Writing on iPod touch with the Pages App
Pages is a superb word processing and page layout application designed for Apple mobile devices such as iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. With this app, you can effortlessly design, edit and view documents on the go. This is also compatible with iCloud, an application that allows one to wirelessly update contents in all your iOS devices in an instant. Apple has made some updates on this app so that it is manageable to share files, edit the fonts and made it even more compact so that it works well what your iPhone or iPod Touch.
It includes 16 nifty built-in design templates and styles to customize your documents according to your preference. There are options to customize the fonts, colors and textures whichever you like. What’s great is that importing files from the internet, Mail, a WebDaV service or anything from your Mac or PC utilizing the iTunes File Sharing is such a breeze.
While working with a document using Pages on my iPhone 4, you can easily insert images to your document via the Media Browser with enhanced text wrapping to manage the flow of the text along with the images. They’ve got some gorgeous tables and charts that you can add to complement your text document.
Apple also added a very helpful feature called the SmartZoom which makes Pages, an excellent writing platform even in small iOS devices. How it works is that it zooms in on specific text you’re editing then zooms out when you want to get a full view of the document after editing it. Pages will exhibit about 10 text lines and around 40 text characters which would depend of course on the font size used. This feature can greatly enhance editing experience for the user.
This application was tested with a iPhone 4 to make a simple 100-word entry for a personal blog and when I decided to change its layout, I soon found out it won’t twist to a landscape view. I thought I just missed out on something or I didn’t completely understand but they really don’t have this option. With all the media hype about the impressive updates on iOS5 which includes the iCloud, they just totally missed out on the landscape for some reason. I guess this is one of the obvious flaws for this application. They also lack a feature where you can highlight the text.
All the features on Pages found on the smaller iOS handheld devices are also present in the iPad with a few tweaks. The iPad displays a complete menu bar with a distinct button used to change fonts and other formatting features that are mostly available in standard Pages but for smaller iOS devices such as my iPhone 4, they have to hide some of these tools until you actually use them due in part to the limited screen size.
Pages is indeed an impressive word processing and page layout application that you can use in a device that fit in the palm of your hands. It makes for a truly amazing standalone apps for your favorite device.
Elago M2 Mobile Stand for iPhone Product Review
- Durable aluminum built
- Works well with iPhone 3G/3GS/4G and other multimedia phones
- No need to remove the phone case
- Helps organize the cables
- Length: 3 inches
- Width: 0.1 inch
- Length: 5.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
The Elago M2 Mobile Stand helps you to effortlessly access your smart phone without taking out from its protective case. It is also designed to help in organizing your desk because it minimizes the clutter brought by tangled cables.
It is made from solid but lightweight aluminum construction with two rubber platforms at the bottom which secures the smartphone in place while it is on your desk. You can choose to place your iPhone in either in a portrait or landscape position on two slim cradle holders with light stickers to minimize phone-to-holder scratches. The USB cables will go through any of the two slots at the back of the stand which is actually fashioned as a small “i”. This stand features non-adjustable angled position ideal for hands-free reading and listening to sounds from your smartphone. It comes in 2 color variants—silver and black.
Worth noting aesthetically is its slightly reclined sculpture with fixed viewing angles that looks simple but elegant. It has a nice polished metallic look which is quite similar to the iMac stand. Although they are advertised mostly for iPhone products, it can also work very well with iPod touch or other smartphones and mobile devices that will fit its metal claws. The non-slip rubber cushion at the bottoms helps minimize the phone from slipping and keeps it intact in its place. The space between these two cradles allows enough room to insert the Apple Dock Connector cable to the phone. I also like the hole where the cables can run through at the back and sync it with your laptop without interference.
