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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.

 



Find your valuable stuff with FinderCodes!

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There is nothing crappier, in my opinion, than knowing the sinking feeling of misplacing or losing a valuable gadget. You know how this scenario goes (as I certainly do): It might be while on a faraway trip, or the restaurant booth down the street. Once you realize it's gone, the first thing you think, right after you contemplate a suitable way to kill yourself is, "Wow, [explicative]...I just lost my 300+ dollar iPad mini! I should just go shoot myself now!!". You also know it's game over... GONE, period! You also probably feel a bit sick to the stomach. Truth to tell if you lose your new iPad mini, you're probably right, but there is a single ray of hope. A good Samaritan, who (if they knew how to contact you), might actually return your valuable gear. FinderCodes can make this possible through the use of a simple QR code tag, and also lets you sweeten the incentive with a reward. Really, what have you got to lose!



Easily Turn Great Pix into Wall Art!

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I have used a few of these services on the web (pix-to-art printing) and none offer anything so simple to use--with flexible and original mounting and pricing options--than those of Art.com. Whether you have an iPhone or not, you should check the site out if you want to turn your own shots into superb wall art. I often take my camera along on neighborhood strolls, and have grabbed a few lucky but stunning pix over the years (nature does the hard work) with only a simple P-n-S camera, and my friend gets amazing shots with his iPhone all the time (patient with a great eye). A few have turned out surprisingly well on canvas. Art.com has taken it to the next level, with an iPhone app called Photos to Art that will let you easily upload and order prints framed suitably for the office, or any room in your home... 



iPhone Life Weekly Weekend Giveaway! 11-16-12

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Every weekend we will be raffling off tons of great apps and accessories for FREE. Here's how it works: Every Friday we will announce the prizes being given away through iPhoneLife.com, Facebook, Twitter and Google+. To enter the giveaway, go to iPhoneLife.com/giveaways. On Monday morning we will randomly select the winners. If you win an app, we will email you the promo code to redeem the app for free. If you win an accessory, we will mail it to you.



My Mini: The Unveiling. A Live Accounting...

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10:01 AM: My iPad mini arrived this morning, Thursday November 15th, finally! Right on time! Actually, I think I got mine a little earlier than some folks, maybe because I was up early that October morning, likely one of the first to place their order online at the Apple Store.
 
 
I've been curious as to what it would feel like, seeing the package arrive, unboxing my diminutive new tablet which I already feel I know so much about. I mean, it's not like I don't already have both an iPhone and an iPad 2. Would it still be as big a deal, would this new iDevice WOW me even more than what I'm used to, more than I might expect?



Count on OtterBox for protecting your iPad mini and other gadgets

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You can always count on OtterBox for heavy duty protective cases but also for rapid development of cases following the unveiling of a new Apple device. Sure enough, my iPad mini was just a few days old when I was able to wrap it in a protective Defender case from OtterBox.



Dear Cupertino, I'll Take a 6-inch iPad Nano Please.

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Yes, I did say iPad Nano. No, that is not a type-o.
 
Remember back, just 20 years ago? Who would've thought that laptops would have revolutionized mobile computing the way they did? Obviously someone. And who could have foreseen how, within a short time, laptops would come in sizes ranging from less than 11 inches to almost 2 feet!? But they have.
 
Now it is the age of the tablet. In this post-PC phase of computing evolution we are seeing the market dominated by both higher quality and more varied options of smartphones, “phablets” and tablets.
 
Personally, I say it's inevitable that Apple continually expands its product line, certainly if they wish to remain the dominating presence of the technology industry. Apple may not be “forced” to do anything, but they have, and will continue to see the intrinsic value inherent in offering an ever increasing variety of product options in terms of iDevice range, capacity and physical size.



Find your keys, wallet, and more with WalletTrackr from PhoneHalo

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Forget Find my iPhone, and Find my Friends... With the WalletTrackr, Phone Halo's SelfStarter (an open source competitor to Kickstarter) project, you can use your iPhone, or iPad, or iPod touch to find just about anything! Attach a fob to your keychain or insert a slim card in your wallet or purse and use their iOS app to find the object using a slick interface. The app will remember where the fob was when you were last in contact with it, and play a song when you become separated, and help you find it, much like Apple's Find my iPhone.


iPhone Maps App Update

It's all good in my world. Since Apple kicked Google Maps to the curb, they have been dodging arrows from critics because it's not perfect. I am not about to apologize or justify for Apple, only check in about my real life testing here in rural Vermont.



Where will Apple go next with its iOS devices? Some predictions

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Sometimes it seems like there's nothing new for Apple to invent. There are rumors of an Apple TV set, but it's hard to imagine that would have the potential for revolutionizing an industry, and goosing Apple's bottom line, in the same way as have the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. While it's difficult to guess what Apple will come up with next, I think there are some sure bets for the near term. So I'm going out on a limb and am making some predictions regarding Apple's mobile devices. 



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