Last month I reviewed and tried out the Timbuk2 Freestyle Messenger bag. While I generally liked it, there were a couple things that I was not fond of. The strap being the major one and the iPad insert being the minor one. I have had an opportunity to use the Booq Taipan Slim bag, and while it’s not a true messenger bag, this bag addresses all these issues.
The Taipan is made of nylon, has a water repellant coating and comes in larger sizes also. This bag will fit up to a 13” laptop.
Today's guest blogger is Blaine Moyer. Blaine recently won an iPad 2 case in our iPad engraving contest. After a certain unnamed company (*cough* Incipio *cough*) failed to send his prize, we sent Blaine the Bear Motion Leather iPad 2 Case. Blaine has been keeping his new iPad in a cardboard box while waiting for his new case to arrive. When the case finally arrived, he was nice enough to send us pictures of the unboxing. Congratulations Blaine on your new case.
In Part 1, I wrote about the ActiveSLEEVE, an accessory that lets you wear your iPhone on your arm. It's a great gadget, but what if you want to access the touchscreen while the device is 'at hand'? Or what if it's colder weather and you need a jacket. Enter the WEARCOM SOMA-1 from Alphyn Industries. The SOMA-1 Wearcom pullover is a remarkably well-made jacket that just so happens to have a flip-open velcro covered capacitive-touchscreen-friendly pocket on the forearm. Even if you don't use the gadget pocket, this quality garment could be your everyday jacket.
In the current 'How To' issue of iPhone Life Magazine, I wrote a column entitled 'How to get a grip on your iPad'. As a follow-up, i will be recommending options to wear your iPhone (or iPod touch) on your sleeve, literally! My iPhone is almost always attached to my belt, via a belt clip and case. But there are times when you want your iPhone more 'at hand.' If you're jogging, especially in the summer, you may not have a belt and might want your iDevice on your wrist or arm so you can listen to tunes.
At CES this year, I got the grand tour of Speakal's latest sound docks. Most were not available at that time for review, but I finally was able to get a new "Cool iPig" to try out. The CiP is a small speaker dock (obviously done up in a pig motif) that includes motion-sensing technology. For a small speaker system, the unit pumps out good quality sound, and includes a rechargable battery. You need to be careful with your motions however, lest you inadvertedly blast your eardrums by moving too near the volume up control.
If you use your Apple Wireless keyboard with your device, this accessory may be of interest to you. The Incase Origami Workstation is a combination case and stand. This case was “Inspired by the Japanese art of paper-folding” and “provides complete protection for your Apple Wireless Keyboard.”
The case itself is pretty light and does not really add any bulk. The material reminds of me of the Official Apple iPad (1) Case, but not as soft. It also gets dirty but cleans off pretty easy.
Welcome to part 2 of my new briefcase review. As you will recall, my Tumi briefcase was quickly disintegrating, leaving me badly in need of a new briefcase for my commute. In part 1 of this series, we looked at the Waterfield Cargo Bag. Today, we will take a look at another of my favorite gear bag manufacturers, Skooba Design, and their latest entry, the Netbook/iPad Messenger. I have been waiting an iPad or netbook sized bag from Skooba for quite some time, so I was pretty excited to find this one on their website not long ago.
I saw yesterday that Mophie released their Juice Pack Air for the iPod Touch 4. While I do not have the 4th Gen device, I did pick the Juice Pack Air up during the holidays for my Gen 2 iPod Touch. I originally had their first version which was like a sled. It did not offer full case protection like the Juice Pack Air. I really like this air design as it is essentially a case as well.
This case from Trident is called the Aegis. This case consists of two main pieces. There is a full body silicone layer that your iPad slips into. Then there is a hard outer polycarbonate shell that adds the additional protection to your device. The silicone layer portion around the four corners and on the front bezel is exposed.
"Awesome!" "Booyah!" "This is the BEST thing ever!" and similar exclamations were heard coming from my six year old after a few minutes with Hasbro's my3D accessory/goggles for the iPhone and iPod touch! If iDevices weren't already in the hands of many youngsters, Hasbro is doing their part to add to that phenomenon. And while Nintendo is trying to push a $250 3DS model, this add-on is just $35, less than the cost of most Nintendo 3DS cartridges!
You can get the gory details from the attached press release or watch the video, but suffice to say you will be able to easily transfer photos from your camera to your iPad or iPhone now directly (without a separate AP, see my Eye-Fi Connect X2 review here). Original Eye-Fi owners can upgrade their card's firmware free to get Direct Mode as well... read on for the full scoop on Direct Mode and the newly released Mobile X2 card...
If you were planning on getting one, it's currently on sale until Monday. Here are the details from the email I received.
For this week only, save big on the powerful RichardSolo Mobile Charger! This 9000 mAh backup battery connects by USB cable included with your device for charging iPad, all iPhone/iPod models (except shuffle), smartphones, and more.
Apple might control most of what you see when you turn on your iPad, but that shouldn't stop you from customizing the exterior. I recently had the opportunity to try three distinct customization options for my new iPad 2, and it was a lot of fun! I thought it would be neat to have my iPad look like an actual printed issue of iPhone Life Magazine! So I used our Buyer's Guide as my image. It worked well because the black background could mask any seams and be expanded or cropped as needed.