TouchMyApps » Editorials http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 “Murder in the living room”, a short note on Apple’s upcoming launch and its unicorn products http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/06/murder-in-the-living-room-a-short-note-on-apples-upcoming-launch-and-its-unicorn-products/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2012/03/06/murder-in-the-living-room-a-short-note-on-apples-upcoming-launch-and-its-unicorn-products/#comments Tue, 06 Mar 2012 22:39:44 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=66968 While the best of us are busy scrutinizing Apple’s Event invitation for cabalistic symbols and hints on the nature of iPad 3, I’m more interested in what will become of Apple TV and what can happen if Apple gets serious about its hobby. Steve Jobs’ legacy is undeniable – both in innovative products and a … Read more]]>

While the best of us are busy scrutinizing Apple’s Event invitation for cabalistic symbols and hints on the nature of iPad 3, I’m more interested in what will become of Apple TV and what can happen if Apple gets serious about its hobby.

Steve Jobs’ legacy is undeniable – both in innovative products and a company that thinks differently. Apart from thinking, Apple is also good at selling; it’s already the world biggest computer and smartphone manufacturer, and the company is growing quickly. What kind of innovation does it have to bring now to sustain such growth?

Living room

When we’re not sleeping, we’re usually in front of our computer – both for work and leisure, and most modern PCs work well for this. After staring at a laptop’s screen all day, people would put it on the kitchen table for the evening and then take it to bed.

When I got an iPad, I thought I would be mostly carrying it around, while relying on my MacBook at home. Instead, the vast amount of time with my iPad is spent in the kitchen watching tv series, or on the couch, reading articles and surfing. It’s just so much more comfortable for those tasks.

It’s ideal for leisure, and even works as a psychological divide for some – work while you’re at your computer, rest with an iPad.

It’s probable that Apple decides to turn the iPad into a mega remote control for the new Apple TV and let live television be the main selling point for the new device. But what if didn’t end there?

The Apple TV connected to a bigger screen, with or without an iPad or iPhone, can be the ultimate entertainment system – should apple want to make it into one.

Autonomy

Such a device should be able to work on its own, and be a possible “first product”, just like  iPad or a Mac is today.  The App Store should enable it to run a range of apps, even storing the apps’ data on its own memory.

Media management

This is a huge opportunity, and Apple clearly sees it, but the tools they offer now are far from being ideal. Photostream does not live up to the expectations and only works on a Mac with iPhoto or Aperture, and videos still have to be imported using a cable, etc. “iBox” (it clearly wouldn’t be a TV set) could read the photos and videos from memory cards or usb, and suck the rest from the cloud, always in sync and with non-desctructive edits.

Music and video content

App Store on the device would enable it to run pandora, spotify, hulu, or whatever other streaming service you can think of. iTunes Store video content, including iTunes University, could remember playing position across all devices.

Remote control and voice input

Maybe shouting commands across the room would be strange, but what if iPhone could tell the iBox what to do? You could ask Siri to play your favorite song on large speakers, or switch the movie to a bigger screen.

One could argue that you can achieve almost all of it by slapping boxee software on a Mac mini, but that’s not so. Controlled user experience has always been Apple’s strength, and managing media centers with full-size keyboard and torrent downloaders is not elegant, and not something you can easily control.

Live TV, all your media, and the App Store on an easy to use living room device could be another thing Steve Jobs finally “cracked”, and I would be the first to buy one.

 

This article was brought to you by TouchMyApps guest author Eugene Shimalsky, Head of Products and Technologies of D2N8, founder of Treebune srl. You can find Eugene on his Tumble profile right here.


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Eight apps for a broken arm http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/06/15/eight-apps-for-a-broken-arm/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/06/15/eight-apps-for-a-broken-arm/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:40:23 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=53484 After breaking my arm a couple of months ago, I learned a bit of biology. Bones are serious buggers, you know; they don’t just Lego into place after snapping. But even at 31 and five fingers down, I applied myself very fastidiously to apps that I could use one-handed. At first, they may seem eclectic, … Read more]]>

After breaking my arm a couple of months ago, I learned a bit of biology. Bones are serious buggers, you know; they don’t just Lego into place after snapping. But even at 31 and five fingers down, I applied myself very fastidiously to apps that I could use one-handed. At first, they may seem eclectic, but I assure you that they were the best medicine. If you’re intent on joining my club, send in your resumes, apply something heavy/swift to your long bones, and then follow the gap!

Stanza

After being unimpressed by Apple’s fancy with superfluous effects, poor typography, and piss-poor real book emulation, I quickly opted for simpler alternatives. Stanza still remains my favourite reading app. It is easy to use, backed by tens of thousands of free books, and boasts good text effects and resizing options for reading both indoors and outdoors. For member of my club, its button placement and navigation is great, but you don’t have to break an arm to enjoy it. The best part? It’s free.

Stanza Lexcycle, Stanza, 10.01MB – Free

Need help with Stanza? Try TMA’s how to transfer article.

WordBook

If breaking an arm wasn’t hard enough, my favourite reference, Enfour’s Oxford Deluxe English Dictionary, went on the fritz with a new update, deciding not to boot on my iPod touch 4G. Bugger. In the meantime, the already excellent WordBook kept hitting with good updates, good interface, and a much better save and export engine. Oxford has the upper hand as a reference, but now comes 2nd when I just want to dig into definitions, synonyms, and save and print my bookmarks. For the price and convenience, there is no better English dictionary. If you’re shy an arm or a couple of fingers, WordBook plays nice. You can annotate, bookmark, flip through daily vocab, and have a jolly good time with just one hand.

WordBook English Dictionary & Thesaurus TranCreative Software, WordBook English Dictionary & Thesaurus (TMA Review), 19.99MB – $1.99

WritingTips

Written by bestselling author, Alice Kuipers, WritingTips is nothing more than a collection and exercises of tips in any of eight categories. Its design isn’t great, and some of the tips are doubtless oldies, but it’s compact; everything comes under one, pithy roof. If you can get over the poor typesetting, constantly changing text sizes, and strange framing, there is a lot to enjoy about WritingTips. Because WritingTips sports such a simple interface, it is easy to pick up and put down without ever lifting another arm.

