iSpy: Protect your gear with sleeves, cloths
by Chris Pittman
cpittman@annistonstar.com
Nov 11, 2011 | 3626 views |  0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
G-Form: Extreme Portfolio Sleeve — $79.95 — www.g-form.com

It’s always important to put on protective gear before doing something physical. Wearing a helmet while biking can potentially save a life. We protect ourselves whenever we can, and we should share that sentiment with today’s expensive mobile devices. The G-Form: Extreme Portfolio Sleeve case aims to fill that role.

The case “changes its molecular structure on impact” to protect the screen and body of your precious tablet. It has been designed with reactive protection technology to assure that nothing is harmed. Water-resistant material complements the fairly lightweight design of the case.

The inside of the Extreme Portfolio features a pocket for storing physical paper documents. I’m not exactly sure why you’d need to carry paper around with your tablet, though. I was able to put my iPad Smart Cover inside the pocket during my tests. I wouldn’t trust putting much in this space, as it could scratch the screen of the device when closed.

Across from the pocket is where the tablet is stored. There are four strong corner pieces to securely hold everything in place. Once inside, there is no way a device will fall out on its own.

The G-Form Extreme Portfolio Sleeve is excellent on the outside, but mediocre on the inside. The only danger lies inside of the case, as paper or other documents could scratch the screen if the two make contact. If your tablet is around areas where it could face strong impact, this case is perfect for you. Others may opt for a cheaper case that offers more protection for the screen.

Toddy Smart Cloth — $9.99 (5x7), $19.99 (3 pack of 5x7) — www.toddygear.com

Every microfiber cloth is the same, right? Not exactly. The Toddy Smart Cloth gives a personal touch to an item that many people use every day.

The product works as advertised. I’ve cleaned my iPhone, iPad, Mac and television screens with this cloth. One side is used to remove dirt and smudges, and the other buffs and polishes the screen. It’s easy enough to fold up and place in your bag or pocket for travel.

There are dozens of design patterns to choose for your cloth. Many are fairly stylish and are a breath of fresh air when compared to the normal plain-looking microfiber towels.

It’s also possible to create a custom Toddy Cloth with a company logo or trend featured as the design. This works great for corporations that want a giveaway promotion.

If you’re tired of using plain cloths to clean your devices, give the Toddy Cloth a shot. It’s stylish and will do the job just as well.

Jacksta for Mac — $49.95 — www.jacksta.com

There are several ways to save YouTube videos to your computer, but none are as easy to use as Jacksta.

Any video, music or audio files played in your browser while the program is running will be copied to the hard drive. This usually takes only a matter of seconds, but file size and Internet connection speed will vary. The quality of your download is almost exactly the same as the original file.

Jacksta also supports most common file formats, including mp3, mp4, swf, asf, wmv and flv. It also has predefined output choices for Quicktime, iOS, Android PSP, PS3 and Apple TV devices. An option to automatically import the downloaded file into iTunes is also available.

I was never disappointed during my thorough testing. Several times I’d grab audio from a HD YouTube video, and the quality would be better than the iTunes and Amazon versions. That’s worth the price of admission alone.

Jaksta may seem to be a bit pricey for what it does. However, I’d argue that the consistent quality of the product easily makes it worth grabbing as soon as you can. Provided you like to download YouTube videos, that is.
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