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Those who own an iPad will be familiar with this scenario; one enters the train and is looking forward to a relaxing journey with the iPad and all of the entertainment that it offers. When it is turned on though the owner looks in horror as they realize that they only have a minute amount of battery left and with that, it turns off. Welcome to the world’s most boring train journey. This can be an even bigger problem for those that have bought a used iPad, as the battery will have been used for a lot longer and therefore deteriorated.

There are a number of ways in which the battery life of an iPad can be improved though, although some of them do require the user to sacrifice performance slightly though…

Don’t use location services: Most of the apps that ask for the use of a location don’t really need them to function correctly, and all this does is use up battery as the location is reported on a regular basis. Although one app doesn’t eat up too much battery, imagine the effect that multiple apps working at the same time will have on an iPad’s battery life.

Disabling this is easy and can be done through the iPad’s “Settings” tab. Simply go to Settings > General > Location Services, and then select to turn these off. If it is really important that location services are used from time to time, then it is incredibly simple to turn them back on.

Lower the brightness: The screen of the iPad takes up a huge amount of the battery power, and therefore having the brightness set to its full capability is bound to chew up the battery in no time. There is no need for a really bright screen in most situations, so turning it down is the best bet.

Should the owner find themselves watching a movie or doing another activity that requires a bright screen then they can always turn it up again. It is far easier to turn the brightness up occasionally than have to keep turning it down on a regular basis!

Turn off push notifications: Push notifications work full time to ensure that the user always gets the latest information about an app or their emails as soon as it happens. This means that it is constantly draining the battery, even when there is no data to send, due to the fact that it is constantly looking for information that isn’t there.

For this reason, using the “Fetch” capability of the iPad is a method much more conducive to retaining power, as this only searches for new data when the user asks it to. This can save huge amounts of power – as well as ensuring that the owner isn’t interrupted by an incessant stream of notifications throughout the day.

There are many more little tips that can be used to enhance the life of both a new and a used iPad, but the three listed above are without doubt the most important. Just testing them for a day will prove just how much battery can be saved using these methods.


Perhaps the main selling point of the iPad is the ability to connect wirelessly to the internet, but as with all tablets and laptops this is often easier said than done though. This can lead to owners becoming frustrated and even giving up trying to connect their prized possession to the internet, therefore losing out on the most essential feature that this great piece of technology has.

This short guide should be able to show everyone how to connect their iPad to the internet wirelessly though, whether it is a new or a used iPad that they own…

The key to getting wireless access to the internet on the iPad is all in the “Settings” icon, which is used for virtually all of the technical aspects of this tablet. To access it all the owner needs to do is click it once, and they will then be presented with a menu.

This menu has loads of different options on it, but the one that will help to connect to wireless internet is the tab entitled – somewhat predictably – “Wi-Fi”. Through this the owner can access the section whereby they connect to their own Wi-Fi connection, which is done through selecting it from the list under the header “Choose a Network…”

Once the network is selected, all the user will need to do is input the password for their wireless router and hey presto – the internet should now be working wirelessly. This will work 9 times out of 10, but should it not then there are a number of techniques that an owner can use to remedy any problem.

Router problem: The old I.T. cliché goes “have you tried turning it off and on again” and although this is mocked throughout the land, the sentiment is one that is very true. The problem with connecting to the internet wireless could be to do with the router and not the iPad itself, which is why the router is always the first place to start when problem solving.

The first thing that anyone should do is turn the router off and on, thereby resetting it and hopefully allowing it to start receiving and broadcasting a signal. This is by far the most common problem and this step will solve the huge majority of issues.

Hidden network: Although a lot more rare, the problem of a network being hidden is one that often foxes many iPad owners. This essentially means that the router is being broadcast but that it is denying users the option of seeing that it is – making it very difficult to connect to the network.

This can be resolved through the “Wi-Fi” sections of the “Settings” tab, but involves slightly more work than connecting to a visible network. The user must click on the “Other” button and then type in the name of their network manually – something that should have been supplied when the router was bought. After this they will need to select the encryption type, which will also have been supplied upon purchase.