Writing Tips Rich Lowenberg, Writing Tips, 2.82MB – $0.99

Pages

Well, there are a lot of great writing apps out there, but Pages is the one I turn to most. Why? Compatibility and overall polish. I don’t like Apple’s strange insistence on the emulation of analogue items in a digital app, but otherwise, pages responds faster, and is easier to use than many other productivity apps, especially if you plan to add photos or other media. There are myriad small user-interface issues, but each iteration gets better. On my iPad, Pages can relax with me next to my pillow in any screen orientation I see fit, and operates wonderfully one-handed. Writing is slow – that can’t be helped when half of your team plays hooky – but it is much easier than dragging a mouse or touchpad and jumping to the keyboard.

Pages Apple®, Pages, 87.90MB – $9.99

Instagram


While not as sexy as a real polaroid, Instagram sure sets the barn on fire by emulating great photo frames, and allowing you to share with all your friends on your favourite social networks. I love this app. For the broken handed, Instagram’s thumb-driven interface is simple genius. Even adding a couple of effects or frames can be done easily with just a lap and a thumb.
Instagram Burbn, Inc., Instagram, 6.77MB – Free

Photogene

This app is a life-saver. Strapped into my upper-arm-down cast, even sitting up hurt. Forget Lightroom and Photoshop. Forget Photomatrix Pro. Photogene has gotten better and better each iteration. Today, it can export my photos in full resolution, has a rudimentary layer design for dodge and burn effects, interfaces seamlessly with my photo library, and does most of what Lightroom does, but for a small fraction of the price. Caveats? The vignettes are pretty poor, there aren’t real layers yet, and sadly there is no universal binary. But this 2,99$ app is worth it for both the iPod/iPhone and iPad. Prop your iPad up in its nifty sleeve and enjoy full-featured, one-handed editing. If you’re interested in seeing what PhotoGene can do, check out my Flickr stream; most of my photos go from D200 to iPad through small Photogene adjustments and onto Photoshop.

Photogene Omer Shoor, Photogene (TMA Review), 4.10MB – $1.99

Photogene for iPad Omer Shoor, Photogene for iPad, 6.38MB – $2.99

Home Design 3D by LiveCad for iPad

There is no such thing as a cheap do-it-all portable alternative for true workstation CAD suites. Nevertheless Home Design 3D is killer. It’s square-based level designer isn’t the easiest to wrap your head around, but when you do, it’s intuitive and quick. LiveCad have added dozens of house add ons such as doors, windows, bathroom fixtures, and more. For a home interior designer, it’s got pretty much all you need. Adding other floors, basements, etc., is really sometimes foul, but overall, this app is killer. No matter the time of year, it comes at the top of my must-have list. The only thing that can be tricky to operate is the 3D view (yes, it has a 3D walkthrough of your house); all other features work great if you’ve only five fingers.

Home Design 3D By LiveCad - For iPad Anuman, Home Design 3D By LiveCad – For iPad, 46.22MB – $5.99

Home Design 3D By LiveCad - For iPhone Anuman, Home Design 3D By LiveCad – For iPhone, 52.89MB – $4.99

Infinity Blade

What’s a recommended app-list without a game? I’m not a big gamer, but I enjoy a good hack and slash now and then. Infinity Blade’s excellent (and easy) navigation and fighting interface is violent, yet incredibly easy to navigate. No matter how invalid you are, you can kill baddies with a single hand and look as bad as Boba Fett while doing it.

Infinity Blade Chair Entertainment Group, LLC, Infinity Blade (TMA Review), 583.93MB – $5.99

As much as I’ve enjoyed my break (get it, get it?), I’m enjoying getting back in the saddle even more. Instagram, as much as I love you, I do prefer to take time with an my Nikon FM2 or my D200. But, when I finally upgrade to an iPhone, I’ll be playing instantly with the likes of  Photogene and Instragram without the annoyance of a PC interface.

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TouchMyApps’ Staff picks for 2010 – Top of the top, cream of the crop! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/31/touchmyapps-staff-picks-for-2010-top-of-the-top-cream-of-the-crop/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/31/touchmyapps-staff-picks-for-2010-top-of-the-top-cream-of-the-crop/#comments Fri, 31 Dec 2010 20:44:26 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=45861 It’s New Year’s eve and a lonely editor at TMA headquarters has been shackled to his desk, the key hidden away in a contraption worthy of the famous Leonardo Da Vinci. The only way of getting out is to finally finish his post on the best of the best of 2010. And since, as you … Read more]]>

It’s New Year’s eve and a lonely editor at TMA headquarters has been shackled to his desk, the key hidden away in a contraption worthy of the famous Leonardo Da Vinci. The only way of getting out is to finally finish his post on the best of the best of 2010. And since, as you guessed it, that editor is me and I really want to get home to my wife, here we go.

2010 has been an amazingly fruitful year for all things Apple. First we got hit over our heads with the iPad, which has revolutionized the tablet market and against all odds is selling like hot cakes all around the world. Then the whole Gizmodo-iPhone-leak story, culminating in final release of the completely revolutionary iPhone 4. Then the brand new iPod lineup along with the long awaited re-release of the Apple TV as an iOS device. The releases of RAGE HD and Infinity Blade (TMA Review) set a new bar for graphics on the iDevice and have reasserted the iPhone as the leading mobile gaming platform. And these are only the high-high level announcements, with lots more going on in the Apple arena.

For TMA the year has been fertile as well, with the opening of the forums and several new faces in the editorial crowd. Speaking of which, to give our dues to 2010, we’ve banded together and brainstormed out our favorite games and apps of the year. Whether you’ve had an iDevice for a long time or just got your shiny new iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad for Christmas/ New Year, these are some of the titles you must check out! So, without further ado, presenting TMA’s Staff picks for 2010.

ChiffaN: That’s me, crazy for all things iPhone, especially known for my prowess in adventure and RPG games. Trying to balance TMA and crazy amounts of work as a project manager for a large telecommunications equipment and services company, I’ve gone under a few times this year but each time as the phoenix was reborn in the blaze of writing glory.

