Justin Case Review

With each new day it seems that designers are trying to come up with more and more unusual ideas which are turned into unique products. The market for iPad-compatible accessories is incredibly large, so many manufacturers are trying to get into this race and achieve some profit. As always, competition is producing incredible range of accessories so today you can find numerous types and hybrids of iPad cases. There are those standard and traditional cases which come in different sizes, materials, and shapes. There are also folio cases which can also serve as a stand, and even those which include a wireless keyboard.

In today’s article we are going to show you a new type of iPad case, the one which includes additional battery able to double the battery life of your tablet. This product is called Justin Case, and it’s made by Innovative Technology. These are several editions of this case, and we are going to review its Ultra-Slim edition.

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As we said in the previous paragraph, Justin Case comes with additional rechargeable battery which is completely hidden inside this case. This is actually a folio style case, which means that it completely surrounds your tablet and comes with a cover. In other words, once you place your tablet into it, it should resemble a notebook with a hard cover. This product can be used with iPad 2, 3, and 4, and it’s currently priced at $70.

First, a few words about design. As you can see from the pictures, Justin Case is made of leather, synthetic in this case. It doesn’t feel premium, but it doesn’t feel cheap either. On a scale of quality this product could be medium high, meaning that it looks really nice once you purchase it, but it will show signs of age and wear pretty soon. Of course, this depends on how much you take care of it and how you handle this case.

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When it comes to protection, this case is doing a good job. It covers your tablet from all sides, and keeps all ports protected too. It comes with a handle on its back, so it could be used as a firm stand as well. When not in use, there’s a loop and flap on the front which keep all parts of this case tightly connected.

This case also provides you with 11,600 mAh battery. This is high capacitive battery, able to fully recharge the newest generation iPad, meaning it could double its usage time. This battery is actually independent, and it’s hidden inside the cover. There’s the USB port used to connect with your iPad (and you can recharge your iPhone as well) and you’ll receive AC adapter as well. On the inside of the cover you can find four LED lights, which signalize how much juice there’s left.

Even though it offers great protection and high capacitive battery, there are some tradeoffs which are made in order for this combination to work. Justin Case adds a lot of bulk and additional weight to your tablet, so you’ll feel like you’re carrying a small notebook at all times. Also, it needs 14 hours to be fully charged, which is really a lot of time. For example, the newest iPad comes with the same battery capacity, and needs 5 to 6 hours to be fully charged. On the other hand, this case is priced at $70, so some compromises needed to be made in order to make this product affordable.

The FastFit Keyboard Review

I strongly believe that a quality keyboard is one of the essential iPad accessories. This tablet could be used in so many ways that not having a keyboard would seriously limit its functionality. I’ve noticed that over time I slowly began using my iPad over my notebook in many occasions, so it seems to me that one day iPad could completely replace an entry-level notebook.

I’ve said earlier, having a good and reliable iPad keyboard is a must have. Purchasing the right keyboard is not that easy as it might seems since you’ll need to closely inspect all sides of a particular product, where only a few will allow you to work without problems over long periods of time. In case you’re searching for a keyboard which works with your iPad Mini, than you need to be careful even more, since most of these keyboards are bringing some compromises because of their small sizes.

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In this article we’ll take a look at Belkin’s FastFit keyboard, made for iPad Mini. This product is priced at $80, which seems alright and a good price for this product category. You can find two versions, which are made to fit black or white iPads.

Once you take the FastFit keyboard for the first time, you’ll realize that this surely is a quality made product. This is something that you can expect from Belkin, which is known for durable accessories. What I also liked about this case is its matte finish, since most designers choose some kind of glossy coating which seem to attract fingerprints and smudges. As you can see from the pictures, the FastFit can only protect iPad Mini’s screen, which is something that’s as expected but it would have been nice if there’s something to protect iPad’s back from scratches and similar damages.

The FastFit can be attached to your iPad Mini thanks to its magnets, but once you take iPad and place it into a tray, you’ll need to manually turn on this keyboard. This is something that I actually like since this preserves some power, even though those keyboards with sensors can be helpful as well. Once you place your tablet into a tray on this keyboard, it will sit in a reclining position perfect for typing. This will also wake your tablet, making it ready for use.

It’s nice to have a nicely designed product, but it’s also important this it’s highly functional. Keyboards made for iPad Mini are always small, so there are always some compromises which designers and developers needed to make. These compromises seem very rational with this product, since you get to use all the numbers and letters of the alphabet, and there are some dedicated keys as well. Total number of keys is reduced, but functionality is kept intact thanks to function keys, which means that most keys come with double function. This way the FastFit is made to be comfortable for use and not crowded with keys. And this works perfectly in practice as well.

