UAG Part 2: Magma Folio Case for the iPad 2 and Cobalt Case for the Surface Pro 4

UAG Magma Folio CaseOkay, today we are back with Under Armor Gear (UAG) once again, and this time we are reviewing two products: The Magma for the iPad Air 2 and the Cobalt for the Surface Pro 4.

We’ll start with the Apple product with a feather-light construction, as well as a soft core. Unlike the hard plastic case that I reviewed in Part 1, this one feels soft all over. It is soft everywhere but on the corners, so it looks like it can take a lot of hits. I believe that it is called Frogskin Technology grip, and that isn’t all.

This is a Folio case, which means that you can stand it up for watching videos, but only in landscape mode. It has a magnetic strap that holds it closed.

In other words, it has the quality that you would expect for a UAG product. It can be purchased on the UAG site for about $49.95.

UAG Surface Pro 4As for the Cobalt Case for the Surface Pro 4, I have to admit that even though it is made by the same company, it feels like a completely different animal. Instead of something that is soft to the touch, this feels pretty hard.

Part of it is the stand, which is completely metal and can go into 5 angular positions, and it can even work with a portrait view if you like. It also has a place to store the Surface Pen, and it is compatible with the Microsoft Type Cover Keyboard with multiple keyboard positions.

All in all, it has some serious Frogskin exterior non-slip grip, and meets the military drop standards as well. All in all, there is so much to like about this UAG product. I kind of wish some of this technology would be on the aforementioned iPad Air 2 case.

You can get this particular case on the UAG site for about $69.95.

iblazr 2 from Concepter

iBlazr 2It seems hard to believe that we just reviewed the iblazr a few months ago, and we first wrote about it a few years ago on iblazr back when it was a Kickstarter project. And now we got a chance to review the iblazr 2.

The purpose of this device, in case you don’t know, is to be an external light source for mobile devices. The iblazr 2 doesn’t have that port can plug into the headphone jack like it’s predecessor, but it does have this weird clip thing for attaching to mobile device. Unlike its predecessor, it has some serious adjusting of the color temperature. The setting can be 5600K, which is good for selfies.

It works with native camera applications on your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphones. It is pair-able with Bluetooth, and just apply the double tap on the iblazr 2 rear in order to activate the flash. By the way, you can use multiple iblazr 2 devices to get some even light output.

Now, the Concepter website has that this product has a flexible charger that works as the flash, but this product that I had to review didn’t have that. However, it can be sold separately, and the iblazr 2 works with analog cameras.

For those that want to get in on this iblazr 2 action, head on over to the Concepter website shop and lay down $59.99 for it.

The Google Pixel C, the mystery tablet coming soon!

Pixel CI’m sure you already know about the big announcement that Google made concerning some new devices, the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, not to mention the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. However, something really funny happened at the end of the presentation as Google decided to just show off the Pixel C.

Let me put it this way: I was writing about the Google event, via a live blog, and then I was about to post the story about it, and then the Pixel C shows up. Google could have easily put it first, surprising everyone in attendance, and worked their way up to the Nexus devices and the new Chromecast. Instead, this new tablet comes off as a deliberate tease.

The Pixel C is the first tablet that was designed in-house, but instead of giving a full spec rundown on it, Google decided to leave it deliberately unknown. They said that it would be out around Christmas.

This tablet looks like it is meant to compete with the iPad Pro as well as the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4 that is expected to be released. Like these other tablets, there is a keyboard, but this one looks optional for a price of $149.

What we know so far is this: it is a 10.2 inch tablet with a USB-C port for charging. So, this is pretty mysterious, and I want to know more about this guy.

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Samsung patents a foldable tablet

samsung-foldable-tablet-1-640x404It seems like big companies like Samsung always have some stuff going on, and it is difficult to keep track of the innovation. Some probably doesn’t see the light of day, such as this foldable tablet.

Apparently, this technology has been around since November 2013, but the Korean Intellectual Property Office has just published it just recently. This is Patent No. 30-0757696, and it is a foldable tablet from Samsung with two seams and a flexible display.

Yeah, that whole flexible display hasn’t been invented yet, but it really ought to be. I don’t know if Samsung really wants to put this out, but man, they really should.

