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Save on Holiday Shopping with Griffin

Yes, it’s nearly that time of year. Heck, I know people who are already finished with their holiday shopping! . I’ve long been a fan of (and supporter for) Griffin Technology. Not only do they have a wide array of products for most of your mobile devices, the products look great and work well. I use a Griffin case and screen protector much of the time on my devices. I have excellent news for those of you who tend to buy gifts late in December. Griffin has graciously extended an excellent coupon offer to everyone in our community!

Use coupon code PIRILLO1510 when ordering from Griffin, and you will save 15% off of your entire order – AND you will receive free standard shipping! This offer runs October 1st, 2010 through December 31st 2010.

Griffin offers a wide array of products, ranging from cases and stands to power solutions and cables. One of the coolest things I have ever seen may be of great interest to you this holiday season: the Woogie. A Woogie is an adorable (and durable) solution when letting your toddler or youngster handle your mobile device.

Woogie is 50% stuffed animal (for your kids) and 50% protective case (for your iPhone or iPod touch), and 100% fun! A protective pocket velcroes shut to hold your iPhone or iPod touch secure, while a touch-through screen protector lets you choose movies, apps, or music for your child. Woogie’s built-in speaker is powered by 2 (included) AAA batteries, or you can plug in headphones (we prefer MyPhones of course). And Woogie’s six arms (or are they legs?) tuck under to prop it up for viewing, or to sit comfortably in your child’s lap.

What an awesome way to let your kids enjoy the content they want to interact with while you have the peace of mind to know your device is safe!

Don’t forget to take advantage of the great Griffin offer before the end of the year.

iPad Stand Review – Wood is Good

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This is NOT an ordinary block of wood. It has a notch in it, which automatically makes it totally awesome. I could do many things with this particular block of wood. However, it was designed to accommodate an iPad! It holds the device in either Portrait or Landscape position. I can also easily set it up in order to type on the iPad.

The iEcostand is hand-made with hard wood in order to assure quality. The hinged arm swings out to give it even more stability and folds away for portability, and the stand itself is surprisingly lightweight. There is very little packaging used with this product, to help keep it as Eco-friendly as possible.

The iEcostand doesn’t only work for an iPad. You can also use it with your Kindle, an iPhone 4, an iPod touch, a Droid and many other devices. I’m also surprised to find that there are NO logos anywhere on the product itself. That’s important to me. I don’t want a product to beat me over the head with a logo or name. I have to hand it to iEcostand for not doing this.

One of my favorite things about this product is the fact that a portion of every sale goes to American Forests to help plant new trees.

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iPad Cases and Stands Roundup

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Over the course of the past month, I’ve received a handful of iPad accessories to try out. Most of these are stands or cases, and I wanted to try them out. Be sure to email me before you buy any of these products. I will do my best to get a coupon to you. With so many great things to choose from, how will I decide which is best for me?

I’ve been using the Griffin Elan Passport for a while now, but it may just be time for a change. I liked this particular product because it protects the iPad very well and it serves as both a stand and a case. If you wish to grab one of these for yourself or ANY of the Griffin products, be sure to use coupon code pirillo886 to save yourself some money.

Griffin also sent along the new Loop for my iPad. I love this little thing. It’s simple and unobtrusive. I use it in my living room. As you can see in the video, the iPad fits in there snugly in either portrait or landscape mode. I like that the grooves (notches?) in this stand are large enough to accomodate thin cases and covers.

The next stand in this montage is the UpStand from Just-Mobile. I really like this one. In fact, it’s been used on my desk right here in my home office ever since I received it. It looks great with the aluminum finish, and matches the decor around here well. It’s lightweight yet sturdy. It works very well, even with various cases on the iPad.

Another stand of sorts is the WedgePad. It’s sort of like a bean bag for the iPad. You can even strap your device in to keep it more stable. It works pretty well, and it’s definitely something different. It has a more relaxed look and feel for your surroundings.

Something I’m not likely to use on an ongoing basis came in from Hard Candy. The iPad case is actually difficult to get on. It certainly works alright, even if I’m not a huge fan of bright orange. They’ve made all of the appropriate slots in the case to accomodate the areas for charging and such.

The JAVOedge Fiber Axis case is very professional looking. It’s a nice carrying case. If you don’t really like skins this may be the product for you.

Speck sent along the CandyShell case and the See-Thru Satin case. The See-Thru case is both a translucent case AND a stand of sorts. It will work well with a docking station, which is cool. That’s an interesting idea. It feels very well constructed. The CandyShell is a rubberized shell. This product has the same flap in the back, which is cool. It’s shiny!! I love shiny! I’m not as happy about the logo being so large on the back, though.

