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Can I Afford an iPad?

Can I Afford an iPad?

The iPad will hit stores in spring 2010. While Johnny McLameperson whines about what features it’s lacking, make no mistake: he’s hawking your spot in line at the Mac store for the launch day. That being said, you’re gonna need to come up with $729 for the midrange 3G iPad. Here’s a look at what you’ll have to do to earn the scratch to get one.


A coffee barista has to make 8,526 drinks to earn enough tips

Tip your barista for your MochaChocaLatteFrappe. They’re counting on it. On average, baristas make $1.71 per hour in tips. If they made about 20 drinks an hour, they’d have to make 8,526 drinks to earn enough tips to pay for the iPad.

The world’s fastest pizza maker, making minimum wage, has to make 15,000 pizzas

Here’s something to aim for: the world record for pizza making stands at 15 pizzas in 6 minutes (pepperoni, if you were wondering). At this pizza-making rate, a student making the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour would have to make 15,083 pizzas to earn enough money to pay for an iPad.

A waitress at a casual dining restaurant has to serve 211 two-tops to earn enough tips

The average check at a casual dining restaurant is around $23 for a party of 2. With 15 percent gratuity, a waiter or waitress would have to serve 211 tables of two to make enough money in tips to pay for an iPad.

A mason has to lay 4,950 bricks.

A mason can lay, on average, 1,200 bricks per day. With an average hourly wage of $21.74, he’d have to lay 4,950 bricks to earn enough money to pay for an iPad. That’s just four days’ work.

Steve Jobs has to move iPhones for 52 minutes.

You know what there isn’t an app for? Being a mega-bazillionare. In 2009 Apple moved 4,363,000 iPhones. In that same year Steve Jobs made $7.3 million. That’s about $1.65 for every iPhone sold. So to buy himself an iPad (though he doesn’t have to, you know, because he made it) Steve Jobs would have to move 484 phones, which he’d do in about 52 minutes.

Peyton Manning has to pass a football 8.4 inches.

Peyton Manning makes $14 million per year. Super Bowl notwithstanding, in the 2009 regular season he completed 4,500 passing yards (totaling 162,000 inches). If you divide his salary by the number of passing inches, he would need to pass the ball a little more than 8.4 inches to make $729. And just in case you’re wondering, a football is 11” long.

Bill Gates’ heart has to beat 10.5 times.

Bill Gates might be a PC, but he’s laughing about the commercials… all the way to the bank. Last year he made an estimated $2.64 billion (or $83.65/second). What else happens in a second? Well for starters, the average human heart beats 1.2 times. Bill Gates’ heart only has to beat 10.5 times to make enough money to buy an iPad.

Will Smith needs to make .2 seconds of a movie

Will Smith made $45 million off the movies “Hancock” and “7 Pounds.” These movies had a combined run time of 190 minutes (3 hours, 10 minutes). That means he made $3.95/millisecond. He’d make enough money for an iPad .2 seconds into either movie. Is that even possible? Maybe he’ll buy us one too.

Created by Chip Trout

Travel Trends of Mobile Phone Users

Travel Trends of Mobile Phone Users

travel habits of mobile phone users

This is a comparison of the travel habits of iPhone, Blackberry and Android users.  Who would have thought there would have been a difference?  Let’s see what they uncovered.

Smart Phone Users in the UK

There are 11 million mobile devices in the UK.  That’s double the number of Brits that live abroad.  About 10% of the British population live abroad.  The most popular place they live is Australia.

We’re then given a portion of the infographic that says that 9% of visitors to travel websites access the website from their mobile device.  Of those searching for flights online 69% of them are iPhone users.  It’s not clear as to whether these numbers apply to worldwide users or just those in the UK.

Another interesting snippet – Chinese authorities have uncovered 22 fake Apple stores in just one Chinese city.  The stores look just like the real thing, and the employees think they work for Apple.

Carbon Emissions

Global aviation accounts for only 2% of CO2 emissions.  The mobile phone industry accounts for 1.4% of CO2 emissions.  I don’t know what that has to do with a mobile phone user’s travel habits, but it’s nice to know.

The most popular travel app has over 10 million downloads.

7.5 million users in the UK own SatNav, but 3 million people in the UK have the free Google Navigation app on their Android phone.