What I find lacking is the minimal padding with only two stickers on its prongs that holds the phone. I bet there are other stands out there that can offer more protective shields than what Elago can offer. I doubt if this will give enough protection from scratches when an iPhone is naked without its casing. I suggest that you plop your phone on it with a durable casing. Even the little M2 Mobile Stand rubber sticker at the front of the stand’s body is extremely thin so it won’t prevent your phone from brushing against the aluminum stand. Its 45° angle is pretty much as it is—you won’t be able to adjust the angle or rotate it. You can just position your smartphone horizontally or vertically.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this because of its solid metal construction with a nice polished look; it works well with variety of smartphones and other mobile devices, has cable management for an organized synchronization of devices and lastly, the price justifies well with its features. So if you’re looking for a stand that is durable and is relatively inexpensive, the Elago M2 Mobile Stand is worth considering.
Verbatim 97537 Wireless Bluetooth Mobile Folding Keyboard
- Thin compact construction – it is foldable and fits in a carrying case
- Bluetooth Wireless compatability – works well with Bluetooth-enabled iPhone, iPad and iPad2 and any tablets with HID keyboard capabilities.
- User-friendly Function Keys – contains convenient function keys for cut, paste, copy and undo.
- Slide-out cradle – detachable iPhone stand enhances visibility of the screen when typing
- Media Console – it has a dedicated button to play, pause and control digital music with volume controls.
- Battery Content indicator – the battery indicator light located near the power switch will give you an idea the remaining battery life in your keyboard
- Carry case – for easier storage
- Bluetooth wireless
- HID Keyboard support (iOS, Android, Blackberry/QNX, HP/Web OS or otherwise)
- iOS4 or higher (iPhone, iPad, Ipad2)
- Android 3.0 or higher (for Android tablets)
Keyboard, iPhone stand, 2 AAA batteries, Quick Start guide, 1-year warranty
Verbatim 97537 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard is packed with Bluetooth capability for wireless connectivity with iPhone, iPad, iPad 2 and other Bluetooth-enabled Tablet devices which can be used for up to six devices simultaneously. It folds easily in the middle and stored in the carrying case. With its built-in media console, you can press play, pause and control digital music and regulate volume control with its up, down, mute functions. There are other user-friendly function keys for cut, paste, copy, control brightness, on/off and device locking keys.
What I find particularly interesting is that it has this home button and Mac shortcuts which is ideal for heavy iPhone/iPad users like me. The entire construction and design is relatively durable and made from robust materials. Since I’m a touch typist, typing with this keyboard is simply a breeze. There’s a bit of a learning curve you need to adapt here since the function keys, numeric numbers and special symbols are integrated in each keys. There are some keys that have bizarre size and arrangements so that it can fit well in its compact size. It folds into half and can be stored easily inside the nifty leatherette carrying case. At the back, there is a tray that can be detached and serves as a stand for the device but I think that is should support well for phone-size devices and not the tablets.
While this keyboard is decently small when you fold it, it’s still a bit large that it won’t fit into your pocket which means that you need to put it in a bag. One of the reasons why iPhones and iPads were created is to shift the use of physical keyboards to touch screen. So if you will need a bag to carry this accessory, there’s not much of a difference when you carry a laptop.
Overall, I think that Verbatim 97537 makes a fairly good choice if you are on the hunt for compact keyboards to pair up with your smartphone. It has its limitations owing to its not-too-small size but it can be another alternative to full keyboards that you can fold up and tuck inside your purse when going mobile.
Screen Protectors for Apple iPod touch 4th Gen (Crystal Clear, 5 Pack)
- With non-adhesive back that doesn’t leave sticky residue
- Comes with a cloth and user guide
- Simply adheres straight to your phone’s screen
- Uniquely designed to fit your smart phone
Anyone with a handheld device has this universal risk of getting the mobile companion getting scratched, blemished or the intermittent dust ruining the phone’s screen. So it is understandable why you ought to have screen protectors to—of course, protect the screen. For those with an iPod Touch 4th gens, there are screen protectors specifically for this device. I’m going give you a review on this essential accessory that is often taken for granted. So I suggest you read through my entire review so you would have an idea if this is worth the buy. Here’s a look:
First things first, this thing costs a dirt-cheap price for five packs, virtually anyone can afford this. I stuck them on my iPod touch and they stuck on like glue minus the sticky adhesive residue I’ve experienced with mass-produced screen protectors that obviously didn’t go through quality inspections. If you stick them right, there are no air bubbles, but if you see one, there must be problem with how you secured them on the device. Sealing them on the screen can be tricky for some, so I suggest you access the video tutorial on how to perfectly apply them. You can also use the edges of a credit card or something similar to smoothen out those air bubbles. If they’re not stuck well, chances are, after a few months, the edges would fold up and will no longer stick down due to dusts that have accumulated. Also ensure that your iPod screen is entirely dust-free prior to applying them. Any dusts, lint and others on the screen will cause some air bubbles to appear.
