In this job, I get to try out a lot of cases, and they're usually plastic, metal, rubber, or fabric. But the Q Card Case for CM4 is an interesting hybrid, combining a soft leather-like fabric where it counts and rubber for the phone case component. They have even applied for a patent for this combination.
The fabric portion has a slot that can hold up to three credit card or ID cards as well as some cash. There's a nice slot that makes it easy to eject the cards as needed.
My experience with electronics tells me that when I get a new piece, I need to make sure there is a screen protector on it from day one. Trouble is, Apple does not sell screen protectors for the iPad at their retail outlets. That put me on a search for the best screen protector, but my search just brought up more questions. What’s the difference between those sold on EBay for 99 cents, and those sold through Wal-Mart for 19.99? My experience with the lower quality protectors is a lot of bubbles on the main part of the screen.
I've been playing with the original iCade for a few months (see original article here), and it's been great fun, but it sure ain't portable.
Well, the folks at ION have come through. At CES, they showed off their new iCade Jr., which brings arcade-style joystick and buttons from the larger model to the iPhone and iPod touch.
I've had my eye on Looxcie (no pun intended) for a while, but the previous model was a bit too bulky. It's like a Bluetooth earpiece on steroids -- not only does it work as a headset, but it has a wireless Bluetooth video camera so you can play Borg, record, and even stream your vision to the masses. There are a number of situations where wearing one would make sense... traveling, for instance, or covering a tradeshow, press conference, or sporting event. I have considered wearing one during CES or MacWorld, in fact, so I could live-blog to our readers!
It was inevitable. As iPads find their way into the hands of kids (my kids inherited my iPad 1 when I upgraded to the iPad 2), we are seeing a whole new line of kid-friendly tablet accessories.
The latest examples are from Dean Designs and include Tablet Teddy Bears, Tablet Pet Pals, and Tablet Bean Bags. They are all cut from the same cloth, so to speak, which is a variety of cozy, stuffed animal style fake fur, with places to prop up an iPad or other tablet.
The iPad was meant to be turned into an Etch-A-Sketch! With the officially licensed Etch-A-Sketch case, from Headcase, combined with the iOS app, you can wow your friends, classmates, and colleagues. Everyone has thought of it, but Headcase went ahead and did it, for both the iPhone and iPad.
You can't help but smile when you see the case. And when you use the app, it all comes back to you. Of course you can shake it to erase it... It wouldn't be legitimate without that feature!
I saw the iBallz folks at MacWorld last year, when, true to their name, they were displaying their products guerilla-marketing style... No booth, but showing their products to anyone who would give them a chance. What a difference a year makes, as they had a serious booth at CES and will also be there, officially, at MacWorld.
For all you Mac users out there: Do you have a disorganized desktop? The Aluminum eXpress Keyboard Platform from BulletTrain (available this March) is a clever solution that positions the trackpad below the keyboard, and adds a palm rest.
The Aluminum eXpress Keyboard Platform is similar to an oversized MacBook, but you get a generously sized trackpad and everything is arranged in a comfortable, elegant manner.
Did you know that not all headphone drivers are created equally?
The Logitech Wireless Speaker is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, iPod, and all Bluetooth devices. It is compatible with Mac or Windows software, allowing users to rock out with their laptops or Bluetooth devices. When using the Logitech speaker with a laptop it does include the USB adapter needed to connect. For use with the iPad, it's a simple plug-and-play wireless speaker. There's no software to install; you can start listening right away. The device comes with its own soft carrying case, making it easy to transport the speaker to any destination. The speaker is powered with three AAA batteries, but it also includes the power cord needed to plug into a power outlet.
I have had my eye on one of thos cool GoPro waterproof cameras that you mount to your helmet. But at $300 plus various accessories, it was hard to justify. So while wandering around CES, as soon as I saw the Optrix, I knew I had a solution. As John Willenborg, the inventor of the Optrix HD points out, you already have a great 1080p videocamera, so why buy a GoPro when you can make a rugged case for the iPhone 4 or iPod touch.
It seems as if CES is almost 50% iPhone cases so it must be very challenging to stand out! Rokform has found a way with their Rokbed, a rugged case that has several notable features.
First, there is a lanyard option so you can easily keep your phone on your wrist.
CES had tons of cases for your iPhone but if you truly want a unique look for your phone, you have to make your own case, by yourself. That's where iaPeel comes in.
Using their design software, for Mac or PC, and your inkjet printer, you print a custom graphic on blank, printable vinyl skins, which are themselves made in the USA.
3feet is a rugged, collapsible stand that comes in so many colors that even Apple would say 'boy, that's a lot of colors!'
I wrote about 3feet after their debut at last year's CES and this year, they have added more colors including purple, pink and gold, and the ability to emboss a custom logo or message, making for a great corporate gift.
As a happy customer of the Henge Dock, a vertical docking station for MacBooks, I have written about them in the past.
The Henge Dock is a port replicator that mounts your MacBook vertically and routes your cables conveniently so you can lift your MacBook and reinsert it with ease and not have to deal with all of the plugs. But when I upgraded from my old MacBook Pro to a speed new MacBook Air, they didn't have a solution for me... until now.
It takes a lot for a case maker to stand out at CES or BestBuy for that matter. But XAWireless has managed to do so with a line of inspirational gear. Their eco-friendly natural cases are made of bamboo with words of wisdom engraved in the wood.
This came in one of the press releases last week, but I’m just getting to it now. It’s a test of one of the G-Form cases. I’m a little skeptical of this but you have to check the video out. It is a great HD video.
The StumpStand looks like it came out of IKEA, but it's designed and built in the USA. The solidly built tablet stand is solid angled chunk of rubber with special grooves to accommodate an iPad in a three different angles. It weighs just over half a pound and is available in assorted colors such as black, white, yellow, blue, red, purple and green!
Frankly, some products at CES suck, but in the case of the Sea Sucker (www.AppleMount.com) that's a good thing! If you want to mount your iPhone or iPad from your car windshield or dashboard, for GPS purposes, or perhaps on a side window for the kids in the backseat, you might be concerned about a suction cup that will eventually give way and drop your valuable device.
I picked up an iDangle case at CES from Fastcap that turned out to be very useful. It had a built-in lanyard made of a tough fabric that actually embedded a set of earbuds. A clever system allows those earbuds to be routed through the case into the iPhone's headphone jack. The earbuds don't have a microphone but I was able to place calls in a noisy CES show floor and I could hear and be heard just fine, using the phone's built-in microphone.
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