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How to Get Your Apple iPad Repaired

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The first generation Apple iPad is finally here. But the words “first generation” are also attached to the words “quirks and bugs,” and more often than not, a lot of new Apple iPad users will experience problems usually associated with first generation products. It will also be relatively hard to look for reliable repair centers or tips to remedy these problems and bugs. There are, however, some easy and practical guides you can refer to if you encounter problems with this new Apple tablet. Read through the basic guides below to help you get your Apple iPad repaired.

1. Check for updates in the Apple website regularly. Some people have been reporting problems with the WiFi connectivity of the Apple iPad. One such remedy that has proven to be effective is to update your router’s firmware or to change the encryption of your router’s password. Other iPad users suggest that you can try switching the position of your router if you experience weak WiFi signal. The latest firmware update of the Apple iPad also promises to fix this issue.

2. Try resetting your iPad first before trying anything else. If your iPad hangs or if you consistently experience problems with it, try resetting your Apple iPad before taking it to an official Apple store for repairs. Repair problems can be fixed, most of the time, by doing a soft reset. All you have to do is to press and hold the power button (located at the top right hand side of the device) for at least three seconds. The slider button should then appear after three seconds or more. Slide the arrow with your finger to turn your iPad off. Wait for about 15 seconds before turning it back on again.

3. For more complicated repair problems, try doing a hard reset on your iPad. If you still experience problems even after doing a soft reset, you might want to restore your Apple iPad to its factory settings. Make sure that you’ve saved all your important files before doing this. To do a hard reset, you should first connect your iPad to your computer. Then, once your iPad appears in iTunes, click on the “Restore” button in the iTunes pane. Restoring your iPad will erase all content in it and bring it back to its original factory state. Hopefully, doing so will also take care of the problems you’ve been experiencing with your iPad.

4. Try replacing your iPad’s battery. If you think that your iPad’s battery life isn’t what it used to be, than maybe it’s time for a replacement. You can buy a battery for this Apple tablet at any Apple store. To replace the battery, you have to dismantle the screen from the rest of the body first. You can do this by using a metal “spudger” (a tool that can be used on iPhones) to pry your iPad open. Do this carefully, so that you do not scratch or dent your Apple iPad. Once you lift the display screen, you will see the battery housing underneath. Simply replace the battery and click the display assembly back with the rest of the iPad’s body.

5. Do extensive research online to check for repair problems, tips and tricks. Although the Apple iPad is relatively new, there are a lot of sites dedicated to teaching you how to fix, enhance and even repair your iPad., for instance, is a website dedicated to teaching users how to repair Apple gadgets–from iPhones and iPods to Apple iPads. The official Apple website also contains FAQs and support information to guide and teach you how to remedy and fix particular problems.

It is usually the first generation devices that experience the most problems and the same goes for the new Apple iPad. There’s no need to fret, though. Follow the simple tips above to help you find easy solutions for the most common iPad problems.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Best Must Have iPad Applications

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Although most people think that the new Apple iPad is simply an Apple iPhone on steroids, its wide screen size, bigger hard drive and a larger keyboard easily make the iPad a better device when it comes to entertainment and usability. Because of this, a lot of the cool applications that people have enjoyed in their iPhones have been tweaked to make full use of the many different features of the Apple iPad. So what exactly are the best iPad applications to date? Read on to find out which ones should have a place in your new Apple iPad.

1. Collect and read books with iBook. Move over, Amazon Kindle, the Apple iPad allows users to purchase, collect and read books. Besides, of course, being a portable multimedia center, which the Kindle definitely can’t lay claim to. The iBook converts your iPad into an electronic book reader and opens up a library of as many as 60,000 (and counting) books to choose from. This may not be as large a library as the Kindle, but it’s enough to start your e-book library. There’s a nifty search and dictionary feature that can help you hone your vocabulary, while books can be read either horizontally or vertically. Of course, turning pages is as easy as a flick of the finger–just like reading a real book. The application and some titles are free, although other books may range from $9.99 to $14.99.

2. Check and update your Twitter from Tweetdeck. Let your friends and followers know where you are, what you’re doing or how you’re feeling through the Tweetdeck application for the Apple iPad. Check Twitter and Facebook streams, and upload photos with a swipe of your hand. Very similar to the desktop stream client, Tweetdeck for the Apple iPad can even show you a map showing all the geo-tagged tweets of the people you follow.

3. Star Walk. This is a gem among the iPad applications you may find online. Star Walk allows you to bring the beauty of the night sky, from its planets to its stars, straight to your Apple iPad. It’s your own personal planetarium that you can access anywhere you are. All you have to do is point your iPad up and tilt the device until the “Star Spotter” function is activated, which will then convert exactly what you see in the sky into a graphical representation on the screen of your iPad. You can even check the different moon phases, search for planets and stars and even save or bookmark what you see so you can enjoy the beauty of the night sky even during the daytime. The demo version of this app is available for both the Apple iPad and the Apple iPhone, while the full version is a steal at $4.99.