These screen protectors are very fine and glossy not grainy or matte and come with a lint-free cloth and plastic tool to expel air bubbles. Since this comes in 5 sets, you can change them with the spares when the screen protectors have taken a lot of beating.
I think that having Apple screen protectors specifically for iPod Touch 4th gen is a good way to preserve the life of this device’s screen. Overtime, naked screens will be prone to substantial abuse and scratches so you might as well put some on. The price for five packs is more than reasonable. My guess is that if you mess up with one, you still have several sets left. Make sure that you purchase the right size specifically for the device to seal them on because it can be such hassle when you can’t correctly match the holes; you will then need to have the right one shipped back which could take a lot of time. So if you are very particular on having crystal clear looking screen that consistently stays on the edges of your iPod better, then go try one of these.
Mobile Phone Security
Anyone can be susceptible to mobile phone security issues such as invasion of personal data like passwords, banking transactions, videos and photos and phones are at risk of getting lost or stolen when you’re not careful and you don’t employ security measures to your mobile devices. Someone could potentially steal your identity and get hold of your money. In the recent decades, we have become so dependent on our mobile devices that this has become an easy target for hackers and thieves.
Here are some helpful tips to secure your phones:
- Don’t leave your phone unattended
Make sure that you hide your mobile phone inside a deep pocket of your shirt or inside a zipped bag so a thief can’t easily steal them away from you.
- Always use the Security Lock Code and Passwords
The security lock code works as an access code that you need to enter before you could activate your phone. Make sure you have one so thieves will a have hard time accessing your personal data should your phone get lost or stolen. All phones have security settings so familiarize yourself with them by checking the manual and turn them on.
- Never do banking or shop online through a public internet connection
The free Wi-Fi offered in public places might not be secure when you connect your mobile phone with it. Just restrict your online activities to browsing but never perform any action that requires you to enter your account information.
- Install a trusted software provider
Some mobile operating systems in smartphones are offering premium security software such as anti-virus, firewall, anti-malware and anti-theft. A trusted security software can protect your personal information and can help locate your lost or stolen phone. Verify with your phone manufacturer for any good recommendations.
- Update your phone’s operating system frequently
Ensure that the firmware (operating system) of your mobile phone is updated with the current version and with reinforced security upgrades. Regularly check your manufacturer’s website for any updates and important downloads that can enhance your handset’s security.
- Minimize your Bluetooth usage and set it to hidden mode
Bluetooth allows devices to wirelessly connect and transfer data from short distances. Set your Bluetooth connection to hidden mode so that your phone is exclusively visible to those you want to see it. Hackers can’t discover your connection and effortlessly connect to it unless if they already have access to your Bluetooth address. When connecting with Bluetooth, it is ideal to do it in private places.
- Download applications from reputable sites
Most of the mobile phones have internet browsers that allow one to surf the internet and download applications. Never download applications from dubious sources. They may contain malicious software. Just stick to the app store or websites of your phone manufacturer’s operating system.
- Be careful with third party applications’ access on your phone
Make sure to read all permission requests prior to downloading new applications. It isn’t necessary for applications to have access to your contact lists, messages and other files stored in your phone.
Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 3G Mobile WiFi Hotspot Modem (Verizon Wireless)
- Wireless connection for up to five WiFi-enabled devices simultaneously
- With GPS capability for area-dependent services
- Covers 30 feet range of networks
- Effortless, one-touch connectivity
- Comes with rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
- Enhanced internal antenna system
- NovaSpeed Capable for enhanced online gaming, video streaming and large file transfers
- Sleek and compact design that conveniently fits in the palm of your hand and bring it wherever you go
- Length: 59 mm (2.32″)
- Width: 89 mm (3.5″)
- Depth: 9 mm (0.35″)
- Weight: 59g (2.08 oz)
- Removable Li-ion battery
- Integrated diversity antenna
- Integrated WiFi antenna
- Integrated GPS antenna
- 802.11b/g 2.4 GHz
- Pre-configurable security (WEP/WPA/WPA2)
- DHCP server
- DNS support
- VPN pass-through
- microUSB port
- System Requirements
- Type A USB Port
- Internet browser software
- Operating Systems Supported
- Windows Vista, XP, 2000
- Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
- Standard Package Contents
- MiFi 2200
- User Guides
- Quick Start Guide
- USB Cable
- Li-ion battery
- Travel charger
- Carry Pouch
With an easy push of the button with the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 WiFi modem (Verizon Wireless), one can wirelessly connect to the internet anywhere with any of the WIFI-capable device. Since it can hold up to five users, you can instantly share wireless internet connection with your loved ones. With its sleek and compact design, it easily fits in your palm and you can bring it with you wherever you go. This is ideal for mobile users who want immediate access to emails, browse the web with your notebook and download great amount of files for personal and business purposes.
Since this is packaged as Verizon Wireless, you can expect this nifty little product to work its magic where Verizon’s 3G network is the strongest. Anyone can find it easy to set up and connect. I also like that this has long battery life–approximately three hours for two users on a full battery tank. The WIFI surfing speed is fast even with multiple users. You can also encrypt this modem so that others can’t use the WIFI connection illegally.
When I checked in Verizon website, they don’t offer unlimited data plans for mobile hotspot connection. So I suggest that you estimate how much data you can consume each month. Of course, the more data you have in your plan, the more you can download contents, browse the internet and so much more. If you exceed your plan’s monthly allowance, you will incur $10 overage per GB. Battery life may also vary as this would depend on what you do online. Streaming video and audio files will consume much bandwidth and reduce battery life. You can just plug in the USB cable to your laptop inverter to keep it up and running the entire day.
For those who thought that they already ran out of better alternatives on acquiring high speed internet access, especially in locations where internet access is spotty, I suggest that you try the Novatel Wireless MiFi 2200 at such an affordable monthly rate. Since it’s portable, it’s super convenient. Bring it when camping or on a road trip.
Portable Silicone Amplifying Horn stand Review
Product Features and Tech Dimensions
- No need for electricity
- Comes in Different color variants—green, red, blue, pink, yellow, purple and coffee brown
- Size (LWH) 1.75 inches, 4.25 inches, 5.25 inches
- Weight: 1.44 ounces
This horn speaker can amplify the sounds from your iPhone pretty much the same way as the gramophone which directs the sounds coming from iPhone’s ends through a trumpet-like tube. It is made of soft silicone and employs old-fashioned sound engineering that adds 12 decibels of sound to your iPhone speakers. And it can do all that without the need for batteries or electricity. It also functions as a stand, holding the iPhone in a vertical or horizontal manner. This horn stand is compatible with iPhone 4 but can also be used in 3G and 3GS.
It is quite deceiving to see that something this small can actually sound decently louder and clearer than a standard iPhone speaker. It’s perfect to watch movies, video clips and listen to music for hours on end with this stand since it does not consume electric power or batteries.
With its bold and lively colors, it makes for an eye catching horn stand. And when you try to drop it on the floor, it just bounced back assuring you of its flexibility and it’s also very lightweight. But of course it’s different when you have the iPhone inside it as the phone is not entirely covered by this stand. What’s good is that it doesn’t interfere with the button, mic hole and the touch screen. It even has a built in slot for the charger so you can connect the charger cord to the phone while it stands upright.
One of the cons I’ve noticed for this product is that it doesn’t work well with the other iPhone 3Gs but with iPhone 4 it performs just right. And it does look dorky when you bring it somewhere else but it should be a good conversation starter. I think it doesn’t make the sound come out very loud however it only elevates it and makes it more noticeable. So don’t use it for mini parties but if you’re on the office or at home and need some quick music fix, this little gadget can work wonders for you. You might want to remove the casing of your phone so you can put it on the stand. Even if it’s relatively flexible, it can also be prone to tearing due to excessive handling and maybe continued usage.
