August Roundup

2 09 2010

August has been a busy month at Appjudge. At the height of summer, I have covered the monthly disposable App, reviewed backing up your data with Dropbox and covered how to find the best Apps on the store, as well as a lot more. In case you’ve missed any of August’s posts, see the summary below with links to the relevant articles.

August’s Posts

The World at your fingertips

For August’s Disposable App of the month, I turned to Google Earth, an App from the internet search giants, that allows you to pinch, scroll and touch your way around the globe. While the App helps prove to your mates how superior your iDevice is to their measly phone, it has very little functionality. The App is a stripped down version of the desktop Google Earth, and therefore, is unlikely to remain on your device for long.

The forgotten victims of iOS 4

For owners of the iPhone 3G and the iPod Touch second generation, it’s been quite a roller coaster ride over the past few months. Users initially delighted that their older devices would be supported by the iOS4  update, only to be disappointed when the update rendered their devices almost unusable. I cover the whole story from beginning to end, and look into what choices 3G and 2nd Gen Touch users have.

Avoiding the digital abyss

As we keep more and more of possessions in the realm of the digital, it’s becoming increasingly important that we backup our precious files and memories. One solution to this comes in the form of the online service, Dropbox. The internet based company has released a corresponding App to extend their reach to iOS users. I review the App and see how well the App integrates with the existing service.

How to Find Good Apps

There are over 225,000 Apps on the store, and asa result, finding the good Apps, from the not so good, can be quite the task. In an attempt to better guide users round the Appstore, I set out some criteria to look out for when attempting to download Apps from the store.

Welcome to the Social Epicentre

In this post I cover a new social App on the store, The Hotlist, that attempts to aggregate location data, while integrating other services and information, such as Twitter and Yelp reviews. The end result, is an App that allows the users to get the vibe of an event, without having to set a foot inside.

I’ve just bought an iPhone…now what? Part 3

The final part of three part post, in which I handpick the best Apps from each of the categories from the Appstore. In this post, I cover the following categories: Productivity, Reference, Social Networking, Sports, Travel and Weather.





The forgotten victims of iOS 4

7 08 2010

For owners of the 3G iPhone and 2nd Generation iPod Touch, it’s been quiet the roller coaster ride. First, back in January, it was announced that along with the 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad, their devices would be supported in the upcoming iOS 4 software update. This was a relative high, since Apple was doing something that no other phone manufacture had done; continuing to support older Generation phones.

The Announcement of iOS 4

Since then, it’s been a downward spiral for users, as it was later announced that features would be omitted from the software update for iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd Generation users. The biggest being multitasking, which while being disappointing for users, was also understandable since Apple was trading a new feature for user experience and speed. However, alongside this, other features, such as a custom background, were also cut out, leaving users with the same black wallpaper. Surely having another image in place of a plain black background wouldn’t of been too taxing on the processor?

Sacrificing User Experience

Despite this, users duly updated their devices when the new software update rolled round in late June. They downloaded the stripped back version of iOS 4, expecting that the trade off between the range of new features and user experience was worth it. However, the reality was far from this. The update to iOS 4 deteriorated, rather than improved the user experience for iPhone 3G and iPod Touch 2nd Generation users. All the Apps take longer to load, regardless of whether it’s the settings, camera or Angry Birds. Rather than improve the user experience for users, through the addition of new features while keeping a comparable speed, the update has made the device slower and less responsive. The effects of upgrading to iOS 4 can be clearly demonstrated in the video below, in which two iPhone 3Gs, one loaded with iOS 4 and the other iOS 3.1.3, are compared in speed tests.

Game Centre

To top it off, only iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad users will be able to enjoy Apple’s new social gaming App, Game Centre, since support for older devices has recently been dropped in beta 3 of iOS 4.1.  Not only does this limit the amount of players that’ll be on the service, but it also annoys a solid basis of loyal iPhone/iPod Touch users, since there is little reason why their device can’t run Game Centre. After all, most Apps run on both the iPhone 3G right the way to the iPhone 4.

What now?

For users that are still bitter about Apple pulling support for Game Centre, there are alternatives out there for you. One of the biggest multiplayer services, that existed far before Apple’s Game Centre, is that of Openfeint. You can easily swap scores and view leaderboards with friends and strangers across the globe. Look out for a small ‘leaf icon’ contained within App icons- this shows that the App supports Openfeint. A good example, is Fruit Ninja, a popular fruit slicing game with Openfeint support.