4. Share files with friends by using Air Sharing Pro. Ah, if only Apple could include features we actually need in their devices. The Apple iPad’s (and even the Apple iPhone’s) lack of USB ports and Bluetooth has inadvertently left out the most obvious use of both devices, and that is, as a portable, hi-tech hard drive. Avatron’s Air Sharing Pro allows you to send and receive files wirelessly to and from laptops, computers and other Apple iPads or iPhones. Air Sharing Pro also allows you to compress and uncompress files, as well as view, email and print documents on the go. At $9.99, this application is definitely worth it.

5. Satisfy your culinary cravings with Epicurious. Want to learn how to make Panna Cotta or do you want help creating a menu for a dinner party? With Epicurious, voted as one of the best Apple iPad and Apple iPhone applications of 2009, finding recipes has never been easier. Search for recipes by ingredients, style or cuisine. You can also create shopping lists and tick off items while in the supermarket. Have hundreds of tried and tested recipes, you’ve got the world’s best cuisines literally on your fingertips for only free.

Now that you’ve got your new Apple iPad, it’s time to make the most out of it by downloading all the cool applications available in the app store. With the list above, you don’t have to think twice about what application to get first.

Best iPad Accessories Reviews

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The long wait is over. Now that the Apple iPad is available, a lot of Mac-lovers have excitedly gotten their hands on Apple’s newest product. Featuring the Apple trademark of clean, simple lines, a LED display, Wi-Fi and 3G, the Apple iPad has already become the techie toy to beat.

But, like all Apple products before it, this Apple tablet is best enjoyed if you enhance it with all the latest accessories. With over a hundred different add-ons to the iPad available all over the world, it’s easy to waste money on accessories that don’t deliver what they promise. To make it easier for you to pimp your Apple iPad, we’re listing down and describing only the best ones below.

1. The Apple iPad Keyboard Dock. Although you can type straight on the iPad’s screen, a keyboard can make composing documents and editing presentations much easier. The official Apple iPad Keyboard Dock allows you to prop up your iPad at the proper angle, much like a laptop screen. It runs on the iPad’s battery and acts like a normal Apple keyboard, with all the function keys intact. Its major drawback, however, is that it doesn’t allow you to prop up the iPad horizontally and that it doesn’t provide attachments for a mouse–you’d have to still use the iPad’s screen to perform a lot of functions.

2. The Official Camera Connection Kit for the iPad. Many people bemoaned the iPad’s lack of USB ports, things that could have been easily included. There’s no need to fret, though, the official Camera Connection Kit allows you to download and import photos and videos from your digital camera either through a USB connector or via memory card. You might also want to experiment with other USB-ready devices, since, as it turns out, Skype headsets and USB keyboards can work with the iPad Camera Connection Kit. There are no hiccups experienced with this accessory, although older cameras (those manufactured before 2005) have been reported to have problems connecting with it.

3. Trendy Digital Waterproof iPad Cover. People might think that buying a waterproof cover for an Apple iPad is impractical. But if you’re the type who travels a lot and likes to use his techie toy in the beach or near water, then this accessory is for you. The Trendy Digital Waterproof Cover keeps your Apple tablet safe, dry and free from dust, sand and other elements. The cover is made from flexible, soft vinyl with a double-zip enclosure plus a Velcro lock. A nylon cord is also included so you can keep your Apple iPad safe on your chest. The cover allows you to easily use all of the iPad’s functions and watch movies and videos clearly. The only downside to this product is that it sometimes leaves smears on your iPad when you take it out of the case.

4. Ten One Design Pogo Sketch Stylus. Say goodbye to finger prints, smudges and accidentally touched keys with the Ten One Design Pogo Sketch Stylus. Probably one of the most practical iPad accessories available today, this special stylus can make drawing, sketching and navigating through your Apple iPad easier and more enjoyable. Featuring a modern, aluminum base, the Pogo Sketch Stylus easily glides on the iPad’s screen, giving you more control over your strokes and input on your iPad.

5. M-Edge Leather Moleskin Case. One of the most elegant iPad accessories out in the market today, this exquisite case features an elegant leather sleeve in an assortment of colors. A strap holds your beloved Apple iPad in place, while a cover keeps the screen protected. This beautiful case makes your iPad look like a traveler’s journal or a book and is one of the most popular iPad accessories around.

With the long list of iPad accessories available worldwide, there is a huge chance of buying something you don’t really need. Let the list above help you decide which accessory is the best and most practical for you and your Apple iPad.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Battle for the eBook Readers: iPad vs. Kindle

Friday, May 21st, 2010

When Amazon released the world’s first dedicated eBook reader, everybody was wide-eyed in anticipation. The Amazon Kindle allowed you to buy, collect and read as many as 1,500 books in a device that was lighter than a regular paperback. Since then, many manufacturers have come up with their own eBook readers, including Apple, who decided to give fans an all-in-one device with the Apple iPad.

With iBook, the iPad’s dedicated eBook reader, it looks like the competition for ebook supremacy is getting fiercer. Let’s see how the Kindle and Apple’s new kid on the block matches up when it comes to ebook functionality.

