iPad Air

iPad Air

Apple has announced a new version of the iPad, and it's renamed to iPad Air instead of iPad 5. Featuring a thinner screen bezel, the iPad Air is 20 percent thinner and 28 percent lighter than the fourth-generation iPad.

iPad Air Specs

  • 9.7″ Retina display
  • A7 64 bit CPU
  • M7 motion processor
  • 5MP iSight camera
  • 1080p HD video
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • Dual microphones
  • 10 hour battery life
  • 802.11n MIMO Wi-Fi, optional LTE model
  • 1lbs weight

The iPad Air is available in two different color options, a silver and white option, or a space grey and black model and retails from S$688 for the most basic model.

The iPad Air will be available for order in Singapore from November 1, can't wait to get ahold of them for our clients!

Here's what some people have said of the device based on first impressions:

The Verge:

there's little doubt that the iPad Air is going to be even more powerful and much more portable than any previous 9.7-inch iPad. Both White and Space Gray iPad Airs look nice, the Space Gray slightly stealthier and the White a little more fun (and a little more prone to fingerprints, it looks like). They feel fast, though not noticeably different from the A7-powered iPhone 5S. Even despite a couple of surprising omissions, like a TouchID fingerprint sensor, this device deserves a new name: it feels completely different than the full-sized iPad once did. Apple's clearly trying to turn the iPad Air into a full-size device you're willing to take outside your home, and based on our first impressions we'd happily throw one in our backpacks today.

Watch Jony Ive talk about the iPad Air:

Gizmodo:

Inside, the new iPad runs the already burly new A7 system chip in the iPhone 5s. According to Apple, the new chip makes iPad Air up to 8x faster processor performance and 72x faster graphics performance.

The new chip, as we noted before, introduces support for 64-bit architecture — basically future-proofing for higher RAM devices. The CPU features an underlying improvement in architecture (ARMv8 from ARMv7, if you must know), which will greatly improve battery life.

The A7′s new M7 Motion Coprocessor, which manages inputs from the iPads built-in sensors. Although, we’re less sure what we’d use this extra power for given that you’re less likely to go for a run with iPad in tow.

Apple now has Wi-Fi with MIMO that’s two times faster than before.

the king of iPhone drop tests

We've all seen iPhone drop tests, but have you seen the iPhone pitted against a .50cal rifle? 

iPhone 5C vs 50 cal - Slow Motion Shootout

Get your first look at the new iPad 5! New iPad 5 Smart Covers Leaked?

A new video on Youtube has shown a new series of iPad 5 smart covers, which might suggest that the new iPad 5 will be released soon. The dimensions of the new iPad 5 is significantly smaller, and we'll be providing the new iPad 5 for rental the moment it's released.

The video above shows the new Covers in orange, red, pink, green, grey, white, black, and blue. The video also shows how this cover fits exactly with the dimensions of the leaked new iPad 5 design.

Here's looking forward to the new products to be unveiled soon, perhaps as soon as next month. As usual, we'll update our entire iPad line to provide the best to our clients.

Run sailor run at Crocs with TouristPads

 Crocs @ Parkway Parade

Crocs @ Parkway Parade

 Crocs @ Tampines Mall

Crocs @ Tampines Mall

 Tosh @ Crocs

Tosh @ Crocs

Run sailor run was a 2 weeks long promotional event by Crocs with special support from Fly Entertainment artiste Tosh Zhang which ended recently on 3 May. To reward loyal customers of Crocs, all they needed to do was to play a simple game and get 20% off their purchase. TouristPads came to the management’s mind immediately because of our vast experience in supporting events with our iPad rental and we are using the stylish Maclocks casings to secure the iPads at the six Crocs branches at Tampines Mall, Parkway Parade, Marina Bay Sands, Marina Square, Plaza Singapura and Junction 8. We are really pleased to have members of the public asking about the casings as we are doing the setup at some places!

After the event, we spoke to some of the staff at Crocs to talk about the impact on sales using our iPads for this particular event. Many of them believed that having a shiny iPad with Retina display with a beautiful casing right in front of the cashier helped attracted customers and in the process, allowed them to know about the promotion and helped achieve more sales!

Curious how our iPads looked like on display? We have attached 3 pictures for your reference and we would like to thank Maclocks for providing a great product! For more information on our iPad and/or accessories rental, please visit us at TouristPads or drop us an email at info@touristpads.com.

