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iPad Outsells Xoom 25 to 1, iPad 2 vs. Xoom and PlayBook, MLB.com At Bat for 2011, iCab Mobile, and More

This Week's iPad, iPhone, iPod, and Apple TV News

Compiled by Charles Moore and edited by Dan Knight - 2011.04.15

Mac notebook and other portable computing is covered in The 'Book Review, and general Mac news is in Mac News Review.

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iPad 2 Outsells Motorola Xoom 25 to 1

pcr-online.biz's Mat Bettinson reports that Deutsche Bank analysts have estimated that the Motorola Xoom Android 3.0 tablet has sold just 100,000 devices according to a Dow Jones news report, and observes that being outsold by 25 to 1 indicates the steepness of the mountain Android platform has to climb before it even comes within shouting distance of challenging Apple's tablet dominance.

Speed Tests: iPad 2 vs. PlayBook vs. Xoom

Cnet Crave's Eric Franklin tests RIM's long-awaited BlackBerry PlayBook's speed against the market-dominating iPad 2 and the Motorola Xoom tablet, noting that site-loading speed is one of the simplest things to test, and it's a test many users can immediately relate to, noting that he's a greater fan of real-world tests - like going to actual, real sites - rather than synthetic benchmarks.

The initial takeaway is that the PlayBook noticeably trails both the iPad 2 and Xoom in Web speed performance, taking (in some cases) twice as long as Apple's and Motorola's machines.

iPad 3 Won't Have Retina Display, Won't Be Released Until 2012

BGR's Zach Epstein notes that despite the fact of Apple having just introduced the iPad 2, rumors leading up to Apple's iPad 3 is already in full swing, with Taiwanese industry-watcher site DigiTimes Tuesday claiming that contrary to earlier rumors, Apple's component suppliers are saying that the idea of an iPad 3 with a Retina Display launching this year is likely just so much wishful thinking and misreporting, and that any iPad upgrade released this year will likely be minor, possibly adding 4G support to the tablet.

For another, consonant perspective on this topic see iPad 3 Won't Debut in 2011, Report Says by Macworld UK's Ben Camm-Jones.

Tablets Changing the Way Consumers Engage Content

The Google Mobile Ads Blog's Harsh Shah says people are now spending considerable time with tablet devices, and growth in the tablet market is accelerating with companies releasing new products, and media companies and developers creating content specifically for these new devices.

In order to better understand how people are using tablets, AdMob ran a survey of over 1,400 tablet users and found that:

  • 68% of tablet users spend at least 1 hour a day on their tablet
  • 77% of respondents report that their desktop/laptop usage decreased after they started using a tablet
  • 82% of respondents said they primarily use their tablet at home
  • More than 1 in 3 respondents uses their tablet more than they watch TV

Apple Kneecaps iCab Browser

The Register's Andrew Orlowski reports:

"Apple has ordered the developer of a web browser for iPhones and iPads to disable vital functionality. The gatekeepers at the iTunes Store, which sells the highly rated browser German browser iCab, ordered it to disable JavaScript. The developer says he'll comply."

Orlowski notes that iCab brings many more features to iPhones and iPads than the plain vanilla Safari that Apple ships with the device, shipping with some 25 feature-enhancing "modules" that are simply JavaScript code, now blackballed by the App Store's gatekeepers.

We have more information on iCab for iOS below, and iCab also makes versions for the Mac.

Gartner: iOS to Dominate Media Tablet Market Through 2015

PR: Despite mounting competition from other operating systems (OSes), Apple's iOS will continue to own the majority of the worldwide media tablet through 2015, according to the latest analysis by Gartner, Inc. Due to the success of Apple's iPad, iOS will account for 69% of media tablet OSes in 2011 and represent 47% of the media tablet market in 2015.

Gartner analysts say the iPad did to the tablet PC market what the iPhone did to the smartphone market: reinvented it. A media tablet is not just a different form factor to perform the same tasks that can be done on a PC. Tablets deliver a richer experience around content consumption, thanks to the ecosystem they support. The richer the ecosystem, the stronger the pull for consumers.