Name, iTunes and review links What makes us tick
Games
1112 episode 02 1112 episode 02 The Lost of iDevice adventure games, 1112 combines gorgeous hand-drawn graphics, cunning puzzles and intriguing storyline to create the best originnal adventure on the AppStore.
Broken Sword: Director's Cut Broken Sword: Director’s Cut One the best PC adventure games of all time by the legendary Charles Cecil this year set the bar of how a game should be ported to the Appstore.
Warpgate Warpgate War, espionage, treachery, deceipt, trading and exploration – a universe in the palm of your hand.
Infinity Blade Infinity Blade Simple but ingeniously addictive gameplay wrapped in the best graphics ever seen on a mobile device.
Cut the Rope Cut the Rope They very first game I was able to get my wife hooked on – that’s how good it is!
Apps
Naturespace: Relax Meditate Escape Sleep Naturespace: Relax Meditate Escape Sleep Just close your eyes, put on your headphones and be instantly transported to a beautiful desert island.
VLC Media Player VLC Media Player It only took 3 years to finally get all media files playing on the iDevice.
Air Video - Watch your videos anywhere! Air Video – Watch your videos anywhere! Your whole video library right in the palm of your hand – streaming with live conversion anywhere in the world (just remember to leave your PC on!)

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Eric Pankoke: Eric’s been gaming since the days that video game consoles weren’t even 8 bit and computers ran on 64K of memory. When he’s not busy playing and rating games, he programs for his day job, and hopes to some day use those talents to create the next big game on whatever device is actually popular when he finally gets ’round to it.

Name, iTunes and review links What makes us tick
Games
Kung Fu Santa Kung Fu Santa I’ve been addicted ever since I loaded it on my machine.  It’s simple, fun, and the whole idea of a Fu Manchu Santa and martial arts elves is just really amusing.
mScribble: make music with your finger! mScribble: make music with your finger! Because there is no score or achievements to earn, this “game” is really about relaxing and just having fun.  Plus, I love the fact that it allows non-musical types to make cool songs.
Thumpies Thumpies Thumpies made me believe it was actually okay to play rhythm based action games.  It’s the only rhythm game I’ve completed, and one of the few iPhone games as a whole that I’ve taken the time to beat.
Monster Dash Monster Dash As I get older I find that my desire tends to gravitate towards quick, simple games, and running games certainly meet those criteria.  There have been plenty this year, but the fact that Monster Dash added monster hunting into the mix pretty much sealed it for me.
AirAttack AirAttack Air Attack is the best scrolling shooter I’ve played on the iDevice to date.  Its old school play mechanics combined with great 3D visuals and the fact that you get to attack a castle put this game squarely on top of its genre for me.

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Ray Gans: Ray’s an appaholic who lives in the SF Bay Area. Besides researching and writing about productivity apps on his Apple devices, his passions are wine, audiobooks and boardgames. If you missed it earlier, be sure to check out his helpful Taking Notes on an iPad article.

Name, iTunes and review links What makes us tick
Games
Nonograms Nonograms A great set of challenging (but do-able) puzzles that can be chosen for whatever time is available
Tesla Wars Tesla Wars Shows what you can do with a touch screen interface; zap the invader hordes with powerful blasts from your tower
Roll Through the Ages Roll Through the Ages Good solitary dice-rolling game for city-building lovers with plenty of strategies,risks and rewards
RAGE HD RAGE HD Graphics and action are just awesome — I was blown away within the first few seconds
Reiner Knizia Reiner Knizia Any Reiner Knizia boardgame port – the developers have generally done a great job making these fun games come to life digitally
Apps
OmniFocus OmniFocus, OF for iPad When paired with its Mac counterpart, this app helps me get things done better than anything else out there
WhiteNote WhiteNote Of all the 30+ note taking apps I’ve tried, this one is still the most fully featured (and usable) one I’ve found
Word Lens Word Lens Translate Spanish words from camera view on screen in real time; the best jaw dropping iPhone demo available — plus it actually works

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Enuh Iglesias: Certainly the most beautiful member of TMA’s staff, Enuh loves walks on the beach with her iDevice in hand, enjoying a bit of time management or a good session of Tower Defence. Founder, editor-in-chief and Girl-Friday of AppSIZED, Enuh still finds the time and a place in heart for us poor sods at TMA, for which we will be eternally grateful.

Name, iTunes and review links What makes us tick
iPad Games
Plants vs. Zombies HD Plants vs. Zombies HD The very first app I installed on my iPad and for good reason, too – this hilarious and addictive tower defense game is a must-have across platforms and the one game your iPad can’t live without.
Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials Midnight Mysteries: Salem Witch Trials Gorgeous, eerie, and memorable, this hidden object/point-and-click adventure game is the standard to which similar games must aspire to.
Heroes of Kalevala HD Heroes of Kalevala HD By far my favorite match three game with a nice sim building element thrown in, with an amazing musical soundtrack and unique gameplay spanning more than a hundred levels.
Ranch Rush 2 HD Ranch Rush 2 HD As a huge fan of time management games, it was difficult to choose just one. With its gorgeous graphics, sounds and iPad-optimized gameplay Ranch Rush 2 HD is polished to time management perfection.
Say What You See: The Collection HD Say What You See: The Collection HD A unique trivia and puzzle game that features a gorgeous digital canvas teeming with visual puns and clever wordplay, this is a game that offers an engaging and cerebral experience.
iPhone Games
Super Fly Super Fly You play a cute fly fighting bugs and other nasties to stay alive, while poop transforms you into a badass super hero. With an upbeat soundtrack and a constantly evolving store that offers gear, weapons and power ups, ranging from a luxurious ‘do to some fierce shurikens, this is a hidden gem that everyone should know about.
Pik’s Revenge (Currently not available on iTunes) Oddly compelling RPG that sci-fi geeks will surely love, this game boasts of a compelling storyline, quests and mysteries to keep you occupied.
Battle of Puppets Battle of Puppets A beautifully drawn castle defense game that makes opera cool, challenging and exciting, do not underestimate the strategy required to beat this game.
The Horrible Vikings The Horrible Vikings Long before Angry Birds came along, this gorgeous physics-based catapult puzzler plays like Doodle Jump and oozes with humor.
Leave Devil alone Leave Devil alone If you’re looking for an alternative to PvZ, you’ve come to the right place. This endearing PvZ-inspired tower defense game with a twist offers spell-casting, ramped up difficulty levels and a more nuanced strategic gameplay.
Apps
SYSTEM Manager for iPad SYSTEM Manager for iPad Manages your RAM by allowing you to free up memory with just a single tap, helps you maintain your battery life and gives you valuable insight into what makes your iPad tick, this is an absolute iPad app essential.
Pocket Informant HD (Calendar & Tasks) Pocket Informant HD A gorgeous app that turns your iPad into a Filofax on steroids, this digital organizer and task manager is the most comprehensive and most powerful one out there.
GoodReader for iPad GoodReader for iPad Offers seamless file management and sharing, this PDF reader is a powerful app that makes work on the iPad a relatively painless and fun experience.

