In March 2015, I was a newly married man, teaching Theatre part-time at an international school, and finishing up my academic courses as a graduate student in literature. One of the requirements of my final course was a “short” 8-page-minimum creative non-fiction piece.Continue reading
As you may have heard on this week’s episode of our podcast, You Chose Poorly (listen on Mixcloud here and subscribe on iTunes here!) I’m a proud owner of 12.9″ iPad Pro. A Hurry up the Cakes review is coming soon, but I think I have to sort out my many unprocessed feelings about it.Continue reading
The main thing you can do to extend your battery’s life is to follow one simple rule of thumb: ABC, or “Always Be Charging”. The battery’s typical Depth of Discharge, or DOD, is directly related to how many cycles it will take before its capacity drops to 80%. The more you have to charge your battery before it’s full, the less full charge cycles you’ll get out of it. The logic of this so simple, I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t figure it out sooner.
Apparently I’ve been doing it wrong for the past five years.. The logic of this so simple, I’m a little ashamed that I didn’t figure it out sooner.
It’s been a month since
the new iPad / 3rd Generation iPad / 2012 iPad / iPad 3 was first released, and since then, reviews of the device popped up all over the internet like mushrooms. Some are deep, intensive, and well-written. Others wanted to take advantage of the red-hot “new iPad” search term to add hits to their websites. A few just wanted to show off to the world that they had Apple’s flagship post-PC device before the rest of us did. But generally, most reviews covered the usual range of topics: battery life, app ecosystem, user interface, thickness/weight, the screen screen omg the screen, et cetera.
We at Hurry up the Cakes have no interest in adding to the pile of reviews of that nature. If you want that, I suggest you head on over to The Verge, or to Daring Fireball, or to clean-cut, sterile, Apple Review OG, the Wall Street Journal’s All Things D.
Over here at Hurry up the Cakes, we write reviews to answer any and all questions that end up with the bottom line: should you, dear reader, buy the new iPad?
The answer, of course, is a resounding yes–and here’s why.
- Everyone in the universe has talked about how wonderfully fantastically beautifully amazingly gorgeous the screen is, and they are right on the money. But unlike Josh Topolsky, I wasn’t distracted by the clarity of the screen–it pulled me straight into whatever I was looking at.
- In other words, the genius of the iPad is not that the screen is beautiful, but that it makes everything in it beautiful: The entire internet has never been prettier. Photos have never been crisper. Comic books pop right out of the screen–and I don’t need to zoom in to read the text anymore. Bloody brilliant!
- It is slightly heavier, but my muscular arms don’t mind the change.
- The very slight increase in thickness is imperceptible to everyone but my mom. If I didn’t already know it beforehand, I wouldn’t have noticed.
- …until I’d try to use my iPad 2 back cover on it. Which I did. It still fit, but it was noticeably snugger.
- The camera is much better than the iPad 2’s (which isn’t saying much), but I think the only time I’ll ever use it is if I absolutely have no access to my iPhone 4S.
The official review is still forthcoming. Be sure to send in any questions you might have about the new iPad (or life in general) over in the comments section, our Facebook page, or via my Twitter @mikeyllorin.