Hybrid cases have been around for a while and they have quickly gained terrain, as active people always on the move appreciated the value of a really tough exterior shell combined with the shock-absorbing properties of the interior layer. These features, combined with the professional look and feel made the iPad Hybrid Tough case from Case-Mate a winner in the fight with rough environmental conditions.
The iPad Hybrid Tough case provides dual layer protection. The inner layer is made of high-quality form fitting silicone which surrounds the device completely, thus absorbing eventual shocks it might be subject to while you’re hiking, jogging or doing other such activities. On the other hand, the tough ABS plastic shell wrapped around the silicone skin completes the security of your iPad so you can go on with your outdoor activities without worrying about such details. The firm grip is another nice feature provided by the tough ABS plastic exterior shell. A good adherence to the work surface is essential for a fully satisfying iPad experience, especially when using the virtual keyboard a lot.
iPad Hybrid Tough Case
The marriage between the hard shell and the shock-absorbing inner layer is perhaps the spark of genius that turns the iPad Hybrid Tough from Case-Mate into the most sought after protective case for active people. Although all ports are free, the Hybrid case provides enhanced dust-proof protection to controls. Beware, though, it doesn’t make your iPad waterproof, so you may want to prevent it from getting soaked in water. Another sensitive aspect you may want to care about is the screen. The Hybrid Tough Case fits snugly on your iPad, but it doesn’t cover the screen, thus allowing you to enjoy it at its full. Should you be worried about accidental scratches, buy a screen protector, apply it and forget about such worries. In our experience so far, both with iPad and with other gadgets needing screen protection, we can recommend either Clear Armor or the InvisibleSHIELD as being the most reliable and unobtrusive transparent films on the market for the time being.
In conclusion, if you’re seeking easy to remove, solid protection that won’t harm your iPad and that will allow you free access to all ports and controls, then you’ve got a perfect match in the Hybrid Tough Case from Case-Mate. If you’re fast enough with placing your order, you can enjoy the free standard shipping offer, so all you’ll have to pay will be the $49.99 for the case itself.
Digital music is one of the greatest inventions since sliced bread. Enjoying it on the go has become widely accessible, as there are lots of gadgets which can play music and which have enough storage space to let you take your whole music library with you. Although some mobile gadgets may have speakers, there are situations in which it is preferable to keep your music to yourself, so a good pair of headphones is a must. However, good quality headphones are usually expensive and big. For instance, you may not be comfortable wearing them while jogging or while traveling by bus.
ZAGGbuds - closeup
This is what earbuds are for, because they are much better suited to wearing while on the move. If you know how to choose them, your earbuds can deliver a great listening experience, very close to that offered by more expensive and not so portable audio equipment.
ZAGGbuds are one of the best choices because their superior speakers offer a rich, clear and balanced sound. The multiple earbud adapters for various ear sizes enable an enjoyable experience for everybody, unlike cheaper models which hurt small ears and fall out from larger ears. The earbuds and the jack are angled, thus offering a plus of comfort in use. The 54 inch tangle-free cord features multiple sliders for better cord management and a protective invisibleSHIELD polyurethane coating available in seven color combinations. If you don’t want to have it all black, you can choose one of the following:
Zagg Buds - Color Options
red – black, blue – orange, black – yellow, gray – blue, gray – silver or black – pink. I like most the red – black combination, but this is only a matter of personal preference. All the colors look cool and the idea of having multiple sliders on the cord really rocks, because there’s nothing worse than having the headphones tangled up. By aligning the sliders as shown in the instructions, in the so-called “Hangin’ Tight” position, the buds will rest around your neck even when not in use, so it’s very easy to find them and put them back in your ears.
Technical specifications of ZAGGbuds:
Diameter of speakers: 10 mm
Impedance: 16 Ohms
Maximum input power: 10 mW
Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 94 dB +/- 3 dB SPL/mW
Plug type: 3.5 mm (it fits the iPad, as well as any iPod or iPhone)
Cord length: 54″
The ZAGGbuds come with 45 day money-back guarantee and a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty. ZAGG are always keeping their promise on this one, and they do replace any product if the customer finds issues with it absolutely free of charge. It is possible, however, that depending on area of residence, some customers are required to pay some shipping costs, so you’d better check this directly on the ZAGG website.
Are you looking for a cheap but cool iPad case? Check out the Blue Diamond Silicone Skin Case from CTCstore. It will keep your iPad safe and protected while allowing easy access to all buttons and ports.
Blue Diamond Silicone Skin iPad Case Features:
Made from a Thermoplastic Polyurethane Resin also known as TPU, which is flexible, light and tear resistant
The material is treated to resist dirt and stains
The special design allows access to all ports and buttons without removing the iPad from the case. However, if you want to use the Apple iPad dock, you’ll need to remove the case.
