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A touch closer to the real thing

Pix & Stix

The GarageBand app for the iPad 2 showcases the power of Apple’s darling of gadgetdom like few other apps. No matter how visually pleasing, or “delightful” the UI is, though, tapping out beats or virtual picking still just doesn’t feel right to practiced musicians. That’s where Pix and Stixs ($16) can help. Each pack includes...

Souped Up Super AMOLED

Samsung Infuse 4G

About a year ago, the Samsung Galaxy S created a stir on the Android block when it pranced out with its 4-inch Super AMOLED display. While there’s plenty of tech chatter surrounding its successor, the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Samsung Infuse 4G ($200) is essentially the same phone, and it’s coming to AT&T on...

There’s an app for that

iBike Dash CC Deluxe

It’s no secret that the iPhone has changed the way we work, play and communicate. The plethora of apps is staggering and this smartphone can now do anything from find your car to perform surgery (not quite). Given its capabilities, it was only a matter of time before someone figured out how to turn an...

Backup Protection

XGearlive iPad 2 Smart Cover Enhancer

Apple’s new smart covers do a lot of cool things for the iPad 2, but protecting the shiny aluminum back isn’t one of them. The Xgearlive iPad 2 Smart Cover Enhancer ($35) lets you still use that $38 magnetic flap while providing added security against back-stabbing encounters. Made from vaguely described “polycarbonate material” covered with...

From Clogs to Tablets

Miniot Wood iPad 2 Cover

Were you lucky enough to get a hold of the most talked about tablet since the pair handed down from Sinai? Or perhaps you had the saintly patience to wait for one after pre-ordering from Apple. If so, picking up Minoit’s Real Wood iPad 2 Cover ($70) will guarantee your sleek new gadget doesn’t get...

It Could Change Everything

Color for iPhone and Android

Imagine walking into your favorite dive bar, opening an app, and viewing all of the photos you’ve taken within 150 ft of that location with your buddies over the years, along with shots snapped by other patrons who were willing to share. Now imagine if you could see that kind of photographic record everywhere you...

1990 Meets 2011

iFusion iPhone Docking Station

The idea of making a wireless phone wired is admittedly strange, but nostalgia for the familiar often drives people to do crazy things. The iFusion ($150) is essentially a Bluetooth speaker dock in traditional telephone clothing. Thanks to A2DP Bluetooth streaming, the iFusion can playback both call audio or music over its internal speakerphone. The...

Say no to white

Killspencer iPad 2 Case (Like or Retweet to Win!)

Just like the original, but now for a secound round with the iPad 2, with or without those clever Smart Covers. The Killspencer iPad 2 Case ($189) continues the Pasadena based workshop’s awesome murdered out aesthete complete with premium black leather, soft covered neoprene lining, shoulder strap and RIRI Aquazip waterproof zippers. You’ll also find...

Judge An iPad By Its Cover

Apple iPad 2 Smart Covers

Now that the iPad 2 hysteria has passed — at least until launch day, it’s worth circling back to focus on its companion Smart Covers. Apparently Steve Jobs was upset that the old iPad case hid the beauty of the original iPad’s industrial design, so Apple went back to the drawing board to develop an...

The Tablet You Love, Take 2

Apple iPad 2

Let the speculation cease. The iPad 2 ($499-$829) is official. Apple’s latest creation features a new A5 dual-core chip, that’s 2x faster than the original and 9x faster graphics performance. A front and rear video camera are now included too, with the latter being capable of recording 720p video at 30fps — implying HD video...

Have pen will stylus

Kickstarter: More/Real Stylus Cap

This week on Project Kickstarter we highlight Designer Don Lehman of Chicago, IL. His project’s premise is simple but incredibly helpful for anyone with a touchscreen enabled device, like the iPad. Centered around artists, designers and architects, the More/Real Stylus Cap takes an everyday object (like a Bic or Sharpie) and enables it for use...

Hassle Free Buds

a-Jays Four Tangle-Free Heaphones

Claiming any pair of headphones is tangle-free takes some cojones. Wires are wires after all, and the universe tends towards entropy (seriously: that’s the second law of thermodynamics people). Still, the Swedes are particularly talented at leveraging design, and in the case of the a-Jay Four ($75) ear buds, a unique a 5mm flat cable...

Alesis iO Dock for iPad

Sure, your iPad dock can play tunes. Maybe it even does so with gusto, but the Alesis iO Dock does far more. The dock enables the iPad to function with pro audio gear and instruments instantly transforming it into a portable production station for musicians, recording engineers and music producers. An abundance of inputs including...

Android Gets Challenged to a Duel

Kyocera Echo

Using two monitors helps you breeze through tasks on the computer, so why not bring the principle to the phone? That’s what Kyocera (yeah that budget handset brand) has done with the Echo, which features two 3.5-inch WVGA displays joined together via a nifty “pivot hinge”, enabling the screens to work both in tandem and...

BT Home Phone

Moshi Moshi 03i Bluetooth Handset

The desire to use a land line-style phone handset as a replacement for talking on advanced devices like the iPhone may seem backwards in many ways. If you happen to use Skype on a regular basis or prefer to talk a bit more comfortably at home, though, then the Moshi Moshi 03i ($150) is a...

