Are you excited about your new iPad 2? Aren’t you a bit worried that you might scratch it before you get a protective film? Screen protectors made for the first generation of iPads won’t fit the iPad 2, so you’ll need to get one that has been designed specifically for the new iPad.
ZAGG InvisibleSHIELD for iPad 2 comes in four coverage options:
Full Body Maximum Coverage for $39.99. This is the ultimate protection, covering all exposed areas of the iPad 2, the perfect solution for protection nerds. The application is a bit challenging, but the reward is worth the trouble.
Full Body Easy Install for $39.99. This is the most popular option. It offers protection for the screen and for the back of the device and it is very easy to apply.
Front Coverage for $29.99
Back Coverage for $29.99 – This is an excellent choice for using together with Apple’s Smart Covers, as it will cover and protect the back of your iPad without spoiling its looks.
The Invisible Shield for iPad 2 is made from the same military grade patented material that protected more than 17 million other devices since the day it was made available by ZAGG.
This 20 items accessory bundle from Crazy On Digital includes all essential iPad 2 accessories such as screen protectors, leather case, earphones with microphone, chargers and various cables and connectors. You can find it on Amazon. If you are new to the iPad and you have no idea about what accessories you need to buy, this is a very good package to start with. It covers both protection and functionality needs. The only item it lacks is a stand, but you can do your research and order that separately later on.
The main point in purchasing such a package for your iPad is convenience: you get everything with just a single order. Besides, the price for the whole bundle is less than the price of many iPad cases out there, so it’s definitely worth considering.
This is what the Crazy On Digital iPad 2 Accessory Bundle contains:
red leather case
4 TPU cases: clear, gray, purple and blue
3 screen protector sets
chargers: a wall charger and a car charger
2 earphones with microphone, suitable for Facetime or Skype calls
2 headphone splitters
2 fish winders
cables: one regular and one retractable auxiliary cable
one wristband, which has nothing to do with the iPad 2, but which is quite cool
The Crazy On Digital iPad 2 Accessory Bundle fits the 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, 3G and Wifi Apple iPad 2 models. You can order yours from Amazon today at a very special price.
The iPad is one cool piece of technology. The iPad 2 is even cooler. However, the need for a real keyboard is still there, especially if you are fond of your typing speed. Luckily, there’s a new breed of iPad accessories, the folio case with Bluetooth keyboard. Not only are they protective, they also solve the problem of typing on your iPad.
The Kensington KeyFolio Keyboard Accessory Case for iPad 2 is a good choice, if you want something good-looking and durable. These are the features that make this folio case with keyboard worth its price:
The case is made from durable artificial leather
It features a slim profile, without bulky flaps in front of keyboard
It provides full access to all ports and controls on the iPad
The rubberized, spill-proof keys are very responsive and they also protect the iPad screen from getting scratched when the case is closed
The bluetooth keyboard features iPad specific keys
The Kensington iPad2 keyboard folio has a slim profile
Materials used for the keyboard, USB connector and switches are more durable than the ones used in other no-name iPad folios, so you get much better value for your money.
The Kensington KeyFolio Keyboard Accessory Case for iPad 2 needs one Lithium Ion battery to operate. The battery is included in the pack.
Kensington takes pride in the fact that their keyboard accessory case has no magnets in it, therefore it doesn’t interfere with the iPad’s digital compass. I’m not sure it really makes a difference, but you know what they say: “it’s better to be safe than sorry”.
This keyboard folio case fits all iPad 2 models and the iPad original model. You can find it on Amazon. It qualifies for the Super Saver Shipping program.
While it is true that we are big fans of ZaggMate, if you don’t like the idea of a hard shell case, you might be better with the Kensington KeyFolio Keyboard Accessory Case.
Last year we covered the elegant and beautiful Joule from Element Case. A beautiful iPad stand, and so simple it its design. This year Element Case is back with a revamped Joule, a redesigned stand for the iPad 2.
6 Sporty i-Colors
It’s called Joule Chroma, and this year it comes in 6 apple flavored colors. It also sports a vent for your iPad 2′s audio output, which they claim ‘amplifies’ the sound. I’m more inclined to think of this as a small breathing hole for your iPad 2′s speakers – I wouldn’t say it amplifies, but it suffocates it a little less than some other stands… The vent for audio also breaks the pure minimalist lines of the original Joule.
In spite of our criticisms, it’s still a pretty snazzy number, but in our opinion the $150 price tag is a bit steep for this type of accessory, and although the new colors will appeal to some, we feel it looks more sporty now, and a little less elegant.
Los Angeles based designer William Tang is trying to drum up funding for his birch and leather iPad 2 stand. It’s a folding V-shaped wooden stand that can be used to present your iPad in either portrait or landscape.
Hinge also has a hinge mechanism (surprise, surprise) that enables it to fold shut. When folded it is so small you can easily fit it in your pocket. Nifty.
William Tang is currently trying to raise enough capital to get his stand design into production. If you are interested you can pledge anything from $1 upwards to get his iPad 2 stand project rolling.
Elegant Simplicity: From the start, simplicity was my priority. I didn’t want a bulky case that held the iPad at limited angles and only landscape mode. I also didn’t want a stand that was too big to travel with or had too many moving parts.
iPad family portrait
Hinge for iPad is designed simply: a hinge and two arms. The arms hug the edge of the bare iPad (they won’t scratch the glass or aluminum body) and adjust to multiple angles, including landscape and portrait mode. Hinge is light and compact, folding neatly to fit in your pocket or bag.
