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Review: Apple iPad Case (Official)

First of all, I generally dislike cases for my devices. I understand their utility, but I hate the way they often destroy the form factor. My Droid doesn't have a case and neither does my iPod touch. I thought about it several times and took a close look at what was available, but I never could bring myself to do it. They make the devices clunkier and thicker than they should be. Also, not having a case makes me feel like a tough guy who lives dangerously and plays by his own rules.

apple ipad case review

Apple clearly spends a lot of time making sure their form factor is designed in an appealing manner. The iPad is no exception. I love the way it looks, and its dimensions are perfect. I picked up what has been a surprisingly elusive Apple case on release day. I was against it but knew that I planned to travel with my iPad, so I took the plunge. I figured I'd only use it while transporting the iPad. I would then remove the evil thing when I arrived at my destination.

Review: Hard Candy Bubble Sleeve iPad Case

Hard Candy Cases is shipping a full line of iPad cases designed in California for unique looks and rugged protection. We decided to put the Hard Candy Bubble Sleeve ($49.95) through its paces and see how well the case complements and protects the iPad. The "Gold Green" color came with minimal packaging, note the tissue paper and tape protecting each oversized rubber zipper grip.

Apple iPad Hard Candy Bubble Sleeve review

The two zippers are easily gripped and slide around three sides of the case perimeter to open and close the Bubble Sleeve like a book. The case exterior has a canvas-like texture with a subtle sheen and circular bubbles. Underneath the cloth there's a hard EVA-molded shell that provides a flexible, sturdy core.

Review: Tetris for the iPad (EA)

Tetris: still great after all these years.

Tetris for iPad is an optimized/juiced-up version of the game available on the iPhone. It will cost you $7.99 to buy.

First of all, everyone loves Tetris. If you don't love Tetris, you are more likely than not some sort of weirdo. I mean even communists love Tetris. They invented it after all. These were people who had to wait in line to buy toilet paper and paid massive markup prices for a pair of Levi's Jeans on the black market. I mean these poor people needed something to cheer them up. I can imagine that the epilogue to Rocky IV would have shown a shamed, depressed and exiled Ivan Drago playing Tetris to cheer himself up. Yes, I bet that mean, juiced-up, killer of Apollo Creed turned to Tetris for solace.

For many people, their first experience with Tetris was the free version on their first generation Game Boy. Others might have been directed to it by their cubicle neighbors. Imagine the massive number of productive work hours lost to the game. One of the unique and fantastic things about the game is its diversity of gamers: kids, grandparents even non-gamers love Tetris.

iPad Sales Outpace iPhone, Apple Sells One Million Units

Apple sold its millionth iPad during Friday's launch of the iPad 3G. Sales from the Apple Store online and retail outlets reached the one million total in only 28 days. For comparison, the original iPhone took 74 days to reach this number of units sold.

Apple iPad Sales

Apple also announced that iPad users have already downloaded 12 million applications from the App Store and over 1.5 million ebooks from the iBookstore. Developers have launched 5,000 iPad-specific apps to date.

Spirit One-Click iPad Jailbreak Available Now

Just four short weeks after the iPad launch, developer @comex has released the much-hyped Spirit untethered jailbreak. With a single click, Spirit will jailbreak any iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch running firmware 3.1.x or 3.2.

Apple iPad Spirit Jailbreak iPhone OS 3.2 Comex

As previously reported, Spirit is a userland jailbreak, the first of its kind since iPhone OS 1.x. This type of jailbreak is effective and easy to use, however Apple can easily patch whatever security vulnerability is used by Spirit. The software does not include an unlock to allow the iPad to be used on a different wireless carrier than AT&T.

