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Last Minute Christmas Gift? Check out the iMainGoX

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Are you looking for a last minute Christmas present? Then, check out the iMainGoX Portable Speaker. I can’t imagine anyone on your list who could not use this.

The iMainGoX works with iPhones, iPods, iPad, and Kindle, as well as most notebooks, portable gaming devices, and electric guitars! Most important, the sound is awesome — BIG bass and excellent amplification. Whether you listen to classical, country or the latest hits, you won’t be disappointed with the sound quality of this convenient, easy-to-carry device.



AZiO tries building a better bluetooth keyboard

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Going head-to-head with Apple is a dicey situation, but apparently AZiO thinks they've found a niche for their Bluetooth keyboard.  Now that you can use BT keyboards with all iOS 4.x devices, you should consider adding one.  AZiO says on their website that the virtual keyboard may be fine for travel, but when you're using your iOS device at work or home you may want a full keyboard.  However, I could really use a portable keyboard when I travel.  Perhaps it's because when I'm at home, I do most of my typing on a MacBook Pro with a full-size wired USB keyboard.  But on the road, lately with just an iPad, an external keyboard would be great for typing articles and long emails.



Review: Vario for iPad by Zerochroma

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Here is another unique case that I wanted to try out. I contacted Zerochroma and they were kind enough to send me an evaluation unit. If you are not in the market for an iPad case. You still may also find this interesting as they have the same type of case for other devices. Those include iPhone, iPod Touch and Nano, and Kindle.



Now Even The iPad Knows It's Place

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With Christmas right around the corner, you may still be looking for that perfect gift for that someone who has all the gadgets, including an iPad. It may be cliche to say that what they need is something to carry them in, but here is something I bet yoiu never thought of......clothing that will carry all your gadgets at once....including an iPad. Yea, I know!

Well ScotteVest sells clothing for the gadget geek in your life. Even the Woz wears one.



iSkin iSamples soon to be iLife reader iGifts!

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Looks like we will be having another giveaway soon, as iSkin sent some samples for review (heads up to Phyllis). They probably forget that I'm the iPod guy here at iPhoneLife, but that's ok--more freebies for our readers. This latest batch includes the solo FX the solo vu, and the duet skin/clip combo. Read on for more iSkin action shots and details (including my 4G iPod in an iPhone 4 skin..which is not even funny).



Review: HandStands iPad Case with Keyboard

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HandStands sent me over their iPad Case with Keyboard for review. In the package you get the brown case, instruction sheet and the mini USB cable for charging. The product looked pretty decent as I removed it from the package and opened it up. I noted the nice looking stitching around the edges.  As I examined the case/keyboard, I then realized it was almost an exact copy of the Kensington Folio case.



Review Part 2: ZAGG’s ZAGGMate Case with Keyboard

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Here is part 2 of my ZAGGmate review. In case you did not see it, the link below brings you to part one of the review which includes the unboxing, general information, as well as the ZAGGmate video.

 

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-part-1-zagg%E2%80%99s-zaggmate-case-keyboard

 

 



PODSTA because your iPhone just wants to be held

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Ah the life of a reviewer.  Two products arrived today, one in a plain brown paper wrapped box and the other in a cute, rainbow colored cylinder.  Guess which one got opened first? PODSTA makes a cute product worthy of their packaging, and lighthearted web presence.  They even sell t-shirts with their tagline (HOLD ME).



Give the gift of Wikipedia - WikiReader!!

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See my post here to learn why you need a WikiReader (especially if you tech blog). Though it's not directly iPhone related, it is a perfect gadget gift for the geek in your life. You can grab this device now for $99, but if you stay tuned to the WikiReader blog here, you may catch a future giveaway.



iMainGo X Product Review

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There are plenty of cases and speaker accessories for iPods and iPhones, but rarely do you find these two accessory categories combined into the same product. That is what Portable Sound Laboratories' iMainGo X attempts to accomplish.  Read on to find out how well this category mash-up succeeds.