The case is very easy to put on and to remove
The skin is smooth; on the inside, it has a diamond texture which increases anti-shock protection
Initially priced at $40, the Blue Diamond Silicone Skin iPad case is now available on the CTC website for less than $2. It’s a real bargain, and if you add a good screen protector to it, you can have your iPad 100% protected without having to pay a fortune for that.
One of the things I like about the iPad is that the screen is big enough to allow comfortable viewing of movies and music videos. This is how I pass time when traveling. However, when I get to my destination, I like to be able to watch my movies on the TV screen, therefore a decent audio/video cable was an iPad accessory I had near the top of my list since the very beginning.
When it comes to transmitting video signal, going cheap is not a viable option. I’ve spent so much on cheap cables that never worked properly or when they worked they provided a crappy image, that I promised myself to be more careful with such purchases in the future. That’s how I came to find the Scosche sneakPEAK audio/video cable for iPad which is an excellent and less expensive alternative to the genuine Apple iPad AV cable.
This 6 feet long, braided copper shielded cable allows you to connect your iPad to the RCA inputs on any TV set. If your iPhone or iPod can play video, you can use this cable to connect them to a TV as well. You don’t need any additional software to start viewing movies on the TV. Just connect the cable and you’re done. Connections are very easy to make, because the three tapered metal composite connectors have colored bands that match the colors of the corresponding jacks on the TV set. The integrated mini USB port allows charging your iPad while playing, but you’ll have to buy the USB cable separately.
The Scosche sneakPEAK iPad audio/video cable is available from Amazon for about $22 – $25. It’s far from being the cheapest, but I already told you what I think about that. I’ll be poor soon if I have to keep buying cheap AV cables!
Best Blender I Have Ever Owned - Blendtec 1560 Watt
If you believe the good folk at Blendtec then the biggest question concerning every iPad owner in recent months is “Will it Blend?”. If you have not done so already then watch this video and find out.
If you were impressed with the Blendtec blender’s performance in this clip, as we were, then you might want one. I’ve been wanting to upgrade our old blender for years, and after watching this video I decided it was time to do it!
We don’t do blender reviews here, just iPad accessories, so I won’t go into detail. However, I will say that this is the best blender I have ever owned and the current price was irresistible with almost $200 off.
I love my mobile gadgets because I can enjoy them wherever I go. Be it on the beach or on the top of the mountains, it feels good to know that I can connect with my friends on Twitter or Facebook, or that I can read and answer my emails. Well, I can enjoy all these as long as the batteries last, which sometimes is not quite as long as I’d wish. I know carrying a replacement battery is one solution, but that’s far from ideal. Spare batteries are usually expensive and besides, I don’t want to carry a bag full of heavy batteries with me all the time.
When I bought my iPad screen protector, the InvisibleSHIELD from ZAGG, I discovered another interesting item on their website: the ZAGGsparq 2.0, a portable battery and a charger that appeared to be the perfect answer to my portable power concerns.
Delivering 6000 mAh battery power, the ZAGGsparq 2.0 is not only fully compatible with the iPad, but also charges it at the same rate as the standard wall charger. Charging is done via a USB cable and the ZAGGsparq features two USB ports, so you can charge two devices at the same time. This portable battery is suitable for any personal gadget that can be powered via USB, provided it supports being charged by an external battery backup.
Here’s the complete technical specifications list:
Battery power: 6000 mAh Lithium Polymer (this is enough to charge an iPhone up to four times)
Maximum output: 2000 mA @ 5V
Power source: 100-240 V AC @ 50/60 Hz
Dual USB outlets
LED display with four lights, indicating the charging level
Size: 3.5” x 3.5” x 1”
Weight: 0.54 lbs
ZAGGsparq 2.0 - Portable iPad Charger
Thanks to its compact size, to its foldable prongs and to its nicely rounded edges, ZAGGsparq 2.0 is excellent for travelers because it easily fits in a bag or even your pocket (individual experiences may vary depending on pocket size). Its surface is glossy, therefore it won’t damage the fabric in any way, as friction is very low.
The charger plugs into a standard power outlet, but it can be easily turned into an international device by using appropriate adapters. The European plug standard adapter is included in the pack. For other regions you’ll have to buy it separately, but that’s not a problem, they are easy to find and fairly cheap.
Why is it called 2.0? That’s because it’s ZAGG’s latest model of their portable battery charger, which has just replaced the original ZAGGsparq. The original modal did seem to have a few issues as far as we can work out – a few people reported charging malfunction. However ZAGG investigated the issue, discovered where the problem was and came up with this improved version of the charger. Moreover, they offered a free replacement of the original ZAGGsparq units for all customers who had issues with the Sparq 1. It’s good to hear Zagg cares about and stands by their customers.
