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Reviews: Targus Versavu Keyboard Case for iPad 3

 

With the introduction of the iPad, more people are leaving their laptops behind and taking their iPad instead. The world has become increasingly more mobile and this will only continue. One major downfall of an iPad vs. a traditional laptop is the slower typing speed and inability to type longer messages easily. That’s why Targus created the Versavu Keyboard Case for the iPad, allowing you to transform your iPad into a touch-screen laptop with out the weight of a laptop. The case itself is very well made and has a nice outer build. The initial setup with the iPad’s Bluetooth and the installation of the iPad itself into the cover was very easy. The keyboard came precharged so you could use it straight out of the box and not have to wait for it to charge first. The case was well made and you felt that your iPad was well protected. The keyboard was also very responsive and has a few extra inputs to control sound and the lock screen — both of which are very handy features. Another nice feature is the rotating screen so you can look at it vertically or horizontally. Also, although the price of the keyboard case (around $100) may seem high to some, it is similar to other keyboard cases. Before I go any further, lets check out the specs:

 

The Breakdown:

-Brand: Targus

-Name: Targus Versavu Keyboard Case for iPad 2

-Price: $99.99 USD

– Warranty: Limited One-Year Warranty

-Color: Black/ Gray Interior

-Intended for: iPad 2 (Other Models Made for iPad 1)

-Materials: Hard Outside Leather, Scratch Resistant Interior and Plastic Keyboard

-Size: 11.75”H x 8.30”L x 1.35”W

 

Point-Scaled Grading:

For reviewal of all products by The Real Mac Genius.com, a point-scale grading system is used to cover each individual aspect of the product. Said grades on varying scales are then weighed to determine a final score, which is then translated to an overall grade, as follows:

Style: 1-25 Given: 19
Price: 1-15 Given: 11
Quality materials: 1-15 Given: 15
Brand name: 1-10 Given: 8
Modern technologies: 1-15 Given: 15
Compatibility: 1-15 Given: 15
Ease of use: 1-5 Given: 5

OVERALL: 88/100 B+
For further explanation, continue reading.

 

Continued Evaluation:

I talked earlier about the pros of the Targus Versavu Keyboard Case, but now let’s discuss the cons. The biggest con is that in the horizontal screen view, the screen is tilted up a bit high making it harder to read – especially if you are not sitting at a desk using the keyboard. The vertical screen view is a lot better but makes the case top heavy and prone to tipping if you are not using it at a desk. I also disliked how the power button for the keyboard is hidden behind the iPad when you are in horizontal screen view. If you turn on your iPad but forget to turn on the keyboard case, you have to lift up your iPad to turn on the case. The case is also very bulky and the keys are very close together. However, it is fairly easy to get used to once you start using it.  One thing I didn’t get used to was the missing “?” key. I know they had to shrink the keyboard but I found myself constantly using what I thought should be the “?” key but instead clicking on the up arrow button. This key when used in conjunction with the Shift button you normally have to push to engage the “?” key, caused the keyboard to delete my text. Is the keyboard case a replacement for a full size keyboard? The answer is no. However, if you are looking for a way to leave your laptop at home and take your iPad on the road to do some fairly heavy typing, the Targus Versavu Case for the iPad 2 is a great solution. It is a relatively inexpensive investment that can maximize your productivity while lightening the load in your bag.

 

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Part Two Traveling with the iPad: Accessories

For Part Two of Traveling with the iPad I am going to show five great first-class accessories to bring with you on an international or domestic flight. These accessories will help keep you comfortable on the plane and get you to go through security fast. In the next post I will write about five economical accessories that could replace these accessories.

The five first-class options are more expensive, but well worth it. The first product is DODOcase for iPad and it cost about $60. It is very handy and protective of the iPad which makes it great for traveling. Next the Tumi Alpha T-Pass Small Screen Expandable Laptop Brief for $275 and the Electric Adapter that comes with a case for $50. The Tumi briefcase is great because it can be used for everyday use and for travel. It also has a feature that allows you to unzip the back of the briefcase and your computer will be in a safe cushion that is allowed to go through security check point scanners with out having to take your computer all the way out. Note the size of the bag for the size of your computer. Now for the Tumi adapter. The adapter is a little bulky, but it is very convenient, instead of having to carry a big box with a whole bunch of little clip ons you just have one whole piece. The way it works is that one end is where you plug in your end of your cord and the other end has a bunch of different converters, so all that you have to do is push out the one you need from the side. More over, for headphones I would recommend the Bowser’s and Wilkins P5 for $300. They are very comfortable to wear especially on a long flight. For the iPad keyboard you can get a great one from www.zagg.com for $100. It is great and if you don’t want to buy the DODOcase this works as a case too. Obviously, these are some really great products, but like everything good it comes with a price.

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Want to type faster on your iPhone?

Have you ever had a hard time typing on you iPhone, iPod Touch or even iPad, or just wanted to type faster. Here is a quick tip that can save you time and will allow you to type a little less. If you ever have to type .com, .org, .net, .edu, or .us on the iphone, then try holding down the “.” for a second and you should be present with a few different choice to choose from. However, if you are on the iPad, hold down the “.com” key and it will show you the .org, .edu, and .net buttons. This works in both Safari and Mail. Holding the key down for about a second works on a few different keys. Go ahead and check it out, and save yourself a little bit of time.

Meet the iPhone OS 4!