After doing both these tasks the iPad will take the user back to the screen whereby a password needs entering. From here the same process as regularly connecting to the internet can be followed.

These are the two most common problems and solutions for a wireless connectivity problem, but there are other rarer reasons. Should there be a problem that is not easy to solve, there are a huge amount of online resources dedicated to assisting with every problem that an iPad can possibly have.


The iPad is one of the hottest technological properties on the market at the moment, due to the huge amount of tasks it can complete, as well as the fact that it can be customized to suit the exact needs of the owner. Whether the iPad is new or is a used iPad, the ease of customization remains and there are a huge amount of things that one can do to achieve this…

iPad Wallpaper: The wallpaper on any computer or tablet is the most noticeable feature when turned on, meaning that it is the first place anyone should start when customizing their new or used iPad.

It is extremely easy to change the wallpaper and can be done in just a few simple steps. Firstly, one should enter in to the Settings tab, before then selecting Brightness and Wallpaper. This will take the owner to a section where they can browse through not only the iPad default images, but also any that they have on the system. This means that the wallpaper can be given a personal touch with pictures of friends or family, or perhaps even a favorite sports team.

There are many different images that can be downloaded for free from the internet as well. This means that the owner can have almost anything that they want as their wallpaper. A quick search online will yield huge amounts of results.

Change the theme: The standard iPad theme is a highly intuitive one, but nearly everyone in the world has this on their machine. Those that want to be different can change this theme though to make the whole display look different -0 and often far easier to use too.

Various themes can be downloaded from different web sites, all of which will provide detailed instructions regarding how to install them, even if the owner is a complete novice in this field. One of the most is the Windows 7 theme, which brings an air of familiarity to the system for those that have only just started using Apple’s products.

Download apps: This is a no-brainer. Apps are one of the most important aspects of not just the iPad, but the iPhone and iPod as well. They are downloaded from the App Store and add new and exciting features to the machine – often for free or at least for a very low price.

These apps can do a huge number of things, from entertain the owner all the way through to making their work day easier. A fully customized iPad should have as many apps as possible, all of which will make that particular iPad completely different from the rest!

To download apps the owner will need to have an iTunes account that is connected to their bank account – even if they only intend on getting free apps. There is no need to worry though – the whole process is completely secure and safe.

These are just three of the ways that the iPad can be customized, but as an owner gets more familiar with their machine they will find many new ways as well. Essentially, an owner can do almost anything they want with this highly versatile tablet!


The iPad is a hugely robust piece of machinery, as it is made by Apple – one of the world’s most respected makers of technological items. As with every second hand product though, there are a few issues that a potential owner should look out for when buying a used iPad…

Can’t sync contacts or an Outlook Calendar: Every iPad should be able to seamlessly connect to an Outlook Calendar and therefore let the owner know exactly what events are happening on a specific day. With used iPads though this is often not the case – although this is a problem that can be sorted very simply.

To sync with the calendar and with contacts, all the owner needs to do is reset their iTunes Sync History. This is done through iTunes and just needs the owner to go to Edit > Preferences > Device History > Reset Sync History. Once this is done then the new owner should have no problem syncing with their own personal details.

Not able to connect to Wi-Fi: One of the most important features of any tablet is the ability to connect to Wi-Fi, therefore meaning that the device doesn’t need plugging in to various wires to access the internet. With many used iPads though this is easier said than done – something that Apple deny being a generic problem with their design, although the jury is still out on this.

The only way to fix this issue is to perform a hard reset on the whole device – something that will completely revert the iPad back to its factory settings. To do this, one needs to hold down the sleep button until a message appears saying that the owner must slide the bar to power off. This should resolve any Wi-Fi issues.

Used iPad not charging: The iPad is a hugely power hungry device, which means that charging it can often be a mission for many owners. This is because it can’t be charged through various older laptops or other machines that don’t kick out enough power. This can often give the impression that the iPad is not able to charge.

The easily way to resolve this is to charge the iPad straight from the mains electricity, as this provides the strongest source of electricity possible. It should also be possible to charge it through a newer iMac and newer laptops and computers.

