Sunday
Sep122010

Timbuk2 Quickie XS for iPad

The Timbuk2 Quickie XS is a great protective carry bag for the iPad that offers storage for accessories. What makes the Quickie a great protective bag is it's inside padding that consists of foam-like studded surface for impact protection. You can carry the Quickie by it's stow away carry handles or just use it as a sleeve. The Quickie has two front storage pockets which are covered by a flap that uses velcro to secure it self. The placement of the front facing pockets allow for storing your cables, power brick and other small accessories. On the outside, the Quickie is made from a nylon fabric which I do not know if it's water-resistant or not, so if you need a weather-proof bag for your iPad you should probably look at Timbuk2's other offerings. 

The iPad fits nicely inside the Quickie with some room to spare. Now this is a slight problem because the iPad does move around a bit inside when you're carrying it inside and I'm not sure you would want to put anything other than your iPad inside the compartment. The Quickie XS doesn't seem to be made to exactly fit an iPad. While it the Quickie XS offers some good protection and accessory storage for daily use, it fails to fit the iPad like it actually should. Since the Quickie XS came out for the iPad, Timbuk2 made some newer Envelope sleeves for the iPad that I would recommend taking a look at. Price $45.

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Sunday
Sep122010

Case-Mate Venture iPad Case

Saturday
Sep112010

WaterField Designs Trackpad Slip for Magic Trackpad

The Trackpad Slip is a sleeve for the Apple Magic Trackpad that is made from a ballistic nylon material with colored trim edge, which adds a nice touch. This is a very simple yet very effective sleeve for the Magic Trackpad. In case you did not know, the Magic Trackpad has a thin glass touch surface and the Trackpad Slip provides extra protection for when you're on the go. The fit and finish of the Trackpad Slip couldn't be any better, the Magic Trackpad fits snuggly into the Trackpad Slip and stays inside very secured. The interior is lightly padded with soft felt to keep the slimness of the sleeve to a minimum. The Trackpad Slip is relatively thin but it actually feels like it would protect your Magic Trackpad even from a fall. If you often take your Magic Trackpad along with you, I think the Trackpad Slip would be a great way to protect your Magic Trackpad. The Trackpad Slip is available in six trim colors. Price $25.

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Saturday
Sep112010

PADACS Executive Leather and Generation iPad Case Review

Ever since the iPad was released there has been a plethora of cases on the market. Made by PADACS, the Generation iPad Case and the Executive Leather iPad Case are 2 more in the iPad case market. Both cases are in the same style as the iPad case made by Apple, i.e. like a book. Also like the Apple case, there is a flap on the back where you can bend the front of the case around to put it in either the typing mode or the display mode. A neat feature of these cases are that when you close the case, there is a magnet in the end so the top doesn’t flap around unnecessarily and stays closed. Very nice.

 

Both cases are made of very high quality material and that is the only difference between the cases. The Executive case is as you could guess, is made out of black leather, and it is very high quality at that. Which makes it have a very premium feel to it, and it feels great! On the other hand, the Generation iPad Case is a mix of denim and white synthetic leather. Weird mix but it works. The texture of the external part of the case is very nice and the softness and smoothness of the inside is great. Overall, both cases are very nice to hold and use. Also, all the external buttons and speakers are exposed and are really easy to get to. However, with everything, there are some issues. But, I can only find one. The issue is to do with how the case actually touches the iPad on the left hand side. In short, it doesn’t. I presume this is caused when the flap that keeps the iPad secure in the case is in, it pulls the material at the top which then causes the case to lift slightly on the left hand side. Now, it is not that catastrophic as it only lifts up from the iPad about 8mm and it went away within a week of use.

In conclusion, both of these cases are good. They are both very durable, protective and stylish. But if I had to choose which one is the best, I would have to say the Generation case. Mainly because of the denim material. For me it is a lot nicer to hold and is better feeling for me. Also, as it is not made fully out of leather, it is quite a bit lighter as well.

PADACS is now shipping all of their products to the US & Canada with free shipping within the US starting September 17th. The Executive leather case is $53.95 and the Generation case is $47.95.

PADACS Executive Leather Case PADACS Generation iPad Case

Friday
Sep102010

Noreve Tradition Leather Case for iPhone 4

The Noreve Tradition leather flip case for the iPhone 4 looks simple on the outside but we don't judge cases by their outside looks alone. With this particular flat and smooth leather finish, the Tradition doesn't look all that interesting, and once you open it up you are greeted with black leather interior with an embossed Noreve pattern, which adds a lot of detail to the case. The Tradition flip case is very tight fitting and securely holds your iPhone 4 in place while letting you have full and easy access to all your buttons, speaker and mic. This case features a clip that can be optionally added by you to the back by simply changing the screw hole cover with the clip mounting screw and sliding on the clip. I really like how Noreve covered the mounting on the back with a low-profile rounded screw cover. It doesn't feel like it would scratch any surface and I could barely notice it.

The Tradition flip case feels very nice in the hand because the flap completely sits flush on the back when flipped over. You really don't get bothered by it because of how nicely it fits on the back and in your hand. The quality of the Tradition's finish is not great and does need to be a bit higher, however it is nothing that stands out. Iv'e gotten a few straight stares right at this case when I was using it in public, the color and style really attracts peoples attention because it isn't a case you see everyday. 