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Steve Nakashima: Also known as SteveNaka here at TMA, this proud Canadian loves his iPhone 4 and iPad nearly as much as he does his wife (or is it the other way around?). Steve also released his very first app recently for the iDevice - Your140 -  a twitter client that makes sending tweets a breeze.

Name, iTunes and review links What makes us tick
Games
2K Sports NHL 2K11 2K Sports NHL 2K11 The annual update of 2k’s NHL game now on iPhone. This version came packed with enhancements like better gameplay, improved graphics and updated rosters. Being Canadian of course this game is a must on my top list.
Master of Alchemy HD Master of Alchemy HD An insanely addictive and visually jawdropping game for the iPad. Crystal clear graphics and amazing color depth.
Tilt to Live HD Tilt to Live HD iPad version of the hugely popular iPhone game. Full of bright colors and a truely perfect “pick up and play” title. If you know me, that’s my kind of game…
Apps
ReaddleDocs for iPad (PDF viewer/attachments saver/file manager) ReaddleDocs for iPad Amazing for documents, PDFs, and more on your iPad. Can even access FTP storage and email attachments.
FileMaker Go FileMaker Go A great utility for managing your data adds on the go. With both iPhone/ipt AND iPad releases there is a flavor for everyone.
HiFutureSelf ~ Send quick messages & reminders to your future self HiFutureSelf Never forget any tasks again. This app will remind you with a handy little push message. Can run once or repeatedly (ie daily/weekly/etc)
Skyfire Web Browser Skyfire Web Browser An off device solution to access many of the webs popular flash video sites that are still not iOS friendly.
Air Display Air Display One of the first iPad apps I used. Allows you to extend your desktop onto your iPad, creating more available workspace.

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Paul Close: A recent recruit and part-time TMA contributor, Paul hails from Minneapolis (aka the Mini-apple) and works as in Enterprise software design. He also loves boardgames and is rarely seen without his trusty iPhone 4.

Name, iTunes and review links What makes us tick
Games
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4


Charming gameplay, great use of the touch screen, and top-notch graphics and music. A real value giving 10-20 hours of gameplay. Bravo!
Plants vs. Zombies Plants vs. Zombies Perfect game for a mobile touch device, great production values and a nicely ramped difficulty curve.  Can’t stop playing!
Heroes of Kalevala Heroes of Kalevala The best match-3 out there! Great graphics and music plus lots of diversions including city building and heroes. What’s not to like?
Solomon's Keep Solomon’s Keep Wonderful controls for a two-stick shooter, nice addition of RPG elements.  Love the special effects!
Piczle Lines Piczle Lines Addictive puzzle gameplay with a lot of content for free.  Nice shareware approach from a small developer.
Apps
Pocket Informant (Calendar & Tasks) Pocket Informant Finally, a calendar program to rival DateBk+ on Palm!  Monthly calendar plus icons for the win!
HanDBase Database Manager HanDBase Database Manager Great app for tracking all kinds of list data.  Nice flexible database app with good cross-platform support including Mac and PC desktop applications.
Use Your Handwriting Use Your Handwriting Great program for jotting quick notes by just drawing on the screen.  Why didn’t Apple think of this?

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Louis Wong: Founder of TouchMyApps, Louis somehow finds the time to run TMA while moonlighting as a flight attendant for the world’s best airline, Air Canada (sarcasm?). To juggle both jobs, he relies heavily on the Omnifocus apps to help keep his life in order. On a side note, he still hasn’t found the cure yet for his addition to Drop7.

Name, iTunes and review links What makes us tick
Games
Real Racing 2 Real Racing 2 Plenty of quality racers were released in 2010, but RR2 takes the crown with stunning visuals, a massive career mode and online multiplayer. A must have for any racing fan.
Angry Birds Angry Birds What “best of 2010″ roundup would be complete without the infamous Angry Birds? Heck, even my grandma’s played this mindlessly addictive bird slinger. And hands up please if you’ve never heard of the game…
Dark Nebula - Episode Two Dark Nebula – Ep Two Dark Nebula – Episode 2 builds upon the hit first chapter with brand new levels, better visuals and more rolling goodness. This is certainly one of the most addictive and fun accelerometer based “action” games on the iPhone.
Infinity Blade Infinity Blade Easily the most visually impressive title on the platform. And most surprising of all, the gameplay is actually fun and leveling up both your character and weapons should keep you busy for a while.
HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 Sure, the game’s short and Inspector Hector’s mouth is filthy like an ashtray, but this point and click adventure is simply hilarious and well worth the money. It was also some of the best 3 hours I spent on my iPhone in 2010
Apps
iBooks iBooks Probably the app I spent most time using on my iDevices. iBooks has become my favorite ebook reader thanks to its ability to sync bookmarks and current page between both my iPhone and iPad.
Reeder for iPad Reeder Having tried most of the RSS apps out there for Google Reader, this is the only one I rely on daily. The beautiful and simplistic design makes it fun to follow up on your favorite blogs and websites.
Evernote Evernote An indispensable app on my iPhone/iPad, Evernote keeps ALL my mental stuff (like audio, image and text notes) close at hand, even when I’m far away from my desktop.

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Happy New Year Everyone!

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Game Developer: One To Watch In 2011 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/30/game-developer-one-to-watch-in-2011/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/30/game-developer-one-to-watch-in-2011/#comments Thu, 30 Dec 2010 19:22:54 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=45833 I’ve been reviewing iPhone games since the end of 2008, and there’s no question that the developers and the games keep getting better.  2009 was a good year, this past year was great, and I expect next year to be phenomenal.  We pretty much expect the “big players” to dazzle us (though in a couple … Read more]]>

I’ve been reviewing iPhone games since the end of 2008, and there’s no question that the developers and the games keep getting better.  2009 was a good year, this past year was great, and I expect next year to be phenomenal.  We pretty much expect the “big players” to dazzle us (though in a couple cases for me this didn’t happen), but it’s always much more fun to see a small developer shine.  While there were many examples of this in 2010, the one I’ve chosen to pick on today is Big Bad Brush.

