Located in The District at Green Valley Ranch, this Panera Bread is a great place to chill after an evening of shopping, dining and strolling. Despite the lack of soy milk (not good for the lactose intolerant), Panera Bread offers free WiFi but the provided speed is just OK.
I will have a number of things to share about the 3rd generation iPad (iPad 3, new iPad, whatever), which I received Friday, March 16th. The other reviews will have to wait just a while until things settle in.
What I will starting with:
- The issue of now-incompatible Apple-made accessories
- The Zagg Folio for the 3rd generation iPad (ordered today)
- The tyPillow (remember from this post over a year ago on our cousin blog?)
- Other cases, jackets and “new iPad”-specific accessories
- Apps that take advantage of the new iPad’s features and capabilities
With the March 6th announcement of the third generation of iPad (not called iPad 3 or iPad HD), my March Madness started. Being completed are my reviews on the M-Edge Stylus and the Incline Jacket for the nook Color/Tablet (the Vimeo video was posted February 27th).
Among the products that will wait a bit for the glow to fade is my review of the GoFlex Satellite Hard Drive (with WiFi support for iOS devices) and the updated Apple TV (software as well as the new unit).
My, how time has flown! Back in the day, one of the first M-Edge products to which I gave the video treatment was their earlier Booklight for the Platform Jacket (for the original B&N Nook):
I was more chatty on video then (originally uploaded March of 2010). I was (and remain) thrilled with the performance of this earlier model, which is still in use with the original Nook and the aforementioned Platform Jacket. When I acquired the Executive Jacket for the Nook Touch, I found that this older light didn’t quite fit with the newer jacket.
The newer Touch Booklight fits both the older Platform Jacket as well as the newer Executive Jacket for newer devices and retains the efficient use of the AAA battery (unlike other makes that use hearing aid batteries, etc.).
The new feature is the touch: there is no switch (comparatively, the older model was slight more difficult to set up with one hand because a firm grip was necessary to be able to change the switch positions). You lightly touch the power setting, to cycle through the three light levels and the “off” position. These light levels are not puny; I doubt I ever again rely on the overhead light on a flight, thanks to the output of the Touch Booklight. It also beats the dim dome light we get for reading maps and other crucial documents in a car at night.
Additionally, the newer Touch Booklight fully rotates (180 degrees) without you having to remove the light from its holder position in the Jacket. With the earlier model, I have to slide the light unit out slightly so that I could swing the entire light head from the storage position to the above-the-top-of-the-reader position.
Because the support arm is like a large paper clip, the newer Touch Booklight can be used away from M-Edge’s specific cases and jackets. You can slip this light on pages of your current magazine or “real” books. So that you don’t wear down the battery, the sleep timer feature can turn off the unit after an hour of inactivity.
There are fewer things that I have used that were as straightforward and easy to setup and use. Versatile! 20+ hours on a standard AAA battery will cover most traveling needs.
Score: 10 out of 10!
Alice was tasked with trying out the more colorful green gloves and shows how much more easily she was able to use her gloves with her iPad (also equipped with a Zagg InvisibleShield) and her iPhone 4.
After almost three weeks of using the gloves, here are my thoughts:
- As just gloves, the Touch Screen Gloves did what gloves were supposed to do. They kept hands warm, were sturdy (i.e. they didn’t tear or rip during the wearing and testing) and were significantly form-fitting. Luckily we didn’t have huge hands as the samples provided were on the small side.
- Over the spectrum of devices, the gloves performed admirably. Compared to two styli that I have, the gloves proved more useful with multi-gesture movements on the iPads. All finger tips of both gloves had the capacitive qualities so even my pinky could be used while gloved.
- When Alice used uPad to write on her iPad 2, you could see that she was using the same amount of touch and pressure as she might without the gloves. By the time you read this, we will be entering springtime, but it has frequently been quite chilly on days we were reviewing the gloves.
- The Nook Simple Touch and the Nook Color were both easy manipulated with the gloves. Turning pages and selecting buttons and regions was almost as with bare fingers.
- There are moments where a more distinctive and deliberate touch is required but the gloves, overall, performed as expected.
- Score: 9 out of 10
There are other gloves, including those from Isotoner and Aglove, that are also available for sale. I am not aware of where and when the Sun Chi Touch Screen Gloves will be sold here in the U.S., but these samples appear to be worthy competition.