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The Type of iPad You Have
There are two kinds of iPad on the market and you need to know which one you have. The type of iPad that you have will determine the type of Internet on the go that you can use. The first type of iPad that you are able to get is the 3G and 4G enabled iPad. The second is the Wi-Fi only iPad.
When you have an enabled iPad you will be able to use a range of different Internet on the go options. There is one particular option that you can only use with this type of iPad. These are the iPad Micro SIM deals. To use these deals you will have to have an iPad that can read the SIM card you are getting. iPad Minis use a nano SIM rather than a micro SIM.
With a Wi-Fi only iPad you can also choose from a range of different options. However, you might find yourself slightly limited when it comes to connecting on the go. You should technically consider all of this before you purchase the iPad.
Connecting with Wi-Fi Hotspots
One of the ways that you will be able to get broadband on the go with both types of iPad is through the use of Wi-Fi hotspots. There are more and more hotspots in the UK and abroad. When you use this connection you will be connecting your iPad to a Wi-Fi signal that is hosted by someone else. The wireless signal could be free or part of a subscription network.
Many restaurants and coffee houses will have free Wi-Fi for their customers. This is the same with a number of hotels and pubs. In many city centres you will be able to find free and paid for hotspot areas. The hotspots that you have to pay for will generally be free for certain people. These people will be existing customers of the company that is hosting the hotspot. This means that if there is an O2 hotspot, customers with O2 will be able to use this for free while other people may have to pay for this.
The problem with relying on hotspots is that they are not everywhere. You have to know where the hotspot is or hope that there is going to be one where you are going.
The Use of Sim Only Deals
One of the most common ways that iPad users are able to connect to the Internet on the go is through SIM only broadband deals. These deals will only work with the enabled iPad because they are the only ones that are able to use the SIM card on offer. When you get one of these deals you will have a SIM card that you insert into the iPad. The iPad will read the SIM card and connect you to the appropriate network.
The amount of data and the speeds that you are going to be getting are determined by the deal and the provider you are using. There are two different mobile broadband networks that you can connect to and they are the 3G and 4G networks. Of course, you have to ensure that the iPad you have will be able to connect to the network you are looking at.
It is possible to use comparison websites like uSwitch to determine the best SIM only deal for you. When you look at these deals you have to consider the coverage of the provider and the amount of data that you are going to be getting.
Using a Mi-Fi Device
Another way that you will be able to connect to the internet using both types of iPad is though the use of a Mi-Fi device. These devices work as a portable modem and router for mobile broadband. When you use the Mi-Fi device you are going to be connecting to the mobile broadband signal through a Wi-Fi connection.
The SIM card that you need to connect to mobile broadband will be placed in the Mi-Fi device. The device will then read the SIM card and connect to the mobile broadband network. Once this has been done the device will emit a cloud of wireless signal that allows you to connect to the mobile broadband. This is often considered to be the best option for people who have an iPad that is Wi-Fi only.
The reason for this is that people who have an enabled iPad feel that the Mi-Fi device is an unnecessary step between them and the broadband. It is possible to find a range of different deals for the Mi-Fi device. There are many providers who offer these devices to their customers. There are also a number of generic devices that you will be able to get. When you purchase a generic device you will be able to use a SIM card from any provider in it.
Tethering Your Smart Phone
The last option that you have to get Internet on the go with an iPad is to tether the iPad to your smart phone. When you do this you are going to be transforming your smart phone into a mobile hotspot and allowing the iPad to connect to mobile broadband through a wireless signal. However, this is considered to be a final option for many people.
The reason for this is that many mobile networks do not allow it, and it also consumes a lot of batter. It is possible that your battery will be depleted very quickly when you use your phone in this manner.
Phil Turner wanted to see what options he had for getting Internet connectivity on his new iPad, so he visited uSwitch.com where he read about iPad Mini SIM deals.
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Samsung has emerged as a pretty potent contender in the tablet market. Samsung has a lot more to offer in terms of variety, but its most recent masterpiece is the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. This tablet runs Android OS and has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels (299 PPI), placing it at the top of the market. Its 8MP camera will make capturing high quality photos and video easy, to be enjoyed on a 16:9 display that’s perfect for watching HD videos.
Android tablets like Samsung’s tend to be more developer friendly than user-friendly. This has obvious pros and cons. On the bright side, developers have a lot more freedom to program interesting and innovative apps that are one of the main reasons for the need of a tablet. On the other hand, technical issues inhibit Samsung tablets from running as smoothly as its Apple counterpart, and it is more prone to lag.
If you’re wondering why this has become such a contender, it’s because of its most unique feature: the S Pen stylus. Running on Wacom technology it allows for easy writing or drawing and amazing sensitivity. The other benefit is its price, which is a lot lower than the iPad without sacrificing too much in terms of specs, design and performance.
