Archive for the 'iPad' Category

Very thorough iPad mini review

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

This is one of the better iPad mini reviews I have read. The verdict: "Apple's new iPad mini is likely to become its most popular iPad, due to a light, thin design that delivers tablet optimized apps in a more portable package at a reduced price."

See on appleinsider.com

Speed matters

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

If you are with Vodafone and are in parts of Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch you may be able to take advantage of their new ‘Dual Carrier’ (DC HSPA) network. This works with devices like the new iPad, iPad mini and the iPhone 5. Vodafone's spin is that DC HSPA+ is just as fast as "4G" – and tests performed so far indicate it is indeed pretty quick. Check out this video of an "unbiased" speed test.

You can read more about the new network on the Vodafone website.

I’m liking the looks of the new iPad Mini

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The iPad mini is more than just a scaled down iPad 2 – it is has had the typical "fresh-look" approach that Apple brings to all products. It is larger than a Kindle or Nexus 7 with a 7.9″ screen, and more expensive with a starting price of US$329. It will be interesting how the iPad Mini competes with these products, although arguably they are aimed at slightly different market segments.

The iPad Mini has a dual-core A5 processor, a Facetime HD camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the rear, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi connectivity, and 4G LTE cellular connectivity in some models. And it still offers up to 10 hours of battery life.

If you lug your iPad around with you everywhere, or typically hold it for long periods of time, the lighter weight and smaller size of the iPad mini are going to make it well … more mobile, more versatile, without compromising usability. The only downside I can imagine is that it will not be so good for reading PDF files if you do that a lot. I also wish it had the retina display, but the reality is that the screen should be slightly crisper than the iPad 2 as it has the same number of pixels packed into a smaller physical screen size.

Check out the details on the Apple website now.