‎App Store: Einee — top 10 games for 2021

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. Knight Brawl

Although occasionally veering into sensible (Undisputed Champ) and hyper-casual (Golfing Around) gaming, Colin Lane’s best known for deranged sports titles featuring absurdist physics and barely controllable protagonists. Whether wrestling in Rowdy Wrestling or playing basketball in Dunkers 2, you battle how your player moves, rather than just the opposition. That line of thinking now comes to gladiator battles — and it’s superb.

You start off with basic one-on-one matches, to get to grips with not horribly dying. A double-tap on an arrow button has your fighter lunge towards an opponent, potentially knocking away their shield or armour — assuming your weapon’s pointing in the right direction. Deliver a killing blow, and you presumably get serious bragging rights offscreen at the videogame characters inn.

Where Knight Brawl shifts from amusing curiosity to essential download is in offering you so much to do. Beyond the basic battles, there are free-for-all scraps, and missions that edge into platform game territory. The odd design decision is questionable — you can quite often win multi-fighter skirmishes by hanging around on the sidelines and letting everyone else duff each-other up; nonetheless, Knight Brawl is buckets of fun and not to be missed.

IAPs: For £1.99/$1.99, you can remove the reasonably frequent but not horribly intrusive pop-up ads. Given how much game you get, that seems like a bargain.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Knight Brawl

. PinOut!

The iPhone has seen radical reworkings of pinball, from Zen’s highly animated tables through to puzzle-like precision flipper INKS. PinOut!, though, rethinks pinball as an endless runner of sorts. You face off against a single massive table, with the aim of getting as far as possible before the timer runs out.

This is a gorgeous game. The visuals are all glowing neon, like what we imagine the Tron bikers play during their downtime. Throughout, your ears are bathed in a fantastic synth-pop soundtrack. But this would all be for nothing if the game disappointed — but it’s one of the best pinball titles on the iPhone.

Like the aforementioned INKS, PinOut! is best thought of as a precision shooter. Whereas a lot of classic pinball tables are all about combos and speed, PinOut! demands you figure out the most efficient route to the next miniature table, which usually involves hitting a specific ramp. If you can grab dots along the way, to replenish the clock, that’s a bonus.

It sounds simple — reductive, even, compared to ‘proper’ pinball — but PinOut! proves a frequently exciting, tense game, not least when you’re running low on time and your ball hits a wall at precisely the wrong angle, costing you precious seconds. However, eight varied themes and a small selection of mini-games keep you interested and boost replay value.

IAPs: PinOut! has a single £2.99/$2.99 IAP that unlocks checkpoints. In the free version, you have to start from the beginning every time.

For iPhone and iPad (Universal) | Download PinOut!

. Fancade

If you ever get that nagging sense there’s no longer any ambition in iPhone gaming, Fancade squashes such thoughts in style. However, it’s not in the games themselves that the ambition really lies.

Yes, we said games, because Fancade is a collection of simple titles you dip in and out of on an overriding quest to reach the end of a pathway that zig-zags through floating isometric islands. What you’re served is often familiar: two-button bouncy physics driving fare; path-finding and building twiddling, like a stripped-back Monument Valley; fleet-of-foot one-thumb platforming.

This on its own would be quite impressive. Even if Fancade’s mini-games aren’t brimming with imagination, they are fun and polished. But Fancade also invites you to make your own games. If you’re especially driven, you can do so from a blank canvas; alternatively, mere mortals can grab a pre-made kit and experiment with components to see what happens.

Even if you don’t delve into making your own tiny worlds, Fancade is a must; and if you do, it’ll likely stay welded to your iPhone indefinitely.

IAPs: There are non-recurring monthly (99p/99c) and annual (£9.99/$9.99) options, primarily to keep the Fancade servers running. But spend some cash and all wait timers are removed as a thank you.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Fancade

. Deep Golf

An endless golfing game, akin to a zen-like experience, where your score doesn’t matter so much as just playing? If that sounds an awful lot like iOS classic Desert Golfing, you’re not wrong. Fortunately, Deep Golf does enough to differentiate itself from being «Desert Golfing, but underground», not least in terms of its character and the nature of the challenges.

