Apple iPad 3G…A Brotha’s Take
*In my typical, nonchalant attitude*
The wifi version has been out a little over a month and the 3G version just dropped last weekend. I decided to wait for the 3G because I knew I would be in places where free and open wifi would not be available. So I had to ride the bench while seemingly everyone else got to partake in the “firsties” enjoyment.
But my time came, and my iPad (32GB) hit my door last Friday at 1pm – Shout out to FedEx.
So instead of giving you the same features/benefits type of post everyone else has done already, I will give you my quick observations, and go into what I have done thus far with my new toy.
– A little heavier than I thought it would be…but I like a little junk in the trunk
(see: Erykah Badu’s ‘Window Seat’ video)
– I find myself cleaning the screen often
The gadget just looks good, and the finger smudges seem to “stank it up”
– Photos, music cover art, videos and movies all look gorgeous
Nothing witty to add, just stating fact
– I think it’s cool that iPad-specific apps have settings you can change in the global settings menu in addition to app-specific settings in the app settings menu
(That makes sense in my head)
– I would like to have access to the file system
I have OCD when it comes to organization
– 50% percent of the time, the camera connection kit works 100%
I could only get the USB dongle to work and not the SD card slot version.
– AT&T 3G is just okay
But I already knew that
– I thought the lack of Flash and multi-tasking would be noticeable, but it actually isn’t
*Crosses fingers for HTML5 and a download of OS 4.0 in the fall*
– Mrs. Tech hates it
*Just wait for the “newness” to wear off sweetie*
Having said that, the first thing I did (after being forced to hook it up to a computer for basic setup) was look for iPad apps. The iPhone apps are okay on it, but I paid for an iPad, not an iPhone…so I’ll wait (step it up devs!). I went to sites like Gizmodo and TUAW to look for apps they recommended. The apps I decide to download are:
FeddlerRSS – RSS Reader
PrintCentral – Wireless printing
SplashID – Password Manager
Dictionary – Do I really have to explain?
Zinio – Digital Magazine Reader
Dropbox – Cloud Storage
Pandora – Streaming Music
Netflix – Instant movies and Queue Control
PDFReader Pro – PDF Reader
Photobucket – Online photo storage/sharing
Craigsphone – Craigslist…but nicer
eBay – Buy and sell stuff
ABC Player – watch ABC shows
Twitterrific – Twitter Client (just barely edged out TweetDeck)
Evernote – Online note storage
WordPress – Blog control
Wikipanion – Wiki stuff
Most of the above apps are free, and there are only a couple of paid apps. But none of them are more than 10 bucks, and they are WORTH IT. If the two of you who read my blog have some suggestions, hook a brotha up.
Next up was getting my email accounts, contacts and calendars set up. I use Gmail & Google Apps for all of this stuff so it was pretty easy. The only hitch is that the iPad can only synchronize ONE set of calendar/contacts via Google Sync. There are ways around it, but I’m cool for now (don’t mind going to the web for the others) and I’m hoping Google/Apple will resolve this on their own.
In the meantime and in-between time, I reorganized my iTunes Library and just synced my playlists instead of trying to sync my entire library. I also bought a movie or two (‘Aliens’ and ‘Transformers: The Movie’ (the cartoon version) just to see how they would look – Those are my two all-time favs, and I was impressed. I will be researching ways to put my movie collection (as a copy, not for resale – take that piracy!), so if you have any tips, let me know.
Last on the list was firing up the AT&T’s 3G service. Like I said before it was just “okay”, but I didn’t expect much. I just wanted it to get the job done, and so far so good. I only signed up for the 250mb plan, and based on my current usage, I could stand to upgrade to the unlimited plan. But I am gonna hold off because I feel my usage will stabilize after I get the hang of the device. Set up was a cinch and it is all done in the iPad setting menu, no registering or logging into a website to get started. You can also view your usage there as well.
So there you have it. If you have any tips, tricks, guides or comments about the iPad feel free to drop me a line.
Note: I did NOT write this entire post from my iPad…just in case you were wondering.
My iPad Keeps Me Clean
So far so good with my iPad 3G. I’ll make sure to get you all a better write up later (especially when I fire up the 3G service).
But for now I can tell you that this baby collects some MAJOR smudges. So I spent most of my time on the iPad (including writing this entry) with pre-washed & sanitized hands.
So that means my hands and thusly my body is more germ-free as a result of buying an iPad.
That’s a plus right?
iPhone Hat 4G
Love watching videos on your iPhone outside on a sunny day? Hate the glare that goes along with it. Wish you could do something about it, besides, well, I don’t know, holding your free hand up to the screen?
Well for $30 you can get this fly as all outdoors (pun intended) Iphone Hat 4G that will ABSOLUTELY ensure that NO GLARE WHATSOEVER will affect your view.
Disclaimer 1: Don’t walk and use the iPhone Hat 4G, cause you WILL die!
Disclaimer 2: You WILL look like an idiot if you buy the iPhone Hat 4G!
In a move to fire back on Apple’s “closed, locked-down platform” as stated by an Adobe higher-up, Adobe has ceased all future iPhone-specific development of it’s CS5 product line. CS5’s primary feature was bringing Flash content to smart phones. This is in response to Apple changing the terms of it’s new iPhone OS 4.0 development license (the same OS that will come with the iPhone 4G this summer and available for download to the iPad in the fall) that blocks any apps being created with Flash technology.
