Disappearing settings?

Not for the first time, my iPhone 4S has managed to lose the Personal Hotspot menu item from the settings menu.

When I originally moved from the 3GS to the 4S I was a little surprised (and very disappointed) to find that there was no way to enable the Personal Hotspot via the settings, to enable me to use the iPad over the iPhones 3G connection.

After many resets and a lot of head scratching I spoke with O2 who had me reset the network settings.  This resulted in the Personal Hotspot menu being reinstated but the WiFi settings being completely omitted from the device.  Another reset (hold power key and menu button until the Apple logo appears) and the WiFi settings reappeared.

The Personal Hotspot feature, in my experience, has always been very buggy.  More often than not (and I mean that quite literally) the iPad will not connect to the iPhone and a reset of one or both devices is required to get things working again.

This morning, after having used the Personal Hotspot feature for an hour or so, the menu item disappeared before my very eyes.  One minute it was there, the next it vanished.  I was in the settings menu and actually saw the Personal Hotspot menu item vanish.  I opened up the general>network settings page and the Personal Hotspot item wasn’t there either.

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Another iPhone reset the menu item didn’t reappear.  I opened the general>network settings page again and saw the Personal Hotspot item reappear.  I navigated back to the top level settings page and hey presto it was back.

It’s currently working as it should…. for how long I don’t know.

I am @icraigt on Twitter.

Wondering if you should buy a 3G or WiFi only iPad?

When it comes to the ipad, I am often asked whether the buyer should go for the WiFi only model or if they should consider the 3G model.

I’ve owned an iPad for several months now and use it a lot….a heck of a lot. In fact I find that 90% of what I used to do on my trusty old netbook is now carried out on the iPad. I blog from it, manage my inboxes, Twitter and other social networks on it, I research, browse and communicate from it. Most of what I do online I do on the iPad. It is that good.

I own a WiFi only model. For the most part that has been fine. I don’t travel a lot and when I do it’s typically a planned event and (where possible) I choose locations with plentiful WiFi access either on site or nearby (I need my digital fix).

So, would I recommend saving those extra pounds or dollars and sticking with the WiFi only model? No, I wouldn’t. My advice is always thus….. if you can afford the 3G model, buy the 3G model.

We are increasingly reliant on a data connection to manage our busy lives. It is fast becoming a second oxygen supply. With the 3G model you have a data connection available for a much larger percentage of time.

I thought I managed well with just a WiFi only iPad. However, as I have just upgraded the iPhone from my trusty old 3GS, I now have the ability to tether the iPad to the new iPhone. The result is obvious…. I am now using the iPad much more than I ever did before (and having to manage my data allowance very carefully).

If you are in the market for an iPad and wondering if you should stump up the extra cash and get a 3G version my advice is do it.

Of course…. it may be worth waiting a couple of months (if rumours are true…. they almost certainly are). iPad 3 is on the way and promises to be awesome.

I am @icraigt on Twitter.

 

Blogsy for iPad updated to v3.2

The excellent Blogsy app for the iPad (on which I am writing this post) has been updated to version 3.2, the Minotaur release.

In this release the developers have figured out how to parse the HTML code that Apple uses in order to present cleaner and more standard code on the HTML edit screen.

This version also introduces the ability to customise the Dock Bar which I personally welcome. It’s nice to make apps your own and if there’s a particular service you connect to the most, now you can move it to the top of the bar. Likewise, if there is a service you don’t use, now you can remove it altogether.

Check out the Blogsy Blog for details of the latest release.

I am iCraigt on Twitter.

Blogsy…. testing

I’ve just downloaded Blogsy after watching a couple of the tutorial videos. It seems like a great way to connect your various media streams to your blogs, making photo and image selection (and video) very easy when drafting a blog post. The drag and drop (from your Picasa, Flickr, YouTube accounts) feature works very well indeed. The image below was dragged from my Picasa albums in just a couple of tap

The interface seems fairly straightforward and the app runs very well on my (old!) iPad 1. I was concerned that performance might be lacking on the old iPad but it runs very well indeed.

Anyway, just an initial post to try it out. I shall post more thoughts on it later, when I’ve had chance to use it more.
So far, so good!

I am @iCraigt on Twitter.