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Siva Om is a freelance writer and blogger. He's covered the latest trends and developments in mobile tech for over a decade. Siva founded iDoc Tech Support computer services in 2002. He has been an avid gamer ever since getting his Atari console in 1977. When not working, Siva enjoys adventuring off the beaten path.

The Cream of the Crop: 2012's Best Rugged iPhone 5 Cases.

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iPhone 5’s have literally been flying off the shelves since their release a couple of months ago! Anyone who has a new iPhone 5 and is active, accident prone or outdoorsy; you should listen up.

 

And, with the Holiday season upon us, even if none of those traits apply to you, this is still good information to bookmark. After all, an iPhone 5 heavy-duty case can make a great Holiday gift for someone in your life who does happen to fall into the above-mentioned categories!

 

To that end, I have rounded up some of the best, rugged protection, heavy-duty iPhone 5 cases out there.  Featuring the Lifeproof frē, the Griffin Suvivor, the Otterbox Defender, Ballistic's Hard Core, Trident's Kraken, and Seidio's Convert. Read on after the break for full review details!



iPad mini continues to sell out, first online and now in Apple stores around the globe.

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Rumors swirled about the iPad mini for literally years prior to its unveiling. And since it's introduction there has been a great deal of criticism, commentary and ridicule, deriding the iPad mini for being too expensive and for not having a Retina display.

 

Both Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Kimmel have taken derisive pot shots at the iDevice (Kimmel going so far as to say we are "suckers who deserve to get punched in the throat"), while many critics (who obviously didn't read my blogs) seemed shocked at the mini's starting price point of $329.00.

 

Too expensive they say. Without Retina display, it's not worth it some say. You are a "sucker" if you get one...



Workmate for the iPad mini passes Cygnett's brutal drop test. WARNING: Graphic content not suitable for all viewers!

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Cygnett releases a new video of iPad mini drop tests!

 

If you cant see the video clip, click HERE.


Oh how these drop tests always make me cringe just a little, kind of like nails dragged slowly and screechingly down a chalkboard! All the same, I'm still glad that someone’s done it so we can see how well the iPad mini holds up upon impact.



Outdoor Technology's Adapt: Turn anything with an audio jack into a Bluetooth speakerphone.

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Outdoor Technology’s Adapt is one of those clever inventions that seem self-evident after the fact. Once you see it, it just makes sense, and almost immediately your mind begins to think of numerous ways it would be convenient to have around! In fact, the Adapt by Outdoor Technology is a relatively simple device; a Bluetooth relay with a built-in microphone, which recieves and transmits a Bluetooth signal between any devices equipped with a 3.5 mm audio jack. But that succinct description doesn't do this handy gadget justice.
 
Google it. See for yourself. There isn't really anything else on the market quite like this. Yes, there are a few bulky Bluetooth recievers or transmitters floating around out there, but noting this balanced between being a reciever, a transmitter and a microphone, all in a self-contained mini-adapter. Definitely nothing else this tiny or ruggedly built! This is a unique gizmo, in part because it doesnt attach to the transmission (iPhone) side of things, it attaches to the reciever (earphone) side of things, making your speakers, headset or car stereo Bluetooth enabled, just like that! The trailblazers at Outdoor Technology have an original product on their hands, one that sets a high bar for any such versatile Bluetooth adapters to come! Read on for more deatils on this amazing little invention!



Thanks Jim, we were all wondering...

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Well, it's not every day that I post a picture of a man's buttock here at iPhone Life, but I figure, if ever there was an exception... 

 

 

Happy Halloween. 

 

Photo of Jim Dalrymple of the Loop, showing off his assetts. 

And the iPad mini seems to fit easily into a pocket. 

Yep, thanks Jim. 

 



Early hands-on reviewers agree: iPad mini reigns as best small tablet. [Roundup]

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Technically, according to my credit card company, I already own an iPad mini. But that doesn't mean I have it in my clean little hands yet. In fact, (cue the sad violin) mine isn't due to arrive until around Thanksgiving since I went ahead and ordered the Cellular capable model.
 
Nonetheless, some of my colleagues have been fortunate enough to have gotten their mitts on an early release of the highly anticipated iPad mini. So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite tidbits from the first crop of reviews of the new Apple iPad mini:
 
As a preface, one of my favorite observations right off the bat, comes from an astute reader at the Endgadget site. In the wake of a rather ironic public outcry for mediocrity, a commenter had this to say in the forum: “Apple is a premium brand. Their products will always come at a premium. That's why it's expensive, like any other premium brand. They charge more because their goal isn't to make the best cheap tablet, it's to make the best small tablet. And that comes at a premium. It's for customers who want that. Apple fills that market. So don't be shocked when their products' prices don't compare to their competitors who have lesser build quality and lesser customer service. If you don't want to pay BMW prices, you can buy a Ford.”
 
Now, with that in mind, let's move forward. One of the most impressive things I found with these reviews is their consensus that the iPad mini has immediately raised the bar, instantly becoming the best small tablet (despite Apple's omission of a Retina display) in a category where other companies have had time to make a dent and gain a foothold. Read on for snippets of expert's hand-on analysis of the game-changing iPad mini...


Scosche's IDR Audiophile Earphones Certainly Pack a Bang for the Buck!

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From my experience, I know that generally speaking, Scosche makes great products! So I knew that when I sampled their Increased Dynamic Range (IDR) noise-isolating earphones that I'd be in for a treat!  Little did I know!

 

These audiophile grade earphones are crafted to let you get the most out of your music, “with brilliant highs, silky smooth mids and powerful bass for all music genres”. The IDR-656 are fully Siri compatible and include Scosche’s patented tapLINE III total-control-system. The mic is intelligently positioned and the speakers are equipped with powerful 11mm drivers to produce crystalline sound quality. A high-end set of earphones that are a good deal less than many others of similar calibur, available HERE for $80.00.



The MacCase Flight Jacket: Elegance and Style with a Relaxed and Rugged Feel.

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We all love a good accessory bag, something that fuses style and functionality in a way that is comfortable to wear and practical, all at the same time.

 

With that in mind, I'd like to introduce to you, a company called MacCase. MacCase are the manufacturers of an excellent line of leather carry bags that would suit both the modern, technologically savvy traveler, as easily as the fashion-forward cowgirl/boy type. With their sharp looking leather exteriors the MacCase line of leather iDevice bags give a decidedly modern twist to a classically elegant carryall.

 



Introducing The EcoXBT: The Toughest Speakers To Beat!

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Welcome to a whole new world of rugged mobile gear! Meet the EcoXBT: The premier rugged mobile Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere and do anything with. The XBT is a heavy-duty and gnarly-as-all-get-out, mini boom box for all of your EcoXtreme adventures!

 

I've covered EcoXGear’s line of high-quality products for years now, and its safe to say, they have garnered quite the reputation for bringing out some of the best, extreme-rugged, mobile gear on the scene. The XBT is their latest addition to a quality product line, and an adventure's dream come true.



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