If you are looking into purchasing a portable speaker that really DOES amplify the sounds to ear-friendly volume level, I say you should try this one. Sure, it’s doesn’t look like something you want to brag off with your friends, but it works just fine when you’re watching movies, your favorite TV shows, and sing with favorite tune while washing dishes at the kitchen. It costs you less than $6 so this wouldn’t really break the bank.
Kensington K39224US PowerBolt Micro Car Charger
- LED power indicator
- Removable USB cable lets you sync your iPad, iPod and iPhone
- 2.1 Amps used to quickly charge iPads
- Ultra lightweight and compact size
- Input: 10 V – 18 V DC
- Output (USB): 5 V DC – 2.1 A
- Output (30 Pin): 5 V DC – 2.1 A
- Compatible with: iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 3G, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPod Nano (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation), iPod classic, iPod mini, iPod (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th gen)
So if you’re the type of person who travels a lot, you find it quite cumbersome when your iPod or iPad dies on you just when you’re enjoying listening to your favorite tune. Purchasing a car charger will save you the hassle of charging your phone and just focus on driving instead. Now, I’m going to do a review on Kensington PowerBolt Micro Car Charger to give you an idea if this is what you really want as I’m sure there are a lot of options out there.
The detachable USB cable connects the Apple handheld device to the charger. Its length is just right—not too long nor too short. This cable can take a heavy beating although it can’t be flexed well. The adapter fits appropriately with the lighter outlet which simply means that nothing will get in the way when you are changing gears. As soon as I turned on my car ignition, my iPod Touch signals and starts to charge. I like its low profile and compact design because it does not take too much space and not easy to bump with. It’s interesting to know that this car charger has LED light which signifies that it’s consuming power with just enough level of brightness.
Since it has 2.1 amps, it’s good for charging iPads, too. It also feels sturdy minus the bulk in most chargers. I noticed that it charges quicker as opposed to standard lower voltage outlet chargers. It’s nice that it just sits flush when plugged in but once you insert it, it can get a little hard to remove it. I suggest that put some extra care when pulling the plug.
I even think this is way better than the Apple version because its overall construction is a lot smaller, more compact and well built and the iPad connecter is thicker than any of those Apple cables I’ve seen. But the obvious limitation to this is that is highly compatible for users of iPod, iPhone and iPads. Not all chargers will function on both since iPad have higher voltage requirements. And it’s good that the Kensington PowerBolt car charger works just fine. Since its low profile, it doesn’t stick out from the lighter socket like a sore thumb.
I recommend this car charger because it justifies the reasonable price very well especially on its solid and very functional construction. Stop using those overly cheap chargers as it might not be too safe. But this just works perfectly.
iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard for PDAs and Handhelds
- Full-size QWERTY keyboard with Bluetooth connection
- It’s lightweight, it weighs less than six ounces
- Folds up to 5.5 x 3.9 x 0.5 inches
- User-friendly programmable shortcuts and command keys
- Automatically download drivers from your smartphone or PDA
- Comes with a traveling case and removable PDA/phone stand
- Dimension: 0.5 x 5.5 x 3.9 inches, 5.6 ounces
- Shipping weight: 11.2 ounces
- Batteries required: 2 AAA batteries
The iGo Stowaway Ultra-Slim Bluetooth Keyboard is a perfect match to any smart phone, notebook, tablet, PDA, Media Center PC and other device that has Bluetooth capability. This will help you to email, send memos or browse the web on the go. Its superb patented foldable construction was mentioned in the Design Collection at Museum of Modern Art in New York. With its portable functionality, you can easily fold it to fit in a purse or pocket and bring it wherever you go. When not folded, this opens to a full size keyboard with 18 mm spaces between keys. It also features international characters and symbols and lap-lock design recommended to be used in airline and places with small spaces. The iGo Stowaway is compatible with any pocket PC device with a Socket Bluetooth with SD or CF card.