These guys came out of nowhere this year with an interesting “take over the world” concept called BIG BAD Flower (my review here).  Basically you controlled a big flower with an attitude that could capture its assailants by surrounding them with bubbles.  The game sports 3 arenas with 5 levels apiece, each of which can be played in “infinite” mode once beaten.  The enemies were diverse and amusing, the game play mechanics were unique, and best of all it was fun.

Then came Kung Fu Santa.  When I first saw screen shots of this game I honestly wasn’t very impressed.  The characters reminded me of those pencil hugger stuffed animals that kids often buy, and the concept just didn’t seem all that appealing.  Thankfully when it came out I was still running OS 3.1.3 so I couldn’t play the game – that meant I didn’t have to tell the developer I didn’t like it.  Now I have a device running 4.x, I’ve played the game, and I couldn’t have been more wrong in my initial assumptions.  The graphics have grown on me, and the game play is downright addictive.  It’s pretty much the first game I gravitate towards every time I turn my iPod Touch 4G on.  You can check out my review here.

It’s not that often that a startup turns out two games in a row that have dazzled me like Big Bad Brush has.  I imagine there will come a time where I’ll have to face the fact that they made I game that I don’t care for.  Based on what I’ve experienced so far, however, I declare Big Bad Brush “One To Watch In 2011″.

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A lion in the cage, or the future of Apple computers http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/10/29/a-lion-in-the-cage-or-the-future-of-apple-computers/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/10/29/a-lion-in-the-cage-or-the-future-of-apple-computers/#comments Fri, 29 Oct 2010 21:39:19 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=41826 Apple has a great history of computer design, and these two words – computer and design, together with innovation and user experience obsession, are what made Apple and Steve Jobs what they are today. However, in Apple’s world of perfect user experience, there’s always been one major problem – the user. The stupid thing would … Read more]]>

Apple has a great history of computer design, and these two words – computer and design, together with innovation and user experience obsession, are what made Apple and Steve Jobs what they are today.

However, in Apple’s world of perfect user experience, there’s always been one major problem – the user. The stupid thing would constantly alter it – either installing “useful” crap from all over the internet, or just opening too many apps and calling tech support because their computer is suddenly slow.

The perfect user experience has to be one for everybody and controlled from the opening of the box to the moment you turn off your computer and go to sleep. In the recent and extensive John Sculley interview on Steve Jobs, he voices more than once what was the main concern:

“Steve believed that if you opened the system up, people would start to make little changes and those changes would be compromises in the experience.”

This is hard to match with the “think different” spirit and Orwell inspired ads, but let me be clear on this – Apple is not telling you to be the same as everyone in everything you do, they just think there are better than you in what they do. And they are probably right.

I think that iOS for iPhone and now iPad was a major step towards consolidation of user experience, and limiting the negative impact of users’ stupidity.

It turned out, that on mobile, less powerful devices with a smaller screen estate, user experience matters even more. On the go, people care more about performing standard tasks quickly, not customizing the environment for their activities.

The iPad, with its large screen and touch-based interface instead of the older input methods, was a perfect sandbox for the testing of “directed” user experience. The gestures, clipboard management, “multitasking”, common UI elements – these are the reasons why the learning curve for the device is so short, and people who are otherwise computer illiterate, seem to be able to use it comfortably.

On the latest “Back to Mac” event Steve Jobs took the stage to talk about MacOS X Lion, the next big desktop cat, that will jump on our computers next year, and one of the major features announced was Mac App Store – a controlled environment for the software distribution and updates.

I’m pretty sure the Mac App Store will be a hit, especially if Apple will settle on a more modest share than 30% for bigger developers, but what impact will this have on the Mac computers in general?

Together with numerous iPad interface metaphors they’re adopting in Lion, the OS will be one more step further from the computer interfaces as we know them today.

Let’s try to imagine it in a couple of years. File system will probably become inaccessible for the user, just like on the iPad today, the whole device will have a single “sign on”, enabling features and connecting to the cloud services. App switching and external notifications will be standardized, memory and HDD space management will become even more automatic. The App Store will be the only official source for Mac applications.

There will be a myriad of devices, for which the word “computer” will become an anachronism, since even if they do compute, that’s completely irrelevant for the user, that only sees the result – touch, play, listen.

I’m not sure what will become extinct before, desktop computers as we know them, or users that remember what a command line is, but there’s a huge ideology and user experience shift around the corner, and like Jobs said himself, “many people are not gonna be comfortable with it”

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This article was brought to you by TouchMyApps guest contributor Eugene Shimalsky, developer of  pushme.to for the iDevice. You can find Eugene on his Tumble profile right here.

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Best Buy: iPad cannibalising laptop sales http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/17/best-buy-ipad-cannibalising-laptop-sales/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/09/17/best-buy-ipad-cannibalising-laptop-sales/#comments Fri, 17 Sep 2010 13:06:13 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=39736 Getting advice about electronics purchases from Best Buy’s team of experts, who spend all day among rows and rows of the same three products, isn’t always a good idea. But then, every once in a while, a proper thought comes from the Big Box. In an interview, Best Buy CEO, Brian Dunn, said that the … Read more]]>
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Getting advice about electronics purchases from Best Buy’s team of experts, who spend all day among rows and rows of the same three products, isn’t always a good idea. But then, every once in a while, a proper thought comes from the Big Box. In an interview, Best Buy CEO, Brian Dunn, said that the iPad is “cannibaliz[ing] sales from laptop PCs by as much as 50%” – no mean feat considering how ‘underpowered’ it seems in comparison to PC laptops that advertise everything from the OS (that every computer shares) to bundled malware and archaic Energy Star specification. But that may be the reason it is doing so well; take out the unnecessary stuff and you can Facebook and email as well as anyone. Generally, I write about 5-6 pages a day on my iPad. Yes, thanks to Apple’s Pages and Quickoffice Connect.

In fact, when I bought my iPad back in July, I told a wide-eyed Apple employee that I was so happy with my iPad that I wouldn’t buy another MacBook. The truth is: for 99% of the population, traditional laptop hardware is redundant.

When I get back to Canada, my MBP will play a fantastic part as a personal music server. My iPad will do a fine job as a word processor, photograph sorter, web browser among other functions. And considering that it works fine as a remote client, I may not need my iMac for much more than heavy Adobe Illustrator stuff!

