The iPod nano has been destined to be a watch ever since its release. I have had several watch bands but this one really is my favorite. I found it on kickstarter and loved it instantly. It is very modern and sleek looking especially in the sheer white color. My first concern though was if the white would discolor like most white silicon cases do but after about two weeks of use it still shows no sign of any discoloring. It is great as I have had tons of issues with cases discoloring so this is a great new change. My only problem I have probably had with the case is that it isn’t all too protective. The sides of the Nano are slightly protected but definitely not very durable and the screen is totally vulnerable with no edge around the screen to give any protection. This issue is solved very easily with a screen protector but it still can be a cause for concern. Overall though you are taking a risk wearing the nano on your wrist so just be careful and enjoy the style and function that this new wristband brings. There are a lot of options out there but out of all that I have used I would put this option first due to its style, comfort, and function. Check out their Kickstarter page here to get more information.
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JackBacks are a great new thing to replace your backplate on your iPhone 4. Each one is made from real high quality wood and can be custom engraved with anything you would like. I chose a very intricate and unique design and it came out beautifully. Not only does it look good but it has all kinds of other benefits that I never even considered. First since the back is no longer a slick glass you get quite a bit more grip on your iPhone with the more rugged back. Another thing would be that the wooden back is a lot more durable than the fragile glass. It doesn’t really seem to scratch, although I’m sure with enough force it could be damaged but it does not have to be a day to day concern. This is a great alternative to buying a new glass back and offers a great new look and feel to your iPhone. It also has all the same properties as the glass back so all the cases you have are still compatible and the camera and flash work just as well. The only thing is that it is yet to be available for the iPhone 4S due to the new camera lens and antenna placement but they will be available soon. For even more information go check out their site, which I really like and is very user friendly, and pick one up for as low as $89.
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The PowerSkin iPhone Charging Case is a new and great innovation to extended battery cases for the iPhone. What is new and great about this case is that it combines a protective and durable silicon case with an extended battery to charge your iPhone.
It’s simple and works like every other extended battery case but this one stands out to me. Personally I have always preferred silicon over a hard plastic case due to the fact that it offers shock resistance and will protect the phone better than a hard case that just transfers the shock and makes the damage worse. So as a case that keeps your precious iPhone in good condition, this is a pretty good choice, but that’s not all.
Of course the main function of this case is to extend/charge your battery and boy does it do it’s job we’ll. I have experienced great charging results and would definitely agree with their claim of giving you twice the battery power. We can’t stop there though, the aesthetics of this accessory are great as well. It is light weight and very thin (.77 inches) for an extended battery case.
Now onto features and usage of the case. First and almost most importantly this case lets you not only charge with its built in micro USB port but also sync with iTunes. So from now on you don’t have to remove the case just to sync and back up your iPhone to iTunes. (Wireless Syncing is available in iOS 5 though!) The PowerSkin also has a clever and smart power button. Next to the battery level indicator light on the bottom is a button like most other cases that turns on the lights to check the battery level, but this one is special in that when holding it for two seconds it will turn the case on or off. For me this fixes many issues I have had with other cases in that I had one with a switch for the power and after lots of use it broke and would no longer turn the case on. This will be completely avoided so long as the button provided is pretty durable.
Next their speaker solution is a great one compared to others. When putting and iPhone in an extended battery case they are too bulky and cover the speakers of the iPhone. Most cases have made a solution of putting holes in the case that direct the sound through small tubes. Power Skin does it differently in that there is a space between the bottom of the phone and the edge of the case. The sound is still directed towards you but now there isn’t a place for dust to collect and make the case look dirty. Overall much thought and care has been put into this case and it is definitely my favorite of all extended battery cases for the iPhone. So go to power-skin.com and check them out to pick one up for $69.99 and tell me what you think in the comments!
You may also be able to pick it up on Amazon for $50.
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The Cocoon Harlem iPad bag made for iPad and iPad 2 combines Cocoon’s award winning Gird-It functionality with yet another functional bag. Mine, in gray with an orange interior, is very nice looking and is very comfortable to wear. It can be taken just about anywhere as it doesn’t really stick off your back to far and it’s very lightweight. I have found that the bag is the perfect size and it can hold all my iPad accessories like my camera connection kit, a dock, a charger for my iPad and iPhone, and HDMI cord plus the HDMI iPad cord, a point and shoot camera, a couple SD cards, a stylus, and a bunch of other stuff.
Not only does it come with the convenient Grid-It system but there are several organizing pockets in the center zipper as well as an outer zipper pocket that can house and iPhone or iPod with a hole for headphones to be ran though. Then the pocket for the actual iPad gives great protection with lots of padding and can house and iPad 2 with about any case on it, with some patience I was actually able to fit my iPad in the pocket with Colcasac Sleeve on it because the pocket is pretty roomy but houses the iPad well.
This bag offers a great way to travel quickly with lots and lots of stuff. You won’t be disappointed with this bag as you can take just about anything with you. I don’t have a keyboard at the moment but I am sure you could fit a keyboard dock or wireless keyboard in the center pocket as well. This bag has provided me with great convenience and I love carrying it with me wherever I go. Go check them out and pick one up at cocooninnovations.com for $54.99 and tell me what you think in the comments!
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Located in Utah, Colcasac makes all of their sleeves from natural biodegradable materials like hemp. Once you are done using the case for whatever reason it will actually decompose at some point. Aside from the fact that it is really natural and good for the environment it is by far the best iPad sleeve I have ever used.
It combines functionality and simplicity to make a great product. If you have the iPad 2 without the smart cover the material on the inside of the sleeve does a phenomenal job of cleaning the screen as well as the Apple logo on the back and the aluminum to a degree. But the sleeve is also large enough for you to have the smart cover on and a case that works with the smart cover like the HyperSheild I reviewed a while back or most other case options as the sleeve is pretty roomy.
Now onto one of my favorite parts of this sleeve, the front pocket. Of all things you think this would be minimal and looked over but I have wanted something like this on a sleeve for a while and the Colcasac is one of the only sleeves I have ever seen offer extra storage other than the main iPad pocket. Anyways I love it because it is the perfect place to keep my Griffin Stylus for when I take notes or just want to doodle or something, so it’s always close by and I seem to lose it a lot less now that I have a place for it. The pocket also offers a great place for my iPhone to keep it in a place for easy access during short travel. But my absolute favorite thing about the sleeve is the protection I get from it. I have actually dropped my iPad from about waist high, but no damage was done thank to the thick padding offered by the Colcasac. It was the best feeling to see my screen light up without any issue or cracks and I owe it all to this awesome product.
All together there aren’t many things that I don’t like about the sleeve but it does have a few loose stitching here and there like around the logo and Velcro but it was easily fixed by cutting the stray pieces off and was probably caused by my full time use. I would definitely recommend this sleeve to anyone who as an iPad as it is great to just carry your iPad to school or work with a pocket to store a charger, stylus, or even your iPhone, it offers great protection, and not to mention its pretty stylish to. The Colcasac Zagora iPad sleeve is priced at only $35.00. So visit colcasac.com and check them out and get one for yourself and let me know how you like it in the comments!
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