Dock choices for your iPhone or iPad, are seemingly as numerous as apps. We have reviewed a ton of them here on the blogs or in the mag, and it's easy to get overwhelmed picking one. The Stem TimeCommand dock is "simple-smart" gear (coined that term just for this review) to charge your iOS device in the wee hours, and wake your butt in the AM (the simple part). It does the essentials as well as pump out crisp audio. It also has some very cool features (the smart part)...
Wrapping your device in a clear protective shell is not as difficult, bulky or as cumbersome as you may think. There are some options that make it a sleek and simple proposition. Recently, I tried the Wrapsol ultra protective wrap on my iPod touch, and it really does give you exquisite protection without looking and feeling like a mini bank-vault. What I really like about the Wrapsol is that it is thin enough to allow me to still use most of my covers and skins, but by itself can protect from drops of up to 6 feet (uh...I did not field test this, but there is a video at the end).
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.
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?
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.