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Native Union Gripster Wrap Mini for Apple iPad Mini - Grey
Native Union Gripster Wrap Mini for Apple iPad Mini - Grey
Price: £42.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!, 3 July 2014
I usually refer to cases as a necessary evil as they hide the iPad’s beautifully crafted aluminium body in order to protect your investment from scratches or accidental bumps.

Yet Native Union have taken a different approach and produced an ingenious premium quality device which will act as a grip, stand AND protect the iPad Mini

The first thing that grabbed my attention on removing the wrapping was the quality professional looking packaging. And what was inside is even more attractive. The Gripster Wrap is very well constructed, oozing style and quality.

Build quality, choice of materials and versatility set the Gripster Wrap in a class of its own.

The Gripster Wrap design:

• ABS housing: The iPad fits into place like a glove and is securely held in position by corner tabs and a strip along the right. The cut-outs and camera hole line up perfectly, making for a solid and secure grip on the iPad, whilst retaining easy access to the volume and sleep buttons.

• The thin folio style front cover literally wraps over itself and stows away neatly and unobtrusively to the rear. It is made of a very soft silicone / leather material. Six thin yet very strong magnetised metal strips are sandwiched in between. This combination offers optimal protection for the screen and looks the business.

• The Stand is the star of the show adjusting to any tilt angle and 8 rotational positions. It feels very solid, providing a firm and convincing click when deployed. The firm variable tilt friction allows it to remain very steady when pressure is applied on the screen, whilst the rubberised finish will prevent sliding.

• An elastic band, which is part of the rotating stand, provides optimal handling when the iPad is not on a table. As per instructions, there is no need to squeeze all four fingers in order to have a firm grip on the case. In fact I feel very comfortable using only use the index and middle finger. Yet it all depends on what suits you most.

Even though the product pictures show that the stand has a slight curve, I found that when placing the case on a table or any flat surface, there was no toppling over.

There is so much going for this multi-function case, and even though the price could be perceived as steep, I honestly feel that it is worth every penny.

The Gripster Wrap was sent to me by the company for review and evaluation. It has really been a pleasure to review such a high quality offering from Native Union.


Qifull QT80 Qi Standard Wireless Charger 7000mAh Power Bank for Google Nexus 5 / 4 / 7 Nokia Lumia 920 / 820 HTC 8X (White)
Qifull QT80 Qi Standard Wireless Charger 7000mAh Power Bank for Google Nexus 5 / 4 / 7 Nokia Lumia 920 / 820 HTC 8X (White)
Offered by Uoogifts
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, clever implementation, 2 July 2014
The Qifull QT80 is a high quality induction wireless charger which doubles as a 7000mAh power bank.
This offering can be used remotely to perform both, thus offering the best of both worlds.

It comes in an attractive, frustration free packaging and includes two USB to micro USB cables and a comprehensive instruction booklet. The 150cm USB cable is intended to charge the power bank whilst the shorter 30cm one is for charging devices. This is a complete package which be used straight out of the box. No need to buy any additional peripherals.

My unit arrived pre charged by the factory and only required a short 10 minute charge to top up to 100%.

The QT80 looks the business, thanks to premium materials and snazzy minimalistic design. A low profile silicone strip encircling the "Qifull" logo keeps the device being charged firmly in place, whilst four silicone pads will maximise grip to virtually any flat surface.

The touch sensitive "ON" button will display the internal battery charge status (in bar form) and activate wireless charging. A "Wii" sound accompanied by a blue LED confirms that the phone or tablet is optimally placed for wireless charging. When using the USB port for charging devices it performs like a traditional power bank.

Key Features & Specifications:
○ Compatible with all Qi-enabled wireless charging devices, other devices with a Qi wireless receiver or an external Qi wireless power back cover receiver
○ 7000mAh mobile power charges cellphones, tablet PC, PSP, MP3 and other USB devices without wireless-charging function.
○ Simultaneously charges through USB and wirelessly. You can charge two devices at the same time
○ Wireless charging output: DC 5V/1A.
○ Wireless charging distance: about 4-10mm
○ Wireless charging efficiency: more than or equal to 70%. (In line with most Qi chargers)
○ Battery type: built-in rechargeable polymer Li-ion battery.
○ Input: DC 5V/1A. USB output: DC 5V/1A.

