How to view page source on an iOS device

Thanks to Tweetmeme, I discovered this article by OSX Daily on viewing page source on an iOS device.

Setting up the bookmarklet takes just a few seconds and gives a nicely formatted output of the page source, including clickable links.

I find it a little slow to run but useful nonetheless.

In the comments on the OSX Daily article, there is also mention of a service called Snoopy which also allows you to “snoop” on the source code. Again, very useful, although links aren’t clickable.

Useful tools for spying on the code behind websites.

 

 

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.

 

Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad

This is typed with the new Logitech Tablet Keyboard for iPad. The feel is very good. Key layout is reminiscent of the Apple keyboard in that the keys are physically spaced from one another.

The key action is very satisfying, with just the right level of resistance allowing for the fingers to depress each key positively without requiring too much pressure (but of course offering enough resistance that keys are not depressed accidentally).

It’s also nice having the basic punctuation commands at the finger tips, compared to the onscreen keyboard, allowing for much aster typing. the command and ALT keys are also very useful, allowing for quick movement of the cursor to the end or beginning of a sentence (for example).

Overall I am very impressed with it. The iPad sits in the accompanying stand very well, even with the iPad in it’s cover (I have a first generation iPad with the Apple cover). There is a little pull out extension that allows the iPad to sit at a shallower angle.

It’s a great piece of kit. Response is perfect. I can type reasonably fast when I get going (albeit rather unconventionally) and the iPad and iPhone keep up with every key press.

I picked mine up from Amazon (affiliate link) for £40. Most places (at least when I was shopping around) have it for £50.

I highly recommend this one. I’m very happy I bought it.

I am @icraigt on Twitter.

The PlayBase Android Tablet

On 2 November 2011, Singapore-based consumer product developer and manufacturer, Karuma, officially announced the launch of their upcoming Android Tablet, the PlayBase.

Karuma market the PlayBase as a sleek, durable and tough tablet for adults, built with kids in mind. It weighs in at 325grams and is just 9.7mm thick. It features a 7” capacitive multi-touch display, formed metal rear cover and interfaces for micro USB and headphones, all housed in a sleek, kid-friendly and lightweight design.

Hardware is specified as a 1.2GHz processor running Android 2.3 at launch (with promised upgrades in the new year to both 3.0 and 4.0), Wi-Fi, 8GB of NAND Flash, up to 32GB Micro SD card, 1GB RAM (to support those future OS upgrades), front facing camera and accelerometer.

So, overall, a decent specification that should ensure the PlayBase can cope with the demands of today’s apps.

Though writing this without having had a hands-on with the device, it’s fair to say the PlayBase looks the part. The rear metal housing looks uncluttered and well formed and the overall build quality looks good. At just 9.7mm thick and 325 grams in weight, the PlayBase should feel comfortable in the hand.

I, for one, am looking forward to being able to get hands-on with the PlayBase. The specification suggests that the PlayBase should measure up and cope well with the demands of the mainstream user.

The best part, however, has to be the price. The PlayBase comes in at a very competitive £169.

Tablets are relatively new and, as such, still demand a premium price. Of course prices will (should) come down over time….. as the devices gain more traction and more people decide they need one, sales should increase which will ultimately drive down both production and retail prices.  The fact that the PlayBase can enter the market at just £169 really sets a precedent though.  At this price more consumers have to be tempted.  I know I am.

The PlayBase hits the market today (go check out the website…. there are zero days until launch) and already has a range of stylish and practical covers available to accompany it.

You can read more about the PlayBase here and more about the company behind it, Karuma, here.

According to the PlayBase Twitter feed the first 500 PlayBase customers get a free gift with their purchase.  Check out the tweet here.

I can’t wait to get a hands-on with the PlayBase!

I am @iCraigt on Twitter and you can find me on chime.in here.