The Case Logic Kontrast Action Camera Case- a Great Solution for Organizing Your #GoPro and Accessories


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Summary

The Kontrast Action Camera Case is a great option for organizing and carrying your GoPro and accessories, the moveable compartment dividers allow it to be adjusted to fit other action cams.. My favorite features are the padded, moveable compartment dividers, the tough waterproof base, and the detailed organizational features with lots of pockets, compartments and removable zippered pouch.

Our Rating

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GroPro and other action cameras are very popular at the moment and there are huge numbers of accessories available for them. I bought my husband a GroPro for his birthday, and his solution was to carry it and its accessories in a cardboard box so I have been searching for a better solution! I found it in the Kontrast Action Camera Case from Case Logic.

The Kontrast is a very well designed case for organizing your GroPro, mounts, chargers, spare micro-SD cards and other accessories. It is black with neon green trim. The case has dual zippers which can be closed with a luggage lock for extra security.

It is a zip-up case with a padded carrying handle, quite compact in size at 10.6 x 3.7 x 6.9 in and weighing 0.79 lb. The outer case is made from black polyester material and it has a solid, waterproof base which is great for keeping everything dry when putting it down in wet or snowy environments.

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Inside the main compartment is divided by padded barriers – these velcro in place so can be moved to whatever configuration works best for you. There is also a smaller zippered pouch that fits inside here and velcro’s in place. This is a great place to store charging cables, battery chargers and other small important items. Although the main case is black the lining and dividers are grey and bright green  making it much easier to spot things than with a black lining. Inside the lid there is also organized storage – with a long narrow zippered pocket and 2 smaller pockets with velcro closures perfectly sized for Micro-SD cards and readers.

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Overall, the Kontrast Action Camera Case is a great option for organizing and carrying your GroPro and accessories, and the moveable compartment dividers allow it to be adjusted to fit other action cams. My favorite features are the padded, moveable compartment dividers, the tough waterproof base, and the detailed organizational features with lots of pockets, compartments and removable zippered pouch.

Available from  Case Logic, Amazon, B&H Photo, Fry’s Electronics and other retailers RRP $39.99

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

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Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review of the Impact Mesh iPad Mini Case by Tech 21


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Pros…

Very slim and lightweight, advanced impact resistant material

Cons…

Volume and power buttons hard to operate through case, best used with Smart Cover to protect screen.

Summary

Overall if you want a protective case for your iPad Mini whilst maintaining its slim, sleek lightweight profile, the Tech 21 Impact Mesh is a good option, it is made from an innovative material that gives very good impact protection in a slim package; however I wouldn’t recommend it for use with children or others with fine motor issues as the volume and power buttons on the case are very stiff and require a lot of pressure to operate.

Our Rating

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Tech 21 are a British company that specialize in making impact resident cases for Apple devices. I first came across Tech 21 at The International Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas and was impressed by how slimline they were for protective cases, so I was interested in checking them out in more detail. I tested the Impact Mesh Case for iPad Mini with an original iPad Mini. This case is available in 4 color choices: Clear, Smokey, Pink and Blue and is available for all iPad Mini models.

The case is made from a very interesting material –  D3O® impact material which absorbs and dissipates impact. This is a polymer, which in its raw state is a liquid, but when exposed to impact the molecules lock together to become rigid which dissipates the force. The larger the force the more the molecules lock together, thus protecting your device more  You can read more about this on the Tech 21 website.

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The Impact Mesh Case is transparent with a hint of color, it is smooth on the outside with a mesh pattern inside which shows through the case. It is quite flexible and easy to put onto the iPad Mini, snapping on over the 4 corners. It has cutouts over the speakers, charging port, headphone jack and mute button, with button covers over the volume control and the power button. It is designed to work with the Apple Smart Cover and so has a large cutout running almost the entire length of one long side.

This is a very slim, lightweight case it only weighs 73gm (less than 3oz) and hardly adds anything to the height or width of the Mini, and makes it about 3mm thicker ( approx. 0.1 inch).

Dimensions of the iPad Mini without and (with) the case

  • Height: 7.87 inches /200 mm (8.2 inches/ 209mm)
  • Width: 5.3 inches /134.7 mm (5.6 inches/143mm)
  • Depth: 0.28 inch /7.2 mm ( 0.39 inches/ 10mm)
  • Weight: 0.68 pound /308 g (0.84 pound / 381g)

I have been using this case on my iPad Mini for the last couple of weeks and love how thin and lightweight it is, it is great to be able to enjoy the sleek lightweight design of the iPad Mini yet still have it protected well. I have not been using it with a Smart Cover but I would recommend doing so to protect the screen from scratches when carrying it and to give extra protection to that exposed side.

