Portable Battery Charger
The Pebble Smartskin (A Portable Battery Charger) is the latest to join the Veho Portable power range of excellent USB Portable devices.
The Pebble Smartskin is a three in one product that packing 6000Mah which in turn extends the availability of your iPad by as much as
- 500 additional standby hours
- 7 hrs video playback and
- 50 hrs Audio
Importantly, the rigid skin is made of lightweight Veho Tacton rubber and is soft to the touch. The skin is designed to give additional protection to both devices.
Included in the package you will find a soft but high grade neoprene pouch.
Re-charging the Smartskin is done via a micro USB port which also enables you to sync to iTunes whilst concurrently charging both your iPad and Smartskin.
The Smartskin does not hinder the other iPad functions which you can continue to use normally.
Technical And Product Details Of This Portable Battery Charger
- The Pebble Smartskin is a powerful 6000mah battery more than doubles iPad running time
- Protective skin has a soft grip rubber touch
- A deluxe neoprene sleeve is included
- Can charge and sync to iTunes using a micro USB port, removal of the Smartskin nor required
- Extends your iPad with additional 500 hrs standby, 7 hours video playback, 50 hrs audio
Manufactured by Stem Innovation, the new iZon builds on the successes of predecessors in the field of ‘Remote Room Monitoring’ devices.
These devices have a multitude of applications both in the home and also in the business, eg. baby monitoring, security applications, etc.
Importantly, it is an affordable price of kit, and simple to use.
The main elements of the iZone are:
- 802.11 b/g/n wireless capability
- Video camera and microphone mounted in a compact white plastic casing
- Magnetic half-globe which is detachable and includes angle adjustment and screws for mounting if required
- Connect app from the App store available as a free download
- Creates 480 x 320 videos inclusive of sound
- The delay between the live event and what you see on your iPad screen is around 15 seconds; very reasonable
- Viewing live video over the web is faster than expected and unlike its competitors, stem does not charge for this service
- Ability to upload 30 sec direct to YouTube by simply pressing the ‘REC’ button
- YouTube recordings can also be created using noise detection or motion. This feature takes some time to get the hang of.
- Can handle up to 200 units on one network
On balance iZon is a budget product that does its job efficiently.
All In One
Vogels markets different configurations of its tablet mounting, be it for iPad, Galaxy or other brands.
The three main packages on offer are listed below.
- Tablet holder + Wall, Car and Table mounts (all in one pack)
In terms of pricing the ‘all in one pack’ gives the best value for money. However, if you have no use for all three mounts, click on one of the other two options shown above.
This article looks at the ‘all in one‘ pack and this review looks at all four of its components.
Holder For iPad Or Other Tablet
- This holder is used with all the three mounts and holds the tablet firmly in place whilst protecting it from damage.
- After clipping your iPad to the holder it is ready for mounting on the car, wall or table supports.
- The holder is light, comfortable to carry, thin and smart.
- A series of slots and openings in the holder’s side allows access to camera, USB connector, ports, etc.
- This compact mounting is designed to be fixed on to most surfaces including walls.
- The mount is secured to the wall using a long screw.
- The holder (with the tablet in it) is then clicked onto the wall mounting and can then be rotated a full 360 degrees.
- This is the most secure and safest way to use your tablet in a car.
- The mount clips onto the front seat headrest (for use with headrests from 10-20 cm).
- Backseat passengers can enjoy their iPad whilst traveling simply by clicking the holder to the car mount.
- Useful for watching movies or running presentations in either portrait or landscape mode positioned on any level surface.
- As previously click the holder onto the stand and you are ready to go.
The All In One Box For iPad 2 Includes:
iPad Car Mount
Vogels has become the market leader when it comes to Tablet Mounting devices. This iPad car mount pack can be used securely with your iPad or Galaxy in your car.
It includes the following:
The Black Holder as its name implies, clips to your iPad providing all round protection.
Via a serious of slots on the side of the holder, you are able to access the ports, switches and other controls on your iPad 2.
The holder is extremely comfortable to hold and gives you full visability of your iPad once mounted in your car.
The car mount is the ideal way for passengers at the back of the car to use their tablet.
How To Mount Your Tablet Using The iPad Car Mount
To mount the tablet, first place it inside the holder, then simply click the holder on to the car mount which has previously been locked on to the headrest.
No tools required for this iPad car mount, simply click and go.
The Universal Tablet Wall Mount produced by Vogel’s is designed as the description implies for use by a number of tablets, for example the iPad, Galaxy, etc.
Unlike most other mountings, it is designed for use anywhere, i.e. in the home, at your workplace, etc.
In addition, it adapts to all these different situations without any compromises and is very effective in any of them.
The Main Elements Of The Vogel’s Wall Mount Are:
- Includes a free app ‘WallTimes’ which can be downloaded.
- The holder has a number of openings along its sides which provide access to ports, switches and other devices, eg. The side switch, camera, volume control, etc.
- Screen protecting film included with holder.
- The highly functional aluminum ring.
- The wall mount comes with the starter pack which is screwed to the wall or similar surface. The iPad holder is fixed securely to the wall mount by means of 2 clips.
The Vogel wall mount is definitely a great idea.
If you purchase two of the extras, i.e. the ‘car mount’ and the ‘foldable stand’ you will be able to use your tablet where, when and for whatever you want.
