IRVINE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple's iPad -- the hottest gadget on the planet -- now has its own buyers' guide, and as with every acclaimed publication from the experts at leading Apple web site iLounge.com, it's packed with surprises! Released today, iLounge's iPad Buyers' Guide has combined with The iPod + iPhone Book 5 to form an impressive 150-page look at all things iPod, iPhone, and iPad, providing readers with the ultimate resource for buying, maximizing, and even selling Apple's popular digital devices. Best of all, it's completely free.
"Millions of people have downloaded our prior iPod and iPhone Books," explains Jeremy Horwitz, Editor of the Book and iLounge, "so we wanted to offer readers great new content for this fifth edition. Starting with our extensive iPad Buyers' Guide and six amazing new iDesign feature articles, the Book provides a broad, fascinating look at the world of Apple products, outstanding third-party add-ons, and the way that they're created."
As the latest edition in the Book series dubbed "the iPod Bible" by readers, the iPad Buyers' Guide + iPod/iPhone Book 5 consists of three key sections designed to help prospective and current Apple users get the most from their iPads, iPhones, and iPods.
* The iPad Buyers' Guide: Whether you're just curious about the iPad or already an owner, this 40-page section is packed with photos and easy-to-read information that will help you choose the right model, data plan, applications, and accessories, all based on iLounge's extensive comparative testing and research. After sorting through hundreds of recent releases, iLounge has picked top iPad cases spanning five different styles, and numerous new video stands, car accessories, and the iPad Camera Connection Kit are all featured, as well.
* iDesign Addendum: Selected by iLounge's editors for excellence in industrial and software design, six leading creators of iPhone, iPod, and iPad products are examined in feature-length articles: Incase, Speck Products, and SwitchEasy are highlighted for innovative cases and electronic accessories, while edutainment-focused Duck Duck Moose, addictive game maker PopCap Games, and tool-maker Tapbots share details on past and upcoming App Store releases. iDesign explores each company's historic products, creative processes, and standards, including revealing iDesign interviews with their key executives and designers.
* All Things iPod + iPhone: Spread over more than 60 pages, the All Things iPod + iPhone Guide covers the full lifespans of Apple's media devices -- from purchase and initial connection to use, app downloading, media acquisition, accessorizing, repair, and eventual sale. Extensive sections on filling your iPod or iPhone with music, videos, books, and apps are paired with tips on buying the best Apple-related gifts, battery maintenance, cosmetic protection, and much more.
The Book also contains beautiful Around The World photographs and images of globe-trotting iPads, iPhones, and iPods submitted by iLounge readers, details on the upcoming fourth-generation iPhone, and looks at the top games for both Apple's devices and game consoles.
"Whether you're thinking of buying an iPad, iPhone, or iPod, or trying to learn how to maximize the one you already own, you'll want to grab the iPad Buyers' Guide + Free iPod/iPhone Book 5," says Dennis Lloyd, Publisher of the Book and iLounge. "Every page has been formatted for easy viewing on a computer monitor, tablet, or pocket device. And you can get it from iLounge.com right now, free of charge."
Downloads of The iPad Buyers' Guide + iPod/iPhone Book 5 in Adobe's device-agnostic PDF format are available now from http://www.ilounge.com/book5/. iLounge's popular iPod- and iPhone-focused 2010 Buyers' Guide and past editions of the Book can also be downloaded for free from http://www.ilounge.com/library/.
With offices in Irvine, California and East Amherst, New York, iLounge Inc. is the world's leading provider of iPod, iPhone, iPad, and iTunes information, fully independent of Apple Inc. and vendors of related hardware, software, and services. iLounge is also the exclusive partner of the Consumer Electronics Association for the iLounge Pavilion, the popular unified exhibition area for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Mac-related products that will return to the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Founded only days after Apple announced the first iPod in 2001, iLounge has exploded in popularity, today boasting millions of visitors and tens of millions of page views each month. Its editorial content is in no way influenced by advertising, paid placements, or other unsavory practices. iLounge has been hailed by publications such as Forbes, Time Magazine, cNet, and The Wall Street Journal as the leader in iPod-related information online, the former deeming iLounge "the ultimate in product reviews and tutorials on all things iPod." The site, its publisher and editors have been spotlighted by the Associated Press, CNBC, The Guardian (UK), Italian Vogue, The Los Angeles Times, National Post (Canada), The New York Times, PC Magazine, Reuters, Stuff (UK), TechTV, The Age (Australia), The Sun (UK), and USA Today, amongst many other leading newspapers and magazines worldwide.