which model you have. You’ll also find the FCC ID, IC, and Serial numbers below word iPad as well.

Each version of the iPad is going to have different information but the standard text will remain the same. Below is a list of Identifying Features, per iPad model, that will help you determine which iPad you have.

 

iPad Model Identifying Features

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iPad Mini

  • Introduced Late 2012
  • The model number on the back cover is:
    • A1432 – iPad Mini Wi-Fi
    • A1454 – iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
    • A1455 – iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular (MM)
  • White or Black front bezel
  • Silver or Slate aluminum housing
  • Lightning connector
  • Nano-SIM try on the left hand side on iPad Mini Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • FaceTime HD and iSight cameras
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage
  • iOS 6

 

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iPad (4th Generation)

  • Introduced Late 2012
  • The model number on the back cover is:
    • A1458 – iPad Wi-Fi
    • A1459 – iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular
    • A1460 – iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (MM)
  • White or Black front bezel
  • 9.7-inch Retina display
  • Lightning connector
  • Micro-SIM try on the right hand side on iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • FaceTime HD and iSight cameras
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage
  • iOS 6

 

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iPad (3rd Generation)

  • Introduced Early 2012
  • The model number on the back cover is:
    • A1416 – iPad Wi-Fi
    • A1430 – iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular
    • A1403 – iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (VZ)
  • White or Black front bezel
  • 9.7-inch Retina display
  • 30-pin connector
  • Micro-SIM try on the right hand side on iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • FaceTime and iSight cameras
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage
  • iOS 6 or lower

 

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iPad 2

  • Introduced 2011
  • The model number on the back cover is:
    • A1396 – iPad 2 (GSM model)
    • A1397 – iPad 2 (CDMA model)
  • White or Black front bezel
  • 30-pin connector
  • Micro-SIM try on the right hand side on iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular
  • FaceTime and iSight cameras
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage
  • iOS 6 or lower

 

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iPad 

  • Introduced 2010
  • The model number on the back cover is:
    • A1337 – iPad Wi-Fi
    • A1219 – iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
  • Black front bezel
  • 30-pin connector
  • Standard SIM try on the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
  • 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage
  • iOS 5 or lower

Which iPad Is Best

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When purchasing a new iPad the number one question that you need to ask your self is “What am I going to use it for?” Once you have determined what you are going to use it for it can be easier to establish which iPad is going to be best suited for your needs.

There are plenty of uses for the iPad, some of which include: checking and sending emails, updating social networks, taking pictures, editing photos and videos, updating calendar events, keeping track of tasks, playing games, etc. Determining the best use for you iPad is going to be up to you.

There are currently three different iPad models to chose from; the iPad Mini, iPad with Retina Display, and the iPad 2. Each iPad model offers its own set of features and uses and even storage capacities and price ranges. We are going to compare the iPad models and explain Which iPad is Best for you.

 

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When comparing the iPad Mini to the iPad 2, it’s a no brainer to go with the iPad Mini. The iPad Mini has the same 1024×768 screen resolution of the iPad 2 but it’s $70 cheaper, lighter, thinner, faster, and has the lightning connector. I honestly don’t know why there is still even an option to purchase an iPad 2, you can only get a 16GB version and it’s $399 where the 16GB iPad Mini is $329. The iPad Mini is going to run all of the Apps that the iPad 2 can it’s just going to be on a smaller device. You’re not going to lose out on anything here. In this case, get an iPad Mini.

When comparing the iPad Mini to the iPad with Retina Display this is where things can get tricky. The iPad with Retina is defiantly one of the best iPad’s that Apple has made so far. The Retina Display is something that you have to see for yourself, word cannot do it justice. It’s the highest resolution display that has been put into an iPad, with a screen resolution of 2048×1536 it is far superior to the screen on the iPad Mini. But that’s not to say that the iPad Mini doesn’t have a good screen, it is the side-by-side comparisons that will make the Retina Display stand out. There is also the speed and power difference of the iPad with Retina and the iPad Mini. The iPad with Retina has the latest Dual-Core A6X processor and the iPad Mini has the Dual-Core A5. What all these fancy number mean is that the iPad with Retina will have more than double the speed of the iPad Mini, but that doesn’t mean that the iPad Mini is slow by any means. If you’re looking to play games and run a lot of graphically intensive Apps the iPad with Retina is going to out perform the iPad Mini. Deciding between the iPad with Retina and the iPad Mini comes down to what you are going to do with your iPad. If you’re going to play a lot of games, go with the iPad with Retina. If you’re going to browse the web, read books, and check emails primarily then go with the iPad Mini.