What Does Your Destination Say About You?

iPhone users are two times more likely to visit a gambling destination like Las Vegas than Blackberry users.  Blackberry users are 50% more likely to visit a top holiday spot and spend their money that way.  iPhone users visit Athens more often than other users, while Android users are much more likely to visit New Zealand than iPhone or Blackberry users.  Android and iPhone users are 50% more likely to visit Tokyo, and iPhone users are 4 times as likely as Android users and 10 times as likely as Blackberry users to visit Paris.

Another snippet:  every year, 116,000 people in the UK accidentally put their mobile device in the washing machine.

Relationships on Holidays

iPhone users are most likely to go away for a “dirty weekend.”  On the other hand, 11.4% of Blackberry users say they don’t look forward to going to a trip with their partner.

As for taking your partner with you on a business trip, 9.4% of iPhone users do it, 6.7% of Android users do, and 15.7% of Blackberry users do.  Statistics are similar for who buys dinner for said partner and puts it on their expense report.

Work Habits on Holiday

Every year, workers spend 14 million hours searching for flights during working hours.  Blackberry users spend 38% more time searching for flights than the average person.  As for who works on holiday, takes calls from work on holiday and who works in bed, it’s iPhone users first, then Blackberry users, then Android users.  Obviously, Android users know about work/life balance.

Snippet – Brits only use 10% of the features on their mobile devices.

Snippet – HTC CEO Martin Fichter said iPhones are for old people.


Design: B

The design was OK.  Nothing was too terribly distracting, and everything fit together visually.

Information: C-

The information provided was a little scattered.  It’s almost like they tried to fill in the blank spaces with random snippets of information, which did not improve the reader’s experience because the information did not flow very well.

Source:  How do you travel by cheapflights.co.uk


Killing with your iPhone – Assassin Master

Killing with your iPhone – Assassin Master


I own and iPhone and have had one for years. I love it for all of the wonderful things it can do. My iPhone does lots of things such as makes calls, take photographs, record my messages, surf the internet, remind me of appointments and many other useful tasks. I feel as if I couldn’t sometimes live without; kind of like an addiction where you reach for it first thing in the morning and put it down on your bed side table at night, or you place it lovingly on the pillow near you and whisper to it, but I digress…

Of course one of the best things to do with your iPhone is play games and that is what this iconographic is really referring to; you can’t really kill someone with your iPhone unless you tried bludgeoning them with the round corners and that would just be really awkward…

But wait! That is exactly what this infographic is telling your to do, although they recommend you drop your iPhone from a tall building to build terminal velocity instead of a brutal strike to the head. They also state this type of iPhone attack probably won’t work.

The iPhone infographic also recommends using the wired ear buds as a garrote to throttle your unsuspecting victim. Seems risky considering the flimsy cord. A more creative method of murder is mentioned; use the iPhone too transmit a signal that only an attack dog could hear and use that to have the dog attack your victim.

Lastly they devise a plan to conduct a lightning strike using the iPhones aerial antenna, but this won’t work with the iPhone 4. So only those who won’t shell out for a new iPhone are vulnerable to this type of attack.

The pitch is for the iPhone App AssassinMaster which can be found for the iPhone and Android phones. A “harmless” app that only visualizes you killing someone. Good fun to be sure.

The copy is very playful and written in a light-hearted manner. Not too long, not to short, just the right length to tell the story and get you to play along. The salesmanship of the piece isn’t heavy-handed and they give you some smirks along the way.

The obvious comic-book stylings are well done and serve the tone of the infographic very well. Colors are bright and effective and support the comic influence wonderfully. The assassin instructor is nicely illustrated, but overused. I would have liked to have seen some different facial expressions. They use the same illustration every time, just reversed in places. The other illustrations are silhouetted outlines and recognizable. But I did like the graphic style of the dog very much and felt it added a fun visual pop!

The kill-shot at the end was a little over the top, but I am squeamish at the sight of blood, so I’m probably in the minority thinking it was overdone. But it falls in line with the rest of the infographic’s tone and design and that is all you can ask for.

Good supporting infographic for a iPhone app that had quality design and sharp writing dead in its sights!

Design: A-

I love comics so I am biased, but a nice job on following the graphic theme. Points off for only one face on the “general.”