Daily iPad Accessory Giveaways are Back in May

As many of you know, last month we featured our April Accessory-A-Day Giveaway, during which a wide variety of iPad accessories were awarded to contestants from all over the country. With prizes including iPad screen protectors, iPad cases, iPad warranty and insurance policies, iPad skins and more, there was something for everyone. Well, rather than rest on our laurels, we've decided to do it again. Only this time, we've gone bigger.

iPad BOOK up for grabs

Practically all of April's participating accessory manufacturers and service providers are back for May's contest, and we've added a few newcomers as well. We'll be featuring great iPad accessories from

Is AT&T's 250MB iPad 3G Plan for you? Probably not.

Your iPad Wi-Fi + 3G came yesterday and you're thinking 250MB sounds pretty good for $14.99. Problem is we're talking about 30 days. The other problem is, whether you like the title or not, you are an early adopter. A technophile. Gadget-prone and Internet savvy. You pre-ordered an iPad, after all.

Apple iPad 3G ATT Carrier

Breaking down 250MB is pretty simple. It's not a lot of data. Not anymore, at least. 174 floppy disks sounds like plenty of space, until you compute that it only fills up 38% of a 74 minute CD-R. In the interest of science, I've averaged my iPhone data usage over the recent months in anticipation of the iPad 3G.

Spirit Jailbreak Works on iPad 3G, Release Coming Soon (Video)

As we reported way back on April 4, less than 24 hours after the release of the iPad WiFi-only model, @comex's "Spirit" jailbreak was demonstrated successfully jailbreaking the iPad WiFi by The iPhone Dev Team's musclenerd. Unsurprisingly, due to the fact that the iPad 3G runs the same OS as the iPad WiFi, the Spirit jailbreak has now been demonstrated jailbreaking the iPad 3G. Watch the video below to see the demo.

ipad 3g spirit jailbreak

The iPad and iPhone community is expecting the Spirit jailbreak to be released by its creator, @comex, relatively soon. The iPhone Dev Team recently confirmed on their blog that the release of Spirit would happen after the iPad 3G was "in customers' hands", though exactly how soon after remains unknown.

April iPad Accessory-A-Day Giveaway: Griffin Jumper for iPad

April Accessory-A-Day Giveaway
Griffin Jumper
Griffin Jumper

Griffin, in business for almost two decades, has grown to become one of the world's largest accessory manufacturers for technology and personal computing devices. Griffin is well known for its innovative, fresh, and trendy designs.

Soft, stretchy protection for your iPad. Jumper is Griffin’s tough neoprene sleeve, designed to protect your iPad from dust, dirt, scratches and fingerprints. Integrated pull tab tucks closed for 100 percent coverage. Slim enough to slip into a backpack, bag or briefcase, tough enough to protect your iPad from just about anything it might find in there.

Important Contest Details

  • Winners will be posted here, along with instructions on how to claim prizes.
  • Unless otherwise noted, you must enter separately each day for each accessory up for giveaway during April.
  • You may enter up to 10 times per day, unless noted otherwise.
  • Entry is open to US residents only, unless you reside outside the US but can provide a US shipping address.
  • Entry is free, private, and without obligation.
  • Winner will typically be announced by 5pm of the day following each contest.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize, after which period a different winner will be selected.
You must be logged in to enter the contest. Please login or register. Registration is free and takes about 15 seconds.

iPad Competition? Not Yet.

We've all heard the criticisms about the iPad. This was a useless device for Apple fanboys. It's an iPod Touch on steroids. Best Internet experience? It doesn't replace anything. It isn't powerful enough to replace a laptop and it's too big to be as portable as a smartphone. There is no flash, USB, external storage, etc...

However, now that reviews have come out those of us who own one realize all that negative speculation was nonsense. The iPad is a wonderful device and is the future of casual and entertainment based computing. Video looks great, surfing is fast and fun, more and more sites are switching to HTML5, reading books and magazines at once, you can use it as a productivity tool and gaming is great.

There is already talk of competition. A slate device that can do everything the iPad can and all the things it can't. Only one of the items has actually been released.

Fusion Garage joojoo Tablet

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