The Strapz by Boomwave is a folio style case for the iPad that is made out of leather, although it does not smell like your typical leather, more of a pleather smell. The Starpz has a modern look to it with a pattern of slits on the front flap to show off the color of the inner neoprene sleeve which your iPad slides into. The outside finish of outer leather is smooth while the inside is a rough texture. The iPad slides very easily into the neoprene sleeve, but the neoprene is only on one side while the back is covered by the Strapz rough leather insides. This is a problem because this rough texture could scratch your iPads back side (depending on which side you slide in). Also there is very pminimal padding and protections against shock and even small bumps. The neoprene sleeve should fully surround the iPad from front to back, but this is not the case.
The Strapz leather flaps are pretty thin leaving the back side with very little impact protection because there isn't padding on the back side. The way the Strapz secures the iPad inside is by slipping over the rubber band to close the flaps together and while doing so, your iPad is secured and will not fall out of the neoprene slip pocket. The Boomwave logo is embossed on the front side corner, and it isn't really noticeable which is nice. The Strapz does not offer much protection for your iPad, and I could not recommend it. Strapz is available in blue, green and orange. Price $43.
The Case surprised me when i opened it, i really only bought this case to protect my phone on day 1 while i search for 'better' cases. I never had high expectations for it, but was shocked of the standard and quality of the case after using it for only a few hours. Its been going strong and well for the past 2 weeks and im glad to say i have not removed the case from my phone from day 1.
The case is available in a wide range of shops within the UK but we are unsure if these are stoking within the US yet. Retail price: £19.99
The Belkin Grip Vue is a thin TPU case that does not add a lot of bulk to your iPhone 4. It is very durable and scratch-resistant material. This case offers a great amount of protection and slides in and out of pockets with ease. I would recommend this case to anyone wanting a nice clear case for their brand new iPhone 4. I didn't mention in my video (as I've had more time using the case) that the clear version does turn a yellowish color over time. I would suggest washing the case with dishwashing soap and water (without the iPhone in the case of course).
The Belkin Grip Vue is available at local Best Buy store for $25 and also comes in two more colors; Pearl Black (Smoke) and Purple.
Devotec's Solar Sound 2 is probably the best portable speaker for travel currently. There are some issues with the Solar Sound 2 but we will get to those later on. The Solar Sound 2 can both be used over Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio cable. The best thing about the Solar Sound 2 speaker is the fact that it's powered by the sun! Yes it can be charged via USB but who wants to do that when you have a big solar panel built onto the top. I've used the Solar Sound 2 for days without having to charge it over USB, the sunlight has kept this ting going and going. I have yet to actually charge it myself, and this I really like. So we covered the biggest function about this portable speaker which is the fact that it can be powered by the sun.
Now onto the sound quality -- The Solar Sound 2 is pretty compact and portable with two speakers at each side that provide stereo sound at very high volumes. I was able to get a very loud sound level in a big living room, so sound level isn't the issue really. The sound quality is much better than what your iPhone or other mobile phone can produce. The Solar Sound 2 has a nice clear sound at normal sound levels. However, once you go beyond the 80% mark, you will start to get sound distortion effect on most songs. The bass quality isn't bad but nothing too exciting, definitely not punchy. I would say Devotec needs to improve the sound quality a bit here. The sound quality improves if you directly connect your audio source with the supplied 3.5mm audio cable but it isn't something really noticeable. The Solar Sound 2 has touch sensitive control buttons that work very well but you will mostly find yourself not using them.
The build quality is very solid and doesn't feel cheap. If you want to use your Solar Sound 2 over Bluetooth with anything other than an iPhone or a different mobile phone, you will not be able to as it will not be compatible. You can directly plug any audio device right into the Solar Sound 2 without any issue though. The Solar Sound 2 could definitely benefit those who need a mobile speaker that does not need any batteries or the hassle re-charge times. With the Solar Sound 2 you will get a USB wall charge with a USB and 3.5mm audio cables as well as a travel case. Price $99.99.
The Solar Sound 2 will support iPad and iPod Touch bluetooth profiles starting next month. Currently the Solar Sound 2 only supports iPhone and most other mobile phone HFP bluetooth profiles.
The Speck CandyShell is one of the best hybrid cases on the market for iPhone 4. Speck's award-winning design is what really make this case a must have in my opinion. The CandyShell has a hard outer shell with a soft "gummy" type of material for the interior. It offers protection for the best of both worlds! It also comes in a wide variety of colors. Watch my video review for a more detailed look at the Purple CandyShell then you can head on over to the Speck Products website or your local AT&T store to purchase one for yourself for $34.95.
In Win's AMMO is an external hard drive enclosure that is made from 0.8mm steel to give you much more protection against drops and bumps. You might notice right away that the AMMO enclosure looks exactly like an Ammo magazine you would find on rifles. The design of the AMMO is the most unique out of all the hard drive enclosure out there. Not only is the AMMO made out of steel it also features a rubber insert which protects your hard drive against shock impact and from the vibrations your hard drive might produce. I have tested the AMMO with a 2.5" 7200RPM drive and did not notice any vibrations or sounds at all! The AMMO really does a great job being what is it but if that's not enough, the AMMO also features RFID security chip that's built into the AMMO enclosure that will protect your data if you carry the supplied RFID Dog Tag neckless chip with you.
The AMMO enclosure does a great job with dispensing heat from the drive with it's cold steel construction while staying cool to the touch. The AMMO is a little bulkier than most of the 2.5" hard drive enclosures on the market however they do not have the added rubber shock insert which is a big plus. Also, the AMMO is a little heavy even without a drive installed and that's because of it's steel construction. I would not recommend the AMMO as a portable hard drive enclosure, but you definitely can carry is with you. The AMMO can power a 320GB 7200RPM drive by only a single USB outlet and while the drive is operating a little blue LED indicator will always be lit. Installing a drive into the AMMO takes about a minute and is very simple and just requires taking out two little screws with the supplied screw driver.
Overall the AMMO is simple to use and gives you great protection from drops and bumps, all in a military themed steel hard drive enclosure. Price $29.99.