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Choosing One Is Hard

…iPad case that is.

As I may have mentioned once or twice (or pretty much every day – #ipadwanker) the boyfriend bought me an iPad for my birthday.

I stole….er, borrowed his Apple iPad case (well, he wasn’t using it!) He’d been tucking his iPad into his work notebook until I nicked his case, then he bought this hard shell case. It’s actually quite nice, but I want a case that will protect the screen as well.

It seems that a lot of designers have caught on to producing iPad cases, it certainly seems that there are a lot more out there than there are iPhone specific cases.

Here are a few cases that I wouldn’t mind having, you know, if someone were to buy me one.

First up is the iPad cover from Moleskine. I know. Moleskine. Don’t they make notebooks that you actually use a pen (or pencil) to write in? Well, yes. And you can still do that with this one. The case is made from the same materials as a normal Moleskine notebook, and has a “Volant” notebook on the inside as well, so you can still take notes with those pen things. They also do a iPhone case and a Kindle case (although neither of these are for the latest models)

Mulberry have also hopped onto the iPad case bandwagon by designing three different styles that are under the “Coming Soon” label on their website

“Deciding to develop the collection was a no-brainer,” says Emma Hill, the label’s creative director, who describes herself as “hopelessly devoted to and obsessed” with her iPad. “I think the Mulberry customer wants to retain the coveted exteriors of Mulberry icons, like the Bayswater for women and the Brynmore for men, but inside have enhanced features like padding, pockets and headphones access – combining style with function.”

(via ft.com)

Left to right, there are the adjustable iPad sleeves (£350) which look to do the same sort of job as the Apple case (£35), the Bayswater iPad sleeve (£250) which is cute, but its just a clutch bag really and the Simple iPad sleeve (£130) which is a more reasonable price, and a nice enough case to slip into another bag, but still a tad expensive for what it is.

Slightly more affordably, Ted Baker had produced a lilac iPad caseicon for £39, which is also available in grey (my second choice, of course) and “Straw” which I’d politely refuse. (Its not that I’m ungrateful, but peach is not a colour I would choose)

Again, more affordably, Marc by Marc Jacobs has started a range of “tech-sessories” such as USB memory sticks, headphones and including this iPad case for £35.

If designer labels aren’t quite your thing (and there were so many more I could have chosen from) then good old Etsy to the rescue.

This case by helekstudio, called the Lady D, costs about £45, but I love cases that don’t look like cases (if that makes sense?). One for the Early Grannies perhaps?

Of course, the iPad would fit nicely in a Mulberry Bayswater (I have tested this and yes it does fit, but still needs a case)…

Bifdog “Haul”

So it was my birthday on Sunday (12th). A fun filled four days, yes, but exhausting. I got given so many exciting things though, and whilst I’ve said before that I’m not a fan of “haul” videos, my presents were too pretty not to show off!

So, first off, I’m a spoilt cow, because the boyfriend bought me an iPad. Woo! He bought me the 16GB Wifi one (aka “the cheapest”…no, I don’t think you can really slate this by saying the cheapest. He bought it because he couldn’t think of anything else and Mulberry handbags were sadly not in the running.) then the day after my birthday, a lovely giant cheque from HMRC dropped onto the doormat (and surprisingly wasn’t destroyed by the dog) to which I shouted “YEAH BOIIIIIIIIIIIII” (I may have watched Hot Fuzz
the night before, bloody love that film) and then emailed a picture to Alex saying UPGRADE TIME. We upgraded my iPad to the 3G 16GB version, and now its even more amazing.
I could have just gotten the MiFi (I did enjoy using one when ThreeMobileBuzz lent me one) but I feel that they’re not as useful when you only have one device, and since I’m considering selling the netbook, its a bit pointless really. I’m still with Three for my 3G though)

Continuing on the “you’re so spoilt” theme (IF ONLY), my Dad phoned me up and told me to buy something with his credit card for my birthday. He always does this, but whenever I mention it to people, they act as if I’ve been given a crazy shopping spree. Um, no.

My BFF Helen bought me the ampersand necklace I blogged about previously by Maria Allen. My friend Rachel bought me the cupcake ring, and also some cake (which was eaten at our old work place with GIANT cups of tea. Always a win.)

The lovely Bryn (who is often blamed for me even deigning to go on a date with Alex…he says its unfair to blame that on him) bought me an excellent tea pot. Name two things I like: tea and cupcakes. Add the two together – a cupcake shaped teapot.

The Wife and Lord bought me some Saffron Gin which is delicious! We’re starting to build up quite a good gin collection now.

Gemma (who is just starting up her own blog, Bottyblog, so go give her some loving to encourage her to make more than one post!) bought me this beautiful turquoise leather bag, I love it!

Work bought me a big bunch of flowers, and people gathered around my desk and sang – which I of course hated, ugh, why would people think thats a good idea?! Thank you though to everyone who tweeted, Facebooked or contacted me in some other way to wish me happy birthday – oh you guyzzzzzzzz

(To end with, here is a picture of the dog. She is a spaniel, she thinks we exist to feed her and to act as hurdles for her to jump, and she can entertain herself for hours by dropping a tennis ball at the top of the stairs, chasing after it then taking it back to the top of the stairs. This is Fern:

Fern

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Impulse Purchases

I got this email on Friday from the Boy:

I have done bad. I am admitting it now. I will apologise later.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m a bit of a mental if someone says this sort of thing. I bugged him via email and text, and I think there may have been a phone call in there.

So I got home, and begged him to tell me what he had done wrong. He held out this tiny little Bluetooth headset and said that he had bought that. Unimpressed, I went back downstairs. He followed me, holding out an iPad and said “well, I may have bought this as well”

OMG. I squealed a little bit and made attempts to grab it. He claims that he’s bought it for the household, but its also going to help with his work. He only decided at lunch time on Friday that he wanted one, and by the time he sent the email to me at 3pm, he had one in his hands.

I know I’ve said previously that I wasn’t that bothered by the iPad, but that was before I got to play with one. It’s a beautiful item, with all the features of the iPhone that I love, but on a much bigger screen. Apart from the pictures (which I’m taking on the iPhone then popping them into the entry) I’m writing this entry on the iPad. It’s so easy to type on – I’ve got the screen on a horizontal position, and the keyboard is big enough for me to type on with both hands.

The graphics are amazing as well. We’ve been playing games from Angry Birds to N.O.V.A. (have a guess who plays which game) and it’s awesome. We’ve been able to play Flight Control together (me on my iPhone, him on the iPad. I won. Glad to see I’m still the champion of Flight Control) and have found applications like BigOven so much more useful on a bigger screen (and with the official iPad case, it stands up on its own nicely)

I love the iPad. More than my OS X’d netbook? I’m not sure yet. Whilst it’s been nice to type this on the iPad, I still prefer a proper keyboard – but that argument can be solved by attaching my Bluetooth keyboard. The screen of the iPad is actually bigger than my Dell Mini 10V, but then half of it is taken up with the keyboard. I’m not sure yet. It’s lovely to use whilst sitting infront of the tv, and can be connected to my Mac as a second screen.

I told Tim about it, to which he replied “Pics or it didn’t happen.” Of course I had to send this one:

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