Putting the iPad in to sleep mode is another handy tip, as this will allow even machines that don’t boast much power to charge it. Beware though, as the charging process will be very slow in this case, so it could be best to charge the device overnight.

The network is lost after sleep mode: This is a very common problem, but has a very odd solution to it. Losing the network after the iPad has been in sleep mode means that the owner can’t connect to the internet unless they reconfigure the settings all over again.

The solution to this is very odd indeed, but has been reported to work by many different users who have suffered this problem. This solution is to turn up the brightness on the device slightly – there is no logical explanation to this but it seemingly works very well indeed!


The Apple iPad is one of the most intuitive products on the market, meaning that people with any level of technological savvy are able to use it – in fact, even the most technologically unaware are buying used iPad tablets in their droves. But for those that don’t simply want to use its basic features, there are a number of great tips and tricks that can be applied in order to facilitate a much better user experience.

Open Safari links in a different page: The idea of tabbed browsing is one that most people are totally comfortable using on PCs and laptops, but so far those with an iPad don’t often take advantage of it. This is strange as it is so simple to do.
All that an owner needs to do is hold down a link on a webpage, instead of just tapping it briefly. This will bring up a menu with the option to open the link in a new page, as well as the option to copy the link. This means that the user can have multiple pages open simultaneously and therefore make their browsing experience that much easier.

Mute the device quickly: One of the most peculiar and frustrating facts about the iPad is that it has no mute button – something that is hugely frustrating to many. This can be resolved quite easily though, as all the user needs to do is press and hold the volume button. This takes the volume to zero within seconds and therefore negates the need to rapidly press the volume down button repeatedly.

Use iPod sound check: Nothing is more annoying than when different songs play at different sound levels, therefore meaning that the user has to constantly adjust the volume to get the best volume level from each song.

If this is a problem, then all one needs to do is head in to the “Settings” tab, before then tapping on the “iPod” option. This will bring up a box that allows the owner to select to turn the “Sound Check” feature on. This will help huge amounts in regulating the volume levels that different songs are played at.

Create folders on iPad: One of the biggest downfalls of the iPad is that it does not automatically group apps together, often meaning that they are spread out over the whole display. For the uninitiated, this means a messy desktop and a mission to find where each app is whenever it is needed.
There is a hugely simple way to counter this though, as it is possible to drop different apps on to each other and therefore group them together in a folder. The owner can then name the folder and use it as an easy way to find apps quickly.

Using the space bar: Although this tip isn’t as useful as the others, it is one of the coolest that the iPad offers. There is often a time when people need to put multiple spaces between their words, with most people therefore clicking the spacebar the appropriate number of ways to do this.
To save time though Apple have come up with an ingenious solution. The space bar will enter as many spaces as there are fingers on it, which means should someone want, for example, three spaces, all they need to do is place three fingers on the space bar and tap. Ingenious but admittedly not often too useful!


Motorola Xoom Review

April 10, 2011

A clear cut strategy defines the essence of the Motorola Xoom. This tablet is a no holds barred device, and only for the uncompromising tech freak. The technical specifications of the Motorola Xoom are worth flaunting any day of the week, and this would remain so for at least some time. This is a compliment in itself, considering the manner in which the battles in the tablet war field are being fought day in and day out.

A 10.1 inch screen lends a unique identity to the Motorola Xoom, and this is just one amongst the many top end features of this device.  The sceptic would consider the trade off between a larger screen and the bulkiness of the tablet, but surprisingly, the Motorola Xoom manages to keep things under control. What’s more, it is slightly smaller than the iPad, and weights almost the same. This tablet is inherently suited for landscape viewing, courtesy the wide screen inclined 1200 x 800 pixel WXGA aspect ratio. The virtual keypad of the Motorola Xoom is a winner all the way, integrating style and ease like no other tablet does. Multitouch typing ability allows users to input the text as quickly as they want to, and the dedicated tab and emoticon keys add to the utility of the pad. The bottom of the Motorola Xoom features a Micro USB slot, a micro HDMI (though you need Motorola’s HD speaker to make use), the power adapter socket and the pin hole microphone. The upper body hosts the microSD expansion slot and some space for a 4 GB SIM card.

