Category Archives: iPad Accessory Reviews

The iPad and iPad 2 are amazing and versatile devices. There are also a huge number of great iPad and iPad 2 accessories available from a wide range of vendors. There’s a huge array of iPad cases available, from skins and minimalist designs to full-protection options. There are also screen protectors, iPad case plus keyboard combos, and some great iPad stands. For the iPad 2 in particular, there is of course the Apple Smart Cover and a wide range of back cover cases that are compatible with it.

Review: Mivizu Sense iPad 2 Leather Case

Mivizu Sense iPad 2 Leather Case

I spent my first few weeks with the iPad 2 using only the Apple Smart Cover and screen protectors on front and back. Initially there was a major lack of third party cases for the iPad 2 – in Apple and other retail stores and even online. Over the last few weeks this situation has improved a great deal and I’ve found a number of promising iPad 2 cases online.

The Mivizu Sense iPad 2 Leather Case is one of those. I had never heard of Mivizu before until a reader mentioned this case and it looked interesting enough to try out. Honestly, I had low expectations with such an unknown name. Well, I’ve been using this unknown darkhorse of a case for a couple weeks now and I have been very pleasantly surprised at how much I like it.

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Review – Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case

The Marware C.E.O. Hybrid iPad 2 Case seems to have just about everything going for it in terms of what I’m looking for in an iPad 2 case. It promises all-round protection, smart cover tech support (for automatic sleep/wake of the iPad 2), and is attractive looking.

It’s the second Marware iPad2 case I ordered – it would have been first if I would’ve realized sooner that it offered the smart cover tech. I’ve been using the CEO Hybrid (I hope you’ll forgive me for rendering it without the periods between letters in the rest of this post) on my iPad 2 constantly for about a week now and it’s certainly an impressive case.

For all my thoughts on it, and a few pictures of it in action, hit the break …

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Review: Marware Eco-Flip iPad 2 Case

Marware Eco-Flip iPad 2 Case

In these first few weeks since the iPad 2 launched it has been relatively hard to track down good cases for the new iPad. Apple stores are not carrying any 3rd party cases at all yet, and other retail outlets (AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, Target et al) have very slim pickings or none at all, at least here in Austin.

Looking to established online accessory vendors, like Marware and others, provides some options. The Marware Eco-Flip iPad 2 Case is actually the very first iPad 2 case I ordered. I’ve had the case for a couple weeks now and used it quite a lot, so it’s about time to share a quick review of it. Hit the jump for my review and a few photos of the case in action with my iPad Dos …

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Review – Yoobao Executive Leather Case for iPad 2 (with smart cover tech)

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Ever since I discovered how much I like the Apple Smart Cover for the iPad 2, but also how much I dislike its lack of full protection and inability to play nicely when folded back in use, I’ve been searching for a case that offers the best of both worlds. An iPad 2 case that offers full protection and also full support for smart cover features.

One of the first I spotted that claimed to fit the bill is the Yoobao Executive Leather Case for iPad 2. At $39.95 – ordering via XenGadget – it’s nearly 50% off the price of the Apple Smart Cover for iPad 2. So I ordered one, and yesterday it arrived.

The short story here is this case will never again be going on my iPad 2. It’s back in its box and will either be returned to the vendor or just thrown away. For details on why, hit the jump …

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First Look: Marware EcoFlip for iPad 2

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I finally got my first 3rd party case for the iPad 2 today. The Marware EcoFlip for iPad 2 was delivered this morning.  Up to now I’ve been using only the Apple Smart Cover for iPad 2 and Ghost Armor screen protectors / covers for front and back of the iPad 2. Local Apple and other retail stores here in Austin have had very slim pickings thus far for iPad 2 cases. Apple Stores offer none at all aside from the smart cover and between AT&T, Verizon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart I’ve found none that appeal at all.

I’ve also seen very few cases that I like online that are actually shipping immediately. This is one of two Marware cases for iPad 2 that I’ve ordered, and both are shipping far later than originally expected.