In terms of iOS4, users have three options…

Downgrade- Probably the best option for most users. You lose out on some features that come bundled in iOS4 and more Apps will eventually require the latest version of the iPhone software to run. However, you regain a faster, more responsive system.

Stay with iOS 4- Trading speed and responsiveness for the latest Apps and features. For those who are interested in making iOS4 more bearable, Lifehacker has recently covered tips and tricks that can help speed it up- click here

Jailbreak- Perceived by many as tricky and unethical, boarding on unlegal. Jailbreaking is quite the opposite with a number of tools, such as red snOw and pwnage tool. The process has recently been proven to be legal, although Apple won’t encourage you, and if anything goes wrong, a simple software reset will set things right again. The only problem with jailbreaks is, that user experience, battery life and speed can suffer.

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House Keeping…House Keeping?

1 08 2010

This post is just to cover some general house keeping with regard to the site and upcoming changes. First of all, I apologise for the slow posting this month- the “I’ve bought an iPhone, now what?” posts took far longer to research and write up than I anticipated, and incidentally I shall be releasing the final part of the trio sometime in August. Speaking of the new month, I plan to get back to posting more regularly with the usual concoction of reviews, rants and news pieces.

Now that’s out the way, let’s talk changes. I’ve decided to break up the monthly news update and spread it across the month with smaller posts. This ensures that news items are up to date and relevant, while avoiding overly long posts at the same time. Fans of the Disposable App of month, should fear not. The monthly feature shall not die an early death, but rather it shall inherit a post of it’s own, meaning you can expect a more thorough run down.

Round up of July’s Posts

Updated: I am T-Pain

In the early days of Appjudge, I reviewed the first iteration of the I am T-Pain App, which was a unique App that made use of the Autotune technology. The App scored a mediocre three stars out of five because despite the great user interface, the technology powering the App gave sporadic end results. Since then, the developers have released a major new update that takes advantage of the iPhone 4, as well as expanding the feature set for the 3GS users.

Default Wars : Battle of the Browsers

For a long time, the only choice in terms of web browsing on the iOS platform was through Apple’s walled garden- mobile Safari. However, with increasing pressure from competitors and users, Apple eventually allowed the first real alternative browser onto the platform, in the shape of Opera Mini. Unlike Mobile Safari and other browsers on the Appstore, Opera is not powered by Webkit, but rather their own compression software, that claims to not only save data charges, but also give users a significant speed boost. I explore, compare and contrast the two browser to work out if either is victor.

I’ve just bought an iPhone, now what? Part 1

In a three part post, I cover the whole Appstore from top to tail, by picking three Apps from each category. In the first post I cover the following categories: Books, Business, Education, Entertainment, Finance and Game.

Cloud computing : Is it already here?

The cloud, the internet and online services are the future of computing, apparently. I explore just what is meant by the term, Cloud Computing, and whether the future is far away, or, if cloud computing is already here.

I’ve just bought an iPhone, now what? Part 2

The second part of the three posts, in which I handpick the best Apps from each of the categories from the Appstore. In this post, I cover the following categories: Health and Fitness, Lifestyle, Medical, Music, Navigation, News and Photography.





Cloud computing: Is it already here?

21 07 2010

Cloud computing is a term that is banded about all too easily today, with many believing that the future of computing lies in the cloud. For those who don’t know what cloud computing is- the idea is that in the future we will have computers, or more likely smaller devices such as phones, that will be less focused upon hardware specs, such as processing power. In other words, the programs, storage and services that we will use, will be online and as such our data is no longer tied to a single machine- our information and data travels with us, and so the cloud metaphor is complete.

Online Services

The transition began along time ago, we just haven’t released yet, since it’s pretty likely that you are using many cloud services right now. One great example is, YouTube, which in it’s early days was a video dating site- a stark difference from the all encompassing video sharing site and broadcaster that it is today. Owners, Google, plan to continue the expansion of the site with the introduction of Google TV, in which YouTube will be at the epicentre. The service, that is set for release later this year, will provide users with a new layer of interface on top of their existing setup, with universal search for shows across the TV programs and YouTube.

Staying in the realm of television and video, our American cousins will be all too familiar with the great service that Hulu provides. The service is now expanding from just computer to the Playstation, iPad and other media centre services. No longer is the viewing experience constricted to the single screen, the television, people’s viewing experience can be moved from device to device, and all this is made possible with an online account- a simple username and password.