 Right Infront of the cashier

Right Infront of the cashier

 iPad in Maclocks (Landscape)

iPad in Maclocks (Landscape)

 iPad in Maclocks (Portrait)

iPad in Maclocks (Portrait)

Learn how Makino reached 1,000

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 Premium Griffin Kiosk

Premium Griffin Kiosk

Events are a great way of promoting your products and services and for those in the engineering industry, the MTA 2013 held at Singapore Expo needs no introduction. The precision engineering industry event, held on 9 - 12 April was a time for Makino to showcase all their latest precision machines to potential clients. As they predicted that the event will be a busy one and they might not have sufficient manpower to attend to all visitors at the booth, they decided to deploy TouristPads' premium Griffin iPad stands as an information counter for anyone visiting the booth. Our client mentioned that the Griffin kiosks looked really wonderful with their sleek and white colour design, which was a joy to see them accompanying every single machine at the booth. Of course, the iPads housed within the kiosks had interactive information, making the booth a hot favourite during the event.

We are really glad that we helped Makino reached 1000 and more. We believe in providing the best value to our clients and we use only up to date devices and premium accessories for our rental. We provide iPad 3/4 for rent, as they are in Retina display to ensure the best user experience. Our premium kiosks are from Griffin and all our stylish looking security cases come from Maclocks. Both established brands with great products.

We are also providing our iPad rental service for 2 major events in the next few weeks, so watch out for more great news from us!

Earth Hour 2013 Transport Survey

TouristPads was involved in the recent Earth Hour 2013 Transport Survey which was a part of the Earth Hour 2013 held on 23 March 2013. Our client took up our iPad rental service because they wanted to save the trees by going paperless. This was certainly a good move because they need not go through the hassle of printing and distributing survey sheets and all data collection can be done via a simple google form created by them. This also made it easier for people to complete the survey with a few simple touches on the iPads.

All our iPad rental comes with 3G, ensuring connectivity and capturing all required data to an online form. Thinking of conducting hassle free survey? Just give us a call or email and we will get back in touch within 24 hours to discuss about our iPad rental product and services.

Many useful apps for events can also be found free on the Apple App Store, and we can recommend a couple of good ones as used by all our extremely satisfied customers!

Abbott Vascular at AsiaPCR 2013

TouristPads was called into action once again after supporting the Youthhawkerprise with our iPad rental and kiosks. This time round, another of our premium product, the New iPad Lock Security Cover with Rotating Stands coupled with our iPad rental service were utilized to display information to VIP guests visiting the booth.

According to Mr John who took up our service, renting iPads is so much easier to manage and at a cheaper rate compared to renting a TV set. He went on to mention that the retina display of our iPads ensured that the quality of display to the guests was not compromised.

Here are some snapshots of the event and a big thank you to Abbott Vascular for taking up our iPad rental service!

 AsiaPCR 2013

AsiaPCR 2013

 Abbott Vascular

Abbott Vascular

 Close up shot

Close up shot

The Youthhawkerprise Launch!

 Youthhawkerprise Logo

TouristPads was called into action on a Saturday afternoon to help support an interesting event. Four students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University held an exhibition at Tiong Bahru Market as part of their final year project. The purpose of the exhibition was to showcase eight outstanding young hawker heroes from diverse backgrounds and to create some publicity for an upcoming workshop in a week's time.

A short background of these students as stated on their website: "We are united in our passion for hawker fare and ultimately want to preserve the unique experience of eating at hawker centres for generations of Singaporeans to come. Through Youth Hawkerprise, we aim to empower budding talents from Singapore’s leading culinary institutes, inspire them with success stories from their peers, and also educate them with practical insights about how hawking can be a viable business opportunity."

Here are some photos taken at the event with our iPad kiosks in action right in front of the stage. They also managed to invite Mr Baey Yam Keng, MP of Tampines GRC to be the guest of honour.

The event went really well and TouristPads is proud to be part of it!

Good job students! May you get an A+ for your FYP! You fully deserve it!

For more information, click here.

 Talking...

Talking...

 Giving opening speech

Giving opening speech

 The Heroes!

The Heroes!

 Hawker Heroes!

Hawker Heroes!

 Event a success!

Event a success!

 Students having fun!

Students having fun!

TouristPads featured on VTV!

I could not help but felt nervous on the 9th Nov as I approached Ibis Hotel. Delivery to a client was very much routine to me, but this particular one was special. The process was going to be filmed by the national television of Vietnam, VTV. Mr Hung, Singapore Bureau Chief and Correspondent of VTV, caught us on The Straits Times on 5 Nov and wanted some stories to inspire Vietnamese people to be entrepreneurial. You can view the video below to check out the proceedings!

A newly-launched tourist service known as Touristpad has got much appreciation from foreign travellers in Singapore. With an ipad installed with a bunch of apps, foreign tourists can guide themselves to every corners of Singapore. VTV Correspondent in Singapore has the story.

This report was finally broadcasted on "Chào Buổi Sáng" on the 12th and 13th Dec. "Chào Buổi Sáng" means "Good morning" in Vietnam and it reminds me of "早安你好" here in Singapore. I understand from Mr Hung that it is one of most watched program in Vietnam, especially in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh.

Thank you Mr Hung and VTV for featuring us!