"Seeing the response from both consumers and enterprises to the iPad, many vendors are trying to compete by first delivering on hardware and then trying to leverage the platform ecosystem," says Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner. "Many, however, are making the same mistake that was made in the first response wave to the iPhone, as they are prioritizing hardware features over applications, services and overall user experience. Tablets will be much more dependent on the latter than smartphones have been, and the sooner vendors realize that the better chance they have to compete head-to-head with Apple."

Google's Android OS is forecast to increase its worldwide share of the media tablet market from 20% in 2011 to 39% in 2015. Analysts said Google's decision not to open up Honeycomb, its first OS version dedicated to tablets, to third parties will prevent fragmentation, but it will also slow the price decline and ultimately cap market share.

Volume will be driven by support from many players, the ecosystem of applications for tablets getting more competitive and some platform flexibility allowing lower price points, said Roberta Cozza, principal analyst at Gartner. The new licensing model Google has introduced with Honeycomb enables Google to drive more control, allowing only optimal tablet implementations that don't compromise quality of experience. This might mean that prices will drop at a slower pace than what we have seen in the smartphone market.

With the migration of Blackberry devices to QNX the OS used on the Blackberry PlayBook - in 2012, RIM will be able to offer users a consistent experience across its whole product portfolio and create a single developer community. While QNX is a strong platform that delivers on performance, graphics and multitasking features, Gartner analysts said success in the media tablet market will be driven by richness of ecosystem.

It will take time and significant effort for RIM to attract developers and deliver a compelling ecosystem of applications and services around QNX to position it as a viable alternative to Apple or Android. This will limit RIM's market share growth over the forecast period, Ms. Milanesi said. It will be mainly organizations that will be interested in RIM's tablets because they either already have RIM's infrastructure deployed or have stringent security requirements.

Gartner analysts said platforms such as MeeGo and WebOS, which currently have a weak presence in the smartphone market, will have a limited appeal unless they can grow that business.

Smartphone users will want to buy a tablet that runs the same operating system as their smartphone. This is so that they can share applications across devices as well as for the sense of familiarity the user interfaces will bring, Ms. Milanesi said. Vendors developing on Android should be prepared to see more cross brand ownership as some users might put OS over brand when it comes to the purchasing decision. Improvements on usability and brand recognition are the strongest differentiators they can focus on.

A media tablet is a device based on a touchscreen display (typically with a multitouch interface) whose primary focus is the consumption of media. The devices have screens with a diagonal dimension that is over 5 inches and may include screens that are as large as is practical for handheld use, roughly up to 15 inches. The media tablet runs a lightweight OS such as Android and iOS that is more limited than, or a subset of, the traditional fully featured OS such as Windows.

Apps & Services

Free Macworld iPad 2 Starter Guide

iPad 2 Starter GuidePR: So, you've braved the weeks of waiting and the long Apple Store lines and finally gotten your hands on a new iPad 2. You've taken your first step into a larger world - now it's time to put your shiny new tablet to work. Start by learning all the iPad 2 basics with Macworld's new iPad 2 Starter Guide, available for free in the iBookstore.

This book is available on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iBooks and on your computer with iTunes.

The Macworld iPad 2 starter guide contains the essential information a new iPad 2 owner needs to get started with their new device.

It has easy-to-understand explanations of the iPad 2's basic features, navigation, settings, and included apps. There are also sections on the other Apple iPad apps: Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Garage Band, iMovie, and iBooks. Looking to expand your app collection? We have a list of the top 10 third-party apps every new iPad owner should download.

MLB.com At Bat 11 for iPad

MLB.com At Bat 11 for iPadPR: Watch live. Listen live. MLB.com At Bat 11, the App Stores #1 selling application, is live baseball every pitch from every at bat for the entire 2011 season. Follow your favorite team with comprehensive, up-to-the-moment action, including access to live video with an MLB.TV subscription, enhanced Gameday functionalities and home and away live radio broadcasts.

