When you buy original accessory for a tablet or smartphone (no matter whether it’s from Apple, Samsung, Google or any other brand), you believe in two things:
That it offers the best possible fit – this is not true; everyone can precisely measure the device and design the case that fits perfectly.
It offers the best possible quality – it’s not true, either. An original case from a production line is not a match for handcrafted leather sleeves that you can find on Etsy.
There is a third reason for buying the original case, and it turns out it becomes more and more important. It’s availability.
When the newest iPad Pro 2018 models launched, they were accompanied by a set of original and exclusive accessories: Apple Pencil 2, Smart Folio, and Smart Keyboard.
Smart Folio was at that time the only iPad Pro cover that was compatible with a cool feature allowing users to wirelessly charge and pair Apple Pencil 2. Was this feature exclusivity enough to make you buy the case for $80? Yes, right, if you’ve just added to cart the tablet worth $800, the extra money was not making that much difference.
Wait. After a few weeks, third-party producers started releasing iPad Pro cases adjusted to support Apple Pencil 2. In the end, the challenge of making the case compatible with wireless charging was not that difficult. The whole thing was to adjust the right edge of the back shell to make space for Apple’s pen.
When you buy an original case, you pay for your addiction to the brand. And you pay for perfection. However, in terms of features and real, down-to-earth benefits, you are overpaying – and overpaying a lot of money.
Smart Folio protects the back and front of the iPad Pro but leaves the tablet vulnerable to drops. Getting any kind of a back shell could help protect the corners and possibly the display. Plus, if you look for alternatives, you can be astonished to discover that some third-party alternatives are much more advanced and thoughtful designs.
Example? Zugu Muse gives all what you have in Smart Folio, plus a dozen of other features, minus 25% of the price, minus Apple logo.
Top gifts for geeks to get in 2023
Based on recommendations from top tech sites and customer reviews.
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Vintage composition notebook iPhone case
This unique, intensive, pseudo-marbling composition notebook pattern with a preworn label is available on the latest iPhone cases in several colors, including green, brown, and purple.
This 10000mAh smartphone-size power bank comes with USB-C port, LED display with a battery capacity, three built-in cables, and a foldable AC plug. You can plug the power bank directly to the wall socket for fast charging.
Portfolio tablet case with accessories compartment
This customer favorited case bag from Tomtoc is compatible with all tablets up to 11 inches. It has passed the Military Standard Drop Test, and comes with an internal mesh pocket for accessories. Available in over ten colors.
This vintage composition notebook design features a unique marbled paper background and a preworn old-school label with a headline VNTG NTBK. Available in several colors for several iPhone models. Explore the collection.
Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind
by 99U & Jocelyn K. Glei
The world we work in today is not the world of Michelangelo, of Marie Curie, of Ernest Hemingway, or even of Paul Rand. It is a new world, empowered and entranced by the rapid-fire introduction of new technologies—a world where our metaphysical front door is always open, where anyone can whisper in our ear, where a “room of one’s own” no longer means you’re all alone.
Creative minds are exceedingly sensitive to the buzz and whir of the world around them, and we now have to contend with a constant stream of chirps, pings, and alerts at all hours of the day. As these urgent demands tug us this way and that, it becomes increasingly difficult to find a centered space for creativity.
Taking stock of this challenging new landscape, 99U’s Manage Your Day-to-Day assembles insights around four key skill sets you must master to succeed: building a rock-solid daily routine, taming your tools (before they tame you), finding focus in a distracted world, and sharpening your creative mind.
Dedicating a chapter to each of these focus areas, we invited a group of seasoned thought leaders and creatives—Seth Godin, Stefan Sagmeister, Tony Schwartz, Gretchen Rubin, Dan Ariely, Linda Stone, Steven Pressfield, and others—to share their expertise. Our goal was to come at the problems and struggles of this new world of work from as many angles as possible.
Because we each have a unique set of strengths, weaknesses, and sensitivities, it is impossible to prescribe a single approach that will work for everyone. The right solution for you will always be personal—an idiosyncratic combination of strategies based on your own work demands, habits, and preferences.
Once a new technology rolls over you, if you’re not part of the steamroller, you’re part of the road.
– Stewart Brand –
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Innovative pillow stand for hands-free use
From Lamicall comes a brand-new pillow stand with an “open jaw” design, a stylus holder, and a large pocket for your phone or charger. A perfect tablet or e-reader stand for hands-free use: reading, watching, or video calls.