Archive for the ‘iPad’ Category
Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
Today we’re turning our attention to the more diminuitive iPads, the Mini released in 2012 and the Mini 2 released in 2013. We’re going to recommend five recent or upcoming covers for the Mini 2. Let’s get started.
5. DODOcase Elemental for iPad Mini 2 – Coral Fire
We begin with a rather artistic edition of the well-received DODOcase, featuring a hand-applied “coral fire” finish. The look is consistent outside, but look inside and you’ll see a unique pattern of application that really sells the hand-made credentials. The case is definitely different from the majority of iPad Mini 2 cases on the market, and for that reason alone it’s worth a look.
4. Covert Suki Leather Style Purse Case for iPad Mini 2
Here’s another case which offers uncommon style, in a unique envelope purse form factor. The Covert Suki is made of a fashionable leather-look synthetic, which comes in black and maroon. Your iPad Mini or Mini 2 is kept carefully inside, with the screen and body fully protected at all times. It’s a nice way to travel with the iPad Mini 2 for sure.
3. Skech Flipper Case for iPad Mini 2
Our next case is a rather more common design, but here the execution is really the focus. The Skech Flipper combines a hard backshell with a front flip cover, allowing 100% coverage of the iPad Mini. The look is clean and simple, with an extremely thin signature. This allows your choice of colour – red, blue or black – to really stand out. Functionality is impressive too, with the flip cover folding to serve as a media stand, sleek/wake magnets and a soft microfibre lining.
2. Belkin LEGO Builder Case for iPad Mini 2
With the LEGO movie in theatres, there’s no better time to indulge your inner builder with a LEGO case for the iPad Mini. The case has a LEGO base plate, so you can add your own LEGO pieces as you like for form or function. You customise the case with anything you like, from a whole LEGO scene to perhaps just your favourite figures. With a flip cover that works as a stand and screen protector, it’s functional too. The Belkin LEGO Builder is a cool playful case for kids and adults alike.
1. LifeProof Fre Case for iPad Mini 2
Our lead case this time around it the LifeProof Fre Case, one of the most impressive protective cases you can get for the iPad Mini 2. The case is designed to meet military standards for shocks and drops, and has an IP68 rating for water and dust resistance as well. Given its protective powers, it’s quite extraordinary that the case adds only 1.5mm of thickness and 28 grams of weight. This premium light and protective case is a great choice for anyone that wants to keep their iPad Mini 2 safe.
OK folks, that’s all for now! Thanks for checking out the article and be sure to let me know what you think in the comments below. You can also reach us on Twitter @mobilefun and on Facebook at Love Your Mobile.
Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
5. Ballistic Tough Jacket Case for iPad Air
We begin our rundown of the top 5 iPad Air covers so far this month with the Ballistic Tough Jacket. This case is a little heavier and thicker than average, but offers vastly more protection too. The bulk required is ameloriated somewhat by a clever three layer design. This ensures that damage from a variety of sources – most notably scratches and drops – is prevented. The case also includes a built-in media stand, which is incredibly handy for using your iPad in flight or on the train.
4. Smart Cover with Hard Back Case for iPad Air
This simple and sensible cover for the iPad Air combines a handy folding flip cover with a slim hard case, providing comprehensive protection in a diminuitive package. The smart cover is available in multiple colours too: black, red, white, purple, pink and green. They’re all quite attractive shades, and it goes a long way towards making your iPad feel like your own
3. Pinlo Asti Collection for iPad Air
The Pinlo Asti is a cool case for the iPad Air, combining a classical form and more modern look. The metallic brown option is an interesting coffee-flavoured take on the classic leather case, and the other colourways are impressive too. As well as a nice look, you can look forward to an integrated stand, the use of real leather and sleep/wake functionality.
2. FlexiShield Skin Case for iPad Air
The vunerable FlexiShield is our runner-up this time around, for its legendary combination of a slim signature and cool colours at a low price. The FlexiShield provides good impact and scratch protection without the bulk of a folio case, and the FlexiShield achieves that goal simply and effectively.
1. BodyGuardz Carbon Fibre Armor Skin for iPad Air
Our winner this time around is the BodyGuardz Carbon Fibre Armor Skin. It’s the least impressive cover on our list in terms of raw protection – it provides almost nothing for impact protection – but it also is the lightest and thinnest. This keeps your iPad Air the same size it came out of the box, while adding a good layer of scratch resistance and a custom look. For anyone that loves the modern look of carbon fibre, this is the ultimate upgrade to your iPad Air.