Airbender Mini Review

It seems that iPad-compatible keyboards are popular more than ever, so manufacturers and designers need to pay extra attention to make their cases fit or complement any third party keyboard. What more, it seems that a new trend in iPad case design appeared, so now more and more cases come with a wireless keyboard included. This still seems like a new territory, so designers are still trying out different combinations in order to see which one will transform your tablet into a full featured netbook.

New Trent is a company which specialized in different kinds of smartphone accessories, and recently introduced a product named the Airbender Mini. This is the case made for the iPad mini, which offers very strong protection and also features a keyboard. What’s interesting about this product is that it’s priced at $40, which does sound like unbelievably good deal, since most similar products are priced around $100. Continue reading to see how this case performs, and what features you can expect for this price.

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Once you open its packaging you’ll see several parts which need to be assembled. First, you’ll need to place your iPad mini into a two-piece plastic frame which very strongly snaps around your tablet. After you’ve placed this frame you’ll now need to snap a smooth rubber case onto it. You’ll also receive a screen protector, which means that your tablet will be protected from all angles. As I’ve said in the previous paragraph, you’ll also receive a wireless keyboard which comes as a single part that you simply attach to the part that you’ve just assembled. Keyboard can be used independently, and can be carried with your iPad by using it as a cover. What is really interesting about this product is that you’ll also receive an arm which can connect the keyboard to your iPad, so you’ll get something that resembles a mini iMac. I was surprised by how functional this whole construction is, since I was able to choose the perfect viewing angle and use my iPad mini in a way that I’ve never used it before.

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When it comes to protection, the Airbender Mini is doing a great job. It is made of quality materials, and seems sturdy enough to keep your tablet protected even if you drop it. This product looks like one of those rugged cases which completely covers your iPad in plastic, so some people might have a problem with this kind of aesthetics, while other won’t mind it.

Now a few words about the included keyboard. It is able to offer you up to five hours of continuous use, on a single charge. You’ll certainly need some time to adjust to this keyboard, since it’s quite small and you’ll actually need to learn how to fully utilize it. I’ve used some much more comfortable and more powerful keyboards, but those cost $150 and up. So by having on mind that this product only costs $40, you’ll actually receive a very nice and functional keyboard.

PROS: Quality made. Very interesting combination of a case and a keyboard. Very affordable.

CONS: Takes time to adjust to this keyboard. Some won’t like this kind of aesthetics.

The ZAGGKeys Cover Review

When you’re searching for a new wireless keyboard for your iPad, there are some choices needed to be made right from the start. For example, in order to narrow down the choice of hundreds of available iPad-compatible keyboards, you need to decide which locking mechanism you prefer, what kind of key mechanism works the best for you, and what kind of additional features you’d like to see. Answers to all of these questions will lead you to the best possible choice, since when it comes to iPad compatible keyboards, not every product will fit everyone and the choice is incredibly large.

ZAGG’s lineup of iPad keyboards just received two new additions, and since we were happy with the ZAGG’s products until now, we decided to take a newly released keyboard for a test. These new keyboards are named ZAGGKeys Cover and ZAGGKeys Folio, and the main difference between these two is in the way they attach to an iPad. Both of these are made for the iPad mini, and they feature backlit key illumination. In this article we’ll focus on the ZAGGKeys Cover, which is priced at $100.

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Just like the rest of ZAGG’s keyboards, the ZAGGKeys Cover is elegantly designed and features full keyboard with backlit illumination. It attaches to the iPad mini via built-in magnets and a curved hinge which firmly holds your tablet in its place. This connection works surprisingly well and it’s quite firm and sturdy, and I didn’t experience any problems with it. Perhaps the best side of this connection is that you can use your tablet at any possible viewing angle, so I was very pleasantly surprised.

Other than magnetic connection, this keyboard is made to resemble a notebook once you attach your tablet. The ZAGGKeys Covers comes with the same footprint like the iPad Mini, and it’s also a bit thinner. This means that it nicely fits with the tablet, and it’s clear that designers at ZAGG made a lot of effort and paid attention to details.

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Besides its interesting design, this keyboard is also highly functional. Even though it’s quite small and made to perfectly fit the iPad mini, you still get to use all the standard keys. It takes some time getting used to it, but this is the case with any other keyboard of this size. Also it’s important to mention that keys come with backlit illumination, which is not something you can find with other iPad compatible keyboards. You’ll get to use one of seven colors of illumination, and three lightning levels.

