Kindle Case Stand From Snugg – Review

I’ve owned an Amazon Kindle for over a year now and love the bare look and feel of this device. If you are someone who reads a lot during your daily office commute, it makes sense to invest in a good cover for your Kindle – it protects from the avoidable scratches. While Amazon needs to be commended for providing us with a great device that is mostly resistant to scratches and accidental falls, the scratches caused by the keys and other metal objects in your purse or bag are not always expected. And when the scratches do happen, it simply ruins the reading experience; at least for me.

The Snugg Kindle case is a pretty stylish accessory that you should check out if you own a Kindle. Costing just about $10, this case also acts as a stand if your hands are full and you would still like to read from your Kindle. Snugg were gracious enough to send me a cover for review. Here are some noticeable aspects of the case:

Material : The case is made of genuine leather and comes in a stylish professional looking black color lined with white threaded stitches. While I love my Kindle for the sleek frame, it can be a problem when you are carrying it alongside several other stuffs – many times resulting in me dropping the Kindle. With the stiff cover made with an easy-grip texture, it is really hard to miss the Kindle. You actually can store your Kindle alongside your other paperbacks.

Kindle Case

Easy Read : If you are that guy or girl who loves to read on the move, this is a feature you would love. The inner fold of the Snugg Kindle case comes with a sort of strap where you can let your palms through to keep a firm grip on your Kindle even on the move.

Holding grip on Kindle case

Flip Stand: Like mentioned earlier, the outer case can also be flipped to set your Kindle on a stand and viewed at a convenient reading angle. This is a very good feature if you would like to read while doing things like chopping vegetables or even working on a computer.

Kindle stand for reading

Overall, this is a great product at a very reasonable price. You can check out the Kindle case on the Snugg website here. Would you be buying one? Tell us what you think in the comments.

NoiseHush NX80 Stereo Headphones Price and Features

One of the biggest gripes I have about the headphones that come as part of my phone package is their inability to fit the contours of my ears perfectly. And that is one important aspect that the new NoiseHush NX80 stereo headphones fixes. This headphone – that comes with a gold-plated 3.5mm jack and a 3.9 feet tangle-free cable – claims to deliver music at a powerful bass while retaining the quality of the output sound. The headphone also comes with an easily accessible control button that will let you pick calls while listening to music quite easily. Other specs include an 8mm driver unit, regular frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz and a rated power range of 2mw to 10mw.  Continue reading “NoiseHush NX80 Stereo Headphones Price and Features”

Sound Amplifier For iPhone Fixes Poor Sound Quality

If you are a frequent visitor to the Apple Support Forums, you will not be surprised with the number of new threads from users who are dissatisfied with the sound quality on their iPhones. While I am fortunately not one of those, it certainly does help if you can play music and videos at a volume higher than your iPhone’s maximum capacity. The new Sound Amplifier for iPhone from WirelessGround is something you should then check out.

iPhone Sound Amplifier

While it is marketed as an accessory for the iPhone 4, this Sound Amplifier also works with the older models like the iPhone 3G and 3GS as well as the latest iPhone 4S model. According to the company website, this rubber accessory can add up to 12 decibels of sound to your iPhone speakers. In addition to this, the way the accessory is designed also makes it possible for the users to deploy it as a stand for your iPhone while listening to music.

I tried the Sound Amplifier with my old iPhone 3G and could readily notice the significantly improved volume from the iPhone speakers. Here is a video demo of the product although I must say that the video does not do justice to the actual improvement in sound quality that I experienced.

The Sound Amplifier for the iPhone is now available at WirelessGround for $9.95. You can check out more details about the product from their website by clicking here.

New iPad 2 Case Design Features SD Card Slot & DisplayPort Jack

Around the time the Consumer Electronics Show was underway, we got to hear a lot of details about the features on the upcoming second generation model of the iPad. This new launch from Apple is expected to come with wide-range speakers at the bottom of the device besides slightly modified edges and back.

Now there are more details about the features on the next gen iPad. A new set of cases that have been made public by a Chinese accessory manufacturer shows a couple of new features – an SD card slot and a mini DisplayPort jack. The iPad 2 case contains a slot on the rear upper left corner that is possibly to house the SD card. Also, another slot at the center of the top edge is shaped in such a way that it indicates the possible provision for a mini DisplayPort jack.

iPad caseiPad 2 case

No word on the authenticity of these pictures. So, we will have to wait for more official word.