The basics, however, are broadly the same as the game that acted as its inspiration. You drag to set your shot’s power and direction, and then let go and watch your ball sail through the air. With luck, you’ll get a hole-in-one — which in Deep Golf unlocks alternate balls. If not… well, you’ll need to have another shot (or 10).

Unlike Desert Golfing’s austere minimalism, Deep Golf has a distinctly cartoonish vibe. Eyeballs peer out from underground caverns, and courses are littered with old bones that crumble when hit, pools of water, sticky purple goo, and mushrooms that endearingly catapult your ball back into the air with a sproing.

IAPs: There are two entirely optional IAPs, each costing £1.99/$1.99. One unlocks all of the balls (including odd-shaped ones); the other provides you with alternate physics modes.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) |Download Deep Golf

. Sticky Terms

Philipp Stollenmayer has form in creating weird games, such as artsy puzzler Song of Bloom, surrealist bacon flipper Bacon — The Game, and acrobatic letter puzzler supertype. Sticky Terms veers towards the last of those, and although the letters here don’t flip about, they need moving around for each of the game’s puzzles to be completed.

In fact, what you see at first rarely resembles text. Often, the initial construction is akin to abstract geometric modern art. These puzzle pieces are pulled apart with a meaty pop, spun with a tap, and then rearranged in a manner that creates full words.

The twist is the words are untranslatable and distinctly weird. This is a game that has you recreate the likes of neko-neko (an Indonesian term for a well-meant idea that makes everything worse). Short of you having a dictionary in your head, success therefore relies on you recognising letterforms, and gradually piecing them together.

It’s a simple concept, and it works superbly, from initial layouts that look like random symbols sprayed across your display to the little drumbeat that signifies success. Short of you hating word games and puzzlers, Sticky Terms should remain glued to your Home screen until you’ve worked your way through its dozens of handcrafted challenges.

IAPs: The game has no IAPs, but you need to watch an ad to unlock each set of words.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Sticky Terms

. Rowdy City Wrestling

If you’re reading this list in order, you’ll have earlier spotted Knight Brawl, Colin Lane’s bonkers take on medieval sword fighting. He’s arguably best known for demented brawlers, though, including Wrassling and Rowdy Wrestling.

Rowdy City Wrestling takes the latter title and plays it straight — or as straight as it’s possible for a Colin Lane game to be. The wrestlers are still cartoonish and hurl themselves about with merry abandon. But you now feel like you’re in full control, with the crazy physics dialled down to something more manageable.

As with Knight Brawl, there’s plenty of silliness here, too, in the visuals and script — and also plenty of depth. Career mode features your newbie wrestler trying to earn the cash needed to improve their stats and become world champion. But to get there requires everything from dodgy fights at the nearby docks to lugging chairs around.

IAPs: You can hurl pop-up ads out of the ring for a one-off and very reasonable £1.99/$1.99.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) |Download Rowdy City Wrestling

. Look, Your Loot!

If you’ve played Arnold Rauers’s superb Card Thief, you’ll know a ‘living’ grid of cards and a smattering of role-playing elements makes for a tense and exciting gaming experience. But if you’re emptier of wallet than the bling-hunting heroes in that kind of title, Look, Your Loot! represents an excellent alternative.

The hero this time is a mouse keener on gold than cheese, and armed with spear and shield alongside disarmingly cute whiskers. The game takes place on a grid, most slots of which are filled with something dangerous and violent. The remainder then contain the odd power-up, or barrels you hack to bits, in order to see what’s inside.

You slide your tile to move, and the mouse’s life force depletes on attacking foes, but can be replenished with elixirs, or defended with shields. As you duff up monsters, new cards enter the grid. You must force an optimum path to stay alive. Best the boss that appears after a set number of turns and you get to choose a permanent skill before continuing your quest.

