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Pandora Radio

Written by iHospital. Posted in Applications

iPhone and iPad Application: Pandora Radio – Free – Score: 4 IV’s

What is Pandora Radio?

This is one of my favorite applications that I use almost every day. It’s a free, highly customizable radio app that only plays music you love – you can’t ask for much more than that!  Start by entering the name of one of your favorite artists or songs and Pandora creates a personalized “station” that plays similar music.  It’s easy to log in if you’re already a Pandora listener on the web.  All of your existing stations will be playable on your iPhone or iPad.   There is a paid version called Pandora One for $3.99 US per month that offers ad-free listening, higher quality audio, desktop apps (on the web), custom skins and fewer interruptions.

What did you like about it?

This app lets you listen to music from a wide variety of artists and genres for free. The interface is very easy to use, I especially liked the artist info that is displayed for the song being played.  You can also buy songs you like or share them with your Twitter and Facebook friends.  Overall, the music quality is clear and it is sure to rock your headphones. The app is very responsive and snappy, even over 3g – music usually loads instantly.  The new HTML 5 design is ultra modern and fun to use.  You’ll enjoy listing to music all over again.

What did you not like about it?

There is a very wide variety of music, however it sometimes feels that the same songs are just being repeated over and over. Pandora has noted this however and updates their music library regularly. Additionally, this app is missing original stations, playlists and on-demand streaming.

Where can I purchase Pandora Radio?

You can purchase Pandora Radio from the App Store here.

Every Tuesday and Thursday one of our expert iHospital D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices review and rate Apple applications, accessories and more.  Items are rated from 1 to 5 IV’s (5 being the highest possible score).  If the item is a total waste of time and money we’ll give it the dreaded bedpan score of zero.  Let us know if you’d like one of our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices to review a particular application or accessory in the comments below – we’d love to help!

Review by John BahrsiHospital in Gainesville, Florida

Volt

Written by iHospital. Posted in Applications

iPhone and iPad Application: Volt – $0.99 US – Score: 2 IV’s
What is Volt?
Volt is an application that unleashes 3D lightning from your fingertips on your iPhone and/or iPad.  Volts are electrifying, highly customizable and perfect for practical jokes and funky wallpapers.  You can also duel with Jedi Force Lightning.  This app is ranked #1 in the Entertainment category in over 12 countries with over half a million downloads!  The app store also claims Volt is great for stress relief if someone is bothering you – simply add a photo and electrocute them for instant satisfaction. Talk about cool!
What do you like about it? 

It’s a fun little app. The lots of flexibility with color and sounds! Best of all it keeps little kids and babies really entertained! This app mimics the electrostatic balls at museums and science fairs minus the hair standing straight up on your head part.  Get ready for a realistic electrifying sound, vibrating and energized colored bolts as you touch the screen.  One of the best features is you can choose a pic from your photo library and add some electrifying spunk.  It’s also fun to prank people – make sure you turn the vibrate on as it’s more realistic!

What did you not like?

Not loud enough and it would be great if it doubled as a taser! In all seriousness this is a gimmick app so don’t expect to stay interested for too long.  You can’t save an image as your in-app background either, it will revert to the default view each time you start the app.  You can’t share pictures directly to social networking sites either – that would be cool.

Where can I get Volt?

You can purchase Volt in the App Store here. Let us know how you like it in the comments below!

Every Tuesday and Thursday our expert D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices review and rate Apple applications, accessories and more.  Items are rated from 1 to 5 IV’s (5 being the highest possible score).  If the item is a total waste of time and money we’ll give it the dreaded bedpan score of zero.