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Urban Armor Gear (UAG) Part 1: Scout for the Microsoft Surface 3

UAGI have been wanting to review Urban Armor Gear (UAG) for a long time, and I finally had a chance to try out a few products. I’ll start with the Scout for the Surface 3.

The Scout is made to be a back cover for Microsoft’s tablet with a keyboard, and it is completely compatible with Microsoft’s Type Cover Keyboard and multiple keyboard positions. On the back is an aluminum kickstand that is good for 3 angular positions. Now, the official site says that it is good for portrait views, but I could get it to work that way. I can’t help but think that there is a hidden switch somewhere.

It does have a place to hold the Surface Pen, and it also has some interesting Frogskin Technology so you can get a grip on this when it is wet and slippery. By the way, it also meets military drop standards.

If you don’t like the Scout in black, you can also get the Rogue in red here for the same price. The Scout is available here for $69.95.

Hands-on with the Otterbox Agility Tablet System

OtterboxI had a chance to check out the Agility Tablet System from Otterbox at CES 2015, and I was very glad to try out the system for myself. I have a ton of it that I need to review, and it includes the Agility Tablet System Shell, 10-inch Portfolio, Dock, and Wall-Mount.

I’ll see if I can explain the Agility Tablet System. You know how there are portfolios, docks, mounts, for tablets? The Agility is essentially a system in place for all kinds of tablets, to make it easier on the user.

The Shell is essentially that, a shell. It protects the back of the tablet, and that circular hole isn’t there to show off a tablet fruit logo, but it is a magnetic circle. That circle is the secret of the Agility Tablet System. I’ll discuss that more later, but right now, let me give you a price for the iPad Air as it can be purchase here for $39.95.

OtterboxNow, let’s talk about the Portfolio. If you have enough experience with tablets, then you know that Portfolio cases are a way of protecting your tablet like a folder. Some of them have a keyboard, but this does not.

What it does have is the magnetic circle to lock on the Shell so you can view your tablet. By the way, you can easily disconnect and rotate your tablet in portrait and landscape mode.

Man, this Agility Tablet System with the Shell and Portfolio sure is handy. You can get the Black Leather 10 inch Portfolio for the iPad for about $69.95 on the Otterbox site.

OtterboxNow let’s talk Dock. That is, the Tablet System Dock. This one is really excellent as a way of holding your tablet. This is a more permanent place, and it holds the tablet solid.

What is great is it isn’t like a portfolio so there isn’t just a few angles, but pretty much any angle. The angle is pretty solid, so it won’t be slipping any time soon. Like the Portfolio, it can also spin into portrait and landscape mode quickly.

Now, unlike the last two Agility Tablet System products that I described, the Dock is pretty much good for any size of Portfolio or Shell. Again, the secret is in the magnetic circle. It can be purchased on the Otterbox site for $49.95.

OtterboxI mentioned earlier how the Dock is a permanent place, but the Wall Mount is practically the most permanent thing you can get. Seriously, there is a 3M adhesive so you can put it on just about anything, and then just put your tablet with its Shell on that place on the wall.

Yes, I have seen products like this before, which is what makes it all the more useful. After all, our tablets are starting to be our link with a lot of things. Why not keep them on the wall? You can get that 360 degree viewing as well. You should be able to acquire the Wall Mount on the Otterbox site for $29.95.

All in all, Otterbox gets a gold medal for usefulness and usability when it comes to the Agility Tablet System.

Case Logic Part 1: Griffith Park Deluxe Backpack and 15.6″ Laptop and 10.1″ Tablet Attache

Case Logic Griffith Park Deluxe BackpackI know I usually say that it has been a while since I reviewed some product, and I honestly can’t say if I reviewed a Case Logic product, ever. This is a real shame, and today I’ll be reviewing two cases from Case Logic.

The first is Griffith Park Deluxe Backpack, named after that park in Santa Monica. It is made for Apple products, like a 15-inch MacBook Laptop as well as an iPad. It has a rucksack opening, which I assume means that it can be clinched closed with this weird quick release clip. You can fit a lot in besides a laptop and tablet, let me tell you.

Then there is pockets, a lot of pockets. There is one in the center on the back, one on the top, and there is one mesh pock on both of the sides. Yes, you are going to have a lot room for your stuff, and it will stay in this backpack comfortably.