Surely Apple feel the sting of the iPad, but not so badly as PC makers. This lot hasn’t seen beyond clamshells and cables for decades and in the iPad’s toddler years, some may fold. They’ll bring out Android, Windows 7, WebOS tablet computers along with Linux lighties, claiming that their units do more for less. They’ll cram in 55 USB slots, SD/MSD/CF/MiniDisk, Blue Ray, DAT, and floppy drives along with crappy TN LCD panels into deplorable plastic shunts and differentiate themselves by the number megapixels their camera has, or by what the video processor runs the show. It’ll be the PC price wars all over again; rather than creating something unique, each maker will compete for a piece of the same pie. The problem is, that in the new competition isn’t about how many berries are in the pie, it’s how they’re shoved in.

Above all, however, it’s about the user interface and the applications. Again, Linux and Windows aren’t gonna cut it: mobile computing needs apps, not full fledged, mouse-driven applications with incomprehensible UI’s.

Apple are prepared for the demise of the laptop. They’re hunkered down with great mobile products that will help them ride through to tomorrow. Rather than following the trend, they are forging ahead with eye-catching, norm-challenging components. Sure, they’ll lose MacBook sales and Best Buy and other retailers’ Apple sections will be padded with new, trendy mobile devices; but that’s just it: mobile computing is changing and like it or hate it, the Apple are leading the way.

Thanks WSJ

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Carriers: Samsung Galaxy – is this the Android phone you want? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/carriers-samsung-galaxy-is-this-the-android-phone-you-want/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/31/carriers-samsung-galaxy-is-this-the-android-phone-you-want/#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:57:06 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38668 Ongoing’s Tim Bray wonders how Samsung did it. They managed to launch the Galaxy line of Android smart phones around the world on almost every carrier of note. That IS a significant feat, especially considering Apple’s comparatively meagre iPhone 4 rollout, but it is insignificant if you put it into perspective. Firstly, adapting Android to any … Read more]]>

Ongoing’s Tim Bray wonders how Samsung did it. They managed to launch the Galaxy line of Android smart phones around the world on almost every carrier of note. That IS a significant feat, especially considering Apple’s comparatively meagre iPhone 4 rollout, but it is insignificant if you put it into perspective. Firstly, adapting Android to any piece of hardware is easy. And if you own pretty much every piece of mobile hardware as Samsung does, it is even easier. Secondly, Samsung’s revenues put it in the top ~30 of the world’s largest GDP’s. Samsung are richer than most countries in the world. They are by far, the largest conglomerate in the world. How hard is it for them to get their grungy phones to carriers across the world? For a company that dips its enormous fingers into almost every country (legal or not) and still has the resources to personally attack ordinary citizens, not hard at all (TWSS).

They’re building the tallest building in the world; getting a measly piece of plastic and glass into the hands millions of customers is easy. Of course, Samsung also have a knack for screwing up design, mucking up UI, and forgetting to slip chargers or cables with their phones. So, while Samsung’s Galaxy may by numbers become the biggest Android name out, it will more likely than not, line the bargain bins as another piece of shoddy work. Don’t look to Samsung to show the world how to make a good Android phone, only look to them to show how to make the most circulated, cheap piece of plastic with an ‘Android’ label.

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Fanboi VS Fanboi – there is no middle ground http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/30/fanboi-vs-fanboi-there-is-no-middle-ground/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/30/fanboi-vs-fanboi-there-is-no-middle-ground/#comments Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:39:42 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38501 Get over it Fanbois, you can’t separate your favourite product from the pile of others. Security this, security that, market penetration, user base – irrelevant to proving which product is ‘better’. Want to talk about app numbers? About OEM growth? Go ahead. But no matter how you crack it, you’ll only prove one point: that … Read more]]>

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Get over it Fanbois, you can’t separate your favourite product from the pile of others. Security this, security that, market penetration, user base – irrelevant to proving which product is ‘better’. Want to talk about app numbers? About OEM growth? Go ahead. But no matter how you crack it, you’ll only prove one point: that you are capable of only proving one-sided points.

In this article, I will aimlessly rail on the sort of clueless fanbois blogger we see around the net.

In the eternal iPhone VS Android debate, we as fanbois of either platform are too self-serving. We see our two platforms as locked in a perennial struggle. It is good VS evil to the end. This line of thinking is archaic and stupid, especially when dedicated to hand held devices. Pretty soon, fanbois diarrhoea will explode all over the net with another entry: Windows Phone 7. The new platform is bound to build its own customer base, and hopefully offer something for homeless Windows Mobile refugees.

In computing, you can argue that one platform is better than another, that it is more secure than another; but then you can also argue that gold is a better colour than blue. True from one viewpoint or not, nothing will change. Fanbois will rush out to by the product they’ve always leaned against. Others may buy with their purses, or go for the most colourful item, the one with the handsomest model, or any host of other reasons.

Fanbois: simply owning and loving a product does not make you a fanbois. There is no reason to bash a user. Bash instead the marketing, the stereotypes, the image; but by all means, stay away from the user. The platform with the most zealots will accrue the most hatred.

Zealotry is natural; I’m not asking you to drop that. But drop human-bashing when what you really hate is the competition’s evil practices, their platform, their hardware, their apps, their style, their features, their DRM, their dominance, their fecundity, etc. Fanbois-written articles are the worst: they ignore reality for the small pleasures of venting. It should be small consolation that there are others, like you, who loathe something. Anyone can add their opinion to anything. Facebook allows you to like the whole of the bloody internet.

But as many fans as there are, there are detractors, too. You too can join their ranks thanks to comment sections on blogs, to nigh-anonymous posting on forums, and to the strength lent opinions from keyboards. This isn’t the dark ages of the 1980′s anymore. If you hate someone or something, you visit their blog and rail; or you post about them on your site. You find similar-minded people and lump peanuts at them from your salty gallery. You join the ranks of insult-driven drivel, foraging for falsehoods and rooting facts for the sake of ‘+1+ whuffie.

