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ZAGG Week Part 5: Rugged Book Pro for the 9.7-inch iPad Pro

ZAGG Rugged Book ProThis would be the second “book pro” that I have reviewed this week specifically made for the 9.7 inch iPad Pro. I am going to attempt to write this without sounding like I am repeating myself on the Slim Book Pro.

Because of that, I will get several things out of the way. The Rugged Book Pro has a very thin keyboard with a detachable screen. I guess that was something that was unique to the Slim Book Pro, but I suppose that I was wrong. Also like the Slim Book Pro is the Apple Pencil holder, the Power App from Mophie, and the three different pairing buttons.

Okay, that is out of the way. Let us talk about that which is different. Well, it wouldn’t be called Rugged if it wasn’t made to withstand some serious stuff. In this case, the Rugged Book Pro has a durable silicone rubber layered throughout the case itself, and underneath that is a stainless steel frame. Also included is a rugged polycarbonate in the case, not to mention some reinforced on the corners.

So, what does this mean? You can survive a drop of six feet. This means that I would recommend the Rugged Book Pro to anyone who keeps their iPad on the road and want that type of protection. If you want to get this for yourself, head on to the ZAGG site and lay down $149.99 for it.

Posted by on March 30th, 2017 No Comments

ZAGG Week Part 3: Slim Book Pro for Apple 9.7 inch iPad Pro

ZAGG slimbook_pro_ipad_pro_detachWell, this is going to be the second keyboard for the iPad that we will be reviewing this week in our ZAGG week. I’m going to start with the Slim Book Pro, specifically for the iPad 9.7 inch iPad Pro.

At first when I saw that Slim Book Pro (one of several products that have been sent to me for review), I thought that I was looking at your typical Folio Case. You know, one of the keyboards that folds up to protect the iPad, which we have all seen before. To my surprise, the Slim Book Pro has a keyboard that is detachable.

In other words, you can detach the keyboard from the iPad, and you will still have a good stand for yourself. It comes in handy for when you are typing, and you can put your favorite tablet somewhere else. How handy is that? The answer is pretty darn handy, for sure, especially when the keypad and case lock together magnetically.

By the way, the stand for the iPad is made for many viewing angles. The keypad itself also has a kickstand in case you want it that way. While I am on the subject of the keypad, I will say that it is very, very thin. There is a bit of a learning curve when it comes to typing on it. I guess that I could say that about any keyboard, honestly.

I found that pairing with it was simple, but even more simple is how you can switch off. There are three Bluetooth buttons, so you can toggle between your iPad, iPhone, or whatever device you have. I paired it with my Android smartphone, so it does work that way.

So that’s the high points. I can’t say that there are any low points. The Slim Book Pro has a holder for the Apple Pencil, and it is compatible with the mophie Power App so you know when it is time for a recharge.

Is this something that you want? Head on over to the ZAGG site and pay $149.99 for it.

Posted by on March 28th, 2017 No Comments

Our Review of Patchworks PureCover 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch iPad Pro Protection Case

Patchworks iPad ProI have spoken at great length about ITG Patchworks products that includes a lot of reviews of screen protectors and cases. Today, I’m going to talk about some protection for the iPad Pro with the PureCover case.

It is a soft PU leather cover, which means that it is quite classy. Seriously, the first thing that I am going to say is that if you have a 12.9 inch iPad Pro, then you should just purchase this. Oh, and it is also has a 9.7 inch version.

The PureCover has the ability to fold up and be a stand, and it can be done two ways. It can lay flat at an angle, or stand upright at an angle. So this is quite a thing for viewing video footage. By the way, there is an auto sleep that can turn the iPad Pro on and off.

Of course, that is just for protecting the front of iPad Pro. As for the protection of the back of the iPad Pro, it has a clear body and UV coating. Don’t worry, you will be protected.

The PureCover also has an interesting pocket to protect the Apple Pencil, which you will also love to have.

So, I’m going to recommend this Patchworks product, and it can be found on the Patchworks site for $45 in Champagne Gold, Black, Gray, Navy Blue, and Pink. Oh, and don’t forget the 9.7 inch version as well.

Posted by on February 27th, 2017 No Comments

The Gravitas from Henge Docks

gravitasJust in case you don’t know, the word “gravitas” is defined as “dignity, seriousness, or solemnity of manner”. For some reason, I remember hearing this word around some presidential election, but not the last one. It’s funny how certain buzzwords show up around certain occasions.

