In my search to find the perfect tablet friendly bag, I came across the Speck CorePack 10. Thanks to Speck for sending this over for me to play with. What really intrigued me was that I have never seen a bag or design like this before.
Strap: The strap is not remove-able and is sewn to the bag. I was worried that the strap would not be long enough like the Timbuk2 Messenger. Those worries quickly disappeared as there is a lot of strap provided. It’s very soft and comfortable to wear and use.
The Speck Dust Jacket for iPad has been out for a while. This is the first time I have had an opportunity to use it. There is no iPad 2 version.
This case is Folio style which is made of Leatherette (made to look and feel like leather) and Polypropylene.
The fine folks over at Sena had sent me an Ultraslim leather sleeve for the iPad 2 to test out. This case is compatible with the Apple Smart cover also. The only problem I faced was that I unfortunately do not own an iPad 2. However, disaster was diverted, as my friend Joyce volunteered to assist. The below review is by Joyce, unedited by me.
The Zaggsparq 2.0 is the latest external battery pack I was testing out with the iPad. This is also the first battery from Zagg that I have tried.
Scosche is one of those rare accessory companies that thinks up new items you didn't know you needed. They also tend to build a better mousetrap such that you don't want to go back to the old one. As I pack and prepare for the cross-country trip to Apple's Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco, I'm trying to pack light. No MacBook, just my iPad 2. I'll bring my Apple wireless keyboard, for lengthy typing sessions, but that's about it. The iPad's ten hours should suffice, pending nightly recharges, but to be safe I'm bringing the following Scosche gadgets:
If you recall, I reviewed the Sena Folio with keyboard case for the original iPad back in January. Recently, I have been using the regular Sena Folio case. If you are using an iPad 2, this review should still interest you as Sena has a version of the Folio for that device as well (Although the iPad 2 version seems to have some really nice enhancements made to the stands and where they are placed).
The leather case comes in a cardboard box.
In my search for a particular case for one of my devices, I came upon several iPad cases that are being sold, apparently at a clearance rate, by AT&T, online only. Scroll down the link I provided.
I saw a press release today for an app called "ZombieBooth." This was a little weird because I had downloaded the app earlier on my non iOS tablet, as that had a camera on it. There is an iOS version also which works on your iPad2, Ipod Touch 4 or your iPhone which have cameras on it.
Basically, you can see what people would be like if they were zombies. These are not just pictures. There is animation involved. It really is pretty freaky, but it's fun.
The press release is below. You can see what the app is all about. The link below is to the free Lite Version. There are paid versions also.
Back in January and November, I reviewed a couple of the Powis iCases for the iPad. I will throw the links at the end.
If you think you should wing it, and not get protection for your hugely expensive iPad 2 device, uh well... I think you are loony! Especially for the people out there that are mountain-biking, scaling tall buildings and similar extreme craziness on their lunch breaks (with the iPad tossed into a backpack). You people need serious protection. Seidio Online has what you are looking for in the new ACTIVE case/cover thingy...read on for full press info...
Who would have thunk that an MP3 player could ever be a serious watch and fashion accessory? I love all things iPod, so had to post up on the high-quality and classy watch bands HEX just came out with for iPod nano G6. Read on for full press release details...
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.
Personally, I cut up a microfiber cloth, which I buy at Wal-mart, to use on my iPad and iPhone. But, I certainly wouldn’t give that as a gift.
If you’re looking for a gift, check out the Toddy Smart Cloth. Anyone with an iPad or other electronic devices will appreciate it as being functional as well as very nice looking!
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.
Today, Scosche announced the availability of a new BT keyboard for use with your devices. Check out the video below.
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