iSkin Vu for iPad

It's not everyday you see a case like this around. This is the iSkin Vu case for the iPad and it isn't your typical iPad case, this case is an eye catcher. The Vu looks amazing with it's semi-transparant color combination and unique detailed pattern that is found all over the case. The Vu features a hybrid combination of hard clear plastic and a colored TPU material which is also known as Thermoplastic, a semi-flexible rubbery plastic. This combination of hard plastic and TPU materials make the Vu a great all around protective case against bumps, scratches and even small drops. iSkin's Vu has Microban protection to help keep the colors from fading and discoloring over time, and it also helps keep germs off. If you're using Apple's iPad Dock, the Vu has a back dock cover which slides on and off do allow for docking.

While looks are great, function is always a big thing with cases, and the Vu does have a few negative aspects. The Vu has a pretty thick TPU that covers part of the iPad's bezel and fully covers the bottom home button area. This is great for protection but it also makes for very hard and somewhat frustrating installation. Once I got the Vu on my iPad I noticed that there is a good lip all around the iPad's bezel, however these lips did not completely sit flush on the glass surface. Because of the thickness of the material it looks like it lifts a bit off the surface. This isn't a big issue with comfort but it does make it a bit hard to press down on the side volume buttons because they are fully covered. Also, the volume and rotation switch are covered with flaps that you need to dig in with your finger nails just to get to those covered areas. 

The Vu features a back dock cover which you can remove in order to dock your iPad with Apple's iPad Dock. But this cover is a big pain to get in and off and it just made me not even want to take it off ever. But once you do have this dock cover installed on the Vu, it does not completely stay flush with the seem that it connects to. I do hope this does get fixed after a while. Overall the Vu looks fantastic when it's on the iPad and it also feels great to hold with it's textured patters all over the back on the front of the case. Both the texture and the TPU material gives you a good grip. The Vu does not attract any lint or dust so it keeps looking good. For $64.99 I would expect the Vu to not have any of these issues mentioned, but it certainly gives you that great protection and good looks. The Vu is available in seven colors. Price $64.99.

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Padacs Aksent High-Definition In-Ear Earphones

In-ear headphones hovering around the $60-80 range are often the most popular candidate for people wanting to replace sub-standard stock earbuds, so Padacs has taken a shot at this market, specifically for iPad, iPhone and iPod owners. Enter the Padacs Aksent, a pair of in-ear headphones including volume play/pause and volume control buttons and a microphone, priced at $69.95AUD. These earphones are a great step up from the stock Apple earbuds and will no doubt satisfy anyone looking for a decent upgrade.

These earphones are encased in a very stylish looking chrome shell, and the foam tips’ black colour complements it nicely. The symmetrical cable is also black and has a rubbery texture, similar to that of the Sennheiser CX300s. This cable is not specifically tangle proof, but it does relatively well at keeping tangles to a minimum. The 3.5mm stereo jack features a slim profile, so owners of iPhones/iPods with cases can rest easy that the plug will fit. The other major feature of this model is the buttons and microphone attached to a black housing that lies directly before the wire splits into two.

The sound quality of these earphones is great for the price range, delivering rich sounds through its drivers and directly into the ear canal. The earphones produce a powerful but rich bass, while the treble is still clear and is not distorted. For those who don’t enjoy big bass, these might have too much of a punch behind them, but for most the sound is a clear overall blend that produces excellent sounds with almost all music types. It should be noted that for good bass response, it’s essential that the foam tips provide a good sound seal to achieve the best sound. The included tips should be a comfortable fit for most, and the best way to insert the earphones is to compress the foam, place it in the ear and allow the foam to expand to the shape of your ear.

There’s one thing that I should clarify, although most people probably wouldn’t mind this. The ‘volume control’ is a slider, and rather than directly changing the iPod’s volume, it lets you change between 0% to whatever volume your iPod is currently set at. This isn’t as accurate as having two individual buttons like the Apple earbuds, but in return it makes it much simpler to change the volume. For me, this wasn’t an issue, and the main button I used was the pause button. Like the Apple headphones, double clicking this button will change to the next song, which is a feature I absolutely love. The ‘remote’ is quite large, but this will only be a problem if you plan on using these while going for a run.

