Nomad Cables are highly pocketable USB cables for your iOS or Android devices – $15-25
In order to be prepared for anything that the day brings I usually carry a lot of gadgets and accessories in my bag. To reduce its weight and size, and because I just like it this way, I prefer to keep most of my gear small and light-weight. USB cables is no exception and I really like them as short as possible. After trying out a lot of different options, I have come to the conclusion that Kero makes the best Lightning and Micro USB cables for my needs.
The Nomad cables are short but can still bend a lot, something that is convenient when used together with devices like the Dark Energy Reservoir. The build-quality is good and the Lightning version is of course Apple MFi certified. There’s not much more to be said, they are just cables after all, but I can’t recommend the Nomads enough. This is a great gift for anyone who owns a smart phone and it’s something you can keep in any bag or jacket pocket and hardly notice it’s there until you need it.
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SurfacePad for iPad mini is a thin leather cover with a built-in, multi-angle stand – $69.99
If you own a laptop, phone or tablet made by Apple then there’s a good chance that you have heard about, or already own, something made by Twelve South. Their company slogan says it all:“We’re not just Mac friendly. We’re Apple only”. The beautiful BookBook cases is probably what they’re most famous for, but they have created more than a few amazing Apple accessories in the past.
The latest product in their line-up is a 3 mm (0.1 inches) thin leather cover for iPad mini. It’s called SurfacePad and it protects the front and back of your iPad mini but leaves the edges open, which reduces bulk and weight. The cover sticks to the back of the iPad using “a special adhesive” that is said to not leave any marks or residue on the device, no matter how many times you remove and reattach it.
The extremely thin design and the use of premium Napa leather are reasons enough to want to check this cover out, but there’s also a hidden feature to explore. The obvious ways to use the SurfacePad are either with the front cover flipped to the back or to open the case as a book, but it can also be used as a stand. Hidden magnets inside the leather can hold the iPad in two different angles: one made for typing or working and one made for viewing content.
I never really liked the leather Smart Case by Apple and I think that the SurfacePad can be one of the most interesting alternatives to it.
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COBURNS are a minimal and elegant pair of wooden iPad stands – $25
There are many iPad cases with built-in stands available but most of them add too much bulk and aren’t always that great to use. I prefer to keep my iPad in a slim leather sleeve for protection and then take it out when I want to use it. This works great at most times but a stand can be very useful in certain situations. Enter COBURNS, two wooden legs that grip on to your iPad and lets you position it in an unlimited number of angles in both portrait and landscape orientation.
The two legs snap together using magnets when not in use and they are compact enough to slip into pretty much any pocket. You can choose between light or dark wood and there are versions available for iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina, iPad 3 and iPad 4. COBURNS started as a successful Kickstarter campaign but it is now available to the rest of the world.
Photo by: Pixels & Objects