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Review: Arkon MyHandstand™ iPad Hand Holder

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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.



Light up your life with accessories from MoonSkin and Dexim

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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?

 



Review: Waterfield Keyboard Travel Express

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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 offer new iPad protection!

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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).



Griffin and Dijit turn iPad or iPhone into a universal remote!

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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.



Review: WeKreat Bento Part 2 of 3 (iPad 1)

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I’m going to get right into it. As I stated before, it is compatible with the iPad 2 and 1.

The iPad 1 can be placed in this battery pack in the glass down position. It sits in there well, just like the Zaggmate. Your iPad does need to be naked.



Otterbox Ipad2 Defenders works like it sounds - It's tough and protective!

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The Otterbox for iPad2 Defender Case works just like it sounds: It’s rugged, tough, and protects like no other case I’ve seen on the market.

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.



Handstand for iPad2 - DIfficult Installation but it was worth the effort

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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.



Trip to Hong Kong: Survey of iPhone scene in the East

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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 Cases cover your investment!

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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.



Best iPad Accessories, Reviews, iPad Cases

Best iPad accessories: there's lots to choose from and cases, stands and car mounts are just the beginning. We have the reviews that you need and 
let's face it; the iPad isn't a bargain item.  It is expensive, and it requires protection if you want it to last a while.  To get more value out of your device, however, sometimes you need to cough up a few more dollars and invest in some awesome gear.  That's where we come in.  We don't want you spending your precious money on worthless items. Here are our picks and reviews of the best iPad accessories for 2011.  Read on to find the absolute best gear and best ipad accessories.


Most iPad owners purchase a case to protect their device. The type of case you choose depends on how you'll be using your iPad and how much you want to spend. In this section we look at a variety of the best protective iPad accessories: cases, bags, shells, and sleeves, as well as stands. The descriptions not only include the list price but also the price on Amazon, so that you can get a sense for how much they're selling for through other online retailers.


New audio accessories are constantly evolving for all iOS devices, and starting earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there were some great ones in action. Most prefer something compact, with good quality sound, and affordability. An integrated app is nice, but not crucial. 

The Bose MIE2i wired mobile headset

 are perfect examples of earbuds that are compact, have great sound quailty and are affordable. They are highly rated for both sound quality and comfort. They come with three sizes of StayHear silicon tips and an answer/end button on the inline microphone. The reviews say the quality of sound is tops. Note that these are standard earbuds - no noise-isolating to block unwanted sound.
 A comparison of these earbuds and other great accessories are in the 2011 Best Gear article.