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Quick Look: Jot Pro Magnetic, Precision Stylus for iPad

Jot Pro Stylus for iPad

The Adonit Jot Pro Stylus is touted as the most precise touch capacitive stylus on the market. I’m not a heavy user of a stylus on the iPad, but I like the idea of being able to take handwritten notes at certain times.

The Jot Pro has a number of features that sounded attractive to me, so I’ve been giving it a try over the last few days.  I’ve tried out a few styluses for the iPad in the last couple years – none of them are terrible, but none of them have convinced me that I could really take notes with them better or more quickly than by using the iPad’s on-screen keyboard.

It was always a bit of nuisance to consider using a stylus when out and about with the iPad as well – since there was generally no easy way to have the stylus at hand. There are only a very rare few iPad cases that have any kind of storage for a stylus, and I’ve never much liked the idea of carrying one in a pocket.

The Jot Pro seemed like a stylus that is a cut above – read on to see whether it has lived up to expectations …

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Just Arrived – Jot Pro Magnetic Stylus for iPad 2

Jot Pro iPad 2 Stylus

That’s the Adonit Jot Pro iPad 2 Stylus shown above. Mine just arrived yesterday and I got a chance to take it out of its packaging this morning. I’ll do a review of it when I’ve spent some time with it, but for now just a few quick notes and first impressions:

— It came nicely packaged and is a very handsome and relatively slim stylus.

— The rubberized grip is a nice feature.

— The use of a ‘precision disk’ and ballpoint-like tip feels a lot nicer and more natural to write with than the typical nub pointed stylus.

— Its magnets work pretty well. It stays pretty firmly in place on the right side of the iPad 2, and very firmly on the iPad 2 Smart Cover.

That’s about if tor lightning first impressions – I have a good feeling about this one.

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Styló Magnetic Stylus for iPad 2 – Quick First Impressions

Silver Stylo for iPad 2

The Styló Stylus started life as a Kickstarter project a few months ago. Its big unique selling point is that it attaches to the screen of the iPad 2 (or the iPad 2 Smart Cover) via rare earth magnets. I loved the concept of not needing to figure out where to carry a stylus when you want to use one with the iPad 2 and thought the Styló looked great too, so I happily backed the project.

The project got funded, these styluses are now available to buy, and the manufacturers (Just Think Design) sent me a few samples recently.

I’ve been trying the Styló out over the last day or so and I’ve got some quick first impressions to share …

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Review – Portenzo Composition Case for iPad 2

iPad 2 Composition Case

The Portenzo Composition for iPad 2 Case is a clever case that looks just like an old-school composition notebook. Actually, just like current composition books as well – I wasn’t sure these were still around but my daughter set me straight on that.

When I first saw the Composition I thought it looked great and ordered one straight away. After a week of using it heavily I can tell you that I’m not disappointed with it – hit the jump for some good reasons why …

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Composition iPad 2 Case – Old-school Composition Notebook Style

Composition iPad 2 Case

Here’s an iPad 2 case that I really like the look of – the Composition iPad 2 Case from Portenzo. I got an email from Portenzo yesterday about another of their products, but this is the one that immediately caught my eye.

I remember using composition notebooks that looked just like that, and I love the idea of applying that style to an iPad case. Here’s a few more things I like about the Composition iPad 2 Case:

— It’s made with traditional bookbinding materials, and made here in the US.

— It support the iPad 2 automatic sleep/wake feature.

— You can swap out the elastic band and have a magna grip closure instead (for $10 extra)

— You can also add a compartment for a stylus (again for $10 extra)

I ordered one yesterday and I’m looking forward to trying it out.

You can get more information on the Composition case, or place an order (pricing starts at $79.95) on the Portenzo product page for it.

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Review – HoverBar Adjustable Arm for iPad 2

HoverBar Packaging

HoverBar is an adjustable arm for the iPad 2 – that serves to ‘float’ the iPad 2 next to an iMac or PC display. It’s a simple, great idea – and one that is executed with typical excellence by the clever team at Twelve South. Here’s a bit of its introduction on the product page for it:

HoverBar connects iPad 2 to your Mac, creating a dynamic duo. An awesome, Tony Stark – inspired, desktop workstation with a beautiful Apple display and a killer touchscreen computer hanging by its side. HoverBar presents more ways to use iPad more often.

When I first saw the HoverBar released a few days ago I loved the look of it, immediately ordered one, and had very high expectations for it – as I own and enjoy several other great Twelve South accessories for my Mac and iOS devices. Mine arrived yesterday evening, got setup last night, and it has already been put to some good use.