Finally, a few words about the battery of the ZAGGKeys Covers. According to the official statements, you should expect up to three full months of standard use, and based on other ZAGG keyboards I believe this should be taken as true. This is even more impressive if you know that this one comes with backlit illumination.

The ZAGGKeys Cover is available both in back and silver, so you can perfectly match it with your iPad mini.

The IntelliCase Review

During the last couple of months I’ve had a chance of reviewing several products which were designed and are being sold by Griffin. This is a well-known manufacturer of third party accessories made for iOS devices, and some other handheld devices and notebooks as well. The products I’ve reviewed are a dock made to hold your iPad and iPhone at the same time (PowerDock Dual), and a very interesting accessory which lets you free you musical creativity (StudioConnect for iPad).

In today’s article I got a chance to review yet another product made by Griffin, and it’s named the IntelliCase. This is a case made for the iPad mini, and it’s priced at $30.

On a first look I think we all can agree that the IntelliCase is a nicely designed iPad mini case. It protects your tablet from all sides, and it is consisted of a flexible cover and a rigid shell which protects the back of your tablet. This shell is made of hard polycarbonate and provides excellent protection and also seems very resistant to scratches. It leaves open all iPad’s ports and buttons, giving you quick and easy access. If you take a look at the pictures you can notice a very large lip located on the back of this shell, and it’s used to convert this case into a stand, but more about that later. The other part of the IntelliCase is its front cover, which works the same way as the Apple’s SmartCover, meaning that it comes with magnets which put to sleep your iPad mini while not in use, and which can wake up the tablet once you open the cover. It’s flexible and comes with textured surface for easy grip. It actually feels very nice under the fingers.

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What’s important to say is that the IntelliCase is quality made and gives all-around protection to your tablet. In case you drop it by accident, I expect that this case will provide full protection from any damages. On the other hand, I need to express my concern about the magnets located inside the cover, which are strong enough to keep the cover in place, but not strong enough to keep it together during an impact. This means that if you drop it at some unusual angle, this cover might open and leave the screen of your tablet fully exposed.

As I said earlier, the one prominent feature of the IntelliCase is the lip found on the back. It is used to hold the cover after you fold it, creating a very sturdy and reliable stand. This is a very nice addition, and I guess that many are going to love it. On the other hand, as much I loved it I had the problem with the lip because its sticks out too much. It also can create a problem while you’re holding the iPad mini with both hands while reading a magazine, for example. I am not sure why designers at Griffin didn’t incorporate some kind of movable or retractable lip, which could fit back into the body while not in use.

Adonit Writer Plus Review

Once you try using a wireless keyboard with your iPad, it becomes impossible to imagine using your iPad the old way. In combination with powerful iOS apps, keyboard can transform your tablet into a full featured notebook (or netbook, to be more accurate), since you’ll be able to fully experience web browsing, e-mail exchange, full-featured word processing, and much more. And by using a keyboard you can learn shortcuts and move around much quicker than before, which will certainly make you think about your iPad in a new way.

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When it comes to choosing the right keyboard, the choice is huge. They are using Bluetooth to connect with an iPad, so their price is going to be determined by their designs, materials used, and some exclusive features as well. As it turns out, iPad users are mostly interested in nicely designed, elegant, and very thin keyboards, which is something you can expect since iPad is designed that way. To help you with the search for your next iPad-compatible keyboard, we have reviewed some of the most popular models, and today we are bringing you yet another one.

If you were ever interested in purchasing an iPad-compatible keyboard, you must have stumbled upon Adonit’s range of keyboards. In this article we are going to talk about their latest model, named Writer Plus, which is priced at $100. This keyboard is compatible with the latest two iPad generations, but you can also find the iPad 2 compatible version which is slightly different than this one.

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The Adonit Writer Plus is different than other keyboards because it comes with its own shell case which protects your tablet when it’s closed. The outside of this case is made of some kind of rubberized layer, while the interior is made of soft suede. There’s a very strong plastic frame which keeps your tablet firmly in its place, and onto which this keyboard can be attached to. When it comes to the keyboard, it’s made of strong aluminum with island-style keys, while the back plate is made of plastic. This keyboard can be attached to the plastic frame, but you can also move it as you like which gives you much welcomed flexibility.

The Adonit Writer Plus works the same ways as an Apple Smart Cover, meaning that it comes with magnets which are there to make your iPad sleep or wake up. Simply pull one side until you’re satisfied with the viewing angle and you can start typing. Keys are very comfortable, especially for an iPad keyboard. You will be able to find all function keys, which come with dual role so you can directly access Spotlight Search or the Photos apps, and there are also keys for Home and Lock function, copy, paste, and media controls. There are also arrow keys, cmd, and crtl, so this is a full featured keyboard.

