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Topic # 92647 3-Nov-2011 10:56
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I'm looking at upgrading my iPod Touch, I use it a lot for music, reading documents and watching videos (streamed onto the device mainly).

Now I'm going to be using it more for documents (creating and reading) so want something with a bigger screen like an iPad. I'm looking at an iPad mainly because I like the iOS and the apps.

I know there are plenty of other options now, any you think are better than the iPad2 that I should invest in or just stick with the iPad. I'm only looking at WiFi options, not worried about 3G.

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  Reply # 540649 3-Nov-2011 11:10
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My basic advice to many people is, look at what you have now, and how the experience like, and how many existing investment been made (either purchased apps, music, videos etc and how much utilisation of your current set up that you rely on iTunes)...

And looking at what you like on iPod Touch, and the direction you heading toward a tablet, then iPad 2 is your clear winner, the experience just carry-on to bigger screen.

If you need one now, iPad2 is good - however if you willing to wait for iPad3 which may likely be out 1H of 2012.




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  Reply # 540652 3-Nov-2011 11:20
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Great advice from chiefie. We went from ipod touch to iPad (2) and were able to use a majority of the apps already purchased. There was also virtually no learning curve for the wife or kids...it just works. Looked at other options but apps we wanted (such as skype) were not available then for other OS like android. In the end the apple stuff just integrated well with what we had and were use to using.







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  Reply # 540709 3-Nov-2011 13:25
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Good tips guys.
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  Reply # 540712 3-Nov-2011 13:34
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CB_24: I'm looking at upgrading my iPod Touch, I use it a lot for music, reading documents and watching videos (streamed onto the device mainly).

Now I'm going to be using it more for documents (creating and reading) so want something with a bigger screen like an iPad. I'm looking at an iPad mainly because I like the iOS and the apps.

I know there are plenty of other options now, any you think are better than the iPad2 that I should invest in or just stick with the iPad. I'm only looking at WiFi options, not worried about 3G.


The problem with the ipad2, running under the new ios5, is that the music player now sucks. The ipod touch music player app is far better. The ipad music player no longer displays podcast notes, nor can you 2x the speed of podcasts. It also looks weird with an fake wood grain down the side and it is difficult/impossible to see what options are selected when in full screen mode. Really weird upgrade from apple.

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  Reply # 540781 3-Nov-2011 15:51
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I've owned 3 ipads and two android tablets but I always keep going back to the ipad.

The UI of Android just isn't as polished yet and the app store is nowhere near as good or as comprehensive as IOS, especially HD apps designed for tablets.

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  Reply # 540788 3-Nov-2011 16:01
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marmel: I've owned 3 ipads and two android tablets but I always keep going back to the ipad.

The UI of Android just isn't as polished yet and the app store is nowhere near as good or as comprehensive as IOS, especially HD apps designed for tablets.


Semi agree.  The android market is growing very fast.  But apps are better in IOS.

However I don't necessarily agree with the comments about Android not being polished.  I would have previously say in Gingerbread.  But I recently got a Motorola Xoom, and find Honeycomb very nice, and look forward to the next version.

Interestingly enough while the screen is great on an ipad2, or a 10" android, I've also got a cheaper chinese touchpad 7" with capacitive screen and almost prefer it above all else, as its lightweight, yet big enough to see pages correctly and isn't slow since a dualcore.  I find the ipad and the xoom are heavy in comparison and you end up resting them on your chest, which makes changing positions difficult, with the 7" I have no problem holding the whole thing up in my hands without resting on anything.

So my vote would be:  try a smaller device just for a good weight comparison.  Definitely try before you buy!


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  Reply # 540826 3-Nov-2011 17:55
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and watching videos (streamed onto the device mainly).


Scuse my ignorance but I just bought a iPod touch and would LOVE to know how to stream video to it. Can you enlighten me please :)

Thanks in advance

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  Reply # 540851 3-Nov-2011 19:20
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cgreenwood:
and watching videos (streamed onto the device mainly).


Scuse my ignorance but I just bought a iPod touch and would LOVE to know how to stream video to it. Can you enlighten me please :)

Thanks in advance


I dunno about streaming, other than you tube or similar web sites ...but I have found 'Handbrake' a handy free piece of software for recoding movies into ipod touch format/size.  It's pretty simple to use, just choose your output, choose the original file, and away it goes.  Then just transfer the new file via itunes.



 




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  Reply # 540864 3-Nov-2011 19:44
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I'm using my iPad more and more... now I'm streaming music videos from my iPad to my Apple TV - as well as using remote to control my entire music library.
I occasionally read magazines, play Angry Birds, but for me, reading the Herald + Stuff, looking at Twitter and Facebook are my main ports of call. I have an HP TouchPad, and that's a bunch of fail in comparison. I'll try Android on it in the near future, but the hardware is simply not as nice.



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  Reply # 540878 3-Nov-2011 20:18
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cgreenwood:
and watching videos (streamed onto the device mainly).


Scuse my ignorance but I just bought a iPod touch and would LOVE to know how to stream video to it. Can you enlighten me please :)

Thanks in advance


Hi cgreenwood,
I'm using Air Video Server to stream my media.
Air Video Server runs on my Windows 7 PC and points to the folders I have my media, install the app Air Video on my Touch and point it to your 'Server'.
Good thing about it is that it can convert the media from nearly any format to a format that will play on my iPod Touch.
Works very well 

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  Reply # 540882 3-Nov-2011 20:28
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+1 Air Video. Stream directly from your torre... er Movies folder to your iDevice.

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  Reply # 540989 4-Nov-2011 01:04
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have you considered sony tablet s...? www.sony.co.nz/productcategory/sony-tablet

I love every bits of it. with tru black, reading books is as good as using kindle. I found ipad2 too bright for my eyes





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  Reply # 541038 4-Nov-2011 09:01
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I'm using Air Video Server to stream my media


Awesome! thanks, works great.

FYI, only limitation of the Free version of the App is that is does not display the entire contents of each shared folder (only shows 4 files), this can easily be sidestepped by exiting the folder and returning to it, whereupon it shows a different 4 files, providing you don't have too many files in each folder it is not much of a problem to find the file you want.

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  Reply # 541047 4-Nov-2011 09:24
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jofizz: +1 Air Video. Stream directly from your torre... er Movies folder to your iDevice.


If you have a NAS or other server  the app called "filebrowser" will allow youtoo  browse shared drives, you can then stream videos without having to have you other computer running...



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  Reply # 541931 7-Nov-2011 10:30
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I went iPad2 and loving it! Thanks

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