I have thoroughly tested the QT80 using Bluetooth headsets, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy 4 and iPad Air amongst other devices and am honestly impressed by its performance and ease of use.

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What I like about the QT80:

Solid build quality, design, performance and versatility are the key factors that really tick the right boxes for me.

PORTABILITY:
* The QT80 measures 13.1 x 8.4 x 1.5 cm, practically as large as a 5" screen phone, albeit ticker than most and weighs only 204g; very respectable considering the 7000mAh battery.

FUNCTIONALITY:
Wireless charging is achieved without the need to remove the protective case of the device being charged. I performed the Nexus 7 tests whilst it was in the Poetic case.
* Simultaneous charging of two devices, one wirelessly and the other via USB
* The temperature of the unit remains very contained peaking to a maximum 35 when charging Nexus 7 wirelessly and another device via power bank USB
* Charges the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 4 times over, and even charges my iPad Air

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Considerations:
○ Wireless charging is never as efficient (70%) as a direct cable connection, so unless you are on a sandy beach or dusty environments I would suggest using the QT80 as a conventional power bank to maximise energy efficiency.
○ Charge the unit using a 5V 1Amp output and not a higher amperage (as recommended in the listing). This will prolong the battery life of your QT80.

The Qifull QT80 has been sent to me by the company for an unbiased opinion and it has been a pleasure to review such a well made product. I find the unit to be very versatile thanks to its portability and ability to charge a myriad of devices.

Highly recommended


Qifull QT80 Qi Wireless Charging Pad 7000mAh Power Bank for Google Nexus 5/4 /7 Nokia Lumia 920/820 HTC 8X (White)
Qifull QT80 Qi Wireless Charging Pad 7000mAh Power Bank for Google Nexus 5/4 /7 Nokia Lumia 920/820 HTC 8X (White)
Offered by buysku ltd
Price: £24.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, clever implementation, 2 July 2014
The Qifull QT80 is a high quality induction wireless charger which doubles as a 7000mAh power bank.

It comes in an attractive, frustration free packaging and includes two USB to micro USB cables and a comprehensive instruction booklet. The 150cm USB cable is intended to charge the power bank whilst the shorter 30cm one is for charging devices. This is a complete package which be used straight out of the box. No need to buy any additional peripherals.

My unit arrived pre charged by the factory and only required a short 10 minute charge to top up to 100%. This reflects that quality Li-ion batteries are used in these power banks.

The QT80 looks the business, thanks to premium materials and snazzy minimalistic design. A low profile silicone strip encircling the “Qifull” logo keeps the device being charged firmly in place, whilst four silicone pads will maximise grip to virtually any flat surface.

The touch sensitive "ON" button will display the internal battery charge status (in bar form) and activate wireless charging. A "Wii" sound accompanied by a blue LED confirms that the phone or tablet is optimally placed for wireless charging. When using the USB port for charging devices it performs like a traditional power bank.

Key Features & Specifications:
- Compatible with all Qi-enabled wireless charging devices, other devices with a Qi wireless receiver or an external Qi wireless power back cover receiver
- 7000mAh mobile power charges cellphones, tablet PC, PSP, MP3 and other USB devices
- Simultaneously charges through USB and wirelessly. You can charge two devices at the same time
- Wireless charging distance: about 4-10mm with an efficiency of around 70%. (In line with most Qi chargers)
- Input: DC 5V/1A. USB output: DC 5V/1A.

I have thoroughly tested the QT80 using Bluetooth headsets, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy 4 and iPad Air amongst other devices and am honestly impressed by its performance and ease of use.

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What I like about the QT80:

Solid build quality, design, performance and versatility are the key factors that really tick the right boxes for me.