Pairing is quite simple, just like you can expect from the Bluetooh connection. The Adonit Writer Plus comes with a battery which could last for two week approximately, and you can use provided micro-USB cable to charge it.

Toffee Slim Folio Review

Folio style cases usually offer the most elegant way to fully protect your tablet. As you surely know, tablets simply attract dirt, smudges, and scratches so it’s very important to properly protect them. On the other hand, many of us use tablets at work (besides using them at home or anywhere else), so any kind of protection you buy needs to look sharp and elegant as well. This is why folio cases are usually the best choice for tablets, and there are numerous types which come in different materials and shapes. These small and sometimes very subtle differences will determine if a product can make a profit and succeed.

In this article we are going to talk about a folio case made for iPad mini. It’s called Toffee Slim Folio, and comes from a company named Toffee which produces very elegant wallets, bags, and cases made for smartphones and tablets. Even though this company has been around for several years now, it became known for leather sleeves and cases which are specifically designed for iPhones and iPads.

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Once you take a look at the Toffee Slim Folio you’ll immediately realize that this is a well-made product. It feels great in hand, and upon tactile inspection I’ve discovered that genuine leather is actually covering a very hard internal shell which is there to protect your iPad mini. This internal shell is not visible in any major visual aspect of this product since it’s covered with leather over its exterior, while there’s also a very soft microfiber cloth that’s covering the inside of Toffee Slim Folio. You can actually see the black plastic shell only at edges and around some ports and openings.

When it comes to ports and openings, they are fully exposed. The buttons are reachable but you can expect for them to be a bit recessed because this case comes with solid plastic structure which builds up some thickness. But what’s important is that buttons and ports are fully usable.

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As you can expect, Toffee Slim Folio comes with magnets with automatically lock and unlock your iPad mini. The thing is that they’re very sensitive and even the slightest movement will probably unlock your tablet. This isn’t too big of an issue since there’s a very strong “lock” mechanism which is consisted of a tab and a slot which are made of leather so you can be assured that the case won’t get opened by accident. This leather tab and slot are also used to fold the case into a stand and to secure reversed connection so everything will stay in its place.

There are a lot of things to like about Toffee Slim Folio. It is quality made and offers great protection, and you can even find it in several different color combinations (red, blue, black, and pink). The only thing to be concerned about is how sensitive those locking magnets are, and there is also a question if $69.95 is too much for an iPad mini case.

FastFit Keyboard Review

FastFit 3I strongly believe that a quality keyboard is one of the essential iPad accessories. This tablet could be used in so many ways that not having a keyboard would seriously limit its functionality. I’ve noticed that over time I slowly began using my iPad over my notebook in many occasions, so it seems to me that one day iPad could completely replace an entry-level notebook.

I’ve said earlier, having a good and reliable iPad keyboard is a must have. Purchasing the right keyboard is not that easy as it might seem since you’ll need to closely inspect all sides of a particular product, where only a few will allow you to work without problems over long periods of time. In case you’re searching for a keyboard which works with your iPad Mini, than you need to be even more careful, since most of these keyboards are bringing some compromises because of their small sizes.

In this article we’ll take a look at Belkin’s FastFit keyboard, made for iPad Mini. This product is priced at $80, which seems alright and a good price for this product category. You can find two versions, which are made to fit black or white iPads.

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Once you take the FastFit keyboard for the first time, you’ll realize that this surely is a quality made product. This is something that you can expect from Belkin, which is known for durable accessories. What I also liked about this case is its matte finish, since most designers choose some kind of glossy coating which seem to attract fingerprints and smudges. As you can see from the pictures, the FastFit can only protect iPad Mini’s screen, which is something that’s as expected, but it would have been nice if there’s something to protect iPad’s back from scratches and similar damages.

The FastFit can be attached to your iPad Mini thanks to its magnets, but once you take iPad and place it into a tray, you’ll need to manually turn on this keyboard. This is something that I actually like since this preserves some power, even though those keyboards with sensors can be helpful as well. Once you place your tablet into a tray on this keyboard, it will sit in a reclining position perfect for typing. This will also wake your tablet, making it ready for use.

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It’s nice to have a nicely designed product, but it’s also important this it’s highly functional. Keyboards made for iPad Mini are always small, so there are always some compromises which designers and developers needed to make. These compromises seem very rational with this product, since you get to use all the numbers and letters of the alphabet, and there are some dedicated keys as well. Total number of keys is reduced, but functionality is kept intact thanks to function keys, which means that most keys come with double function. This way the FastFit is made to be comfortable for use and not crowded with keys. And this works perfectly in practice as well.