Information: A

This infographic really didn’t provide information so much as entertainment. Cleverly written with a soft sell for an iPhone app at the end.

Submitted by http://www.assassinmaster.com/


iPhone Wine App Infographic

iPhone Wine App Infographic

Wine iphone app infographic

Many years ago I began to acquire a taste wine for that didn’t come from a box (best boxed wines) and even attended a wine tasting festival to better acquaint myself with the subtle nuances that my lovely wife said I was missing. Of course, drinking wine ain’t cheap, unless you are drinking cheap wine, and so this isn’t a activity to take up lightly. But if you are going to start down the path of the wine connoisseur then be ready to have blue teeth when drinking red wine so you might want to start with the whites, but I digress…

This infographic was created by Randy Krum for Vintank and illustrates the large number of wine related iphone apps that are available for the iphone owners that just can’t get enough information about wine. How many wine apps are available? At this time, and probably growing, 452 apps relating to wine are available in the iTunes store. That’s great news, right? Not so fast, over half of them have 2 stars or less (this includes no rating) for a rating. And sadly, only 28 have a 5-star rating so it would appear that this type of iphone app has more quantity than quality, so wine drinking iphone users should be as picky about their wine app as they are about their wine.

Of course if you have enough money to drink wine, then you can probably afford to buy more than one iphone wine app – you can buy all 452 apps for just $875.25. That’s much cheaper than many of the expensive wines listed here. If you are looking to save your money for actually buying wine then I have good news as many of the apps, in fact most of the apps are for free and many more are just $.99.

So the information is light, like a nice white wine, but still has good flavor. The design contrasts as it has a darker, heavy feel, kinda like a Merlot wine. Classic and elegant thin fonts on a black background with bright colors for most of the graphics leave a pleasing aftertaste for the visual palette. Some of the text is a difficult to read such as the purple and blue text, but this infographic doesn’t pretend to be more than it is, a playful bit of information housed in a simple, quick-glance design.

After drinking in this infographic, I think I’ll have one more glass, after all, I’m not driving.

Design: B-

I wanted to see more creative use of wine paraphernalia such as cork screws and wine glasses and the darker colors were hard to read, but cohesive feel throughout.

Information: B

The information that was included was interesting and covered the topic well, but only because it was a very niche topic.

Infographic History of the iPad

Infographic History of the iPad

iPad History infographic

No one loves the iPad more than me. I own two: the original version and the newer slightly different version also known as iPad 2. I enjoy using them both as does my family. It has almost completely replaced my Mac Book Pro as my Mac device of choice. Of course it could never replace my iPhone, but I digress…

Well, the title is accurate. The iPad has only been around since 2010 so its history is brief indeed. But what a spectacular and intense history, or so I thought. Other than the iPhone, has any other electronic device cause such an uproar in recent memory? The infographic begins with the auspicious date of March 12, 2010: Pre-orders for iPad begin. It then shows 13 additional dates the author rated as important enough to be in the iPad’s historic timeline such as, May 3, 2010 when 1 million iPads had been sold; September 17, 2010 reports by Best buy that iPad sales cut laptop sales by 50%; and finally March 11, 2011 when the iPad 2 is for sale in the United States.

But, most of the history revolves around sales numbers, which are nice, but not something that 5 out of 14 dates should be based on. Why do I care that 3.3 million iPad sales were reached on July 21? Let me know how it affects the mobile electronic market or what was said about it both negatively and positively by industry leaders and social media people. This reads more like a sales report at an Apple investors meeting.

Fortunately, there is more here: Who buys the iPad is shown, according to age and sex. Other information includes statistics on the iPad users’ usage and why they bought the darn thing in the first place.

Comparative numbers on the differences between the original and the iPad 2 are given as well as some physical and functional numbers and information about the current iPad model.

The infographic design is sleek and dark, much like the iPad itself. A dark gray background with a subtle pattern is used while a bright blue is the accent color, and should have only been used as the accent color. It is used also for text and that makes for some hard to read content, especially when it is used on a the lighter portion of the gray background. The small type size doesn’t help either, so reading about the iPad’s history is more difficult than using the actual device.

