Saturday, April 23, 2011

iPad 2 Elan Folio Slim Case Review

I was able to get a hold of the Griffin Elan Folio Slim Case for the iPad 2, and give it a test. This case reminds me of the original Apple case for the iPad first generation. As you can see in the video, the Elan Folio case is very slim, and doesn't add much weight to the iPad 2. The case feels a little on the cheaper side, and looks it as well. Unless you had to have something this slim, I prefer the Targus case that I compared to it and in this review. The Elan Folio will not add much protection as well, so you have be very careful if you use this case. When using the case as a stand I continued to have trouble making stand. So for now, I have choosing the Tarus case as my daily case. Until another case that might come along and change my mind.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook at Local Best Buy...

Was out at my local Best Buy yesterday Saturday, and right up front of the store, right in the mobile phone section, there I see a BlackBerry rep. He had the PlayBook hooked up to a LCD TV, and a Verizon MiFi for data. I was kind of shocked, to even see that BlackBerry is actually showing the PlayBook at the store. I talked to the rep and used the PlayBook; even though I had seen it at CES 2011. It has gone through some software updates from the last time I had seen it CES 2011. I asked the BB Rep, about the Calendar, and Email apps. Since they were not on the PlayBook, he confirmed that you need to bridge with a BB to have access to this. Rep said that you can always go online to view your email. For me, this is not the best solution. If the Android apps actually work on the PlayBook, and not have some restrictions of which apps will work. Then I guess you can always install a Android email app on the PlayBook.

The BlackBerry Rep mentioned that RIM was doing some final software touches with the Android OS on the PlayBook. He didn't want to go into too much info. I asked if the Android market would be available and didn't get a straight answer.

The PlayBook ran very smooth and very fast with multi-able apps running in the back ground, and displaying it on the PlayBook screen and to the LCD screen. I opened up the camera app and took some pictures and they came out very clear on the screen. Did some video while it displayed on the PlayBook and the LCD screen without any problems. You can actually record a video with the PlayBook and play a game at the same time. Very amazing that you can do this without any problem. I think RIM did a good thing to be able to run Android OS on the PlayBook. The release date for the PlayBook is April 19, so we going to have wait and see how well the consumer takes to this tablet. Who knows, with RIM actually doing the demos at Best Buy, the consumer might be interested in the PlayBook.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

iPad 2 Case Review…



So far after using the Targus case for the iPad 2, I am really liking it more and more. Yes doesn’t protect as much as the Earth case, but I mostly use the iPad 2 at the office and at home. I like that the Targus case adds very little weight and bulk to the already slim iPad 2, making the best case for me. I do have another case to review, which I will be doing later.

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The power button is easy to access, and so is the volume control as well. The camera lines up perfect, as some cases I have seen or tried don’t line up. As you can see that Targus case is very well made.Targus sells this case for $39.99, but if you shop around, I am sure you can find it for a few bucks cheaper.

Photo_Apr_06,_11_26_37_AM The bottom of the case has a opening for the speaker and for the dock connector. This makes it easy to connect the iPad to sync.

Photo Apr 06, 11 19 26 AM  Here you can see the top view of the case with access to the headphone jack, and power button. The microphone is at the top also and is not covered by the case.

Photo Apr 06, 11 21 33 AM Here is a view of the case holding the iPad 2, without  hardly anything blocking the bezel of the screen. Just one big mirror. The other side which looks like to be some kind of micro fiber, is soft and shouldn’t scratch your screen. After all it is Gorilla Glass.

Photo Apr 06, 11 20 53 AMSo if your in the market, looking for a case for your iPad 2. You might want to look at the Targus case for the iPad 2. Some might like it, while it might not be for others. It all depends how much you want to protect your new iPad 2. For me, lighter is better, don’t really need that much protection, so this fits right in.