Remember when hardcover books had canvas covers? Well, they don't make them like that anymore, and with ebooks rising in popularity you might as well outfit your iPad as an old book. Right? That seems to be the trend. Cygnett's Alumni canvas case for iPad feels exactly like one of those books, and protects your tablet, too.
Griffin's Passport for iPad Foilo turns your iPad into a classy affair. The Folio opens up like a book to reveal the iPad hidden underneath, which is strapped in by four elastic bands securing each corner. Inside is lined by microsuede, which feels soft to touch and keeps the iPad screen smudge free. Another strap on the Passport's backside keeps the Folio sealed together.
Whenever I see the word "vintage" on new product, I tend to scoff a little bit. In the case of XtremeMac's Vintage Sleeve for the new iPad, I definitely let out a groan. But once I took the sleeve out of the box and placed my iPad inside, I began to give the product a little credit for what it's good at: protecting my expensive tablet device.
It was the usual pre-holiday weekend hustle & bustle at the App Store, of course, while the rest of the news was a little calmer. We saw some beloved apps get updates and we learned a thing or two about how to mess up people's faces, but in a good way. It was the week that was -- steady on.
All this talk lately about how apps optimized for the iPad's Retina Display are taking up all the precious storage real estate reminded me to tell you there's actually a solution to all of this. While it might sound inconvenient to store your media on a separate device, it might be time to consider it so that you don't have to forfeit downloading new apps to make room for media. Many manufacturers now offer Wi-Fi-enabled hard drives that stream to your iOS device, and it's worth the additional cost if you use your iPad primarily as an entertainment portal.
Okay, what are you doing this weekend? You're probably going to try and catch up on your favorite television shows, right? You should consider forfeiting that time to learn about the periodic table instead. No, I'm serious. And if you can do it for free and with your iPad, why wouldn't you?
When neon colors and frilly designs are too much commotion for your iPad's corporate lifestyle, the iFrogz Summit case is worth considering. Unlike other professional looking folio cases, this one retains its classy looks without the bulk--or the cost.
I'm not a fan of the Smart Cover because I'm not particularly satisfied with the fact that my iPad's backend is completely open to a world filled with scratchy things. I usually lean toward folio-style cases to keep the iPad protected, and fortunately Incipio has plenty of offerings. This week, we're reviewing the Incipio Slim Kickstand folio case for the third-generation iPad. It's exactly the kind of quality we expect from an Incipio case, and it nicely accentuates the iPad's svelte figure.
When Apple started the Retina Display ball rolling with high-resolution updates to its catalog, we eagerly headed over to the App Store to grab the latest and greatest versions of our favorite iWork and iLife apps. But as we waited for the little blue progress bars to disappear, we couldn't help but notice how much longer they took to complete. Just last night, it took over half an hour to download a 750mb app over Wi-Fi.
In order to display those high resolution applications and have them look supreme on the Retina Display, the images have to get bigger, which means that the size of the apps have to go up, too. Pages went from 95.1 MB to 269 MB, and Numbers and Keynote packed on quite a few megabytes. What's worse: if you're updating these apps on the first-generation iPad or an iPad 2, they're taking up all the space on your device and you can't even take advantage of the fact that they're high resolution.
Draining an iPad battery has never been easy. Even before Apple's tablet had a retina display and LTE networking, we marveled at how such a thin package could be such a mobile powerhouse, sipping power as it churned through 10-plus-hours of reading, movie watching, web surfing and bird flinging. When iPad 2 slimmed down the form factor without sacrificing any precious battery power, we were duly impressed.
But now it's getting ridiculous. With the most brilliant, crystal-clear display on any device, ever, and a near-imperceptible increase in thickness--there's just no way that the new iPad can possibly live up to Apple's 10-hours-on-a-single-charge claim, at least not in any real-world situations.