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by frankspin

Favorite features of iOS8 and your impressions so far
iOS dropped yesterday and a lot of the features Apple introduced help bring it up to parity with Android. Better TouchID support, widgets, sharing, keyboards and a whole slew of stuff. What features have you been enjoying the most so far?
For me it's definitely better TouchID support. 1Password and Day One have implemented this for unlocking each app. It makes getting into them much easier.
After that it's improved sharing. I no longer need some hokey way to save stuff to Instapaper or Pinboard. I... Read more →

by frankspin

Best way to identify battery draining apps on iOS?
Something is absolutely destroying my battery on my iPhone 5s. I can take it off the charger at 6:30 and by 2:30 I'm having to place it back on the charger because it's almost in the red (less than 20%). It's a feature I never used on Android, but I'm kind of missing it right now.

How can I best identify just what in the hell is crushing my battery?

by dave

Taking photos with a tablet
Back when the original iPad came out, there was a small segment of people who lamented the fact that the device didn't have a rear facing camera. But there was a larger group of people that were annoyed at the suggestion that a tablet should even have a camera -- myself included.
Apple ultimately released the iPad 2 with a camera and since then, nearly every tablet that's been released has included a rear facing camera.
And this is something that's seemingly changed... Read more →

by frankspin

Apple's "We still have a lot to cover" event
Our pals over at Engadget have already made some of their own predictions (http://www.engadget.com/2013/10/21/apple-october-... for today's Apple Event, but we'd love to hear what you're thinking (or wanting) to be announced. Some of the stuff that has been hinted at and rumored leading up to today includes:
  • new iPad
  • new iPad mini
  • Availability dates for OS X Mavericks and the unique-looking Mac Pro
  • Perhaps some new Macbook Pro or Mac mini refreshes?
Given the recent amount of... Read more →

by frankspin

Are the iOS 7 animations causing motion sickness?
The Verge ran across an Apple support thread about a number of users complaining of headaches and nausea from the increase in animations for iOS 7. A number of users are chiming in to say they too are having issues from the new animations. The single biggest request is the ability to turn them off, or potentially speed them up.
I have to agree that the animations are a bit long in the tooth and they can be a bit excessive with the zoom-in and zoom-out affect.
If you upgraded to iOS 7 have you been... Read more →

by Corgis

Lower rating than iPad Mini?
I was comparing this and the iPad mini and was confused that this had the lower rating of two because it has a higher resolution screen, a faster processor, higher average user reviews, higher average critic reviews, seemingly more glowing praise in the written section (no negative comments vs. comments like "However, it is by no means perfect..." and "...it isn't the best bang for the buck among small tablets...") and costs $100 less. It doesn't seem to add up.

by frankspin

What are your WWDC 2013 Predictions
WWDC is just hours away, and there has been no shortage of rumors about what Apple has planned, especially for iOS. It seems like ever since the news broke about Scott Forstall leaving the company (1) and Jony Ive stepping in, there have been expectations of a major iOS redesign. This became even more clear when Apple updated their podcast app on iOS to a much more modern design (2). As the weeks and days have gone on more mockups and rumors kept swirling about a redesign, with even this years... Read more →

by marc

Is the iPad mini a PC? No, it's a supercomputer!
According to a new report, Apple is now the world's top PC maker -- if you count the iPad as a PC. The report, from Canalys, says that Apple has a 20% share of the global PC market, having shipped 27 million computers during the 4th quarter of 2012 -- with iPads accounting for 22.9 million of those "computers."
With computer companies struggling amid competition from tablets, and even Apple seeing its high-flying stock come down to Earth as... Read more →

by Mitchellmckenna

Apps for your parent's new tablet
If your parents got a new tablet for Christmas, what apps are you installing for them? I realized many of my favorite apps wouldn't be useful for them, but I have installed the following:
  • IMDB
  • Flixter (for watching trailors)
  • Skype
  • TED (in hopes they watch some education videos)
  • YouTube
  • Pandora (or Slacker Radio if your in Canada)
  • Facebook
And if your on Android, i felt the following widgets would be handy:
  • weather widget
  • bookmarks widget
  • google search widget
  • calendar widget
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by odysseus

iPad mini or iPad 4
Hey everyone,
I'm a techie that has yet to indulge in a tablet, my parents have been through a few iPad's and swear by them. I've been an iPhone user for a few years now and I am reasonably committed to the app space, but I cannot for the life of me decide between the mini or the updated retina display. I've gotten used to 'retina land' on my iPhone but I really like the mini's form factor. I'm not looking to get an LTE radio because I really don't think I would tote it around all that much --... Read more →

by marc

Kids want iPads this holiday season
According to a new Nielsen survey, the iPad is the most-wanted gift among kids aged 6-12, followed by the Wii U. Kids also want the iPod touch, iPhone, Kinect, and computers. What don't kids want? Non-smartphones, Surface tablets, and the Apple TV. Teens and adults also want iPads, though computers, smart TVs and non-iPad tablets are also high on their lists. What gear are you considering for the kids (and adults) on your gift list this holiday season?... Read more →

by marc

Nokia HERE Maps for iOS is here.
The wait for Google Maps to return to iOS may have just gotten a whole lot easier. No, GMaps isn't in the App Store yet. But Nokia's HERE Maps is, and it brings a highly detailed global mapping system to the iPhone and iPad, including live traffic, public transportation info, offline maps, and turn-by-turn navigation. It's not a complete replacement for Google Maps, and... Read more →

by peter

Why I'm not buying an iPad mini
I'm not sure I want to get into the habit of always writing about why I'm not buying something, but since a few people have asked -- and since I wrote something similar about the Nexus 7 (http://gdgt.com/discuss/why-i-m-probably-not-buyi... -- I thought I'd share why I'm not buying an iPad mini.
It boils down to one reason: the screen. At 163 PPI, it's just not good enough.
Now, I may have felt differently if I didn't already own a Retina iPad (PPI = 264), but the screen on the... Read more →

by marc

Which tablet will dominate sales this holiday season?
This holiday season is shaping up to be an epic battle for tablet manufacturers, with Apple's 4th-gen iPad and iPad mini competing against the Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung Nexus 10, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD, Barnes & Noble's Nook HD, and Microsoft's Surface RT, among others. With so many options, including some good tablets for under $200, will Apple be able to retain its market supremacy -- and if you're in the market for a tablet right... Read more →

by korbendalis

Perceived Bias: GDGT Score
Rather than just complain about the numbers I decided to actually read the first 5 reviews of the Apple iPad Gen 4, Gen 3, iPad Mini, Samsung Nexus 10, Asus Nexus 7, and Kindle Paperwhite. Then I looked at the Reviews FAQ that Ryan Block posted to determine how gdgt assessed the gdgt score. I see that the Critic reviews do not tie into the gdgt scoring system (or if they do, I cannot look at the score, but rather am directed to the site of the Critic). I also see that the score is not based on a... Read more →