If you need a portable battery charger, ZAGGsparq 2.0 is our favorite option right now. And at $99 it’s cheaper than a couple of spare batteries for just one of my gadgets, and a lot lighter!
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to spoiling myself with a new gadget, I always like to make it feel like it’s mine, I like to customize it, to make it unique. In short, I like to be able to tell my iPad from a thousand others at a glance.
Speaking of the iPad, most cases available on the market aren’t customizable, so one needs to be content with whatever designs he or she can find. I’m not saying that they are ugly, I’m just saying they aren’t unique. While looking for something to “tattoo” my new iPad, I made this discovery which is too cool to keep secret, so I’m pleased to share it with you: SkinIt.
SkinIt is a website where everybody can direct the production of their own customized iPad skin. After you go through the creative process, the final design will be printed on a durable, premium grade 3M Vinyl film which enables easy application and residue-free removal. All iPad skins produced with SkinIt are carefully cut to fit the contour of the device. Being low-profile and non-interfering with any accessories such as docks, chargers or adapters, these skins don’t alter your iPad experience in any way, while enabling it to become truly unique.
The iPad skin designs are grouped in more than 20 categories, from sports, military or religion to art, fashion, entertainment or zodiac. It’s easy to have your own American Idol, Disney or “The Simpsons” iPad skin, as SkinIt offers countless designs in all these categories.
But perhaps the coolest feature of SkinIt is the iPad skin customizer, which enables you to create your own skin from scratch, using photos from your personal archive, from photo sharing websites such as Photobucket, Facebook or SnapFish or from the skinit.com image library. This is a skin I’ve created using one of my cat’s photos and some cool graphic elements from the SkinIt library:
Custom iPad Skins
I must confess I love it! Custom skins also make great gifts. How would you feel if you received as a birthday present an iPad skin featuring your children, your pet, or simply a happy moment of your life captured in a photo?
For those of you who’d be happier with a ready-made design, here are a few amazing iPad skins you can choose from. These are only my top picks, but you can browse through the whole collection on the SkinIt website.
There are so many iPad cases, sleeves, skins and bags that one could spend ages trying to figure out the best choice. I don’t know about others, but I can tell you the best choice for me is to buy more of them, then match them to the occasion. For instance, if I went to a business meeting, I’d dress my iPad in the best fine leather case I could find. On the other hand, for a simple meeting with friends or for my travels I’d get a lighter and more protective cover like this bubble sleeve from Hard Candy Cases. It looks really cool and is sturdy enough to make me feel my iPad is secure.
Hard Candy Bubble Case - Pink
One of the best things about this iPad Bubble Sleeve is that it’s made from molded EVA foam which is much better than neoprene when it comes to offering secure protection. This semi-hard shell with the bubble design offers very effective protection for the iPad even if you manage to drop it on the floor.
Hard Candy Bubble Case – Inside View
The interior of the sleeve is lined with a soft plush microfiber that protects the iPad from getting scratched. Special attention has been given to the area corresponding with the iPad screen: it has a cube-like design which offers additional protection. The corners have rubber bumpers that play a double role: they provide better shock absorbing and also help keep the iPad in place while you use it. The corner bumpers are adjustable, therefore you can have your iPad wearing a skin and still fitting into the case during transportation.
Bubble Case – Rubber Foot Detail
The first Hard Candy Cases iPad Bubble Sleeve models used glue for attaching the velcro on the bottom of the bumpers. As that solution proved not to be the best, Hard Candy Cases updated their product by stitching the velcro tapes to the rubber bumpers. They even offer free updated rubber bumpers to their customers who bought the glued version. That’s very nice of them and it shows they do care about their customers. Maximum protection, cool looks and great customer service. What more can we ask for?
Check out the Hard Candy Cases iPad Bubble Sleevehere. Colors: pink, black and mustard.
This video had me grinning from ear to ear and I just had to post it. As a full time reviewer of iPad accessories I’ve seen a raft of ingenious devices and gadgets, from solar chargers to futuristic cases made of indestructible titanium. There is also a slew of interesting iPad mounting devices emerging which enable you to use your iPad hands free around the home or workshop. For example; mounting your iPad in the kitchen so you can cook while reading a recipe or watching a cooking video. I think mounted touch screen panels around the home have been a science fiction fantasy for many generations – and now the reality is finally upon us. However, as this video from Jesse Rosten shows, the actual mounting of the iPad does not necessarily require futuristic technology…
iPad friendly version of the video available here. Doh! Why does the iPad not support flash? It’s the backbone of internet video…