At Bat 11 begins the 2011 MLB season with a free MLB.TV trial, offering subscribers the opportunity to watch every out-of-market game for free on their iPad for the entire month of April. The free MLB.TV trial is presented by Volvo.

At Bat 11 for iPad features include:

  • Watch every out-of-market game during April with a free MLB.TV trial presented by Volvo
  • See key plays and pivotal moments from every game with Live Look-Ins (No blackout restrictions)
  • Enhanced, redesigned Gameday pitch-by-pitch features, including realistic ballpark renderings from all 30 MLB parks in partnership with MLB 11: The Show.
  • Archived games to watch every game from 2011 on-demand
  • Access your MLB.TV subscription to watch live out-of-market games all season
  • Home and away radio broadcasts
  • In-progress video highlights
  • Condensed Games and video library archive
  • Breaking news, standings, schedules, rosters and stats

$14.99

Rated 4+

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

MLB.com At Bat 11 for iPhone

MLB.com At Bat 11 for iPhonePR: Your Team. Your App. MLB.com At Bat 11, the App Stores #1 selling application, is live baseball every pitch from every at bat for the entire 2011 season. Follow your favorite team with comprehensive, up-to-the-moment action, including access to live video with an MLB.TV subscription, favorite team home screen customization options, home and away live radio broadcasts and At The Ballpark check-in features.

At Bat 11 begins the 2011 MLB season with a free MLB.TV trial, offering subscribers the opportunity to watch every out-of-market game for free on their iPhone or iPod touch for the entire month of April. The free MLB.TV trial is presented by Volvo.

This version of At Bat 11 is designed for iPhone and iPod touch.

At Bat 11 features for iPhone/iPod touch include:

  • Watch every out-of-market game during April with a free MLB.TV trial presented by Volvo
  • See key plays and pivotal moments from every game with Live Look-Ins (No blackout restrictions)
  • Archived games to watch every game from 2011 on-demand
  • At The Ballpark with check-in, interactive venue maps, expanded video highlights, My Profile, social media with Twitter and Facebook, exclusive offers and rewards and more
  • Customized home screen to feature a designated favorite team.
  • Access your MLB.tv subscription to watch live out-of-market games all season
  • Home and away radio broadcasts
  • In-progress video highlights
  • Gameday pitch-by-pitch tracker
  • Condensed Games and video library archive, searchable by player, team or keyword
  • Breaking news, standings, schedules, rosters and stats
  • Customizable push notifications for game start and end and video highlight availability

New in Version 4.1.1

  • Improved team scoreboard
  • Enhanced Check-in support
  • Expanded highlights available for checking-in at the Ballpark

$14.99

Rated 4+

System requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and ix.Mac.MarketingName.
  • Requires iOS 4.0 or later.

Bing 2.1 for iOS

Bing iOSPR: Microsoft's Bing is a "decision engine" designed to work beautifully the iPhone and other iOS devices.

Discover what's relevant near you and complete tasks more easily right from Bing, wherever you are. Tell Bing what you are looking for with voice activated search - even addresses. Bing helps you to easily find a restaurant, with the cuisine, atmosphere, and location you're looking for, in the price range you want. You can even reserve a table or order takeout right from Bing.

Bing iOSUse the Plans feature to explore nightlife options, likes, and comments from your friends on Facebook, or use the social feature to see updates from Facebook and Twitter in your search results. Find shops, images, showtimes (along with reviews, clips and trailers), iPhone apps, travel deals, airfare price predictions, flight information, weather forecast, and walking, transit or driving directions with up-to-date traffic conditions.

Use the real time transit feature to see when your bus is coming. Add remainder for a business or any location on a map and Bing will notify you when you're nearby. Use Bing Vision to search using your phone's camera. Bring text in to view and Bing will recognize it. Then select the words you want to search for. Scan a barcode and Bing will instantly return product results. Bing Vision can also detect product information from QR code, Microsoft Tag, UPC codes and cover art from books, CD, DVDs, and video games. Check in with Facebook and Foursquare, without leaving Bing. Get great rates for flights with travel deals and price predictions.

