The Clamcase for iPad – a review

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I’ve had a Clamcase for a quite a while and use it regularly as part of my writing and blogging process – as you’ll see from this post about Evernote.

A Clamcase to encase your pearl of wisdom – your iPad!

A Clamcase is a wireless keyboard with a ‘shell’ that exactly fits the iPad (recently released also – a Clamcase for the iPad Air.)

The iPad just pops into the shell, so you don’t lose any screen room with straps or edges.

First Clamcase had some recharge issues

A little while back my Clamcase was struggling to recharge after only a little more than a year of ownership. Some of the earlier models did have recharging issues.

On a wing and a prayer I wrote to Clamcase telling them about my issue and they very kindly replaced it with a brand new one free of charge – I just needed to return my old Clamcase and do a little paperwork.

I’m happy to report that the updated version works great.

The Clamcase comes with a charger for the keyboard…which I rarely seem to have to use. The keyboard stays alive for ages – about a week dependent on usage – and then all of a sudden will ssstarrt ttyppping doubbbblleee leeettteeerrs so that’s when I know I need to recharge.

I love the Clamcase because it turns my iPad into a little PC or dare I say mini-MAC when I want it that way. I can write my online stuff at the kitchen table, use apps and do a fair bit of social media work too.

Resilient

The case is resilient being a shell and doesn’t make the iPad too heavy to slip into a bag or backpack for travel.

Both my girls borrow the iPad to google for homework or information purposes and it stands up very well to their use.

There is a two-way hinge on the Clamcase so I can flip it around to

– read on the Kindle app
– play videos
– look at a recipe when I’m cooking
– stand it up when I want to play music.

Nice chunky feel, clicky positive keyboard

It has all the standard nice crafted holes so that you can charge your iPad in the case and plug in headphones too.

There are easy copy, cut and paste buttons and several other function buttons also.

As a touch-typist since (mumble) 1981 I soon found myself adapting to the little keyboard, only my thumb was stubborn with the spacebar for a day or two.

All in all, I love my Clamcase! Productivity is definitely up when I use it. As a touch-typist I get very frustrated with the iPad keypad.

The Clamcase helps me to fly ahead and get the job done.

Now, back to the laundry.

How do you use your iPad?

iOS7 is here and it’s quite nice, actually

I now have iOS7 on my iPad

I quite like it actually, once I got past the scary part. (See picios7 is quite nice).

It took me about 45 minutes to upload.

I didn’t have any difficulties getting the download, since I was too busy being a mom the rest of the week to keep up with the early down-loaders.

The screen fills up that little bar below the apple twice before it’s done, which worried me the second time it happened.  Probably too much time spent with older systems like PCS  and er, ahem, Windows.

When Windows installations start looping around doing apparently the same thing over and over it can be not so nice.

There are lots of useful features…

I could list them all here, but found somebody who wrote a much better post (here’s the link).

I definitely like the new option to turn on automatic App updates.  I run quite a few Social Apps and it can be time consuming to keep visiting the App Store to update them all.

So far I haven’t even noticed the new control center – which to me means it’s working.  I should probably check it though, just to ensure any of the Location settings I already set to ‘off’ remain that way.

My husband is a Test Pilot and one of his jobs is to figure out what flying systems are ‘intuitive’ and which are ‘counter-intuitive’.  If you get stuck using software or find it hard to learn…IMHO chances are something about it is counter-intuitive.

What I really like so far about iOS7

Correct me if I’m wrong, but my screen seems to be even more touch sensitive than before.  Almost the thought is the deed.

I like the floaty, airy feel of the way the apps sit in their little transparent squares.  I use a Clamcase too and all is working well there, thank goodness.  I am really attached to my clamcase because I write on my iPad too for blogging purposes, so that was a must.

I’ll go and try the new swipe to search option in a sec.  (Swipe down from anywhere on the main screen now, not just from the left).

In the meantime, the new iPhones are out

Found this very amusing video from Jimmy Kimmel regards those via the Google Tech and Coffee Community.

It’s a little uncomfortable since they distributed an iPad mini to a member of the Public on the street and tell them it’s the new iPhone.

The results are pretty amusing though.  Anyone of these people could be employed by Apple and help out the sales effort I’m sure, even if they don’t really know the product.  (And props to the guy who stood up for the ‘Black phone in memory of Nelson Mandela’ gag).

Fun for Friday, anyway!