Here are some helpful hints for the burgeoning fanbois:

  1. Spout opinion
  2. Focus on stereotypes, they are important
  3. Ignore facts (especially from the other side) at all costs
  4. Make conjecture
  5. Quote irrelevant articles
  6. Use conjunctions such as ‘if’, and modal verbs like: ‘could’, ‘might’
  7. Never support anything from the ‘other side’
  8. Give props to like-minded individuals
  9. Never concede

There you have it. Now you too can write attention-grabbing, comment-grubbing, click-craving posts too. Oh yes, if you need a model, you’ll have lots to love at ComputerWorld’s blog section. I recommend Fanboi falsehood #1: “Mac security better than Windows”

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Apple refuse to sell DRM-free eBooks http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/30/apple-refuse-to-sell-drm-free-ebooks/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/30/apple-refuse-to-sell-drm-free-ebooks/#comments Mon, 30 Aug 2010 07:18:36 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=38530 Canadian Science Fiction giant, Cory Doctorow, has put up a nice piece about why Apple and Sony suck. Rather than getting into boring techie talk, he very stealthily opines as a writer who longs for a DRM-less world, one where users can share, buy, borrow, and lend digital content as easily as they do non-digital … Read more]]>

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Canadian Science Fiction giant, Cory Doctorow, has put up a nice piece about why Apple and Sony suck. Rather than getting into boring techie talk, he very stealthily opines as a writer who longs for a DRM-less world, one where users can share, buy, borrow, and lend digital content as easily as they do non-digital content. As a content creator, his is a unique and important viewpoint that clashes directly with antiquated pro-Bono business models. Doctorow’s body of science fiction is captivatingly modern and so too are his finger-to-the-man opinions that hopefully, will help change the way digital books are circulated.

Surprise, surprise: Apple and Sony rejected Cory’s idea of circulating DRM-free paid versions of his books with the following note below, while Kindle, Nook, and Kobo stores embraced the idea. This is the note that Cory wants added to his books (from Craphound):

“If the seller of this electronic version has imposed contractual or technical restrictions on it such that you have difficulty reformatting or converting this book for use on another device or in another program, please visit http://craphound.com for alternate, open format versions, authorized by the copyright holder for this work, Cory Doctorow. While Cory Doctorow cannot release you from any contractual or other legal obligations to anyone else that you may have agreed to when purchasing this version, you have his blessing to do anything that is consistent with applicable copyright laws in your jurisdiction.”

If an author, whose livelihood is supported by his work, can support DRM-free and even FREE content, why can’t Apple and Sony? It is simple Gorden Gekko-esque greed, based in stodgy economic models, that gets in the way. Apple may have abandoned DRM in music files in 2007′s big digital-brouhaha, but they’ve hardly left the backwards business model that trusts no one. Their stitch against the suggestion, of course, points to Craphound where all of Cory’s novels are freely downloadable. His works not only come in every format under the sun, but they come Braveheart free.

Whether or not Apple allow content creators to SELL DRM-free books isn’t the issue here; it’s why they don’t allow the above addendum to be included in the iBooks Store.

You can read more from Cory Doctorow all over the net, but his most famous haunts are his personal blog: Craphound, and BoingBoing, a popular geek site he and a few mates pioneered.

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iPhone 4 to be a hit in Samsung’s Korea http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/19/iphone-4-to-be-a-hit-in-samsungs-korea/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/19/iphone-4-to-be-a-hit-in-samsungs-korea/#comments Thu, 19 Aug 2010 12:42:58 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=37980 I was walking past the lovely espresso machine in my wife’s semi-lovely work place: Institute Pasteur Korea, today, and saw the ironic JoongAng Daily (a bloody big paper) headline: iPhone 4’s D-day beats expectations. Indeed, the iPhone 3gS has been a hit in the political island of the Republic of Samsung South Korea since last November … Read more]]>

Good shot, JoongAng

I was walking past the lovely espresso machine in my wife’s semi-lovely work place: Institute Pasteur Korea, today, and saw the ironic JoongAng Daily (a bloody big paper) headline: iPhone 4’s D-day beats expectations. Indeed, the iPhone 3gS has been a hit in the political island of the Republic of Samsung South Korea since last November when South Korea finally allowed smart phones into the country. The same 2009 also allowed the first non-Korean handsets in, severing Oprah-thick layers of corporate sabotage. Korea is beset by anti-competitive practices. While Joongan Daily and its corporate supporters may not like that a foreign company is making waves in the gaming nation, the general populace is all atwitter about the iPhone. The news of course is that in less than 13 hours, pre-orders for the iPhone 4 reached 130 000 units.

More scathe after the gap:

JoongAng makes the humorous observation: “it took Samsung Electronics’ latest smartphone, Galaxy S, five days to hit that level (110 000 units) when it was launched in June.” Clever, but the iPhone 4′s pre-order success should draw a few more eyebrows upward. Samsung are the largest company on the planet, dwarfing the revenues of many medium sized countries. Apple may be ‘big’ in tech, but they are peanuts in comparison. Perhaps it is because of that disparity that Apple are succeeding. I have no doubt that Android will continue to outsell Apple and hopefully (as no one in their right minds wishes a comeback of Windows Mobile) reach new sales heights. But comparisons should stop there. Apple don’t license their OS to other providers who fight for carpet scraps.

Samsung may be huge, may even be able to buy up Canada, but the deluded company thinks it will gain market by selling a hi-tech phone with a high-tech OS. What’s there to sell? A screen? A camera? A bio reader? Android is quite a nice piece of software, but it has no champions. It is its own champion. Companies license it to hopefully – and mostly mistakenly – grab a piece of the success. Google, its advert holders, and its software partners will succeed. Samsung, the fleecer of South Korea’s everything, may make a decent phone, but in a month, it will be forgotten. The race, dear multinational political domineering, rip-off company, isn’t about the tech; you should have realised that: you’ve been making computers for years and mobile phones. It isn’t about the tech: tech has to be directed correctly, and even then, in even steps that allow software vendors to flourish.

Android is smart; it replaces old mobile hegemonies, swapping control for freedom. But the stupid makers who adopt it with bigger phones and bigger names are blind: individually, they will fail. In Korea, I hope for a douse of this as I’ve finished shopping at a Samsung grocery and walk in front of Samsung apartments and breathe the horrid carbon monoxide from Samsung cars.

The future, my silly conglomerate, isn’t LED and cheap tricks: it is the controlling of those bells and whistles and you have none of that.

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Making the iPad “Buy” Decision [for Business] http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/making-the-ipad-buy-decision-for-business/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/03/making-the-ipad-buy-decision-for-business/#comments Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:30:28 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=36932 Last January when the announcement of the iPad was a few days away, I told my wife, “I really need to have one!” And, like most practical wives who love their husbands but find themselves in situations where it somehow becomes their responsibility to say “OK,” she replied, “Why?”. My reply was an incredulous, “Well… I don’t … Read more]]>

Last January when the announcement of the iPad was a few days away, I told my wife, “I really need to have one!” And, like most practical wives who love their husbands but find themselves in situations where it somehow becomes their responsibility to say “OK,” she replied, “Why?”. My reply was an incredulous, “Well… I don’t know yet, but don’t worry, Steve is going to tell me next week!”