PORTABILITY:
• The QT80 measures 13.1 x 8.4 x 1.5 cm, practically as large as a 5” screen phone, albeit ticker than most and weighs only 204g; very respectable considering the 7000mAh battery.

FUNCTIONALITY:
Wireless charging is achieved without the need to remove the protective case of the device being charged. I performed the Nexus 7 tests whilst it was in the Poetic case.
• Simultaneous charging of two devices, one wirelessly and the other via USB
• The temperature of the unit remains very contained peaking to a maximum 35 when charging Nexus 7 wirelessly and another device via power bank USB
• Charges the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 4 times over, and even charges my iPad Air

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Considerations:
○ Wireless charging is never as efficient (70%) as a direct cable connection, so unless you are on a sandy beach or dusty environments I would suggest using the QT80 as a conventional power bank to maximise energy efficiency.
○ Charge the unit using a 5V 1Amp output and not a higher amperage (as recommended in the listing). This will prolong the battery life of your QT80.

The Qifull QT80 has been sent to me by the company for an unbiased opinion and it has been a pleasure to review such a well made product. I find the unit to be very versatile thanks to its portability and ability to charge a myriad of devices.

Highly recommended
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Qifull QT80 Qi Standard Wireless Charger 7000mAh Power Bank for Google Nexus 5 / 4 / 7 Nokia Lumia 920 / 820 HTC 8X (Black)
Qifull QT80 Qi Standard Wireless Charger 7000mAh Power Bank for Google Nexus 5 / 4 / 7 Nokia Lumia 920 / 820 HTC 8X (Black)
Offered by Uoogifts
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept cleverly implemented!, 2 July 2014
The Qifull QT80 is a high quality induction wireless charger which doubles as a 7000mAh power bank.
This offering can be used remotely to perform both, thus offering the best of both worlds.

It comes in an attractive, frustration free packaging and includes two USB to micro USB cables and a comprehensive instruction booklet. The 150cm USB cable is intended to charge the power bank whilst the shorter 30cm one is for charging devices. This is a complete package which be used straight out of the box. No need to buy any additional peripherals.

My unit arrived pre charged by the factory and only required a short 10 minute charge to top up to 100%. This reflects that quality Li-ion batteries are used in these power banks.

The QT80 looks the business, thanks to premium materials and snazzy minimalistic design. A low profile silicone strip encircling the “Qifull” logo keeps the device being charged firmly in place, whilst four silicone pads will maximise grip to virtually any flat surface.

The touch sensitive "ON" button will display the internal battery charge status (in bar form) and activate wireless charging. A "Wii" sound accompanied by a blue LED confirms that the phone or tablet is optimally placed for wireless charging. When using the USB port for charging devices it performs like a traditional power bank.

Key Features & Specifications:
○ Compatible with all Qi-enabled wireless charging devices, other devices with a Qi wireless receiver or an external Qi wireless power back cover receiver
○ 7000mAh mobile power charges cellphones, tablet PC, PSP, MP3 and other USB devices without wireless-charging function.
○ Simultaneously charges through USB and wirelessly. You can charge two devices at the same time
○ Wireless charging output: DC 5V/1A.
○ Wireless charging distance: about 4-10mm
○ Wireless charging efficiency: more than or equal to 70%. (In line with most Qi chargers)
○ Battery type: built-in rechargeable polymer Li-ion battery.
○ Input: DC 5V/1A. USB output: DC 5V/1A.

I have thoroughly tested the QT80 using Bluetooth headsets, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy 4 and iPad Air amongst other devices and am honestly impressed by its performance and ease of use.

------------------------

What I like about the QT80:

Solid build quality, design, performance and versatility are the key factors that really tick the right boxes for me.

PORTABILITY:
• The QT80 measures 13.1 x 8.4 x 1.5 cm, practically as large as a 5” screen phone, albeit ticker than most and weighs only 204g; very respectable considering the 7000mAh battery.

