Texting from iPad

You can’t send texts from an iPad right? Oh contrare!! I’ve discovered a workaround of sorts that might be useful, dependent on other gadgets.

I won (yes I won!!) an iPad Mini from @TechTVuk and have spent the last few evenings setting it up as half a Work iPad and half a Family iPad, so that the parents and children can all enjoy the new device. But not everyone in my contacts has an iDevice(!), so iMessage-only may be a bit limiting. So I started installing some other apps that I use and recommend for calls on iPhone.

To set up Viber & Vonage I needed a device to which an SMS could be sent in order to login. Enter my @ThreeUK mifi. Text sent to mifi. Code obtained. App set up. Very straightforward indeed. And Skype was of course easy too. (no text code required).

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I can now send texts via three different apps on the iPad, plus iMessage as well. Skype Vonage and Viber. Happy face.

My grateful thanks to the good folks of @TechTVuk for awarding me the new iPad Mini. They do creative video for technology companies. Tell them @pedrostephano sent you.

NB picture shows the text I had sent to my iPhone. Setting it up this way didn’t work. But via the mifi did – and it’s exclusive and thus separate to my iPhone which is the way I want it.

Update – learned that Viber also has an app for desktop in both Windows and Mac variants, as well as the mobile platforms.

Recommended apps for android

My last post about apps covered iPhone and iOS,

and I can claim some working (and acquired) knowledge about these apples.

 

But android is a mystery to me, as I’ve never owned one of these phones,

and no-one I know does for me to have a play with and learn.

 

So when @MrPennski tweeted that he has a little list,

I offered to put it here for our future reference.

 

If I have personal experience with the app (on iOS), I’ve rated it on a scale:-

P=know

PP = use

PPP = love

 

Over to @MrPennski:-

 

Android Apps: Ones listed as iOS may not be on Android Marketplace, so check first.

Here’s the list (with my pScores as applicable):-

 

Dropbox                            PPP
Onlive
Evernote                              PPP
Waze                                    PPP
eBay                                     PP
Netflix
Foursquare                         PP
Pinball HD iOS
Flixster
Find Me TV iOS
IMDB                                   PP
Zeebox iOS
TV Catchup iOS                 PPP
Love film                            PPP
iPlayer                                 PPP
Skype                                  PPP
Trainline
Nearest Tube iOS
Splashtop iOS
UK Roads iOS
3G Watchdog
Snitch
Android Booster Free
History Eraser
Camera 360                      PPP
GO Launcher EX
Launcher Pro
Launcher 7
Appy Geek
Google Goggles
Gun Bro’s
NFS Hot Pursuit
GTA 3
FPse for Android 
Androidify
Locale
Awesome Facts
Dictionary.com
Vlingo                                 P
Tasker £3.99
Viber                                    PP
Handcent 
Swype
Dolphin Browser HD
Lookout Security & Antivirus
RoidRage £1.30
Crackle
App Protector Pro £0.94
Antivirus Free
Plume
Übersocial
GO TwiWidget
Wifi Finder
Astro Filemanager
Train Tickets
AudioManager
GO Taskmanager Widget
Pulse News

And an addition from me:-

CamerAlert by @pocketgpsworld – free and brilliant                            PPPPPP(!)

 

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from zdnet

BTW if you knew the Aussie definition of the word “root”,

you might stop wanting to root your phone.