My one gripe with the cover it that the buttons are hard to use with it on. My children are usually pretty independent iPad users, but they have been asking me to help them switch off the iPad or change volume as the buttons are too stiff for their little fingers. Even as an adult I find I have to press really hard to switch off the power or change the volume- to the extent it can actually make your fingertips tender repeatedly pressing the volume button to increase or decrease the volume.  I would love this case to have a different material covering the buttons, or even a cutout over the buttons to alleviate this problem.

Overall, if you want a protective case for your iPad Mini whilst maintaining its slim, sleek lightweight profile, the Tech 21 Impact Mesh is a good option, it is made from an innovative material that gives very good impact protection in a slim package; however I wouldn’t recommend it for use with children or others with fine motor issues as the volume and power buttons on the case are very stiff and require a lot of pressure to operate.

The Impact Mesh iPad Mini Case is available from the Tech 21 Website, RRP 39.95

NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review of BlueBee Pals – Interactive Bluetooth Enabled Soft Toys

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Pros..

Adorable stuffed toys that are soft and cuddly, and act as a speaker for any iOS or Android device, also act as speakerphone

Cons…

Phone calls can occasionally be a little muffled at callers end

Summary

Overall, this is a really fun toy- my kids love their BlueBee Pals and they are a great way to engage children in listening to storybook apps or to encourage them to talk on the phone to far away relatives.

Our Rating

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BlueBee Pals are totally adorable stuffed toys that connect to your iPad, iPhone or other device via Bluetooth. They act as a speaker for the music or app playing on your device and can also be used as a speakerphone for your iPhone or other SmartPhone. The animal’s mouth even moves in time to what is being said/ sung to give the illusion that the animal is actually talking!

There are 5 different animals to choose from- Leo the Lion, Lily the Lamb, Riley the Zebra, Sammy the Bear and Winston the Puppy.

My kids were really excited to check out the BlueBee Pals, my 7 y.o. twins totally loved them. We tested Sammy Bear and Leo Lion. I was impressed by how soft and cuddly they were, although you can feel the speaker in the tummy, they are padded enough that they still feel nice to cuddle and their fur is super soft (especially Sammy’s). They are big stuffed toys- approximately 13″ tall and my kids really like cuddling them at story time.  The BlueBee Pals come with a nice, long sturdy charging cable which means you don’t need to have them right on top of your charger when charging.

They are very simple to pair to your Bluetooth device- I tested them with my iPhone 5 and a couple of different iPad models.  There is velcro holding the animals back closed, you open this to access the speaker, it has an on/off slider switch and a mini-USB charging port.  Once the BlueBee Pal is on, switch on Bluetooth on your device, and press his right ear (which is embroidered with “connect”) and he will connect to your device. It is really fun to have your BlueBee Pal read a story to your child and it works with any  iPad storybook app. The first book I had Leo read to my son was Snoopy’s All Star Football and he was really excited to hear all the Peanuts characters voices coming from Leo’s mouth. I did notice some noise from the mechanics of the mouth moving, but none of my children seemed to notice it at all. You can also use the BlueBee Pal to listen to music or watch a video- basically the mouth will move in time to any sounds, and it acts as a speaker for whatever is playing on the iPad or iPhone.

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If you connect your SmartPhone to your BlueBee Pal  you can also use it to answer calls. When the phone rings you will hear it ringing through the Pal’s speaker and pressing his left ear (marked “phone”) will let you answer the call. This is a really fun way for a far away grandparent, or a parent who has to work late, to connect with a young child. Both of my twins thought it was really fun to talk to me via Leo or Sammy – I did find that sometimes the call was a bit muffled on my end, but most of the time it was quite understandable and it seemed quite clear at the child’s end.

Overall, this is a really fun toy- my kids love their BlueBee Pals. They are a great way to engage children in listening to storybook apps or to encourage them to talk on the phone to far away relatives.

BlueBee Pals are available online from the BlueBee Pals website and from Toys R Us, Walmart and other retailers RRP $64.99

 


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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

Review and Giveaway for a Great Protective iPad Case- the Otterbox Defender for iPad Air 2


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Pros…

Rugged protection against drops and knocks, built-in screen protector and removeable screen cover with 2 position stand

Cons..

With the stand it does double the weight of the iPad Air 2, not waterproof.

Summary

The Otterbox Defender is a very well-made, rugged protective case for the iPad Air 2. It is a great option for protecting your iPad Air 2 when using it with children or in any situation where you want good drop protection.

Our Rating

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If you have just bought an iPad Air 2 and are looking for a tough case to protect your investment, the Otterbox Defender is a great choice. The Defender is a rugged multi-layer case with built-in screen protector and a removable front cover that doubles as a 2 position stand. It is currently available in 2 color choices: Black, and Glacier (grey with white highlights), a third color choice Damson (purple with pink highlights) is due to be released soon.