It’s simple stuff, but captivating — and nerve-racking when you know everything can go wrong on a careless swipe. Varied modes will further cement the game to your Home screen, ensuring the rodent hero can get all stabby for many months to come.

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IAPs: Three £1.99 IAPs exist — one removes the ads (and gives you a free booster per game), and is well worth grabbing. The others are a bling starter kit (100,000 gold and 60 gems) and a 50 per cent price cut for boosters. Either’s fine for big fans but not necessary for enjoyment.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Look, Your Loot!

Pigeon Wings Strike

Evil minions have taken over the city, and only pigeons in biplanes can save us. This is what budget cuts get you. Fortunately, these aviator avians are the business, zig-zagging through buildings, subways, and tunnels, and blasting drones and flying fortresses to bits. At least, when they’re not flying into walls. Which happens quite often…

Yep, Pigeon Wings Strike has a beak firmly planted in ‘absurdly fast endless arcade game’ territory. You belt along at insane speeds, wiggling your iPhone up and down to adjust altitude, holding the left of the screen to keep the throttle down, and prodding the right to boost when slipstreaming other pigeons — or unleash laser death when facing adversaries.

The tilt controls are pitch perfect, which given that they are, well, tilt controls is a bit of a shock. But then this is a freebie take on the already-confirmed-excellent Pigeon Wings, and so no-one should have expected anything different.

The only downside is the game’s a touch one-note, but that doesn’t really matter when it’s as fabulous as this. And as an added bonus, do well and you can unlock all manner of critters for your hangar — a boost-happy frog; a speed freak skunk; a rabbit that encourages nearby pigeons to get all shooty. How can you say no?

IAPs: 99p/99c removes the ads forever, which, frankly, is a bit of a bargain.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Pigeon Wings Strike

. Clash Royale

With developer Supercell known for some of the biggest-grossing (and, in IAP terms, grossest) games on the App Store, you might approach Clash Royale with suspicion. After all, it feeds off of a kind of collector mentality, and is stuffed full of IAP. But look past that and you’ll find one of the most infuriatingly compulsive multiplayer titles around.

The basic set-up has you battling other players online, on tiny single-screen arenas. Each player has a King tower and two smaller flanking buildings. Units are placed on the battlefield by selecting cards from your deck (four being available at any one time) and each costs some ‘elixir’ (which slowly refills).

This could all have gone so wrong, but Clash Royale is a surprisingly fair game. Sure, if you want the best units and access to the top arena immediately, you’re going to have to pay a small fortune. But if you’re happy scrapping away in the lower leagues, you can play and slowly build a better deck without spending a penny.

IAPs: Primarily, IAPs are to buy gems, which can be converted into gold with which to purchase/upgrade cards. A ‘fistful’ (80) costs 99p and is basically worthless, but 500 gems for £4.99 will give you a nice boost in the lower levels. Probably avoid the ‘mountain of gems’ at £99.99.

For iPhone and iPad (Universal) | Download Clash Royale

. Pumped BMX Flow

The Pumped BMX games have been leaping recklessly off hilltops for several years. But this latest entry in the series reworks the basic gameplay found in its premium cousins, crafting a surprisingly meditative zen-like experience.

Much of this comes from the endless nature of the courses. In theory, you can go on forever. And because the base game is forgiving, what you end up with is halfway between a side-on BMX stunts game and something closer to Alto’s Odyssey.

However, you can at any point decide that danger is your middle name and heat things up with stunts. While in the air, flicking a virtual joystick allows you to perform all manner of tricks, or you can tilt your iPhone to somersault. Just don’t land on your head.

Beyond the endless mode, there’s a daily challenge on a fixed course. This gives you 24 hours to pit your skills against those of players from all around the world. During solo play, there are further challenges as well, to keep your brain engaged. But when you want to switch off for a bit and get in the zone, Pumped BMX Flow does the business there too.

