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First Looks: Sena Cases Borsetta for iPad 2

Sena Cases’ upcoming Borsetta for iPad 2 ($150) is certainly original — a combination of a leather folio and a purse. Apple’s tablet slips into a leather frame with the same cutouts around the edges that are seen on most folio-style cases. Instead of just a normal cover, however, Borsetta has a zip open compartment with room for six cards, three pens, a cell phone, and other small accessories. Additionally, two stands are built into the rear of the front cover. A woven leather tab with a snap holds the case shut, and a leather shoulder strap is included. The unit shown here is a preproduction model; the shipping model will see small tweaks. It will be available in black, red, pink, or gold.Sena Cases’ available now, click here to order.

(via iLounge)

May 17, 2011 Posted by | Accessories, Bags, Gadget Preview, iPad | Leave a comment

PADACS UltraCharge Portable Charger � iPad Gear Review


If you happen to be a frequent traveler, making sure all your devices are fully charged before leaving is one of the chores you are likely used to dealing with. Additionally, making sure you have all your chargers and power cables with you is crucial, as rushing to the airport store to find a pricey spare charger is not exactly the best way to start your vacations or a business trip.

PADACS recently came up with a new portable charger that will help make all these issues passé. Called the UltraCharge, the charger is a 12,000mAh lithium polymer portable battery designed to charge up to two devices simultaneously. Once fully charged, the UltraCharge will help you “resuscitate” and even fully charge your devices while on the go, without the need of a power socket.

The UltraCharge is very simple to use, all you need to do is to fully charge it before leaving for your trip � note that depending on the amount of power remaining in the UltraCharge, charging up the device can take up to 5 hours. The charger features an on/off switch, as well as four light indicators designed to show you how much power is left in the UltraCharge. The charger provides two high power USB ports, and also comes with a USB cable compatible with the iPad. Since the device comes with USB ports, you can use the USB cable supplied with your iPad to charge your tablet, or you can use the cable supplied by PADACS � note that the cable supplied with the UltraCharge is more versatile, as on top of USB to iPad/iPhone/iPod connectivity, it also allows USB to USB, USB to mini-USB, and USB to DC connectivity.

Since the iPad battery capacity is about 5,000 mAh, the UltraCharge's impressive capacity of 12,000 mAh is large enough to fully charge two iPads with batteries near 0%. Note that it will take several hours to fully charge an iPad with the UltraCharge, but nothing prevents you from using your iPad while it is being charged.

The UltraCharge package contains:
- The main battery unit
- A power adapter
- A multifunction USB cable with 4 adapters, including USB-to-iPad
- Additional power adapters
- A travel pouch

The UltraCharge is quite a versatile device, as besides being able to charge iPads, it can also charge all other iOS-based devices, the Nintendo DS, Blackberries, PSPs, a large number of cellphones, and even laptops. A fully charged UltraCharge can last for weeks when switched off, so you won't need to worry about the device not being able to hold its charge while on the go. The device also comes with a travel pouch to carry the main battery and its cables.

What we liked: The UltraCharge does exactly what it says, it charges an iPad in a matter of hours, without the need to carry an external charger. The UltraCharge can also charge many other devices, and the presence of charging USB ports directly on the device makes it future-proof. The lights on the device make it very easy to check how much power is left inside the UltraCharge.

What we didn't like: The multifunction USB cable is very useful, but seems a bit flimsy � but nothing prevents you from using the USB cable supplied with your iPad. The travel pouch quality could be better.

To buy or not to buy: Overall, the UltraCharge is one of the few mobile charger worth looking at, and should be the only charger you need while traveling. The device does not come cheap, but if you are always running out of juice, or if you happen to be stuck in places without power for hours, such as planes, the UltraCharge will likely prove to be a lifesaver.

[via Padget]


September 27, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, External Battery, Gadget Preview, iPad | Leave a comment

Brando iPad case with Bluetooth keyboard

 

Brando will launched a China OEM case with bluetooth keyboard like Kensington Keyfolio Keyboard + case for iPad.  The price is only US$70 which is far cheaper than Kensington one for US$30 (Kensington one US$100). It's also comes with a USB cable and the case almost as same as Kensington one.

You can now pre-order here.


