I live in a one computer family (for now), and that one computer is a 27″ iMac. It’s great for getting serious work done…comfortably…but there are times when I’d like to take my work with me. The iPad can kind of handle that when the lack of a file directory and mouse input don’t get in the way. Thankfully, I can still connect a keyboard to it, and one of the best I’ve used since the first iPad is the Belkin QODE Ultimate Keyboard Case for iPad Air.
Esoterism’s Challenge-5 iPhone 5/5s case is a polycarbonate back-plate style iPhone protector. Available in multiple color options, the back features a cutout design which allows a view of the sheet of carbon fiber lining the inside of the unit. We’ve heard a lot about the wonders of carbon fiber, but the application in this unit seems to be more for the aesthetics.
Minimalist and elegant, the Atrio for iPhone 5/5s isn’t so much a case as an aluminum bumper that combines with a screen protector and a tempered glass back sheet (both included) to provide wraparound protection for your iPhone. Its understated design detracts very little from the iPhone itself, and and the packaging it comes in is an equally attractive stand.
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch costs $15.99. I know, right? That’s crazy! Except do you know what you get for that $15.99? You get the game, the whole game, and nothing but the game. No extra payment to unlock chapters and characters. No in-app purchases to level up your characters. No ads. For $16, you get Final Fantasy IV: The After Years, and it’s worth getting.
The Karbon SP (“sleek protective”) case for iPhone 5/5s is a two-piece system that provides drop protection with a soft, inner shell made of Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) fitted to an outer hard shell made with Kevlar fibers. Recommended for those who want wrap-around drop and scratch protection, but don’t need a waterproof/total environment case.
Whether you’re getting an iPhone 5/5s this holiday season or giving one, a case is likely going to follow. HardCandy would like for you to consider their HarvestCraft Slider, which is fully compatible with both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Its name may make it sound like it’s out of season, but with a variety of color options which you can change at will, you could find yourself using it year-round.
One of the most vexing frustrations cumbering those of us who use the iPad for content creation is iOS’s lack of support for file level directory access. This makes even some relatively civil tasks much more time consuming and complex than they would be with OS X on a Mac. MobiFolders is a file manager tool and PDF viewer that can mitigate some of the iOS’s document access and handling shortcomings.
Sure, your iPhone was assembled in China by workers who live on-site in dormitories, but what if it looked like you whittled it yourself out of a chunk of grandpappy’s nappin’ tree? The Wood S case from Evutec combines a wood veneer with Kevlar to give the iPhone a natural look with a moderate amount of protection.
iOS device docks with streaming capability are a hot category these days. I’ve tried out quite a few of them, and Pure’s Contour i1 Air is one of the best. It provides all the functionality one wants from this sort of product, with a great look and at a fair price. With the Contour i1 Air, pure has come up with a very functional, easy-to-use and cool-looking streaming product.
Originally launched as a Kickstarter project, the Flote iPad stand aims to take you handsfree when browsing, watching, or chatting. Flote isn’t another small desktop style-stand; its heavy, weighted base keeps it firmly in place on the floor, while its adjustable arm lets you place your iPad anywhere from four to seven feet off the ground.
There is a plethora of digital audio interfaces available now to connect your guitar to your iPhone to use with all sorts of wonderful audio apps, but there aren’t a lot of accessories that allow you to easily change settings or presets inside of those apps. It shouldn’t be this way. Good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way any longer. IK Multimedia’s iRig BlueBoard is a Bluetooth MIDI pedalboard that makes using your iOS device as an effects processor easier than ever.
The Quartet is Apogee’s top-of-the-line iOS compatible audio interface. It has an impressive four input channels, eight outputs, two OLED screens, and audio quality second to none. This one accessory has the ability to almost singlehandedly transform your iPad into a professional audio workstation. Of course, these kinds of features don’t come cheap. The Apogee Quartet retails at $1,395. Is it worth the hefty price tag?