AN IPAD KEYBOARD

For reading books and articles, or watching videos, Joy loves to hold her iPad. But if the urge to write a long letter strikes, there’s nothing like a physical keyboard. Our favorite is the new “Wired Keyboard for iOS devices,” $60 from Griffin Technology. It’s about three-fourths the size of a regular computer keyboard, but still easy to type on and small enough to carry in a tote bag. We found we had to press a little harder than usual to make capital letters, but otherwise it felt as good as other keyboards. Having a wired keyboard can be better than going wireless. You don’t have to pair it with your Bluetooth connection, or worry about batteries. It’s especially handy […]

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ORGANIZING YOUR IPAD

If you’re like us, your iPad screen is so full of colorful icons for programs, it’s getting hard to find the ones you use regularly. Clean up by putting them in folders, and type a label for those folders.

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THE IPAD MINI

Joy’s Kindle Fire went into a coma for several months and the battery wouldn’t charge. So we got an iPad Mini, a smaller version of the iPad for $278 from Amazon.

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THE READER’S DILEMMA

A reader presented us the following dilemma: He is retiring soon and will need a phone and a computer, or maybe just a tablet. What should he get? We suggested he get all three, which if bought at current discounted prices, cost no more than just getting an iPad. Buying older versions of each of these, the total cost could come in as low as $400 and $530 at the maximum. Getting a new iPad by itself would cost $500. Here’s how it works: The iPhone Most people say that the iPhone is easier to use than an Android phone. We have to agree. We got an Android phone because we wanted to be able to test Android apps for […]

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GETTING THE EDGE

We’ve tried many different wireless speakers for our iPad and the Android phone, but the first one we really liked is “Edge Sound” from CubEdge. It’s a black box shorter than a human hand and weighing just 9 ounces.

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TRADING IN AN OLD IPAD

October set a record for iPad trade-ins, according to SellCell.com, a site where you can trade in yours. People are trading in the third generation iPad to get the iPad Mini or fourth-generation iPad. They typically get about $350 for the iPad 3, which sold for $699. The iPad 2, which brought in $371 before the Mini was announced, now typically goes for less than $200. Android tablet

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AT LEAST THE MAIL WORKS

We gave our 89 year-old aunt an iPad recently, her first ever computer of any kind. It not only baffles her, what’s worse is none of her senior friends and neighbors can figure it out either. They all live in Palm Desert, where last week it was 114 in the shade – and there is no shade. The sun kind of bakes your brain.

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IPAD OWNERS ARE RICH

We’ve read many times that iPad owners tend to be affluent, but a recent survey nailed down the numbers: According to ComScore.com, forty-six percent of iPad owners make more than $100,00 a year, compared with 32 percent of Android owners. So there!

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RETINA APPS

 RetinaMacApps.com lists the apps that work best with the Retina Display Macbook Pro. You wouldn’t want to have a fantastic screen and not get the most out of it, would you?

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E-READER DECISION

Some readers have asked our opinion about whether to buy a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad or the new Google Nexus 7 for some home reading and viewing. So here’s our take.

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