 

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There are four main differences between the iPad 2 and the iPad Retina and they are the screen, speed, camera, and connector. The iPad 2 and iPad Retina look almost exactly the same when you look at them but when you start using one is where you can really see the difference. The iPad with Retina has the gorgeous Retina Display that has a resolution of 2048×1536 where the iPad 2 has a screen resolution of 1024×768. Things are going to look way better on the iPad with Retina than on the iPad 2. The speed difference between the iPad with Retina and iPad 2 is substantial. The iPad with Retina has the Dual-Core A6X with quad-core graphics chip while the iPad 2 has the Dual-Core A5 chip. This means that the iPad with Retina is going to perform more than twice as fast as the iPad 2. The camera on the iPad with Retina is the same camera that was on the iPhone 4. It’s a 5MP iSight camera on the back and a FaceTime HD camera on the front. The iPad 2 has a 2MP camera on the back and a FaceTime camera on the font. The camera isn’t really a selling point to most, it can be awkward to take photos with any tablet, but it is a difference. The last major difference that will be noticeable is the dock connector. The iPad 2 has the standard 30-pin connector that has been predominant on all Apple mobile devices for the last 10 years and the iPad with Retina has the newer Lightning connector that you’ll find on the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini.

 

Should I get a Cellular Enabled iPad or Stick with Wi-Fi Only

Deciding on a Cellular or Wi-Fi Only iPad basically comes down to the price of the iPad and the need to have Cellular. The iPad with Cellular enabled are usually a $100 more than their Wi-Fi only counterparts. And along with the extra $100 price tag there comes a monthly service fee with having Cellular. There is also the benefit to Wi-Fi only in being that most businesses and companies are starting to offer free Wi-Fi when you visit their stores, Starbucks being a prime example, that could help reduce the need for a Cellular iPad if you frequent those places.

 

What Storage Size Should I Get

The iPad Mini and iPad with Retina come in three different size options: 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB. The iPad 2 only comes in 16GB versions. The size that you should get is going to depend on what you plan on doing with it. If you are going to want to use a lot of Apps from the App Store and sync all of your Music and Movies from iTunes then you are going to want a 64GB version. If you are going to just put a few Apps on your iPad then the 16GB version should suit you as well. It’s always better to get a bit more than you think you need as the iPad’s do not come with the option to add addition storage, what you buy is what you’re stuck with.

 

Video comparison of the iPad with Retina and the iPad Mini

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Office² HD

Office² HD, the most intuitive and straightforward office document editor available on the iPad, makes it easy to open, view, create and edit Word (DOC & DOCX), Excel (XLS & XLSX), and PowerPoint (PPT & PPTX) files right from your iPad!

Check out this video of Office² HD in action: http://bit.ly/iK1vFT

Office² HD now provides unrivaled support for document tracked changes.

Office² HD also offers the most advanced solution for connecting you to all of your stored documents! Access your Google Docs, DropBox and Microsoft SkyDrive files at any time, to securely open and work on any and all of your most important documents!

Office² HD delivers:

WORD PROCESSOR

☆ Create, edit and save Word DOC & DOCX files
☆ Character formatting, including:
– Text and fill color
– Bold, Italic, Underline
– Font face & Size
☆ Paragraph formatting including alignment, line spacing, margins, indenting, bullets and numbering
☆ Support for tables, including table creation
☆ Support for floating and inline images (inserting from camera roll or pasting from other programs)
☆ Support for shapes and floating text boxes
☆ Support for textual tracked changes
☆ Footnotes, endnotes and comments
☆ Multi-column formatting
☆ Supports section breaks, page breaks and column breaks
☆ View headers and footers
☆ Ruler bar with ability to set paragraph margins and tab stops
☆ Searching of text within documents
☆ Undo and redo, up to 100 undo levels
☆ Auto-correction and auto-completion are supported
☆ Spell check
☆ Copy & Paste, even text and images from other applications (including Safari)

SPREADSHEET

☆ Create, edit and save Excel XLS & XLSX files
☆ Handle multiple worksheets with unlimited rows and columns
☆ Search and sort cells
☆ Cell formatting: (bold, italic, borders, text and cell color, alignment, text wrapping)
☆ Cell types: General, Number, Currency, Percentage, Date, Time, and Text
☆ Merge cells feature
☆ Pane freezing
☆ Tap and drag to change row heights and column widths
☆ Intelligent auto range selection for range based functions
☆ Tap cells to compose formula
☆ Insert, copy, paste or cut cell ranges, rows or columns
☆ Date formats, date separators and numeric separators are all handled correctly according to the current locale, with manual override
☆ 146 different functions

PRESENTATION

☆ Create, edit and save PowerPoint PPT & PPTX files
☆ Insert images and countless common shapes
☆ Comprehensive text and paragraph formatting: (font size and face, text color and highlight, paragraph alignment, line spacing)
☆ Rotation of text and shapes
☆ Slide ordering
☆ Slide show mode with simulated laser pointer
☆ Slide show presentation on external monitor