In the case of Henge Docks, the Gravitas is a great dock for an iPhone or iPad. It is pretty heavy, so it can sit on your desk like a paperweight or something. I’m told that it is made of some zinc alloy that is more dense than aluminum, so it feels quite heavy.

If you haven’t realized it yet, there is a lightning port so you can dock the iPhone or iPad there. There are all kinds of inserts so you can put in all kinds of iPhones, and I don’t have enough iPhones from other generations to try this out.

So, since this is a dock, can you use it for recharging? Uh, yes, that is what a dock is! The coolest part is you can use the included double USB cord so you can sync your iPad or iPhone to your computer. By the way, there is a built-in speaker.

In short, I believe that the Gravitas is something that really needs to be owned by everyone with an iPhone or iPad. You should be able to purchase it on the hengedocks.com for $69.

Posted by on January 21st, 2017 No Comments

Gumdrop Cases for the Holidays 3: Hideaway iPad Pro 9.7 Case

gumdrop-3So, here’s another great case for the iPad Pro 9.7 inch version from our friends at Gumdrop cases. It is something that I have reviewed for the 12.9 inch version, and it honestly isn’t that much different.

One of the things that I like about the Hideaway series (I guess I will call it that) is how the stand can extend for video content viewing. I don’t remember if the 12.9 inch version had this, but the stand can magnetically lock into the back of the Hideaway case.

So that is a unique feature, but one has to talk about what is similar. In the case of the Hideaway, it is the tire tread texture. Man, I am really hooked on making that description about Gumdrop cases.

Oh, it also has one of these Apple Pencil holders, and it is pretty easy to install the iPad into it. Oh, there is also some screen protection, and yet you can still access all the stuff from the touchscreen.

You should be able to purchase the Hideaway iPad Pro 9.7 Case on the Gumdrop Case site for $69.95.

Posted by on December 11th, 2016 No Comments

Gumdrop Cases for the Holidays 1: DropTech Case + Hand Strap for iPad Pro 9.7

gumdrop-1Okay, it is time to talk about Gumdrop Cases, which I have reviewed many times in the past. The last time that I talked about them, it was an iPad Pro 12.9 inch product, this time, it is the DropTech Case + HandStrap for the iPad Pro 9.7.

I will have to say that the case for the iPad Pro 9.7 has what I would have to call “a Gumdrop case” look. It feels like a tire tread, but cleaner. Seriously, I don’t know how else to describe it, but I like its feeling of rubbery-ness.

Inserting in the iPad Pro 9.7 is pretty easy, as it has an inner frame that opens up and just lets it in. However, there is another great feature here with the Hand Strap.

I have reviewed products like the Hand Strap before, and the DropTech Case has a big hole for it. What you do is use the adhesive ring on the back of the iPad, and the Hand Strap locks into place. The Hand Strap is made so you can hold the iPad in one hand on the back without dropping it.

The Hand Strap has a way of being 360 degree flexible so you can even spin your favorite Apple tablet in the palm of your hand. It feels very ergonomic, and it is pretty great for straps with Velcro.

You should be able to purchase the DropTech Case with Hand Strap for the iPad Pro 9.7 on the Gumdrop Cases site for $89.95.

Posted by on December 10th, 2016 No Comments

UAG for Christmas, Part 3: Cases for both the Apple iPad Pro, 9.7 and 12.9 inch versions

uag-5Well, this is the last UAG product that I will be reviewing today, and it is quite a great one with case for both the iPad Pro, the 9.7 inch version and the 12.9 inch version.

I’ll go ahead and start with the case for the iPad Pro 9.7-inch version. The case is described as being “Frogskin” non-slip grip. I think that they got the non-slip grip part right, but something about this reminds me of an alligator skin, really.

In addition to the protection, there are also some other great features. The first is that there is a holder for the Apple Pencil, and the clasp shuts magnetically. What is great is how the cover can be separated, and you can attach a Smart Cover/Keyboard to it.

All in all, it is pretty great, and it can be purchased on the UAG site for $59.95 in colors of black, red, and blue.

uag-6As for the the case for the iPad Pro 12.9 inch version, there isn’t really much of a noticeable difference. I believe it is known as the Metropolis line, but I don’t see that moniker given for the 9.7 inch version.