Verizon iPhone 4 Accessories Launch From Case Mate

Case Mate is among the most popular third party accessory manufacturer for the iPhone. Following the announcements yesterday from Verizon, Case Mate has announced a new line of iPhone cases that will be sold to Verizon iPhone 4 customers when the device goes on sale next month. The accessory manufacturer has come with a number of unique and bizarre designs – named Monsta, Waddler, Egg, Gelli and Vroom.

Case mate

On the product page, Case Mate points out that AT&T iPhone customers may not find these covers suitable for their phones since they have been “specially created for this device“. The cases are not out on pre-order yet. However, if you are one of those looking to purchase a Case Mate accessory, be sure to sign up on the product page to get notified when the case becomes available for order.

Verizon iPhone Accessories Put On Sale Briefly

A number of industry observers have speculated that Verizon could be announcing their new iPhone on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show starting this week. That seems more likely with claims that popular third party accessory manufacturers have already been prepping up for the launch of accessories aimed at the new Verizon iPhone.

CaseMate – the developer of the popular Tough and Pop cases are learned to have recently launched a new website that shows up this homepage

Verizon iPhone 4Not only this, Offwire – an online retailer too had, until recently, posted references to accessories pertaining specifically to a Verizon iPhone. With word about these references getting out, the two websites seem to have purged these details completely.

An interesting revelation though is CaseMate’s post that reads, “The Verizon iPhone 4 is on its way“. This is indicative of sufficient lead time between the announcement and launch of this new CDMA iPhone. With rumors suggesting that the new iPhone could be released “by Valentine’s Day“, we hope an announcement is made shortly – during CES.

iPad 2 Cases Feature Slots For Speakers

The past couple of weeks has seen a deluge of rumors and speculations with respect to the next generation iPad. Yesterday, there were reports from Japan that suggested that the wide slots noticed in iPad case designs earlier were for a “wide range speaker” and not an SD card slot as reported. While that remains a speculation so far, we just have more information that supports this claim.

A new iPad case posted on Chinese eCommerce website, Alibaba.com, has a rendering of the rear side that shows the slot being used to reveal the metal mesh of an iPad speaker. It must be noted that this is an image mockup that may not give the complete picture. Also, these accessories are designed by manufacturers based on design inputs they receive and may not always conform to the final design.

iPad case

Nevertheless, the latest speculation has raised the curiosity levels among observers and has renewed a debate on the merits of having an SD card slot vis-a-vis a speaker. What do you want on iPad 2?

Beautiful iPhone 4 Metal Back Covers For Jailbreak Fans

Are you a jailbreak fan who wants to proudly display that pineapple logo of PwnageTool on your iPhone? Folks at GadgetSkin have come up with this extremely beautiful aluminium back cases for your iPhone 4. The cases come in two finishes – bright silver and titanium silver – and can be fit as a replacement for the original casing quite easily.

The two cases are now on sale at MICGadget store at a price of $24. There is also a video of how you can do the replacement task yourself. But while this should be extremely easy, I do have my doubts on the metal casing affecting cellular receptions. But in case that doesn’t deter you from unloading $24 on this cool casing, go ahead and make your purchase here.

PwnageTool iPhone metal cover

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USB, MicroSD & SD Card Reader For iPad – New Accessory Unveiled

Apple’s camera connection kit is a $29.99 accessory that not only  lets users to transfer pictures from their digital camera to their iPad but can also double up as a USB drive. The release of iOS 4.2 has however restricted the power consumption of dongles that makes it impossible for users to employ the camera connection kit as a USB drive.

3-IN-1 iPad Camera Connection Kit is a new third party accessory that seeks to bring this functionality back to the iPad. The accessory is quite cleanly designed and allows the iPad to be connected with a USB, SD card or MicroSD card – all with one accessory. The unit costs $29 and is available in both black and white colors. Pre-orders are already open and delivery is expected to happen “after Christmas“.

iPad dongle

What is not clear though is whether this accessory will work seamlessly despite the new power restrictions. We will post an update if we hear from the manufacturers. Meanwhile, check out the accessory (and pre-order, if you want to) at the MicGadget store here.

No More Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit Support For Alternate USB Devices

Apple introduced a dongle named the Camera connection kit along with the iPad back in April this year. This is a nifty accessory that lets users to connect their digital camera to the iPad in order to quickly import or browse images from a digital camera on the iPad.

As users who purchased the dongle have noted since then, the camera connection kit was also capable to connecting to other USB devices like the keyboards, microphones, etc. No longer. Users who have updated their iPad to the latest iOS 4.2 platform are reporting that the dongle is no longer capable of connecting the iPads to devices that consume more than 20mAh.

This limitation does not restrict the accessory’s original function that is to help users connect the iPad to a digital camera. But for those who were thinking of alternate use-cases, the dongle no longer seems to be a useful device.