Burpple

 Burpple

We recently talked to the people at Burpple about their app, and Dixon, co-founder at Burpple, shared with us Burpple's new feature: Burpple Explore. I've personally used Burpple on my own iPhone before, but didn't use it much as I preferred Instagram. However, with the launch of Burpple Explore and their Instagram integration, I just might start taking more food photos with Burpple!

For our iPad rental customers to Singapore, we believe that this app will be a great way for them to find out more about dining locations nearby. As our iPads all come with 3G internet, our rental customers will be able to access Burpple's top picks nearby (pictured below).

 Burpple Explore

Burpple Explore

Burpple is a great app, with lots of international users, and an especially strong Singaporean user base. We believe that the addition of this app to our iPads will benefit Singapore tourists immensely. To rent an iPad, simply make your reservation online.

To find out more about Burpple, visit their website.

Featured on I-S Magazine!

 I-S Magazine
 Singapore Sparks

Singapore Sparks

The TouristPads Team was recently featured on IS Magazine Singapore for their November issue, and we'd like to tell you more about this great magazine. For one, it's free, and is distributed widely at many great places. I was dining at an Italian restaurant recently when I was pleasantly surprised to find the magazine available. The magazine has seriously great coverage of local restaurants, events, fashion, and attractions, and always a pleasure to read. Their interview with us can be found at http://is.asia-city.com/tech/article/interview-touristpads-singapore.

As we blogged about earlier, tourists who rent our iPad when they visit Singapore will get to read I-S Magazine on all their rentals!

TouristPads also rents iPads for businesses and events, contact us at info@touristpads.com to find out how our full suite of products and services can serve you today!

Blog post by our customers Giulio and Nat

 Nat out and about with the TouristPad.

Nat out and about with the TouristPad.

A couple, Giulio and Nat, recently visited Singapore and took advantage of our iPad rental product. They blogged about their trip to Singapore about a week ago (with some really great photography), and they just posted another post on their experience renting our iPad yesterday. Thanks Giulio and Nat!

They liked the ability to access the internet islandwide:

The other thing we liked about the TouristPad is the internet access. Many international visitors to Singapore travel with their own iPad but internet costs are very high if you are on an international roaming plan. The $24/day - dropping to $16/day from the third day onward - is a good price to pay for internet access 24/7 (negating having to pay for hotel internet). It helped that the internet connection was smooth and fast no matter where we ventured in the city.

They also appreciated having loads of local and travel apps (such as gothere.sg, pictured, photo used with permission) at their fingertips:

Using the TouristPad as a travel guide was far more interesting, reliable and better than any guide book that eventually becomes outdated (sorry Lonely Planet!). The convenience of having everything at our fingertips (pun intended) was highlighted best when we came across a landmark, or local area, and we were able to instantly Google it to gather more information.

 gothere.sg

gothere.sg

We take feedback from our clients seriously, and we agree with Giulio and Nat's feedback about having a weather app. From now on, all customers will find a new weather app pre-loaded on their iPads. When you rent from us, feel free to indicate if you wish to have any other apps preloaded and we'll be pleased to help! :)

Ticktok

 TickTok, available on our iPad rentals for Singapore tourists

TickTok, available on our iPad rentals for Singapore tourists


We recently met with the people behind Ticktok, and after hearing about their app, we are excited to feature the TickTok app on all our iPad rentals for Singapore tourists!

Ticktok is a great app which allows you to find out about queue times for food establishments in Singapore, and has this special function where they tell you if a restaurant or hawker stall is "Worth the Wait". Junguang from Ticktok explained to me that queue times are an objective measure of a restaurant's popularity and can be a good indicator of which are the restaurants worth going to. As more and more people share queue times with the app, the information will become more and more useful to everyone!

What we found very useful, and that we believe our tourist customers will appreciate, is their aggregation of food blog recommendations. Unlike print guidebooks, food blogs offer the latest updated content and reviews of restaurants, and that is why we link to several great food blogs on our TouristPads currently. With the addition of this app, we hope to provide a richer set of useful information to our iPad rental products.

Read more about Ticktok here.

Testimonial from CheapTickets

Another of our customers recently wrote a review of our service and product. Interested to know what CheapTickets thought? Here’s their review: (taken from their comment on Facebook)

"A huge thanks to TouristPads for helping to make our event at the Great Eastern Women's Run a success. Our team used the iPads to enable us to help the runners sign up online for their discount from CheapTickets.sg. We blasted through our target sign ups thanks to the support and quick thinking of Caleb's trouble shooting skills. It was invaluable to have the roaming iPads to be able to demonstrate our website to customers and help them do a flight search there and then. We will definitely be recommending TouristPads to our visiting friends and colleagues in the future- it's so hard to go without the internet these days and this service means you don't have to! Below is a picture of our team with the TouristPads. We look forward to using the service again in the near future!"

