I’ve taken to tying my Lightning cable up before putting it in my bag, but what I really should invest in is a retractable Lightning cable like this one from Scosche (which I read about on Tools and Toys).
I’ve purchased a few retractable 30-pin cables for myself from various sources over the years, and paying for quality in a cable does seem to make a difference. The cheap $3–5 cables I’ve bought from places like Monoprice or USBFever.com do work, but they just don’t have nearly the same level of click and polish. The default price is $25, but you can get it for as little as $15 on Amazon depending on the sale.
I’d also note that I think these retractable cables are plain superior to having a long Lightning cable in your bag. You save space, save any hassle of tangles, and the cables usually extend far enough for me to use wall chargers and laptop USB ports without any issue.
I reviewed the Apex Rechargeable active stylus a few weeks back and I was really impressed with it after years of using those rubber or mesh tipped disasters to try to add a handwritten element to my iPad. As commented in the review, being in the Ned Flanders left handed brigade made the use of a non-active stylus sometimes infuriating for handwriting. Handwriting is one of the few things that the iPad doesn’t do particularly well, unlike Samsung and their Note range. Thankfully we are starting to get some really decent active styluses on the market and they are starting to appear at price points which are attractive. This is where the KickStarter funded Dart Stylus from Precision Touch comes in. [click to continue reading…]
The featured offer at iPad Insight Deals today – The Ultimate iPad Keyboard Bundle. It’s an iPad keyboard, stylus and screen protector on offer at 43% off – for $39.
Here’s some of the intro information on this deal:
The Bluetooth iPad Keyboard Case is light, fast and built to give quick access to information. The case is made with an anodized finish matching the design, look and feel of your iPad while also giving it quality protection from the elements.
This Bluetooth Case also comes with a high quality stylus and screen protector so you can keep your iPad scratch free and in tip top shape during your travels. The anodized stylus adds accuracy and precision alongside your upgraded typing experience, allowing you to point and touch, never missing a button or action.
The iPad Keyboard Case allows you to convert your iPad into a laptop like position for faster, more comfortable typing. It also allows for tablet use by folding its hinge, hiding the Bluetooth keyboard out of sight.
This iPad aluminum case provides 2 viewing angles in both portrait and landscape modes while assuring full protection for the iPad screen. This case gives you the typing your desire and the protection you need.
- Compatible with iPad 2, 3rd & 4th generation
You can see lots more detail and place an order at this iPad Insight Deals page.
I was watching the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games recently and the geek in me was interested to see what technology the athletes were brining into Celtic Park to record the momentous event. There were the standard tablets, phones, head mounted GoPros, DSLRs, some weird blue ring things which I’m still not sure what they are (please enlighten me if you know in the comments at the bottom). The vast majority of the nations were doing a great job filming their evening, and then New Zealand made their entry. I almost choked on my cornflakes to see that nearly all of them were holding up their iPhones and iPads and filming in VERTICAL VIDEO! Horror of digital horrors. [click to continue reading…]
Here’s some pretty cool iPad gaming news from today: Bioshock is coming to iOS this summer, and it looks quite good! I don’t like the idea of playing it using the touchscreen (yuck), but it’s games like Bioshock that could really drive Bluetooth controller sales and make the concept more mainstream. Imagine taking a little controller out of your bag, setting up your iPad and Smart Cover on the table in front of you, and loading up a title like Bioshock or Tomb Raider to play for a while.
I realize that, realistically, the games would probably be lower resolution or lower detailed versions of their console counterparts, but I think the iPad could be an incredible gaming device when paired with the right controller. I find that idea much more appealing than shelling out for a gaming-specific console, like the Sony PS Vita.
I would absolutely fork out a good $40 to pay for a decent Logitech or Razer gaming controller with two thumb sticks, triggers, and four face buttons. However, the reality on specialist sites like Afterpad seems to be that a decent controller costs at least $60. Frankly, I’m still happy enough to do my gaming on the PC and Retina MacBook Pro, but I’m intrigued by the idea of having an iPad be a competitor to the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.