Bing iOSReminders feature works best with iOS 4.2 and higher.

System requirements:

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
  • Requires iOS 3.1 or later.

Free

iCab Mobile Web Browser for iOS

iCab MobilePR: Alexander Clauss' iCab Mobile is a web browser for the iPhone and iPod touch. It is probably one of the iPhone browsers with the richest feature set. It provides many unique and useful features you won't find in other iPhone browsers.

  • Searching: iCab Mobile comes with several default search engines you can choose from. You can easily add new search engines. Search suggestions from Google and Yahoo can be activated on the iPad. It's also possible to search within a web page.
  • Filling Out Forms: iCab Mobile can save web forms and restore the form content later (manually or automatically). The saved forms data can be password protected.
  • Filter: There's a built-in and customizable URL-based filter. The default filters block many advertising banners. You can edit, add or remove filters. It's possible to switch off images to save bandwidth.
  • Tabs: iCab Mobile supports Tabs, so you can open multiple web pages at the same time. Links can be opened in Tabs (in the foreground or background) manually or automatically. iCab can save the tabs when quitting so these can be loaded even when being offline, the next time the App is launched.
  • iCab MobileBookmarks: Bookmarks can be organized in folders. You can import/export the bookmarks from/to your PC/Mac browser. Bookmarks can be also saved as "Offline Bookmarks" which can be even opened without an Internet connection.
  • Fullscreen Mode: iCab Mobile provides a fullscreen mode where the whole screen is used to display the web page. No screen space is wasted for toolbars.
  • Downloads: iCab Mobile has a built-in Download Manager so you can download almost all files from the Internet. The downloads can be easily transferred to a Mac/PC/Linux computer but also to other Apps on the device which can open these files (iOS 3.2 or newer required).
  • Scrolling: The unique "Scrollpad" feature lets instantly scroll to any location within a web page (Tap with three fingers on the screen to activate the Scrollpad).
  • Guest Mode: iCab Mobile itself can be password protected. When password protection is on, you can enable a guest mode with limited privileges which is available without a password. The guest mode can have its own subset of bookmarks and search engines.
  • Dropbox: iCab Mobile supports Dropbox. Export/Import bookmarks; transfer downloads, images, files, web pages to your Dropbox account.

iCab MobileOther Features:

  • Configurable multitouch gestures
  • QuickStarter feature
  • AirPrint support (iOS 4.2 required)
  • Browser ID (UserAgent) is configurable
  • iCab Mobile fully supports international domain names (IDN - domain names with language-specific characters).
  • VGA Out: Web pages can be displayed on an external display.
  • Send (smaller) downloads via email
  • Cookie Manager, lists all cookies, cookies can be deleted individually
  • Private Browsing (no history and no cookies are stored)
  • Privacy settings allows to delete all kinds of private data (history, cookies, databases, saved forms, passwords etc.)
  • Option to pass the current web page to another App on the device which can open the page
  • URL autocompletion based on bookmarks and/or history
  • Simple built-in RSS reader
  • Save images, whole web pages, PDF files
  • Kiosk Mode - a restricted variation of the fullscreen mode for Kiosk environments.
  • Autorotation supported
  • History
  • AddressBook support lets you access the web pages from the addressbook.
  • When launching iCab can either open an empty page, the homepage or restore the Tabs which were open the last time
  • Page-Compression is supported to save bandwidth.
  • There are different color schemes (skins) on the iPhone/iPod touch
  • Document Sharing lets you pass downloads and files to other Apps in the device (iOS 3.2/4.x required)
  • Multitasking support for iOS 4: Downloads can continue while the app is in the background, playing audio files in web pages can continue in the background.

New in Version 4.6:

  • Now ships with about 25 modules for Twitter, Delicious, Instapaper and many other web services and many other tasks.
  • New button in fullscreen mode added which hides/shows all other buttons.
  • Fixes an issue with "redirection" messages at Google
  • Fixes a few issues with file upload forms
  • Fixes a crash when opening and canceling the "Open In" dialog multiple times in a short time
  • Fixes an issue when reordering the bookmarks

System requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.

