My boss recently got our entire team a set of Evernote Moleskine notebooks to enhance our note-taking and info sharing practices. I’m not usually one for carrying paper around because I prefer to keep my notes digital (and therefore searchable), but now that I’m handling larger projects, I’m finding a hybrid system of typed notes and handwritten diagrams also works really well. After years and years of using exclusively digital notes, I’m ready to give analog tech a try.
That’s why I find the Booqpad for iPad Air, a folio hybrid that includes a 50-page pad of paper, such an interesting product. I reviewed the first version of the Booqpad years ago, but I didn’t really like it because it was missing any ability to position the iPad in different viewing modes. The Booqpad for iPad Air takes a much more modular approach. The Air is placed in a plastic back cover, which adds protection and a set of magnets that can cling to the rest of the case. The folio portion of the case is completely detachable, right down to the 50-page pad of paper. This gives you the flexibility of being able to carry around an iPad and paper pad around in one package, while still allowing you to lift the iPad right off the table, as if it were a standalone device.
The Booqpad for iPad Air looks like a really sleek and clever take on an iPad folio, and it doesn’t break the bank either. It’s $60 up front, and $10 for a 3-pack of paper refills.
This week ZAGG has announced the new ZAGG Rugged Folio – a rugged and durable iPad keyboard case. ZAGG are a leading maker of iPad keyboard cases and a number of other popular iOS and mobile accessories. Their iPad keyboard cases are among the best I’ve ever used and the keyboards on those cases are always especially good.
The new Rugged Folio looks and sounds quite promising for those who need this sort of durable keyboard case in their work environment. Here’s a little of ZAGG’s intro for the Rugged Folio:
The ZAGG Rugged Folio wireless Bluetooth® keyboard features a tough polycarbonate shell and soft silicone interior that deliver unmatched protection. A unique, magnetic hinge secures the iPad at virtually any angle and converts into multi-function modes, while a lithium polymer battery provides up to two years of typing between charges.
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I wouldn’t have heard about this latest update to the Logitech Ultrathin Magnetic Clip-on Keyboard Cover for iPad Air if it weren’t for Tools and Toys. The premise is still the same: it’s an aluminum cover that matches the iPad, with a nearly full-sized Bluetooth keyboard on the interior. It’s not a case you’ll take around for protection, but rather a sleek all-in-one typing package for writers on the go.
The new hotness comes in the form of a new tilting iPad dock that enables flexible viewing angles, and a terribly clever hidden magnetic latch. Previous versions of the cover had the magnetic latch hang loose while not in use, as it does on the iPad’s Smart Cover, but this latest version feels like something pulled out of a Tesla Model S. The latch is there when you need it as a cover, but tucks back into the body of the keyboard while you type (check out the Logitech website for a preview).
That said, previous versions of the Ultrathin are now on sale as a result. They used to retail for $100, but they’re now on Amazon for about $70.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen any back cover for the iPad (other than a Gelaskin) that really caught my eye. We Wear Wood has definitely got my attention with their striking, slim natural wood covers though.
This is a Kickstarter project for these wood covers for the iPad, iPhone, and Macs. I really like the combination of handsome woods and simple, elegant artwork on them. There are currently two designs available for the iPad Air and iPad mini (and Retina mini) – the tree branch cutout shown above and the iPad Tree:
You can back this project and get one of these covers for as low as $25. I pledged this morning and look forward to seeing this cover on my iPad mini.
Another thing to like about these covers is that they’re the work of a 20 year old college student from Utah, Jaron Hall – who does a hell of a good presentation video for the We Wear Wood lineup. Check out the video, more details on the project and become a backer at the We Wear Wood Kickstarter page.
Gelaskins have got some eye-catching new art for their range of iPad skins. The latest ‘fresh crop’ includes work from a number of new artists and plenty of striking images to add some flavor to your iPad.
I’ve reviewed and written about Gelaskins many times here, as they’ve been a long-time favorite of mine. They live up to their ‘ultra-thin’ billing, add just about zero bulk or weight to the iPad and of course they look great.
If you fancy some unique art to accompany your iPad and provide a little scratch protection to its back cover, you should take a look at the latest offerings at Gelaskins when you have a chance.