Cool Things: HiRise Adjustable Stand for iPad mini

HiRise iPad mini Stand

This is the latest cool iPad accessory from the lovely folks at Twelve South – the HiRise Adjustable Desktop Stand for iPhone 5 and iPad mini. These guys make a great range of cases and desktop accessories for iPad, iDevices, and Macs.

Here’s an excerpt from the Twelve South introduction of the HiRise:

HiRise’s height-adjusting cable clips and movable rear support allows HiRise to work with most cases on the market today – especially those with recessed connections that no other dock can fit. The secret is Apple’s extremely small, high quality Lightning Cable – which allows us to adjust the connector height and create a perfectly fitting dock with the Lightning cable you already have. The HiRise fits many of the most popular cases in the world, like the OtterBox® Defender and Speck CandyShell. Of course, our favorite case for HiRise is our own BookBook for iPhone. …

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New Animal-themed Poetic Cases for iPad mini Looking Good

Poetic Covermate iPad mini Cases

Your Poetic has unveiled a number of new iPad mini cases this week. Three of their new animal-themed cases have particularly caught my eye – the Lion, Giraffe, and Elephant covers shown above.

I did a review of a Poetic CovermateiPad mini case a couple of months back and was very impressed with it. Here’s a little bit of my sum-up on it:

The Poetic Covermate iPad mini Case is a very nice folio case for the iPad mini. The Tree design is extremely handsome and the other designs look good too. It’s nicely priced at the Poetic site and is a real bargain at the prices you can currently buy it for on Amazon.

My 10 year old daughter loves that case and finds it gorgeous to use on her iPad mini. I know she’ll love these animal-themed cases too – and have ordered the Giraffe one for her today.

These new cases go for $39.95 on the Poetic site, but you can also find them on Amazon for $14.95. I just searched for ‘poetic covermate iPad mini lion’ for example to find the Lion-themed one.

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Cool Things: Pulp Art Covers for iPad mini

Paper Pulp Art iPad mini case

Here’s a new style of case for the iPad min that’s caught my eye this week: paper sleeve pulp art covers from a company called T&M. They bring some 40’s and 50’s retro flavor or, as T&M says, ‘retro futurism , science fiction and hair-raising adventure worlds’.

They’re made of cardboard and said to offer good protection as well bringing ‘color and humor to the public sphere’. I’m sure that second part is true, and I’m interested to see how good the quality and protection is with these cases.

One thing’s for sure here – I don’t think there’s a lot of danger of walking into a coffee shop with one of these on your iPad mini and then seeing somebody else with the same ‘outfit’. I imagine these would be good conversation starters, and good fun if you’re a fan of this sort of retro, pulp science fiction look.

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ZAGG Announces 2 New iPad mini Keyboard Cases

ZAGGKeys Folio for iPad mini

ZAGG has announced two brand new iPad mini keyboard cases – the ZAGGKeys Folio and the ZAGGKeys Cover. The pitch for both of them is lead with this set of questions:

Your mini can do some pretty amazing things. But…

Can it stand on its own?
Can it increase your typing speed?
Can it protect itself?

Now it can.

The ZAGGKeys Folio, as the name suggests, is a full folio case plus keyboard for the iPad mini, offering full body coverage. The ZAGGKeys Cover is a cover plus keyboard with a cover that can be locked behind when you’re in reading or viewing mode on the iPad mini.

Both of these new keyboard cases claim to offer 30% more typing space than the competition and 135 degrees of viewing via a ‘unique hinge’ that allows for adjusting to best viewing angles for whatever mode you’re in.

ZAGG have been among the leading providers of iPad keyboard cases for sometime now, but their ZAGGKeys Mini 9 keyboard case and cover for the iPad mini, released earlier this year, was a very poor effort. I did a review of the ZAGGKeys Mini 9 back in March and gave it a big ‘Not Recommended’ thumbs down, due to some very sloppy design and major flaws.

I hope and expect that these new iPad mini cases will be much improved. I may try one of them out once I get through reviewing a few other iPad mini cases I’ve had for a while now.

You can check out more details on these two new ZAGG keyboard cases and place orders at the ZAGG product pages for them.

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Trying Out that Big, Honking Telephoto Lens for the iPad mini

Cat

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:

Dog

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.

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