Which means this could definately be a win for other smart phone platforms, specifically Android, whose got big-brother Google in it’s corner.
Sound to me like a three-some (giggle) of Adobe, Android & Google joining forces to take down the evil Apple Corporation that everybody loves to hate.
I shall call them “The Super Friends”
Already taken? Nevermind.
Remember you heard it here first…or not
…I doubt it – Not the part about this being the new iPhone that’s supposed to drop this summer. I doubt the fact that it [iPhone prototype] was “lost” in a bar somewhere, and found only for the rights to be sold and I’m assuming bought by Gizmodo, for their breaking story. My guess is that this is an ingenious way for Apple to create some buzz, so they very slickly (I made that up) let the phone out into the wild in hopes that this exact thing happens – somebody finds it and leaks it to the highest bidder.
*All speculation for the sake of posting a story, so deal with it*
But Gizmodo did some research in addition to completely taking the phone apart, and thus, claim this is a real iPhone 4G prototype. So since they believe it, I do too (Sorry Erykah, but imma go with groupthink on this one), so I’m gonna post some of the new design features:
– Front-facing camera (for video conference calls, chats, etc)
– Back camera WITH FLASH
– Larger battery
– Smaller screen but higher resolution
– Completely flat back, as opposed to the current slightly curved one, with aluminum border
There is some other stuff, but the above are the best new features in my opinion.
The reasons why they think it’s a real phone is because the phone was actually reported lost, and before Gizmodo could get a chance to play with the phone’s OS, Apple remotely killed the phone. The phone also had a plastic casing around it to disguise it as an iPhone 3GS.
But again, I think this was a carefully crafted scheme by Apple to accidentally on purpose get the word out on it’s new device “But I ain’t the one to gossip, so you ain’t heard it from me”
To get more pics, vids, and details on why they think this phone is the “real deal”, visit: gizmodo.com
How many times can Netflix (r)evolutionize movie watching? We thought the rent-by-mail with no late fees was cool. So was being able to stream to your Blu-ray player and gaming console.
Now it appears you’ll be able to marry you’re brand spanking new iPad with Netflix for a movie-viewing love fest on the portable device’s 9.7-inch screen.
The free Netflix iPad app was released on April 1 and doesn’t appear to be an April Fool’s joke.
It appears to have some pretty nifty features to basically mimic your experience of the Watch Instantly for your PC, like being able to browse and manage your queue and even pick up on the iPad where you may have left off watching in the living room.
Here’s how the Application Description reads:
Get Netflix on your iPad. Just download this free app and you can instantly watch TV shows & movies streaming from Netflix.
-Watch as often as you want
-It’s part of your Netflix unlimited membership
-Resume watching where you left off on your TV or computer
-Browse movies and manage your Queue right from your iPad
And the app is rated 12+, obviously, because we’re not all watching Disney cartoons.
So is this the so-called killer app? Thousands of movies and TV shows in the palm of your hands, on a much nicer screen than what an iPhone/iPod touch can offer?
According to Slashfilm.com, ABC also has an app so you can watch the broadcast network’s streaming episodes, and The New York Times reports Hulu is also planning on unleashing an iPad app. That certainly would be huge, but apparently might also be tied into Hulu’s testing the paid subscription waters. Still, we’re guessing plenty of people would throw in a few bucks a month to access Hulu, especially if they’re able to right from their iPad.
Apple’s Oscar iPad Commerical
I didn’t watch the Oscars last night…was too busy watching “1000 Ways to Die” on Spike TV and “The Wedding Crashers” for the third time on Comedy Central. But as soon as I heard Stevie-J (AKA; Steve Jobs) bought some air time during the Oscars to put out an iPad commercial, I made sure I posted it for you guys.
Remember, iPad preorders via apple.com start first thing this Friday!
One of my first articles as a blogger was called “Mobile Tagging”. The article was mainly about being able to create and scan “barcodes” (one type of code is called QR code) in order to share such things like contact info and web links using your web-enabled smart phone.
I knew this technology was cool (which was why I wrote about it…a brotha loves cool!) and sooner or later SOMEBODY would put it to good use. Well that somebody just happened to be the largest coffee house in the world.
Starbucks has available an iPhone app called “Starbucks Card Mobile App” (the name is GENIUS…/sarcasm) that enables your typical Starbucks junkie to carry around their Starbucks card on their iPhone (or IPod Touch). With the app, you can find out your card balance, add monies to your card, and register for free card rewards.
…bla, bla, bla.
The coolest feature of the app is that you can create your favorite coffee order by creating a barcode that when scanned automatically SUBMITS AND PAYS for your order – provided you do in fact have a balance on your virtual card!
So imagine being able to walk into a Starbucks, walk up to the counter, hold your phone up to the
cashier Java Specialist, submit, pay, and pick up your order without having to say anything!
Not having to talk to anybody is my kind of communication!
Right now, the latter feature of the app is currently being tested in Seattle area stores (of course) and a few other Cali locations, but I am pretty sure before long, the feature will be available everywhere.
For more information and to download the FREE app, visit Starbucks Card Mobile App…OR scan this pic with your code reader app on your phone: