Home Theater Magazine has released Home Theater Top Picks for iPad, which has capsule reviews and pricing of audio and video equipment the magazine has given good reviews to. The app is divided into categories such as flat-panel displays, processors and amps and furniture.
If you find something you want more information on, there is a link to take you to the magazine’s full review. Home Theater Magazine is one of the top publications in the A/V field, and the reviews they produce are detailed and really helpful if you’re in the market to upgrade your equipment.
Even though the app is free, which is great, I have a few nits to pick. The app only works in portrait mode. I really get tired of apps that do this, because so many people have iPad stands or cases that are designed for landscape use. How you view the app should be up to you, not the content producer. Also, while the app has a nice search function, the keyboard appears on screen upside down! I have a screen grab of this in the gallery. If you turn your iPad over to get the keyboard right, the displayed page is upside down. How this app ever made it through even rudimentary quality control is a mystery. Another issue is that when you click on a link to read a full review, you are taken to Safari and you are tossed out of the app. There should be a basic browser built in.
The content in the app is great, and if you are seriously into home theater, this app is for you. I hope the bugs and annoyances will get cleaned up quickly to make this worthwhile app less frustrating and easier to use.
Gallery: Home Theater Top Picks
If you’re a home theater fan you will want this iPad app originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 18 Nov 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.