Ultimately, it’s up to the consumer to decide which would most benefit them. The iPad is reliable and trendy, fast, simple and beautifully designed. If you’re willing to spend some extra money for it, then it is money well spent as it’ll make for a great tablet. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something that’s almost or just as good as the iPad but aren’t willing to spend too much money, than a Samsung tablet won’t disappoint. Whichever one you decide on buying, both of these brands are top of the market and their tablets will help keep you organised and entertained.
Adrian Rodriguez is a freelance writer and technology enthusiast who is tossing up with the latest of the two models right now. Adrian uses Flexirent for tablet and computer rentals, so he can try before he buys.
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Saturday, December 7, 2013
Why You Want A Tablet?The first thing you need to think about when you are looking to buy a tablet is the reason why you are getting it. Depending on the things you want to do with the tablet you will want to focus on different aspects and thus can narrow down your search.
For instance, if you are looking to buy a tablet that completely replaces your home desktop computer you might want to go for a bigger screen size. In the long run it is much better to use a tablet with a near 10-inch display rather than the smaller options. Therefore a tablet like iPad 4 or Nexus 10 might be your pick.
Naturally if you just want a tablet on the go you should opt for a smaller screen to improve the portability. Something like a Nexus 7 or even the Amazon Kindle Fire HD are good options to consider.
The Operating SystemThe biggest difference in picking out the tablet comes when you are choosing the operating system. Naturally if you want to go with iOS you need to get an iPad for yourself. Android and Windows are the other two big operating systems on the market.
A good rule of thumb is that if you already use either, for instance with your smartphone, it might be the easiest to stick with what you already know. If not then you can freely choose the one you like the most.
There is a good guide into the pros and cons of iPads and Android tablets at Which.co.uk and it is a good idea to read this guide first.
If you are looking to get a tablet with clear focus on the apps then you should know that Apple still has the biggest app availability for larger tablet screens. Android is slowly catching up and Windows is still quite far behind when it comes to the availability of apps.
Price RangeGenerally the Android operating system tablets come with the cheapest price tag. This doesn’t mean that they are any inferior so if you are looking for a good first-time tablet Android might be a good idea.
But investing into an Apple tablet isn’t a bad idea either, especially if you are already an Apple user. Windows tablets are still a little bit expensive, compared to Android at least, but again worth an investment if you are looking for a tablet for purely business use.
Jack is a huge technology fan and he is a big fan of cross-platform app development. He likes to learn all there is to know about apps and is always testing out all the latest games on tablets. He also likes to spend time with his three dogs.
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Monday, July 22, 2013
PrinterShare will allow you to send print jobs to your chosen local network device, without the requirement of going to the cloud first. The app can also allow you to access your GMail, Calendar, Contact and Documents, allowing it to print to local or remote cloud printers.
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Adobe and eMarketer findings reveal that online shoppers give an advantage of tablet devices over smartphones when purchasing online. This could make tablets primary devices for mobile commerce. On the other hand, shoppers use smartphones to discover offerings on the go, share information about purchased products with friends and receive time-sensitive offers in the store.
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Friday, July 5, 2013
What are tablet devices being used for in the classroom?
Touch tablets dispense with the burden of carrying around a handful of books. Now it seems 27% of middle school students and 35% of high school students are turning to digital textbooks. An additional 58% of college students actually prefer a digital format to traditional textbooks and tablets are the ideal window for said content.
What are the most popular apps?
- LOL Libs (for Android)
- Mystic Maggie (for Android)
- Brain Pop (for Android and iPad)
- iWrite Words
- Polaris Office
- My Gradebook
- iAnnotate PDF
- Lecture Notes
- OfficeSuite Pro 7
What technology are schools using?
Given the vast array of available technologies one must question which device is best suited for learning in schools.
Amazon has already taken advantage of the growth of tablets in education by selling Kindle devices at bulk discounts for schools. Trials for the Amazon Kindle have taken place in over 100 schools in Texas and Florida. Barnes and Noble’s Nook have been seen in Chicago Public Schools and a Colorado high school so far. Barnes and Noble is offering discounts for accessorizes and services that are tailored to education and the classroom.
What are the advantages/disadvantages of using tablet technology on-campus?
There is an increased demand for mobile connectivity. While schools may have wireless networks, there is now a need for wireless connectivity available to a greater number of devices across a wider geographic area. This means an existing wi-fi infrastructure needs to be increased in order to support the additional bandwidth. Many schools are located in buildings made from older construction materials with unusual layouts. There may be remote classrooms that do not have wireless connectivity. Combine this with a large campus which has distant buildings and you are faced with a costly and challenging adaptation.
The total cost of tablet ownership, management, and maintenance can be quite expensive especially if the devices are damaged or broken. Certain tablets are limited to proprietary content which means the overall cost will increase each time a new activity is loaded which the tablet does not currently support. The positive results of tablet implementation school-wide rest in the increased battery life which reduces overall costs.
