Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™ for iPad Air™ 2 Review

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Pros…

Thin and light for a keyboard case, feels sturdy, keyboard works well, long battery life and works as phone backup battery.

Cons…

Can only use stand in landscape mode, only 2 screen positions- flat or typing mode

Summary

I would highly recommend the Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™  Keyboard Case. It is relatively light and thin for a keyboard case, works well for typing and I love the extra functionality as a smartphone backup battery. The case looks professional and has a textured surface making it easy to carry without dropping.

Our Rating

 

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One of the features I really love about my iPad Air™ 2 is how light and thin it is, so I want light, slim accessories to go with it. I find a good keyboard case is essential when using the iPad Air™ 2 to work on the go, but they can often add significant weight and bulk.

I recently tested out the Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™  Keyboard Case with my iPad Air 2 and found  that it is a great option. It weighs approximately 15 oz and not only is it a case and keyboard, but it also acts as a backup charger for my iPhone!

 

The case is easy to put on and remove and feels secure when in place. The iPad and keyboard are covered by hard shells, a second layer with a textured vinyl surface is firmly attached over the keyboard shell, this continues over the iPad shell, where it is firmly attached over one half of the shell and loosely covers the other half. This creates a hinge holding the Keyboard and iPad together.

When opened the iPad can be placed in a groove on the keyboard, holding it in a good viewing position. One feature I love is the keyboard automatically switches on when the iPad is in the magnetic stand, and switches it off when it is taken out, saving the battery.

When you are not using the keyboard the Quikfold design lets the keyboard fold under the iPad so it can lay flat for playing games or reading. Strong magnets hold the case firmly shut when it is closed as well as automatically activating the iPad’s sleep/ wake modes.

I found it easy to type on, the scissor keys were responsive, and there is a caps lock light, which is missing on many bluetooth keyboards. It has iPad shortcut keys including volume control, track control, copy, paste, spotlight search and Siri.

The keyboard has a 1650mAH built-in battery which gives a long life in normal use (after several months use I have not yet needed to charge it.) A really useful extra feature is that you can use that battery power to recharge your iPhone. I think this is a great idea, so you don’t need to carry a separate phone backup battery. You do need to use an adapter cable (included) to connect your phone.  I’d love to see a way to store the cable in the case as I have gone to use it on occasion and discovered I left the cable at home!

Overall, I would highly recommend the Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3™  Keyboard Case. It is relatively light and thin for a keyboard case, works well for typing and I love the extra functionality as a smartphone backup battery. The case looks professional and has a textured surface making it easy to carry without dropping. I like this case enough that it is my current everyday case for my iPad Air 2 – I can use it for working and leisure without feeling like it has turned my thin light iPad Air into a brick!

 

Available from Kensington, Amazon and other suppliers for US$$99.99

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.

 

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).


Tinybeans | baby & kids private photo journal for sharing with family by Tinybeans Ltd – Review



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What we love…

it’s so easy to upload photos from my smartphone and share them with friends and family securely

What we’d love to see…

iPad native app, ability to  create a collage

Summary

My go to photo app – I love the free version and the premium takes some of my wishes to the next level!

Our Rating

Tinybeans | baby & kids private photo journal for sharing with familyAs a mom, I’m aware that I want my children to make their own digital footprint and not have me make it for them.  Tinybeans, an Australia based startup has created an app for iOS, Android and the desktop/laptop computer that allows you to create your own private photo journal that you can share with friends and family for FREE!  This app allows you to post daily photos, use a variety of photo editing tools including filters, enhancing photos, adding text and more all with the touch of swipe on your smartphone.  Tinybeans was created after one of the founders had a child with a speech delay.  It was first used as a speech therapy tool to include photos of various items that the child was learning how to speak, and once friends and family learned of how it worked and that it was secure the word of the app took off and has grown since.