$1.99

Forgot Your Reading Glasses? Use Your iPhone to Magnify Small Print with EyeReader

PR: Trying to read small print, or struggling to see a menu in a dimly lit restaurant, is frustrating a growing number of Americans as the Baby Boom population reaches senior citizen status.

EyeReaderThe EyeReader by Net|Soft Engineering is the first in a series of Silver Apps - applications designed for users 45 and older. The brainchild of engineer Gerry Lavender, EyeReader takes only half a megabyte and is just $1.99 to download from iTunes store.

EyeReader is the only app of its kind to utilize iPhone 4's full 3.5" widescreen display, giving users the ability to zoom in and out with two fingers via touchscreen technology.

Unlike an ordinary magnifier, the EyeReader efficiently uses the iPhone 4 bright LED light to illuminate any surface up to 5x magnification.

"Older adults are looking for apps that meet their needs," says Lavender. "You may forget your reading glasses, but you're never without your iPhone. As a Baby Boomer myself I fully understand the challenges seniors face and it's been the inspiration for Silver Apps, all designed to make life easier for that population."

This is just the first of several iPhone and iPad applications Net|Soft is developing to meet the demands of the senior market.

Net|Soft launched EyeReader on March 7 and users in 21 countries have since purchased. It's perfect for reading menus in dark restaurants, playbills in theater, instructions on prescription medication or any fine print.

Reviews of EyeReader on the Apple iTunes store website are overwhelmingly positive, consistently rating 5 out of 5 stars. "Wonderful and unique app! Don't need to take my glasses to restaurants anymore™ "Great app! Hubby might just have to update to iPhone 4 so he can get this app™

Gerry, who graduated from Texas Tech in 1972 with a degree in Electrical Engineering, now sets up shop at his home in Olmos Park - also global headquarters for Net|Soft Engineering, specializing in computer software design and solutions.

For the past decade, Gerry has designed local and wide area networks, written custom interfaces for Windows, Linux, Unix and MacOS and developed applications for other systems as the sole proprietor of Net|Soft. This is his first invention developed commercially on his own.

He taught himself the code and language and before long, the one-time defensive end and Texas Tech alum had invented the EyeReader.

Lavender is already looking ahead to the evolution of EyeReader creating a version compatible with Android phones. He's also developing apps for the new iPad.

"The progressive iPhone and iPad technology allows us to put our vision into action, not just on the EyeReader but several other Silver Apps to be released within the next six months," Lavender adds.

iResQ Continues to Provide iPad 2 Repair Services for All 50 US States

PR: iResQ, a pioneering technology repair service for Apple handhelds such as the iPhone and iPod as well as Apple desktop computer systems, continues to offer repair services for the new iPad 2, available to residents throughout America through their highly efficient mail-order system

The appearance of Apple's iPad in 2010 took the tech-consumer work by storm, with over 15 million of the units selling in just nine months. iResQ was there, assisting their mail-order clients with iPad repairs such as glass/digitizer replacements, headphone jack replacement or repair, and free iPad diagnostics and repair estimates for their customers. In almost all cases, the cost for repair was much less than the cost of buying a new iPad.

The new iPad 2 promises to be more exciting than the original model, and iResQ is committed to providing a number of iPad 2 repairs for owners of the remarkably lightweight & slender, portable information processing system, featuring the same rapid shipping and repair services that have made iResQ known across the country for their speed, accuracy and affordability.

"We were really psyched about the iPad 2 and its slimmer, lighter body," confesses Keith Melendez of iResQ. "It looks great and users really seem to like its more advanced features and radical usability. That said, accidents DO happen, but we're here for our customers 52 weeks a year, and we want to fix any damaged iPad 2 and send it back to its owner good-as new. It's actually pretty amazing how early on we started repairing these. The iPad 2 was released on a Friday, and we were getting repair inquiries from customers who already damaged their iPad 2's on the following Monday. Since then, iPad 2 repairs have been steadily coming in to our repair facility."

