Posts Tagged ‘Apple iPad’

How to Choose a Good Apple iPad Screen Protectors

Friday, May 21st, 2010

One of the best things about the Apple iPad is its magnificent high-resolution graphics, its crystal-clear LCD screen and the fact that all you ever need is, quite literally, just a touch away. But while a touch-screen tablet computer makes things a lot easier for you, it can be prone to smudges, scratches and even accidents like spilt coffee or juice.

You can protect your beloved iPad from all these things by using a screen protector. This comes in many forms, shapes, sizes and even features. Often, the variety of screen protectors can make it difficult for you to choose the best one for your Apple iPad. But we’re here to help you narrow down your choice by giving you tips and advice on how to choose the best one.

1. Go for quality instead of cost or affordability. Because you bought an Apple iPad, you probably will have to scrimp a little to recuperate from that huge expense. But don’t get too thrifty when buying a screen protectors. Make sure to get one that is made from quality material. You can check if the protector is good enough by feeling and touching it–it shouldn’t be too thin or flimsy nor should it be too thick. Sometimes it’s hard to get the air bubbles out when you attach protectors that are too thick on your iPad’s screen.

2. It’s better to get a protector that offers additional features. Don’t just get any screen protector. If you’re going to spend additional money to pimp your iPad, then might as well spend a little bit more to get extra protection and features. There are screen protectors, for instance, that also have anti-glare features. Others are fingerprint-resistant and even offer privacy from nosy neighbors.

3. Check what’s included in the box or package. Good screen protectors for the Apple iPad cost somewhere between $20 to a whopping $70, so it’s good to make sure that you get the most out of your hard-earned cash. Some screen protector packages include a microfiber cleaning cloth, applicators and even a cleaning spray. Others give you two screen protectors for the price of one. Shop around to look for the best bargains.

4. Ask for your friends’ opinions, do extensive research and read reviews. You won’t be able to test screen protectors, so it’s best that you do your research first before buying one. Some people have reported that certain brands were hard to install and resulted in unsightly air bubbles. Others say that they had problems with some types of screen protectors, since the touch-screen sensitivity of the Apple iPad was minimized. Go online and browse through the manufacturer’s sites and user reviews to help you find the best screen protector.

5. If you can, go for antiglare screen protectors. While the Apple iPad may boast of exceptional graphics, many users have reported (pardon the pun) glaring problems with it. The iPad gets pretty difficult to use under harsh light or sunlight, and reading on it for long periods of time results in painful eyestrain. There are a lot of antiglare screen protectors available, which can remedy this.

You spent good money on your Apple iPad, and it’s worth it to spend a little bit more to protect this tablet computer. Buy the best screen protector that fits you and your iPad’s needs by following the useful tips outlined above.

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

Should You Buy an Apple iPad or a Netbook?

Friday, May 21st, 2010

It was surprising news that the Apple iPad, soon after its launch, was already affecting Netbook sales all over the world. This, of course, came unprecedentedly to Netbook laptop manufacturers, who were confident that Steve Jobs’ latest creation would cater to an entirely different market. And now that the iPad has killed the Netbook, everyone is scrambling to come up with something that would, in turn, prove to be a worthy rival of the Apple iPad.

But some techies will tell you not to dismiss the powers of the Netbook laptop this easily. This Windows laptop, after all, still has a few tricks up its sleeves. We’ve gathered all the information you’ll need to know if you’re trying to decide whether to jump in the bandwagon and get the Apple iPad or stay with the tried and tested Netbook. Read on to find out more about this interesting battle.

The Pros of the Apple iPad

True to its mother company (Apple), the iPad boasts of clean, beautiful lines and a sleek body that certainly adds cool points to your personality if you carry one around. It is thinner and lighter than most Netbooks, weighing a mere 1.5 pounds. Another Apple trademark is the ease of use and seamless interface of its products, and the iPad ranks high on those features. Use your finger to open apps, browse the Internet and even zoom in on photos. Browsing is painless and a joy to do, with Safari’s many features and the iPad’s 1024 x 768 resolution screen. Applications and games are affordable and can provide you with hours of entertainment, be it movies and music videos or RTS games and eBooks. Its 10-hour battery life also ensures that you will always be entertained, even during a very long flight.