Online services aren’t just restricted to video, other such examples can be seen with Flickr, the photo sharing site from Yahoo!, and online streaming services such as Spotify and Grooveshark. The most starkly different function- from that of media and content providing services- is how people are increasingly moving and backing up all their data online, whether that be document, emails, photos- their entire digital identity and life. Service such as Dropbox and Windows Skydrive, allow people to upload anything to the web, and then access it anywhere they can get an internet connection and a web browser.

The rise of Apps

In terms of the iOS platform and the emergence of the app culture one could argue that this is signalling the future of computing and is part of cloud computing. Rather than our devices having fully blown programs, users are opting for bite sized experiences that are contained within a closed environment, which has been developed to fulfil a certain number of functions. As Steve Jobs said, people aren’t searching on their mobile devices; their opening an App instead. So rather than search for online food recipes, users are more likely to open up Epicurious.

Furthermore, the rise of apps has positioned the iPhone and iPad as more than a iPhone- bordering on the functionality of a computer but with less processing power and defiened user experiences. Apple has noticed this and responded accordingly with the timely release of the iMovie App and the iWork App on the iPad, and soon on the iPhone, if the rumours circulating the internet are to be believed.

Chrome OS

This is one of biggest and most obvious steps towards a cloud computing future, from the company that lives and breathes the internet, Google. The traditional notion of the desktop with the standard icons is done away with and in it’s place, the operating system centers around the browser. As a result, local file storage and interaction is replaced with interacting with files from external sources. One such example of this would be, to edit a document in Google Docs and then save it online, rather than create it and save it on the computers hard drive. A similar stance is taken to other file types, in which the operating system gives the user the tools to view the file and edit it, through the use of an online services, but it doesn’t encourage the user to then save the file locally. As a result, the Chrome OS, while be mainly marketed towards netbook manufactures, since there is less emphasis on the overall specs of the machine, since the standard desktop is replaced with a browser, and the creation and consumption of media and files are handled on the internet, rather than on the machine.

Conclusion

It will be interesting to see how the big companies in the computing space, Apple, Microsoft and Google, adapt to meet this challenge, because right now, I don’t see any of them as set to dominate the area.

Microsoft have the most work to do, since they are a company that has always been based around  a users sitting down in front of a computer. Cloud computing, moves the user away from this classic depiction, and replaces it with a much more mobile lifestyle. In the mobile area Microsoft has struggled and as a result the windows mobile platform has struggled. They are pinning their hopes on the reboot of the operating system with the introduction of Windows Phone 7.

While Apple may have nailed it in the mobile space, with the brilliant iOS format,they are struggling with online services, such as mobile me, which needs a lot of work. The implementation of the rumoured upcoming streaming iTunes service will play a big part in how success the company is in this area.

Google does have a great array of online services, however they lack the usability and user experience that Apple is famed for. How well the Chrome OS is spread and accepted by users will play a big part for them.

What do you think? Which company is set for cloud computing? Is cloud computing even the future? Let me know in the comments below.





News Update: iPhone 4 launch, Apple OSX apps heading for the iPhone, and more…

1 07 2010

iPhone 4 launch

As expected the new iPhone 4 was revealed at WWDC10, with it boasting a new retina display, a forward facing camera for Facetime, a revamped design and gyroscope, however, rather disappointingly, no upgrade in terms of capacity, with the same 16Gb and 32Gb models being offered.

The launch of the iPhone has not been without incident, with some users experiencing yellow discolouration on the screen, similar to the iMac, and more recently, problems with the proximity sensors, a feature that has been around since the first iPhone, that prevent the touch screen becoming active when making a phone call. The most pressing issue regarding the new iPhone has been the reception issues, in which holding the iPhone in a certain way causes reception to drop or to cut out completely. The issue seems to effect around 40 percent of new iPhone users and, in particular, left handed users. Some have put it down to the new design in which the antennas are encased around the outside of the phone. Apple’s official current stance is to either ‘hold the phone in a different way’, or buy one of the official bumpers. However, since the devices primary function is to make and receive calls, simply telling hard paying customers to buy a case or hold the phone differently is unacceptable. There has been talk of a case to sue Apple over the new iPhone, however Apple remains confident that an upcoming software update will fix the problem. Despite all this, Apple has still managed to shift 1.7 million in just the first three days of sales- a solid testament to the popularity of the device.

iPod Touch

The release of the new iPhone has also given us a clue as to how the iPod Touch will be updated come the end of the summer. I presume that Apple will kit the new Touch out with the retina display, gyroscope, a outward facing camera and an A4 processor. The only uncertainty regarding the new iPod Touch is the capacity of the new device since there has been no upgrade  for the iPhone this year.