Does it mount?

Kickstarter: X Grip Case for iPad

In this edition of Project Kickstarter, we bring you yet another accessory designed for an Apple product. This time it’s not the iPod Nano though, but its larger screened brother, the iPad. Designed by two Portland-based photographers, Nick Curteman and Tom Baker, the project aims to further the iPad’s multi-purpose potential by way of flexible...

Headphone Wranglers

BudTrap

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Wrapping headphones around a phone or iPod keeps them organized for exactly 4.26 seconds. Ok so we’re exaggerating — but you get the point. If you’d prefer not to waste another minute of your day untangling headphone cords, then dig into that coin collection and buy a pair of BudTrap...

Network complaints not included (so far)

Verizon iPhone 4

Look familiar? Well, that’s because the same great (or not-so-great if you swing that way) iPhone 4 will be available on Verizon Wireless beginning February 10, after a purported 1 year of network testing. That means FaceTime video calling, the Retina Display, a 5 megapixel camera with HD video, and of course, the tidal wave...

Infratooth

Griffin Beacon

Bridging the bluetooth functionality of your iPhone, iPod or iPad to the infrared inputs of your home entertainment center, the Mavis Griffin Beacon ($79) allows you to use your iOS device as a system-wide remote. Using the Dijit Universal Remote App the Beacon easily pairs with most TV, set-top box, receiver, media player or otherwise...

Android in stilettos

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

Wait, you can still get a great looking Sony Ericsson phone? Oh yes, and a sexy, wafer thin (8.7mm at its thinnest) one at that. Besides taking home the trophy as the best looking Android phone we’ve layed our gadget-hungry eyes upon, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc also cradles an alluring 854×480 4.2″ Reality Display...

Making Your (Gloved) Digits Useful Again

Digits Conductive Glove Pins

Touch screens may have revolutionized the way we interact with our phones, but they’ve also f’ed up our relationship with gloves. At least with the old phones, you could mash your way to answering or making a phone call. Plenty of glove makers have devised clever new products that help deal with this issue..but that...

It's hip (monetarily) to be...

Square

Throughout history, the retail experience has gone through continual reinvention: barter to coin to paper to plastic – and soon, even cash registers may be considered obsolete. Square is the latest, brilliant, “there’s an app for that!” moment, designed by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. It’s a postage stamp sized magnetic card reader that attaches to...

Perusing Twitter never looked so good

Tweetmag

The savior of magazines the iPad may not be, but that doesn’t mean social magazines aren’t incredible or addicting. If you’ve had a chance to use the Flipboard or Flud apps then you’ll know what we’re talking about. Better late than never, Tweetmag ($5) is the creation of design and usability firm Teehan+Lax. As you’d...

4-Track's Back

Tascam Portastudio for iPad

The Beatles may have been recently re-released, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on your own vintage cassette-based recording, multi-touch style. Reinventing the Tascam Porta One, the Portastudio for iPad ($10) app allows you to mix four tracks to a virtual cassette in a similar fashion to the classic 4-track recorder. Designed to...

Traditionally Modern

Colonel Littleton + Griffin iPad Cases

Somewhere at the crossroads of Americana and technology two very different companies based around Nashville decided to have a cup of coffee and brainstorm about the iPad. The result? A small collaboration of iPad cases by heirloom-grade leather goods maker Col. Littleton and popular gadget accessory brand Griffin Technologies. The iPad cases are signature Col....

S for Sequel

Google Nexus S

Wait. Another better, more powerful Android phone has landed? Such are the pains of progress. Based off the Samsung Galaxy S, the new Google Nexus S ($529) comes armed with a curved glass 4″ AMOLED Contour Display, Android 2.3 Gingerbread pre-installed, Near Field Communications, 16GB of onboard storage, 512MB of RAM, 6.7 hours of talk...

Flash Video Comes to the iPhone (Sort of)

Skyfire Mobile Web Browser for iPhone

Android users can continue to laugh at the whole situation, but for Apple fanboys, the recently launched Skyfire Web Browser ($2.99) is a partial bridge to getting the “full web experience” on your favorite pocket companion. Translation: using it will allow you to play some Flash video on your iPhone. We say some because according...

No signal? Hardly.

TerreStar Genus Satellite Phone

AT&T may be losing the iPhone 4 exclusivity, but who cares when there’s another phone coming with virtually 100% coverage on the continental US and doesn’t require a contract? Wait, did we just say complete coverage, no contract and AT&T in the same sentence? Surely we jest. Nope, the next time you find yourself a...

Bold(er)

BlackBerry Bold 9780

The recently announced BlackBerry Bold 9780 may not generate the buzz of other handsets considering it’s quite similar to the 9700, but for BlackBerry addicts in love with the portrait QWERTY form factor, the changes should still be welcomed. Aesthetically its pretty much par for the Bold series course, but internally its camera has been...

App at its Best

Esquire iPad App, and an Opinion

The iPad may not be a magical savior of magazines, but the fact that it’s the best-selling gadget of all time makes it an undeniable game changer that can’t be ignored. Esquire, known for embracing new technologies, has been curiously quiet (GQ has had an iPad app for a better part of this year) but...

