Buying a case is perhaps the most obvious way to customize your mobile device. While you can doctor your own ringtone, wallpapers, and settings, a case can offer distinctive looks and features to best fit your use of your device. I have yet to meet anyone (myself included) whose love of his or her iPhone 5 doesn't verge on obsession. So why not make your coveted device reflect your individuality?
In this review, I will share details about two well-designed iPhone cases, each serving different functions. Both cases were part of iPhone Life's recent video contest, where we gave cases away to contestants who submitted the best, most convincing parody of an Apple ad.
It seems every hacker or hipster has a hoodie he can call his own, so why shouldn't your iPad or iPad mini? If it's good enough for Mark Zuckerberg, it's good enough for your gadget.
But Hoodivision's Hoodi isn't about style... It performs an important function. On a recent cruise, I didn't bother bringing my iPad mini to the upper deck because I knew I wouldn't be able to see the screen in sunlight. The Hoodi solves this problem in a novel way.
When you think of it, it's amazing all the things that have to come together in order to get a new phone and a new version of the software out the door — with millions of people waiting with baited breath all the while and investors chastising Apple for not coming out with new stuff.
I have been reviewing products from Just Mobile for years. The company recently released a collection of high-end cases, containers, and holders for iPhones and iPads. The designs further Just Mobile's tradition of making quality aluminum accessories designed with a sleek, Apple-inspired look. This article takes a look at three of these new products to see how well they hold up to my high expectations for the brand.
1. AluCup ($29.95)
Note: this article is only for users with jailbroken devices. Sorry about that: Apple's locking down the entire system and no longer provides configuration options.
I love using my iPhone 5 to take quick HDR and panorama shots. While the image quality of the phone generally doesn't compare to that of dedicated enthusiast point-and-shoot cameras such as the Sony RX100 or Panasonic LX-7, both HDR and particularly the panorama mode of the iPhone 5 are stunning. While I have several panorama-enabled cameras, I only use the iPhone 5 for shooting quick panoramas. In practice, it delivers the most consistent, artifact-free panoramas. Just for a comparison: not even the latest-and-greatest Panasonic ZS-30, with its excellent travel zoom, can deliver panoramas of comparable quality and dependability.
X-Doria, a maker of fashion-forward accessories for mobile lifestyles, has announced it will now offer its iPad mini case collection at Target and on Target.com. Featuring three Target exclusive designs, including the SmartStyle in Pink Herringbone, Orange Bulbs, and Dash Folio Cabernet, these cases provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional design while protecting your device at all times. Along with these fashionable designs for Target, the retailer also will carry a wide array of X-Doria colors and styles in its Smartstyle, SmartJacket, and Dash Folio Lines.
Collaboration is important to businesses large and small. It helps bring distributed teams together, facilitates better decisions, and keeps everyone in the loop. Collaboration also is a great reason to deploy iPads. When you need something, you need it now, not when you get back to your desktop. When you learn something, you want to capture it immediately. When someone needs you, you want to be able to respond quickly. Collaboration is very personal.
I’ve never been much for online gaming. I’ve not wandered the countryside of Britannia nor visited the realms of Azeroth. Even when Star Wars — one of my all time favorites — went multiplayer online, I couldn’t bring myself to join the dark side. As I get more and more engrossed in mobile gaming, however, I’ve come to appreciate the concept of multiplayer causal gaming. Developers have managed to find a way to let me play against other humans and still fulfill my desire to be a solitary game player.
In fact, I’m finding myself spending more time engaged in multiplayer battles within a few games rather than the many pages of high quality apps that fill my iPad. As a result, when the fine folks at iPhone Life asked if I would consider sharing my views in a semi-regular column on the state of gaming, I decided the perfect topic for my first installment would be “online games for people who hate online games.”
While we all pay close attention to rumors regarding the next iPhone and iPad, perhaps of even greater interest for most iDevice users is news of the forthcoming iOS 7 interface. Apple will introduce the new version of the software in June at its Worldwide Developer Conference, and will likely be available for download soon after that.
The Adventure-Proof series examines and reviews the best in rugged iOS gear, apps, and accessories to help iDevice users enjoy the great outdoors with their mobile tech safely in tow. In this installment we'll take a close look at the latest in military-standard, waterproof protection for the iPad 2 through 4; aXtion Pro by The Joy Factory ($129.95)
Waterproof iPad cases are relatively rare, so my ears perked when I heard about a new line from such a reputable company as The Joy Factory. The aXtion Pro is a floating fortress of a case. It meet military grade, waterproof, and shockproof standards, so your iPad is good to go on just about any adventure.