Tablet apps of the week: Note-taking on steroids, virtual Windows for Android, and Tiger Woods

March 2, 2012
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Golf Digest

Earlier this week, Golf Digest Magazine made quite a splash by releasing an excerpt of swing instructor Hank Haney’s controversial new book about Tiger Woods. 

The excerpt of “The Big Miss” was initially published exclusively on the iPad version of the Golf Digest app (iTunes, $4.99 / issue), and details Haney's up-and-down experiences with Tiger over the 6 years they worked together.

This month’s issue also features exclusive videos of Hank Haney and Golf Digest senior writer Jaime Diaz discussing the book, as well as hitting tips from instructional pros David Leadbetter and Jim McLean.

Early iterations of the Golf Digest app were rough, but the magazine has hit its stride in recent months, with decent download performance, interesting adjunctive content in the form of videos and tips, and a nice clean design.

Based on the pick-up and chatter we saw on the web, this Hank Haney excerpt should help the magazine and publisher Conde Nast generate single-copy sales ($5.99) and annual subscriptions ($19.99).

NoteTaker HD

Several months ago, we talked about NoteTaker HD (iTunes, $4.99) in our 9 best iPad handwriting apps for iPad feature. We liked the PDF import/export features, the numerous input options, and the directory functions.

An extensive February update brought some remarkably handy improvements, including sub-folders and folder-level password protection, a pen memory setting for stylus fans, and built-in support for Apple’s iOS data protection API.

OnLive Desktop for Android

Last week, we reported on OnLive releasing an enhanced premium version of its virtual Windows desktop app for the iPad. The original release allows you to use MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint via remote access. The new version added cloud-accelerated web browsing.

This week, OnLive (iTunes, Android) announced that the same app is now available for select Android tablets—the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ASUS Eee TF101, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 and 10.1, and HTC Jetstream tablets running Android 2.3 or later.

Just like the iPad app, performance is remarkable and has to be seen to be believed.

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