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The back side of the Motorola Xoom features a superlative LED flash empowered 5 megapixel camera along with a pair of stereo speakers. There’s the usual debate about the difficulty in clicking images and recording videos using a bulky tablet in the form of a camera, but there is nothing to complain about the camera features of the Motorola Xoom. The frontal 2 MP camera adds a lot to the appeal of the device and expands the functionality be making the Xoom a completely loaded networking and chatting tool. The Motorola Xoom is fuelled by a 1 GHz dual core processor supported by 1 GB RAM. Thankfully, the decorated tech specs translate onto the performance and users effortlessly multi task on the Xoom.

The other features of the Motorola Xoom pick themselves up, namely the Bluetooth 2.1 technology and the WiFi antenna. Screen sensors for automatic brightness adjustment, a suitably sensitive accelerometer and gyrometer; all add to the aplomb of the Motorola Xoom. A barometric sensor lies unattended to (as far as applications are concerned) inside the hood.

Devoting the final section to the scopes of improvement in the Motorola Xoom, it would be pertinent to mention that the Adobe Flash support continues to be conspicuous through its absence. The reason – it soaks up the battery big time! Then, there are valid viewing issues associated with the massive 10.1 inch screen when you take your Xoom outside. That said, it doesn’t take any second thoughts to acknowledge the Motorola Xoom as the most lethal competition to the iPad. The future seems brilliantly lit up, and with Google determined to make a superlative tablet dedicated platform there would be no stopping the rapid leaps of the Motorola Xoom.

Don't forget to watch the Video review of Motorola Xoom below.


The iPad has taken the world by storm, despite predictions from self proclaimed tech experts that there was nothing worth 500 odd dollars about the iPad. In fact, just after a few months of the release date, there were surveys posted on some web pages claiming that a large percentage of people a random sample of iPad buyers admitted tot he fact that they did not really use their device, and had purchased it just to be a part of the buzz. Not really, there was not much substance or credibility to these unofficial ‘surveys.’ The immensely useful gadget from Apple has set the company’s cash registers ringing wildly. True, it is not a purchase one could make in a snap. This is where the idea of buying a used iPad makes its case. There is absolutely no shortage of such iPad’s, as there are many users who cannot stick to a gadget for more than three months! Plus, there are scores of reviewers and tech site runners who must have purchased in order to be able to commit a complete dissection of the device. All in all, the reality is that it is extremely easy to hit upon a good deal for buying an old iPad, and there are many online marketplaces offering them too! It is just a matter of spending some time searching though the local stores and the web until one finds an iPad in decent condition.

The iPad has loads to offer for everyone; from students to managers, technicians to rich brats, there’s something for every one in there. The first impression cast by the iPad is that of pleasure to the eyes. There is an undeniable sense of confident simplicity about the iPad. The glittering 9.7 inch multi touch screen stands in utter contrast to the black bezel, and the result is charming indeed. The screen sensitivity is right on the dot. In fact, it would not be wrong t state that the visual interface of the iPad makes for a huge chunk of the personality of the device. All the entertainment value churned out by the iPad is a direct function of the high resolution screen. Add to it the eye-soothing effects of the iPad, and you have an absolute visual treat in your hands.

Email is great fun with the iPad, courtesy the split screen design for the Email utility, and the extra large size of the on-screen keyboard. Typing lengthy messages is no problem at all, as all the alphabets and numbers are pretty prominent, and making the impression of the finger or the thumb over it suffices in typing.

Students can multiply their grades by using the iPad smartly. Rather than always uploading a bunch of new albums or movies on their devices for the long journey at the weekend, they could always think of using their iPad as an alternative to the amazing e-book reading device from Amazon, called Kindle. In fact, many regard iPad as one of the best e-book readers on store shelves. This is quite expected, considering the convenience of reading on the large and brightly lit up screen. Also, the facilities like the ability to highlight different text segments and adding notes enhance the utility factor of the iPad. There’s absolutely nothing separating the Kindle and the iPad.

