What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 17

ipadcaseDoes he have an iPad 2 but absolutely hates trying to type with the on screen keyboard? Need to type long emails or blog posts that might take a bit of time with the touchscreen? A simpler solution is to use the Bluetooth Keyboard for the iPad 2. This will make your tablet feel more like a laptop. This handy keyboard with case has a fold-over cover and magnetic closure. Its built-in stand gives you convenient display of the screen. This is perfect to take on the go. It also offers a great amount of protection as well. This one sells for around $99.99, but there are a ton of others available. Some not so bulky and some that could could survive a nuclear blast. Approximate cost: $59.99 to $150.00.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 16

magazineBelieve it or not, men still like to read magazines, especially those who are reluctant to join the digital age of tablet pc’s and smart phones. Regardless, a magazine subscription will give him access to print and online services. Find out what subscription he may be interested in and run with it. A few favorites are Car and Driver, Motortrend, Automobile Magazine, Hot Rod Magazine and Road & Track Magazine. If you want to be a bit elfish, get him a subscription to Playboy. Approximate cost: $15.00 to $20.00.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 11

bozeBoze SoundDock II digital music system. For at-home iPod listening, the Bose iPod speaker system is a proven performer and now updated with new, slimmer profile. The Bose SoundDock Series ll digital music system carries recognizable Bose sound quality to your kitchen, bedroom, or living area from a very small system. The system’s sophisticated look features smoother lines and sleek configuration. It’s contemporary design works well with any décor. Just slip your compatible iPod or iPhone into the iPod docking station, which is Apple-certified, and bring your favorite songs to life. The system charges as the iPod or iPhone plays, so no interruption from your music. The improved remote handles the Bose SoundDock system functions such as power, volume, and track seek from almost anywhere in the room.

•Same award-winning performance of Bose original SoundDock digital music system, redesigned with added features

•Universal iPod docking station accepts iPhone, iPod touch and any iPod generation featuring a click wheel
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What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 5

tomtomWe’re going to kill two birds with one stone here. GPS devices have been very popular for the past few years. Combine the best GPS product with the best smart phone product and you have Tom Tom running on an iPhone. It’s almost unbelievable how accurate Tom Tom is running on the iPhone. And if you want to add a little icing on the cake, you can get him a Tom Tom or Magellan iPhone cradle that has a GPS booster built in. Magellan has their own iPhone app as well, but I don’t think it’s as nice as the Tom Tom app, just my opinion.
Approximate cost: iPhone 4: $99.00, Tom Tom app: $49.99, Magellan app: $49.99, Tom Tom iPhone cradle: $59.99, Magellan iPhone cradle: $83.00.

What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 1

ipad2Of course we’re going to start with the geeky side of all men. We want information and we want it fast. At the top of coolness gadgetry is of course, the Apple iPad 2. Yes, there are numerous other tablets out there and yes, some of them are pretty cool, but lets face it, none can compare with the iPad 2. Now, without sounding like an “Apple Fanboy” which I’m not, if you want to stick with a strictly Windows environment, you may want to check out the Samsung Series 7 Slate PC. However, if you stick with a Windows tablet that is comparable to an iPad, it’s going to cost you about $1,100.00. Yeah…. I had given HP a try late last year with the HP Slate 500 Windows 7 machine and it failed miserably. I only had it a couple of months before selling it and buying an iPad 2. Now, I’m stuck on the iPad, I absolutely love it and it’s apps galore! Approximate cost: $199.00 to $1,200.00.

Title: Apple iPad 2

Pre-Holiday Seasons Ipad/Iphone Wallpaper

wallpaperTime to change the wallpaper on my iPhone and iPad. And yes, I’m one of those people that has to have matching wallpapers on my iPhone and iPad. I thought this would be a very nice pre-holiday season wallpaper for both. Sort of sets the mood. Just right click to save the photo for your own iPhone or iPad.

TuneIn iPhone/iPad App

Probably my favorite iPhone/iPad app!!! NEW FOR iOS 4
• Play all stations, podcasts and recordings in the background on your iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3rd Gen iPod touch (32/64 GB), 4th Gen iPod touch, and iPad
• Control audio playback with the built-in music controls, Apple headphone controls and most dock controls
• Stream audio to an AirPlay compatible receiver (requires iOS 4.2)

KEY FEATURES
• Record any station for playback later (on demand or with record timer)
• Alarm Clock
• Play MP3 and AAC stations in the background in Safari on non-multitasking capable devices
• RadioTime directory featuring 40,000+ radio stations and thousands of radio shows
• Simple, quick, and easy-to-use interface
• Browse or search for your favorite shows and find out what stations they’re currently available on
• Browse local stations with GPS or WiFi location
• Search for stations by keyword
• Browse stations by genre or location
• Pause live streams for up to 30 minutes
• Rewind and fast forward within last 30 minutes streamed (skip directly to the beginning of songs when listening to stations with song information)
• Listen to podcasts of radio shows when available
• Bookmark your favorite stations, categories or shows
• Sleep timer
• Search for stations playing your favorite song or artist (only select US stations currently supported)

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
• Bookmarks list displays current song or show for each station when available
• Show or station logo displayed when available
• Album art displayed when available
• Current song or show information displayed when available
• View station schedules when available
• Choose an alternate stream or bit rate when available
• View related and recommended streams, shows and genres
• View station website and twitter page
• Listen to artist station in Last.fm app
• Buy currently playing song on iTunes
• Automatic restart of last playing station on startup
• Automatic reconnect on loss of connection
• Enter custom stream URLs

Under the hood they both look good with great features and more options than you could ever need so what one should you go for £2.99 for ooTunes or 59p for Tunein Radio ?

Well if you read most of the reviews it looks like even with it’s higher price ooTunes is the one to go for but after using both you come to realize that oo is a complete mess, yes it has a few more tricks up it’s sleeve but if you can ever workout how to use them or even find them within the menus you must be a rocket scientist as it’s like looking for a sock after a fight at a jumble sale, also it can record radio shows via the timer but some thing which i find odd is that you can set a start time but there’s no stop time ?

As for Tunein Radio it’s a joy to use with it’s clean interface and menus where everything is at hand which feels like you put them there yourself plus when setting timers if gives you the option of when you want it to start and stop something sadly missing from oo

So what one should you buy, well it’s a easy one Tunein Radio and even if the prices were swapped round I would be happy to pay $0.99 for Tunein.