Such examples are business presentations, movies on the road, cooking videos while on holiday or at home.
This smart Portfolio case serves as both a case and a portable keyboard.
Easy to open and close, the material is pretty durable and can tolerate limited rough handling.
The case will hold your iPad securely and is comprehensively designed to protect your device from day to day knocks.
The case has a number of compartments built into it which you can use to store your accessories, eg. Stylus pens, cables and other small items.
This Leather portfolio cover is contoured to fit your iPad, yes even taking in its rounded corners. Once inserted the portfolio comfortably allows you to access the various features of your iPad making it a near perfect fit.
The Portfolio cover is
- shimmer than most
- manufactured of good quality materials
- it projects a professional look and
Main Product Features
- Exclusive design for the iPad
- Instantly also a Portable Desk
- Use the Wireless Keyboard to navigate and type on your iPad
- The ladscape view is great for Movies and Apps
- USB Data Sync Cable provided for your iPad and
- Also includes Anti Glare Protector Guard for the iPad screen
The GYRO Controlled Anonster Truck is the third generation remote controlled vehicle using an iOS device as a controller. In this case the controller is an iPad. GYRO control technology improves on Wi-Fi and line ofsight infrared which preceeded it.
The Anonster Truck being the latest, improves as you would expect in terms of ability and reliability, as a result is more fun to play with.
The GYRO Monster Truck from Dexim packs the following hardware and features:
- A red motorized toy truck (black also available)
- Compact, about the same foot print as an iPone
- The App Speed’s RF transmitter dongle draws its power from the iOS device, i.e. iPad, iPone or iPod
- 2 Monster trucks can be used in the same area via 2 different RF channels
- Recharging from flat, takes 15 seconds using the USB cable. Alternatively, you can use 3 standard AAA batteries to recharge the truck on the go
- Controllable from approx 60 feet, even in the absence of line of sight
- Can negotiate moderately uneven terra in tank to its treaded tines
- Runs for around 30 minutes on each charge
Manoeuvring the Anonster Truck is quite easy. The manufacturer provides 2 control options – the Gravity Sensor and the Touch Sensor.
In Touch mode, the display is split into a road. On swiping left, the truck moves forward and right, backwards. Touching the up/down arrows turn the wheels right/left. A turbo boost button takes the truck to max speed of ‘15’.
Gravity Sensor operates the truck by tilting your iOS device. The choice of tilt decides which direction the truck goes. An extremely enjoyable and intuitive steering method. The only drawback is that speed is limited to ‘.8’ and does not include a turbo button unlike Touch Mode.
The choice of control is yours, we recommend the GYRO Monster Truck in view of the fun we had evaluating it and its unquestionable value for money.
Dye Sublimation Printer
The VuPoint Solutions Dye Sublimation Printer is a docking printer designed for the iPad.
It is uniquely supported by 3 different and free iOS apps.
The VuPoint iPad printer offers the following:
- Convenience and much smaller in size than competing brands
- Compatable also with iPad and iPone
- Prints borderless 4” x 6” pics at a cost of 50c
- Cartridges print 36 sheets each
- Cost of paper and ink combined into cartridge
- The iPad printer is extremely easy to use and setup
- Great printing results using 300 dpi dye sublimation color printing technology
- Recharges your iPad whilst printing
After unpacking the dye sublimation printer, the tasks to be done are:
- Plug it to the power socket
- Hit the power button on the iPad printer
- Connect your dock connector cable directly to the USB port located on the cube’s side
Wi-Drive, as the name implies, is a wireless portable external hard drive available in 16GB and 32GB capacity versions.
Portable External Hard Drive
Manufactured by Kingston, this device extends the storage capacity of Apple storage devices.
You can store and share music, videos, photos, etc. It is compatible with iPad, iPone or iPod Touch.
This wireless hard drive offers the following:
- Pocket size / lightweight pocket storage / glossy black
- 4 hours battery life and wall power adaptor
- Easy file sharing with 3 others and above mentioned Apple mobile devices
- 24/7 reliable technical support from Kingston
- Plastic feet stop it sliding or scratching surfaces
- Portable device, can be used anywhere
- Mini USB port on the upper side of portable hard drive
Technical Details Of This Portable External Hard Drive
- Network (wireless) Interface – Wi-Fi 802.11g/n including wireless security (WPA/WEP)
- Rechargeable Battery – approx 4 hours of continuous use
- Cable – mini-USB to USB cable provided gives ability to upload files from PC/Mac to the Wi-Drive
- App is downloadable from Apple’s App Store
- Compatible with iPad, iPod touch (3G is limited to iOS4.2.1+) and iPohone 3G/3GS/4
- Configurable APN and key functions connect Wireless Access Point (Internet)
- Guaranteed by a one year warranty
Supported File Formats:
- Audio: AAC, WAV, MP3
- Video: mov, m4v, Motion JPEG
- AVI Image: jpg, bmp
- Tiff Document: pdf, ppt, doc, docx, txt, xls, pptx, rtf
- Weight and Dimension: 4.8 x 0.4 x 2.4 inches; 1 pound
The speed at which it creates its own 802 network and starts streaming video or music stored on the Wi-Drive is impressive; only a few seconds.
One missing piece of kit we would have liked to see is a battery level indicator.
Though not perfect, it is a highly recommended portable external hard drive due to its impressive streaming speed, ease of use and reasonable price.