When I first bout my iPad I went for the cheap and cheerful approach: Who needs 3G when you have an unlimited data plan on your phone?
You can use a tethering app to create a WiFi Hotspot everywhere and use your WiFi iPad at much lower cost than shilling out on the extra 3G functionality and a separate data plan.
Those were my thoughts. Within the first week I was already missing the 3G I’ve come to love from my Kindle: mental freedom, access the web anywhere I am, from a park bench to a train. Still, I had my trusty Nokia N900 phone and the Joiku Hotspot app to make it work in theory.
There are however practical issues I hadn’t anticipated like very limited battery life on my phone and much lower connection speeds. Consequently I’ve upgraded to the 3G version and in hindsight wish I had bought that one in the first place.
In this article I’ll show you some tests that compare the connection speed between my tethered connection and the built in 3G connection. The results are surprising!
I’ve shot this with the Retro Cam app, consequently used to yearbook myself (see previous post).
I find it remarkable to see how much this picture looks like an actual Polaroid: look at the sightly discoloured edges around the picture, this is what happens when the developer paste can’t squeeze underneath the white foil. It’s natural, just like the white border and its texture.
My colleagues at MTV have shown me this app over a year ago and I just remembered it. Now that I’m on the iSide I can finally start exploring all the crazy goodies people have been talking about for years.
This venture started with a picture I took on the iPad using Retro Camera, and app that I’ll talk about in detail another time. It just happened to be in my camera roll, so I used it in Yearbookyourself.
You can adjust the rotation and contrast of the picture and preview it live, tweaking until you’re happy. How many people’s yearbooks have they been through I wonder? And what do the people think whose faces have been photoshopped out?
Fascinating stuff: on my journey back from MiamiBeach a couple of weeks ago I played with some of the apps on my iPad.
I had already invested into the camera connection kit and imported several photos from my Harinezumi’s memory card not the iPad. Then I had a play in Adobe’s free Photoshop Express App and was amazed by then results.