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Logitech Spanish / English Ultrathin Keyboard Cover Black for iPad 2 and iPad (3rd/4th generation) (920-004413)

  • Clip-and-go design: Magnetic clip instantly attaches the keyboard cover securely to your iPad 2 and iPad (3rd Generation)
  • Versatile iPad stand: Holds your iPad 3 at the optimum viewing angle in either portrait or landscape position
  • Instant on/off: Automatically wakes and sleeps your iPad when you open and close the cover
  • Color Black
  • Designed to work for both languages, Spanish and English

The Logitech 920-004413 ultrathin Spanish / English keyboard is the perfect companion for your iPad 2 and new iPad. It features a clip-and-go design which means one magnetic clip instantly attaches the keyboard cover securely to your iPad 2 and iPad 3. Versatile iPad stand holds your iPad 3 at the optimum viewing angle in either portrait or landscape position. Instant on/off function automatically wakes and sleeps your iPad when you open or close the case.


All the mysteries held to the rest when Apple has officially revealed the new generation of iPad. Rumors and leaked information has entitled the latest version as iPad3. This version is no more known as iPad3. The technological world has swapped its name to the iPad 2012.

The un-boxing of the new iPad is showcasing multiple new features of the product. Apple has given the world something to touch and enjoy the numerous alarming features. Apple has anticipated that this tablet will become the hot selling tablet for the year 2012. In the nutshell, Apple has set the benchmarking features in its new iTouch device.

The list of the features of new iPad 2012 is explained below:

  1. New Processor: Apple has launched new iPad 3 with the A5X processor. This processor has quad core graphics. This has made the iPad3 as strong as any high end desktop. iPad 2 was having the dual core processor and was entitled as the powerful tablets of its time. iPad 3 has set a new benchmark and it will give tough time to the competition.
  2. Retina display: The high definition display of iPad3 is the highest display on any tablet. The screen of the iPad3 works on 3.1 million pixels or 2048 x 1536 pixels. The existing applications of iPad will give high display and user can enjoy the apps with much better resolution. Additionally, the display will enthusiast the developers to launch high graphic apps for iPad3.
  3. Cloud computing: iCloud technology that was lauched back in 2011 is the part of the new iPad3. Users can use the iClouding for directly downloading the apps, photos, songs, calendars and music from iTunes. They do not need to use their iPad memory for storing the data.
  4. Weight and design: The weight of the new iPad3 is 662 grams. This device is 61 grams heavier than the old version. The design of the iPad3 is much similar to that of the iPad2. Apple has not worked on improving the appearance of the iPad.
  5. Camera: The camera in the iPad3 is of 5 megapixels. It has ability to capture the 1080 by 720p of video recording. Moreover, it can work over the 60 frames per second. The camera of iPad3 is improved than its predecessor.
  6. 4G LTE: The iPad 2012 is capable of 4G LTE. The iPad3 has great wireless connectivity, as it comes with the EV-DO (3.1 Mbps), dual carrier HSDPA (42 Mbps), HSPA+ (21 Mbps) and LTE (73 Mbps). Users will be able to enjoy high speed connectivity with this device.
  7. Siri technology: The new iPad3 is installed with the siri technology. This will allow the iPad3 to support the voice recognition and the navigations. The new siri technology will support more languages, like French, British English, Australian English, American English, Japanese and French.
  8. Fingerprint proof: The screen of the new iPad3 is fingerprint resistant. It will not make any mark of oil and the fingerprints on screen. The screen is installed with the oleophobic coating.

These magical features have raised the par of competition and set the benchmark for the other tablets. Android will have to work hard for beating the high spec features of iPad 2012.

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iPad in Use with Special Needs Children

The Magazine has become one of my favorite regular reads on the iPad. I’ve read a number of great pieces on a wide range of topics in it over recent months. This week one particular article in Issue 9 drew me in and ended up being great read and a great feel-good piece as well.

The article is titled Re-Enabled – iOS’s impact on those with impairments isn’t just a marketing slide; it’s profound, and was written by Steven Aquino.

The marketing slide reference is to a brief moment during last year’s WWDC keynote event where Soctt Forstall highlighted the new Guided Access feature of iOS and showed a slide of a autistic boy using an iPad (shown above). Here’s why Aquino is uniquely qualified to write about how this works in the real world:

That scenario plays out for me every day. I work with special-needs children, and I also have a severe visual impairment.