 Pilots and flight attendants from CheapTickets!

Pilots and flight attendants from CheapTickets!

We exist to delight our customers, and we’re glad to be of service!

Featured on Straits Times: iPad 'tour guides' for visitors to Singapore

We are absolutely delighted that we are featured on The Straits Times on 5 Nov 2012. We have to thank Joshua's "misfortune" in Vienna for this great idea. Of course, also with a little inspiration from a similar service offered in Madrid. In short, opportunities are everywhere, we just got to be sensitive and seize them! You can view the article here.

We are also very proud to say that TouristPads is the only company in Singapore offering the new iPad with free 3G provided with all our rentals! Look for us should you need iPads for your events!

Watch out for us as we are going to be featured again somewhere soon!

CheapTickets and TouristPads

 CheapTickets Main Booth

CheapTickets Main Booth

 Lucky Draw

Lucky Draw

TouristPads is proud to support CheapTickets with their recent event from the 2-4 Nov held at the Suntec Tropics Atrium. They are a cool bunch of people, donning uniforms of pilots and flight attendants for the event!

The event attracted thousands of people, as it was part of the Great Eastern Women's run and CheapTickets is a proud partner of this event. CheapTickets organized a lucky draw and will give away free tickets to the few lucky ones who joined their mailing list!

 CheapTickets Poster

CheapTickets Poster

 Flight Stewardesses

Flight Stewardesses

We heard that the 8 iPads deployed over 3 days managed to get entries of over a thousand! We are really happy for them that renting our iPads gave them a good return on investment (ROI). Many people commented that our iPads looked beautiful and attractive, which is no surprise given its bright distinct red colour.

On top of this event, we are also supporting CheapTickets for another upcoming event that is going to be held at theTheFloat@MarinaBay this coming Sunday. Watch out for our red lovely iPads in action once again!

Monica Gray, winning more!

 Viator winner, Monica Gray

Viator winner, Monica Gray


Monica Gray was the lucky Viator winner visiting Singapore. She participated and won the online lucky draw for a free ticket to the Night Safari as well as our iPad rental product.

Well, perhaps she is going to win even more – having her husband and herself featured on The Straits Times! We felt very grateful to them for willing to pose for pictures, and answering some simple interview questions. They visited Singapore some 14 years back and were saying how much Singapore has progressed!

Warren and Monica, have a great vacation in Singapore with our “Tour Guide”!

Health Promotion Board Event at Gardens by the Bay

The National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign 2012 was held on 27 Oct 2012 at the Gardens by the Bay. It was organized by the Health Promotion Board and was a huge success judging by the turnout - goodie bags were all snapped up 1.5 hours after distribution started! This year, the Guest of Honour was the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong. It was pretty interesting to see him join in the Great Singapore Workout with the masses! To keep up with the increasing influence of social media and the use of apps, the Health Promotion Board decided to come up with a app - HealthyMeTv Singapore. This app is a video collection of exercise and health tips to educate users how to stay fit and healthy through their diet and exercise regimes. The National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign 2012 was the perfect date and avenue to launch the awareness of this wonderful app.

Of course, with such an important event on hand, our TouristPads were once again activated and they were lovely assistants to gorgeous looking ladies to help promote this app.

  Lovely ladies with our Red iPads!

Lovely ladies with our Red iPads!

 Posing with our iPads!

Posing with our iPads!

iPad mini

 iPad’s little brother

iPad’s little brother

Apple unveiled the iPad mini early this morning (Singapore time). This was not a surprise to many, as there were many rumours (which always proved to be true) building up to the event. Many see the introduction of the iPad mini as Apple's challenge to Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire HD.

What's so great about this latest product? Well, it boosts a 7.9-inch multi-touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, a dual-core Apple A5 processor, Wifi and optional 4G connectivity, a 5-megapixel camera, and 10-hour battery life. There was a strong focus on its bigger display size compared to the other tablets available in the market, which Apple claims that it would give users a better experience. The iPad mini is the only small tablet which offers a back facing camera and shoots 5-megapixel photos and records 1080p HD video. It also has a front-facing camera, which records 720p HD and shoots 1.2-megapixel photos.

The iPad mini is so sleek and light. It weighs 0.68 pounds, and it is as thick as a pencil. Amazing technology and engineering behind the creation of this product. It is able to slip in and out  easily of your bag and small enough to be held by one hand, just like the iPhone 5.

While the pricing of the iPad mini seems rather steep compared to its competitors, many believe that it would be ignored because Apple is providing a premium product with a superior ecosystem. There are more than 275,000 apps designed for the iPad mini compared to a close rival having only about 50,000.

All in all, another great product from Apple. Very well thought and designed to delight the users, and not losing any benefits (other than display properties) compared to the iPad with Retina display. It is indeed Every inch an iPad!