When I write this the supposedly new iPad 3 might be released in about one day. In honour of that event I would like to share some pictures of another similar device.
I do not buy pirated products, but occasionally I get to see what other people have found out there. This is one of those times. I recently got the opportunity to see a device that supposedly was an iPad 1 with 128 GB memory, a built in camera and what seems to be an SD card reader. “What the …” you say? Where might one find a device like that? Well, China seems to be a safe bet, and in this case it is the truth as well. In the sake of anonymity we will just say that the owner of this device visited China last year and found this device in a market in Beijing. From a distance and while turned off it looked like an iPad and it was cheap. It even was packed in something with a superficial resemblance to the real packaging. Now after the bargain had been struck and he arrived at the hotel to check it out he found a few strange things. It had a separate charger pin input. The regular iPad connector could be refitted with an adapter that made it possible for the device to connect to a regular network cable, an USB cable and (updated, see below) several other cable types. All in one adapter! That was kind of neat. Oh and it ran Android!
Android? On an iPad?
Yes …. and no. This is of course no iPad. It might look like one but the there are several things that these images do not tell. Among else it is made of plastic, and feels cheap. Another tell was that it stopped working after a week. Now it only gives you the startup logo and then nothing happens.
But as a curiosity it may now live for a long time on the internet.
Update 2012-02-06: I managed to take a few pictures of the included dongle as well. I remembered slightly wrong though, It only has two USB ports and one ethernet port available.
A few months ago I wrote an article on my favourite iPad applications. I found that I probably should write one on my favourite iPhone apps as well. Some of the applications are present both for iPad and iPhone, but I have not included any games for iPhone. The main reason was that I wanted to focus on utility applications.
Week Cal, is a small app for showing a week view of your iPhone calendar. It works great.
1Password, is an app for storing passwords securely on your iPhone. This app can synchronise your passwords with your iPad and Mac, but can be a bit pricy.
Occasions, is an app for reminding yourself about all those birthdays and other important occasions. It can even synchronize dates from Facebook with your contacts.
Den Norske Almanakk, the only reason for getting this is if you want to have an updated list of when different Norwegian holidays are celebrated during the year. Hopefully they will include the iPhone calendar entries soon and make this app very useful.
Meetup, I attend several meet-ups, and this little app is quite nice to have if you are an user on meetup.com.
Gule Sider, this app may be the best phone directory for Norway on your mobile.
Instapaper, even better on the iPad, but if you ever need to store something and read it later, this is one of the better apps. This app lets you read the article or document on your mobile phone. There are several ways for you to be bookmarking/storing things both from mac, pc, iPhone and iPad, and from within your different browsers.
Dropbox, if you use Dropbox.com for sharing some files, then this little app is a very cheap (free) companion.
Wunderlist, is quite nifty if you want to share a shopping list or todo list with your girlfriend/wife/friend.
iFiles, might be a bit more powerful than Dropbox, and let you, among else, store attachments from mail inside this app for later reading or retrieval.
XSysInfo, want to find some information on your phone. This app might be of assistance, but equally important, it can help you clean up your memory usage.
UPDATE: XSysInfo has removed the memory clean function, so it is no longer as useful as it once was.
Trafikanten, find the next bus from your nearest stop in Oslo, Norway.
NSB, actually very quick and simple to use if you are going by train in Norway.
TaxiNå!, another Norwegian speciality. If you have this app you always can get the closest taxi central.
Visitnorway.com, if you want to find something to do in Norway, this app might help you. An overview over the most interesting sights and happenings in Norway.
Filmweb, easy way to discover where the movie you want to see is being shown. You can even buy the tickets within this app.
Stanza, I read quite a lot, mostly on my iPad, but when that device isn’t available the iPhone works too. Stanza is a bit more open than Kindle, and handles several file formats, and it is easy to create, convert and share eBooks from your computer using Calibre.
Kindle, but when I want to read the latest English eBooks, Amazon comes to the rescue.
Photosynth, Microsoft have been showing off their Photosynth technology for years, but it was when it became available on my iPhone that I got really interested. This app makes it really easy to create panoramas and other 3D views of the world.
Camera+, is probably the best photography application for your iPhone. Check out the reviews.
Hipstamatic, is one of several apps that creates old fashioned and arty photographs. I like it.
Streetmate, black and white photography. Quickly and easily.
Instagram, a modern day polaroid? A great hit on the web.
Photobuddy, if you want to take photography to the next step you need to learn a few things regarding depth of field and other technical aspects of photography. This app might be of assistance.
The Photographer’s Ephemeris. This app can, among else, tell you where the sun is rising and when. Another photographers companion app, but very well done. A bit pricy though.
Music, Video and Audio
Audible, if you are listening to English audio books this app makes buying, downloading and listening to them a breeze.
Bander, is one of many free streaming and music discovery apps. I just liked it.
Spotify and WiMPmight be the two leading streaming services in Norway.
TuneIn Radio, is probably the best radio app on your iPhone and iPad. It is available as both a free and pro version.
Other interesting applications
Momento, is an app for gathering all your updates on all your social networks into one calendar view.
I follow a Norwegian blog by Hans Petter Nygård-Hansen that speaks of several things that I care about. He recently had a long entry on how the iPad would eat from the paper market share for newspapers. I mostly agree with him, but what really got me to agree was the last paragraph in the blog entry. What he wants from a mobile news app. I do heartily agree, but I have a few extra points that I would like to add. His bullet points were these: (I have translated them from Norwegian)
Give me a digital subscription that does not cost too much, or the option to buy daily issues at a slightly higher day by day price.