It’s difficult to tell who won MORE with Apple‘s newest release: the iPhone OS 4. With increased capabilities for both users AND developers, the iPhone OS 4 has not only answered the prayers of many a mac head, but also has given more tools to the common programmer. With a release date of late spring for the iPhone and fall for the iPad, developers are scurrying to download the newest Beta SDK and begin taking advantage of the newest additions to the iPhone OS.

Now, let’s compare the major innovations, first for the user, then the developer.

USERS:

The greatest addition to the OS and one for which users have been begging for since 2007 is MULTITASKING. Since that time, Apple has said that they have not wanted to sacrifice precious memory space and battery life for multitasking. However, they have reportedly found out how to implement third party multitasking, making the dream a reality. On their website, Apple elucidated how this will change the user experience: “You’ll be able to make a Voiceover IP call while playing a game or checking email, find a restaurant on Urbanspoon while listening to Pandora, and more.”

To my dismay, however, multitasking will only be available with iPhone 3GS and the third-generation iPod touch (32GB and 64GB models from late 2009). That means if you have an iPhone (3G) or 1st /2nd Generation iPod Touch, you’re out of luck on this feature. Apple says the hardware just doesn’t support the new software.

The message is clear: if you’re interested in taking advantage of all the new features that OS 4 has to offer, it’s time to part with your out-dated device.

THAT MEANS MY 3G HAS TO GO! It seems my decision to trade in my iPhone 3G for the iPad 3G makes even MORE sense than before. (Read that article here: Trading in my iPhone for the iPad.)

Another new feature that Jobs premiered today is FOLDERS. If you have pages and pages of apps on your iPhone, iPod Touch or new iPad, Folders will enable you to, as Apple says, “Organize apps into folders with drag-and-drop simplicity. ” This also means that you’ll get faster access to your favorite apps and browse and manage up to 2160 apps at once – many more than the current limit of 180 apps.

The next new feature is an app, namely iBOOKS – the iPad’s little brother app for the iPhone. While some consumers have recently complained that iBooks is only available for the iPad, Apple revealed this app for one last “In your face!” or, as Ali G might prefer, “BOO-YAH-KA-SHA!” According to Apple, the iPhone app, like the iPad version, will allow users to flip through the pages of a book they’ve downloaded from the iBookstore. In the new iBookstore, released in conjunction with the iPad, users can browse tens of thousands of books – many of which are free. You can even check out reviews and read sample pages before you buy.

The last major update is ENHANCED MAIL. Apple has coalesced email accounts making the mail client even easier to use. They report users can now “see messages from all their email accounts displayed together in a unified inbox, switch between inboxes more quickly, organize messages by threads, and even open attachments in third-party apps.”

Summary of updates for Users:

MULTITASKING
FOLDERS
iBOOKS (already available on iPad)
ENHANCED MAIL
BLUETOOTH KEYBOARD SUPPORT, and with SPELL CHECK (already available on iPad)
USER-DEFINED WALLPAPER
TAP TO FOCUS when recording VIDEO & 5X DIGITAL ZOOM for the Camera
PLAYLIST CREATION
GAME CENTER – iPhone game achievements, leader boards, and match making (think like Xbox Live!)

DEVELOPERS:

The new Beta SDK will be available to developers, starting TODAY (4/8)! What will be available to them in this new OS, you ask? To start, the iPhone OS 4 has 1,500 new APIs and, thanks to the new multitasking feature, developers can utilize background audio, VoIP, location data collection, and local notifications (no more “push” notifications).

For applications, one of the most innovative changes comes with the new iAd. iAd is Apple’s answer to more interactive mobile advertising that can be integrated directly into the app without needing to shut the app off. This comes compliments of Quattro Wireless, consolation prize and competitor of AdMob, who, though initially in acquisition talks with Apple, was stolen away by Google. The irony here is that, now, the Federal Trade Commission (the people who OK  or stop companies from a merger that would create a monopoly) has blocked the acquisition fearing monopolization of the mobile and internet ad industry. It’s as though, “if Apple can’t have them, no one can!” What a jealous lover Apple can be!

With this new iAd integration, free apps will feature rich media ads that will “combine the emotion of TV with the interactivity of the web.” Therefore, while iAd will keep you in the app, it will take over the screen and even add interactivity — using HTML 5 for video. For developers, Apple will offer a 60 / 40 split on revenue, and users can even buy apps straight from an ad.

Summary of updates for Developers:

Thanks to the new multitasking feature:
BACKGROUND AUDIO
BACKGROUND VoIP
BACKGROUND LOCATION DATA, both with live GPS for background turn-by-turn, and cell tower-based
FAST APP SWITCHING
LOCAL NOTIFICATIONS including “push”-like notifications but from the app itself, bypassing the need for a “push notification server”

iAd (it’s a big one, so it gets its own line…)

IN-APP SMS
MAP OVERLAY
“QUICK LOOK” to preview documents
PHOTO LIBRARY ACCESS
CALENDAR ACCESS
FULL CAMERA ACCESS
VIDEO PLAYBACK / CAPTURE
“DATA DETECTORS” for dates and address
AUTOMATED ANALYSIS: performance / power testing

In the Q&A section, Jobs and Scott Forstall (SR. VP of iPhone Software) took questions regarding the new multitasking. When asked how one closes the applications when multitasking, Forstall responded “You don’t have to. The user uses things and doesn’t ever have to worry about it.” Jobs added, jabbing at the netbook computer culture, “It’s like we said on the iPad, if you see a stylus, they blew it. In multitasking, if you see a task manager, they blew it. Users shouldn’t ever have to think about it!”

Thanks for looking out for us, Jobs! You’re the man!