Review by D.i.D. Doctor of iDevice Bryan Smith, North Tampa iHospital 

Don’t forget to watch out for the iHospital Ambulance making house calls in your neighborhood to win free cases, coupons and shirts! Need a repair? Drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairsiPad repairs, iPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

Meet iHospital D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices John Bahrs

Written by iHospital. Posted in iHospital iV

As you know every Friday we introduce you to one of iHospital’s awesome D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices.  Last week you met Mindi Sewell, this week we’d like to introduce you to John Bars who works at iHospital in Gainesville, Florida.  He’s an all around great guy who’s proudest moment at iHospital includes helping remodeling the shop bathroom – talk about multi-talented! Without further ado, please meet John Bahrs!

What is your name?

John Bahrs

Which store location(s) do you work at?

iHospital in Gainesville, Florida, Go gators!

What is your favorite Apple Device and why?

The iPhone 4. I love the screen resolution and the design.

What do you love about your job?

I get to work with great people and great devices. I like figuring out problems and finding solutions. Apple devices are really fun to work with.

What do you think the iPhone 5’s best new feature will be?

The rumored 5” screen and updated camera.

What adjective would you use to describe yourself?

Real

Tell me about your proudest moment at the iHospital?

We worked on remodeling the bathroom at our store. It was a pretty proud moment when the last screw was being tightened and the job was finally done.

What type of mobile phone do you own?

iPhone 4

Cats or dogs?

I like ‘em both!

What was the first Apple device you ever purchased?

iPod Nano 1st gen

Rate yourself from 1 to 10. How weird are you and why?

8.  I usually speak my mind, even when its weird.

What’s the worst Apple Device damage you’ve ever seen? What was the story behind it?

An iPad that was ran over by a car, it was pretty bad.

What’s the funniest thing you have ever experienced?

Would have to be falling on a wet floor in front of a lot of people. I got a laugh out of it.

If you could meet anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?

I would really like to meet Alexander the Great and ask him how to be a great leader.

Decaf or Regular?

Regular, I like my coffee like my women, black and hot.

3 Stellar Reasons To Upgrade Your Mac Hard Drive in Tampa

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Is your Mac’s hard drive bringing you down? Do you feel like throwing it out the window? Stop! Bring your Mac down to the expert D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices at iHospital in Tampa, Florida.  No appointment is needed and most repairs and upgrades are done while you wait. Before you run out the door, read Quick Upgrades for your Mac, iPhone, iPod and iPad too – we promise it will bring your spirits up!

It’s common knowledge people are in love with their Macs.  I mean who wouldn’t enjoy their simple interface, intuitive apps and of course, iCloud. But did you know there’s a way to enhance perfection? Upgrading your Mac’s hard drive does just that.  Don’t try upgrading your Mac’s hard drive yourself – it requires major surgery and voids all of your warranties.  Bring it to the experts.  Here’s 3 stellar reasons why you should bring your Mac to the Tampa iHospital for upgrades today.

1.) Storage.  Is your hard drive constantly filling up and forcing you to move or delete documents, pictures, videos and more? You probably need a bigger hard drive.  If your Mac came with a slower 4200 or 5400 RPM hard drive, you might be noticing a massive performance blockage after your physical RAM fills up and your Mac starts using your hard drive to supplement it with virtual memory.

2.) Performance and speed.  How your Mac performs is dependent on RAM as well your hard drive. Upgrading your hard drive will vastly improve the speed of various activities including data access and startup times. Transform your sluggish Mac hard drive into a lightning fast speed machine, we know you want too. Make sure you ask our D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices to explain hard drive upgrade vs.  solid state hard drive upgrades.  All of our hard drive upgrades include free data transfer as well.

3.) Keep your data. You should upgrade your Mac at iHospital in Tampa because we’ll upgrade and repair your failed hard drive and you’ll get to keep all of your data.  You’ll lose everything including pictures, documents, videos, etc. if you go to Apple.  Make sure you read out our post about AppleCare+ vs. iHospital Repairs too.

We promise upgrading your hard drive at iHospital in Tampa will be quick and painless – you don’t need painkillers for this surgery.  Your Mac will be lightning fast, efficient and you won’t lose any of your data.  We back all of our upgrades and repairs with a one year warranty and only use the highest quality OEM parts.  Our main goal is to become your trusted Apple upgrade and repair source and look forward to seeing you soon.