Vertically Inclined

Wallee iPad Wall Mount

One of the main crutches of all science fiction worlds is the ubiquitous wall-mounted screen. Ranging from the playful ones in the Jetsons, to the utilitarian ones in Star Wars, to the creepy 1984 model, it seems that interactive wall displays are the direction our society is going. Thanks to Steve Jobs though, owning a...

Get the Most from Your Favorite Shiny Sidekick

Kickstarter: Glif iPhone 4 Tripod Mount & Stand

The Glif iPhone 4 tripod mount and stand ($20) is both simple and useful. Normally we try to steer clear of products that are still in the conceptual stage, but judging by the funds the idea has already raised on Kickstarter, it appears this product will soon be a reality. Created to maximize the potential...

Careful Commute

OtterBox Commuter iPad Case

OtterBox has already made an appearance in our 25 Best iPad Cases, but we hadn’t had any time with the OtterBox Commuter iPad Case ($38). A less ruggedized version, the Commuter still equips the iPad with enough protection to safeguard against the nasties the morning commute or the inevitable fits of anger you’ll experience upon...

Like A Spidey Sense For The Rest of Us

Awareness! The Headphone App By Essency

iPhones, iPods, and all manner of other portable music players have certainly made it easier for us to constantly admire our music collection. There is a downside to everyone having headphones in their ears though. The fact is, when you’re focused on Ke$ha blabbing in your ear it’s easy to tune out that Escalade gunning...

The iPad's Storage Hungry Sidekick

Sanho iPad Hard Drive

Steve Jobs may believe the iPad is magical enough to replace a laptop for most users, but even as fond as we are of the device, there are still several glaring issues with it that need to be fixed. For example, just the other day we were debating how effective the iPad might be for...

Rovah' Puck

Clearwire 4G Rover Puck

Mobile hot spots, unlimited data, and pay-as-you-go plans may all seem like yesterday’s news. But the 1.6 lb Clearwire Rover Puck ($150) shakes things up by offering access to the company/consortium’s 4G data network. That means download speeds of 5 Mbps with bursts up to 10 Mbps and 8 device connectivity with service plans range...

It's Nano to be Square

iPod Nano (6th Generation)

Get one iPod Nano, shave a little here, tweak a little there, add a dash of multi-touch. Voila, the 6th generation iPod Nano ($149-$179). Square and only half the size and weight of the previous generation iPod Nano, Apple has packed a 1.5″ 240×240 pixel Multi-Touch display, 8GB/16GB memory, FM Radio, pedometer, Genius Playslits, Nike+iPod...

The Kitchen Sink, Minus AT&T

New iPod Touch

New iPhone, new iPod Touch. Right? Right. Not too unexpectedly, many of the new features on of the new iPod Touch ($229-$399) come from its well-connected sibling, but that doesn’t stop us from being any less impressed. Designed to be even thinner than its predecessor, the new iPod Touch packs the pixel-packed retina display, Apple’s...

Apple's Hobby Gets Serious

New Apple TV

Well what do we have here? Apple seems to be taking their AppleTV “hobby” a bit more seriously with the release of the all-new, um, AppleTV ($99). The new AppleTV comes in at a quarter the size of its predecessor and housed in a home theater-friendly black matte finish. The remarkable shrinkage (the good kind)...

There's a Wall-Mount for That

iPort for iPad

You spent $500+ getting yourself a sleek, portable, app-running machine, that is, the iPad. Now, what better thing to do than judiciously mounting it into one of the most permanent things in life: your home’s walls. The iPort CM2000 Control Mount ($499) integrates into your wall (portrait or landscape) with an iPad instantly creating an...

Mobile Simpleton

Adobe Photoshop Express iPad

Before you throw away your laptop, it’s probably a good idea that you temper your ebullience with a few alpha layers of reality. This is Photoshop Express on the iPad, and as cool as that sounds, the app has more in common with a nicely interfaced photo editor than a full-fledged multitouch Photoshop that we’re...

Standtastic

Just Mobile UpStand Apple iPad Stand

The Just Mobile UpStand ($50) is the perfect accessory for those of you who just(ified) buying an iPad to your wallet on the premise that you really needed it to replace that netbook. That’s because its solid aluminum frame is the right height for desktop use and can hold your precious tablet in either landscape...

Worthwhile Upgrade If You Just... Can't... Kick... BBM

BlackBerry Torch

The BlackBerry Torch 9800 is a sleek-looking QWERTY slider that sports a 3.2-inch, 480 x 360 touchscreen (which is the same resolution as the Bold for you handset geeks), 512 MB of RAM, a 5 megapixel camera, and 4 GB of on board memory with a 4 GB microSD card thrown in gratis. Additionally, it’s...

Enclose Your iPad with GP Approved Cases

25 Best iPad Cases

There are few greater ironies on this earth than buying a super sleek gadget like the iPad only to let the fear of scratching or damaging it cause us to mummify them in cases, sleeves, et al. Since we’re doubtful the trend will change or relent anytime soon though, we’ve scoured our offices, the web,...