With iResQ's specially designed iPad Box for trouble-free shipping to their headquarters from anywhere in the United Sates, the Olathe, Kansas-based company can make repairs to damaged iPad 2s as well as other handheld devices from Apple and send them speeding back to their owners - usually within 2 work days. iPad 2 repairs such as LCD screen replacements, headphone jack repairs or replacements, glass digitizer replacements, and even liquid and water damage repairs are no trouble for iResQ, who feature certified Macintosh technicians in an authorized Apple facility setting.

"We really enjoy helping our customers save money and keep their trusted handhelds out of the trash," Melendez says. It's the eco and the economic best thing to do and we've gotten very good at doing it. I guess that's why were a growing business in a downturned economy smart service, fast, with reasonable pricing. We want our customers to keep their iPad 2s for a long time."

Accessories

iPadTab Wall Mount Now Works with iPad 2

iPadTabPR: With iPadTab you can do amazing things with the iPad, iPad 2 and coming wave of tablet PCs, providing an easy way to put your device at your eye-level or within arm's reach. Whether it's on the fridge door or in the master bath, the iPadTab mounting system makes sure your device is always at hand, wherever you may be.

The iPadTab mounting solution is thin and clear. The WallTab can be applied to walls, cabinets, doors, refrigerators, and other flat surfaces without the need to drill, and can be painted to color-match the wall surface Additionally, the iPadTab can be installed without any tools using its industrial strength adhesive.

iPadTabBenefits:

  • Mount your iPad or tablet PC to any wall, cabinet, door, refrigerator, or surface.
  • Easy on, easy off design to quickly place or remove your tablet PC as you come and go.
  • Low-profile iPadTab means your tablet PC fits easily into most carrying cases and lays flat on a table top.
  • Small WallTabs are inconspicuous and paintable. Kit Ships with 2 WallTabs to mount into two areas.

iPadTabYou can have multiple WallTabs for the kitchen, entryway, bathroom or any room where you need quick access to your tablet.

iPadTab compatible devices:

  • iPad & iPad 2
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 7"
  • Motorola Xoom
  • HP TouchPad
  • BlackBerry PlayBook
  • Various Archos Internet Tablets

iPadTab sells for $29.95 but is currently offered at the introductory price of $19.99.

30 Pin Male to Female Dock Adapter

30 Pin Dock Male to Female AdapterPR: If your iPhone/iPod/iPad is wearing a case, how you can you adapt them to other accessories such as remote control, Cradle, car windshield mount or even external chargers...?

It's a hassle if you need to take off your case to connect other accessories?

30 Pin Dock Male to Female AdapterUSB Fever have an innovative product for you. With this adapter you will have all the flexibility to connect your iPhone/iPod/iPad with any other accessories.

Features:

  • Narrow insert (26.1mm), easier for some cases with narrow openings
  • For Charging
  • For Audio and Video Transfer
  • To eliminate the troubles for sometimes that you need to take off your case for iPhone/iPod before connecting your iPhone/iPod to an accessories (e.g. FM Transmitter in a car).

Scenarios that this cable may apply:

  • For testing, if you are developing a product for iPhone/iPod/iPad , you may need to test your product with iPhone/iPod/iPad for thousand times, then this cable may help because it eliminate the direct damage to your iPhone/iPod/iPad.
  • Connect you iPhone/iPod/iPad with other accessories even it is wearing a case.
  • If you have some device that is compatible with your new iPhone/iPod/iPad, but the physical space is too small for your new iPhone/iPod/iPad.

This accessory is suitable for: (see note below)

  • iPad, iPad 2
  • iPhone 4 (or 4G)
  • iPod video (5G)
  • iPod nano 5th
  • iPod nano 4th
  • iPod nano 3rd
  • iPod nano 2nd
  • iPod classic (120 GB)
  • iPod touch 3rd
  • iPod touch 2nd
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G (or iPhone 2.0)
  • iPhone 2G (or iPhone 1.0)
  • iPod touch 1st

Colors Available: Black

$12.99

Zagg Announces Licensing and Distribution Agreement with Logitech to Provide Global Distribution for ZAGGmate

ZAGGmatePR: Zagg announces that they have signed an exclusive master license and distribution agreement with Logitech for Zagg's tablet computer accessory, the ZAGGmate case with keyboard. The two companies have entered into an agreement that provides Logitech with exclusive worldwide distribution rights to the ZAGGmate case design for the iPad 2 and other tablets.