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Some Thoughts on the iPad 2 Smart Cover

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When I bought my iPad 2 on launch day last week, I also picked up an Apple Smart Cover for it. Even though I hated Apple’s case for the original iPad, the smart cover looked so different and so … smart, that I felt I had to give it a try.

The smart covers for the iPad 2 come in polyurethane or leather, and in a small range of colors for each material. I chose leather and the Navy color for mine. I’ve been using the smart cover for around a week now and have had it on my iPad 2 just about constantly. I have mixed feelings about the smart cover so far – there are some things I love about it, and others that I don’t like at all.

Hit the break for a quick rundown of my iPad 2 smart cover likes and dislikes …

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A Few Favorite iPad Accessories That Still Work with the iPad 2

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I’ve had my iPad 2 for a few days now, and I’m more than happy with it. The more I use it, the more I’m appreciating its new slim-line build and its blistering speed. One of the few downsides of having this shiny new companion is that many of my original iPad accessories will not work with the new iPad. I’ve already got two new cases on order for the iPad 2, just as one quick example of the need for replacing some iPad kit.

Happily, I have found a few old faithful original iPad accessories that work just as well (or close to) with the iPad 2 – and several were among my favorite iPad accessories of 2010.

Here’s four of them that have already proven to play nicely with the iPad 2:

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Favorite iPad Accessories

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The iPad has turned out – for me at least – to be every bit as magical and wonderful as Steve Jobs promised when he first announced it. Probably more so. I spend a lot of quality time with it every day and it is by far and away my favorite device to use (MacBook Pro included).

So obviously I like my favorite device to have some outstanding accessories – to protect it, add functionality to it, and help me use it as effectively and comfortably as possible. Just as a small example of my iPad accessories love, I have *two* favorite iPad stands (and a few backups). They are the two shown happily co-existing above – the Just Mobile UpStand and the BookArc from TwelveSouth.

Accessories are such a personal thing – so much determined by your very own set of needs and tastes – that I won’t venture to do any sort of best iPad accessories list. But I would like to share some thoughts on my favorite iPad accessories and why I like them so much, in the hope that some of them may fit the bill for some of you as well.

Hit the break for a quick rundown of my short list of favorites …

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Two New Favorite iPad Accessories

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I am way, way behind on a number of iPad case and accessory reviews. Some are for items I’ve bought, others are for review units I’ve received. I’m going to do my best to knuckle down and get some of these out over the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, I wanted to just give a quick mention to two new (for me) iPad accessories that have become favorites: the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad case, and the Hard Candy iPad Stylus.

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Recommended: Ghost Armor Screen Protectors for iPad

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My iPad 3G had been going naked since I bought it, and I’ve been wanting to get a screen protector for it for quite a while. The main thing holding me back was that I am The World’s Worst installer of screen protectors. I’ve tried installing various brands on my iPhones and iPads in the past, and always done a horrendous job and regretted trying it.

I also tried out having Best Buy install an invisibleSHIELD for me on my old WiFi only iPad. After a couple weeks that was not looking good at all. There were quite a few ugly patches along the sides of the screen and noticeable bubbling in several spots that was not ‘working itself out’. I ended up removing it.

Last week I finally found the perfect solution for my iPad. Ghost Armor screen protectors AND a kiosk where they would apply them for me. I’ve had the protectors on front (screen) and back of my iPad for 8 days now, and they look excellent.

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How Excited Are You Allowed to Be About Microfiber Cleaning Cloths?

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I’m hoping the answer is that you’re allowed to be very excited about a really good one – because I’ve found a really good one and I am very excited about it.

When the folks from Mobile Cloth approached me touting their microfiber cloth as being a cut above the rest and asking if I’d like to see a ‘review unit’ I was as skeptical and unexcited as the next guy. I mean seriously, a cleaning cloth is a cleaning cloth right? I ended up saying yes, go ahead and send me a sample – but as always, with no promise of any coverage and in this case feeling like no coverage was very likely going to be the outcome.

Well, color me pleasantly surprised, and well impressed with a cleaning cloth for the iPads and iPhones in our house.

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