I first started using the app, after the hospital photographer sent me a link to it.  I had been looking for  a secure way to send photos back and forth with family since we were living quite a distance from them but hadn’t found a solution that I was comfortable with.  The Tinybeans app allowed me to have people install it on their smartphone, tablet or use it on their computer and pushes an update to them daily – or weekly with the moments I have uploaded so they can see from day to day what my kids are doing.  I love the ability to put short videos (30 seconds for free version and up to 5 minutes for the premium version) as well as photos of our daily lives.  I can upload photos either from my tablet/smartphone or directly from my camera when plugged into my desktop computer and they are ready and posted to the specific day I choose.  I also love putting in my children’s milestones because although I remember them at the moment in time, I can easily flip back to see exactly when they happened which makes doctors appointments so much easier as well as updating a baby book!

The app also allows you to create photobooks, manage multiple children (which you can tag for the individual photos) as well as creating slide shows and exporting your favorites.

The premium version of the app ($80 USD/annually) unlocks many of the features I was seeking when using the app – they include longer video’s, the ability to upload multiple photos at once, ability to export all of your photos via a simple click rather than downloading them one at a time, create online photo shows for those that do not have Tinybeans.

In terms of enhancements, I’d love to see a collage option where I can take three to four photos and make them into one – for example on my son’s first birthday I would have loved to do this and pin that as my “moment of the day” photo.  I’d also like to see “background” options when doing the slideshow so you can customize the background of the photo show.  I’d also love the ability to save specific moments privately rather than sharing with everyone.

Overall, this is my go to photo app and has been since the day I installed it on my phone.  I can’t believe all the features that are included in the free version and the premium version takes it to the next level.  I love the ability to edit my photos on the fly and upload them which means that they are shared with others and not stuck on my device.  I can’t wait to see what Tinybeans comes up with next!


Tinybeans Kids Baby Photo Book
Tinybeans Kids Baby Photo Book
by Tinybeans Pty Ltd

Category: Lifestyle, Photo & Video
Requirements: Compatible with iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 100.03 MB

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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

Review of the Magic Feet Apple Charging Station by MOBEE

 

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What we love…

The Magic Feet Charging Station is well-designed, stylish, easy to use and better for the environment than disposable batteries, it adds extra USB ports to your Mac and lets you recharge your wireless products without even thinking about it.

What we’d love to see…

2 Cylindrical battery packs included

Summary

For Apple lovers the Magic Feet Charging Station is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery. RRP $149.99

Our Rating

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The Magic Feet Charging station from MOBEE is a product designed especially for lovers of Apple Mac wireless computing products. It is a desk station that provides a simple elegant wireless charging option for your Apple Keyboard, Apple Magic Mouse and Apple Trackpad as well as providing additional USB ports for your computer.

The charging station is powered by an included charger. The charger is designed to be used internationally, it is compatible with 110-240v input and comes with US, UK, AUS and European plugs. It connects to your Mac via an included micro-USB to USB cable.

Wireless Mouse

The package includes a rechargeable battery pack for the Apple wireless mouse that replaces both the AA batteries and the back panel of the mouse.  You simply leave the mouse on the white section of the charging station when not in use and it charges by induction.

Wireless Keyboard and Trackpad

The package also includes a cylindrical rechargeable battery pack which can be used in either the Apple wireless keyboard or Trackpad. To use it unscrew the circular battery cap from your device and remove the 2 AA batteries, replace with the cylindrical MOBEE rechargeable battery pack. The charging station has a curved slot that the cylindrical end of the keyboard or trackpad sits in so you can just leave it there whenever it is not in use and it will recharge. They take approximately 10 hours to fully recharge, how long they go between charges will depend on your usage MOBEE estimates 10 days, and I found I could easily go at least a week between charges. If you have both a wireless keyboard and a Trackpad you can order an additional battery pack for $14.95 and can alternate charging them. I do wish that it came with 2 cylindrical battery packs as standard, as many Apple Wireless Keyboard users will also have a Wireless Trackpad, but at least you can order a second battery pack inexpensively.

Magic Juice Battery Pack

The induction charging bar can also be used to recharge the MOBEE Magic Juice  back up battery for iPhone and iPad. The Magic Juice puts out 2.4A which is powerful enough to charge an iPad or an iPhone.

USB Hub

One thing I really like about the Magic Feet is that it multi-tasks – not only is it a charging station for my Apple wireless products but it also acts as a USB hub. I am always running out of USB ports on my computer and although the Magic Feet does use one of the USB ports on my computer, it adds 4 new ones which really helps to keep all my accessories connected and ready to use.