IAPs: Tap the diamond and you can remove the adverts for £3.99/$3.99, buy credits, or ‘unlock everything’ for £13.99/$13.99. The last of those is ambitious, but the ads buy-out is a solid choice if you like the game.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) |Download Pumped BMX Flow

Disc Drivin’ 2

When you imagine a racing game, turn-based play probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Disc Drivin’ 2 mashes shove ha’penny into futuristic racing fare like Wipeout, somehow creating something that’s furiously compelling rather than ridiculous.

OK, it is a little bit ridiculous, but, most importantly, the game is huge fun. You select a track, kick off a race against a randomly selected online opponent, and flick your little disc onwards. Your aim is to hit speed-up pads and build boost, and to not end up hurling your disc into the abyss or getting it impaled.

Naturally, just as in traditional racing fare, a solid grasp of the tracks helps. Fortunately, you can spend as much time on them as you like in the speedrun mode, mastering every turn, and committing to memory jump and trap locations. But the actual racing bit is pleasingly unique, with its mix of snooker-like aiming, speed, and split-second decision making.

With 15 tracks, up to ten online races on the go at once, and a slew of unlockables to collect, Disc Drivin’ 2 should keep you flicking for months. Moreover, it cements itself as being the best freebie iPhone racer, despite omitting many of the conventions you’d expect from the genre.

IAPs: You can buy stacks of coins to speed up unlocking cards. IAPs vary from £1.99/$1.99 for 100 coins to £38.99/$39.99 for 3,600. A better bet is the one-off £4.99/$4.99 ‘Premium’ IAP that removes ads, ups your online race count to 25 (from 10), and gives you as many goes as you like on the daily challenge.

For iPhone and iPad (Universal) | Download Disc Drivin’ 2

SpellTower

The original SpellTower remains one of the finest word games on any platform. Drawing from traditional paper-based word searches and crosswords, SpellTower subverted the genre by bolting on bits of Tetris. This mash-up provided lashings of word-based strategy, and appealed to a wide range of puzzle fans.

In its free form, SpellTower more or less is the original SpellTower, spruced up a bit visually, made free (with ads), and with the odd extra rule. It’s still marvellous.

Your journey begins in Tower mode, facing a stack of letters and black squares in a well. You tap out words that can be formed from snake-like pathways — there’s no ‘straight line’ limitation here! When they are submitted, gravity plays its part, and tiles left floating fall. Finding the longest word isn’t always a high-score strategy — instead, you must make best use of what’s on the grid.

Beyond Tower, you venture into modes that borrow from Tetris-like arcade puzzlers, growing the stack after each move or against the clock. You also get a daily crack at a Tower mode, and the new Search. The latter has you manipulate a square board packed with double-score tiles, and you only get one attempt to submit a high-scoring word.

Pay up and you get a lot more, but even for free, SpellTower is a must-have for iPhone.

IAPs: The full game unlock IAP costs £4.99/$4.99. This removes the ads, enables you to peruse statistics, and provides access to Search, Zen, ExPuzzle, Double Puzzle, Bubble Puzzle, and Blitz modes.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download SpellTower

Touchgrind Scooter

If you’re unfamiliar with Touchgrind, the series emulates extreme sports (dude), in a manner that uses two of your digits to control whatever’s transporting you through the game world. In other words, your fingers become like little arms and legs. It’s best not to think about it too much.

This latest entry moves on from skateboards and BMX bikes to scooters, having you control a board that features handles and two tiny wheels, attempting to not break your virtual neck when performing show-off stunts.

Initially, it’s tricky; you might wonder whether it’d be quicker to learn how to perform a backflip on a real scooter. But then this series has always demanded a certain amount of dedication. So work through the tutorial until you’ve nailed the handling, and only then set out for runs through the first unlocked course.

Soon, the physics, viewpoint and brilliant (if odd) control method will click. You’ll start grinding on rails and spinning your deck while in the air. Then you can venture into the how-to section and discover ever-more dangerous stunts to try. On iPhone, it all works wonderfully, offering a rewarding experience — if you’re prepared to put in the effort.

