ZAGGkeys SOLO iPad Keyboard now available for Pre-order

ZAGG, makers of the popular invisibleShields and ZAGGmate case/keyboard accessory, is now taking pre-orders for their new ZAGGkeys SOLO iPad Keyboard. The SOLO, as the name implies, is essentially the keyboard piece found in the recently released ZAGGfolio. Priced at $69.99 instead of $99 for the added protection of the carbon fiber design found in the folio, the standalone bluetooth keyboard is sleek, lightweight and made to accompany not just the iPad, but a number of other tablets as well. It’s compatible with the HTC Flyer, Samsung Galaxy 10.1, Motorola Zoom, Asus Eee Pad and more, though the experience will differ depending on whether you use these other tablets in the portrait or landscape modes.

You can pre-order the SOLO Keyboard on ZAGG’s website, and the estimated shipment date is today, August 10th. Video of the ZAGGfolio (the SOLO can be seen when it’s removed from the case) and more product screenshots after the gap.

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iPhone 5 Cases available for sale in China

By now, you’ve likely seen a number of early leaks of iPhone 5 cases on the web, ones which point to a complete redesign of the 5th gen iPhone. Most of these silicone cases suggest a slimmer profile, wider screen and a curved back. And according to MIC Gadget, these iPhone cases are all over the place in China, suggesting that manufacturers have already begun (or are in the process) of mass producing them. We’ve also received a tip from a company based in Shenzhen, China that’s taking orders for the silicon cases. Minimum order appears to be 500 pieces (mixed colors allowed with 10 available colors) at US$0.78c a pop. Once payment has been received, the order will be shipped in 4 days time.

So the real question is how much faith you put into these iPhone 5 cases. I mean sure, you can buy a 1000 or more of ’em, but just imagine if they don’t quite fit the iPhone 5 come September or October, its rumoured released date. Then you’ll have plenty of cases that aren’t good for any iDevice on the market. Of course, there’s also the scenario that they’re bang on and you make yourself a few bucks on the side. More piccies after the break.

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A Smart Wooden iPad 2 Cover

Just when you thought the Smart Cover for the iPad 2 couldn’t get any sexier, Holland-based company Miniot has created a similar cover that’s made of wood. Carved from a single piece of certified (cherry) wood, the Miniot Cover utilizes magnets to mimic the functionality of Apple’s Smart Cover. Flip it open to wake up the iPad, close it to put it back to sleep. And of course, you can roll it up into a cylinder for typing or watching movies. Priced at €50 (roughly $70 US), this smart wooden cover will undoubtedly turn heads and should give pause to those who plan on buying one of Apple’s own leather covers, selling for $69US.

You can order yours starting today (Mar 25th) and personal engraving is included for free. Check out the video demo after the gap.

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Material6 In Review – Mother Nature, The Sexiest Accessory Of All!

As nice as it is to look at the iPhone 4’s glass back, the fact is that it wouldn’t really take much for it to break.  Countless stories have been posted online by people who have experienced this heart breaking ordeal. So what do you do if you neither want a case that’ll hide the elegant design of the phone nor risk damaging its back side? Enter Material6, a company that specializes in turning the back panel of your iPhone 4 into carefully hand-crafted wood. Yes, wood!

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iPad 2 Cases Roundup

The iPad 2 was officially unveiled 2 days ago and it sure didn’t take long for third party manufacturers to announce their own line up of iPad 2 Cases.  From the Apple iPad Smart Cover to the ZAGGmate w/ Keyboard, there will be plenty of choices for those planning on buying the upcoming tablet. Here’s a glimpse of some of the iPad 2 cases that will hit the market in the very near future.

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ZAGGmate with Keyboard in Review – One Sleek Case and Keyboard Combo for your iPad

When it comes to accessories for the iPad, we’re no longer just seeing cases, stands, or screen protectors on the market. Manufacturers have started to cater to users who aren’t all that keen on typing with the iPad’s virtual keyboard for extended periods. As such, the iPad is often being paired up with Apple’s own iPad Keyboard Dock or Wireless Keyboard. This may be good for when at home, but on the road, it can be cumbersome to lug around the two separately.