For Apple lovers the Magic Feet Charging Station is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery. RRP $149.99The Magic Feet charging station is a well-designed, stylish product whose design fits well with Apple products. It looks good on your desktop and is a great way to keep your Apple wireless accessories charged. It adds 4 USB ports to your Mac, and wirelessly charges up to 3 devices at once-including the wireless keyboard or trackpad and magic mouse, it can also wirelessly charge the Mobee Magic Juice backup battery.  If you have an Apple Wireless Mouse, Keyboard and/or Trackpad I would recommend this product – it avoids having to replace batteries so it’s better for the environment, it looks good, it is very easy to use, and once you get used to just leaving your mouse and keyboard on the charging station whenever they aren’t in use you no longer have to even think about charging them.

The Magic Feet Charging station is available from MOBEE.COM RRP $149.99. They also have a whole range other other charging solutions if you just want to charge your Apple Wireless products individually.

 

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).


Everythink HD by Everythink – Review & Giveaway



 News: EveryThink Launches iPad Application – EveryThink HD

What we love…

easy to use and replaces the iOS calendar, contacts, reminders and maps function

What we’d love to see…

easier ability to import data, a “how to” video that runs to help you set up calendars the first time you use it

Summary

A testament to my use of the app?  I turned off my native iPhone calendar and reminder function and now just depend on Everythink to remind me of where I need to be and when.  Trust me – download this while and once you get used to using it you will never go back!

Our Rating

As a busy mom – I just can’t seem to keep track of everything in my day!  I was excited to learn about a new app called Everythinkfor iPhone that has replaced my iOS calendar, iOS reminders, let me access my contacts, see a map and even let me surf the web all from within one app.  Everythink was started in 2011  after Israel based founder Yair Grinberg felt that the huge potential of mobile platforms is underutilized by existing personal information management tools he wanted to see it organized by content and use versus the traditional method of type as is the current organizing structure in most planners.  Be sure to check out our developer interview with founder Yair Grinberg.  Everythink uses a new technology they call Drag-hover-Drop (DhD™) which allows you to move any data object into the planner portion of the app and you can move it with a simple finger touch between calendars, tasks, time slots as well as group them on top of each other.

I love opening up the app and seeing my dashboard of items.  I can see my calendar with daily events, notes, maps, contacts, attachments and the web all in one spot.  My favorite part by far is the calendar portion which allows you to have a “master” calendar as well as separate calendars for a variety of tasks including: work, home, events, appointments, children and puts them all into the master calendar so you can at a glance see where you need to be and when.  One of my favorite features is when I set up an event within the calendar I can attach a contact to it, and then when I have time to look at it just before leaving for the event know where I am going and when I need to be there and even the ability to look at it on the map as I am walking out the door.  I can also import a presentation from Dropbox, attach it to a time and then when I’m ready send it off again for the actual presentation which means I don’t need to carry a USB drive along.  I also like the fact that the app integrates with my Google Calendar, Microsoft Exchange Calendar, Yahoo Calendar and others to present an all in one view.  In addition, the new Everythink HD seems more like a planner due to the larger screen size and integrated sync among devices.

Among things I’d like to see added to the app – the ability to more easily “import” data – currently it does support Dropbox which means I can write my grocery lists on the computer and then import them – but rather than importing on a line by line basis the import is of a collection of items.  I’d also like to see localized information such as weather integrated into the app.  I’d also like more of a “how to” when you start using the app as it can be a bit overwhelming when you first open it up – see below for a quick video tutorial on how I use the notes function to make sure all of my errands get done!

A testament to my use of the app?  I turned off my native iPhone calendar and reminder function and now just depend on Everythink to remind me of where I need to be and when.  Trust me – download this while and once you get used to using it you will never go back!


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Alison, the American iMum is from Massachusetts. She lives there with her two sons and husband. In their spare time, they enjoy playing outside, enjoying nature and of course testing apps and fantastic products on their devices. My older son loves technology and loves testing out the “latest and newest” apps and tech. I love sharing information about apps and products with others to help them make decisions without feeling overwhelmed with all of the choices.

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