Category Archives: IPad Apps

Google Chrome for Ipad

Google Chrome for Ipad

 

Rating : 4 Stars
User Friendliness and Look&Feel :  4 Star
Content and Accuracy :  4 Star
Cost : 5 Star ( Free App )
Navigation & Usability : 4 Star
Competitors : opera,apple safari, dolphin

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Though Apple safari is one of the best browser, google chrome and its interface comes up as a very strong alternative competitor browser. Goggle has provided the chrome for ipad which is quite stable and supportive browser especially during the iOS6 times when apple is getting rid of google maps and other google OOTB(out of the box) apps.

One can be sure that the browser meets with the minimum expectations of the user and have been thoroughly tested to work efficiently on all google applications.

Lets have a small tour of the browser.

Welcome Page

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The welcome page showcases your most visited pages on the front screen with iconic tabs.

At the botton you can see the options for your saved bookmarks and google chrome sign in.

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Clarity,precision and issue
Chrome has a very simple and clear interface and portraits all sites with elegance and precision.
Never observed any site glitches or webpage issues on chrome.

Search
As usual chrome adds the browser feature of a strong search user interface. When you try to type anything on the address bar the search suggestions automatically come up from the google search. This is a very strong feature which is helpful in avoiding a visit to google.com

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Key board for quick key is additional feature on google chrome.

Multiple Webpage tabs
None of the browser provides this functionality as good as chrome does. There is small button at the right of each tab for addition of new webpages.
Features –
– Steady and strong web page tab addition
– The tabs could be moved and there positions changed but holding on your required tab.
– Navigation to the tabs is by scrolling it which helps.

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Incognito mode
Google Chrome adds a new feature of incognito or invisible mode for your web navigation not to appear in history and no cookies are stored.
This could be accessed via the settings option and also when you try to open any new link.

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Miscellaneous features –
– Find on a webpage
– Voice search. This works quite precisely.
– Request desktop Site
– Share … For facebook , twitter …..

Cons –
There is only one issue with the browser that it auto refreshes pages after a certain time interval. This is unnecessary as the time period is too short.

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Essential apps

Though Apple Apps Store has featured an apps starter kit which contains a collection of applications there are alot more other promising applications which should be in your possession.Before I go into a detailed review of all the apps, I would wish to provide some of the important categories of apps and a few examples within every category.

Social Networks –

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Most of the social network sites have ipad apps which are easy to use and provide a host of features to suit tablets.
Eg – facebook, linkedin, twitter.
IOS6 claims to have these applications inbuilt in the OS.

Books –
The books related applications are one of the most advantageous features of ipad.
– host of books related apps like ibooks, kindle,readwhere.
– Most of the ebooks are much cheaper than paper books.
– They do not take any storage place and your ipad can get you access to thousands of books.
– Features like search , dictionary are at your finger tips.
– Comics are at your finger tips which used to be not so easy to get hands on some years back.

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Games –
I am adding games and entertainment on one tag.
Games do not need to be given any introduction. Temple Run and Angry birds are one of the must have.

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Music and Entertainment –

There is no need to teach apple in the music domain. They pioneered the ipods to eradicate the walkman and the mp3 players race giving sony a run for its money.The ipod features are still intact and also has a host of new applications to suit your needs.
– The sound quality of the ipad is unbeatable and it can always be docked for amplifying to wider audience.
– INTERNET RADIO – This is fast coming up as a category of apps where a internet broadcast of songs is held. This provides a good variety of songs.
– Any streaming song apps are upcoming fast like soundhound, saavn, etc.
– A number of video and movie streaming applications are available like netflix,OPlayerHD.
– Watching movies is another unique experience on ipad.
( this 1 image of dock is taken from other site )

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News and Magazines –

This is another fast upcoming category with innovative concepts put up my various applications.
– Must try new apps like flipboard, google news. It collates different news and information and presents in an innovative format.
– Most of the newspaper publications have their own apps for ipad.
– Newstand is an apple app which can be used to read magazine subscriptions.
– The ecopy of most papers and magazines are cheaper and easily accessible and opens up a host of applications to users.

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Misc –

There are a host of other must have apps for Apple Ipad.
Some of the recommended apps are
– Apple Pages
– Wikipedia
– WordPress – All these blogs are written on ipad wordpress.
– Photography – This has a host of apps for editing photos.
– Messengers and Browsers – These are another category of Must have apps.
– imo messenger
– microsoft office lync
– chrome browser, opera browser

The above covers most of the essential category of applications and I would review one app at a time from each of these categories.