We’ve got iPads cov­ered

Jen­nifer Dud­ley- Nicholson re­views some handy ac­ces­sories to en­hance your tablet.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - FRONT PAGE -

ZAGGKEYS FOR IPAD MINI Zagg

IT’S hard to imag­ine some­thing as small as a hard­cover book, namely the Ap­ple iPad Mini, could stand in for a lap­top com­puter. It’s a lot eas­ier to imag­ine, how­ever, once you fi t this ZAGGkeys case to its tiny form. This cover hugs all curves and open­ings of the orig­i­nal Mini with hard plas­tic, though leaves a soft, faux leather fi nish on the out­side. But the rea­son you’d buy this case is its su­perbly de­signed key­board, as this six- row cre­ation has gen­er­ously sized keys, a host of func­tion but­tons, and even multi- coloured back­light­ing. Touch typ­ists will ap­pre­ci­ate its de­sign as it mag­i­cally fi ts in all nec­es­sary keys and gives the im­pres­sion of a much big­ger can­vas. dicksmith. com. au

IPAD AIR SMART CASE Ap­ple

AP­PLE started mak­ing its own iPad cov­ers for the iPad 2 but the Cu­per­tino tech gi­ant has qui­etly stepped up its game with this Air ac­ces­sory. While its Smart Cover re­mains the same, al­beit in dif­fer­ent colours, the Air’s Smart Case now comes in leather, de­liv­er­ing a pol­ished and pro­fes­sional ex­te­rior on both sides of the iPad. The rear of the case is still stiff, to hug the iPad Air’s con­tours, but the in­side is lined with mi­crofi­bre to pro­tect its metal back and screen, and the out­side is cov­ered in pre­mium leather avail­able in six colours, from bright red to busi­ness- like beige. The front cover still folds in three parts to sit up­right on a desk and a mag­net turns the screen on and off like a fridge door. It’s not a rein­ven­tion of the Smart Cover but, like the iPad Air, a slick im­prove­ment. store. ap­ple. com. au

BRY­DGE+ SPEAKERLESS Bry­dge

TO PEO­PLE frozen by in­de­ci­sion over whether to buy an Ap­ple iPad or a MacBook Air, one Amer­i­can com­pany of­fers a com­pro­mise. The Bridge+ key­board turns Ap­ple’s tablet into some­thing very closely re­sem­bling a Mac. The key­board is a hefty slab of alu­minium with six rows of is­land- style, raised keys and even an Ap­ple- es­que lip at the front. Two hinges with re­mov­able rub­ber grips pro­vide a home for the tablet and keep it in place with fric­tion, with in­serts for the past three iPad mod­els also suit­ing an Air. The key­board con­nects with Blue­tooth and fea­tures a recharge­able bat­tery. At 590g, it is heavy, its right Shift key is small, and it’s a bit too long for the Air’s foot­print, but this case makes typ­ing easy. the­bry­dge.com

PARA­DOX SLEEK Cygnett

THIS seems like a sim­ple iPad Air case from Mel­bourne- based Cygnett. It holds the new tablet fi rmly in place with a hard plas­tic base that re­veals all ports, cam­eras and but­tons. Up front is an at­tached cover fea­tur­ing a mi­crofi­bre lin­ing to buff its screen. There is a lit­tle bit more to the Para­dox Sleek, how­ever, as that cover folds in eight sec­tions to keep the tablet up­right on a ta­ble and, ar­guably, in a stur­dier fash­ion than Ap­ple’s own case. It lacks mag­nets to turn the screen on and off as you close and open it, how­ever, and the front cover is prone to mov­ing, leav­ing a sliver of the tablet screen ex­posed.

au. cygnett. com

KEYFOLIO EX­ACT FOR IPAD 5 Kens­ing­ton

THIS tablet case is all about busi­ness. Kens­ing­ton may have is­sued its KeyFolio Ex­act case in sev­eral colours, in­clud­ing bold char­treuse, but in­side it re­veals its pro­fes­sional na­ture, with a six- row key­board, grooves for dif­fer­ent tablet an­gles and space for a large sty­lus. The key­board in­side this cover- all case is held in place by mag­nets and can be moved to ac­com­mo­date your typ­ing style. Its but­tons are also gen­er­ously sized for fast mis­sives, while its ex­te­rior is well made and seals with mag­nets. Un­for­tu­nately, the case it­self is not thin, cov­er­ing the iPad Air with many lay­ers, and its 910g weight turns this pack­age into a weighty travel com­pan­ion. kens­ing­ton. com. au

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