Posted in Accessories, Review

Snap Shield Cover by Belkin

Want to protect the back of your iPad2 without adding bulk, weight or interfering with the Smart Cover? Try the Belkin Snap Shield.

Although the Apple Smart cover has always been on my iPad2, I was hesitant to put a cover on the back. I tried different covers like hard plastic shells, but none felt right or interfered with the Smart Cover. Then, while in Best Buy, I saw the Snap Shield. It was light, had a velvety feel (for plastic, it was pretty good), did not cover up the Apple logo or interfere with the Smart Cover.

To my surprise, it felt right. It snaps right on. There is a slight, no slip grip feel to the plastic and I do not hesitate to put the iPad2 down on tables or counters.

The features include:

  • Compatible with iPad 2 Smart Cover from Apple
  • Integrated steel strip holds the magnetic Smart Cover open *** (My cover did not have a metal strip on the back to keep the Smart Cover open and attached to the back of the iPad2.)
  • Durable, translucent polycarbonate with soft-touch finish
  • Impact- and scratch-resistant protection
  • Slim, form-fitting design
  • Allows full access to ports and buttons
  • Camera lens cutout
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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There are different colors: clear, smoke and red. Belkin’s suggested retail price is $39.99 US but you can pick one up for about $29.00 US. You may even catch an online sale and pick one up for about $11.99. They are available at Best Buy, Amazon, etc.

The only slight downside is that when you open your Smart Cover and fold it around the back of the iPad2, the plastic is just thick enough to prevent the cover from sticking to the back. I have not found that to be a problem as I fold the cover in half and hold the iPad2 in my hand. Interestingly, Belkin describes the shield as coming with a metal strip to allow the cover to attach.

It is definitely worth checking out and I would recommend it without question.

Posted in Commentary

Now – Apple’s Latest iPad Commercial


Apple has released its latest commercial called “Now” related to the iPad2. “Now” creates interest by blending senses in an interesting way. The voice over states:

“Now we can watch a newspaper, listen to a magazine, curl up with a movie and see a phone call.

Now we can take a classroom anywhere, hold an entire bookstore and touch the stars.

Because now there’s this.”


Posted in Commentary

iPad 2 Arrives in 25 More Countries This Friday

Apple, Inc. has confirmed the international release of iPad2 will go forward.

“While competitors are still struggling to catch up with our first iPad, we’ve changed the game again with iPad 2,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re experiencing amazing demand for iPad 2 in the US, and customers around the world have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on it. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we are working hard to build enough iPads for everyone.”

Now, if you are in another country, you can wait in line too!

Posted in Commentary, Specs

iPad2 User Guide Available for Download

Apple, Inc. has posted the iPad2 User Guide for iOS 4.3 software. This 198 Page guide is a 16MB download. Everything from an overview of the iPad2 to a review of the included applications is covered. There are even some tips on troubleshooting.

If you want to read and use the PDF guide on your iPad, open this post in the safari browser on your iPad and click on this link. After the PDF loads, at the top right of your browser, you will have an option to open your PDF in a different app. Tap on “Open in…”  Choose the app you want to use to open the PDF. If you do not have any paid apps like GoodReader or ReadleDocs, you can open it in iBooks. Then, you can have the manual available on your iPad whenever you want.

Posted in Commentary

Conan Spoofs iPad2 Introduction

Conan O’Brien and company created a funny spoof commercial related to the introduction of the iPad2. If you are a fan of Apple and their commercials, you will recognize some of the themes.

Great quotes from the commercial…The iPad 2 is the culmination of literally 2 or 3 meetings…If we put pictures of water droplets on the desktop and kind of flattened it a little bit, people would just go nuts.