My impressions of iOS4

The release of iOS4 has given 3GS users a taste of what is in store for new iPhone 4 users and overall the opening of apps and general tasks on the phone feel slightly more responsive and the new transition effects give the OS a polished and refined feel. I have yet to notice any detrimental effects on my battery and having been accustomed to the default black background for so long, I was worried about how the wallpapers would clash with the apps and the interface. However, many of the supplied backgrounds and photos that I had taken that, worked well in terms of providing a suitable backdrop for my iPhone.

Overall I feel that iOS4 is the last iteration of this line of OS, as since the initial release of the iPhone, back in 2007, each software upgrade has merely added on another layer on functionality or user experience and eye candy. I would hope and expect that Apple will totally overhaul the OS, for the next iPhone, since some aspects of the OS, such as that notifications system, are in dire need of improvement. Especially with the moves towards more cloud based computing and as our phones start to become not only content consuming devices, but like our computers, devices that are able of creating content as well.

For those who have upgraded to iOS4, how are you finding the new software update?

iWork coming for the iPhone.

There have been rumours circulating the internet about the release of an iWork branded app for the iPhone, and such rumours have recently gained a somewhat solid foundation with documentation appearing on some Apple Store websites, dedicated to iWork and other Apple branded applications for the iPhone. The section has since been taken down, however the release of iWork for the iPhone platform would not be unsurprising move from Apple, since the company is pushing forward with it’s cloud based initiative with the original release of iWork for the iPad and the recently unveiling of iMovie for the iPhone 4. The only mystery aspect that remains about this, is how will Apple make Pages, Keynote and Numbers work on such a small screen?

Site Updates

Some of you may noticed that the format of the reviews has changed slightly, with images of the app being moved down to a gallery at the bottom. I have made this alteration to allow you to get a better view of the app through the pictures, since they can now be clicked upon to get an enlarged view. Social links are also being provided at the bottom of all new posts, so you can quickly share posts with your friends, or the rest of the world. I am also going to start doing a few more ‘article’ style posts, like this month’s iPad post, however, this will never over take or interfere with this blogs primary function as a review site. The ‘About’ section is down at the moment for some much needed work. I will be working on it over the month to update some of the information and give it a general tidy up.

More quality reviews and articles are all ready being prepped for next month, so stick around and as always, if you have any suggestions, comments or advice, then you can contact me, either by email at, tomwbagshaw@gmail.com, or at the above mentioned twitter account, appjudge_wp.

This Month’s Posts

It’s been a busy month here at Appjudge, I have covered a number of posts, ranging from reviews on 2Do, to covering all the aspects of iOS4, to a full analysis on the iPad.

Updated: Flight Control Review

A quick thank you.

What you need to know about 4.0

2Do : Time to organise your life

The iPad: A Revolution, but not as we know it…

Time to prepare for iOS 4

Kickball! : Location, location, location

Project 365: Capturing a year

Disposable App of the Month

As always, I honour the monthly tradition of the disposable app, which is a type of app that is worth downloading and checking out, but is unlikely to stay on your iDevice for any lengthy period. This month’s disposable app is, Lego Photo.

Lego photo allows you to take a photo, either from the camera or your pre-existing photo library and turn it into a Lego mosaic. In effect, the app bunches pixels together and then replaces them with a correspondingly coloured Lego block. The end result heavily depends of the photo that you submit to the app, with the best results coming from close up photos of distinct objects with a plain background.

The lego photo app boasts a simple but charming interface, based around a lego theme with the users being presented with two simple options upon opening the app. One takes you to the camera app so you can take a snap to convert into lego, while the other takes you to your photo library, so you can select a photo to be legofied. Once you’ve selected your photo the app takes a few seconds to process and transform your picture into a lego ‘masterpiece.’

Lego photo is available from the Appstore for absolutely nothing, right now.