The Cons of the Apple iPad

Since the Apple iPad is a tablet computer, you’d have a difficult time using it as you would a laptop. Typing documents on the fly can be frustrating, since you’d have to balance the iPad on your lap and make do with trying to get a sentence straight by tapping on its screen. You can buy a keyboard dock but that will cost you an extra $69. Its lack of Flash support will also be a disappointment if you like catching up on your favorite TV shows on the Hulu or ABC sites. Oh, and did we mention that the iPad doesn’t have USB ports nor cameras?

The Pros of Netbooks

Prior to introducing the iPad to the world, Steve Jobs made a bold comment, saying that Netbooks “aren’t good at anything.” Well, for once, Steve Jobs is dead wrong. With web cameras, Flash support and USB ports, Netbooks win the round when it comes to versatility and function. Some Netbook laptops even have built-in memory card readers and even a VGA port to connect to external displays.  A Netbook laptop is also easier to type on and can support different types of Internet browsers. Most Netbooks are also cheaper than the Apple iPad.

The Cons of Netbooks

The Apple iPad runs away with the multimedia and entertainment prize, of course. With more than a hundred applications and games available for the iPad, the Netbook laptop is having a hard time competing in this field. Netbooks also have shorter battery lives than the iPad, although some Netbooks have come close, with batteries that lasted 8 hours.

It seems like a close fight, but in reality, these two devices are built for two different sets of needs. Choose the Apple iPad if you’re buying a laptop or device solely for the entertainment and flash value. Otherwise, stick to the Netbook laptop if you want a productive laptop that won’t break your budget for your daily computing needs.

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

Best Apple iPad Games 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Most people may use the new Apple iPad as a portable video or movie player, while others may use this Apple tablet as the perfect tool for business presentations. Most iPad users, though, will still have fun and enjoy the iPad and all its features by using it as a handheld gaming machine.

There are already a lot of fun games available on the Internet that promise hours of entertainment and excitement. But with the long list of games to choose from, it might be difficult to decide on which games give the best bang for the buck. We’ll make things easier for you by taking a look at best and coolest of these games below.

1. Mirror’s Edge. What started out as a hit game for the Xbox 360 is now an addicting way to spend free time on your Apple iPad. This Electronic Arts game features crisp, colorful high-definition visuals, sharp game play and a surreal gaming environment that will surely hook you right from the start. Bolt into action as Faith Connor, a courier who battles sinister enemies and pursuers in a futuristic world. Let your fingers flick, swipe and tap on your Apple tablet as you let Faith run up walls, slide ramps, zip lines and jump on buildings while hacking away at the bad guys. Stuck in a level? Choose to go head-on-head with friends, instead, in the game’s Multiplayer modes. With a great soundtrack, HD-quality graphics and smooth interactivity, Mirror’s Edge lets you unleash all the potential of your Apple iPad for $12.99.

2. Command and Conquer Red Alert. Everyone’s favorite RTS game is now on the Apple iPad. Battle it out against Soviets, Allies or the Empire of the Rising Sun by using your fingers to tap your army units, as well as to build facilities and camps for only $12.99. Maximize your strategy and game with six additional skirmish maps (free) or The Rising Sun Expansion Pack. You can also play against other Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch users through WiFi.

3. Flight Control HD. The power of a whole fleet of planes is right on your fingertips with Flight Control HD for the Apple iPad. Don’t let its simple graphics and interface fool you, this addictive game can provide you hours of entertainment with new maps, a 3D level and cute graphics. Pretend to be a flight controller as you direct dozens of planes safely to their landing zones with a swipe of your finger. You can even interact with other iPad users and help each other guide different colored planes to their respective runways. You can even listen to your favorite songs while playing. How’s that for a game that’s only $4.99?

