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Review: Mailbox For iOS


Mailbox
There is an app that comes along once in a while that, for whatever reason, generates an enormous amount of interest prior to launch, either through clever marketing, or simply because it looks incredible in pre-release screenshots and videos. Mailbox, a brand new app for dealing with e-mail, was launched on the iOS App Store yesterday to just such acclaim, and a significant amount of column inches, and indeed Twitter inches, have already been devoted to the app.

The app, developed by Orchestra, utilizes a queuing system in an effort to avoid problems that can occur with a massively popular roll-out of a new online platform. This system is controlled by advance reservations, which have been available since December, and has proved to be massively popular with hundreds of thousands of potential users registering to use the app. Mailbox is gradually working it’s way through the list, slowly opening up more and more spots to users who pre-registered. The biggest question is surely, does the app live up to the pre-release hype?
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Review & Giveaway: The Awesome Snugg Leather iPad 4 Cover And Flip Stand


Snugg Case

For those people hoping to keep their new iPad in pristine condition, a cover for the screen just doesn’t seem to hit the right notes, particularly if you are looking to offer a level of protection for your device whilst still retaining a stylish look. This is where a case from Snugg comes in, offering a beautiful stitched leather case to protect your iPad at an extremely affordable price. Snugg dispatched a black PU leather case for iPad 4 for me to try out, and I was blown away with the quality.

The Snugg case that we received is a great looking, comfortable book-style case that cradles the iPad 3 or 4 in a secure and well designed enclosure. As you remove the wrapping of the Snugg case, you’ll note that, for a leather iPad case it doesn’t feel too tacky or sticky. The exterior of the case utilizes PU leather which, as Snugg describes it, is strong, wipe-clean and tear resistant. This was certainly an accurate description in our assessment, offering an excellent amount of protection. In addition to this, the white stitching on the edges of the case offers a striking design contrast in the black leather model, making for a smart looking case.
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Best Case For iPhone 5?


iPhone 5 Case Otterbox

At this time of year, many people will be on the receiving end of a brand new sparkling iPhone 5, and most will desperately want to keep it in the immaculate pristine form that it’s in when it comes out the box. For this, you are obviously going to need the best case for the iPhone 5 and luckily, there’s now a pretty comprehensive selection to choose from.

Speck are one of the biggest producers of iPhone cases and the CandyShell line of cases are the flagship series of cases for the iPhone 5.  They are very reasonable in price ($30-$40) and are hard-shell, polycarbonate on the outside, with a rubber cushioned interior to keep your iPhone 5 safe.  The CandyShell Satin is also highly recommended as it has a softer two-tone exterior for a tacky grip. The company also does other cases in the form of the PixelSkin HD case which has a great thin profile and is also pretty tacky and easy to hold on to.
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Rumor: iPad Mini Will Not Have 3G or 4G



The iPad mini, expected to be announced later this month, will apparently not be shipping with either 3G or 4G LTE cellular connectivity, according to a new report from The Guardian. According to the paper, ‘industry sources’ have suggested that the iPad mini will not sport any cellular connectivity at all, with the reasons being cheap production and therefore less expensive retail price. The report suggests that the device will rely on Wi-Fi alone.

The veracity of this rumor seems a little suspect for two reasons. First, leaked components that are purportedly shown an iPad mini with space for a cellular antenna as well as a nano-SIM card port, indicating that the device would have 3G at the very least. In addition, the integration of cellular chipsets would certainly not impact greatly on the cost of the device, perhaps adding around $15-$20 to each iPad mini unit, based on cost difference between iPad 2 WiFi and iPad 2 3G versions.
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Jasmine: An Awesome YouTube App With Full iPad and iPhone 5 Support



Since the launch of iOS 6, many people have complained about losing the YouTube as a default app that is included with the OS. For the iPhone, Google responded by releasing a brand new app for YouTube which was superior in functionality and design to the prior YouTube app. While this is great news for iPhone users, the app only supported native iPhone resolutions and did not scale to fit the iPad screen. It also meant that iPad users were a little limited in that they could only view YouTube videos through Safari. There is a solution to that, however, and it comes in the form of Jasmine, a YouTube app for iOS devices.
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Spankingly Good App: Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) For iOS



I’ve been spending the past few days playing with the new Pocket app, the replacement for the Read It Later app which has proven to be so popular among iOS users. The new app, as with others, enable you to surf the web and ‘pocket’ articles, video and webpages for reading later. It has essentially the same functionality as the Pro (paid) version of its predecessor Read It Later and many of the best features from this app have been incorporated into the free Pocket app.