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Time to prepare for iOS 4

18 06 2010

The 21st of June will beckon in the new iteration of Apple’s smartphone operating system, iOS 4. The update brings with it multitasking, folders, Gamescenter and much more- if you’re interested in finding out the key features of the new OS, click here. So, I will be covering how to prepare your device for the upgrade, and if, your precious i Device is eligible for the iOS 4 experience at all.

1) Restore your device- If you have the time, restore your device, by connecting it to iTunes and hitting the restore button. This effectively wipes the system clean, and those who have had a device for awhile, may notice a slight speed increase after the restore.

2) Download the new version of iTunes (version 9.2) from the Apple website here. The new update brings iOS 4 compatibility, improved syncing, and iBooks. You need this version of iTunes to update to the new software.

3) Backup- It is important before you perform any software upgrade to back up all your data, using the built in iTunes facility.

4) Calibrate your battery- Over time the battery indicator on your iDevice will become less accurate. To fix this, fully charge the device, and then fully drain it, in one cycle. This will recalibrate your battery, giving you more accurate read outs.

5) Download- On the day, plug in your device and go on to iTunes, and click, ‘Check for software update.’ The software will then download- enjoy.

Compatibility- Find out if your device is compatible with the new iOS 4 update. Note that this year, the update is FREE for all users- iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. In the past Apple use to charge iPod Touch users a fee to update.

iPad Owners – You will receive the 4 OS upgrade in September. Expect further OS enhancements specifically tailored towards the device.

iPhone 4 Owners – The device will come with the 4 OS already on it- you will have the full experience of iOS 4 at the highest speeds.

iPhone 3GS Owners and third generaton iPod Touch owners (32gb and 64gb from late 2009)– You will receive the full 4.0 experience when released 21st of June

iPhone 3G Owners and second generation iPod Touch owners (late 2008)– You will receive a cut down version of the 4 experience- no multitasking for you

iPhone G1 and G2 and first generation iPod Touch ownersSorry, no upgrade to 4 for you. You are now part of a dwindling few who still have the original devices- if you have one, lets hear about it in the comments.

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The iPad: A Revolution, but not as we know it…

15 06 2010

In terms of a revolution, perhaps one could argue that, to think of the iPad as a revolution in terms of the consumers, is to ignore what the iPhone and iPod Touch have achieved in the way people consume and interact with media. One of the funny things to watch is current iPad owners try explain why the iPad is revolutionary- I find this collegehumor video, crude I know, to sum it up perfectly. However,  I believe those who call the iPad, ‘just a big iPod Touch’, are being short sighted, for a number of reasons that I will cover of the course of this post.

Advertising

The biggest revolution that the iPad represents is in terms of advertising, especially with the introduction of Apple’s iAd. The importance of advertising on this platform was conveyed by Steve Jobs back in the April keynote, in which he quoted that ‘the average user spends about 30 minutes in apps everyday’, and if 10 ads were shown a day, across the 100 million iPod Touchs, iPhones and iPads, worldwide, then there were be a billion ads served up a day. Furthermore, Apple’s business strategy has reflected this as well, with the ban of Admob, Google’s advertising platform, from the iPhone OS and Appstore. Developers will be encouraged to incorporate iAd’s into their apps, since adverts will be easy to add in and the developer will receive 60 percent of the revenue.

For the consumer, the iPad will become an extension of the 360 degree world of advertising that we inhabit- you go out, see billboards, log onto the internet- see ‘tasteful’ pop ups and banners, turn on the TV, etc etc. In the case of the Television, it brings advertising into our sanctuary from the world, the home. However as soon as you leave the room, the advertising ceases to be effective and this is the key difference. The iPad not only brings advertising into the home, but into the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom- where ever you carry the device. Furthermore, iAd is going to allow advertisers to create content rich experience based partly on the information that it gains from your iPad, such as your location. An example used in the keynote was a Toy Story 3 advert, in which the user can watch trailers, purchase movie merchandise, download wallpapers and ringtones, and, using GPS, find out which cinemas in their area will be screening the film.

User Experience

With regard to user experience and usability, the iPad is definitely a revolution, in a market in which so many other companies have failed. The key to Apple’s success is that other tablets have been based around converting a fully blown operating system to work with hand and stylus input. As a result, the operating system becomes the main hindrance for users since the U.I is based around the point and click interface. A fully blown Windows OS does not take into consideration the unique situations that the touchscreen creates. Such as, when the user interacts with the interface, his/her hands will cover parts of the screen. Small icons and taskbars, while fine for the normal user, compounds everything that is wrong with adapting a fully blown operating system for the touchscreen platform- adding minor modifications and an onscreen keyboard is not enough. Meanwhile, Apple has upscaled their touchscreen orientated Smartphone operating system, the iPhone OS, to the tablet form factor.