Inform me of new articles, but let me choose among my interest for reminders.
Let me download the news article or magazine offline, I want to read it when and where I want.
Adapt the ads to my interests, (based on what news-categories I want reminders for) for higher relevance and less irritation. (Do not forget that the goal of ads is to lead you away from what you really want to read, but if I am reading an article on travel destinations I am a lot more receptive to watching adverts for hotels, airplane travels, rental cars or other relevant offers.)
And I want an app, not a web page optimized for mobile devices.
My additional wants are these.
Let me easily share what I find interesting using whatever tools I like, including email, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs etc.
Let me store my favourite images, articles or videos for later sharing, printing or revisiting.
Create a very simple subscription registration that makes it possible for me to view the content simultaneously on my PC, iPhone or iPad.
I would not consider myself as a fan boy, but I happen to have several Apple devices, among them this little thing called an iPad. I’ve discovered several sites that present a list of their favourite iPad apps, so I wanted to give my point of view on this. I have grouped my suggestions based on different categories.
(Updated 20101205: Photography/FlickrStackr)
Angry Birds HD
This is probably one of the most mentioned games out there, and it is for a reason. Addictive and fun.
I’m a fan of the old Civilization games, so this is something I can relax with on those long airplane flights.
Monkey Island 2 (Special Edition)
This is a new release of an oldie. The game in itself is mostly just funny though, but this is more or less a must have for those of us that played the original game when graphics still was chunky, and most commands where given using a keyboard.
I have tested several Facebook applications on my iPad. Using Safari works okay, but the best app so far seems to be Friendly. Another contender is Social, and even though this app has more features, Social does not feel like an app, but more like a skin for Safari.
Tweetdeck and Twitterific are both OK, but I find myself using the original for reading and replying on twitter. For twittering interesting news check out Flipboard, Feedler and Pulse News.
If you have one or more WordPress based blogs, this little app makes it wonderfully easy to publish post and manage comments and content on your sites.
These are the applications I find I use most together with Friendly and Twitter.
Flipboard gives you an auto created newspaper way of navigating your Facebook, Twitter and other newsfeeds. It is very easy to comment, twitter and share items on your own Facebook or Twitter feed.
Pulse is another way of navigating the same content, it also has easy features for sharing your findings with other people. I am not sure what I prefer of these two, but I use both and have divided my mostly read news-sites between them. Some is listed in Flipboard others in Pulse
This is probably my most used reader. It utilizes my Google Reader RSS feeds, and gives me an easy to use GUI for reading, marking, sharing and managing my RSS-feeds. The free version is equally good, but since I use it so much I found that I should give some money back to the author.
The New York Times
I do not read the NY Times each day, but during most weekends I have a look at this application.
During an evening with relaxation I find that I often uses a few minutes on StumbleUpon to see what other people find interesting.
I might buy magazines online and have bought a few Wired issues. It is an interesting concept and I find myself enjoying this way of reading Wired.
This is a Norwegian application for one of the many internet news publishers in Norway. I find that the app is a quick way to discover news, but I am not sure about the app yet. I am looking forward for Aftenposten’s alternative to this application.
iBook, Kindle and other eBook readers are excellent, but I find myself going back to Stanza and using Calibre for uploading books to Stanza.
I like to look up actors and directors when I watch a film. This app (and site) is excellent for doing just that.
I have tried several of the different TV-program apps for Norway, but this is the fastest one, and easiest to use.
CineXPlayer & VLC
Both CineXPlayer and VLC are quick and easy to use for viewing films on an iPad. They support slightly different formats though.
The British newspaper “The Guardian” have created a nice little photo browsing application called EyeWitness. It shows great images, and also includes small tips on how to take similar pictures.
If you are a photographer like me, this little application is available both on iPhone and iPad and makes it easy to find the optimum settings for your camera when you want to plan your shot.
This is a collection of images from all the different UN World Heritage sites all over the world. A lot of great images.
This application makes it really easy to view your own images, your contacts images and other images on flickr. Nice slideshows, easy uploading, it even displays videos.
Have you ever wondered what star or planet you are looking at in the sky? Wonder no more. This little app can tell you. Just hold it up towards the planet or star and it will show the part of the sky that you are looking at.
Nasa App HD
All news, videos and images that you ever can think of regarding space exploration and science.
I often wonder what artist or song I hear on a radio or on TV. By starting SoundHound and holding it up so it can capture what I am listening too it can often tell very fast. There is an alternative app for this, called Shazam, that also works great, but I have found that SoundHound works faster.
MotionX GPS HD
There are several great applications for navigation on you iPad. The reason i like MotionX is that it can download maps you probably are going to use for offline usage. That is you do not need to download maps using your 3G connection while travelling. In addition to this it can save tracks that you can share with Google Earth on your PC and Mac.
A great application for remembering your passwords. It stores your passwords and other secret information in an encrypted and secure format on your iPad or iPhone.
It is part of the iWorks suite on iPad, but so far I have only used Pages. It can even work with Microsoft Word documents.
This is an early version of the software yet, but it shows great promise. Here you can open up the full version of your software directly on your company’s Citrix server.
If you ever need to share documents or use your iPad as a disk. iFiles is one of the better alternatives.
This is a client app for accessing your Dropbox account and downloading files to your iPad and iPhone. This is a great application for sharing documents, images and other files with friends and family.