If you want to get in on this, you should be able to get it on the Case Logic site for about $89.99.

Case Logic AttacheThen there is the 15.6-inch Laptop and 10.1-inch Tablet Attache. This can do the same thing as the Griffith Park Deluxe Backpack, but not hold as much as anything else.

This doesn’t mean that it is a worse product, but if you need all those other pockets that I described before, then why both with product that has them? Surely an Attache would look much better in the business world rather than the college student look of the Griffith Park Deluxe Backpack. Okay, more people are using backpacks then just college students, but you see what I mean.

Too bad that it isn’t made of leather, as that would look really classy. However, this is both classy and utilitarian with a big pocket on either side.

If this is what you are looking for, then you can purchase it on the Case Logic site for about $49.99.

Universal SwingHolder Floor Stand by Stand For Stuff

Stand for Stuff SFS-FSU-AWe really live in an age where we use tablet computers a lot, and we it seems like we aren’t prepared for it. It is like living in a world with televisions, but we just never got around to inventing the home entertainment center.

The Universal SwingHolder Floor Stand by Stand For Stuff is made to keep your tablet in place while you just sit there. Seriously, don’t most of us do that with our tablets or e-readers? Sure, we interact with them, but it is difficult to just keep it on your lap. The SwingHolder is designed to be adjustable, sort of like a microphone stand of some kind.

The holder for the tablet works with any tablet or e-reader measuring 7.5 to 14.5 inches on the diagonal, so you won’t have to remove your tablet from its cover. The design on the holder has holders at right angles, so it is made to keep the tablet in with rubberized fingers. The holder can be adjusted for a lot of viewing angles.

In addition to using the Universal SwingHolder for viewing, you can charge your tablet as well. There is a USB port near the tablet holder that you can use with your USB charger, and then plug the included AC outlet in the wall.

I received it and it can assemble in a few minutes, and it can be folded up to only take up one foot of storage space. If you want it, you should head on over to the Stand For Stuff site and lay down for $199.00.

Google announces Nexus 6, Nexus 9, Android TV player, and Lollipop (Android “L”)

Google AnnouncementsSome of you might have realized that I am a little late in my posting today, but this was because I knew Google was going to make a big announcement today. In fact, it is four different announcements while I will detail in four separate sections.

The first is the Nexus 6, a smartphone that has a 6-inch screen, the biggest smartphone to date. It’s made by Motorola, with a Motorola Turbo Charger so you can plug it in for 15 minutes and get 6 additional hours of battery life. The camera is 13 Megapixels with 2 Megapixels on the front. The price is a high $649, and will be available for pre-order in late October.

As for the Nexus 9 tablet, it has an 8.9 inch screen with a pixel resolution display of 2,048 x 1,536. Inside is a 64-bit processor on NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 chipset with 2 GB of RAM, and it also has up to nine hours of battery life. It can be pre-ordered October 17th, to be released on November 3rd. The price is $399 for the 16 GB model and $479 for the 32 GB model.

The other is the Nexus Player, which is a streaming media player made by Asus. It is also the first device that is running Android TV, and it will cost $99 with an optional controller for $40.

Here’s another big announcement: Android 5.0. It is Android “L”, or Lollipop. Both the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 will have this new operating system, and it looks like I was wrong on the naming system.

Tomorrow, Apple will make their big announcement, which will probably be new versions of the iPads. We will cover that, for sure.

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Notion Ink Cain

notion-ink-cainIn 2010, the Notion Ink Adam entered the market along with several other Android tablets. It was by no means a success, and the Adam II was sadly met with the same fate. Now the company is introducing a new Windows tablet with the Notion Ink Cain.

Yes, I suppose it is interesting that its sequel is called the Cain. Personally, it should probably be called the Able, because it sounds like “able”. Of course, he was murdered…by Cain. Anyway, this is tablet is a Windows tablet.

As far as I know, this is the first time a series of tablets has changed operating systems. I noticed that the Ink Cain has a detachable magnetic keyboard, kind of like the Surface. It has a 1.8GHz Intel Atom-powered processor, 2GB of RAM, 10.1-inch screen, and 32GB of expandable storage.

If you want this, you should be able to get it for about $330.

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