The Metropolis case for the iPad Pro 12.7 inch version has most of the same features. It has an adjustable and detachable stand, the “Frogskin” or “Alligatorskin” exterior, as well as the built-in Apple Pencil holder. It is also compatible with the Apple Smart Keyboard.

About the only difference that I see is the magnetic clasp, which appears to be bigger, for some odd reason. Also, there is more that weird bolt look that I have discussed in earlier reviews. It must be a weird UAG aesthetic. I should probably explain that this appears to be trend.

Anyway, you can purchase the UAG Metropolis case for the iPad Pro, 12.9 inch version on the UAG site for $89.95.

Posted by on December 7th, 2016 No Comments

STM Part 2: Dux iPad Pro Case

stm-dux-1In addition to reviewing the STM bag that I reviewed the other day, I figure that it was now a time to review another STM product. This one is the Dux case for the iPad Pro.

The Dux rugged case is made to just snap right on the iPad Pro, and it not only protects the device but has a place to hold the Pencil. I’m talking about that cool accessory that Apple just released, but I just checked, and it will hold a regular pencil too. By the way, this particular iPad accessory is made to work with Apple’s Smart Cover as well as the Smart keyboard.

It is a rugged case, and it only protects one side (the back), but that’s good enough for US military standards. The material is described on the STM website as translucent, but if they are referring to any part not the edge, it looks more transparent than anything.

So yes, the STM Dux iPad Pro case is just what you need for some protection, and it is available for the iPad Pro 12.9 and the 9.7 inch versions for $59.95 on the STM site in black only.

Posted by on November 23rd, 2016 No Comments

Brydge 12.9: Keyboard for the 12.9-inch Version iPad

brydge-1I have reviewed Brydge products before, and they make some really terrific keyboards for the iPad. There are a lot of keyboards made for tablets, and this has some special clamps made to hold an iPad. I was pleased to try out the Brydge for the 12.9 inch iPad Pro.

Other than the bigger width, I wasn’t certain what I was expecting. The 12.9 inch iPad Pro fits right in the clamps, and it then folds up together. Part of the surprise was the light weight, because an iPad Pro 12.9 and the 12.9 inch Brydge actually weigh less than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. That’s good engineering, considering that the keyboard is all aluminum.

This is the beauty of the Brydge, as it can turn an Apple tablet into a laptop, or the next best thing, at least. It’s great for someone who is more productive when hearing the clickity-click of keyboard buttons, rather than being dependent on touchscreen technology. So it is perfect for the older generation, like me. By the way, the hinge can go back 180 degrees, better than most laptops.

brydge-3So, how good is the battery life? Like the model for the 9.7 inch iPad, it is good for 3 months on a full charge, and can be charged via the included micro USB cable. As an added bonus, the keyboard has backlit keys.

At this writing, the Brydge 12.9 is available on the Brydge company website for a price of $169.99. That could be a special holiday price as it regularly goes for $189.99. It is available in Silver, Space Gray, or Gold.

Posted by on November 18th, 2016 No Comments

Sound Cover Tablet Speaker from Onanoff

sound-coverIt’s been a while since I have reviewed a good Onanoff product, and since they make a lot of good ones, that is a shame. I will quickly summarize this product saying that it is a speaker made for tablets, and it is stated that it can boost the iPad volume by 400 percent.

I have to admit that this is one product that I thought would be something else, but when I reviewed it, it did more than I thought. You see, what I thought this was a speaker that can mount itself on the back of an iPad. The packaging says that it is from the iPad Air, so I thought this Sound Cover speaker was designed for the iPad Air, but honestly, I think it would work for any tablet.

In fact, I tried it out with my Android smartphone, and it worked with the Bluetooth for it. Yes, this speaker works wirelessly, and it works with an included wire too. In fact, out of curiosity, I connected this with my desktop, and I had a great speaker.

onanoff-sound-coverThe speaker is very thin, but it has a lot of power to it with a 20 kHz high frequency performance. The front of it vibrates intensely, so it would be a mistake to lean your tablet against it. You will notice how the speaker has a backing that can lean out, and the design is pretty impressive.

There are some other great features, such as a built-in microphone. It also comes with a travel bag, the 3.5 mm stereo cable, and a USB charging cable. The battery is a 3300mAh Lithium Polymer type, with 15 hours of playtime when fully charged.

In short, it is quite something, and should work with whatever you got. It used to be $199.99, but is now available on the Onanoff site for $129.99 in gold, silver, and black.

Posted by on October 30th, 2016 No Comments