The iPad takes music to a different level altogether. Browsing through the music library grows into an addiction, purely because of the mesmerizing transition effects and library features integrated into the super cool contemporary gadget. It is no matter of concern even if you have an abnormally large music gallery, as finding just the track you want to listen is a matter of a few flicks of the finger. There is something undeniable captivating about the musical interface of the iPad.

To sum up, the iPad is loads of functions, loads of entertainment, loads of style and loads of productivity packed tightly into a neat and sleek portable device. Plus, there is huge scope for personalizing the gadget through customized apps. The application boom is imminent, and that would only help the users explore the potential of their iPads even further.


Many must have faced the question as to whether they should spend money on an iPad or not, and those who chose the latter must have faced the question as to whether they should rethink and go for a cheaper and used version of iPad. Even though iPad 2 is out, here are some of the amazing features and services that the first generation iPad can still offer to its users.

1)      E-Reading: Mapping of the Kindle from Amazon onto the iPad is already a hot topic of discussion. There is a lot to like about the iPad’s ability to act as an E-Reader. Although the Kindle is a more complete reading device, but seriously speaking, there isn’t much that is left wanted even with the iPad. The iPad is virtually a library. In fact, gadgets such as these might just close the doors on conventional publishing houses.

2)      Gaming on the Move: You would not miss the Nintendo or Sony PSP once you get the hang of the games made for iPad. Apple has itself to look up to as far as portable gaming goes. The iPhone made a huge impact in the gaming market, and so has the iPad. The large army of enthusiastic developers all across the globe is all set to pour new and better games on iPad users in the coming future.

3)      Serious Business: The iPad can add some serious value by helping you out in handling your daily business chores more efficiently. Special purpose applications can be had at will from the Apple app store. The iWork productivity suite, loaded with a word processing application, spreadsheet and presentation software, provides impetus to the office activities. Emailing is unbelievably easy with the iPad. Not only is the view of the mail intelligent, the size of the keys on the on-screen keyboard is also bigger than generally observed.

4)      Tweet and Text to your heart’s content: The iPhone hosted many Twitter clients, some of which work equally well with the iPad. These clients are your tool to let the sudden one liner you make while watching a movie make appearance on your Twitter profile.

5)      Live the 3G life: The powers of 3G need no introduction. The 3G enabled iPad can be used as an access to the world of high speed data transfer.

6)      Complete entertainment value: IPad’s giant 9.7 inches screen deserves accolades, and must be acknowledged as a great reason behind the success of the tablet. The well lit multi touch screen makes viewing images an act of joy. Similarly, movies can be watched on the iPad, on the move. The iPad becomes the best mate for anybody on a long journey, because of the fact that a whole list of entertainment stuff could be uploaded right onto it. In fact, iTunes offers many TV episodes and movies at rates of 2$ and 4$ respectively.

7)      Applications, especially relevant to you: There is a surprisingly large number of free iPad applications out there, and getting your hands on a useful one is all that you need to take care of. Epicurious is a free cooking guide app. You could place the iPad on the shelf and use the app to experiment with your ingredients in order to make something exotic.


Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is quite easily the toughest competition to Apple’s revolutionary iPad. There is a lot to the Galaxy Tab that speaks of individuality and confidence, two necessary qualities for any tablet device pitted against the almighty iPad. Quite remarkably, the Tab has succeeded in keeping all its more prominent competitors on their heels, all the time.

The form factor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a huge plus, and it would not be overstating to comment that it overshadows the iPad, at least for some. The 7 inches screen size is the ideal one for a tablet, though the Apple design team thinks differently on this. But the fact remains that a compact sized tablet is easier to carry; the iPad is a sitting man’s tablet and we don’t spend all our time in coffee outlets and in journeys, so cheers to the Galaxy Tab. One can effortlessly slide the sleek Tab out of the pocket anytime.

The seven inches capacitive screen of the Galaxy Tab is a thing of beauty. Watching crispy and crunchy images on the screen is sheer pleasure, and similar is the feeling while reading text. The contrasts and the resolutions complement each other, resulting in an eye soothing experience for the owner. Even the 3D graphics manage to leave a lasting impression, and all guesses point towards a brighter graphical future ahead.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab flaunts two cameras, one in the front and the other on the rear. The front camera finds particularly widespread application, courtesy the Qik video chat feature, making the Galaxy Tab a truly wonderful networking device. The expansive hardware opens up the gates for prospective developers who can exploit the resources on the Tab to popularize their applications.