"We have marketed the ZAGGmate case with keyboard as the ideal protection and productivity companion for the iPad, and now Zagg is extremely well positioned to benefit from the worldwide demand for tablets," says Robert G. Pedersen II, president and CEO of Zagg, "This new relationship with Logitech allows us to dramatically expand our global market presence and scale manufacturing capabilities to meet future demand, while continuing to provide creative and superior solutions for consumers of mobile devices. Working together, our companies combine strong brand awareness and intelligent product design with manufacturing and logistics expertise, and worldwide distribution under the umbrella of the globally recognized Logitech name."

ZAGGmate"The Logitech Keyboard Case combines style and function in one great package," says Azmat Ali, Logitech senior director for tablet products. "This is the first of several products we plan to introduce this year designed specifically to enhance the way people create, consume and communicate using their tablet."

The Logitech Keyboard Case is made of precision-cut aircraft-grade aluminum and features military-grade, high-density padding. The protective case wraps around the iPad 2 to cover the screen and sides. So you can go from Face Time to e-mail in no time, the Logitech Keyboard Case offers a flexible, folding hinge, which makes it easy to place your iPad 2 in either portrait or landscape mode.

ZAGGmateAnd for your convenience, the Logitech Keyboard Case uses Bluetooth connectivity to pair the included wireless keyboard quickly and easily and the keyboard charges over USB, so you never need to worry about replacing batteries.

Under the terms of the agreement, Logitech will manufacture and distribute the ZAGGmate case with keyboard, Zagg's tablet computer accessory, to their worldwide distribution channels, under the name Logitech Keyboard Case. Logitech products are distributed in over 100 countries worldwide through retail channels. Zagg will retain the right to sell the ZAGGmate for both first and second generation iPad products on its website.

Since keyboard configurations vary by country, the Logitech licensing program permits Zagg to provide a larger range of products to the global market, allowing Zagg's growth to keep pace with the overall demand for tablet computers. The agreement provides rights to manufacture and sell the products.

ZAGGmateThe ZAGGmate case with keyboard is a protective productivity companion to the Apple iPad. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum with a high quality finish, the patent-pending ZAGGmate matches the design, look and feel of the Apple iPad. The ZAGGmate case shields the device screen and provides drop protection, without adding bulk, and features a simple, innovative stand for viewing and typing in both portrait and landscape mode. The ZAGGmate case with keyboard includes a built-in wireless Bluetooth keyboard that allows for fast, responsive typing and interaction with the iPad's features.

Both ZAGGmate cases designed for first generation iPad products received the CES Innovations 2011 Design and Innovations Award in 2010, and the ZAGGmate case with keyboard was named a winner of the Macworld Expo 2011 Best of Show Award. The ZAGGmates were launched in select national big box retail locations around the United States on Black Friday, November 26th, 2010, and shortly afterward began shipping to their online customers. The new cobranded version, the Logitech Keyboard Case is expected to be available as of today at zagg.com for $99 and will soon be at other select retailers

PU Leather Case with Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2

PU Leather Case with Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2PR: This case turns your iPad 2 into a mini-laptop.

It comes with a leather case and a built-in Bluetooth keyboard, what you need is just to put the 30 pin dock connector to the iPad 2, pair them, and you can use your iPad 2 as a normal laptop.

Features:

  • A Protective Leather Case for your iPad 2
  • A stand case for your iPad 2
  • A wireless keyboard for your iPad 2
  • Magnet Enclosure

PU Leather Case with Bluetooth Keyboard for iPad 2This case is suitable for iPad 2

Colors Available: Black

Note: This is not made of Genuine Leather, it is made of PU.

$69.99

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