IAPs: You could spend a lot of money on virtual avatars and kit, but probably don’t. However, if you like the game, £8.99/$8.99 unlocks four new city areas that you can’t get through standard play. They’re worth it if you hanker for new places to strut your scooter stuff.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) |Download Touchgrind Scooter

Best ipad 2021: is the ipad air, mini or pro the best for you?

With so many of them out there, know the best iPad for you can be a tough call — do you go for an entry-level, Air, Mini or Pro device? And which size? And which generation? There are lots of different tablets to get your head around.

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There will likely be even more soon, as Apple has confirmed the date of its September event, and we’d expect to see the new iPad (2021) and maybe iPad Mini 6 there.

To find the best iPad for you, it’s important to know your budget, as well as what you need the tablet for. Are you wanting to buy something super powerful for work or play like the iPad Pro 11? Or would you rather pick up something compact and portable like the iPad mini (2021)?

This list ranks all the top options available to you, with a specs list and brief overview for each entry, so you can quickly see which of the listed iPads is the one you should opt for.

But while there’s an iPad suited to most people, if you decide Apple’s devices aren’t for you then make sure to also check out our best tabletbest Android tablet, and best cheap tablet guides for other options.

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The iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) is a very big, very powerful, and very expensive tablet. That’s true of all the 12.9-inch iPad Pro models, but on the power front this one takes things to a whole new level, swapping out a mobile chipset for the Apple M1, which is found in top-end MacBooks and iMacs.

This means it’s a tremendously high-powered device, ideal for demanding tasks like video editing, graphic design, and top-tier games.

On top of that, the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021) also has a superb 2048 x 2732 Mini LED screen. This is the first iPad to use that display technology, and it allows for a seriously bright screen with great contrast.

Elsewhere you get 10 hours of battery life, a typically premium aluminum shell, up to 2TB of storage, and support for the Magic Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2, allowing you to take this beyond a mere productivity device.

Note: we’re only talking about the 12.9-inch model here. There’s also an iPad Pro 11 (2021), but we haven’t reviewed that yet. On paper it’s largely similar, but with a less impressive screen that doesn’t use Mini LED.

Read the full review:iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)

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The iPad 10.2 (2020) isn’t the most thrilling of updates, as it’s really only a modest improvement on 2021’s iPad 10.2, but it’s still an improvement, and that makes it the best 10.2-inch iPad you can buy, and also arguably the best cheap iPad.

Its A12 Bionic chipset is faster than its predecessor’s processor, and the 20W charger in the box ensures you can also juice it up more quickly.

Plus, the iPad 10.2 (2020) has all the great features you’d expect, including support for the Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, plus strong battery life. The selfie camera doesn’t impress and storage starts low, but opt for a 128GB model and you’ll have an impressive and versatile tablet on your hands.

Read the full review:iPad 10.2 (2020)

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The iPad Pro 11 (2021) is a powerful, expensive slate, and a great choice for anyone who wants the best specs possible in a relatively compact and portable size. That said, it lacks the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021)’s Mini LED screen, making it a significant step down from that slate.

That disappointment and our ongoing issues with Apple’s restrictive iPad software aside though, the iPad Pro 11 (2021) is an excellent tablet, with a big, sharp, smooth screen, and an enormous amount of power, thanks to its desktop-class M1 chipset.

It also has around 10 hours of battery life, which is fairly typical for Apple tablets but good nonetheless, and it comes with up to 2TB of storage – a mammoth amount that should be more than enough for almost anyone.

With a sleek, stylish design too plus a selection of optional accessories, such as the Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard, this is a tablet that should suit almost anyone – though it’s likely to be overkill for many.

Read the full review:iPad Pro 11 (2021)

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The iPad Air 4 (2020) is almost an iPad Pro, yet it’s a whole lot cheaper than any recent Pro model, making it a very tempting buy for all but the most demanding of users.

It looks a lot like an iPad Pro for one, with its all-screen front, and like an iPad Pro it supports both the second-gen Apple Pencil and the Smart Keyboard.

