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Pad Strap for iPad

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Is your iPad too slippery? Are you afraid it will fall out of your hands, but you like the “naked” look? Try the Pad Strap.

The Pad Strap, made of two leather “pockets” and an elastic strap, hooks over two opposite corners. This provides a secure way to hold your iPad without keeping it in a case.

I like the idea. It works well and feels fairly secure. I’m not sure if the elastic will stretch out over time, but it appears fairly stable. It doesn’t add weight and doesn’t get in the way.



Review: Joby GorillaMobile Ori for iPad

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The GorillaMobile Ori case is a combination of aluminum and polycarbonate with a design inspired by origami. At first glance, it opens up folio style. The inside cover has a soft protective material that will not scratch your screen. The iPad itself slips into a white hard shell case which has rubbery silicone on the edges.



5 Stars for Portability - Verbatim Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard

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What I like:

It folds in half and stores in a nifty case, which makes it very convenient for me to carry it in my purse. I’m not sure that would be a benefit for men unless they carry their iPad in a large case, backpack or a “man” bag. But for me, it’s great. The Apple keyboard took up more room in my purse.

It uses 2 AAA batteries. I’d rather carry two extra batteries in my purse than a charger. Again, it’s the bulk issue.



ZAGGmate for iPad 2 is availbale for Pre-Order

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Pre-orders are being taken for the ZAGGmate for iPad 2. Head over to Zagg.com to do that.

You can also check out the review I did on the Zaggmate for iPad 1 in the below link

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-part-2-zagg%E2%80%99s-zaggmate-case-keyboard 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Fabrix Sleeves

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If you are looking for protection for your new iPad 2 that can be used with Apple Smart Case, Fabrix may have a solution for you with their sleeves.

http://www.fabrixcases.com/products/ipad-2

Cindy Downes reviewed their sleeve last year which can be found in the below link.

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/2884/fabrix-sleeve-ipad-good-first-case-im-looking-more

These sleeves are compatible with both iPad versions.

You can also check out my past Fabrix Bookle



iPad 1 & 2 Accessories

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Over the past year, I got to play with a lot of iPad Accessories. While I will not be getting the iPad 2 in the near future, I thought I would put a list together of the accessories I reviewed that should also work with the iPad 2 out of the box.



Review: ZAGGaquabuds

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One of the things I like to use my devices for is music and movies. I don’t usually watch movies unless I’m traveling, but I do listen to music more frequently. I prefer to use my Bluetooth headset when I am walking or doing yard work. I do occasionally use wired headset in these circumstances, but most of the time use the wired sets when I am stationary.

I tried the ZAGGaquabuds while I was on vacation, mostly in the airport and on the plane.



TeamViewer - Remote Desktop for everything!

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If you are looking for a secure, very easy to configure and use, remote desktop app (and I am happy to report it works well with Linux), check out TeamViewer. If you don't mind the app reminding you to upgrade it--and the lack of a few features--it is completely free. You can grab everything you need here (DLs available for Mac, PC, and Linux), and the app store link above. The config for Ubuntu geeks is pretty simple (download the debian package, run the desktop app, and perform similar actions on iPhone to connect).



This and That

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I went to Florida for a week so I am catching up on things. Here are some misc thoughts from my trip and email catch-up.

My iOS Gear I took was fairly light. I brought my iPad as well as the GNS GPS receiver I just reviewed. I used my dedicated TomTom car unit but brought the GNS as backup. TomTom stayed in the rental car pretty much the whole time. (I did not want to leave the iPad in the car.)

I debated on bringing a keyboard with me for the iPad. I ended up not and I did not regret it at once. I used the iPad heavily at the airport and on the plane. During the week, I was busy enjoying the various amusement parks in Orlando and trying to get a sun tan.  I would have used it more during the week when I was at the place we stayed but there was no internet service.



Updated RedEye Mini App

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Last Year I reviewed the RedEye Mini from Thinkflood. There was also a manufacturing recall of the unit shortly after that as well but I never heard any updates directly since. I am assuming they got everything all straightened out as they have released an updated app for it.

http://www.iphonelife.com/blog/5811/review-thinkfloods-redeye-mini

 

Part of the press release is as follows:

"ThinkFlood has released a new dedicated application for their popular RedEye mini device today.



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.