Clever ipad cover- ups

An ipad can be trans­formed into a lap­top or a fash­ion state­ment – or even do some­thing more prac­ti­cal, such as sim­ply run for longer – with these new ac­ces­sories, writes Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Ni­chol­son

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Tech -

As seen in the hands of Karl Lager­feld him­self, this Chanel ipad case is both stylish and sur­pris­ingly prac­ti­cal. Its quilted lamb­skin cover might be typ­i­cal of the French fash­ion house, but it also pro­tects the Ap­ple tablet within. Two ex­ter­nal pock­ets also let users carry smart­phones or wi- fi hot spot gen­er­a­tors with­out the need for a sec­ond bag. In­side the zipped case, the new ipad is held in place with leather on one side, while a large pocket on the other side serves to keep pa­pers in place. Its suede leather lin­ing also helps wipe fin­ger­prints from the ipad’s screen. There’s only one ma­jor down­side to this case – the fact it costs al­most three times as much as the top ipad it­self. Clearly de­signed by a writer, this ipad key­board case has thought of al­most ev­ery­thing. The key­board in this case closely mim­ics Ap­ple’s Blue­tooth cre­ation, with is­land- style keys that are easy to tap, as well as a row of short­cuts for cut­ting, copy­ing, lock­ing the screen and more. Un­like other key­board cases, this Adonit Writer sits to at­ten­tion at all times, whether on a desk or your lap, with the help of mag­nets in its base and a fold­ing back panel. Typ­ists can pull on the key­board to de­tach it from the base for greater com­fort. The Writer case does add weight and it won’t turn the ipad screen on and off, but it’s oth­er­wise hard to fault. Great for turn­ing a tablet into a lap­top. This hum­ble but stylish brick can save your ipad from be­com­ing the same. Mo­phie’s Pow­er­sta­tion is es­sen­tially a mo­bile power sup­ply, with a soft- touch fin­ish, me­tal- sided edges and a shape just smaller than an iphone. It is more pow­er­ful than most por­ta­ble charg­ers be­cause the Pow­er­sta­tion can au­to­mat­i­cally swap from the low- wattage needs of a mo­bile phone to the 2.1- amp de­mands of an ipad. Plug this 4000mah bat­tery pack into a new ipad and it will add an ex­tra 10 per cent to its bat­ter­ies in just over 30 min­utes. It won’t come close to fully recharg­ing a new ipad, but it will give you hours to find a power point. Or it can fill an iphone bat­tery four times over. It won’t walk the cat­walk, but this new ipad case is thought­fully made and thor­oughly use­ful. De­signed for the third ipad, the STM Bags Grip case sur­rounds the tablet with hard, colour­ful plas­tic with­out adding sig­nif­i­cant bulk to its pro­file. The Grip, so named for its tex­tured ex­te­rior, hugs its charge firmly, while the case’s lid fea­tures a suede lin­ing to pro­tect and clean fin­ger­prints from its screen. The lid also trig­gers the tablet’s wake/ sleep func­tion. Two pop- out stands sit on the back of this case, giv­ing users a choice of viewing an­gles when seated at a desk, though the hard case does wob­ble dur­ing typ­ing. Avail­able in four colours, in­clud­ing blue and orange. With top- model ipads cost­ing $ 899, there’s ev­ery rea­son to be cau­tious about leav­ing it ly­ing about. Kens­ing­ton pro­vides a lock- up so­lu­tion in the Se­cure­back Case that can see it chained to a pole like a bi­cy­cle. This case is a white plas­tic cre­ation that comes in two parts and clips to the ipad’s ex­te­rior. A panel slides in the back, se­cur­ing the pieces and pro­vid­ing a con­nec­tion for a Click­safe lock that is se­cured with a key. This ar­range­ment would be im­pres­sive if the case it­self wasn’t made of such flimsy plas­tic. Po­ten­tial ipad thieves will at least find them­selves fac­ing a chal­lenge when this cover is in play.

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