4. Civilization Revolution. Apple games might be a dime a dozen but Civilization Revolution redefines the word “fun” by offering Sid Meier’s classic creation game on the Apple iPad. Create your own tribe or culture and lead your people to development and modernization, from the time of the cavemen to the present scenario. A new World/Scenario creator is also a new feature that is exclusive to the Apple iPad, allowing you to customize the world and game parameters so that you can create limitless game types and scenarios. Be the God of your own little world for only $12.99.

5. Fieldrunners HD. The bestselling game on the iPhone and the iPad Touch is now available on the Apple iPad–on HD! This tower defense game mixes strategy with excitement and speed as you rush to defend your field from your enemies. Pick out towers with different characteristics to gun down your nemesis. One of the most exciting Apple games out in the market today, Fieldrunners for the Apple iPad features better graphics and new maps.

Transform your Apple iPad into a virtual video game hub with only the best Apple games available. Expect to spend hours and days of fun shooting down enemies, dodging villains and creating your own civilization with the top Apple iPad games listed above.

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

Apple iPad VS HP Slate: The Pros and Cons

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Are you on the lookout for a handy, tablet computer that can give you excellent computing power plus act as a portable multimedia device? Well, we’ve narrowed down the choices for you by presenting the two top tablet computers in the market today: the Apple iPad and the HP Slate.

On one hand, we’ve got a sleek device riding on the popularity of iPhone’s many applications and features. On the other, we’ve got a (reportedly) more expensive device running on Windows 7 with extra features that the iPad doesn’t have. So, which is the best tablet computer for you? We’ve got the rundown on both the iPad and Slate to help you decide.

The Pros of the Apple iPad

Touted as a bigger, better iPhone, the Apple iPad is reasonably priced at $499 (for the base model). It also packs all the features that everyone loved in the iPhone plus a lot of extras to boot. First of all, the iPad boasts of extended battery life at 10 hours–some users have even reported that the iPad’s battery lasts for an amazing 12 hours. The iPad is also a great Internet / multimedia machine, with Apple’s easy-to-use Safari browser preinstalled for your convenience. And, being an Apple machine, this tablet computer has a gorgeous interface, a fantastic display (1024-by-768-pixel resolution at 132 pixels per inch) and is quick and painless to use. It is also light and very responsive and fast to the touch, making game playing a virtually exciting and very enjoyable experience.

The Cons of the Apple iPad

The most glaring omission that users have been complaining about is the lack of USB ports in the Apple iPad. To connect cameras, keyboards and other devices via USB, one has to purchase the Apple camera connecting kit. Another complaint heard from most users is that they bemoan the lack of Flash support in the iPad. This means that you cannot view videos from Hulu, Facebook, ABS and even Nickelodeon. The iPad does not have a camera and, like the iPhone, multitasking (or opening two or more applications at the same time) is nonexistent. Also, some people have reported that WiFi connectivity was buggy and that they experienced slow connections with their otherwise reliable routers. This has been fixed, though, with the latest firmwar update of the iPad.

The Pros of the HP Slate

Although reported to be more expensive than the iPad, the HP Slate has been said to include some features lacking in Apple’s tablet computer.  A number of websites have already leaked specs of HP’s computer tablet, despite the fact that it will be released later this year. Based on these reports, the Slate will have 1.6GHz Atom Intel processor (a step up above the Apple iPad’s 1Ghz processor), upgradable storage (via SD card reader) and all the ports that the iPad lacks. This includes, 1 USB port, a card reader, audio and HDMI output and even a SIM card tray. And, to slam the ball right in their own court, the HP Slate also has a webcam and Flash support–two things that iPad users have been clamoring for.

The Cons of the HP Slate

With reports stating that the base model of the HP Slate will be available at $550, this computer tablet is $50 more than the cheapest iPad. Its battery only lasts five hours–half the battery life of the iPad. And, although it does have all the bells and whistles lacking in the popular Apple tablet (USB ports, integrated Flash, front and back cameras), the iPad’s gorgeous, crisp and crystal-clear display is still a lot better than the Slate’s.

With the HP Slate scheduled to hit stands late this year, it seems like the battle between the tablet computers will heat up soon. Which one’s the better tablet computer for you? Well, we hope that the specifications and the pros and cons of both the Slate and the Apple iPad we listed can help you make an informed decision.

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

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