Review: SurfacePad for iPhone 6 and iPad

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Date: Monday, November 17th, 2014, 08:14
Category: Accessory, Cases, iPad, iPhone, iPhone 6

SurfacePad iPhone 6 - Jason O'GradySome people use cases on their iPhones, some people don’t. If you’re in the second group I’m going to give you reason to consider a case.

While purists don’t want to cover the iPhone 6′s smooth, elegant curves, it’s easy to scratch its beautiful retina display (and aluminum back) while bouncing around in a pocket, bag or purse with a set of keys – and whatever else you might have in there.

What to do?

The good news is that you don’t have to cover your iPhone with a flak jacket or suit of armor to protect your investment, there’s a nice middle ground.

Enter the SurfacePad for iPhone ($49.99) by Twelve South. Its a slim, leather, folio-type case that adds barely any heft and just enough coverage to protect the front and back of your iPhone – without covering its trademark curves.

The SurfacePad sticks to the back of the iPhone 6 with an adhesive that’s removable and reusable. I didn’t stick mine on straight the first time and removed and reapplied it a couple of times before I got it perfect. The flap wraps around to cover the screen of the iPhone and includes pockets for two cards (like a debit card and driver’s license) on the inside front cover.

When combined with Apple Pay SurfacePad makes a compelling case for ditching the bulky, old-school wallet.

The volume buttons (along the left side) are still usable through the soft Napa leather and there’s a notched cutout for the camera lens and flash. The front flap doubles as a stand (for watching slideshows and movies) when flipped around back and the supple leather both looks and feels great. The contrasting stitching adds a touch of style and distinguishes the SurfacePad from all the anonymous cases on the market.

Don’t get complacent though. Front and rear flaps only provide a limited amount of protection, that while helpful, won’t protect your iPhone from impact against a hard surface. That’s the tradeoff with a case like the SurfacePad, it’s so thin that you won’t notice it in your pocket, but it also won’t protect your iPhone’s edges if you drop it on the sidewalk.

I’ve been using the SurfacePad (with debit card and DL) on my iPhone 6 for a week and haven’t needed to reach for my wallet once. SurfacePad is just the excuse I’ve been looking for to dump my bulky leather wallet for good.

SurfacePad is available in black, red, white and my personal favorite, camel for $39.99 (iPhone 6) and $49.99 (iPhone 6 Plus).

Pictures of the SurfacePad for iPhone 6 – and the similarly beautiful SurfacePad for iPad – after the jump.

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Review: mPact Glass Extreme Screen Protection for the iPhone 6

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Date: Thursday, November 13th, 2014, 08:19
Category: Accessory, iPhone 6

mPact Glass Extreme Screen Protection for the iPhone 6 - Jason O'Grady

Ever since I can remember I’ve installed a screen film on the front of my iPhone. I’m rough on my electronics and iPhone screens take a lot of abuse.

My iPhone is a tool and I treat it like the utility that it is. While it’s a rather expensive (and fragile) tool, it gets tossed into some of the most treacherous places on the planet (pockets, bags, cup holders) and mine gets handled by one of the most unpredictable forces known to mankind – children.

I’ve always gravitated toward Japanese PET films – made from a PolyEthylene Terephthalate resin – from Zagg, and most recently Power Support, until my colleague Rob Parker (a film and video pro) introduced me to glass screen protectors a few years back. The benefit is that glass screen protection doesn’t affect screen sensitivity nor image quality.

Since that moment I’ve insisted on glass screen protectors and I won’t go back to traditional PET-based films. My new ride is mPact Glass Screen Protection ($59.99), which fits my iPhone 6 perfectly and works like a charm. It doesn’t go all the way to the edge so it won’t interfere with cases and frankly, it can’t because of the iPhone 6′s voluptuous curves.

The mPact glass is 0.4mm thick (about twice as thick as PET films) and is heat and pressure resistant for extreme screen protection. It’s coated with a shatterproof film and is both antibacterial and oleophobic which reduces germs and smudges.

Mine installed easily and has been a great addition to a great iPhone, While it wasn’t inexpensive, neither was the iPhone that it’s protecting.

Oh, and that sweet leather folio case? More on that in another installment.

Video shows new, reversible USB cable for iPhone 6

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Date: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 16:54
Category: Accessory, Apple, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone 6, Lightning, Patents, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Last week presented us with a look at a new cable rumored to be coming from Apple with the iPhone 6. This new USB to Lightning cable has a reversible USB connector, meaning you can insert it into an ordinary USB port in both orientations just like the Lightning end. Now MacRumors points us toward a video, posted by the same person as earlier photos, showing the cable being plugged in both ways.

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Evidence that Apple is releasing two new iPhone 6 models?

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Date: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 08:07
Category: Apple, Hardware, iPhone, iPhone 6, Rumor

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Countless rumors and reports, including ones here on the PowerPage, have all but taken it for granted now that Apple will be announcing two new models of iPhone next month. Spy photos and prototype cases have been pointing to a 4.7 inch (screen) model and a 5.5 inch model, the latter being Apple’s entry into the “phablet” market. While the more reasonable seeming 4.7 inch iPhone 6 hasn’t been confirmed, an agency in Thailand says it has absolute proof that two different models exist.

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Apple expected to roll out new iPhones at September 9th event

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Date: Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 08:21
Category: Apple, Event, Hardware, iOS, iPhone 6, Rumor

Apple-stage

According to tech news site Re/code, Apple has scheduled a media event for September 9th. If Apple follows suit with events in Septembers past, the focal point will be all about Apple’s next-generation iPhones. In barely over a month, we’ll finally know the final details on the new devices, which rumors declare will feature larger displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches and run speedy new A8 processors. Additional rumors floating around are that delays in the production of the 5.5 inch model will mean Apple is likely to announce that availability of Apple’s entry into the “phablet” market will trail the 4.7 inch model by at least a month. Along with the new iPhones will be announcements regarding iOS 8, which are expected to debut on the new devices and be available for older devices sometime after September 17th according to Ars Technica. As with previous events, it will probably be held at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

 

 

iPhone 6 clones almost perfectly mimic an Apple device

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Date: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014, 08:01
Category: Android, Apple, Hardware, iOS, iPhone 6, User Interface

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Apple may have a new competitor to its upcoming 4.7 inch iPhone 6, but now they’ll have to compete against their own designs. Some sources have been reporting that iPhone 6 “clones” are showing up in China that closely resemble the so-called iPhone 6 prototypes that have been leaked. One such reporter, Danny Winget, got his hands on one and created a video showing off the device. The device looks like it is running iOS (although he keeps saying iOS 8, I don’t see anything indicating this instead of iOS 7), but the device is in fact running a version of Android with an impressive iOS makeover.

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