ZAGG Slim Book: Turn Your iPad Mini Into the Tiniest MacBook Air Clone

ZAGG Slim Book case beside MacBook Air

In recent months, I’ve reviewed several ZAGG keyboard cases for Apple iPads. The ZAGG Folio was the keyboard case that finally convinced me my iPad Mini could actually be useful as a productivity tool. The Rugged Book let me turn an iPad Air into a kids’ laptop, perfect for school and with toughness to survive being carted around in a bag and suffering the occasional collision with a wall or piece of furniture. ZAGG sent me their latest iteration, the Slim Book, and I have to say, this is the best one yet. A keyboard case that combines the best elements of the Folio and the Rugged Book, and an aluminum finish that transforms an iPad Mini into a miniature — but functional — iPad Air clone. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Google Nexus 9 Tablet

The Google Nexus 9 tablet

It’s that time of year when holiday gift lists are being checked, and there’s a good chance a tablet is on many of those. Once again Google is offering a Nexus tablet, which means pure Android with no third party UI nonsense to get in the way. But while the Nexus 7 was a real bargain last year at $199, it’s been replaced by the larger Nexus 9 and the price has jumped to $399. Is the newest Nexus tablet a worthy choice for Android fans? Will its unusual 8.9-inch display size make it a good choice for kids? HTC — the company that manufactures the Nexus 9 — sent me one to try out. Continue reading

ZAGG Rugged Book for iPad Air

ZAGG's new armored iPad Air keyboard case

I’ve grown rather fond of ZAGG’s keyboard cases for the iPad in recent months. It wasn’t until I reviewed the ZAGG Folio Keyboard case for the iPad Mini earlier this year that I finally reached the state where I felt productive writing on an iPad. Since then, the combo has largely replaced the 11-inch MacBook Air that I used to lug around for mobile work. ZAGG recently sent me a new model to try out with a MacBook Air and this one offers all the benefits of the Folio Keyboard case, plus impressive armor. The Rugged Book transforms an iPad into a hardened notebook while offering flexibility in configuration options. Continue reading

A Real Time Strategy Game… With Squirrels

squirrelwarz

The advent of the capacitive touchscreen has lead to a veritable Renaissance in strategy gaming, and the ample real estate of contemporary tablets has given game designers an even broader canvas on which to paint. Thus it is with no small amount of fanfare that I introduce the very pinnacle of the iPad RTS, SquirrelWarz. Continue reading

Review: ZAGG Folio Keyboard Case for iPad Mini

Zagg Preview

I’ve gone on record multiple times about how I feel about using the iPad for productivity. I’m a big iPad fan and the tablets I usually use day to day are Apple products, but the lack of mouse support drives me crazy. I’ve always quickly given up on any experiments with using a Bluetooth keyboard and an iPad in place of my laptop, much as I like the idea of my iPad becoming an ultra-compact travel productivity companion. ZAGG sent me a Folio keyboard case for my iPad Mini with Retina Display, so I thought I’d give the experiment one more shot. I ended up really liking this device. With the right apps, it could actually stand in for my MacBook Air, at least for short bursts of work. In fact, I wrote this post on the ZAGG. Continue reading

Mummify Your iOS Device With a Mummy Case From Loop Attachment

Mummy cases showing bandages

Protecting your investment in an iOS device is always a balance between putting your iPad, iPhone or iPod into something that will keep it from coming to physical harm versus usability and aesthetics. Continue reading

The Most Important Thing Apple Announced on Monday Was Family

Apple Family Sharing

Last Monday, Apple let us in on their plans for the future of, amongst other things, iOS (8), and Mac OS X (Yosemite). Tim Cook and friends detailed a long list of new features—most of which will not be available until this fall—to a salivating audience of developers and fans at the 2014 WWDC in San Francisco. Continue reading

10 Things Parents Should Know About the Kindle Fire HDX

fire hdx

Late last year online retail juggernaut Amazon again tried its hand at a consumer-friendly tablet. The Kindle Fire HDX, the third generation of their Kindle Fire line, not only makes Amazon’s specialized environment a viable option for mobile computing, it makes for a fine device in its own right. Continue reading