And here’s a little excerpt that shows just how effective the iPad and iOS are proving with Aquino and the kids he works with:

You might suspect that the iPad’s whiz-bang interaction would distract our kids. But we’ve found that it keeps our students attentive and engaged far better and longer than any of our conventional tools. And with Guided Access, I can ensure that they stay on task by locking them into the app I want them to use. Moreover, the iPad is a tool they want to learn on and use. The iPad has nearly obviated the need (and the desire) to keep utilizing older materials, because the iPad is capable of helping our students grasp the necessary concepts in a modern, engaging way.

The whole piece is a superb and inspiring read. You can see it in Issue 9 (January 31) of The Magazine, or online here:

Kindle Fire HD vs iPad Mini

A few years ago, almost no one had a tablet. These days, tablets are nearly as common as air. As they’ve risen in popularity, so has the number of options you have when buying one.

One of the more recent trends in the world of tablets has been the smaller form factor. No longer are we required to lug around a full 9.7″ iPad or a 10.1″ Motorola Xoom. Instead, we have a wide variety of 7″ tablets that tuck nicely into your jacket pocket or purse.

The two most popular on the market are the Kindle Fire HD and the iPad Mini. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. If you’re looking to just own one, which should you go with?

iPad Mini

iPad Mini: The Good

The iPad Mini is everything you’ve come to know and love from the full-sized iPad, shrunk down to a 7″ form factor. The first version of the iPad Mini is essentially a shrunk-down iPad 2 – the last model before Retina display took its grasp on the iDevice world. The screen isn’t as sharp as it is on newer iPads, but the iPad Mini 2nd Gen (which will be out sometime in 2013) will have Retina. (Rumor Mill Guaranteed).

The iPad Mini’s biggest strength is its app catalog. It’s able to run every app in the App Store, which is far and away the number one reason to buy an Apple tablet over any other brand. Whether you’re talking productivity, games or anything in between, the best apps almost always go to Apple first, and then make their way to Android.

Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD: The Good

On a tighter budget? The Kindle Fire HD 7″ is $199 – two thirds the price of the iPad Mini’s $329 entry point. With more hardware power (and with a much better screen!), the Kindle Fire HD packs far more punch than Apple’s 7″ tablet. If you’re looking for bang for your buck, you absolutely get it here.

The Kindle Fire is, essentially, an Amazon digital content portal. Whether you’re talking about Kindle eBooks, Amazon mp3, Amazon Instant Video or Amazon’s own app store, everything Amazon is known for in the digital content realm is at home on the Kindle Fire. (Amazon actually takes a slight financial hit for each Kindle Fire it sells, with the ultimate goal to make that up in content sales.)

Where One Succeeds, The Other Fails

The iPad Mini has more content available for you to browse. It has more games, it has more productivity apps and it has more eBooks (you can download a Kindle app to it, as well as a Nook app, Kobo app, etc.). The higher price point brings with it serious advantages.

The iPad Mini’s OS is also more flexible. The Kindle Fire runs a modified version of Android, which doesn’t run every Android app that’s out there. This is not a huge problem, but it is something you must consider. When the first-gen Kindle Fire came out, it could really only be thought of as an eReader, but Amazon is dedicated to making the Kindle Fire platform iPad competitive, so more and more apps are becoming available each and every day.

Amazon has most (though not all) of the apps you’d want, all available for download through your device or on Plus, Amazon has a daily “free Kindle Fire app” on its website, which provides a paid app every day for free. One click and it’s yours.

What’s the Bottom Line?

The iPad Mini is a fashion accessory with complete iPad 2 capability in a 7″ size. If you want an iPad, nothing else will do. However, if this is a secondary device (if you already had an iPad, for example, and this is for the kids), the $199 Kindle Fire is a lot of hardware for the money and, head-to-head, it has more horsepower than the iPad Mini.

Just keep in mind, later this year, when the iPad Mini 2 comes out, it will blow the Kindle Fire HD out of the water. Fashion or Function? It’s your choice.


Best Hardware: Kindle Fire HD (The specs do not lie!)

Best Software: iPad Mini (No argument)

Best Overall Value: Kindle Fire HD (Nerd/Geek bragging rights)

Best Overall Fashion Accessory: iPad Mini (Fanboy bragging rights)

Are you ready for an iPad with beefier memory? A new fourth-generation iPad with Retina display — and perhaps as much as 128 gigabytes of memory — is being readied for release, sources tell 9to5Mac. The upcoming slate would not be a new design but rather an addition to the current fourth-generation line, with the same color and wireless combinations as the iPad 4, these unnamed sources say. Pricing is unknown, but the new model is described as a “premium SKU” (stock keeping unity) that would join the current lineup of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB iPads. A source at a large U.S. retailer provided 9to5Mac with what is purportedly a new SKU listing for iPads that includes a fourth model labeled as “Ultimate” to join its current lineup.