Yeah, that didn’t go over too well. However, after an unexpected but fortuitously well-timed stroke of good fortune, I was able to purchase one last May and have been absolutely delighted ever since. The iPad stands out at presenting almost any kind of media in a very visually appealing and naturally interactive manner. Of course you can read books, watch movies and surf the web on a smartphone or laptop, but the experience absolutely pales in comparison to that on the iPad.

Still, shelling out significant cash for a new device when I already own an iPhone 3GS and a MacBook Pro did give me pause. I worried that since the iPad is not as mobile as a phone and not as functional as a laptop, once the novelty wore off, would it just sit on a shelf full of promises but rarely be used? I didn’t want that. I could tell that an iPad is not a good replacement for a smartphone or laptop, so it had to complement these tools and improve my effectiveness in situations where they are limited.

That was my dilemma. To resolve it, I looked carefully at how I spent my time and tried to determine where the iPad had anything unique to offer. In particular I wanted to find a way I could use it at work. Surprisingly it was fairly obvious – business meetings!

I attend a lot of meetings and find it very annoying and rude when someone clicks away at a laptop or squints into a phone display. An open laptop forms an almost physical barrier between the user and everyone else in the room and staring at small screens or tiny text demands enough attention that any laptop/phone user has effectively exited the meeting.

I usually take a paper notebook into meetings and keep off my phone to not be tempted. There is a downside, however, because a paper notebook doesn’t give me access to the information on my laptop and it can’t get to the web to look things up. I also have to feign attention when the meeting gets boring – unlike the laptop users who pretend to look busy but are actually checking e-mail or surfing the web.

The iPad fits into this situation perfectly! I could enter notes onto the iPad via a notebook app like WhiteNote as well as use the WiFi network to access information needed for the meeting. With VNC apps like iTeleport: Jaadu VNC for iPhone / iPad, I could even look at files and get at whatever I wished from my laptop on my desk via a simple remote connection.

So… after finally justifying the purchase, I had to decide was which one to get. Determining how much storage (16, 32 or 64 GB) and whether to get 3G was difficult when I hadn’t used an iPad before.

Some things I considered were how often WiFi is likely to be available and what I planned to put on the device. For example, since WiFi is present at both my home and at work plus I already own a smartphone for connectivity on the road, I thought I might never use 3G. Likewise, I could load lots of music and audiobooks on an iPad, but why? An iPhone or iPod is much more portable. However, if I ever decided to carry around a lot of movies and photographs, the iPad would be great for displaying such media and I’d need the space.

Then again, if I subscribed to Flicker, Pandora, NetFlix, Hulu plus, and other services, I could always access or stream my pictures, music, movies and TV without using any storage (as long as I had a WiFi connection).

In the end I couldn’t decide and just bought the most iPad I could afford. I also chose 3G – not because I knew I would use it, but because I thought if I ever did need it, I wanted the option.

Once I decided on my iPad model, the next decision was the case. I knew that no matter how careful I tried to be, it would get bumped and maybe even dropped or knocked off a table so I wanted to protect my investment. There are so many options, however, that this decision was more difficult for me than choosing the iPad model! Several styles are available:

  • padded sleeves
  • hard & soft shell cases
  • book-like cases
  • carrying bags & slings

Each of these styles have their plusses and minuses so I was forced to read a lot of reviews. Sleeves and bags were out because they require the iPad to be removed before they can be used and some of the other cases I learned covered up controls or connectors, so they were out too. I settled on a Dodocase, because I wanted a case that would both protect the iPad plus be unobtrusive. Fear of theft is something all iPad owners must contend with and this case, while expertly designed and functional, just looks like a simple Moleskin notebook.

Since the wait on the handmade Dodocase was long, I also bought a clear plastic snap-on protective case from Handheld Items. I found a coupon code for it on Dealmac so it cost less than $20 including shipping.

As far as buying other accessories, I decided to wait and I’d recommend others do the same. I wanted to live with my iPad for a few weeks and learn how to use it the way it was intended. I was determined to only purchase a keyboard, dock or other accessory when I really knew I needed it… and I’m still not feeling the need. Is it working out how I expected? You bet!

It did take some effort before I felt comfortable entering notes on the iPad, but it’s quite convenient to have in a meeting. I find it very easy to keep up with meeting conversations because the iPad’s touch interface and large text don’t demand much attention. There’s also something engaging and collaborative about passing an iPad around to check/show information in a meeting – much more so than having people crowd around a laptop.

Is that all? Well I now use it to search the web or send e-mail instead of doing it all on my laptop (which is sometimes convenient like while watching a webinar). I use Twitter and RSS as part of my work and far prefer the iPad user interfaces of Osfoora HD and Reeder over similar laptop applications to keep me up to date wherever I am. Business travel with the iPad is great too. Its really long battery life, stored books and movies, internet connectivity and note taking ability is often all I need on a trip.

Best of all, with my iPad, I can lean back, relax and it doesn’t feel so much like work!

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USA VS Slovenia about to start – do USA fans care? http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/18/usa-vs-slovenia-about-to-start-do-usa-fans-care/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/06/18/usa-vs-slovenia-about-to-start-do-usa-fans-care/#comments Fri, 18 Jun 2010 14:00:08 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=34799 This is NOT app related. I’ve been surprised by how insular the USA is. I read a lot of blogs, most from the USA and not a one even mentions the World Cup. Slovenia and USA will be starting momentarily but I fully expect normal American blogs to be on about baseball and what the … Read more]]>

World Cup.. huh?

This is NOT app related. I’ve been surprised by how insular the USA is. I read a lot of blogs, most from the USA and not a one even mentions the World Cup. Slovenia and USA will be starting momentarily but I fully expect normal American blogs to be on about baseball and what the mayor of Sarnia had for breakfast.

Americans, wake up. Your team in the only real international sport you play, will be fighting Group C’s current leader. DaringFireball, if you even mention a bloody childish baseball call, you have lost an RSS subscription. I’ll stop there rather than drag TMA into my foul mood.

Okay, back to our regular broadcast. You know, like World Cup apps ‘n stuff.

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