3 Reasons Why Not Having an iPad Protective Case is a Really Dumb Idea

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It’s official: Not having an iPad protective case is a really dumb idea.  It’s almost as dumb as thinking you won’t have to wait in line to purchase the new iPad 3 rumored to be released in the spring.  We recently discussed why you should protect your iPhone, iPad and iPhone. Now it’s time to tackle the iPad specifically.  Here are the top three reasons why not having an iPad case is truly a ridiculous idea.

1.) Cracked or broken iPad screens are one of the most preventable accidents we repair at iHospital.  The remedy is simple; buy a case that you never have to take off.  The biggest excuse we hear every day is, “I meant to put the case back on but dropped it first.” Why do you need to take the case off in the first place? I know naked (caseless) iPads are sleek and shiny to look at and play with, but is it really worth the risk? Purchasing a protective iPad case will provide excellent protection against shocks and impacts, dust and wear and tear.  You can’t afford to not purchase a case.

2.) Buying a new iPad protective case is easy and pain-free.  iHospital carries a vast assortment of case styles and colors that are sure to match your style and budget.  You can choose from a variety of materials including leather, gel, silicone, polycarbonate, plastic and more.  Case thickness can vary from ultra thin to fairly think depending on your preference.  Prices range from $39 to $99+.

3.) iPad Protective can cases come with a variety of features other than just protecting your iPad. For example, some cases feature an embedded magnetic lining that triggers the magical sleep/awake feature of the iPad 2 which will help extend the life of your battery.  Other cases can be adjusted into comfortable viewing and/or typing modes.

All iPad protective cases are lightweight enough to carry anywhere and include holes for headphone jacks, the dock connector port, and on/off and volume buttons.

We’ve been brutally honest in our opinion that not having an iPad protective case is a really dumb idea.  We’d love to hear your frank thoughts on the matter as well.  Is there any reason not to purchase a protective case? Do you have a favorite case you’d love to share with the world? Would you add any other reasons to my three above? C’mon, share your thoughts with everyone!

 Don’t forget to watch out for the iHospital Ambulance making house calls in your neighborhood to win free cases, coupons and shirts! Need a repair? Drop in to iHospital for all your iPod and iPod Nano repairsiPad repairs, iPhone repairs and Mac repairs. No appointment is needed and all repairs are backed with a one year warranty. Repairs are done while you wait and some repairs take as little as five minutes! Come see us today! Click here for list of our locations.

 

Words with Friends

Written by iHospital. Posted in Applications

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch Application – Words with Friends –  $0.99 – Score: 3 IV’s

What is Words with Friends and what do you like about it? 

This application lets you play scrabble with Facebook friends and random people over the interent. It has the classic scrabble feel and the controls are easy to use. It keeps the same rules as the classis scrabble board game, any scrabble fan will like this game. The developers made a really cool mode that incorporates the iphone and ipad at the same time.  If you aren’t ready to buy the paid version you can test out the free ad-supported version first.  It’s easy to upgrade and your account and games will carry over automatically.  This is a highly addictive game with over 20 million users to date!

What don’t you like about it? 

The game can be buggy at times, especially when multiple games are being played at once.

What are some of the features?

  • Simple interface that you know and love
  • You can play up to 20 games at once
  • You can either play with friends or match-make instantly with random opponents
  • Play with your Facebook connections
  • Push notifications for when it’s your turn
  • Access your games via iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch

How do I get it?

Visit iTunes to purchase Words with Friends by clicking this link. You can also check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

Every Tuesday and Thursday our expert D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices review and rate Apple applications, accessories and more. Items are rated from 1 to 5 IV’s (5 being the highest possible score). If the item is a total waste of time and money we’ll give it the dreaded bedpan score of zero.

Review by D.i.D. Doctor of iDevices John BahrsGainesville, Florida iHospital

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