It also has an enormous amount of power thanks to its A14 Bionic chipset – that’s the same as you’ll find in the iPhone 12 range, and actually newer than the chipset in the iPad Pro (2020) range. Plus there are four powerful speakers, a decent (albeit 60Hz) 10.9-inch screen, and good battery life.

The iPad Air 4 also comes in a wide range of colors, which isn’t something you can say about other recent Apple tablets.

Read the full review:iPad Air 4 (2020)

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Sometimes with a tablet you just want a slightly plus-sized phone, and the iPad Mini (2021) fits that bill. It’s a dinky device with some impressive specs, boasting Apple’s most recent processor and a decent battery life.

What makes the iPad Mini (2021) great is the fact you can use the Apple Pencil alongside it, turning the iPad Mini into a tiny notebook in your pocket.

The iPad Mini is one of the best small tablets you can get at its price point, so if you’re looking for an easily totable pocket powerhouse, you can’t get much better than this little monster.

Read the full review:iPad Mini (2021)

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The iPad Air, with a 10.5-inch screen, is the ultimate compromise between the entry-level iPads and the more powerful, but more expensive iPad Pro 11. It sits at the original iPad price in most countries, so it’s cheaper than the iPad Pro 10.5 (2021) that it replaces, and although it isn’t a ‘Pro’ tablet in name, it has several high-end features that make it a convincing laptop supplement.

It’s one of the cheaper iPad models that’s compatible with Apple’s Smart Keyboard Cover, meaning you don’t need to deal with tricky Bluetooth keyboard connections to get real work done on this thing.

It also has Apple’s A12 chipset, borrowed from the iPhone XS. It’s incredibly fast. Students will be able to take notes and respond to email on this tablet, but artists will hate the first-generation Apple Pencil.

Read the full review:iPad Air 3 (2021)

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The iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) is one of the biggest, best and most powerful tablets you can buy – but not quite the best, as it’s been superseded by the iPad Pro 12.9 (2021).

While that slate has far more power and an even better screen, it also costs even more, and the iPad Pro 12.9 (2020) comes close in most areas.

It has a powerful A12Z Bionic chipset, a sharp 2048 x 2732 screen, excellent speakers, a sleek design, decent battery life, and support for accessories like the Magic Keyboard and the Apple Pencil 2.

It’s a top productivity choice, and while it’s arguably overkill for mobile gaming and media, it will excel for those things too. Really the only mark against it other than the high price is the fact that it’s no longer quite the newest or best in the range, but in real world use you might struggle to tell much difference between this and the latest model.

Read the full review:iPad Pro 12.9 (2020)

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The iPad 10.2 (2021) brings Apple’s basic tablet range a step closer to the iPad Pro line – or at least the latest iPad Air — with the addition of Smart Keyboard support and a slightly larger screen, growing from 9.7 inches to 10.2 inches.

The iPad 10.2 also got a power boost, with an extra gigabyte of RAM compared to the iPad 9.7 (2021), though it’s stuck with the same A10 chipset.

It also has broadly the same design, meaning big bezels and a home button. So if you want one of Apple’s sleekest slates, this isn’t it.

But with strong battery life, decent performance, and a fairly low price – at least by Apple standards – there’s a lot to like here, especially if you want some of Apple’s best iPad features on a more limited budget.

Read the full review:iPad 10.2 (2021)

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The iPad Pro 11 (2021) is getting on a bit but remains impressive. It may be expensive, but it’s very powerful and furthers the 2-in-1 design ethos if you spring for the pricey keyboard cover folio. 

It has a laptop-like experience in design and performance, and the Apple Pencil magnetically clips onto the frame of the iPad Pro. With superb speakers and a great new screen-to-body ratio, it’s hard not to fall in love with the finely crafted hardware design. 

And with the arrival of iPadOS its software has been transformed, making it even better than it was at launch.

However, it doesn’t have a headphone jack. If you want the standard 3.5mm jack in a computer-like device, you’ll spring for an actual computer.

Everything about the iPad Pro 11 makes it at great tablet experience — you’ll just need to swallow the high price — but it’s no MacBook replacement.