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Twelve South’s New HoverBar – Adjustable Arm for iPad 2 Looks Great

HoverBar for iPad 2

HoverBar is a great looking new iPad 2 accessory from the ever so clever folks at Twelve South. It’s an adjustable arm that lets you ‘float’ your iPad 2 alongside your PC screen or to position it creatively in the kitchen or anywhere else that suits your needs.

Here’s a little more intro on it via its product page at Twelve South:

HoverBar floats iPad 2 next to any iMac or Apple display with an L-shaped stand. The sleek black, flexible arm on HoverBar connects to your Mac using a sturdy, silicone-lined clamp that leaves no trace. HoverBar has enough muscle and reach to position iPad above or beside any size Mac. Flex the bar and tilt iPad in any direction to find your favorite viewing position. What could be better than one iPad hovering above your Mac? Having a second floating beside it.

Key facts:
  • Use iPad 2 clipped into HoverBar as a secondary, touchscreen computer with Mac
  • Sturdy, padded clamp attached to most iMac and Apple displays
  • Mount separately on any surface as a stand alone iPad stand

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Quick First Impressions – The Incredibly Versatile Ori iPad 2 Case

Ori for iPad 2

When I first saw the video demo of the Gorillamobile Ori for iPad 2 case, I was impressed with how slick and versatile this case looked. I ordered one that same day and it arrived this morning.

As first impressions go, color me very impressed indeed with Ori for iPad 2. When I’ve spent more time with the case I’ll do a full review, but in the meantime here are a few reasons it is making a very favorable first impression:

— It’s sleek and unique looking – all lightweight aluminum goodness.

— It’s extremely versatile. You can quickly swivel the iPad between landscape and portrait orientation.

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Highly Recommended: Flowfold iPad Sleeves (and a Chance for You to Win One)


Flowfold iPad Sleeves are a superb case for the iPad 2 or original iPad. They started out as a Kickstarter project last year; the project got funded and these excellent cases are now available to order. I was fortunate enough to be given a sample unit to test while the Kickstarter project was going on, was thoroughly impressed, and became a project backer.

I’ve been using the Flowfold sleeve for a couple months now and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It’s one of my favorite cases for my iPad 2. So I’m happy to say there are two bits of good news on Flowfold to share with you today: that they’re available to purchase now at the Flowfold site at a very reasonable $35 price point, and that we’ve got two to giveaway to a pair of lucky readers.

Read on for more details about why the Flowfold iPad Sleeves are so good, and how to enter for a chance to win one …

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Cool Things: New GorillaMobile Ori Case for the iPad 2

The GorillaMobile Ori iPad 2 case by Joby is one of the most versatile and slick looking cases I’ve seen, at least by the looks of things in the demo video for it. Here’s a bit of detail on this innovative looking case:

Inspired by the Japanese art of the fold, Gorillamobile Ori for iPad 2 transforms effortlessly from a flat, light- weight protective case to an amazingly versatile iPad stand. Following months of research, Ori was designed to provide limitless ergonomic screen positioning and hands-free stability, without sacrificing the protection or portability of a sleek iPad case. Whether you’re watching a movie on the plane, flipping through a portfolio pre- sentation or typing an email at a café, you can position your iPad at the most comfortable height and viewing angle for you. For quick adjustments, simply tilt the screen or swivel the iPad from landscape to portrait display. Engineered from a special aluminum composite used in high-performance cars, the Ori stand delivers rigid sta- bility in a sculptural, lightweight form …

I love the look of the Ori iPad 2 case, and ordered one earlier today. It goes for $69.95, and you can see more information on it and place an order at the Joby product page for it here:


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Review: Magnus iPad 2 Stand by Ten One Design

Magnus iPad 2 StandImage Source: Ten One Design

iPad stands are among my favorite accessories for the iPad. My iPad 2 gets a ton of use every day alongside my MacBook Pro – so it needs a good home on my desk. A good stand to sit in when not fully in use.

The Magnus iPad 2 Stand from Ten One Design is the latest one I’ve tried out. Ten One pitches the Magnus as boasting a sleek form factor, elegant Apple-like looks, and using the magic of magnets to hold the iPad 2 in place in the stand.

I’ve been using it for a few days now and of course I’ve got some thoughts on it. The short story is that I’m disappointed with this stand. Hit the break for the reasons why …

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