The case that I have decided will be my new iPad case is the Cyber Acoustics Leather case. This company is local, hailing from Vancouver, Washington! I always like to support local companies whenever I can. It’s easy this time, since this is such a great product. It looks fantastic. There’s a piece of plastic on the inside to keep the device stable. There are rubber grips to hold it in place, and none of the speakers or ports are covered up. The Griffin Elan had that issue, which is why I’m not as happy with that item. This case also makes me feel nice and secure. It just FEELS like it’s secure as heck. You can also double-back one of the flaps and fold it into a well-stitched notch. Viola! You now have a stand, as well.

Each of the cases I’ve shown you are good products in their own rights. However, not all of them meet the needs that I have. We all look for different things, so any one of these could be just what YOU are looking for.

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iPhone Case Stand

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I can’t stand my iPhone – literally! It won’t stand up on its own. It’s impossible to watch any type of videos on the phone unless I hold it at a particular angle. Who wants to do that all of the time? Don’t even get me started on the fact that the sound is directed outwards instead of towards my ear. Why can’t I just have some type of case for the iPhone that will protect it, AND turn into a stand… AND direct the sound where it needs to go?

OH… what have we here? It’s the Projeto from ZeroChroma, which they kindly sent along for me to review. Snap it onto your iPhone and you’ll see how sturdy it is. It will protect the back perfectly. But wait… what’s this? Pop the little piece out in the back and it turns into a stand with eighteen different positions! There’s also a “Sound Scoop” to redirect the sounds right towards your ears.

Believe it or not, there are actually times you may need to have your phone standing up, people. The device will never salute you, but it can stand at attention and wait to fulfill your every need!

The Projeto is definitely an excellent multifunctional iPhone case, and I WILL be using it from now on. It’s no more expensive than plain cases at about $35.00. It comes in four colors: white, black, pink and grey metallic. HELLO! Why didn’t they send me the hot pink one? I’m just sayin’…

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iPad Stand

Jill Yamamoto asks:

I notice that you have a silver stand holding up your iPad in the live stream. May I ask what model that is and where you purchased it? I pre-ordered a 3G iPad and I’d like a stand for home use and a cover/stand for mobile use. For the mobile cover/stand, I’m looking at a Bookstand. Apart from the unfortunate color, it seems to have all the features I’m looking for. For now, I expect I’ll be setting up the iPad mostly at my desk while I learn about it.

It’s a Griffin A-Stand, and they sent it to me to review. My take? It works quite well as a stand, and accommodates the iPad in either landscape or portrait mode. I’ll be demonstrating it in an upcoming video, too (as I just recorded the official assessment tonight).


Moreover, the A-Stand blends well with the aluminum frame of the iPad! It seems like a natural extension of the device – moreso than the craptacular iPad case that Apple “developed.”

There are certainly going to be several stands in the marketplace, but I’m pretty happy with this one. The up-front Griffin logo is a tad unnecessary, but the stand is certainly functional.

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How do you Keep your Laptop Cool?

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If things look different in this video compared to others I’ve done, it’s because I have a new laptop stand. I’m not sure if I’ll use it as my primary stand, though. They’re usually designed to help make your notebook more ergonomic and comfortable for people, and helps keep it properly cooled. No matter what kind of notebook you have, they tend to overheat without proper airflow. Getting some type of laptop stand is a good thing for this reason. The one I normally use is a Targus. It has a couple of fans, and a couple of USB ports. The Alto from Logitech is the one I want to talk about today. First, let’s look at the features:

  • Notebook display riser: Elevates and extends your notebook’s display for viewing comfort. Relaxes you while making you more productive.
  • Full-sized keyboard: Type faster, with less fatigue. The integrated soft palm rest adds wrist support and keeps your hands away from the hot notebook surface.
  • One-touch hot keys: Get instant access to your digital music with media and volume controls. Additional hot keys instantly take you to your favorite applications, folders, and Web pages.
  • Multipurpose USB hub: Use three high-speed USB 2.0 ports to connect your favorite peripherals, including cordless mice, webcams, printers, and external drives.
  • Works with virtually any notebook: Use it with your current notebook—and your next one.
  • Easy setup and storage: Flip it open for instant use on almost any flat surface; fold it down for easy transport and storage.

I think this is a nice laptop stand, but it is really pricey. It looks good, and is really functional. It will make good office decor, for sure. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll grow to like it more over time. It makes my MacBook sit up entirely too high for my needs.


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