Rather than describe every single feature in excruciating detail, I’m gonna go right for the jugular (particularly since the app is free). The Pocket app is essentially in competition with Readability and Instapaper and the most obvious question you are probably asking yourself if you are a user of either of these services is ‘should I switch?’ . Well, to be honest, there’s no easy answer, it is truly a matter of preference. But here’s something that might help make your decision. Pocket is free, it’s beautiful, and it’s works brilliantly. I’ve moved Instapaper from the home screen on my iPad and iPhone to the second scroll screen on both devices and replaced it with Pocket, for the foreseeable future at least.
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Tap That: Sparrow for iPhone Hits iOS App Store


The developers behind the outrageously popular email app for OS X, Sparrow, have launched a dedicated iPhone version that is available on the iOS App Store now. The new app makes effective use of multitouch gestures to offer an entirely new email experience on the iPhone for only $2.99. A bold move, given the quality of Apple’s own Mail app on the iPhone but Sparrow aims to offer a totally different experience.

As described by the Sparrow development team, “Like on the desktop, Sparrow iPhone has been designed with care to provide a better and more efficient mail experience”. It certainly does do this, giving all of the screen real estate to a Twitter like feed of emails, with a right to left swipe giving access to available options for each message. The Facebook photo integration is a nice touch.
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You Know You Want To Hit That: Worms Crazy Golf (iOS Review)


Worms Crazy Golf has hit the iPhone, the iPod touch and, in pure HD quality, the iPad. The completely novel game takes what makes Worms great and revamps it entirely, resulting in a game that offers fun and longevity in equal measures.

The aim of the game is quite simple. Golf. Instead of trying to use a variety of measures like exploding sheep or holy hand grenades to obliterate the opposite team, you are trying to get your ball in a hole. In a Worms twist, however, the courses that you play are tricked out with a number of weird obstacles like exploding sheep.
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Facebook For iPad Finally Released…And It’s Very, Very Good


It’s a pretty exciting few weeks for iOS users with the announcement and launch of the iPhone 4S, the imminent launch of iOS 5 and iCloud and now, the new Facebook app for iPhone and iPad has been released on the App Store. While it’s been a long time coming, it’s still gratifying to finally see a dedicated app for the iPad and it’s actually rather good.

The app itself looks really cool, using the size of the iPad screen to great effect. It’s really awesome to fire up the app and see the Facebook logo staring at you from a big sea of blue. Thankfully, though, the logo only stays there for a second before you are into the good stuff. Facebook has obviously thought long and hard about the best way to get Facebook functionality onto the iPad and the app reflects this. Each ‘story’ in the News Feed is given an appropriate amount of space and is very easy to read.
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Review: The HandStand iPad Holder


The HandStand is an iPad 2 case with a difference.  While most iPad cases give you protection or the ability to prop your iPad up on a surface, the HandStand gives you a brand new way of holding the iPad.  The case, available for either the first generation iPad or the iPad 2, encloses the iPad in a case made of silicone, giving you the feeling that the device is completely protected.  You can pair it with a screen film for even greater protection if required.  This almost makes you feel better about the ‘shock factor’ i.e. when you drop your iPad, is a thin rigid case going to protect it?  With the HandStand, you get the feeling that the iPad will be protected against bumps and bashes.

The killer feature of the HandStand is the rotating grip at the rear of the cover which slides over your hand and enables you to hold the iPad in a pretty unique way.  You don’t have to worry about dropping it as the material slides comfortably over the back of your hand and moulds the iPad to your palm.  The rotating grip allows you to move the iPad 360 degrees which gives you fantastic durability.  The cut-outs provide access to all of the iPad buttons and speakers and are accurately positioned and well-engineered.
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