FUNCTIONALITY:
Wireless charging is achieved without the need to remove the protective case of the device being charged. I performed the Nexus 7 tests whilst it was in the Poetic case.
• Simultaneous charging of two devices, one wirelessly and the other via USB
• The temperature of the unit remains very contained peaking to a maximum 35 when charging Nexus 7 wirelessly and another device via power bank USB
• Charges the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 4 times over, and even charges my iPad Air

-----------------------

Considerations:
○ Wireless charging is never as efficient (70%) as a direct cable connection, so unless you are on a sandy beach or dusty environments I would suggest using the QT80 as a conventional power bank to maximise energy efficiency.
○ Charge the unit using a 5V 1Amp output and not a higher amperage (as recommended in the listing). This will prolong the battery life of your QT80.

The Qifull QT80 has been sent to me by the company for an unbiased opinion and it has been a pleasure to review such a well made product. I find the unit to be very versatile thanks to its portability and ability to charge a myriad of devices.

Highly recommended


Qifull QT80 Qi Wireless Charging Pad 7000mAh Power Bank for Google Nexus 5 /4 /7 Nokia Lumia 920/820 HTC 8X (White)
Qifull QT80 Qi Wireless Charging Pad 7000mAh Power Bank for Google Nexus 5 /4 /7 Nokia Lumia 920/820 HTC 8X (White)
Offered by Uoogifts
Price: £25.79

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great concept, clever implementation!, 2 July 2014
The Qifull QT80 is a high quality induction wireless charger which doubles as a 7000mAh power bank.
This offering can be used remotely to perform both, thus offering the best of both worlds.

It comes in an attractive, frustration free packaging and includes two USB to micro USB cables and a comprehensive instruction booklet. The 150cm USB cable is intended to charge the power bank whilst the shorter 30cm one is for charging devices. This is a complete package which be used straight out of the box. No need to buy any additional peripherals.

My unit arrived pre charged by the factory and only required a short 10 minute charge to top up to 100%. This reflects that quality Li-ion batteries are used in these power banks.

The QT80 looks the business, thanks to premium materials and snazzy minimalistic design. A low profile silicone strip encircling the “Qifull” logo keeps the device being charged firmly in place, whilst four silicone pads will maximise grip to virtually any flat surface.

The touch sensitive "ON" button will display the internal battery charge status (in bar form) and activate wireless charging. A "Wii" sound accompanied by a blue LED confirms that the phone or tablet is optimally placed for wireless charging. When using the USB port for charging devices it performs like a traditional power bank.

Key Features & Specifications:
○ Compatible with all Qi-enabled wireless charging devices, other devices with a Qi wireless receiver or an external Qi wireless power back cover receiver
○ 7000mAh mobile power charges cellphones, tablet PC, PSP, MP3 and other USB devices without wireless-charging function.
○ Simultaneously charges through USB and wirelessly. You can charge two devices at the same time
○ Wireless charging output: DC 5V/1A.
○ Wireless charging distance: about 4-10mm
○ Wireless charging efficiency: more than or equal to 70%. (In line with most Qi chargers)
○ Battery type: built-in rechargeable polymer Li-ion battery.
○ Input: DC 5V/1A. USB output: DC 5V/1A.

I have thoroughly tested the QT80 using Bluetooth headsets, Nexus 7, Samsung Galaxy 4 and iPad Air amongst other devices and am honestly impressed by its performance and ease of use.

------------------------

What I like about the QT80:

Solid build quality, design, performance and versatility are the key factors that really tick the right boxes for me.

PORTABILITY:
• The QT80 measures 13.1 x 8.4 x 1.5 cm, practically as large as a 5” screen phone, albeit ticker than most and weighs only 204g; very respectable considering the 7000mAh battery.

FUNCTIONALITY:
Wireless charging is achieved without the need to remove the protective case of the device being charged. I performed the Nexus 7 tests whilst it was in the Poetic case.
• Simultaneous charging of two devices, one wirelessly and the other via USB
• The temperature of the unit remains very contained peaking to a maximum 35 when charging Nexus 7 wirelessly and another device via power bank USB
• Charges the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini 4 times over, and even charges my iPad Air

-----------------------

Considerations:
○ Wireless charging is never as efficient (70%) as a direct cable connection, so unless you are on a sandy beach or dusty environments I would suggest using the QT80 as a conventional power bank to maximise energy efficiency.
○ Charge the unit using a 5V 1Amp output and not a higher amperage (as recommended in the listing). This will prolong the battery life of your QT80.