September 21, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Cases, dock/holder/stand, Gadget Preview, iPad | 2 Comments

First Looks: Kensington KeyFolio Keyboard + Case for iPad

The hybrid of a keyboard and case is destined to become one of the most popular iPad accessories of 2010 and 2011 — so clearly important that a half-dozen companies have apparently licensed the same keyboard from overseas and made modest customizing tweaks to the leather case design for their own versions. Planned for an October release, Kensington's KeyFolio ($100) is amongst them, featuring a Bluetooth keyboard on one side and an iPad holder on the other, folding closed to become the equivalent of a slim, leather-covered laptop equivalent for users who need a better-than-iPad keyboard for their daily use of the tablet. This keyboard is made from reinforced rubber, with soft keys that nonetheless have the sort of tactility that users prefer when typing, plus some iPad-specific function keys up top. You recharge KeyFolio with an included USB-to-micro-USB cable, and flip it on and off with a small switch; pairing is incredibly easy thanks to a dedicated "Connect" button near the power switch. The case lets you position the iPad on different angles for video viewing and keyboard use, providing substantial but not complete protection when it's closed. Expect more details on KeyFolio in the very near future.

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[via iLounge]


September 18, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Cases, dock/holder/stand, Gadget Preview, iPad | Leave a comment

First Looks: Simplism Belt Clip, Flip Note, Leather Cover, Microfiber Sleeve + Vertical Flip Cases for iPhone 4

Though we’ve said often and repeatedly that we’re not fans of these types of cases, Simplism’s latest shipment of iPhone 4 updated releases each has a little something that was interesting enough to show off, anyway — typically a layer of wood veneer. The Belt Clip Style case is a plain, contrast-stitched leather belt clip holster with a strip of wood on the front flap. Flip Note Style opens like a book and has a wood stripe on the front edge, with a heavy, thick plastic lining. Leather Cover is a plastic shell with faux leather in either colored crocodile or “lizard” textures, bundled with a screen protector, applicator card, and microfiber cloth not found in the other packages. Microfiber Sleeve is a pouch with a fabric rear drawstring — again topped with a wood applique — and available in some nice colors. Finally, Vertical Flip Style has a top flap that opens to the case’s bottom, possessing a much larger wood panel; this one is novel in that the flap doubles back to become a FaceTime video stand, though like Flip Note, the plastic frame is very thick. We can’t say that we’d get terribly excited about any of these types of cases, but if you have a wood paneling fetish or really need to turn your iPhone 4 into a pink lizard, Simplism has you covered. Once again, the cases arrived without any sort of pricing information, but we’d expect them each to run in the $20-$30 range.

Click here for more details.

[via iLounge]

August 19, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Cases, Gadget Preview, iPhone | Leave a comment

The iPhone 4 Case With a Built-in Bluetooth Headset [IPhone Headset]

The iPhone 4 Case With a Built-in Bluetooth Headset

The Mogo Talk Bluetooth headset/case just got updated for iPhone 4, which is great, since the iPhone could use both protection and a wireless communications device. But, it seems, they didn’t listen to any of my suggestions.

The iPhone 4 Case With a Built-in Bluetooth HeadsetMy complaints from the original said that I wanted one integrated charging system—this still has a microUSB connector—and a built-in battery pack. It’s just an updated version of the old device, priced down to $100 from $130. If they had only made the case both a battery pack as well as just a case/holder for the headset, it’d be a clear buy. [ID8Mobile]

The iPhone 4 Case With a Built-in Bluetooth Headset

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Cases, Gadget Preview, iPhone | Leave a comment

First Looks: Quirky Cloak Case for iPad

Announced back in March, the unique Cloak Case for iPad has finally been released by Quirky — at $54 rather than the originally announced $36 asking price. Featuring a unique combination of a molded silicone rubber iPad case with a rubber-coated plastic front flap, Cloak looks sort of like a professional folder that opens to reveal several different stand options. The iPad slides into the right side of the somewhat overly soft and dust-attracting case, which protects everything except for the iPad’s top, side, and bottom buttons, ports, and speakers when the flap is closed. By opening it and using one of three kickstand solutions, you can stand the iPad upright, on a video-friendly landscape recline, or in a keyboard-ready position. Even though the execution falls short of “fantastic,” the concept here is solid, and the case has a lot of versatility for people who need multiple stand options. Four color schemes are available.