The Padacs Aksent earphones are a highly recommendable pair of earphones, and while the remote design could use some tweaking, for the price the sound quality will not fail to impress. Included is also a small carry bag, plus a shirt clip to keep the cable from moving excessively. If they sound like a pair to suit you, check out the link below to see the item’s web page.

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The Munkey Mobile Stand

The Munkey Mobile Stand is one simple stand that can attach to your car's head rest or even an airplane's tray table by using a strap, so that you can enjoy watching your videos without having to hold your mobile device for more than an hour, or whatever duration. The Munkey is made from solid lightweight anodized aluminum which is available in five colors. You can also use The Munkey stand by itself on a desk. For this review I used an iPhone 4 with a SwitchEasy Colors case on, and I'll go into why I used a case later on. This stand is limited to a landscape position only, so that means you cannot position your device upright. The viewing angle isn't adjustable but I feel that it's just right. The biggest issue I have with this stand is that it does not have any sort of rubber feet on the bottom for traction and this can also potentially scratch your surface. This is also the case with the inside of The Munkey's pegs that hold your device, there are no rubber coating and such so I would not recommend using a naked device with this stand.

With that being said, I The Munkey does a great job of securely holding your device in place using bottom and side pegs. The Munkey is compatible with all iPhone models, all iPod Touch models, Motorola Droid, HTC Hero & Imagio, BlackBerry Storm and the Zune HD. included with The Munkey stand is a nice travel carry pouch and the strap that is used for attaching. Price $29.99.


PADACS Bluetooth Mini Keyboard

Padacs' pocket-sized QWERTY bluetooth keyboard is a great alternative for people who love the iPad, but hate typing on the onscreen keyboard. The keyboard measures 115mm x 60mm x 7mm which makes it very pocketable and easy to carry around. The keyboard is also very light as it is made out of plastic, and because it is made out of plastic and is very light, it could feel cheap to some people. Personally, I like how light it is because it makes it very easy to carry around either in your pocket, or in a bag. The keyboard takes around 20-30 mins to charge from a flat battery and lasts for several hours of typing continuously. 

It is a very nice typing experience on the mini bluetooth keyboard, given the size. There are 5 rows altogether, the first row is numbers, the next 3 are for letters and punctuation and the last row is for the spacebar, function, shift, CTRL, ALT and delete keys. The keys are evenly spaced and raised just high enough to  provide a pleasant clicking sound when the keys are pressed.

Padacs bluetooth mini keyboard supports many devices and OS's including OS X, iOS 4, Android, PS3, Windows, WinMo 5.0 or higher and Symbian S60. And when using it with OS X, the number row can control things like brightness, volume, expose, play, pause and skip track when Function key is pressed.

In conclusion, Padacs bluetooth mini keyboard is one of the best bluetooth keyboards I have tried. mainly because just how portable it is and how it is very easy to type on. The Bluetooth Mini Keyboard is shipping to the US & Canada for $59.95. And one more thing, this review was typed on the Bluetooth Mini Keyboard, and it was great!



monCarbone HoverCoat Carbon Fiber Case for iPad

Carbon fiber fans rejoice! Today l'll be reviewing monCarbone's HoverCoat glossy and matte finished carbon fiber iPad cases. The HoverCoat is made out of real carbon fiber that provides a very unique and great looking sharp look to your iPad without compromising weight or bulk. The HoverCoat is extremely lightweight and slim. It easily snaps to the back of your iPad, but I found that if you use a back skin of any kind, the HoverCoat will not be sitted on very well and will easily pull back a bit if you place your fingers right on the edge of the case. I could barely tell I had a case on my iPad while using the HoverCoat, it's so thin that I felt like I was holding my iPad without a case on. The HoverCoat does flex and it isn't super hard. Corners are cut very precise and are rounded so there are not sharp corners or edges, which is great. I should note that the HoverCoat does not cover or provide any protection to the iPad's metal bezel. All the buttons and ports are easily accessible and uncovered. There are no logos on the outside only on the inside of the case which I was very happy about.