EXTRAS

☆ File versioning. Revert to any of the last 10 file versions.
☆ Save documents, spreadsheets and presentations in PDF format
☆ Wireless printing (iOS4.2 and later)

ORGANIZING/INTEGRATING FILES

☆ GOOGLE DOCS: Office² HD allows you to view and edit the documents and spreadsheets stored in your Google Docs account. Not only does this enhance file transfers to and from Office² HD, you can also edit the same files on the iPad AND from within your web browser.
☆ Users can also open, edit, save, delete and rename files stored in Dropbox, Box.net, Microsoft SkyDrive and any WebDAV server
☆ Organize files into folders
☆ Open DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, PDF, PPT, PPTX and TXT email attachments within Office² HD
☆ Email any file you are working on from within Office² HD

Writeroom

For Writers. WriteRoom is the original distraction-free writing environment. WriteRoom attempts nothing more than to create a quiet place for you to write.

• DISTRACTION-FREE INTERFACE keeps your text in focus.
• DROPBOX SYNCED FOLDERS keep your documents organized.
• FONTS & COLORS make the environment yours.

“WriteRoom Takes iPad Text Editor Crown”
— Charlie Sorrel, Wired.com

“WriteRoom is an excellent, distraction-free, writing app”
— William Deal, Appstorm.net (9/10)

MORE FEATURES: Word Count, Extended Keyboard Row for iPad, Search for Files, Custom Line Height, Screen Brightness, TextExpander Support, Automatic & Manual Sync, iTunes Document Sharing, Clean Fullscreen Mode, Print & Email, Startup Passcode, Link Detection, Draggable Scroller, Autocorrect On/Off, Document & Folder Sorting.

ALTERNATIVES: Clean Writer, Daedalus touch, Elements, iA Writer, My Writing Nook, Nebulous Notes, Notesy, PlainText, SimpleNote, Writings.

WriteRoom for iOS only works with plain text formats.

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iPad Mini Review iCopilot

The iPad was the device that we wanted but didn’t know that we wanted until Apple unveiled the first one in 2009. The iPad was ahead of it’s time with a 10-inch display, 10-hour battery life, Retina Display on the third generation, and Apps designed specifically for the iPad itself. Fast forward to today, and through three generations of iPad, we arrive at the iPad Mini, Apple’s entry into the 7-inch tablet world.
The iPad Mini is what many were waiting for since the arrival of the first iPad, something smaller, light weight, robust, and travel worthy. For those that have bought into the Apple ecosystem with App purchases, iTunes, iBooks, and more will feel right at home on the iPad Mini as it runs all of the same Apps with no addition updates or solutions. Out of the box the iPad Mini is everything an iPad would and should be.
Read on to see what the iPad Mini is all about and if it’ll be right for you.

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Apple 12W USB Charger Review

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When the 3rd Generation iPad (iPad with Retina) came out many complaints were that it took longer to charge on the standard 10W power adaptor that was offered. The Retina display was a power hog and would take almost twice as long to charge when the batter was drained. There were even times when using the iPad with Retina while it was plugged in charging that the battery would continue to drain and wouldn’t charge. It quickly became an annoyance when using an iPad with Retina.

When Apple announced the 4th Generation iPad they very slyly upgraded the 10W power charger to a new 12W power charger, this was probably due to the long charge times of an iPad with Retina as the Retina display consumes more power than a standard display like the iPad 2 or iPad Mini. Apple also offers the 12W charger as a standalone accessory so consumers can pick up a second one for travel or buy it if they don’t own an iPad and wanted a better option than the standard 5W that comes with the iPhone.

Using the new 12W USB charger makes is easier to charge your device quicly and then get back to being mobile. When using the 12W charger with the iPhone 5 has cut charge times in half, with the iPhone going from 50% to 100% in usually around thirty minuets or less. The iPad Mini can go from 0% to 100% usually in about an hour. These times are really impressive when considering how long it would take to charge them using the standard 5W charger that comes with those devices. Another benefit of using the 12W USB charger is that the back wall plug can be interchanged so if you’re traveling you can get wall plugs that will suit the areas that you’re traveling to. And being that the longer wall plug of the MacBook chargers can be interchanged you can also use the long cord with your 12W USB charger as well, that way you don’t have to always keep the charger close to the wall. It’s a convient way to charge and use your device at the same time.

With the 12W USB charger selling for $19.99 directly from Apple it’s a no brainer purchase. Pick one up today and get your devices charged quicker and then get back to life quicker.

Have you gotten a 12W USB charger? Let us know what you think in the comments section below what you think of it. Also, if you have any questions feel free to leave them below as well.