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Read the full review:iPad Pro 11 (2021)

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This is a good Apple iPad for the average consumer and for education, even if it isn’t the most powerful one available. It’s still great value. That said, the newer iPad 10.2 has it beat for most users, and has the advantage of still being sold direct from Apple, which this model isn’t.

The iPad (2021) replaces the very similar 2021 model, slotting in below the Pro and Air ranges with a dependable tablet that hasn’t changed much in years — but Apple clearly feels it doesn’t need to mess with success.

The basic iPad works with the Apple Pencil, offering you the cheapest way to doodle on the 9.7-inch glass — though you can’t get the Smart Keyboard with this non-Pro model, for that you’ll need the newer 10.2-inch one.

It also has the same luxurious metal unibody as the rest of Apple’s iPad range, though notably it’s ever-so-slightly thicker than the iPad Air 2 or iPad Pro at 7.5mm.

With the Touch ID fingerprint sensor included, iPadOS 13 under the hood and up to 10 hours of battery life when web browsing or watching videos, it’s a great media player and a strong tablet choice if you’re not planning to use it heavily for productivity.

Read the full review: iPad 9.7 (2021)

‎epic privacy browser (w/ vpn)

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Epic, one of the world’s best-know privacy browsers, is now available on iOS. The Epic Mac & PC browsers have been rated excellent by PC Magazine, awarded 5 out of 5 stars by CNET, and reviewed favorably in dozens of publications. Epic for Windows and Mac are used by millions of users around the world.

Epic for iOS is free & includes a free, unlimited VPN-for-the-browser and AdBlock (enabled via Privacy Features on the new tab page) & no in-app purchases.

The Epic Privacy Browser includes many protections and mobile-first features for iPhone & iPad users:

• Built for Speed & Security.

• Encrypted / Hidden Vault. Hide any files you download or store to protect your privacy.

• AdBlock. Activate it via Epic’s Privacy Features on the new tab page. Epic was the first browser to block cryptomining scripts. We now bring that protection to iPhone and iPad users. Epic’s AdBlock blocks ads, trackers, cryptomining scripts, popups and more.

• Strict No-Logging Encrypted VPN for the browser. Activate our Browser VPN via Epic’s Privacy Features on the new tab page. It’s a free, unlimited VPN for the browser powered by hundreds of servers in seven countries including the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore & India.

• Audio Queue. On the road? Going for a run? Add webpages to Epic’s audio queue & Epic will read the articles to you. Epic is the first-ever web browser to use iOS text-to-speech support for this accessibility feature.

• Fingerprinting Protection. Epic blocks multiple fingerprinting techniques used by trackers and data collectors.

• Encrypted Connection Preference / HTTPS Everywhere Support. Epic tries to connect to websites using an encrypted connection whenever possible.

• Always-On Private / Incognito Browsing. No browsing history.

• Easy Menu-based «Close All Tabs & Delete Data» Option.

• Granular, Site-Based Privacy Settings Controls. If a site isn’t working, you can disable ad & tracker blocking (if you’ve enabled AdBlock) as well as other privacy protections.

• Tracker Count. See how many trackers are blocked in your browsing sessions when AdBlock is enabled (typically thousands!).

• Bookmark Support.

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• Reader Mode Button. Convert pages to text-only for easy reading.

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• Customized Dials on the New Tab Page. Set each dial on Epic’s new tab page to one of your choice. No browsing history to report on your «most visited sites».

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Try Epic. We think you’ll love the faster, more private and convenient «Epic» browsing experience.

Epic has historically been one of the few browsers if not the only browser to offer both security and comprehensive privacy out-of-the-box. Many other so-called privacy browsers often don’t have an encrypted VPN built-in or use the TOR network which should be considered insecure as many nodes are run by hackers and other malicious hosts. To configure other browsers for privacy often requires many, untrustworthy extensions and multiple, complicated settings pages—all of which won’t achieve the level of privacy to which Epic has been engineered.

