When informed I was receiving the new Otterbox Reflex case for the iPad 2, I was skeptical that they could improve on an already superb product – the Otterbox Defender (See my previous review. Was I in for a surprise!
The Reflex is a totally new design that is perfect for the iPad 2 owner who doesn’t need the extremely rugged protection of the Defender, but does want protection for everyday use.
The iPad 2 has been a big hit to say the least. I think after acquiring the iPad the next thing on your mind is protection. I think we all want to protect our $500+ investment. Matter of fact, I want the most protection possible while offering faction to go along with it. To me, protection is very important but I want my case to be nice as well. I want go as far to say it must be fashionable but I think I've made my point. As customers, we want the most protection, while looking good at the least possible price.
Two accessories that you can't do without if you have an iPad, or really any tablet: A keyboard and a stand (at least in the case of the iPad 1G). The 2G has a handy cover that serves as an ok prop, but a good sturdy stand is more important than you realize. If I was to add anything else to the short list, it would probably have to include a stylus (since without jailbreaking, you can't use a mouse with iOS). Bracketron happens to have both a stand and stylus (which is also a pen) that are perfect for the job!
Just Mobile sent me their Portable Battery called the Gum Plus to check out. This stylish looking battery can be used with iPhone / iPod / iPad(s) and any other USB-powered device. The kit includes:
-The battery itself
-USB to Mini USB Power cable (you need your own power brick)
-USB to Apple 30 Pin connector cable
-Instructions and sticker
Last fall, I had the opportunity to use the Alu Pen from Just-Mobile. Sine then there has been updates to it to include multiple vibrant colors as well as a Pen/Stand Combo. The link for the original pen review is at the end of this post, as there is no need to duplicate the same review twice for the pen itself. But what I am using now is the combo kit called the “AluPen and AluCube.”
As in the past Just-Mobile products, this kit comes packaged in a well presented manner as you can see in the pics. This kit includes the following items:
Riding my recumbent bike, is one of my great joys. Another great joy is tracking my trips and playing music along the way. For this purpose, I need a good handlebar mount that will allow me to hold my PDA in plain view securely.
My first bike mount was a disaster. I thought my phone was securely fastened, but on the first bump, the unit went flying, the battery cover in one direction, the body, and battery in other directions. When I retrieved it, the screen was shattered, and I had to get a new phone. That bike mount was an expensive proposition above its initial cost.
Just Mobile, a company that is on a prolific iPhone and iPad hardware stand accessory roll, recently released their newest members to the iOS lifestyle family. The AluCube is a stylish rubberized-tipped aluminum pen with matching stand, and the Horizon is a wall mount for iPad and iPad2 devices. Read on for more details on each.
Just Mobile AluPen+AluCube
id America Gasket Brushed Aluminum case for iPhone 4
The Gasket case, inspired by the shape of a head gasket on a performance engine, will definitely get your friends’ attention and spark conversation. This case is sleek; it fits nicely in your hands; and it’s visually appealing. It comes in six awesome colors: Rally Blue, Vintage Gold, Modern Bronze, Titanium Gray, Jet Black and Aluminum Silver.
The G-Form Extreme Sleeve features a patented "impact absorption" material that is soft, flexible, lightweight, and water-resistant.
Zoogue’s, leather-folio style "Genius" case for the iPad is a "HOMERUN". The Genius case is a great case with many features to accommodate the user’s needs. This company has constructed one of the finest leather folio iPad cases to date. It has features for most every situation. I really liked the idea of being able to fasten the iPad case to the headrest of an automobile. When my iPad is in the Zoogue case I am confident that it's safe and secure.
Sanho is one of those accessory vendors that makes the Apple ecosystem better. They don't try to rip off Apple or other accessory vendors with cheap knockoffs. They either build a better mousetrap by improving on an existing accessory or they invent something new that you didn't know you needed until you saw it! You might know of them under their brand name HyperMac and their HyperJuice external batteries for MacBooks, iOS and USB devices.
The folks at Mobile Cloth sent me over their screen cleaning tool called, “Mobile Cloth” to test out. This accessory comes in two sizes and has a special pattern that they call “Nubs.” “Each nub acts like hundreds of tiny suction cups to pull fingerprints smudges, and germs away from the surface of your device and into the cloth with one or two swipes.”
Don’t let the shortness of this review fool you, as I feel this is a pretty effective product.
Readers may recall my initial review of V-MODA's Crossfade M-80 Headphone and the less than stellar reception it received. Consequently, V-MODA founder Val Kolton contacted me about his authentic concern regarding my listening experience and graciously sent over several competing on-ear headsets to compare to the M-80. Here are my results.
In addition to the M-80, the other headsets Val sent (all of which were either as expensive or more expensive than the M-80) were:
Iwow 3D SRS Lab is an awesome way to turn a not so good pair of headphones into a great sounding set of headphones. If you have a great set of headphones it’s like being live in concert. Iwow can be used with iPhone, iPad, and ipod. This adapter doesn't use the headphone jack. It plugs in to the 30 pin connector of the idevice. I have used iWow 3D for several weeks now and listened to all types of music including Rock, Country, Gospel, and Rap. I didn’t find any music that didn’t sound better. This iwow makes any kind of music sound awesome.
I confess, I am a serial case-swapper. I get to try out a lot of cases, as a writer for iPhone Life Magazine, so I can pick and choose the right case for the right job. Maybe it's a waterproof iPhone case for my trip to Cancun, or glow-in-the-dark iPhone case I used on a recent camping trip. The same applies for my iPad 2. I have a trade show coming up and I expect to be demoing my apps on my iPad, so the case I will be using is the Handstand.
One complaint I have about the iPad's screen is the beautiful, glossy surface. Sure it looks great, until you actually touch it. I'm tempted to wipe it with something 10 seconds after turning it on. The glassy surface is also not optimal for quick and constant finger dragging when gaming, and glare and reflections can be be distracting. The NuVue Anti-Glare protective screen guard will diminish these issues.
Out of town on business, and didn't have much time for games, but when I returned this weekend (to be greeted by Hurricane Irene) I had finally received a package with 2 JOYSTICK-IT Arcade stick game accessories (bought one for my daughter) from my fav geek site ThinkGeek.com! So, after battening down the hatches, I wasted no time trying one out on several of my favorite games (Galaxy on Fire 2, Jet Car Stunts, and Paper Racer), and wow is this a simple yet worthy add-on! Read on for more info and to check out my action videos...
AViiQ recently introduced a portable charging station that also adds organization to your mobile world. Wrapped up in a neat fabric case, you’ll find a wall outlet that plugs into a 4 USB hub. Three of these USB slots are powered via the wall plug. The fourth slot is USB data capable. In the hub itself, is a male end USB plug that unzips and can be attached to your computer. From there it’s a charge/data plug.
The case has various pockets that allow you to wrap up and stow away your cables. This keeps them organized and useful at the same time. In the last two weeks, I found that this worked very well for most of my devices.
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