The iPad 2, unveiled last week by Steve Jobs, seems to have inspired a horde of criticism. Available for pre-order this Friday, it is slightly thinner, a bit faster, has two cameras and comes in both black and white. Priced at $499.00, Apple has already lowered the price of the first gen iPad $100 and offered to give recent customers a refund so they can buy the new one. It remains to be seen if the temptation works, but until then we give props to Conan for his take on the device.
For very little funding, you can now park your iPad on the Keydex Stand that includes a 2×1.5W speaker. Easy to assemble without tools, it sits on slip-proof rubber buttons and can display your iPad vertically or horizontally. The device disassembles quickly for travel.
Turn your iPhone/iPad into a credit card terminal with the small business service Pay Anywhere. Available through North American Bank, you can allow your device to accept payments on the fly, including trade shows, flea markets or other locations. While the reader is free, the bank charges both a percentage and small fee per swipe or key. So far availability is only in the US, but the company plans to expand the service to include Blackberry and Android smartphones.
Belkin's Grip 360°+Stand has the unique ability to transform your iPad into Landscape, Portrait or Typing mode. Attach a handstrap to the protective case and it becomes a carrying case with 360º rotation. Exchange the handstrap with a kickstand and you get a tabletop view.
Griffin's CarTrip was obviously designed for the automotively challenged. The Bluetooth monitor keeps track of acceleration, speed, fuel consumption and diagnostic codes. Plugged into your OBD-II, it will even go as far as helping you troubleshoot that annoying "check engine" light. Information can be stored on SD card, iPhone/iPad/touch or Griffin's free CleanDrive application. Plan on a $89.99 price.
The Scosche Kickback will keep your iPad in a vertical or horizontal position about 90º for ease of use. Made of polycarbonate and shock-resistant rubber, the stand is hinged and has integrated traction nubs for griping flat surfaces. All controls and ports can be accessed on the sides after iPad insertion. Pre-order now for $59.99.
EA has put over 70 games for iPhone, touch and iPad at the low price of 99¢ each. Get them for yourself or use them as gifts for others. Check the App store for an entire list of available titles. Although there is no ending date mentioned, we expect that it will run till the end of this week at the very least.
SlingPlayer goes mobile with an application that one ups the iPad's default. Supporting SOLO and PRO-HD models, it has a better resolution and adds a mobile app that operates in Compatibility Mode on the iPad. The SP app allows for controlling DVRs and your TV even if you are not home. Watch video wherever you are after purchase from the Apple App Store for $29.99.
In their seeemingly eternal quest to make traveling a better experience, Delta has not only allowed bookings via Facebook, you might notice that they now have 135 free iPads in their terminal, mostly in their restaurant/bars. Installed by OTG Management, you can use one to order food, check your email or check out the latest video of someone complaining about a pat-down. Once you board, you can get free WiFi via Google Chrome through January 2.
Use your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to control Google TV. The free Logitech Harmony App needs only one touch to turn on your TV, cable/satellite box, A/V receiver or to Web surf. Use the application with your Logitech Revue and your wireless network in place of or in addition to your keyboard controller. Those with Android smartphones can get one from the Android marketplace.