The images and graphics are cohesive and looks like they were meant to be on the same page. They are simple, shapes and silhouettes, and don’t detract from the infographic’s overall appearance. A photograph (or computer image) of the iPad is also used and fits in nicely with the overall design. I particularly like the treatment of the word “iPad” in the top left as the highlighted metal treatment reflects Apple’s design.

After reviewing this infographic about the iPad, I feel it needs some revisions and I look forward to the “iPad Infographic 2” when it comes out. ;-)

Design: C+

The small text and readability issues subtract points, but the clean look, much like the iPad save it from a worse grade.

Information: C+

The information is what you would expect, nothing surprising or hard to find. Mostly stats about the iPad and its sales numbers.

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The Seven Types of Iphone Owners Infographic

The Seven Types of Iphone Owners Infographic


What a fun and creative graphic we have here! This infographic, created by allareacodes.com, provides a humorous look at the seven main types of iphone owners. So, who are they? This well-polished graphic breaks it down for you:

The Fanboy:  You know what’s funny? There are 70 million iphone users and, yet, only a small handful are true-blue fan boys and girls. These are the perpetually loyal people who endorse every Apple decision, cling to Steve Job’s every word, and wake up at 3 am in the morning to go stand in line (correction: camp in line) at the Apple store on the day of a new product launch.

The Unappreciative: The graphic portrays this figure as a young woman who doesn’t understand the vast power of the iphone. She doesn’t have a case, has never bought an app, wouldn’t touch one of these things with a ten foot pole, and thinks the screen on the phone is too big. Basically, this person should never have bought an iphone in the first place, and if you ask an Apple fanboy, doesn’t deserve to own one.

The Over-User: The over-user is that person on line at a drug store typing away on his phone instead of noticing that it’s his turn to approach the counter. Or he’s that guy sitting in his car who didn’t notice that the light had changed because he was playing with an app on his phone. And we know what happens to people don’t notice that lights change don’t we? Bad things. Awful things really, if the lyrics in The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life” are any indication. Don’t be an overuser. Horrid things may happen to you.

The Desk Job: The graphic portrays this character as the quintessential yuppie who, like the “The Unappreciative,” probably shouldn’t own an iphone in the first place. They only use it as a glorified mp3 player at the gym or when they’re jogging through a public park. You see, the “Desk Job” only owns an iphone so he can show it off to people.

The Hacker: This person can start their car, turn on their microwave, and make jets take off and fly to France and back all with a few strokes of their iphone keypad. To script kitties, this person is a demagogue.

The Senior Citizen: Gramps got a phone. And he doesn’t know how to use it. And he won’t stop asking you (or anyone nearby) questions about it. Oh, and when you’re not looking, Grandpa somehow figures out how to jailbreak it.

The Complainer: You know those personality types who are only happy when they’re unhappy? Well, these people exist in every walk of life. They moan and moan about the iphone for hours and how they’re getting rid, then break down and buy the next iphone anyway.

Well, there you have them. Now, let’s move on to the grading segment.

Design: A-

The design is intriguing and pulls you in. It’s not the most visually impressive thing I’ve ever seen in my life, and it doesn’t have to be. The designers made this graphic work very well.

Content: A

I had a great laugh while I was reading this. The characterizations are oh-so-true and make you chortle up a storm.

Overall, one of the grandest graphics we’ve ever featured here at the Showcase.

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

jackpot infographic

Being the proud owner of a iPhone 4 I understand the lure of mobile gaming all to well. This infographic does a solid job of presenting a wide range of information from number of companies developing mobile gaming applications to various characteristics of the mobile gamers. I was more than a little surprised to see that female mobile gamers outnumber the male mobile gamers. I guess us men need the big screen to fully pump up our testosterone to levels high enough to enjoy the gaming experience.

While the graphics are simple, using mostly muted colors and familiar geometric shapes, the vast amount of information almost dictates this type of minimalistic and ordered design. Graphics and words play well together, neither one dominating the other. The choice am modern font was a no-brainer and serves the design well. In fact, the entire infographic has the feel of being read on a mobile device. This is probably my perception and not the intent of the designer but it helps the piece feel more connected with its content.

And with this post, I begin my new rating scorecard.

Design: B-
Solid design, thoughtful use of colors, shapes and space.

Content: B-
Interesting, while not overwhelming.

source: http://jackpotcity.com/