I hope you found these suggestions helpful! Thanks for checking out the article and have a good week ahead. If you have any questions or comments on the products featured here, then just leave a comment below.
Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
One of the nicest things about choosing an Apple device is the massive accessory ecosystem that exists for it. Every week, dozens of new accessories are made for iPhones and iPads. Today we’re going to take a look at some of these new arrivals, the top 5 new cases for the iPad Air. Let’s get started!
5. Sophisticase iPad Air Frameless Case – Blue / Black / Red / Purple
Our first iPad Air cover is this model from Sophisticase – the Frameless Case. This case is designed to maximise your ability to touch and engage with the iPad’s display, while still providing a good level of scratch resistance and a bit of impact protection too. The case includes all of the functionality you should expect in an iPad Air folio case as well – sleep/wake, a viewing stand and cutouts for all ports and features. The case is available in a good range of colours and isn’t too expensive either, so it definitely fulfils that ‘cheap and cheerful’ criteria.
4. Moshi VersaKeyboard Case with Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad Air
As the name so handily gives away, this iPad Air case includes an ultra-thin Bluetooth keyboard embedded in the folio cover. The case is all business, with a black contemporary look front and back. Unusually, the keyboard here is detachable, which allows for a much wider range of positions than you’d get with a static keyboard case. This is particularly ideal when you want to have the keyboard on your knees (e.g. on a train or plane), or when you’re at a desk with room to stretch out. The Moshi case is also quite slim for a keyboard case, and still provides a decent amount of protection against bumps and scratches. All in all, a solid case that should help unlock your productivity!
3. Noreve Tradition Leather Case for iPad Air
The Noreve Tradition is a beautiful, premium-grade leather case. It uses only the highest quality leather, providing stylish full-body protection for the iPad Air. All of the accoutrements that you’d expect are here too – there is automatic wake/sleep functionality, a built-in stand, and cutouts for all ports and buttons. The case has a simple design, but the key here is the top-notch execution.
2. Covert Metropolitan Case for iPad Air
The newest case on this list of new cases is the Covert Metropolitan. This is a classic folio-style case for the iPad Air, made from high-quality synthetic materials. It’s less expensive than the Noreve Tradition, but offers a similar style and level of sophistication. Like that case, it also includes a viewing stand – but also includes a more rugged design and some internal pockets.
1. Rock Folder Series for iPad Air
Our final case is my favourite of all the newcomers to our virtual shelves: the Rock Folder. I like it for a few reasons – probably the first is its look: quite modern, swooshy colours and very slim. There are a lot of very standard looking black and brown leather cases for the iPad Air, and it’s great to see something a bit different. The other nice thing about this case is that the price is low, but functionality isn’t affected – you still get sleep/wake, an internal pocket and a useful media stand. All in all, a great looking case at a compelling price.
That’s all for now folks! I hope you’ve found these selections useful, and feel free to let me know if you have any questions or comments below.
Monday, December 30th, 2013
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen! Today, we’re going to show you some of the latest iPad Air cases to arrive on our shelves – including protective, stylish and professional examples. Let’s get started.
5. Smart Cover with Hard Back Case for iPad Air
This simply titled iPad Air cover is a good place to begin our tour. Its design provides a good amount of protection, thanks to the hard back surrounding the iPad’s body and the flip cover which protects the screen. The case is quite inexpensive and is available in a wide range of colours (black, blue, red, white, purple, pink and the green shown above). This makes it a good, safe choice – there’s sure to be at least one colour to catch your fancy. The front cover folds back to form a stand for typing or watching videos, and will automatically sleep and wake the iPad when opened and closed. If you’re looking for a colourful and capable iPad Air case, this example is hard to beat!
4. UAG Scout Case for iPad Air
The UAG Scout Case is definitely geared towards to the more heavy-duty side of the spectrum, offering considerably more impact and elemental resistance than the average iPad Air case due to its unique construction. The case provides the usual flip cover too, which protects the screen and can be used as an adjustable stand. Cutouts and oversized button covers ensure that your iPad Air remains just as easy to use inside the case as out. If you worry about dropping or damaging your iPad Air, this is a great insurance policy against possible damage.
