Photo from the Onyx bar that i took whilst in Vienna last month.
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Up untill a few days ago I owned an iPad 2 64GB Cellular (3G). It had been a great device but the 3G element of it actually stopped working a year ago so I had had pretty much enough and decided to upgrade with the same specs to the most recent model.
To say that the iPad Air is an upgrade is an understatement. From the iPad 2 it is far better. The Retina display is incredible, the speed it opens, closes and loads apps is astonishing and the battery life is incredulous. Seriously, after 3 hours of video, constant 4G usage and a fair amount of browsing it has 67% left. That is almost enough to drain the iPad 2.
The thing is though, you won’t necessarily be upgrading like me from the iPad 2. Perhaps you have a 3rd or 4th generation iPad? In that case think long and hard whether you need it. You already have the Retina display (in my opinion the main reason to upgrade from an original iPad or iPad 2). You also have much more processing power (I don’t think the M7 chip for procession motion is really as much of a necessity in the iPad as it is in the iPhone). There isn’t really much point.
Yes the iPad Air is lighter and it does make for a much more comfortable and enjoyable user experience, but do think about whether you need it that much to shell out what is a lot of money for an evolutionary product.
If however you do need/want one of these just know that they are every bit as impressive as you hope they will be. The only caveat I will give is that the new smart covers are rubbish so I wouldn’t bother. Everything else is superb!
This product earns its 5 stars!
One last point, storage is a huge choice on the iPad’s as they are not user upgradable. Choose wisely. Don’t bother with 16GB, it won’t be enough for anyone! 32GB should suffice for most but if you think you will be saving ‘hard’ copies of movies make sure to get 64GB or 128GB! They are easier to fill with video than you might think!
Set 2 of my 4 part photo project. This set was taken somewhere near Ripley in Surrey. I had driven for 30 minutes and found a layby on one of the higher parts of the Surrey downs.
Be sure to check back on Thursday and Friday for the last 2 parts of the series.
This is the first set of images that I detailed I’d be uploading in this post.
They were taken near Ripley in Surrey, the first image is not photoshopped. I used a very powerful LED flashlight to paint the lines in the sky. This may be odd but they represent how I felt at the time.
Thank you for viewing these and be sure to come back tomorrow, thursday and friday at 8 PM UK time to see the other sets.
Goodnight everyone, as I go to sleep I am going to leave you with this photo of a rogue Sunflower that I took only last week whilst walking back to my car after work. It seemed to have sprouted up at the complete end of summer just off a main road.
So, it has been a while, shit very much hit the fan, things crumbled apart and my family life went to hell. Then my best friend ended our friendship after a series of events which left me feeling totally distraught and destroyed. Needless to say, this summer was supposed to be much better than it was. Everything was in place, I had a new awesome job things were working out and then one by one absolutely everything fell apart (I still have the job though, thank god).
I haven’t really been able to take photos in over a year and as such had many other outlets, many of which were falling back into habits that I managed to kick many years ago. I can honestly say I haven’t been as depressed in about 4 years and it has been horrible.
I always thought that I had found a way to cope and indeed for 4 years things worked OK except for the odd episode but on the whole I have been really good.
Last night though I felt like I might be able to take photos, so at 11PM left the house for the Surrey Downs. I stopped in three locations, taking photos from 4 different perspectives in total. it was a very relaxing experience and so for the first time in a year I am actually happy how they turned out.
Over the course of the next week (on Monday night, Tuesday night, Thursday night and Friday night) I will release a set of images from each perspective I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed taking them.
Part of what made it so good was driving down pitch black roads in the ‘middle of nowhere’ not caring where I ended up.
I am not naïve enough to say things are getting better, but I savour the fact I could do something creative and enjoy it.
I am going to take the liberty of rambling on a bit here but if you want the short synopsis: Apple has hit the ball out of the park on this one!
iOS needed a serious revamp. Its coloured interface and lack of serious user options was making iOS pretty dated.
Fact of the matter is that the core OS was very good. The problem however was that its looks made it seem worse than it was.
What’s more with a touchscreen device the OS influences the outside of the device as much as the actual UI itself.
What Apple has just done, is refreshed every iDevice from the iPhone 4 onwards. Smart.
It has integrated things like control centre - finally we can switch on and off Bluetooth and wifi at will. But also added functionality like flashlight. Having said that I will miss my strobe flashlight app on my phone at the moment.
The design itself is very fresh. A little futuristic - which should mean it ages well, yet not too dissimilar to avoid disorientating users
I think calls from analysts that users will not be able to grasp the OS as quickly as previous iterations of iOS are misguided. What Apple does is simplicity and thus what users will feel is more confident. I very much envisage that users will discover functionality as they go, without having to relearn how to use their phones or tablets. There will probably be a transitional period but I can’t imagine it being longer than a few weeks. The only annoyance might be the new gestures which may get annoying in the firs few weeks.
For a company that has in the past received criticism for cutting users off too quickly, this new design which is compatible with many iDevices will come as a pleasant surprise - and in all likelihood reinforce the commitment of those users to the brand.
Apple has always been an innovative company and updates such as these prove they have their fingers on the pulse with regards to their users demands.
Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t all peachy. App developers may feel hard done by. Specifically Mailbox App - anyone notice quite how similarly Mail now reacts and looks like the aforementioned app? All the flashlight apps have been made redundant in one go… But most importantly I feel many app developers will feel that their apps no longer feel as at home in iOS as they did before.
iOS has seen a complete redesign. I see it as a flat OS with depth. It is very beautiful and the colour palate is sublime. However how many app designers / developers based their apps on a different colour-palate and OS design. I feel that many apps, after a few weeks of using iOS 7 will feel out of place and out of context.
In my opinion this will lead to some apps being abandoned and others will have to be redesigned. I don’t want to be alarmist. The positive impact should be that new apps will stand a chance of coming to the fore and the actual platform will see yet more innovation.
Apple have ruffled some feathers, stroked some egos and amazed many with this release. I think that is exactly what they needed to do.
I would love to hear some comments if you have any!