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How hot is too hot?

Nazita Saye

Nazita Saye

Posted Mar 21, 2012
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I admit it. I am a bit of an Apple junkie. It was an affair that started in the early 90s when I got my first Mac but I had to give up the habit because I married a Linux man. He declared the house an Apple-Free zone and since he was my sole source of tech support, I capitulated. But in my heart I always remained a fan. When the guys in the office brought in their iPads I looked at them jealously and whenever I brought up the subject at home I was given a million reasons why an Android tablet was just as good, if not better. We’d always get into a debate and I’d walk away not wanting anything.

Not wanting to break any logo/trademark rules, I've chosen to use a fresh apple instead (image couretsy of Microsoft clipart).

I recently started looking at tablets in earnest again because quite frankly I’m tired of lugging around this brick of a laptop. My home laptop is heavy and the fan is permanently stuck on high revs (and that drives me to distraction).  Since I no longer live in an Apple-free zone, I no longer need to shy away from Apple products.  I’m also not overly demanding of my gadgets. I want something light that I can use whether I’m on a plane or lazing on a sofa. And I need apps. Lots of apps.

I’ve boiled down my choices to two – iPad and Galaxytab (I was briefly side-tracked by the BB Playbook due to the recent price drop but I decided that I’d rather have a bigger screen and more apps). Not wanting to be accused of being an emotional buyer, I’ve been doing my homework. I’ve scoured the internet and read hundreds of reviews about the two products. I have read enough specs until they’ve come out of my ears. They each have some advantages and some disadvantages but for little ol’  me if you put all that left-brain stuff aside and let my emotions take over, I think the iPad is a more aesthetically pleasing product. It’s just more tactile (and no, this is not the equivalent of asking a woman which car are you going to buy and she says a red one! I’ve actually looked at the engine, the safety ratings and in light of all that I’m now looking at the aesthetic qualities).

Having made my decision, I was on my way out the door to pick up my new gadget when I saw this tidbit of news on Apparently users have been complaining that their new iPads may be overheating under normal use conditions. So I did a bit more digging and found another article also on about the subject. According to the article, even though the tablets may be running hot, they are well within company imposed thermal limits.  Given what I do for a living, I understand thermal limits and why you need to impose them for design purposes but quite clearly if a device says “the iPad needs to cool down”, then Houston, we may  have a problem.

Thankfully has started a test under a controlled laboratory setting to see if they can replicate the problem. So the jury is still out on whether this is really an issue. But there’s a nagging nelly in me that thinks that in this day and age when there are plenty of good simulation software tools available such as FloTHERM, then I really don’t see any reason why the consumer should have to face these kinds of problems. As for me, I guess I’ll wait until I hear a bit more about the cnet stress test. It’s a shame though. I was quite looking forward to using my shiny new gadget on my upcoming flight back to England.
Until next time,

PS. I couldn’t resist it. One of my friends sent this iPad related link to me yesterday and I thought it was very funny. The clip is in German but you don’t need to speak German to understand what’s going on.

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About Nazita Saye

Nazita SayeI have been involved with the CFD user community in one shape or another since 1999 -- when the NIKA team first introduced FloWorks to the engineering community. Over the years I've seen the market evolve and I still marvel at the wide range of products that are being designed with our tools. As the Manager of External Communications for the Mechanical Analysis Division at Mentor, it is my privilege to bring some of our customer stories to you. Visit CFD doesn’t mean Color For Directors

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UPDATE: I walked by our local Apple store last night when I was running some errands. Dragged in by the gravitational force, I had no choice but to look at the new goodies. I decided I want, nay need one. It is one sweet piece of kit. I'll be putting in my order at my local online shop this weekend.

6:17 PM Mar 27, 2012

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