Several months ago, I accidentally dropped my iPad 3 on the ground as the Smart Cover I was holding detached itself from the tablet. Sadly, the screen got banged up and several inches of scratch marks were made. Thankfully Apple replaced it for free and gave me a brand new iPad – this despite not having the extended AppleCare+ warranty. Now if I had bothered putting on a worthy screen protector, the iPad’s display wouldn’t have been damaged in the first place. Since then, I’ve gone through several brands (mostly the cheap ones), though all of them left much to be desired for one reason or another. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. That’s when I decided to finally skip the junk and try out some of the “premium” screen protectors out there, like the hugely popular ZAGG invisibleSHIELDs. In particular, the invisibleSHIELD Extreme for the iPhone 5 and High Definition shield for the iPad 3/4.
We’re 2 days away from the highly anticipated unveiling of the iPad Mini and accessories maker iGear is now taking pre-orders for its iPad Mini Portfolio case. While there’s no mention of its dimensions (all signs are pointing to a 7.85″ screen), the product page describes it as:
This is a well padded portfolio case for the new iPad Mini featuring PU Leather – it offers the look and feel of leather but is more durable for daily use. A magnetic cover keeps the portfolio closed when not in use for a clean and tidy look. Soft velvet lining protects the iPad Mini all around. Can be used in multiple angles for typing, movie watching, etc. Simple, elegant, very functional.
Playing games on the iDevice can be a jolly good time, but the virtual d-pad/controls can on occasion be the weakest link. Sure you can add simple accessories like the Fling joystick or Tactile+Plus, but these just aren’t the real deal. Enter the Duo Gamer, a console-style controller made to work with the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. This bluetooth controller has two analog joysticks, a d-pad, four buttons and two shoulder trigger buttons. Sadly, the Duo Gamer is only compatible with Gameloft’s iOS games, with several being supported on launch: N.O.V.A. 3, Asphalt 7: Heat, Order & Chaos Online, Brothers in Arms 2, and Modern Combat 3. If you can stomach the fact it’ll only work with a limited number of games (and only for 1 publisher no less), the Duo Gamer will be available on Oct 5th for $79.99 through Apple.com, and retailers like Best Buy, Amazon and Target.
If you’ve already pre-ordered the iPhone 5 or are planning on lining up for one come Friday, chances are you’ve already thought about buying a case to protect your shiny new toy. Well then, here’s a pretty sweet deal you can take advantage of while the offer lasts. Made by BoxWave, their iPhone 5 cases are currently on sale for $9.95 (down from $29.95). But if you pre-order them on Amazon and enter the coupon code LUVAPPLE under the “Gift Cards & Promotional Codes” section when checking out, each case can be yours for a low, low price of $1.50 + shipping.
I personally picked up the Boxwave Minimus and Blackout cases for $1.50 each, and with shipping (to Canada), it came to $9.20 total. Not too shabby eh. Granted, they’re not out yet and don’t ship until September 28th (not to mention that I’ve never tried this company’s accessories before), but for the price, I think it may be worth the gamble.
Leave it to Hard Candy to be one of the first accessory manufacturers to provide protection for the yet-to-be-announced iPhone 5. Last year, they gambled (and lost) by mass producing cases for the iPhone 4S based on leaked designs from manufacturers in China. Sadly, the rumoured teardrop design never materialized as the 4S kept the iPhone 4′s design. This time, they’re once again betting that factory leaks will turn out to be the real deal.
“We made a bet the last time the iPhone 5 rumors were circulating (October, 2011) and we lost. This isn’t a failure, but simply part of this crazy Apple accessory business,” said Hard Candy CEO Tim Hickman. “This time we’re doubling the investment and have product ready to go. Cases are sitting in Hong Kong until we verify the fit.”
iPad cases are a dime a dozen and finding the perfect one for your precious iPad is no easy task. Personally, I’d been content with simply using the Smart Cover with my new iPad while at home (and the ZaggFolio with Keyboard case when traveling). Well that was until I’d carelessly dropped the iPad while picking it up, no thanks to the magnetic cover that detaches itself just a bit too easily. Thankfully, the screen didn’t crack, though it did get several visible scratches. Needless to say, it was time for a real case, one that provides enough protection and functionality, yet looks sexy at the same time. Meet Switcheasy’s exec iPad case.
iSkin, a well known manufacturer of trendy and stylish accessories for mobile devices, is now holding a one day 4th of July sale, with most products discounted by 40%. Items like iPhone/iPad cases, sleeves, screen protectors, earphones and even Macbook keyboard covers are now on sale. To score some deeply discounted iDevice loot, head over to iskin.com, fill up that shopping cart, and enter “CELEB40″ at checkout (the promo is now live). Note that the offer excludes the QWest and Ducati Collection, eGift Cards and already reduced items. And if you have yet to enter iSkin’s “Cool In Dad” contest (win a prize package of over $1000 – including a new iPad), better hurry as it ends July 7th. Good luck!
If you love using the Smart Cover with your iPad, but hate how there are only two rather limiting viewing angles, here’s a Kickstarter project you’ll want to back. Created by app developer Dotan Saguy, this mighty simple gizmo’s called the Smarter Stand for iPad and it’s essentially a clip that slides into the side of the Smart Cover in order to “lock” the folding points in place. So if you were to place the Smart Stand at the first fold, the iPad will be held up at a 33 degree angle; at the second fold, it turns into a 45 degree stand. In case you’re wondering, the clips even work on the recently released Apple Smart Case. To help stop the iPad from slipping, a polyurethane pad that sticks to the base of the tablet is also included (not required for the Smart Case as the neoprene of the back cover provides sufficient grip).
If you like your iPhone cases a little more rugged for the added protection, and always wished that they could double as a battery pack as well, this new mophie case should be right up your alley. Called the mophie juice pack PRO, this rather massive case comes loaded with a honking battery (2500 mAh) that will be able to provide an extra 150% more power to your phone. Its Otterbox like exterior not only provides drop/impact/shock protection, but it’s also water resistant and dust proof. And like other juice pack cases, this one’s equipped with a standby switch, so you get to decide when the iPhone 4/4S actually gets charged. The mophie juice pack PRO is available now – black only – on mophie.com for $129. More images and info after the break.
Meet twig, a highly unique iPhone cable designed by 3D PRODUCT, a product development company located in Portland, Oregon. Unlike Apple’s standard USB cable, twig is only 4 inches (102mm) long and made with 3 bendable legs that give it added versatility. With an iPhone docked, the legs can be bent to create a make-shift tripod, great for snapping photos or hands-free FaceTime sessions. It can also be be used as a wall charger, made to wrap around various objects and even as an earbud cord wrap. The twig is compatible with the iPhone, iPod Touch and Nano and comes with a variety of colours (8). This Kickstarter project needs to meet its goal of $50,000 and after 2 days, it’s already at nearly $28,000. For a pledge of $18 (the early bird special), you’ll get a black twig, while with $20 pledge, you can pick from a color of your choice. Check out the video below of how the final design for twig came to be.