While the costs may be high at the moment, there is a trend growing among the business world and some of the academic world: bring-your-own-tablet. Some educational establishments are providing a voucher system which enables students to purchase their own device and reduce the overall burden. Some potential measures to offset the costs of these tablets is to ask students to bring their own, and those who cannot afford them could be equipped from a smaller school-owned collection.
A case study completed by Learning Untethered stated that the cost of equipping an average 5th grade class with 7-inch Samsung tablets cost $200 per student and in spite of some technical issues, student engagement was overwhelmingly positive.
Tablets which are compatible with existing eLearning resources like localized online platforms or online testing and assessment activities take higher priority when comparing the available hardware.
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Sunday, June 9, 2013
It’s a neverending cycle that goes on and on. To make a solid choice, you need counsel. When deciding between the hottest devices on the smartphone-table market – the Galaxy S4, iPhone 5 and iPad Mini – there’s a definite choice that’s right for you. We’re going to help you find out which one it is, starting with the two hottest smartphones available.
Reparability: Compared to the Galaxy S3, the Galaxy S4 has a stronger shell and source of protection against accidental drops and misplacements. Through drop tests, it’s been shown that the iPhone is stronger, but this causes no need for worry. There are affordable and reliable places for Samsung Galaxy S4 repair like XpressFix.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for a smartphone with a larger screen that encourages customization, the Galaxy S4 is for you.
Reparability: Since the durability of the iPhone 5 is proven, the need for repair is lessened. But when it hits the ground hard, don’t worry. Quick, foolproof iPhone 5 repair is available through XpressFix.
Bottom Line: If you’re looking for your first smartphone or like the iPhone 4s and want a small upgrade, go with the iPhone 5.
Reparability: Given its size, the iPad is a little more susceptible to harm than smartphones. To prevent screen cracks and other damage, invest in a strong case. And when your case isn’t enough, don’t worry – you won’t have to buy a new iPad. XpressFix offers affordable iPad Mini repair and quick turnaround times.
Bottom Line: If you already have a smartphone you love, get the iPad Mini. If you don’t, go with one of the smartphones mentioned above.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
“Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.”
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Thursday, October 25, 2012
“From today, LOVEFiLM, an Amazon company and Europe’s leading film subscription service, will offer thousands of movies and TV shows available for streaming on the all-new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire, including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Karate Kid and Gnomeo and Juliet.”
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012
At the same time tablet computers also don't have half the problems that a PC does meaning you can save yourself a lot of hassle if you aren't a tech whiz yourself. And this would conceivably be a huge boon in the work place – meaning you can reduce your IT support bill and meaning that you can spend less time with no one being able to work because the computer says no...
But does a tablet computer lend itself to a workplace environment? Or are there any good reasons not to use them and to stick with a PC? Here we will look at the pros and cons of each answer.
On the plus side, using a tablet computer as we have already seen means that there's a lot less to go wrong and means that you will find that all your members of staff are easily able to pick it up and get stuck in without any real obstacles preventing them from doing what they need to.
At the same time this ease of use and understanding also applies to when you want others to use your tablets such as clients. Often you will want to show a client an example of a design, or an expenses sheet, or a website, or something else that relates to your dealing with them and in any of these situations being able to pass them a tablet which they can easily hold in one hand and understand is far preferable to a laptop.
Then there's the matter of cost, and actually a tablet is much cheaper in many cases than an equivalent PC – and there are plenty of Android tablets on the market for only a couple of hundred dollars. They're easier to transport too and get less hot, so they're ideal for working on the train.
There are also numerous downsides to using tablets in your workplace though which also need to be taken into consideration (there's a pun there actually), such as the fact that they aren't as useful for advanced productivity – word processing for instance is hard work using the touch screen keyboard which takes up half of what you're looking at and has little haptic feedback.
You can get around this shortcoming of course by using a physical Bluetooth keyboard, but even then it's still fiddly doing things like spread sheets when your big fingers keep selecting multiple cells. There's also the slight problem that a tablet is unlikely to have very good compatibility and you will find that there are all kinds of software packages that just don't exist on there. There is not really any very good Word Processing software on a tablet for instance with things like Documents to Go lacking a spell check and Quick Office Pro lacking a word count. Then there's the difficulty with writing from a source such as the web without having to continually flick between things. Panel Writer is possibly the best option (which addresses this issue), but this lacks support for tables and for images etc. so still falls short of the mark.
In short then tablets don't quite hit the mark as full PC/laptop replacements, but are very useful for taking on the road and for interacting with clients. As such the best scenario is really to have both where possible. But if that's not an option? Then practically it still has to be a laptop that you choose or a desktop PC.
Matt M is a technology blogger who loves to write various articles on topics like outsourcing your IT support, latest gadget reviews and trends in IT world.
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