This is an amazing video that demonstrates the incredible strength of the iPad 2 glass screen. Watch and be astounded at how far it can bend! Watch until the end and you will also find out which iPad screen is stronger, iPad 1 or iPad 2.
We thank the good people over at www.ifixyouri.com for taking the time to break a number of iPad screens and put this up on their blog. If you need an iPad screen repaired, they are the people to see.
For all you iPad fans around the globe, Apple have just announced they will release the iPad 2 this Friday the 25th of March at 5pm local time. Take note that this is 5pm in your country – so actual release times will vary.
iPad 2 with Wi-Fi will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK
Suggested retail price is still $499 USD for the entry level 16 GB Wi-Fi model, and prices go up from there. Local prices will of course vary depending on your exchange rate.
If you are still sitting on the fence regarding the new iPad 2, here is the awesome feature line-up for you again:
iPad 2 features an entirely new design that is 33 percent thinner and up to 15 percent lighter than the original iPad, while maintaining the same stunning 9.7-inch LED-backlit LCD screen. iPad 2 features Apple’s new dual-core A5 processor for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics and now includes two cameras, a front-facing VGA camera for FaceTime® and Photo Booth®, and a rear-facing camera that captures 720p HD video, bringing the innovative FaceTime feature to iPad users for the first time. Though it is thinner, lighter, faster and packed with new features, iPad 2 still delivers up to 10 hours of battery life* that users have come to expect.
Targus 360 Degrees Rotating Stand / Case for iPad 2
Targus are sending us one of these, unfortunately it has not arrived yet so we can’t give you the full “hands on” review. However, we thought it would be good to do a quick roundup of the features, as so many of you have written in with requests for more iPad 2 case reviews. We’re checking our mail box almost hourly, so don’t worry, as soon as they arrive you will be the first to know. We promise!
Like many other iPad 2 accessories, the Targus 360 Degrees Rotating Stand / Case is specifically designed to match the new shape of the device and to allow full access to all functions. Unlike many others, this stand makes it very easy to switch between landscape and portrait positions, thanks to a mechanism which enables the iPad to rotate 360 degrees while inside the case. This rotating mechanism was thoughtfully designed to frame the Apple logo, creating a cool visual effect.
The Targus 360 Degrees Rotating Stand / Case - effective protection, slim profile
When used as a case, the Targus 360 Degrees Rotating Stand / Case provides excellent protection, thanks to the hard-shell design and to the soft lining material that prevents scratches on sensitive surfaces. Despite the sturdy, highly protective, molded exterior, the case is slim enough to fit inside other iPad 2 cases.
The exterior case dimensions are: 9.84″L x 7.68″W x 0.71″H, just in case you want to check if it fits inside other cases or bags you already have.
The Targus 360 Degrees Rotating Stand / Case is available from Targus.
A couple of days ago we received a beautifully handmade Aligata Perfect Black iPad case for review. I’ve used it since it arrived and love it. This case should be a good fit for either the iPad or iPad 2.
The case is handmade by Tom from Aligata, and the personal touch is really nice, you experience it from the moment the case arrives. After opening the FedEx Box I found a stiff cardboard envelope inside with an informative tag from Tom. Inside the cardboard protection was the leather case, carefully wrapped inside a soft, raw cotton pouch.
The Aligata Perfect Black is made of very thick, 2 – 3 mm genuine bovine leather. You can feel it and smell it! I mean, both in you hand – it is quite heavy, almost 450 grams – and in your nose – the smell of such a mass of thick, sturdy leather is great.
Perfect Black has been made of top corrected grain leather. The surface is very nice, and along with the black stitching makes this case very elegant, just perfect for business use.
Despite the sturdy construction and very thick leather used, the case fits the iPad pretty well. There is also a small disc made of soft plastic attached to the case just beneath the iPad. This extremely simple solution (patent pending according to Aligata) works amazingly well – the iPad sits firmly in the case and does not slip off of it through the open edge.
The edges of Perfect Black are designed to protect the device against the impact of falls. I did not dare to test it on my iPad, but the construction is very sensible – the letter C shaped leather edge acts as a “trampoline” which should absorb much of any impact.
The case allows convenient access to all the iPad ports and buttons – the cut-outs in the leather are the right size. The OK button is easily accessible and the ambient light sensor is exposed. The functionality of the iPad is in no way reduced by this beautiful case.
Should I say the device looks great and classy in the case? Just take a look at the pictures (Click to Zoom!). If you are in the market for a beautifully constructed leather iPad case then this could be the one for you. You can order yours from Tom at Aligata.
The Street Skin from Hard Candy Cases is one of the first cases adapted for iPad 2. As far as I’ve seen, it is also the first case to make use of magnets, apart from Apple’s Smart Cover. Like the previous version, the Street Skin for iPad 2 provides full access to all ports and controls. This includes both cameras, so you don’t have to worry whether or not you’ll need to remove the case to use FaceTime. The skin is made from form-fitting TPU rubber, which is less stretchy than silicone, and an excellent shock absorber. TPU rubber provides rigid protection, but at the same time it is soft to the touch. The magnetic integrated screen cover attaches to the back of the case while not in use. It features a new hinge design which keeps the cover attached to the case, thus giving you more security and helping you protect your new iPad 2 with style.
Hard Candy Cases - Street Skin for iPad 2 - black
Another cool feature of the iPad 2 Street Skin is the protection against overheating. The heat dissipation issue was addressed in a simple but effective way, by providing vents in the case that correspond to the location of the vents on the iPad 2. The iPad 2 Street Skin will be available in three colors: black, clear and pink. You can see it here.