The Qifull QT80 has been sent to me by the company for an unbiased opinion and it has been a pleasure to review such a well made product. I find the unit to be very versatile thanks to its portability and ability to charge a myriad of devices.

Highly recommended


aLLreli® 34W / 6.8 A 4-Port USB Wall Charger Power Adapter with Removeable Plug Portable Travel Charger For iPhone 5 4S 4, iPad Mini 4 Air Retina, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 2, Galaxy Tab 3 2, HTC, Google Nexus 5/7/10 Android Smartphones, Tablets, Google Glass [Color: White]
aLLreli® 34W / 6.8 A 4-Port USB Wall Charger Power Adapter with Removeable Plug Portable Travel Charger For iPhone 5 4S 4, iPad Mini 4 Air Retina, Samsung Galaxy S5 S4 S3 Note 3 2, Galaxy Tab 3 2, HTC, Google Nexus 5/7/10 Android Smartphones, Tablets, Google Glass [Color: White]
Offered by ForPower(aLLreli TM)
Price: £25.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever Design, Premium Quality ... and a Space Saver, 29 Jun. 2014
aLLreli have done a great job in designing a sturdy power supply for use with a myriad of devices including phones and tablets (iPad included). It sports 4 optimally placed USB outputs, two of which deliver 1 amp whilst the other two deliver 2.4 amps. These outputs are labelled and colour coded, with the blue ones being the 2.4 amp output. A blue LED lights up when connected to the mains.

The unit comes in an eco friendly "frustration free" packaging and includes a mains adapter for your country (UK plug in my case) and a well written instruction booklet.

• Clever Deign:
Fits into the tiniest of gang plugs thanks to the small footprint of the supplied clip on plug.
A push button on the lower end of the housing releases the removable plug with ease.
A figure of 8 cable can power the unit. Great if you want to place the charger on a tabletop or hide it away under a desk.
Very portable, measuring 8.8 cm x 5.5 cm and only 3 cm thick.
Automatic multi voltage : 110V to 240V AC/DC switching. Ideal for travellers.

• Build Quality and performance:
The choice of materials and finish are top notch.
Sports short circuit protection, preventing damage to the devices being charged and the charger itself.
I have tested the unit whilst charging 2 iPads and 2 smartphones concurrently and the charger did not heat up at all. The power output and charging time were not affected.

• Bottom Line:
The aLLreli 34W charger has now replaced my iPad, Kindle and smartphone chargers. Less plugs and less clutter at a great price.

*The company has sent me this product for review and I can honestly recommended it to anyone seeking a quality alternative to multiple chargers and outlets.


Maxsima - 52mm UV filter Protector for Panasonic FZ45 FZ47 FZ48 FZ60 FZ62 FZ100 FZ150 FZ200.
Maxsima - 52mm UV filter Protector for Panasonic FZ45 FZ47 FZ48 FZ60 FZ62 FZ100 FZ150 FZ200.
Offered by Cameramarket UK
Price: £8.60

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Protect your lens .... and more, 29 Jun. 2014
Digital cameras have an inbuilt UV filter on the sensor itself so basically this will not have any impact on image quality.

Having said that I still use a UV filter on my FZ200 for the following reasons:
○ To protect the lens
○ VERY IMPORTANT :Double Threaded. The FZ200, like most bridge cameras, does not have a metal thread on the lens barrel. Therefore I use this metal UV filter as an interface between the camera and any macro or CPL filter. This will guarantee that the plastic thread on the camera is not damaged while attaching or removing such filters.

