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2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Great Gifting Tips for iDevice Lovers.

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Featuring 50 great gift ideas in ten categories! You are sure to find something for everyone on your holiday gift list here...

 

Like most everyone else, I've got the holiday season on my mind. Honestly, there's nothing I love more than a good celebration of family, friends and togetherness. It's the time of year when so many traditions come together in the spirit of love and joy to exchange both good will and gifts of gratitude and appreciation. With the holidays now in full swing, I thought it a perfect time to offer my “Top Ten” list of holiday shopping ideas for that special Apple iDevice lover in your life.   

 

I've streamlined this article in the hopes of making things easy for you, especially if you are doing any online shopping, as this article is rich with valuable links that will provide you with a good variety of options within each category. In fact, you may want to bookmark this page, which features 50 different items in the Top Ten gift categories.   

 

You can use this article as a handy reference guide over the coming weeks; your one-stop, one-click resource for iDevice holiday gifting.   

 

Happy Holidays everyone, and now without further adieu, an iPhone Life Top Ten: Holiday Shopping iOS Guide Guide.



Mini cases, Maximum Protection: The best rugged iPad mini cases in review [Roundup]

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Welcome to my review of the top three rugged cases for the iPad mini that are available to purchase now. While there aren't a ton of heavy-duty case options out there yet for the recently unveiled iPad mini, there are a few excellent choices. This is a roundup of the top three, extreme-duty, rugged cases available for you to pick up for the new iPad mini right away, with no delay! With Black Friday and the official start of the holiday season this week, what better time!?

 

The iPad mini may be the new kid on the block but it’s already selling like hotcakes and I expect it to be at the top of many a holiday wish list. Every good boy and girl deserves a good protective case for their new iPad mini, especially considering how infinitely more portable the mini is than its larger sibling. Since we will be seeing more iPads out in the wild now than ever before let's take a look at some of the best of the best of heavy-duty, extra-protective cases built to keep our iPad minis safe from harm, no matter where the roads may take us.

 



Introducing The EcoXBT: The Toughest Speakers To Beat!

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Welcome to a whole new world of rugged mobile gear! Meet the EcoXBT: The premier rugged mobile Bluetooth speaker you can take anywhere and do anything with. The XBT is a heavy-duty and gnarly-as-all-get-out, mini boom box for all of your EcoXtreme adventures!

 

I've covered EcoXGear’s line of high-quality products for years now, and its safe to say, they have garnered quite the reputation for bringing out some of the best, extreme-rugged, mobile gear on the scene. The XBT is their latest addition to a quality product line, and an adventure's dream come true.



With Angler Ally 1.0 for iOS, Boosting Fishing Success is No Fish Tale

With Angler Ally 1.0 for iOS, Boosting Fishing Success is No Fish Tale

inyago LLC today introduces Angler Ally 1.0 for iOS, a GPS-enabled app that boosts fishing success. Users can pinpoint the locations and weather and lunar conditions of their catches with a single tap, and optionally record additional details such as weight, length, lure, bait, water conditions, and more. Users can then use this insight to maximize their success by returning to the best locations during optimal conditions. Perfect for hobbyists, competitors, or career anglers, the app is packed with features to help users catch more fish.


Copper River Bags. Handcrafted leather iBags, guaranteed to last a lifetime.

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That which makes something a “great deal” is very relative and subjective.

 

For instance, for the unrivaled security they provide, I would call the Lifeproof line of iDevice products a “deal”, even though they might be some of the pricier iDevice cases on the market. With regards to quality and protection, the old adage “You get what you pay for.” is often true, especially when it comes to products that claim to be durable and built to last.

 

When it comes to a quality manufacturer of iPad and laptop bags, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal than a Copper River Bag. First of all, Copper River Bags come with a 100-year warranty! I guarantee you, not many companies would say such a thing about their product. This puts them in league with such reputable, top companies as Eddie Bauer, L.L. Bean, Leatherman and the handful of other manufacturers whose warranties extend throughout the life of their product.

 

Copper River Bags are nothing short of works of art. Practical, durable works of art mind you, but art nonetheless. Each bag is hand crafted here in America in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains. Using rugged, full grain leather, each Copper River Bag is built to carry your devices and gadgets, now and for generations to come. Truly, if you decide to invest in a Copper River Bag, it is something that, barring any unforeseen natural disaster, you will likely find yourself leaving to a loved one in your will.



Peterson Birds of North America -- app on sale today for $0.99

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I like having birding apps on my iPad, though they do take up a bit of memory. You can get Peterson Birds of North America today for $0.99 (for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch). The regular price is $14.99. This classic bird guide has illustrations, bird songs, range maps, and nest photos for over 800 species in North America.



Just Released: Genre-Twisting Sport Game 'Track & Tricks'

Just Released: Genre-Twisting Sport Game 'Track & Tricks'

Nebula Entertainment proudly presents 'Track & Tricks', a brand new mobile game for iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) and Android. Ostensibly a track & field game, 'Track & Tricks' incorporates elements from the arcade and rhythm genres, with an emphasis on high production values and creating an engaging, fun experience for the user.


Life in the nüüd. Lifeproof introduces the first heavy-duty, waterproof iPad case.

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After months of anticipation and rumored development, Lifeproof, (arguably one of the best protective case manufacturers for iDevices) has produced, and now released, their version of the award-winning Lifeproof case, for the iPad 2 and 3rd generation models.

 

Called the “nüüd”, this new, completely submersible iPad case is a revolution of design and functionality. This cleverly designed case provides a high level of defense for our precious iPads, unlike anything else on the market.



The Flex Kit just may be the most versatile iPad case around!

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TinyLightbulbs.com is a ingenious young company that specializes in bringing independently funded and crowd funded projects to greater public awareness. Recently they turned me on to a product called The Flex Kit. Here is a case solution that stands out from a very crowded field of iPad cases. Uzibull has created a versatile and unique product, a protective and functional line of accessories for the iPad that is The Flex Kit.



What's Next? You Ain't Seen Nuthin' Yet... [on the evolution of Apple]

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With all the chatter in the blogosphere, about new products soon to be released, and patent battles being fought on all fronts in the courts of law, I think it's important to keep in mind the old expression: "You ain't seen nuthin' yet!" Truly, hasn't this week been a great example of that.
 
With the court cases bringing out details Apple would just as likely have preferred to keep private, we have been granted a rare insight into the evolution of products in the Apple iDevice chain, as well as having been given glimpses into what Apple had in mind, in prototype form, two years ago.
 
That said, can you imagine what Cupertino has in store for us in say, 5 years? That's not that long. Think about it. Within 5 years, devices and functions that are now, only in prototype/patent form, may very well be seeing the light of day. It's not for nothing that Johny Ive says that the products Apple is working on now, are some of the best, most exciting products Apple has ever invented!



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