Which Apps Make the Best Use of the iPad Mini’s Dimensions?

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Anyone who may have been a little sceptical about the benefits of an iPad Mini will have been surprised at its popularity. After all, what benefits are other than being slightly smaller than the full-size iPad – which you already have?

Although the devotion of Apple fans probably means the device would have flown off the shelves regardless, things tend not to shift hundreds of thousands of units without having something to offer. The most obvious benefit being the size, the Mini is very portable and easier to handle should you wish to take pictures or shoot video.

It was also more affordable than the standard iPad, leaving some extra cash to go and stock up on iPad Mini cases from The Snugg. That did not mean it sacrificed speed or memory. It runs on an Apple A5 Dual Processor – the same as the iPhone 4.

Regardless of the other benefits, the main draw of the iPad Mini is the size – it is in its name after all. This has made it the go-to device for many a businessman, wanting the best quality in a device that is easily transportable.

Here are some of the applications which have found themselves particularly suited to the iPad Mini.

Evernote

As the Evernote app lets you sync everything back to your desktop computer, it is perfect for those who want to take notes without being encumbered by a larger device. Users can take notes with text, voice or photographs. It also allows you to access existing Evernote data, so you never leave anything behind.

That is, unless you forget your iPad Mini.

SugarSync

As the iPad Mini is smaller than its older sibling, it loses a little memory as a result. To keep its speed as high as possible, you will also not want to overload the device with too much data. That isn’t a problem, especially when you have cloud storage on your side. SugarSync, for example, offers 5Gb of free data (Dropbox offers 2Gb) and allows you to access a full library of photos, files and music, wherever you are in the country.

GoogleDrive also offers 5Gb of free storage.

Kindle

Portability, as mentioned, is where the Mini comes into its own. A quick tube or bus ride across the city to the next important meeting is the perfect time to chill out with a book. Unlike with Amazon’s portable Kindle device, you cannot buy books directly through the app. But it is perfect when you don’t want to carry around more than one device and find yourself with a few free moments to read a couple of chapters.

Camera+ for iPad

As mentioned earlier, the iPad Mini is far easier to take photos with than the larger iPad. For that reason it is the perfect place to download Camera+ – for the relatively cheap price of 69p. The camera on the Mini will never be perfect and is not the thing to rely on if you’re after professional quality photos. Camera+ editing software goes some way to improving your snaps, with adjustable effects and an excellent clarity filter.

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Finding Android Apps For Your Kindle Outside The Amazon App Store

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So you’ve bought a Kindle. Well you’re not alone as it is estimated that Amazon sold around 1.7 million Kindle Fire devices in the first quarter of the year – although the company refuses to release official figures. One of the main reasons why people choose to invest in a tablet is to download and make use of the latest apps, from movie software to games. Once you’ve got your hands on one of these gadgets you’re going to want to find a Snugg Kindle Fire cover to keep it safe and then plenty of apps to keep you occupied.

The Amazon App Store 

A court case fought between Apple and Amazon that came to a close in July means Amazon is now able to legally use the term appstore, something that Apple was keen to prevent until it pulled out of the case. The appstore has thousands of apps available – both free and paid for – that can be downloaded by Kindle Fire users very easily from their device. There is no denying that there are some great apps in the store, from the likes of hit games titles such as Angry Birds Star Wars Premium HD and Hill Climb Racing through to video-on-demand apps from LoveFilm and Netflix. But it is not the only game in town…

Third-party apps

While the Amazon appstore is the only official way to find apps for the Kindle, there are other third-party providers out there. But why go anywhere else? Well the main reason is that you will find a wider range of apps available elsewhere. How come? The main reason is that commercial interests make it undesirable for Amazon to offer its customers access to these apps as a matter of course. For example, as journalists at Business Insider found out, it is quite possible to download the Nook e-reader app onto the Kindle Fire, something that Amazon would of course never make available through its own store. So when it comes down to it, while the Amazon appstore has plenty of top quality content for the Kindle inside, if you want a free choice of what available apps you want then you’ll have to go third-party.

The technical bit

Ok, so it’s not actually that technical, but you will need to be careful to make sure that before trying to download apps from third-party sites that you ensure that you change the settings on your Kindle Fire – otherwise it simply won’t work. Go into Settings, More and then Device and ensure that the section entitled “Allow installation of applications from unknown sources” is switched to on. You’ll then get a warning to tell you that this course of action might not be safe. If you’re satisfied then you’re ready to get some new apps!

Where to find third-party app sites 

GetJar is said to be one of the best third-party Android app stores out there at the moment and the firm claims to have in excess of 100 million people using its services. Download the app onto your Kindle Fire and soon you’ll have access to a huge range of new apps.