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. Infinity Pinball

A blast from the past with a taste of the present, Infinity Pinball reimagines your iPhone as an old-school pocket game machine. This one’s for pinball, and has you thumb two buttons to control flippers that smack a metal ball about. Rather than realism, though, Infinity Pinball goes for retro.

This means instead of complex modern tables you find in the likes of Williams Pinball, you face simpler arcade-oriented constructions: procedurally generated single-screen challenges with a few bumpers and animated targets, all depicted in old-school pixel artwork.

There is a twist, too: the ‘infinity’ referenced in the title. Along with amassing a high score in terms of points, you’re also trying to climb higher by blasting your ball beyond the top of the table. Do so and you end up on another. Occasional boss battles shake things up, and you can grab coins that are used to buy balls that unlock further tables.

The basic nature of the tables means you might not flip out and play Infinity Pinball into the infinite. But its character, charm and variety means it’s always worth a quick blast.

IAPs: Pay 99p/$0.99 and you’ll get 100 coins. This will remove the adverts and give you a random new ball or skin. Alternatively, you can opt to buy individual balls for 99p/$0.99.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) |Download Infinity Pinball‬

. Asphalt 9: Legends

If you’ve played a reasonably recent Asphalt game, you’ll know the series left reality behind some time ago. What you get instead is unhinged arcade racing, where cars are hungry for nitro, drift for miles around corners, and regularly soar into the air, cartwheeling and spinning like a baton thrown by a particularly furious parade leader.

But Asphalt 9 breaks from traditional racers in another way: there’s a system called TouchDrive, which means you don’t have to steer. That nugget of information probably sent shivers down the spines of traditionalists — and now has them ranting about how mobile doesn’t have proper games. The thing is, it really works.

While your car rockets along, you swipe to target obstacles (boost; ramps; entrances to skyscrapers you totally shouldn’t drive through), and tap to nitro, drift, and perform crazy stunts. This doesn’t remove the thrill of racing — instead, it’s honed down to its purest essence.

That said, you can revert to standard controls if you wish. Either way, Asphalt 9’s an exhilarating ride, whether you’re in a smashy high-octane race against similarly nutcase drivers, or fleeing from the fuzz in exciting escape scenarios.

IAPs: It’s an Asphalt game, so has a boat-load of IAP. In short, you’re paying to avoid grind, and some (entirely optional) car packs are ludicrously expensive. However, the £1.99/$1.99 starter pack — some cash and a Porsche — isn’t a bad buy.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Asphalt 9: Legends

. Shadowgun Legends

In this first-person shooter, stone-cold killers are treated like rockstars. There’s a confidence and swagger here that’s rare for this genre on mobile; but this isn’t misplaced, because with its dazzling visuals, accessibility and depth, Shadowgun Legends is a first-rate mobile title.

It controls well, with your left and right thumbs, respectively, moving and aiming. Autofire takes care of any aliens dumb enough to get in front of your sights. Buttons then trigger special kit you’re lucky enough to own, such as sentry guns.

The fast-paced missions are linear in nature, but have a sense of pace and rhythm that’s invigorating and compelling. And because progression happens rapidly, it feels like the game rewards you for your time, even when you only dip into it for a few minutes.

There are downsides. The storyline is forgettable, and you’ll eventually need to splash out on at least one IAP to unlock enough inventory slots for upgrades, without you otherwise having to be mired in busywork after missions. But other than those niggles, Shadowgun Legends has all you need from a solid mobile FPS: loads of shooty action; visuals to coo at; smartly conceived multiplayer; and adoring fans clamouring to build a massive statue of you in the game’s central hub. (OK, so that last one’s a bit odd, but do you really want to say no to them?)

IAPs: This one’s stuffed full of IAP with heroic-sounding names, like Alien Hunter Pile (£4.99/$4.99) and Legendary Treasure (with a legendary £99.99/$99.99 price-tag). Once you’re heavily into the game, you’ll need to splash out on at least the cheapest IAP, to unlock dozens of extra inventory slots. Ongoing payments aren’t necessary, though.

For iPad & iPhone (Universal) | Download Shadowgun Legends

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