Recent App Reviews
This is pretty cool. Gizmodo has a short article and video showing you how you can use your iPhone 3GS as a camera for your iPad. You put the Camera-A app ($0.99) on your iPad and the Camera-B app (free) on your iPhone. Then, via a Bluetooth connection, anything that your iPhone camera points at appears on your iPad screen. There's a button on the bottom of the iPad screen that you can touch to take a photo.
OK, if I could solve this game in less than 30 minutes, then it’s not a very hard game. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a big gamer.
I’m a huge fan of quote books. As a matter of fact, I probably have a dozen or more quote books in my library. And now, I have 23,000 Great Quotes HD – way more convenient!
23,000 Great Quotes contains quotes from celebrities, authors, politicians, philosophers, movies and books. You can add a quote to your “favorites,” browse the quotes by author, or search for a quote by keyword.
To try the search feature, I did a search for “quote” and found this one very appropriate:
Wow, this is a perfect fit for iPad, and in all my previous grousing about the new device, I did not think at all about this app, but have to admit that it is right in the iPad wheelhouse! A bigger screen for viewing the cosmos almost makes me want to go out and get an iPad now! Anyway, VITO is pretty happy that Apple Stores are pre-installing a demo version of the app, but you can get the full app here...
Well after having my iPad for a solid day now, and the hype is wearing off, let me tell you, it is definitely not just a big iPod Touch or iPhone.
Where to start?
I just downloaded my first Vook - Sherlock Holmes. A Vook is an electronic, interactive book. As you begin each chapter, you can play the video to learn something more about the characters, setting, and places. Then, as you read the chapter, you can view illustrations and click on web links to access the Internet for word definitions. This all works seamlessly and provides a unique reading experience, one which I believe is the future of all E-books and magazines.
The Color&Draw website says it's an app for kids, but I'm here to tell you that it's for adults, too!
I love match 3 games. The problem is that so many developers start with the “tiles in a box” approach and try to figure out how they can improve on it. These days, however, so many match 3 games exist that developers really need to start thinking outside of the box (didn’t see that one coming, did you?) Thankfully, that’s exactly what Dan Russell-Pinson did when he designed Furballs (in space) for the iPhone. The playing field is 360 degrees and constantly moving, and the path drawing technique adds a new perspective to the mechanics. Oh, and did I mention there are things like comets and satellites to contend with?
I am on record as having some reservations about this new device so I am obliged to give credit where it is due.
This thing is fast... zippy even! I never would have said that about my netbooks, one of which I sold to make room for the iPad that I am typing this on. I am sure there will be frustrations, such as when I visit a website that requires Flash or if I have to type at length, but so far I do not feel as if I am missing out on anything, even as I type this on my iPad. I am getting faster at typing with this virtual keyboard. The trick is to make a leap of faith and trust the autocorrection. And find a comfortable way to hold the iPad.
The device is heavier than I expected. Heavy may not be the right word. It has more heft. It is substantial.
Is the iPad “magical”? No. Is it pretty darn impressive? Absolutely. After picking my iPad up this morning at the Portland Mall in Maine, I got right down to business seeing just how well this thing can blog, and in so doing, put it through the paces that everyone wants to know. I’ll let you be the judge based not just on these words but by the recognition I’m doing it all on the iPad. So where to start? Setting up MobileMe is just like the iPhone, Settings > Mail > Add Account > then enter your MobileMe account info and you’re in. You set it up to connect to the internet just like your iPhone or iPod Touch. And if you’re a brand new convert to the iPhone OS, it’s about as intuitive as you can get.