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Wednesday
Aug112010

Exogear Exolife Slim Battery Case for iPhone 4

Exogear's Exolife is probably the slimmest battery case for the iPhone 4 on the market, it's sleek, slim, lightweight and it's just the case that you're looking for, or is it? While the Exolife has a very thin profile for a battery case, it does not live up to it's main purpose which is doubling your iPhone 4's battery life. After many tests of charging and discharging the Exolife, I could only get it to charge my iPhone 4 to about 70%, and that's without even using my iPhone while it's charging! Not good enough Exogear. I was expecting to get at least a full charge out of the Exolife after running the battery for more than five times however I only managed to get about 70%. If you want to keep using your iPhone 4 while your Exolife charges it, and believe me you will, then you will be lucky to even get a 50% charge while using your iPhone 4. 

The Exolife uses a semi-translucent plastic bumper that you install on your iPhone 4 to secure it to the Exolife Battery. This bumper case has deep cutouts for the volume, silent and power buttons making them very hard to reach with your fingers. To get to those buttons you really got to fit your nails thru the cutout of the bumper and that is a bad design flaw. If you have any side skins on your metal band, you will need to take them off in order to use the Exolife with it's bumper case. The Exolife does not offer much protection to your iPhone 4 except for the back and sides. There is 0 lay on the table design with this case, so your whole front glass screen isn't protected at all. While the Exolife was charging my iPhone 4, it's bottom part near the battery light indicator got noticeably warm throughout the whole time it was charging. Something to be aware of if you are sensitive.

On the back of the Exolife you will find a blue battery indicator light that will tell you the remaining battery charge on the Exolife by pressing a button on the bottom side, which also powers on and off the Exolife's battery. Charging the Exolife is very easy and is done by a USB cable. You can sync and charge both your iPhone 4 and your Exolife's battery via the supplied USB cable, though you will charge your Exolife much faster without your iPhone 4 attached to it. The Exolife does make your iPhone 4 a bit longer due to the on board battery and how slim it is. I actually think that even with the Exolife Battery Case, holding it was comfortable due to it's slim profile and rounder back. The Exolife comes in both a glossy black or white finishes with only a USB cable. I cannot recommend the Exolife at it's current price tag and with a false battery advertisement. Price $89.95.

Exogear.com 

Monday
Aug092010

Chinao Slim iPad Folio 

It's most likely that you have never heard of Chinao before, until now. Chinao is one of those new brands out of China that make this iPad case. I was very surprised when I first got my hands on this case. It's super slim form factor is very similar to Apple's iPad Case but with one difference, it looks much more elegant and businessy (yes I just made that word up). The Chinao iPad case is made out of pleather but without that plasticky cheap smell that most non-leather cases have, this one actually doesn't smell bad on the outside. The whole slim design of this folio makes for very easy and comfortable handling when on the go. If you're looking for drop protection then this might not be the case for you. While the Chinao folio provides a nice amount of bump and scratch protection, it will most likely not provide drop protection. The front flap is made out of hard plastic to protect your iPad's screen while the back has no plastic padding just the thin pleather material - just like Apple's iPad Case. 

On the back there is a perforated pattern design which I was told will not be on the upcoming version of this folio. There are no straps or clasps to close the flap to the folio, this is how it's designed and I did not have problems using it in the everyday. I found that holding my iPad with the flap over and back was comfortable and easy to manage because of how thin the overall folio is. Working with this folio in the typing and upright positions was very satisfying as it did a great job with stability and ease of use. Unlike other folios, I was able to use my iPad's touch screen in the upright position without it falling back.

All ports and buttons are easily accessible. I did find that the holes for the speaker was not perfectly aligned however sound wasn't fully effected. While the Chinao does not offer ultimate protection, it does offer fantastic usable functions that actually work perfectly with a very slim form factor while looking elegant. The Chinao folio comes in black, red, white, tan and brown colors with a matching accessory pouch. Price $44. - Price can vary.

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Sunday
Aug082010

SGP Skin Guard (Carbon) for iPhone 4

Sunday
Aug082010

Lucky Labs Bezel Skin with SGP Carbon Skin Guard for iPhone 4

Saturday
Aug072010

Cyber Acoustics Leather iPad Folio Cover

Cyber Acoustics's Leather iPad Cover, which is more of a folio type case for the iPad has a very simple smooth design on the outside. On the inside there is a very smart mounting system for the iPad which is made from clear rubber that neatly holds and presents your iPad to you once you need to use it. This rubber mounting system looks like it would also provide a little shock protection from back bumps to the case. This leather folio actually feels protective because it's slightly padded unlike other folios. The front and back of the folio are pretty tough and hard so they seem to provide a good amount of protection. The leather quality isn't the best but it's definitely sufficient if you don't care much for high quality leather. The insides are lined with felt material which isn't super soft but it gets the job done. You can use the inner hand bungee strap on the inside of the flap which you flip over and secure it in place by two little straps, for when you want to hold your iPad by sliding your hand thru the strap. This actually provides some security and grip. 

