We look at a lot of iPad cases here at Latest Gadget, so many in fact that it’s easy to forget that other competing devices need just as much protection from the bumps and bashes that every day life provides. One such device, is Amazon’s hugely successful Kindle. I’ve had a Kindle 3 in the house for about 7 months and it’s a testament to its durability that it’s still in one piece – its light-weight form factor means I’m constantly throwing it around or tossing it on the table like one of its paper counterparts. It’s survived despite my best efforts but with a range of cases available why take that chance?
One such case is the stylish and well-designed Tuff-Luv case, which has a lovely high-quality feel to it, in part because it is made from high quality 100% genuine Napa leather and the real stitching with which it is hand stitched (backed by a lifetime workmanship guarantee). The real leather exterior is extremely comfortable to hold, perfect for long-London tube journeys, but also feel pretty secure – I’d happily drop my Kindle (from a low height like a chair) with the Tuff Luv on without freaking out too much. The case also features a specially designed magnetic-fastening flap to ensure the case is firmly closed when not in use. Another feature is an integrated document and penholder allowing you to carry round small sheets of paper and scribble on them.
Unlike their flashier tablet counterparts, Kindles and e-readers in general, are no fun in the dark, without the assistance of a bed-side light of sorts. The Tuff Luv Kindle cover comes with a powerful, LED directional reading light, which allows you to use your Kindle in the dark wherever you are. The light provides up to 72 hours of light with the included batteries and includes a built-in reflector cone, which increases brightness by up to 30%.
Plus it’s a lovely green. A range of Kindle covers with lights are available from Gear Zap now. They have regular Kindle covers too.
Hard to imagine what the world of tech journalism was like before the iPad. Purely in terms of coverage. Wired alone covered 433 iPad related articles in a year. It’s not just the tablet itself, which is an almost endless generator of headlines and speculation but the amazing ecosystem of third party applications and accessories.
One of which is Vogel’s BaseCover system – a complex series of attachments that extends where you can take your iPad in a reasonably cool manner. The most eye catching of which is the WallMount – a tiny cylinder that you drill into a wall and mount your iPad onto. You can clip it on and off relatively easily and it’s a fairly secure system – as anything securing an expensive touch screen computing system to a wall would have to be. There is a special Vogel WallTimes app that runs a large screen clock on your iPad screen – but there are also custom screens – with alarm clocks if you have your WallMount in the bedroom (which is nicely dimmed), a world clock for a living room scenario and lots of useful cooking timers if you have a WallMount set up in the kitchen and run five at a time.
The wall mount clips into a special iPad case – with a little hole at the back to secure it to the WallMount. The system leads to a degree of scalability – including TableStand – a useful freestanding leg that enables you to prop up your iPad for display – as a photo stand or to display movies etc. I like to prop mine up and use my wireless Bluetooth keyboard to type. It’s almost like having a real computer.
For in-car use, Vogel’s has adapted its DVDock to be used with the Mount & Cover System, which is securely fixed to the headrest to entertain back seat passengers with movies etc.
And of course the Basecover works as an iPad case, which you can reverse to protect the screen when travelling with it.