3. Piel Frama Cinema Case for iPad Air
This luxurious premium case for the iPad Air comes in at the upper end of the market, but provides a commensurate amount of style and functionality. The case is hand-crafted from genuine leather and Gutermann thread by expert tradesmen, with construction of each case taking 25 days in total. The design includes a magnetic closure with sleep/wake functionality and a media stand. When you want simply the best, Piel Frama are happy to provide.
2. Targus iPad Air Click-in Case Light
Targus are well known for producing top quality tablet and laptop cases, and this Click-in Case Light is a fine example. The case looks to offer clip-in protection that’s as light as the Air itself, adding the absolute minimum of bulk and weight. This keeps your Air as it was intended, but with the added peace of mind that a full case and cover provide. The case includes a stand and comes in a number of fine colours, including blue, pink and black.
1. Zenus Lettering Diary for iPad Air
The Zenus Lettering Diary series of cases has always impressed me on smartphones, and the same design looks brilliant on a full tablet size as well. The handmade case is made slim through the use of synthetic materials, while still providing a top-notch look and feel. The case includes a viewing stand as well as internal pockets, should you need to keep cards or bits of paper with your iPad. While other cases offer more protection (the UAG Scout) or more colour options (the Smart Cover with Hard Back), the Zenus Lettering Diary just fits the iPad Air so well. A great case with a classic look.
That’s all the cases we have for now! Thanks for checking out the article and feel free to give your feedback on the selections.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
Earlier today I wrote about my experiences with the Nexus 5 cases we have on offer, and now it’s time for the Apple side of the aisle, as I look at some of the best covers to match the new iPad Air!
iPad Air first-hand impressions
Before I get into the accessories themselves, I’d like to share some of my impressions of the Air itself. I had heard mixed views on the new design from colleagues and friends – some thought that it remained too heavy and large to justify the ‘Air’ moniker, while others felt it a fitting upgrade to the iPad.
Personally, I find myself in the latter camp – the iPad Air is now light enough to be held up one-handed, which is quite nice for reading and watching movies. The thin bezel can make positioning your hand a bit difficult, but once you’ve got a good position it’s easy to keep. The aspect ratio of the screen is still too tall for my liking – I prefer 16:9 tablets that actually fit TV/movie aspect ratios better – but for non-media apps it works well.
The Air is a must-have upgrade for anyone with the iPad 3 or earlier – but if you’re on the iPad 4, then it might be worth waiting a year for the obvious inclusion of the TouchID fingerprint sensor and another CPU upgrade. We might also see an iPad Pro, just as we currently have MacBook Air and Pro laptops.
iPad Air cover recommendations
So I had four iPad Air accessories to look through, all fairly similar in form factor: folio cases. Here’s what I thought of them!
Cygnett Cache Folio Case
The first case I had a look at was the Cygnett Cache Folio Case. Now this case has a quite nice design, with a very flat and relatively untextured frosted canvas. Inside, there are a pair of business / credit card holders, with soft microfibre elsewhere. A bend in the cover allows it to be used as a slightly adjustable stand. All in all, a fine case particularly if you like the look.
Incipio Watson Wallet Folio
Next up was the Incipio Watson Wallet, which has a genuine leather cover and a ‘Plextonium’ shell – it sounds like a glowing element that would harm a superhero, but it just means a rather rugged plastic. The elastic strap is a nice way of securing the case closed, without the non-uniform look of a dedicated clasp. The texture of the case feels great inside and out. If you’re looking for a protective iPad Air case, this is a good shout.
STM Cape Case
The STM Cape Case was out. This one is available in some less common colours than most iPad cases – blue and red on top of the standard black. I like the look of the yellow/gold writing on the blue backing, but the overly flattened texture and inner lining didn’t sit as well with me. The slide-through clasp also seemed a bit outdated.
Cygnett Archive Folio Case
I ended on a high note, with the Archive Folio from Cygnett. The case has a nice two-texture look, with a flat texture on the folded third of the folio, and a holy texture on the remainder. Inside I was impressed by the soft touch microfibre lining, as well as the gently ridged inner cover that allows for considerable adjustment of the angle of the tablet. A nice case that adds quite a bit of bulk and weight, but provides a commensurate amount of protection.
Thanks for checking out my impressions! Be sure to visit our iPad Air accessory page or the individual product pages in question if you like what you’ve seen here today. Have a good weekend!