Nate Adcock is a system and integration engineer with experience managing and administering a variety of computing environments. He has worked extensively with mobile gadgets of all shapes and sizes for many years. He is also a former military weather forecaster. Nate is a regular contributor for the iphonelife.com and smartphonemag.com blogs and helps manage both websites. Read more from Nate at natestera.drupalgardens.com or e-mail him at nateiphonelife [dot] com.
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).
What I played this week?...hmmm. Well, I am really stuck in a loop with Jet Car Stunts, and will probably grab the level pack soon, as am tiring of the initial courses (still haven't completed all the time trials). I played a mucho cool new game this week called Paper Racer. For some reason, it makes me think of my old slot car racing set. Read on for the review.
I like goofy games (I guess because I'm pretty goofy), but games that are interesting, weird or eye-catching, without being overly fancy are often my favs. I know what a highly-skilled team of programmers can do, and am often blown away by the high-end games. I am more impressed when a single programmer or small team create a catchy game. I would say both Bathtime Boogie and Final Antivirus fall in this category.
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).
Ok, I promise not to use further Old English phrases in this review (though I am tempted). Adventure and dungeon games are definitely a game type well suited to the iPad--a large mapped area that requires a lot of scrolling, panning or zooming can be hard to enjoy on a small screen. There is also the benefit of control placement around the iPad's larger display. Companions makes good use of the iPad to give complete command over any melee situation, has a detailed storyline, and plenty of challenges to keep oneself immersed for hours!
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.
Working up reviews on these 2 apps, but wanted to get out some news since it has taken me most of the week to review Companions, and still working... The game is an engaging iPad dungeon crawler that seems to eat your time up at a horrific rate. Bathtime Boogie is a goofy kind of vertical shooter for iPhone and iPod touch that has a ton of charm (and quite kid safe). You can grab either on the App store at the links posted above...
Last year I reviewed the iStart Spanish version of the portable language courses from Mirai Language Systems (Japanese also offered). The app is really well done, and just found out they have recently released iStart German and Chinese! You can get more information from the PR info attached below, or go to the previous app store links to grab them (free lite versions available for both).
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.