It’s no wonder then that we’ve seen a whole new market open up for cases that incorporate a physical keyboard. The Kensington KeyFolio, Gembox  Keyboard Case and the upcoming Adonit Writer are such examples. Unfortunately, most add unwanted bulk and make your iPad look more like a crummy (second hand) netbook. Thankfully, ZAGG has come up with a solution that is both sleek and sexy, not to mention fun to use – the ZAGGmate w/ Keyboard case.

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iBallz Lid and Hard Case In Review – ‘Cuz Sometimes Your iBallz Need Protection Too!

The iBallz Eye Lid Case

Just recently, I reviewed a great protective device for your iPad called iBallz. Not only is their design amazingly innovative, but they also provide for a surprising amount of protection for the magical tablet. Today I’ll be taking a look at a couple cases that are designed to work with AND without your iBallz: the iBallz Lid and iBallz Hard Case.

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Add a Joystick to your iPad with Fling Game Controller

Previously, we had seen the Tactile+Plus sticky pads give iPhone and iPod Touch users more tactile feedback when gaming on the device. Now Ten One Design, makers of the popular Pogo Sketch Stylus, is taking it a step further and will soon be offering the Fling Game Controller for the iPad. The Fling is a clever little add-on that will serve as an analog joystick for any game that makes use of a virtual d-pad on the tablet. Thanks to the 2 suction cup attachments, users can easily place the joystick anywhere on the screen.

Now imagine playing games like Spiderman: Total Mayhem HD and Dungeon Hunter 2 HD on the iPad using the Fling… sweetness! You can pre-order it now for $24.95 in 3 colors (or a 2 pack for $38) and they’ll ship around Jan 28. Video demo of the Fling in action after the gap.

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Iomega SuperHero Dock backs up and charges your iPhone

Touted as the “first of its kind”, Iomega will soon be releasing the SuperHero, an iDevice dock that charges AND backs up its contacts and photos into an SD card (sadly not for apps and music). The potentially useful dock is primarily meant for users who rarely plug in their iPhones and iPod Touches with their computer in order to sync with iTunes. Here’s how it works:

When an iPhone loaded with the SuperHero app is placed in the SuperHero dock, the app launches automatically, giving the option of backing up the contacts and photos while it charges the phone. Users can name their iPhones with the SuperHero app so that multiple iPhones can be charged and their contacts and photos backed up with the same SuperHero Backup and Charger. After the initial backup of an iPhone’s contacts and photos**, future backups only include incremental contacts and photos. If a user loses or damages their iPhone, they can restore their contacts and photos to a new iPhone by docking the new iPhone in the SuperHero dock and selecting the “restore” button.

Priced at $69.99, the SuperHero Dock will likely not appeal to those who make it a habit of syncing their iDevices with iTunes on a regular basis anyway. But for those casual users who hardly ever backup their contacts and photos (and I know quite a few people who don’t), the dock could prove to be an invaluable bedside accessory. Promo video and full press release after the cut.

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Introducing the Hive Dock: Turn your iPhone into Powerless Mini-TV [Video]

Here’s a nifty gizmo for those of you who always wished their iPhone screens were slightly larger for viewing TV shows and movies. Created by a company called ScreenDoor Studio, the Hive Dock will essentially blow up the iPhone’s Retina Display via a magnifying lens, and thus no electricity is required.

Requiring no electronics or power, Hive amplifies the iPhone’s onboard speaker in either landscape or portrait orientation. It does this by channelling the sound into a concave chamber that projects the sound upward and outward toward the listener’s ears. A Fresnel lens stands parallel to the iPhone’s Retina Display at a set distance of 4 inches, providing crystal clear 2X magnification.

So far, it appears that the dock is only compatible with the iPhone 4, so iPod Touch and iPhone 3GS users maybe out of luck. The Hive isn’t currently on sale yet, but it will make its debut this week at CES. Check out the video demo after the gap.

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