Hope you find this short review helpful


Apple iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular - Tablet - 32 GB - 7.9" IPS ( 2048 x 1536 ) - rear camera + front camera - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - 4G - silver
Apple iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi + Cellular - Tablet - 32 GB - 7.9" IPS ( 2048 x 1536 ) - rear camera + front camera - Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - 4G - silver

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Mini with Mega Performance, 29 Jun. 2014
It is incredible how the iPad has revolutionised the computer industry in just under 4 years, triggering the tablet era.

The latest iPad Mini is just a smaller version of the iPad Air, and as such sports the same A7 processor and options offered on its bigger brother.

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Now does the iPad Mini really live up to the marketing hype?

A quick answer is "Yes", thanks to new zippy 64 bit A7 processor, lovely "Retina display" screen and portability!

The Apps further contribute to making this the best iPad to date, as they have been optimized to take full advantage of the powerful 64bit processor. These include *iPhoto, *iMovie, *Numbers, *Pages and *Keynote which are bundled for free!

Apps available for the iPad are generally of a very high standard and virtually virus free. There are various reasons for this:
○ iPad is also targeted for professional environments
○ Stable and reliable iOS platform
○ Applications are only available through the App Store, thus guaranteeing income to the developer.

Pros:

+ Blazing fast, low consumption A7 (64bit) processor
+ Awesome battery life. No other tablet manufacturer can match as yet
+ Premium build quality sporting ever so stylish looks thanks to the precision engineered aluminium housing
+ Retina display. Great colour saturation producing stunning images
+ Super lightweight, WiFi version 331grams and WiFi+Cellular version 341grams
+ Vast choice of apps which can mimic laptop/desktop programs
+ iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers and Keynote available for free

Cons:
- Proprietary hardware required. Ie: Bluetooth GPS, Airprint printers..
- No expandable memory
- No touch ID

I would have loved to see an improved version of the iPhone's touch ID.

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Probably the most difficult task is choosing the version which best suits your needs and budget:

I will first start with the common denominator. All flavours offer the same A7 chip, retina display and Wi-Fi.

So the options are colour, storage size and cellular:
• Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yet I do suggest a side by side hands on comparison.
• Given the fast processor I would say go for the largest available storage you can afford. This could easily become your best carry around companion, so the larger the memory the better.
♦ Many think that cellular versions only offer data. This version also sports a GPS chip which works as good as the best GPS receivers. So this has to be taken into consideration when factoring the price difference.

Highly recommend to anyone seeking a versatile, fast and reliable alternative to a laptop.

I hope you find this review helpful. Any comments or queries are welcome, and I will try my best to address.


Apple Ipad Air Air Wi-fi 16gb MD785KN/A
Apple Ipad Air Air Wi-fi 16gb MD785KN/A

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars iPad Air... Lighter, Thinner and Faster, 29 Jun. 2014
Apple really know how to work an audience thanks to their marketing hype and by limiting supplies at launch date. Thankfully they are now readily available and prices are creeping down.
I am no Apple iOS diehard fan. In fact I have several android tablets (including the Nexus 7, which I love). Yet there's no denying that the iPad has revolutionised the computer industry by triggering the tablet era.

This review focuses solely on the iPad Air.

Having owned two other iPads: iPad 1 and iPad 3, I am no novice to the iPad, and have followed the incremental upgrades since it was first introduced .... just 4 years ago!

When my iPad Air finally arrived (had it on pre-order for several months) I thought that the store had made a mistake and got me the iPad mini instead!
I opened the usual premium Apple packaging and was greeted by a lovely, super slim and lightweight gem of a tablet. The side bezels are so much thinner too, no wonder it could be mistaken for a Mini at first glance.

The iPad Air is no incremental upgrade, but a total redesign around the existing iPad 4 screen. (albeit offering better viewing angles)

It really is a pity that I had to buy a protective case, which covers the beautifully crafted aluminium body. Yet it means that your investment will still look like new for years.

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Case options: Skip this part if not interested.

When it comes to cases there is quite a choice. I call these necessary evils, yet one should not skimp on a quality case offering the best protection possible.

