That old book smell
This week’s roundup includes a new “Graduate collection” iPad case that will remind you of old university stacks of library books. Read on!
Pad & Quill
The Graduate Collection of iPad cases ($70 MSRP) “looks fresh out of the library” with a bindery cloth cover evocative of old university library stacks. Inside, you’ll find an interior pocket for extra documents, as well as a Baltic birch cradle to actually hold the tablet. It gives your new-school device an old-school feel.
Aukey’s Ora iPhone Camera Lens ($40 MSRP; $30 on Amazon) is a two-in-one lens for your iPhone. The macro lense magnifies objects up to 15 times to get detailed close-ups, while the wide-angle lense opens your field of view for great landscape photos. The detachable rubber clip makes it easy to take the lens on and off without scratching your phone.
The DxO One ($499 MSRP; $479 on Amazon) is a pro-quality camera, featuring a one-inch sensor and a wide-aperture lens, that lets users capture high-quality images even in extreme low-light conditions. It attaches to the iPhone or iPad via the Lightning connector; it also features its own lithium-ion battery and micro-SD card slot.
This flexible phone or tablet stand (on sale for $24.16) is built to display all your iOS devices, as the name implies. The stand adjusts to 10 different viewing angles, and features a cradle to ensure your phone or tablet doesn’t go slip-sliding away.
The iTrip Clip ($20 MSRP; $18 on Amazon) converts any earbuds or headphones to wireless Bluetooth headphones; plug them into the clip, and you can play, control and talk on your iPhone without a wired-in connection. If you want the freedom of Bluetooth but still want to use your old earbuds, here’s the gadget that’ll help you do both.
The Lolly Digital Microphone ($45 pledge through Indiegogo) is billed as “world’s first portable 3D recording device for your smartphone.” Say the makers: “This compact and portable microphone records HD audio to your iPhone using any iOS app and our immersive 3D playback makes listeners feel the sensation of being in the space in which audio was originally recorded.”
You have to watch this video to get a sense of what makes the Lightning Magnetic USB Cable ($22.98 on Amazon) so cool—the enhanced “smart magnet” not only makes sure your iOS device stays plugged into its power source, it’s powerful enough to actually seek out and make the connection when the plug and connector get close enough to each other. The cable is braided, meaning you’ll be able to put plenty of wear and tear on this accessory.
The Walnut iPhone bumper (iPhone 7 and 7 Plus; $59 to $69 MSRP) is the latest bit of beauty at the intersection of wood accessories and the iOS universe—an area Grovemade knows well. The walnut bumper is said to “retain the feel of your phone while giving it a protective boost.”
The FoamTech case ($34.95 MSRP) cradles your new iPad in protective—but lightweight—foam that doubles as a stand, allowing for hands-free use but without adding too mucy weight to the tablet itself.