The overall thickness of the Tradition flip case when closed isn't bulky at all and would easily fit nicely into pockets. The flap snugly attaches onto the top of the iPhone's metal band and stays on secured. There is an issue with the cutout for the flash that will bounce the orange color of the case right into the image. If you don't use flash, images won't be affected. The Tradition leather flip case doesn't provide a good amount of shock protection but it will protect your iPhone 4 from scratches and daily use in style. You can get the Tradition flip case in various leather textures and colors. Price $55.

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Wednesday
Sep082010

GelaSkins for iPad 

One of the best ways to customize your iPad's looks is by applying one of the unique artwork decal skins by GelaSkins. As you can see above, this iPad looks pretty good. The best thing about GelaSkins is that their skins are made from a high quality 3M material that does not leave any of that sticky residue behind and it's also extremely easy to apply. You will notice the criss cross texture these skins have, and that allows for any trapped air bubbles to easily be pushed out from underneath. The GelaSkins are a fantastic way to change up the looks of your iPad while benefiting from scratch protection without any added bulk. You can also use GelaSkins' DIY custom skin process where you can upload your own image or picture. If you happen to mess up the installation, you can easily reapply the skin onto the surface many times until you get it just right.

You also get the front facing skin to apply to the front of your iPad's bezel. The only issue with this is that if you've got a screen protector applied to your screen, you will need to know that if you apply the front bezel piece of the GelaSkins, it will lift off the screen protector once you decide to remove it. Price $29.95.

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Monday
Sep062010

DefaultCase Case for iPhone 4

DefaultCase have stirred up some buzz lately about their $0.01 cases for the iPhone 4. These perforated snap-on cases for the iPhone 4 cost only one cent, yes you read correctly. DefaultCase are trying to get their name out there about their brand by selling their cases at a ridiculous low price. This is just a temporary deal to get the word out though, so I would definitely jump on this if you're into these type of cases. The DefaultCase is purely outstanding for it's current price. You might be thinking that the quality will be downgraded but this isn't the case at all. The DefaultCase for the iPhone 4 feels and looks great, it's got a matte soft-touch finish that's helps with grip while instantly attracting peoples attention. 

These perforated cases are very easy to snap on the iPhone and provide moderate protection without any added bulk. You don't need to worry about taking off any back skins you might have already on your iPhone in order for the DefaultCase to fit correctly, it's compatible. I would recommend a back skin just because the little holes will get some dust into them and that might even scratch the back of your iPhone. The DefaultCase has nice rounded edges and provides a nice lip for a lay-on-the-table design. Your iPhone will stay unprotected at both ends and you need to be a bit more careful about that. The only issue I came across is with the volume cutout, it's too small too reach and makes it harder to press down on each button. This cutout should definitely be bigger. The silent switch is easy to get too. If you're known to drop your stuff, you would be better off with a tougher case such as Case-Mate's Tough case. 

I would highly recommend snatching up a DefaultCase for your iPhone 4. The DefaultCase is available in white, black, green, blue, red and pink. Price $0.01. Note: This price will not last forever. 

Update: If you're planning on using your camera flash, the DefaultCase does indeed affect the camera flash and will diffuse it's color onto your image. Using flash with the DefaultCase on, is useless. 

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Sunday
Sep052010

Case-Mate Tough Case for iPhone 4

Iv'e always been a big fan of Case-Mate's Hybrid Tough cases for the iPhone, and now we have the popular Tough case for the iPhone 4. The Tough case does not disappoint in it's tough name, this is one tough case for the iPhone 4. The Tough case is a two part hybrid case that consists of a hard ABS plastic shell and a soft thin silicone skin to absorb shock. With these two materials combined, you get some awesome protection from drops and bumps. You would think that this case would add a lot of bulk to your iPhone but it really does not. Because of the thin silicone layer, the Tough case is about 1/2 of an inch thick and you really get a pretty non-bulky case that provides some great protection. Installation is so easy that it will take you a few seconds to put on the Tough case on your iPhone 4. And once it's on, you immediately feel that extra tough protection and security that was just added to your iPhone.

Not only does the Tough case pack some serious protection, it looks pretty futuristic with it's back pattern. You will notice that it has this texture on the hard ABD plastic shell, which provides outstanding grip. This matte hard shell also feels very smooth and soft to the touch. There is a very nice lip on the the screen from the silicone rim which provides a great lay-on-the-table design. Ports are all easily accessible. The sleep/wake and volume buttons are covered by the silicone layer and are very responsive. The camera cutout is nicely cut and does not affect the flash. The bottom part of the Tough case is also nicely cut to easily fit 3rd party sync connectors.

You can use any back skin or decal with the Tough case without any issues. The back of the Tough case does not attract any lint but the silicone parts can attract some. The only issue I came across was that the bottom piece of the silicone under the home button is a bit flimsy, and that's because of the thinness of the silicone layer. However this should not affect your everyday use. Case-Mate includes a decent clear screen protector which is a nice addition to have especially when you don'y already have one. I would highly recommend the Tough case. Available in black, gray and white. Price $34.99.

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