When I took out the iGo Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard from its clamshell transparent packaging, I instantly noticed the huge lock in the middle with an iGo logo that ultimately serves as the cradle for smart phones and PDAs. It’s also amazingly ultra-lightweight. It opens up to a full size keyboard with just the right spacing between the keys. I can extend my fingers to reach all the keys without scrunching up my elbows just to fit in all my hands. The keys feel soft to touch with all the function keys available. Since this is really intended for mobile users, the iGo is appropriately designed to sit steadily on your lap without the center folding up easily. I used it to connect with my iPod touch and it really works just fine. It really makes for a useful and convenient keyboard where the standard laptops are just so heavy to carry around. You can also download the latest driver from their website easily (a driver was not needed for the iPod Touch).
The rub I’m seeing with this keyboard is that it doesn’t have any number/symbol keys which you can see in other wireless keyboards. So you actually need to familiarize all these shortcut keys to get to the numbers which may not be convenient if you’ll be working on large spreadsheets. But I understand why they do that so they can significantly decrease the width. Although the cradle is detachable, it may take you ages to remove it and change to different positions—whether in horizontal or vertical.
iGo Stowaway keyboard lives up to my expectation of being thin and portable which makes it so easy to carry around and keep in my bag’s pocket. It certainly adds value to mobile users, who wants to type emails, notes, calendars, to do lists and others with their smart phones quickly. It’s an amazing piece of work and well worth every buck it costs for anyone wanting to use their smartphones or PDA without harassing your thumbs.
Joby Gorillamobile GM3-01EN Flexible Tripod with Soft itouch Case for iPod Touch, Universal Camera Adapter Screw, and 2 High-Bond Removable Adhesive Clips
- With hardshell case and built-in adapters to secure and protect your iPod Touch
- Has a sleek and lightweight design that you can bring around anywhere
- Highly bendable tripod legs that wrap around anything for your hands-free device usage
- Rubberized ring around the ball joints and foot grips for reinforced stability on different surfaces
- Lock ring adds extra security to keep mobile device safe
- Size – 206 x 128 x 70 mm (8 x 5 x 2.75”)
- Weight – 125 g (4.4oz)
Joby Gorillamobile for iPod Touch features flexible tripod legs that secure your mobile device such as iPod Touch, digital camera or mobile phone and it can attach and wrap its legs around on any surface. You can effortlessly place it on top of the desk, or wrap it around a treadmill while working out; you can attach it almost anywhere you prefer. It also comes with three adapters and protective case.
You could say that Gorillamobile’s earlier versions were somewhat goofy looking. I totally understand why they call this product Gorillamobile since the tripods are like that of gorilla’s arms and legs. It’s thick ball-joint legs can be misleading because they are actually very flexible so you can bend it to clip to any surface. Around those ball joints are rubberized rings that add an extra grip. It’s packaged inside a handsome white cover with two transparent windows.
As for the case, it’s very soft and smooth to touch with a classic matte black finish that’s actually scratch-free. It comes with a standard adapter that has rotating/locking contraption that you can twist to lock or unlock in which you can slide off the case. Based on the reviews, this appears to be made for an iPod Touch 2nd generation or 3rd generation. I was not able to use this with my iPod Touch 4G because the case was too loose and the buttons were on the wrong side.
Attaching the camera adapter is simple and helps to keep point-and-shoot cameras in place. But of course this will only work well with lightweight digicams or other handheld device of similar weight. So don’t attempt to use your DSLR’s or other large camera devices with it.
As for the adhesive tape adapter, it sticks to an iPod pretty well but after awhile it can attract considerable dust and reduces its adhesiveness. So if you’re planning to attach your iPod on your balcony rail, there’s a risk it might drop your handheld device down when it’s stuck on an adhesive adapter. The upside on this is that it doesn’t leave any sticky residue on the device.
All in all, Gorillamobile Flexible Tripod can be a good companion when you want to enjoy your iPod Touch 2G or 3G handsfree. Just take extra precaution when using the adhesive tape adapter. You might want to check other products if you have the current iTouch model.