Over the past year, I got to play with a lot of iPad Accessories. While I will not be getting the iPad 2 in the near future, I thought I would put a list together of the accessories I reviewed that should also work with the iPad 2 out of the box.
The flipSYNC II is a “keychain Charge and Sync Cable for iPod & iPhone.” It’s designed so it’s compact and can be used with your keychain. But there is nothing saying you have to use a keychain with it.
One of the things I like to use my devices for is music and movies. I don’t usually watch movies unless I’m traveling, but I do listen to music more frequently. I prefer to use my Bluetooth headset when I am walking or doing yard work. I do occasionally use wired headset in these circumstances, but most of the time use the wired sets when I am stationary.
I tried the ZAGGaquabuds while I was on vacation, mostly in the airport and on the plane.
If you are looking for a secure, very easy to configure and use, remote desktop app (and I am happy to report it works well with Linux), check out TeamViewer. If you don't mind the app reminding you to upgrade it--and the lack of a few features--it is completely free. You can grab everything you need here (DLs available for Mac, PC, and Linux), and the app store link above. The config for Ubuntu geeks is pretty simple (download the debian package, run the desktop app, and perform similar actions on iPhone to connect).
I went to Florida for a week so I am catching up on things. Here are some misc thoughts from my trip and email catch-up.
My iOS Gear I took was fairly light. I brought my iPad as well as the GNS GPS receiver I just reviewed. I used my dedicated TomTom car unit but brought the GNS as backup. TomTom stayed in the rental car pretty much the whole time. (I did not want to leave the iPad in the car.)
I debated on bringing a keyboard with me for the iPad. I ended up not and I did not regret it at once. I used the iPad heavily at the airport and on the plane. During the week, I was busy enjoying the various amusement parks in Orlando and trying to get a sun tan. I would have used it more during the week when I was at the place we stayed but there was no internet service.
Last Year I reviewed the RedEye Mini from Thinkflood. There was also a manufacturing recall of the unit shortly after that as well but I never heard any updates directly since. I am assuming they got everything all straightened out as they have released an updated app for it.
The Keyboard Buddy Case is an iPhone case with an integrated Bluetooth keyboard that easily slides out when needed. Use it to quickly and easily type a text message or email or whatever else you need to do on the iPhone. The way it slides in and out of the phone is super cool!
The case fits snugly on your iPhone and has a nice low profile. It doesn't detract from the look of your iPhone at all.
Let’s face it. For those of us early adopters of microsim cards because of Iphone 4, we know that microsim cards are not catching on in any other phone model and is likely to stay that way for a while. However, for about US$20, the Chinese have developed a dual simcard adaptor that allows you to slot in a normal-sized simcard in an external adaptor, while at the same time allowing you to keep your existing Iphone 4 microsim in the simcard tray – in layman terms, this means that the 2 simcards (Normal Sim + Microsim) are essentially paired up much like batteries connecting in series.
If you are looking for a seriously tough case for your iPhone, check out the Ballistic HC series. They recently passed MIL-STD 810G specifications (the only iPhone 4 case design to do so). They also have HC cases for BBerry, and HTC devices as well (couldn't find one for iPod touch sadly). This case was one of my top picks in our last Buyer's Guide. Read on for the full press release details on the Mil Spec testing...
The iKit AutoCharge is compact, easy to use and works for the iPad, iPhone, and iPOD Touch, as well as other USB devices. The kit includes the 2.1 AMP AutoCharge, as well as a USB Charge Sync Cable. The device works with any standard 12v accessory outlet. Comes in black or white. $24.95
Global Navigation Systems, (a.k.a. GNS) has created and sells a plug and play Bluetooth GPS receiver for IOS devices. It’s called the GNS 5870 MFI. (MFI stands for Made for iPhone). I’m not a stranger to testing out and using GPS systems but this is the first one I have used for my Apple product, so I am excited to work with it. Even though I have some knowledge of GPS, I am by no means an expert in this area. There are two things I look for though. One, a quick satellite lock, and two, it just needs to work.
There is no jail breaking required. I’m testing this out on my Wi-Fi only iPad. The Nav App I am using is Co-pilot.
Anyone who says this ain't freaking cool, isn't...well, I don't know--cool, I guess. This is pretty darn chilly, and would almost make me buy an iPad. The iPod touch screen controls are about to drive me bananas. Anyway, one of our iPad freaks maybe can get some of these JOYSTICK-IT thingies from ThinkGeek, and tell us if they live up to the awesomeness (at least in the image)...anyway, read on for more PR info...
In an earlier article, I wrote about several cases that make it easier to get a good grip on your iPad. This article builds on that one and includes additional cases that let you wear your iPad on your shoulder or neck. A comparison chart is included for your convenience.
If you are in the market for a vehicle mount for your iPad, here is one to consider during your research. Arkon released a Headrest Mount for iPad (model IPM-RSHM). It is designed to attach to your headrest for the people behind you.
The contents come sealed and protected as you can see in the picture. You receive instructions, the iPad Casing, and the actual mount.
Dual recently released a Bluetooth GPS receiver for iOS devices called the XGPS150. I have to admit that it looks kind of neat. I sent their media contacts a request to test drive that puppy, so we will see if I get a response.
If you recall from a post a while back though, I was placed on the list for their original iPod Touch GPS Receiver.