As a result, the user experience is perfectly suited for the device, and if anything, the iPhone OS works better on the bigger format, however, Apple’s choice of the iPhone OS has large ramifications that just the user experience- it has defined the device. Like the iPhone and iPod Touch, the iPad is about consuming media, rather than creating- a key difference between the iPad and your computer. As Steve Jobs mentioned in his January Keynote, Apple was creating a new, ‘third’ category, between that of the Smartphone and the Computer and for that category to exist, the iPad would have to be better than the Smartphone and the Computer in key areas- such as consuming media- gaming, reading an ebook, viewing photos and videos, but also tasks such as browsing the web.

The computer is capable of both, consuming and creating media, but it lacks the extreme portability ( very few laptops can boast the 10 hour battery life of the iPad, while still being relatively thin and light) Furthermore, in terms of consuming media, the iPad has been specifically designed for this, after all- what better way is there to interact with content, than to touch it ? The iPhone and the iPod touch proved this and now people can experience the same thing on a grander scale. However, the iPad differs from the iPhone and Touch in a number of key ways.

The saviour of printed media?

First of all, the iPad has been touted as the saviour to printed media, by providing comicbook, magazine and newspaper editors the ability to create a rich and interactive experience for their target audience,  something that is not possible with print media. While, many of the content providers have produced stunning applications for their audience, they have yet to grasp the concept of a fair price point for their product. Apple should of imposed a pricing structure similar to that of the Appstore, because at the moment many of the ’emagazines’ etc are not a viable option for consumers because they are overpriced or the same price of their printed sibling. Until the content providers begin pricing their products more competitively, the ’emagazine’ format is unlikely to take off.

The tablet format

While the device shares many of the characteristics of the Touch, the bigger format of the iPad, in terms of size and processing power, means that app developers can create some truly unique and separate experiences, from that of apps created for the iPhone and iPod Touch platform. One great example of this is the iWork package that Apple created for the iPad, something that was not viable on the smaller format of the Touch and iPhone, works well on the iPad. The quality of apps that developers create, and how they take advantage of the larger screen, will help define not only, how successful the product is, but also in terms of the iPad being perceived as a separate device to the iPod Touch and iPhone

The larger screen format, immediately encourages people to share their content by passing or gathering around the iPad to show friends and family the latest viral YouTube video of a cat playing the drums or the latest holiday photos. The screen encourages people to consume media on the device, and more and more people are using a second screen while watching TV, and the iPad will be perfect in this role. The small screen of the iPod Touch and iPhone means people will glance at the device, rather than actually engage with content.

The future of computing

The iPad is signalling towards the future of computing in which computers will be less based around processing power and more focused around media consumption and cloud computing. The iPad also does away with the mouse and keyboard input, proving that it is possible to have an operating system without these two proprietary components. I expect that in a few years, the iPhone and iPad will merge as one product, with greater processing power, incorporating a form of resizeable touchscreen, or perhaps making use of projectors.

Would I recommend buying one?

No, not yet. The iPad is in it’s infancy and a first generation Apple product is never the finished article, and as such, the users are essentially beta testers for the second gen iPad. If anything, the new iPhone has told us more about where the new iPad is heading in terms of features. Next year, or possibly sooner (this is Apple after all), we can expect a thinner, lighter iPad with camera(s) for ‘facetime’ and the improved retina display. However, for those who are really itching for the latest slab of Appley goodness, or those with fat wallet, at least wait until September, to see how iOS 4 changes the experience on the iPad. As the months go by, the platform will mature, as the developers have longer with the device, and better apps start to get released. If you are still determined (Steve would be proud), you then of course have to consider whether to get a WiFi version or the 3G. If you plan on staying in the home- get the WiFi, but if you plan to roam away from the safety of your wireless router, pony up the extra cash and get the 3G iPad.

Your thoughts

I’ve had my thoughts on the iPad and now I want to hear yours. Is there room for a ‘third device’?, does the iPad represent the future of computing?, is the iPad revolutionary at all? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

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