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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BACK TO SCHOOL

The “BooqPad” is the first iPad case we’ve seen that lets you store a small paper notebook off to the side. Who doesn’t want to take hand-written notes once in a while? Actually, we still write things down every day.

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BOOKS OF INTEREST: MY NEW IPAD

“My New iPad,” by Wallace Wang, is the third edition of a popular user guide on how to do just about anything and everything on the iPad. It’s $25 from nostarch.com.

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