Read the full story at CNET.

Apple CEO Tim Cook responded to questions about the issue of potential cannibalization of Mac sales by iPad devices on today’s earnings call, a question made more timely by the fact that Mac sales were down considerably on the quarter. He reiterated that supply constraints are leading to fewer sales, but also tackled cannibalization as a broad topic, noting that there is opportunity there for the iPad in a couple of important ways.

Cook reiterated that Apple “never fear[s] cannibalization,” since it’s always better to cannibalize your own products rather than have someone else do it to you. But then he went on to address the larger picture, talking about the PC market in general. ”On iPad in particular we have the mother of all opportunities here, because the Windows market is much larger than the Mac market,” he said. “I’ve said in the past that I believe the tablet market would be larger than the PC market at some point and I still believe that.”

Another point he made sure to bring up was the so-called “halo effect” that the iPhone has been shown to have, whereby first-time buyers of Apple devices who pick one up tend to then purchase other products. The iPad, too, has plenty of potential to trigger that phenomenon.

“If someone buys an iPad mini or an iPad and it’s their first Apple product, we have great experience over the years knowing that there’s a great percentage they’ll buy another iPad product,” he said. “We’re very confident that that will happen and we’re seeing some evidence of that on the iPad as well, so I see cannibalization as a huge opportunity.”

Cannibalization is something Apple has always embraced, but that’s because the products that replace it always tend to rack up way more sales than the ones they’re pushing to the periphery. The Mac may be on the decline, but as long as the iPad continues to shine, it’s true that that’s likely of limited concern to Apple and its top brass.

Apple beat expectations and sold 3 million iPads over the past three days. This doubles the previous record launch last March, when Apple sold 1.5 million WiFi-only retina iPads in the first three days. This figure represents the total of both iPad mini sales and 4th generation iPads. Apple’s press release didn’t break down how many of each were sold, though analysts estimated that about 2.3 million of those sold this weekend were the iPad mini. Some analysts think that the iPad mini will continue to outsell the full-sized iPad. “Customers around the world love the new iPad mini and fourth generation iPad,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook in the press release. “We set a new launch weekend record and practically sold out of iPad minis. We’re working hard to build more quickly to meet the incredible demand.” No doubt we’ll see another surge in sales when the 4G LTE models of both iPads become available later this month.


Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 Technically, according to my credit card company, I already own an iPad mini. But that doesn’t mean I have it in my clean little hands yet. In fact, (cue the sad violin) mine isn’t due to arrive until around Thanksgiving since I went ahead and ordered the Cellular capable model. Nonetheless, some of my colleagues have been fortunate enough to have gotten their mitts on an early release of the highly anticipated iPad mini. So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite tidbits from the first crop of reviews of the new Apple iPad mini: As a preface, one of my favorite observations right off the bat, comes from an astute reader at the Endgadget site. In the wake of a rather ironic public outcry for mediocrity, a commenter had this to say in the forum: “Apple is a premium brand. Their products will always come at a premium. That’s why it’s expensive, like any other premium brand. They charge more because their goal isn’t to make the best cheap tablet, it’s to make the best small tablet. And that comes at a premium. It’s for customers who want that. Apple fills that market. So don’t be shocked when their products’ prices don’t compare to their competitors who have lesser build quality and lesser customer service. If you don’t want to pay BMW prices, you can buy a Ford.” Now, with that in mind, let’s move forward. One of the most impressive things I found with these reviews is their consensus that the iPad mini has immediately raised the bar, instantly becoming the best small tablet (despite Apple’s omission of a Retina display) in a category where other companies have had time to make a dent and gain a foothold. Read on for snippets of expert’s hand-on analysis of the game-changing iPad mini.


Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 Jim Dalrymple of The Loop had this to say about his time spent with his new mini: “In addition to using the iPad mini in my normal daily tasks, I also found that I would pick up the mini and use it where I normally wouldn’t use the iPad. For instance, if I’m on a phone call, I would typically use my iPhone to look things up while I walk around or type notes, look at Web sites and things like that. Now, I’m using the iPad mini because it’s compact enough to carry around, but not so large that it’s cumbersome. With the iPad mini in portrait, I can type with two thumbs, much the same way I do with my iPhone. I don’t know if everyone will be able to do this as comfortably as I can, but I suspect they will. My hands are not abnormally large, so it should work fine. If there was one thing I was surprised with, it would be that the iPad mini doesn’t have a Retina display. It surely gives Apple some room to upgrade the device if they want to next year, but that’s the only thing I would really add to the mini. I suppose the decision makes sense if it keeps the cost down. It’s not like you are shocked looking at the existing screen, it is very nice. About those other tablets: I went to a local big box retailer and used every tablet they had in the store, including Microsoft’s new Surface. The difference was immediately clear. The quality of these other tablets is so inferior to what Apple manufactures that they felt like plastic toys in your hands. All of the tablets, all of them, bend when you hold them. They are made of cheap plastic parts and the casing felt like it would snap. Until now, these were the only mid-sized tablets I have ever used and they were awful. That’s what I was basing my opinion on. I tapped on a link four times on the surface before it would do anything. After it finally went to the page, I only had to tap the back arrow three times to get back. I am a firm believer in “you get what you pay for.” The iPad mini is a perfect example of that. If you want to save $50 and buy a cheap-ass tablet, go ahead. If you want quality the iPad mini will be waiting for you when you come to your senses. Bottom Line: I was really surprised with how much I used the iPad mini in my daily routine – more than the 10-inch iPad. There are a couple of things you have to remember with the iPad mini. First, it isn’t just a smaller iPad, but rather it feels like its own device. The second thing is that what seems like a little bit of extra screen real estate on the iPad mini makes a huge difference. Everything just works on the mini – all of your old apps, iCloud, everything. It works.” 



Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 While Endgadget’s Tim Stevens had this to say about this revolutionary small tablet: “As we put this one through its paces it quickly became clear that this is far more than a cheaper, smaller iPad. This is a thinner, lighter device that deserves independent consideration. In many ways, it’s actually better than the 10-inch slate from which it was born. The iPad mini looks a lot more like a blown-up iPod touch than a shrunken-down fourth-generation iPad.Apple wanted to be very clear at its product-packed iPad mini launch event that this isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad. And, indeed, that starts with a very different case design. While the second, third and fourth generations of iPads have all been more or less indistinguishable, the iPad mini’s anodized aluminum back looks entirely different. In fact, the whole thing looks a lot more like a blown-up fifth-generation iPod touch than a shrunken-down fourth-generation iPad. This isn’t just an Apple tablet made to a budget. This isn’t just a shrunken-down iPad. This is, in many ways, Apple’s best tablet yet, an incredibly thin, remarkably light, obviously well-constructed device that offers phenomenal battery life. No, the performance doesn’t match Apple’s latest and yes, that display is a little lacking in resolution, but nothing else here will leave you wanting. At $329, this has a lot to offer over even Apple’s more expensive tablets. The iPad mini is well worth considering for anybody currently in the market for a tablet. Its cost is compelling, its design superb and it of course gives access to the best selection of tablet-optimized apps on the market. To consider it just a cheap, tiny iPad is a disservice. This is, simply, a great tablet.” 


Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 Scott Stein with CNET gave us this review:  “What’s unique about the Mini? Without a doubt, it’s the design. It’s cute, it’s discreet, and it’s very, very light. It feels like a whole new device for Apple. It’s light enough to hold in one hand, something the iPad was never really able to achieve for extended periods of time. It’s bedroom-cozy. Other full-fledged 7-inch tablets feel heavier and bulging by comparison. This is a new standard for little-tablet design. It makes the iPad feel fresh. After a week of using the iPad Mini, it seems to find a way to follow me everywhere. It’s extremely addicting, and fun to use. The Mini truly feels like a large iPod Touch, which is exactly what we used to call the iPad back in 2010. It’s far more apt now. You probably won’t think that, though, because the iPad Mini won’t fit in your pocket, or even your jacket pocket. It’s more of a purse, small bag, or large-jacket pocket device. It’ll fit wherever you’d fit a softcover book. The construction feels solid, stellar, fun to hold. The home button clicks crisply. It doesn’t feel like a lower-priced product in your hands. It might be, in terms of form, the most addictive iOS product in existence. And it’s perfectly sized for kid hands. It’s a far easier car device and travel device.” 



Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

John Gruber from Daring Fireball had this praise for the iPad mini: “It’s really light and easy to hold one-handed. The hardware design – chamfered edges, less tapered back, metal rather than plastic buttons – strikes me as better, more elegant, than that of the full-size iPad 3/4. But it’s disappointing to go non-retina after using the retina iPad for the last seven months. All of the accolades and advantages of retina displays work in reverse. I adore the size and form factor of the iPad Mini, but I also adore the retina display on my full-size iPad. My ideal iPad would be a Mini with a retina display. The actual iPad Mini display is not terrible. It’s exactly what you think: it feels like an iPhone 3GS display cut to iPad size, including the fact that the pixels seem deeper from the surface of the glass. (It does seem brighter and more vibrant than a 3GS display, perhaps because it uses an IPS panel.) And after a week of using it as my main iPad, the individually discernible pixels are no longer jarring to my eyes. The non-retina resolution is the one and only significant complaint I have with the iPad Mini, and it’s an issue that is only apparent to those of us who already own a nearly-new iPad. If the Mini had a retina display, I’d switch from the iPad 3 in a heartbeat. As it stands, I’m going to switch anyway. Going non-retina is a particularly bitter pill for me, but I like the iPad Mini’s size and weight so much that I’m going to swallow it. My guess is that this is going to play out much like the iPod and iPod Mini back in 2004: the full-size model will continue to sell strongly, but the Mini is going to become the bestselling model.” 




David Pogue at the New York Times put it succinctly:


“Over all, the Mini gives you all the iPad goodness in a more manageable size, and it’s awesome. You could argue that the iPad Mini is what the iPad always wanted to be.”




Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

Walt Mossberg from AllThingsD/The Wall Street Journal had this to share after spending a week with the iPad mini: 

 “In shrinking the iconic iPad, Apple has pulled off an impressive feat. It has managed to create a tablet that’s notably thinner and lighter than the leading small competitors with 7-inch screens, while squeezing in a significantly roomier 7.9-inch display. And it has shunned the plastic construction used in its smaller rivals to retain the iPad’s sturdier aluminum and glass body. I’ve been testing the iPad mini for several days and found it does exactly what it promises: It brings the iPad experience to a smaller device. Every app that ran on my larger iPad ran perfectly on the mini. I was able to use it one-handed and hold it for long periods of time without tiring. My only complaints were that it’s a tad too wide to fit in most of my pockets, and the screen resolution is a big step backwards from the Retina display on the current large iPad. But it’s about 30 percent thinner than the leading 7-inch competitors, the Google Nexus 7 and the Amazon Kindle Fire 7. And it’s about 9 percent lighter than the Nexus and about 22 percent lighter than the Fire HD. It’s very slightly narrower across than the Fire HD, but about 11 percent wider than the Nexus. I found it easy to hold with one hand, though the width might be a bit too much for some people with smaller hands. Even though the mini is thinner and lighter than the leading 7-inch tablets, its larger screen provides about 35 percent more room for viewing content like books and Web pages. I found it easy to see and read material on the screen and to tap and swipe.” 



Siva's Roundup: iPad mini reviews

 And finally, these words from Joshua Topolsky of The Verge: “Moments after I held the iPad mini at Apple’s event in San Jose, I hurriedly wrote that it made other tablets in this class feel like toys. Perhaps I was a bit hard on the competition in the heat of the moment, but I will say that there isn’t a single product in the 7-inch tablet market that comes close to the look, feel, or build quality of the new iPad. It is absolutely gorgeous to see, and in your hand has the reassuring solidness of a product that’s built to last. The iPad mini is an excellent tablet – but it’s not a very cheap one. Whether that’s by design, or due to market forces beyond Apple’s control, I can’t say for sure. I can’t think of another company that cares as much about how its products are designed and built – or one that knows how to maximize a supply chain as skillfully – so something tells me it’s no accident that this tablet isn’t selling for $200. It doesn’t feel like Apple is racing to some lowest-price bottom – rather it seems to be trying to raise the floor. And it does raise the floor here. There’s no tablet in this size range that’s as beautifully constructed, works as flawlessly, or has such an incredible software selection. Would I prefer a higher-res display? Certainly. Would I trade it for the app selection or hardware design? For the consistency and smoothness of its software, or reliability of its battery? Absolutely not. And as someone who’s been living with (and loving) Google’s Nexus 7 tablet for a few months, I don’t say that lightly. The iPad mini hasn’t wrapped up the “cheapest tablet” market by any stretch of the imagination. But the “best small tablet” market? Consider it captured.” 


The full reviews are very detailed and informative and if these snippets weren’t enough to satisfy your eager curiosity, I encourage you to follow the links above to their respective sites for the full run downs. And stay tuned; as you might imagine, once my iPad mini arrives I’ll be joining in the fray with my own hands-on reviews, field tests and feedback!

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