The Pros of the iPad as an eBook Reader

Priced at $499 (for the base model), the iPad is an all-in-one entertainment and multimedia gadget with its functionality as an eBook reader just the icing on the cake. By installing iBook, you turn your iPad into a virtual library that can hold 32 to 64 gigs of your favorite fiction. With its multi-touch functionality, the iPad allows you to “flip” through pages, much like a real book. It also has all the functions of the Kindle–from letting you bookmark and search pages to having a handy dictionary you can use on the fly. iBook also shows you how many pages are left before the chapter is over, so you can determine good stopping points if you have something else to do.

The Cons of the iPad as an eBook Reader

The pros being said, there are some features that Kindle fans will miss in the iPad. For one, some users have reported that there is considerable eyestrain while reading ebooks for long periods of time on an iPad–something they did not experience with Kindle. The iPad is also heavier than the Kindle at 1.5 pounds and books purchased from iBook are encrypted in a format that can only be read on your Apple iPad.

The Pros of the Amazon Kindle

With its E-Ink display, reflective screen and dense pixilation of its text, the Kindle is easier on the eyes than the Apple iPad. You can spend hours reading eBooks on the Kindle without straining your eyes. In addition, its battery can last for 2 weeks and it is also as light as a thick comic book, making it easier to carry around than the iPad. Has your Kindle run out of batteries right at an exciting part in your favorite book? No sweat. Simply continue reading from your computer–since you can read Kindle books on different platforms, including the iPad. The Kindle is also cheaper than the iPhone, at $259 and it has more titles (450,000 books and counting).

The Cons of the Amazon Kindle

The Kindle is just what it is–an eBook reader. It doesn’t have a speedy browser, it doesn’t have thousands of cool applications and it doesn’t have Bluetooth or WiFi. You can’t play graphically enhanced games in it, nor can you watch movies or videos on the Kindle.

Comparing the Amazon Kindle with the iPad might be a case of, well, apples and oranges. Both devices cater to totally different sets of needs. Do you want an eBook reader that does its job exceptionally well or do you want a handy tablet that can do almost everything that your laptop can do, including download eBooks? We hope that our detailed list of the pros and cons of both devices help you make your decision.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

Apple iPad vs Android Tablets

Friday, May 21st, 2010

Now that the Apple iPad is rising in sales and popularity everyday, other manufacturers want a slice of that proverbial pie, so to speak. And topping the list of iPad killer-wannabes are Google’s Android Tablet, a project that is on its way to seeing store shelves in the near future and other tablet computers using Google’s open-source Android platform.

So how do these Android tablet computers stack up against the Apple iPad? Let’s go through the pros and cons of the current apple of Steve Jobs’ eye (pardon the pun), and match the iPad up against those who wish to dethrone it.

The Pros of the Apple iPad

A stunning graphics interface, crisp video and clear visuals are all part of the iPad’s package. Add to that smooth interaction between yourself and the iPad, superb touch screen sensitivity, Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G connectivity, an amazing 10-hour battery life and the simple and easy-to-use OS platform that almost everyone has come to love. A plethora of exciting games and hundreds of different applications add to the coolness factor and beauty of the Apple iPad. All the apps (and more!) that made the iPhone popular now have their iPad counterparts, guaranteeing users hours and hours of multimedia bliss and entertainment.

The Cons of the Apple iPad

It’s been said before and we’ll say it again: the lack of a camera and USB ports have turned off some potential buyers of the Apple iPad. Multitasking, which Mac lovers have enjoyed and loved in iMacs and Macbooks, is nonexistent in the iPad as well. There is, to date, no way to use two or more applications at the same time. It also does not support Flash with Safari (its web browser), as of the moment, making YouTube, Hulu and CBS fans very disappointed.

The Pros of Android Tablets

The main attraction of these rival tablet computers is the fact that the Android operating system is open-source. This means that coding for programs, applications and the like is available for people to use and improve on. Consequently, programmers will have a field day creating different applications, resulting in probably even more games and apps in the future for Android Tablets. Most of these tablets are also cheaper than the iPad. The Enso zenPad, for instance, is a steal at only $155. This nifty tablet features 8G (expandable to 32G) of storage, as well as WiFi connectivity. You can get GPS and 3G for an additional $25 and $35, respectively. Another Android tablet worth looking at is the Dell Streak (previously known as the Mini 5), which is slated to come out in September. Another advantage of these tablets is that some of them feature cameras and Flash support, which the iPad does not have.

The cons of Android Tablets

Because of certain restrictions of the Android OS, tablets using this platform can only have a screen size of 7 inches at the most. This means that the iPad will still be much larger than any Android Tablet out in the market, even in the future, unless Google lifts or changes these restrictions. Also, Android Tablets haven’t surpassed the iPad when it comes to battery life. This alone is a huge factor to consider.

So, who emerges victorious in the battle between the Androids and Apple? That fact still remains to be seen, as there are still a lot of Android Tablets that have yet to be released this year. And while we’re all waiting for those release dates to come, the Apple iPad still owns the crown as the best tablet computer thus far.

This Article is written by John C Arkin, contributor of PrintCountry News Articles.

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