Both the matte and glossy HoverCoat finishes look beautiful, but if you really want to show off the carbon fiber pattern, the glossy does a much better job at showing the weave better than the matte finished HoverCoat. With that said, the glossy finish scratched very easily by just placing it on a table. For this kind of price I think there should be an anti-scratch coating added to the glossy finish. The matte finish does have an anti-scratch finish that works very well. The key differences between both matte and glossy HoverCoat finishes is that the glossy attracts fingerprints, it scratches more easily and it shows off the carbon fiber weave much better. The matte finished HoverCoat has a more grippy and rough texture to it. It's a much more stealthy looking iPad cover and will appeal to different kind of users. On the back you will notice a line of perforations  at the top, this is meant for the 3G iPad model so it will not interfere with the reception. I have not noticed any signal issues on my WiFi iPad at all.

The HoverCoat looks stunning under sunlight. You can clearly see the 3D carbon fiber weave in good lighting. I really think that monCarbone did a good job on the design of the HoverCoat case for the iPad, but I would have liked to see an anti-scratch coating for the glossy model at this price. And as we all know, real carbon fiber doesn't come cheap. Price $89.99.

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JAYS a-JAYS Three In-Ear Earphones

Iv'e reviewed and listened to many high quality earphones and headphones in the past to be able to notice a good sounding pair. I did not think that something so small can produce such an amazing sound, until I got my hands on the a-JAYS Three by JAYS. The a-JAYS Three pack such an incredible sound, all in an ultra compact design. Right out of the box these sounded just amazing. I really got blown away to how close they come compared to a pair of full fledged over-ear headphones. JAYS really do an amazing job with every single product they make so far. The a-JAYS Three are absolutely stunningly crystal clear but also, they have incredible punchy bass. The 8.6mm TCD neodymium driver produces such high quality bass that makes you feel your music. The sound is in no way distorted or muddy on any kind of music genre. The a-JAYS Three have a very rich warm sound that most people like including myself. They are very well balanced throughout the sound spectrum. 

The design and built quality is just as good as how they sound. The a-JAYS Three have a very nice soft touch coating surrounding the hosing with a glossy plastic cap. The slim profile makes for a very comfortable listening for long periods of time. Once in your ear, the a-JAYS Three are very unnoticeable so if you like to lay down while listening to your music, it won't be a problem for you. I really love the flat tangle-free cord which is the best flat quality cord Iv'e came across. The only thing I can say that did not impress me was the audio jack's design, which looks like a cheap piece of rubber without any design really. It will fit most devices due to it's slim profile. The a-JAYS Three come with a pretty useless hard storage case that is very slim. I had a hard time placing and closing this case with the a-JAYS Three neatly tucked inside. 

Depending on which silicone tip you choose to fit your ears, I was able to get a decent amount of sound isolation from outside noises. The a-JAYS Three are so lightweight that I would forget I even have them in my ear, which made me focus much more on my music than having to worry about them falling out and discomfort. I would highly recommend the a-JAYS Three for any music genre. The price, sound and build quality makes these a perfect pair of in-ears. Price $60. 


Sound ID 510 Bluetooth Headset Review

The Sound ID 510 Bluetooth headset looks amazingly sleek, slim and most importantly, it's ultra comfortable. Not only does the 510 fir perfectly in your ear, it also sounds very good on both ends of the call. The 510 has RealComfort EarLoops which I noticed right away how comfortable they are compared to all the other headsets I've come across. These uniquely designed ear loops or ear tips, are able to turn a bit to the right or left to perfectly fit your right or left ear. Once I put on the 510 I instantly thought that there is no way that it can come off my ear without me wanting it to, which is a problem with a lot of Bluetooth headsets out there. Another very nice feature the 510 has is touch sensitive volume control, which is simply the entire outer surface. This works very well by simply sliding your finger up or down to control the volume right on the headset. More after the jump!

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The Lucky Labs Spectra Wrap for iPhone 4

The Lucky Labs Spectra Wrap are a great way to quickly customize your iPhone 4 while also getting rid of any antenna issues you might have. The Spectra Wrap is basically a simple vinyl decal that you put on your iPhone 4's metal band, you even get an Apple logo decal. Applying and re-applying is very easy and there are perfectly cut cutouts for all the ports and buttons. There are so many colors to choose from so you can really be creative and get the colors you like on your iPhone 4. More after the break.

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