The photo above shows a gorgeous coffee-colored iPad Smart Cover – but it’s not a color you’ll find in the Apple store range. It’s the result of a DIY project involving actual coffee being applied to the Smart Cover.
This is the creation of simeon, one of the developers at twolivesleft – makers of Codea and other apps and games.
Simeon decided he wasn’t seeing quite the aging effect he had hoped for on the tan Smart Cover, so he decided to create his own.
I’m not too careful with my cover. I chose the leather cover thinking the more scuffed and damaged it got, the better. I wanted it to look worn. Unfortunately after only two weeks of use it did start to look worn — on one side only.
As you can see in the above photos the right side of the cover is darkened in the place I usually hold it while reading.
This asymmetry wouldn’t do. I had a wonderful, horrible idea: I’d stain the cover with coffee.
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As some of you may recall, I posted a couple weeks back about a rather huge iPad Telephoto Lens from Photojojo. They were kind enough to send me a sample unit for the iPad mini and today I had my first opportunity to give it a quick try.
To use the telephoto lens you place a companion back cover on the iPad mini and then screw the lens into a connector port placed around the back camera. I only spent a short while with the telephoto lens, but so far my impression is decidedly ‘meh’. I cleaned the lens of the iPad mini camera and the telephoto lens several times, but everything still looks extremely grainy when I have the big lens on.
I took a few shots around the house and the only two that are even vaguely worth sharing are the ones of our cat and dog, each taken from about 15 feet away from the subject. I love the McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed look on the cat’s face. Very apt for the occasion. The dog is, as always, far more stoic:
I’ll spend a little more time with the telephoto lens and share more thoughts if I feel like there’s much else to say about it.
X-Doria have announced a new collection of iPad mini cases, available exclusively in Target and via target.com.
The collection includes three case designs, those shown above:
Featuring three Target exclusive designs including the SmartStyle in Pink Herringbone and Orange Bulbs and Dash Folio Cabernet, these cases provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional design, while keeping your device protected at all times. Along with these fashionable designs for Target, the retailer will also carry a wide array of X-Doria colors and styles in the Smartstyle, SmartJacket and Dash Folio Lines.
All these cases support the iPad mini’s automatic sleep/wake feature and can serve as a stand as nearly all cases of this type can. They’re priced at $39.99 each.
I don’t feel wowed by any of these designs, but I suppose if Target is your favorite shopping spot then you may want to take a look at these new options for protecting your iPad mini.
What do you all think of these? Will you be rushing to a Target store or online site to pick one up?
A few weeks ago I posted about a $6.95 iPad mini case, and said it was one I just had to see. That case is the Poetic Covermate iPad mini Case. I ordered one on the same day I wrote that post and I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now, and of course I’ve now got some review thoughts to share on it.
The Covermate iPad mini Case is a folio style case with a polyurethane front cover and a hard poly-carbonate back cover. There are 5 different design options to choose for the cover – Rock, Urban Paint, Butterfly, Love in Paris, and Tree. The one I spotted on Amazon was the Tree pattern and I wasn’t aware of the other choices – so that’s the one I have.
The case supports the iPad mini’s automatic sleep/wake feature.
At the Poetic site it is priced at $39.95, but as of this writing you can find it at Amazon for $12.95.
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Well here’s a category of iPad accessory I have to admit I just don’t ever think about – add-on lenses for the iPad camera. In this case a big, slightly silly looking, telephoto lens. It’s The iPad Telephoto Lens, from Photojojo.
I got a PR approach about this one this morning, and I really like the product page for it. It does a good job of getting across what’s good about the telephoto lens, but also has a good sense of humor about the nature of this beast, and even about the act of taking photos with an iPad.
Photojojo acknowledges that you may look a bit silly ‘in this get-up’ but promises that you’ll end up with some ‘seriously super’ photos as the reward for using it.
So here are some of the promised benefits of using this lens on the iPad or iPad mini:
This lens adds 10-12 times telephoto power to your iPad.
It gets you closer to your subject without having to depend on your iPad’s digital zoom (a real pixel killer).
The iPad telephoto lens has a manual focusing ring to give you added control over its delightfully shallow depth of field. It also adds just a bit of vignetting and a dreamy lo-fi look.
And my favorite of all of them:
Capture concert photos from your back row seat like it ain’t no thang.
The iPad Telephoto Lens goes for $25 and comes in a 10X model for the iPad and a 12X model for the iPad mini. For more details or to place an order, check out the iPad Telephoto Lens product page. I’m going to try to get hold of one for review.