The vast world of Android Apps opens up to you when you buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab. But a slight roadblock of sorts follows. Many superb applications miss the league just because of the fact that they are not customized for the Tab. This certainly does not count as a flaw against the company, as the situation would definitely improve with more and more developers joining in the tech race. Besides, the most useful apps are customized and this reduces the impact of this mismatch. For instance, both Aldiko and FBReader, the premier eBook reading resources are completely free, thus underlining the fact that the Apps that matter go well with the Tab.

Taking a look on the lows of the Tab, one has got to mention the disappointing absence of voice dialling feature. It is so baffling for some that they promptly oversee the goods of this tablet just because they find this void too big to be filled. Also, the battery seems to be getting consumed rather quickly with the screen set at 100%. Many prospective buyers change their minds when they stare at the empty shelves of the accessories stores. Quite surprisingly, there is not much on offer as far as additional goodies are concerned, and this weighs heavily on the minds of the smart and educated tech buyers. The iPad certainly takes a big bite on the cake with a whole range of accessories such as keyboard docks, kits etc. The latest buzz is the Smart Cover, which comes with iPad 2. Samsung would do well to acknowledge the slight concerns associated with the Galaxy Tab so that the market scavengers feel no inhibitions in choosing this wonderful tablet over any other.


Perfect size for a tablet.

Unlimited downloading of applications.

Easy and quick synchronization.

Support for Adobe Flash.

Great networking support.

Dual Cameras.


Proximity of the volume control buttons and the power buttons makes blind operation a bit difficult.

USB charging a tad too slow.

Gets stressed up when too many applications are loaded simultaneously.


Buy Your iPad 2

March 8, 2011

The world of technology is buzzing again. Not that the noise ceases at any moment, but the flavour is a bit unique this time, courtesy Apple’s announcement of the second version of the iPad, named pretty simply as iPad 2. Changes are all around, changes are inevitable, and changes are in plenty in the iPad 2.
The most obvious change is the one in the form factor of the super cool device. Just when you thought that it was cool flaunting a sleek tablet with some eye soothing black and white colour cladding, the Apple design team decided to get their scissors out. The result is that the iPad has shed one third of its width, becoming arguably the slimmest and sexiest tablet around. It’s even thinner than the iPhone! However, those seeking a broader and bolder colour range have had to sip a bitter medicine once again, the black and white era sticks to the iPad 2.

Newer has got to be faster, and it is precisely that way. A completely fresh chip called the A5 adds to the operating muscle of the device, and so do the dual core processor and the enhanced graphics support circuitry. The word is that the iPad would improve the gaming experience manifolds, and quantitatively, the graphic output would be something like nine times as good as the one in iPad’s initial version. And did we mention that iPad 2 features the hot and happening iOS software update? This roughly means that there would be a drastic change in the way in which the game changing tablet works.

The iPad 2 dwells strongly on its name, and hosts two cameras on its ultra light and extremely thin body, one in the front and the other on the rear. This enables the users to indulge in video conferencing using the webcam, and clicking photos with the rear version of the camera. There is widespread debate about the logic of introducing as many as two cameras in the iPad 2, for purposed which might well not be fully served. Positioning would be a trouble trying to set the iPad up for video chat, and on those lines, shooting videos might not be fun holding the iPad in two hands as a recorder.

Simplicity and smartness are two milestones that mark each journey undertaken by the Apple think tank. The design oozes of simplicity, and Smart Covers epitomize the smart quotient. These are funky and colourful covers for the iPad 2 which actually perform many tasks not generally associated with protective covers. The iPad 2 hits the sleep mode when it senses the Smart Cover on, thus stretching the battery returns of the device. Also, you can fold and clasp these covers to make them play the role of a tilting support to the iPad 2.

All said and done, it boils down to one parameter that attracts the most attention, the pricing. With a price tag indicating $499, there would surely be throngs of technocrats lined up outside Apple stores pretty soon.

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