I have the original Apple, Invision and the Veo cases for the iPad Air. I cannot comment on cases I do not own which might prove to be actually better.
They weigh 148.7g, 208.5g and 230.7g respectively.
The Apple case is expensive, and the volume and sleep buttons are a nuisance to operate as they are covered in the thick premium leather. The other cases offer easy access to the buttons. However this case offers the best protection and looks great. It takes a lot of patience to remove this cover once it is in place.
The Invision is a very cheap case and a best seller. It looks sturdy and the stitching is top notch, yet I do not particularly like the shiny finish. The iPad is held in place by 4 corner tabs which tend to pop out of place fairly easily.
The Veo is probably the nearest to the Apple as far as looks go. It comes in a mat finish and the iPad is held in place via a plastic strip along the right and 4 corner tabs.
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DOES THE iPad Air LIVE UP TO THE HYPE?

A quick answer is "Yes"! The new zippy 64 bit A7 processor and crisp "Retina display" are the best I've seen on any 10" tablet so far! And even though it sports the same display as the iPad 4, the viewing angle is far superior, probably thanks to the closer proximity of the display to the scratch resistant gorilla glass.

The Apps further contribute to making this the best iPad to date, as they have been optimized to take full advantage of the powerful 64bit processor. These include *iPhoto, *iMovie, *Numbers, *Pages and *Keynote which are bundled for free!

Apps available for the iPad are generally of a very high standard and virtually virus free. There are various reasons for this:
○ iPad is also targeted for professional environments
○ Stable and reliable iOS platform
○ Applications are only available through the App Store, thus guaranteeing income to the developer.

Pros:
• Blazing fast, low consumption A7 (64bit) processor. The fastest to date
• Premium build quality with ever so stylish looks thanks to the precision engineered aluminium housing
• 30% lighter than iPad4, weighing only 469g for Wi-Fi, and 478g Wi-Fi + Cellular versions
• Retina display. Great colour saturation producing stunning images
• iWork and iLife software included for free
• Vast choice of apps that can mimic laptop/desktop programs
• Awesome battery life. No other tablet manufacturer can match as yet
• Is widely used in the Aviation industry by pilots*: This gives the iPad the ultimate seal of approval for reliability, performance and stability.

*Jeppesen, the leading Airline chart manufacturer, has been officially endorsed by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) to provide digital navigation charts on the iPad for use in flight decks by pilots, and is being used by major airlines. This is a first, and truly revolutionary!

Cons:
- Proprietary hardware required. ie: Bluetooth GPS, Airprint printers..
- No expandable memory
- No touch ID

I would have loved to see an improved version of the iPhone's touch ID.

------------------------------------------------------

Probably the most difficult task is choosing the version which best suits your needs and budget:

I will first start with the common denominator. All flavours offer the same A7 chip, retina display and Wi-Fi.

So the options are colour, storage size and cellular:
○ Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, yet I do suggest a side by side hands on comparison.
○ Given the fast processor I would say go for the largest available storage you can afford. This might easily be a laptop alternative, given the new 128GB SSD version.
• Many think that cellular versions only offer data. This version also sports a GPS chip which works as good as the best GPS receivers. So this has to be taken into consideration when factoring the price difference.

Highly recommend to anyone seeking a versatile, fast and reliable alternative to a laptop.

I hope you find this review helpful. Any comments or queries are welcome, and I will try my best to address.


First Contract: A JJ Stoner short story (The Stoner Series Book 1)
First Contract: A JJ Stoner short story (The Stoner Series Book 1)
Price: £0.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersing and involving, 27 Jun. 2014
Frank Westworth ventures beyond his comfort zone and does he do it in style!

The story gets going with an extremely violent scene, but it’s not gratuitous or excessive. It’s written to be blunt and matter of fact, and it reveals a lot about the central character.

It’s only a quick read, not a full-length book, but it is a complete story which introduces some really interesting characters. You end up wanting to know more about what happens to JJ Stoner and his new life in the shadows.

It’s very sophisticated story-telling, written in a mature style, and targeted for a mature audience
Comment Comments (2) | Permalink | Most recent comment: Sep 12, 2014 1:12 PM BST


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