Incipio’s LGND iPad Case Review

LGND 2Even though iPads are probably one of the most quality made tablets on the market, they still need some protection which will keep them scratch-free for a long time. It is also important to take care of iPad’s touchscreen, since this is where it holds most of its functionality, so in case you’d like to use your iPad for a while, you simply need to invest in a quality protection case.

Today we are going to talk about the latest Incipio’s product. This company is specialized in all kinds of cases and bags for Apple-made computers and handheld devices, even though Incipio also makes some basic audio equipment and iOS-compatible chargers. The product we are going to review in this article is called the LGND, and this is origami-style iPad folio case.

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The LGND is made to be compatible with the third- and fourth-generation iPad. As we said earlier, this is a folio-style case which means that it covers iPad’s back and front side, and the tablet’s left side as well. It leaves open all the ports, buttons, and speaker. The backside of this case is very light and thin, so you won’t have any problems accessing all these ports and buttons. It is also important to say that even though its backside is thin around port openings, it is overall very firm and sturdy and I believe it will take care of your iPad for a long time.

The front side of LGND case is made of the same material found on its back, but as you can from the pictures, it is origami-like shaped. This means that you can fold it into two different positions and make it serve you as an iPad stand, which is a nice addition to a traditional tablet case. Both of these positions are made to be used with landscape-oriented iPad, so your tablet could be tilted at 20- and 45-degree angles. When you fold this case into a stand, its magnets are used to firm up this whole construction so I have to say that it keeps iPad firmly in its place.

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Even though the LGND will keep your iPad safe from any external damages, and it can also serve as a reliable stand, this case does have some disadvantages. Simply said, it wears easily, and in order to make a permanent scratch on its front side you simply need to make a cut with your nail at a very mild pressure. This means that the LGND will be covered in scratches from its first day of use, and it will quickly lose its “brand new” look. What’s important to say is that even though it wears out rather quickly, this does not affect its protective function.

The Incipio’s LGND is priced at $35, and could be purchased in two materials: vegan leather and suede. Also, it comes in several colors like black, navy blue, gray, pick, and red.

Lifeproof Frē Review

Lifeproof Fre 2In case you’d like to use your iOS device outdoors and keep it intact, you need to purchase one of those extra tough cases which are created to offer a complete protection. This is a special type of accessories, which are made to give your iOS device a full protection from natural elements as well as a shock protection, while some of them also offer additional built-in battery. With all this is mind, it is clear that this type of cases are perfect if you plan on going to camping and hiking for example, or if your lifestyle or work takes you on a long journeys outdoors.

In case you’ve ever been interested in purchasing such a case, you’ve probably seen Lifeproof cases. These cases offer probably the best protection from any natural element, and protect your iOS device from all angles. In this article we are going to review Lifeproof Fre – iPad Mini Case, even though you can find very similar cases for any other iOS device.

Lifeproof Fre looks bulky and heavy, but if you compare it to any other all-protective case, you’ll see that it’s got some elegance and is actually a very interestingly designed product. It protects an iPad Mini using its plastic and hard rubber shell and it doesn’t only surround iPad’s edges, but also its front and back side. This iPad Mini case also covers all ports and buttons, but also provides a very convenient access which could be tightly closed so that you don’t have to worry if water and dirt can find a way to your tablet.

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The Lifeproof Fre offers transparent covers for both iPad’s front and back side. Also, it covers iPad’s rear camera, but provides so-called CrystalClear optical lens, which allows you to take beautiful pictures at all weather conditions.

Every Lifeproof product is water, dirt, snow, and shock proof and it’s got a military-grade certification of these abilities. You can find numerous tests around the web which can help you get an idea what kind of protection this case can offer, and most of these tests are really interesting to watch. Having all of this in mind, it becomes clear that this is one very well engineered case, which is actually quite thin and sleek for an all-protective case. According to official specifications (which are proven to be very accurate), this case is water proof for up to 1 hour at 2.2m depth (6.6’) and shock proof up to 1.2m (4’) drop.

Another important thing about Lifeproof products is that these cases are made to be compatible with numerous Lifeproof-branded accessories like all kinds of straps and holders which could be mounted onto a bicycle for example, which can make your iOS device completely outdoor-ready. The Lifeproof Fre costs $100, which is a pretty good deal, and comes with the shoulder/hand strap kit. Since this is the brand new Lifeproof product, you won’t get any additional accessories at the moment, but just like with other cases, many accessories will become available in future months.