The case has 3 distinct layers:

Inner Polycarbonate Shell with Built-in Screen Protector

The Polycarbonate shell comes in 2 parts that click together. The front part has an integrated clear plastic screen protector, the home button is covered with a different softer clear plastic that allows the fingerprint detection to work through it. The back part of the shell has an attached foam liner to give extra shock protection, and there is a cutout over the rear Apple Logo with a clear plastic cover.

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Soft Rubber Outer Layer

A soft, synthetic rubber slipcover goes on over the polycarbonate shell. This has cutouts over the speakers, camera and rear Apple logo. There are covers over the ports and buttons. There is a groove around the edge of the shell that the edge of the slipcover fits into, plus cutouts in the slipcover over corner anchor points on the shell. Between them these keep the slipcover securely in place. The surface of the slipcover is lightly textured so it doesn’t slip in your hands.

Screen Cover / Stand

This can be used in three ways:

As a stand: there is a built-in stand that pulls up and can be used at two different angles- for typing or watching movies. It is designed to be used in landscape orientation only, and it is not very stable in portrait orientation.

Front Cover: when the iPad is not in use it covers the front of the iPad and provides additional protection for the screen.

Extra Back Cover: when the iPad is in use, but the stand isn’t needed, it can be clipped to the back of the iPad to provide an extra layer of protection.

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The Case in Use:

When you open the box the Otterbox Defender comes ready assembled, and taking it apart for the first time so you can put it on your iPad can be a bit of a challenge! The good news is this also means it is hard for children to remove the cover – an important factor when using it with kids.

You first have to remove the slipcover – I found the easiest way to do this is to start by the port covers as there is more “give” in this area. Next you need to separate the 2 halves of the shell – there are 13 connection points where the 2 halves snap together, each marked with an arrow. Using your fingernail in each of the spots is the easiest way to separate them.

By comparison, putting the cover back on is very simple – place the iPad in the back half of the shell, cover with the front half, snap in place, then pull on the slipcover making sure to seat the edge of the slipcover in the groove on the shell all the way around.

I found the Otterbox Defender a great everyday protective case – it gives a lot of peace of mind that the iPad Air 2 is well protected against bumps, knocks and falls. All the port and button covers work well, and it is easy to use the buttons through the cover. The slightly textured surface of the case makes it feel nice and secure when you are holding it.

The screen protector works well, I did not find a problem with touch sensitivity when using it, and the fingerprint recognition works fine through the cover too. When I first installed the case I felt a slight air gap between screen protector and screen, but pushing gently on the screen with the port covers open eliminated this and I have not felt any noticeable gap since.

The screen cover/ stand gives 2 different viewing angles for typing or watching movies. The iPad feels secure in both positions and it feels very stable in landscape mode using either position.

Obviously to get the protection of a rugged case you are going to have to compromise on the weight and size of the case vs protection offered. The iPad Air 2 weighs approximately 15 1/2 oz, the Defender case without screen cover/stand weighs approximately 10.5oz, with the stand it is approximately 17.2oz, so the full package approximately doubles the weight of the iPad Air 2. The iPad Air 2 is 1/4″ deep, in the Defender it is approximately 1/2″ deep and with the stand approximately 1″ deep. I am willing to sacrifice some of the lightness/ slimness of the Air 2 for good protection. I use the stand at home, but when I want to travel relatively light I will take the iPad Air 2 in the Defender case leaving the screen cover/ stand at home.

Overall, the Otterbox Defender is a very well-made, rugged protective case for the iPad Air 2. It is a great option for protecting your iPad Air 2 when using it with children or in any situation where you want good drop protection. The case is not waterproof as it does have cutouts e.g. over the speakers and camera, so should not be used around water. The removable screen cover/ stand is a useful extra but does add some extra weight to the case, so you may want to leave it behind if traveling light.

The OtterBox Defender is available for a variety of iPad models from Otterbox.com and other retailers. The OtterBox Defender for iPad Air 2 has an RRP of $89.95 OtterBox.com: FREE standard shipping on all domestic orders! Or choose two-day shipping for only $5.

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Otterbox has kindly offered to give The iMums readers a chance to win their own Otterbox Defender case for iPad. The giveaway is open to USA only and one lucky reader can choose an Otterbox Defender for iPad 2/3/4, or for iPad Air or for iPad Air 2. Please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to the USA only and a valid mailing address is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

 

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NOTE: A product was supplied by the company for review purposes, no other form of compensation was received, all opinions stated in the review are those of the author and have been offered honestly.

 

Mary is originally from England but now lives in California with her husband, dog, cat and three children. Mary and her family love Apple products and own an iPad2, iPad3, iPad Mini, iTouch, iPhone5 and several MacBook Pros. They also love cub scouts, skiing, camping and hiking. The family iPads are also used for therapy for their daughters Apraxia (speech disorder).

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