Switching to the typing angle works flawlessly and it provides a great steady typing angle, I'm actually typing this review using my iPad with this folio and I find it to be comfortable. The front flap slides into a back slot and allows you to use both the typing and upright functions of the case. When it the upright landscape angle, the case is fairly steady even while using the screen lightly. If you want to use your iPad normally, you can flip the front flap over and back while using both the bungee straps to secure the flap to the case itself, this works the same way when you want to fully close up the case. This folio isn't the slimmest on the market and does add some bulk. While I really like the rubber grip mount that securely holds the iPad in place, it could lift up any screen shields you might have installed on your screen. Whether if you have the Leather Folio closed or opened, you've got full access to all your iPad's ports and buttons without any obstacles in your way. You can currently pick up your Cyber Acoustics Leather iPad Cover only in black leather. Price $39.99.

CyberAcoustics.com

Wednesday
Aug042010

WaterField Keyboard Slip for Apple Wireless Keyboard


WaterField's Keyboard Slip is one of the most simplistic covers that gets the job done wonderfully. The Keyboard Slip is made especially to fit the Apple Wireless Keyboard that many of you may use on a daily basis and some may even travel with it. Why would you need this cover you ask? A simple answer would be to protect and keep dust, lint and whatnot you have inside you travel bag, pack or backpack away from your Apple Wireless keyboard keys. Chances are that if you put your keyboard into your pack, it could get scratched from various things you might have inside and of course unwanted little debris. The Keyboard Slip is a very simple yet good looking slip pouch for your keyboard that is well padded with ballistic nylon and light liner padding. It's very well made and the quality of the materials feel great. You have the option to change the color of the outline piping (pictured in white above) to a different color from the main canvas color, but the main canvas always stays black. 

When you insert your keyboard into the Keyboard Slip, you will get a tight fit that is very secure even when the top opening always stays open, your keyboard will not slip out by itself. Even while the keyboard is inside, the Keyboard Slip manages to stay slim which makes carrying easy and comfortable. It does what it does and it does it well. If you're someone who has to have a cover for every gadget he or she own, then you just can't go wrong with this one. The Keyboard Slip is available in 6 outline colors with a price tag of $29.

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Monday
Aug022010

Yoobao Denim Folio for iPad

This Apple iPad folio is for all you denim lovers out there including Steve Jobs himself, although I would think he would still prefer his own Apple iPad Case instead, or maybe no case at all? This is the Yoobao Denim folio for the iPad which comes to us directly from China at a pretty good price for what it offers. The Yoobao Denim folio has a denim fabric all around the outside with a pleather trim, there isn't any padding or fabric on the inside but instead you will find some more pleather. The Yoobao Denim isn't the bulkiest of all iPad folios and it still looks pretty slim for the functionality it offers. With the Yoobao Denim folio, you are able to flip over the front flap which is held by a three small magnets to enclose the flap to the rest of the folio and slip it into the back slot (which is designed just like Apple's iPad Case), to transform into a stand for both typing and widescreen viewing angles. I found that the typing angle worked the best and was actually comfortable and very solid, however this is not the case with the upright widescreen viewing position. A flap on the inside keeps your iPad securely in place by being tucked underneath just like Apple's iPad Case.

You will need to break in the case a little before you can sit it upright on a surface for it to not want to tip over. But even after all this it could still tip over easily by pressing on the touch screen. I would only recommend this angle to view movies without having to touch the screen.  The Yoobao Denim folio has all the cutouts for your ports and buttons even while you fully close the folio for transport. You will get some minor drop protection but nothing much to expect here because there isn't any padding or shock protection. The Yoobao Denim is also available in other textures and colors with a price tag of $28. You cannot go wrong at this price. You can find yourself one by clicking the link below.

Kevikev.com

Saturday
Jul312010

WaterField Designs Smart Case for iPhone 4 (Bumper version)

WaterField Designs's Smart Case for the iPhone 4 is one tough pouch. The Smart Case I've been sent is made to fit an iPhone 4 with a Bumper case on, but it still offers the same protection as the slimmer Smart Case which fits the naked iPhone 4. Now, right away you can feel how ultra padded the Smart Case is with it's multi-layered padding that incorporates a high-impact, rigid insert. The Smart Case is lined with very soft Ultrasuede that helps protect your iPhone even more. This case is simply designed to protect your iPhone from drops and bumps and it does a great job at it. Once your insert in your iPhone, it will stay in there until you decide you need to quickly use it. There is only one top opening that does not close but due to how snug your iPhone will fit inside, it is not a problem. You still get access to your silent/vibrate switch, power button and headphones jack. The Smart Case has a very simple design and micro square texture to it on both sides with soft leather trim on the sides. Depending on the fit you choose, the Smart Case that is made to fit the iPhone 4 with a Bumper on will be very bulky. The Bumper Smart Case version will also work great with other slim cases.

The craftsmanship is just outstanding, you will not see any visible stitching on this slip pouch. The Smart Case feels very good in the hand and this micro squared texture even adds some hold grip. All Smart Cases come with a low-profiled stretchy pocket which can be used for cards, money and even earphones. Now if you are looking for great drop protection for your iPhone, I would recommend the Smart Case pouch. There are a few choices of colors and sizes depending on if you want your Smart Case to fit your naked iPhone or iPhone 4 with a Bumper or similar slim case. Price $39.

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