[via iLounge]

July 30, 2010 Posted by | Accessories, Cases, Gadget Preview, iPad | Leave a comment

Sony NEX-VG10 HD camcorder preview

Well, that was quick. Right after yesterday’s surprising announcement, Sony flew its yet-to-be-released NEX-VG10 camcorder into London just in time for today’s showcase event. Naturally, we had to get our hands on this shiny baby, and boy we were impressed. In case you missed the news, this snazzy Handycam’s the world’s first HD camcorder with interchangeable lens, meaning you can share E-mount lenses with your young NEX DSLRs, or take advantage of the abundant A-mount lenses with the help of an adapter. Likewise, there are also hot and cold shoe mounts on the mic shaft to cater your current camera accessories. Read on for our thoughts on the rest of the camcorder — we’ve put together a little sample clip for you at the end as well.

Sony NEX-VG10 HD camcorder preview

There isn’t much to complain about with this $2,000 (and, sadly, possibly £2,000 for the Brits) piece of kit in terms of appearance and ergonomics. We like being able to hold it by either the seemingly solid body (using the strap) or the mic shaft, and both ways provided comfortable grip without much fatigue due to the light weight (even with the bundled lens). We were also able to quickly master the jog-dial control next to the 3-inch screen, but for this price, we expected a touchscreen interface as well to make life easier. As for the bundled F3.5-6.3 18-200mm lens, we found that zooming required a bit more effort than we liked, so thankfully there’s auto focus mode — just like anyway ordinary camcorder — to save us from further wrist work with the focus ring. We must also point out that unlike the Olympus PEN, this Sony camcorder didn’t pick up any mechanical noise from its lens auto focussing; otherwise, this kit totally wouldn’t deserve such price tag.

Of course, what we really care about is the picture and sound quality. All is revealed in our sample reel below (remember to enable HD playback mode), but in brief: stunningly accurate colors, sharp 1080/60i picture, and impressive audio sensitivity (notice how the mic was able to pick up conversations from afar; you can also enable just the front mics to minimise background noise). You may notice some shakiness while we were adjusting the lens — we’ll blame it on our lack of practice from the little hands-on time we had. Regardless, the NEX-VG10 certainly lived up to our expectation, and we look forward to hear what the filming hobbyists think of this prosumer-level camcorder when it comes out in September.

 

[via Engadget]

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Gadget Preview, Sony | Leave a comment

Sony NEX-VG10 HD camcorder preview

Well, that was quick. Right after yesterday’s surprising announcement, Sony flew its yet-to-be-released NEX-VG10 camcorder into London just in time for today’s showcase event. Naturally, we had to get our hands on this shiny baby, and boy we were impressed. In case you missed the news, this snazzy Handycam’s the world’s first HD camcorder with interchangeable lens, meaning you can share E-mount lenses with your young NEX DSLRs, or take advantage of the abundant A-mount lenses with the help of an adapter. Likewise, there are also hot and cold shoe mounts on the mic shaft to cater your current camera accessories. Read on for our thoughts on the rest of the camcorder — we’ve put together a little sample clip for you at the end as well.

Sony NEX-VG10 HD camcorder preview

There isn’t much to complain about with this $2,000 (and, sadly, possibly £2,000 for the Brits) piece of kit in terms of appearance and ergonomics. We like being able to hold it by either the seemingly solid body (using the strap) or the mic shaft, and both ways provided comfortable grip without much fatigue due to the light weight (even with the bundled lens). We were also able to quickly master the jog-dial control next to the 3-inch screen, but for this price, we expected a touchscreen interface as well to make life easier. As for the bundled F3.5-6.3 18-200mm lens, we found that zooming required a bit more effort than we liked, so thankfully there’s auto focus mode — just like anyway ordinary camcorder — to save us from further wrist work with the focus ring. We must also point out that unlike the Olympus PEN, this Sony camcorder didn’t pick up any mechanical noise from its lens auto focussing; otherwise, this kit totally wouldn’t deserve such price tag.

Of course, what we really care about is the picture and sound quality. All is revealed in our sample reel below (remember to enable HD playback mode), but in brief: stunningly accurate colors, sharp 1080/60i picture, and impressive audio sensitivity (notice how the mic was able to pick up conversations from afar; you can also enable just the front mics to minimise background noise). You may notice some shakiness while we were adjusting the lens — we’ll blame it on our lack of practice from the little hands-on time we had. Regardless, the NEX-VG10 certainly lived up to our expectation, and we look forward to hear what the filming hobbyists think of this prosumer-level camcorder when it comes out in September.

 

[via Engadget]

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Gadget Preview, Sony | Leave a comment

   

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