UPDATE (20:15 CET, the same day): a reader at MacRumors, Night Spring, has mentioned I've forgotten to point out the other and, in this case, Phone Disk-less and even Windows-friendly way of quickly transferring a complete directory structure to GoodReader running on the iDevice: zip all the files up into one big ZIP file and drop it into the File Sharing frame of GoodReader in iTunes. I've even prepared a video showing this:
I wanted to talk about Zagg's Invisible Shield and a great customer service experience I had this past Thursday. You always hear about the negative experiences people have in general so, I thought I would share a good one.
For Father's Day, my wife had ordered me a custom ZaggSkin for the back of my tablet. There is a mall in Holyoke MA called the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. It's about an hour away from me but I go here once and a while because they have an Apple Store there also. On one of my previous trips, I spotted a Zagg Mall Cart.
Dock choices for your iPhone or iPad, are seemingly as numerous as apps. We have reviewed a ton of them here on the blogs or in the mag, and it's easy to get overwhelmed picking one. The Stem TimeCommand dock is "simple-smart" gear (coined that term just for this review) to charge your iOS device in the wee hours, and wake your butt in the AM (the simple part). It does the essentials as well as pump out crisp audio. It also has some very cool features (the smart part)...
Avid bicyclists rejoice! Bracketron has created a case for your iPhone, iPod Touch and various other mobile devices that securely mounts on your bike handlebars. Does the bracket hold up against a rugged day-long road trip? Read on to find out what shines and what, if anything, needs more polish with this bicycling enthusiast mobile digital lifestyle accessory.
Wrapping your device in a clear protective shell is not as difficult, bulky or as cumbersome as you may think. There are some options that make it a sleek and simple proposition. Recently, I tried the Wrapsol ultra protective wrap on my iPod touch, and it really does give you exquisite protection without looking and feeling like a mini bank-vault. What I really like about the Wrapsol is that it is thin enough to allow me to still use most of my covers and skins, but by itself can protect from drops of up to 6 feet (uh...I did not field test this, but there is a video at the end).
Arkon has just released their MyHandstand iPad Hand Holder. This comes in both the original iPad and iPad 2 flavors. I had the opportunity to try the version for the iPad 1 out.
Essentially, there is an adjustable hand strap with a swivel attached on the back of a flexible TPU case. The iPad installs pretty easily and is held securely in place. But it’s also very easy to remove it. That’s important because this may not be a case you would use as your every day case.
I was recently spelunking... yes that's a word, even though my wife thought I made it up. We were exploring an underground cave called Howe Caverns, in Upstate New York. The caverns are 200 feet underground and lit artificially, but there are still areas of darkness. Thankfully, I had my iPhone enclosed in a glow-in-the-dark case from MoonSkins! Any case can protect your iPhone, but the MoonSkins offer added value by glowing in the dark. Now you might not be spelunking every day, but wouldn't it be nice to be able to find your phone on the nightstand, without having to turn on the lights?
Thanks to Waterfield Designs for sending on over the Keyboard Travel Express for review. The Keyboard Travel Express is an accessory bag to carry your Apple Keyboard, cables, mouse, pad, etc. These bags are designed and made here in the USA, in San Francisco to be exact. This was perfect timing when the bag arrived because I was heading on vacation.
The bag is made of ballistic nylon. It's black and has a stripe of color on one end. The stripe color of mine is Copper.
PPC Techs has pulled my gadget problems from the fire on more than one occasion, so I am happy to give them some props, and announce their new SlateSHIELD iPad 360 case, the WriteSHIELD screen protector and capacitive Stylii. Not only does the 360 have a swivel for holding your iPad like an olympian getting ready for the discus, it also converts into a handy stand. You can read on for full info or go here for iPad products. Check out the main site for repairs and other great PPC Techs accessory products (even DIY repair kits for many Apple devices).
I was a big fan of the original Geminus Genius Case when it was released for the first generation iPad. However, with the release of Apple's iPad 2, case requirements have changed. The addition of the iPad2 front facing and rear cameras combined with the iPad 2's thinner design need to be accounted for in a more modern case design. Fortunately, Geminus has not only re-engineered their Genius Case for the iPad 2's dimensions and features, the company has also added some really smart enhancements that keeps this case on the top of my iPad 2 accessory recommendations list.
Covered this at CES earlier this year, and now finally the Beacon is available for purchase ($79.99). It's essentially a Bluetooth-IR hotspot for all your entertainment remote control requirements (DVD, TV, STB, etc.). You can read on for the full press release, or go to the vendor website here.
The Defender Case comes with three parts: the back case; the front, snap on cover; and a screen protector.
Installation was too difficult for me. The directions are in pictures instead of text. If you’re a picture person like my son, Wil, it’s not a problem. So, I enlisted him to help me install the case and give his opinion. This review will give you both a male and female perspective of the case.
Just like the original Handstand, Handstand for iPad2 is the best solution for one-hand operation that I have tried.
It’s tough to get on – my son, Wil, put it on for me and said his fingers literally “hurt” after he was done. It also damaged my screen protector around the on/off button, which is not good. Wil recommends that you put the bottom on first to avoid that problem. It was easier to get off than on.
I recently took a vacation in Hong Kong with my family and I was pretty excited to check out the iPhone scene over there. There were several Chinese-language magazines that covered only iPhone and iPad related stuff, but what caught my eye was this magazine called ‘iPhone’. I bought the magazine and snapped a photo of the cover here.
If you were wondering, like me, how the lady sitting on the sports car could be related to the iPhone scene, I can tell you: “Plenty!”.
Seidio has sent some great cases recently, and wanted to post up a blurb about their products along with a mini-review. The ACTIVE case is a versatile design that not only protects your iPad on all sides, but also serves as an excellent stand.
The WeKreat Bento is a multifunctional accessory for the iPad 2 which is also backwards compatible with the iPad 1. This is going to be a three part review over the next couple of weeks. I have been using this for a few days now. I will post my thoughts at the end of the week.
OtterBox is making quite an impact, no pun intended, with their impact-resistant line of cases. Ok, enough goofing around. The latest Reflex case design now supports the touch 4G. Read on for full press information, or go here.
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.