The iMainGo X appears to be designed mostly for iPod Touch owners who spend most of their time listening to audio, but would prefer to do so on the go with a compact, conveniently portable, high quality set of stereo speakers. For that specific market demographic, the iMainGo X will be as close to a perfect match one could hope to find. The iMainGo X essentially turns your iPod Touch into something about the size of two original Sony Walkmans stacked on top of eachother.



Just Mobile Lounge Product Review

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The nice folks at Just Mobile sent me their most recent deluxe stand for the iPhone to evaluate. Read on to find out how well this futuristic-looking iPhone holder designed by the respected Danish design company tools compares to other iPhone stands on the market.



Who wouldn't want a wooden iPhone? JackBacks to the rescue!

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Wondering what to get that special someone?  You know, the guy who has everything?  Well, you can be pretty sure he doesn't have a JackBack because they just became available for pre-order!  JackBacks are custom wood replacement backs for your iPhone 4, available in cherry, maple, walnut or mahogany.  You can have your JackBack laser etched with a custom design for only $10 more than the $89 base price for a truly unique gift.



Review Part 1: ZAGG’s ZAGGmate Case with Keyboard

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 Zagg recently introduced and has available for Pre-Order, two cases called the ZAGGmate. The main difference between the two is one has a Bluetooth keyboard built in and the other does not. I was fortunate to receive a sample for review today of the ZAGGmate with Keyboard, and I am pretty excited about it. As I have been doing on the larger reviews, I have been splitting them up into two. It makes it easier on me. So I wanted to share the unboxing pics and some of the general product specs with you.



Review: Pinlo Xyber Pro iPad Case

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I had contacted a company called Pinlo because I saw they had an iPad case called the Xyber Pro. I thought it was different and unique and was very interested in trying it out. I have been using it for a few days now and it’s a really nice case. As you can see, the case comes in a plastic container. It’s re-sealable, so for the sake of recycling, keep it and you can store the Xyber Pro back in it if you switch to a different case (depending on your task).



Review Part 2: Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad

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Here is part two of my review of the C.E.O. Hybrid case. You can find the original unboxing post and some general pics here:

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-part-1-marware-ceo-hybrid-ipad#comments

This Black folio style case is made of a synthetic material. It is not leather. I do like the general design of this case though.



Review: Powis iPad Case

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Not too long ago, I was reading the accessories Forums on Macrumors and I spotted a post where a few people were wanted to review a Powis iPad case. The Powis iPad cases were released not too long ago. In this particular instance though, the requestor was iCasesOnline.com, who is a company who provides iPhone and iPad cases. They were recently selected to be an authorized Powis seller. I was waiting to see how many people pounced on an opportunity like that. As you know, I love trying out new accessories, so I imagined there would have been a lot of requests. I stopped by the forums the next day and there were no takers yet, so I decided to put my name in the hat and got the opportunity to test drive it.



Review Part 1: Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad

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I just received this review sample yesterday, so I wanted to add some unboxing pics of it. I have been using this since then but not enough to give a full review on. I will report back with part two at a later date with my usage thoughts.



Review: iShine Sleeve

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Here is a product that I think many who don’t like to use traditional cases (so to speak) may find very useful. Take note, as it does not matter if you are an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or even another similar device owner.

 

Enter the iShine Sleeve. There is one for the iPad and a smaller one for the iPhone / iPods. From their site, it’s made of “durable glass-cleaning microfiber.” It’s a case and cleaning cloth in one. The review sample I was sent included the iPad size and the smaller one.



Review: Newertechnology NuGuard Silicone Case for iPad

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This case is made of soft silicone and goes on the iPad fairly easily.  The back has two ergonomically designed grooves. It feels pretty good in the hand and does offer some scratch protection.  But in my opinion, this is where the good things stop.



New ThinkGeek Keyboard Case for iPhone brings some BlackBerry Smackdown!

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Wow...Now, if they could just shrink the iPhone screen so I can barely read it, then I might feel like I was using my BB, but this is pretty killer. Chunky, thumb-friendly, flip keyboard and a protective case all rolled into one, and for $49.95. Nice! You can grab one here, or read on for full press details...



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