SurfacePad case now available for iPad mini

iPad mini surfacepad case

The SurfacePad case — a nifty iPad accessory from the folks over at Twelve South — is now available for the iPad mini. The case combines a front cover that makes use of the magnets in the iPad mini, as well as an adhesive back to offer a little more protection than what Apple’s solution offers. The whole case is made of leather, and goes for $69.99 in one of three colors (red, black, or white) on Twelve South’s website. If you’re in the market, I wholeheartedly recommend this case — Twelve South makes excellent accessories.

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Digital Treasures Props PowerCase for iPad Mini

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Being someone who always needs to carry around the necessities to charge my devices, the Props PowerCase helps me out when that needed power source isn’t nearby or conveniently located. (more…)

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Accessory Review: Ballistic HC

When I first locked my phone into the Ballistic HC, I instantly felt the protection it had to offer. The icing on the cake came when I strapped the optional silicon case over it, that’s when I knew it was going to last. This case was “Designed to Survive Life!™”, and so far, it has lived up to that claim. I have dropped the case with the phone in it many times, some accidental and some on purpose, just to see if it could handle it. Heck, I have even chucked the case at a wall with decent force, with the phone in it, and the case didn’t show a sign of damage. There are only a couple of downsides to the case such as being bulky, however it’s important to remember, nothing is perfect and these things can be overlooked when realizing how much you’re actually getting. (more…)

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Accessory Review: BoxWave Bamboo Case for iPad 2

On a beautiful Sunday morning, you set foot on a journey through the deepest part of the forest in the outskirts of Kyoto, Japan. You had entered the forest just a few hours prior to capture some gorgeous shots of the plants and scenery. Then, suddenly, you find yourself running for your life! You’re being chased by a giant panda in a life or death situation. Luckily, you’re able to hide yourself in the tall forest grass. But, the panda is not far away and it’s only a matter of time before he finds you. Fortunately, your iPad 2 is disguised in a bamboo case and you use it as a compass to find your way out of the jungle. You’re able to successfully fool the panda bear and survive by the slimmest of margins — mission accomplished.

All kidding aside, BoxWave’s Genuine Bamboo Case for iPad 2 is a natural and elegant case that is more than your average silicone or hard plastic case. Panda bears are herbivores anyways. We’ve got a closer look at this case and some of its competitors after the break! Check it out!

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Review & Giveaway: iChair

Winners of the iChair giveaway!

The iChair team, based out of Dallas, Texas, brings a feel-good story to the table. Believe it or not, the folks behind this accessory quit their jobs last year, including their steady paychecks, to pursue research and development towards making the perfect stand for iPad. Their motivation behind this idea was the bulkiness or unpractical nature of all other iPad stands that they had came across. As any entrepreneur will tell you, this involved risking nearly everything.

In the months to follow, the iChair team spent time in China researching manufacturers. Development of the iChair began soon after, and their dream product was finally released for iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3G/3GS, and iPod touch in August of 2010. We’ve got our hands on the iChair for iPad, and will be assessing whether or not it was worth it for the iChair folks to quit their day jobs.

Continue reading for our in-depth review of the iChair for iPad and our giveaway of one iChair for iPad, one iChair for iPhone 4, one iChair for iPhone 3G/3GS, and one iChair for iPod touch 2G/3G.

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Accessory Review: Dynex TPU Case for iPad

The Dynex TPU case caught my attention because of its relatively cheap price tag of $20.99. This was a bargain in comparison to most other cases which cost double or sometimes more. However, I was concerned about the quality of the case that I would be getting in return. I ultimately went ahead with the purchase knowing that I was backed by a 30 day return policy. After using the case for some time, I can now assess whether my penny-pinching antics were worth it.

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Design Your Own iDevice Case Graphic

Most people like to protect their iDevices with a case.  For some, it’s all about protection, while others prefer something that reflects their personalities.  Ideally, a case does both.  Several manufacturers allow customers to choose from a variety of pre-made designs from sports logos to works by renowned artists, as well as the ability to create their own designs by uploading images or pictures.  Here are some options for preventing scratches and dings with style:

Skinit – Offering minimal protection, skins are adhesive vinyl stickers that are cut to precisely fit on the back of your device.  The advantage Skinit presents is skins for nearly the full spectrum of iDevices including the Classic, Nano, all generations of iPod Touch, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPad.  Prices for skins for the iPad are $29.99 with the option of an additional clear hard shell for $15.  Skins for the iPhones run $14.99.  Hard shells in black or white are $15.

Read on for additional vendors.

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Oops. Best Buy and Belkin let the cat out of the bag

Uncle Steve might throw a bit of a fit when he hears this one. Trigger-happy Best Buy webmasters have already posted Belkin’s new line of cases for the as-of-yet unannounced 3rd Generation iPod touch, and Best Buy will be stocking at least 6 different models. This would be even more exceptional news for early adopters if Apple ships the 3rd-gen touch with the same scratch-loving back as the previous models.

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Leather luxury: Ted Baker case reviewed

This is a review of the Ted Baker Leather Case for the iPod Touch 2nd Generation. This case is created by designer Ted Baker, and distributed by Proporta. It’s a flip-back case which locks into place for ultimate protection. Read on to see how the Ted Baker Leather Case stands up to the challenge of protecting your iPod.

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Case Mate Clear Armor Review

Hey Everyone! This is going to be a review on the Clear Armor by case-mate. Now I have just applied this armor and noticed many things about it, but I will update this post after time

First of all I would like to say that clear armor covers less than they show on their website. It covers the sides and their bezel, but only goes down the to dock connector and sleep/wake button, so basically it exposes just as much as the gelaskins, but is much harder to apply. On their website they show that it covers around the dock and sleep/wake button, but that is false, or I may have a defective product.

Application

The application process on here was terrible. It took me 2 hours, and I failed and had to throw out one of my clear armors and failed pretty miserably on the second. I got the corners down on the third hour, and was pretty much pleased, but I have some air bubbles that will not go away for sure, and the armor is kind of foggy. I will post pictures after 48 hours when Case-Mate says the armor should clear up. Also one more thing, when you are peeling away from the backing you have to sort of punch out the cutouts, which is probably what ruined my first shield. While peeling back the film from the backing, hold the cutouts out with something small like your squeegee. There is one for the camera hole and volume rocker.

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