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Review: The Pad Strap

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If you like using your iPad with no case it, then this accessory may be for you. The Pad Strap is a hand strap for your iPad. It secures onto the back of your device. The strap is made of two leather pockets with strong elastic in the middle. The leather pockets go over two of the iPad corners. You can use this is portrait or landscape mode.

 

The elastic is a tight fit on the device which is good.



Review: The Toddy

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We all love our gadgets but one of the things we despise is the fingerprints and smudges that are left on them. It’s a never ending battle to keep our little guys clean. Chances are you probably have a few or more microfiber cloths lying around. Some of them are nice and some are pretty cheap. Recently, I got to try out a new microfiber cloth called the “Toddy.”

It’s a very stylish 5”x7” cleaning cloth. But don’t let the pretty looks fool you. This guy can clean. The specs below tell you what this is made of.



Review: RichardSolo 9000 mAh Mobile Charger

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Richard Solo introduced another backup battery to their lineup, which is their 9000mAh Mobile Charger. There is enough power in this bad boy to give almost a 100% charge to your iPad or increase the amount of hours you can use your iPhone or iPod. According to their specs as it relates to the iPhone/iPod “the Mobile Charger can increase your movie viewing or Internet browsing time from 5-6 hours to 68 hours — or audio up to 325 hours.” For my review, I am using it exclusively with my iPad.



Pad Strap for iPad

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Is your iPad too slippery? Are you afraid it will fall out of your hands, but you like the “naked” look? Try the Pad Strap.

The Pad Strap, made of two leather “pockets” and an elastic strap, hooks over two opposite corners. This provides a secure way to hold your iPad without keeping it in a case.

I like the idea. It works well and feels fairly secure. I’m not sure if the elastic will stretch out over time, but it appears fairly stable. It doesn’t add weight and doesn’t get in the way.



PhatPad updated to 1.2 for iPad

 

New Features include*

- The new Folders feature, which allows users to organize their documents in
the folder hierarchy.
- Search all PhatPad documents for characters or words.
- File sharing feature now allows users to specify the remote access
password.
- Support for background playback and recording for voice notes and the
remote control.

 www.phatware.com/phatpad  

 

* Source: Phatware.com

 

 



Review: Joby GorillaMobile Ori for iPad

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The GorillaMobile Ori case is a combination of aluminum and polycarbonate with a design inspired by origami. At first glance, it opens up folio style. The inside cover has a soft protective material that will not scratch your screen. The iPad itself slips into a white hard shell case which has rubbery silicone on the edges.



5 Stars for Portability - Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard

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What I like:

It folds in half and stores in a nifty case, which makes it very convenient for me to carry it in my purse. I’m not sure that would be a benefit for men unless they carry their iPad in a large case, backpack or a “man” bag. But for me, it’s great. The Apple keyboard took up more room in my purse.

It uses 2 AAA batteries. I’d rather carry two extra batteries in my purse than a charger. Again, it’s the bulk issue.



ZAGGmate for iPad 2 is availbale for Pre-Order

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Pre-orders are being taken for the ZAGGmate for iPad 2. Head over to Zagg.com to do that.

You can also check out the review I did on the Zaggmate for iPad 1 in the below link

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-part-2-zagg%E2%80%99s-zaggmate-case-keyboard 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Richard Solo Battery Deal

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Richard Solo has a great deal going on this week for their 1200 MAh backup battery with flashlight, for iphone and iPod.

(Please note: this deal expired on March 14th, 2011, but you can still purchase through the link below)

"To obtain the discounted price for this week’s special offer, you must enter the code word "hot" in the coupon code box (then hit APPLY) during checkout."



Fabrix Sleeves

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If you are looking for protection for your new iPad 2 that can be used with Apple Smart Case, Fabrix may have a solution for you with their sleeves.

http://www.fabrixcases.com/products/ipad-2

Cindy Downes reviewed their sleeve last year which can be found in the below link.

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/2884/fabrix-sleeve-ipad-good-first-case-im-looking-more

These sleeves are compatible with both iPad versions.

You can also check out my past Fabrix Bookle



iPad 1 & 2 Accessories

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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.



Review: Scosche flipSYNC II

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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.



Review: ZAGGaquabuds

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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.



TeamViewer - Remote Desktop for everything!

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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).



This and That

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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.



Updated RedEye Mini App

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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.

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-thinkfloods-redeye-mini

 

Part of the press release is as follows:

"ThinkFlood has released a new dedicated application for their popular RedEye mini device today.



iPhone 4 Keyboard Buddy Case Review

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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. 



Dual Sim Adaptors for Iphone 4: Using a Normal 3G Sim Card and your microsim at the same time.

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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.



Handeholder and MightyMeeting -- Power Duo for presenters

 

 

Handeholder and MightyMeeting have probably never met. But in my world, they are the best of friends!

The video interview above with handeholder  was taken at Macworld 2011.

I love MightyMeeting. If you are a presenter, or salesperson, or just love sharing great content, this system plus app is a must-have.



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