Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
Remember when you were a child at Christmas and even though you were lucky enough to get the toy you really really wanted that year you still played with the box more?
Adults love shiny new toys – and kids are no different – so it’s inevitable that they’ll want to get their grubby little mitts on your tablet, download Angry Birds and play it till the cows come home. As there are sure to be thousands of tablets wrapped up under the tree this year how do you ensure you actually get to use yours?
1. Disguise it
Ok, so I guess this one is a long shot. When they realise BBC iPlayer is coming from a previously innocuous looking black book they’ll know something isn’t quite right. Book style cases are available for pretty much every device and can give your tablet a sleek low-profile with a touch of anonymity. The beautiful DODOcase range for the iPad Mini and the Mini Retina - which is handcrafted in San Francisco using traditional book binding techniques – offers a classic minimalist style which is sure to keep the youngsters away (Click the image to see the DODOcase for Google Nexus 2 2013). If you want to take it a step further and really confuse then maybe this Klevercase is more your bag.
2. Use a parental control app
As well as blocking out the nasty stuff you don’t want kids to see parental control apps can also be used to block out the stuff they do want to see. Apps can be used as a sort of technological curfew – if you’re busy mowing the lawn and you don’t mind them playing with your tab for an hour you can turn their favourite apps on, whereas when you really need to catch-up on your e-mails you can turn their favourite apps off. AppCertain for iOS gives you ability to turn off all non-essential apps on your iPad or iPhone, allowing you to actively manage when and where your device is interesting to children or not. Apps such as Kids Place and Android Parental Control offer similar functions on Android, whereas Windows 8 has a built-in feature called Kid’s Corner all ready to go on new devices.
3. Buy another
By now I’m sure you are realising this task is more difficult than we first thought. Maybe giving them their own tablet may be the best answer? As the demand for tablets has increased the wide range of devices available (and therefore the wide range of different price points) has only grown. New for this Christmas, the Hudl is Tesco’s first foray into the world of technology but, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, was recently voted as the most family friendly tablet available by BBC One’s The One Show. Although it may be derided within hardcore tech circles it’s 1.5GHz A9 Quad-core processor is really quite good value for the £119 price tag…
4. Keep them interested in their new tablet
Come on. You didn’t think step No.3 was foolproof did you? Remember that really cool box at Christmas in 1982? The grass is always greener and whatever tablet you may choose to buy for your little critter will sometimes come second best to yours. Accessories are a must; and a funky case is a good start. The wonderfully fun range from TabZoo is designed to add a bit of bite to your child’s device and double up as a handy stand when watching TV or movies. The 8 inch size is designed to fit both 7 and 8 inch devices so the range is compatible with a huge number of tabs from the Kindle HDX 7 to the Samsung Tab 2 7″. A stylus will also add greater functionality and fun, allowing for better use of sketching, drawing and painting applications.
Monday, March 26th, 2012
With the launch of the new iPad (iPad 3) just last week, we are getting numerous requests asking what the best new iPad cover is – well here is the solution: a round-up of our favourite new iPad covers.
The Cygnett Lavish in a delicious ‘earth’ purple gives great protection to your iPad 3 and utilises the iPad auto-sleep/ auto-wake function. The Lavish is also compatible with the older iPad 2, but is a perfect fit for them both. The soft microfibre interior ensures that your iPad 3 picks up no scratches whilst inside and the case is finished with a multi-level viewing stand meaning you can always get a comfortable viewing angle.
The Jivo Executive Buckle case is compatible with all three versions of the iPad, and is extremely unique and stylish. Made for both men and women, this case redefines fashionable cases, and is one of the most stylish iPad 3 covers that we have on GearZap.
This Union Jack designed new iPad sleeve ensures style and sophistication, as well as a strong hint of patriotism. Made from an extremely high quality leather style material, this Orbyx union jack sleeve is a million miles away from the tacky nature of most things patriotic. The sleeve design means your iPad is fully accessible when it is not protected, and there is also a pull-tab feature which allows you to easily remove your iPad and also secure it when not in use.
The Bubble Padded Sleeve is a universal tablet sleeve which is a perfect for the iPad 3rd gen. It is one of a whole host of new iPad accessories that we have added to the website over the past few weeks, and we are expecting to add a whole lot more as time progresses. The bubble design of the sleeve ensures that your iPad will receive adequate protection should you knock it or drop it whilst inside the case, and it will also keep your favourite Apple device safe should you transport it around inside a large and busy bag.
The KeyCase iPad case with keyboard is one of our most popular products ever for the iPad, and has been a best seller since it was first released in a lower quality version for the original iPad. The portable nature of having a protective case as well as a fully functioning full QWERTY keyboard that automatically pairs with your iPad every time it is turned on make it stand out compared to other standard iPad cases. What’s more, it also has a stand for comfortable viewing whilst you type.
That brings an end to our round up of our new iPad cases. We have loads, loads more on our website, and you can see them by visiting our iPad 3 case page or by checking out our full range of iPad 3 accessories.
Monday, March 12th, 2012
At GearZap, we have been working extremely hard to find the perfect range of new iPad accessories, so that our loyal customers are able to find the exact products that they are after.
Although exact button placements are not going to be confirmed until we can get hands on the device on Friday 16th March, we are 99% certain that the following products are going to work with the new iPad (iPad 3).
The PadStand 2 is an iPad 3 stand (as well as a stand for other versions of the iPad, and other tablets too) and is ultra small, and lightweight too. It is made from a rubber like material which will not damage your iPad but will stay sturdy at all times. Selling at just £9.95, the PadStand is affordable to all.
The ColcaSac Uintah is a brand new iPad 3 Sleeve that is added to our extremely popular ColcaSac range. ColcaSacs are made from all natural materials that are soft and cushioned, giving excellent protection to the device that they hold firmly inside. Compatible with all versions of the iPad, the ColcaSac is one of our most unique iPad 3 cases.
The STM Scout Extra Small iPad 3 bag, which can also act as a MacBook Air 11 bag, allows you to carry your new iPad as well as a range of new iPad accessories inside it as well, such as an iPad 3 stylus or an iPad 3 dock – depending on the size.
Power Support make the best screen protectors in the world – and what’s better (for Apple fans) – is that they only make their protective films for Apple products. Their screen protector for iPad 2 will actually work as an iPad 3 screen protector as the screen is exactly the same size (although not the same in style, with the retina display of the iPad 3 being one of its main selling points).
These are just a few of our iPad 3 accessories that will work from the iPad 2 range. Please check out our website for our full range of new iPad accessories, and order before 6pm for same day dispatch of your item.
Friday, March 9th, 2012
With the release date of the new iPad quickly approaching, we thought it would be a great idea to round up a few of what we consider to be the best new iPad accessories that we will have available to purchase on our website in time for release day.
The SD TabletWear Stand and Type new iPad case is an excellent case if value for money is what you are after. Made from a high quality leather style material, the Stand and Type case lets you type at different angles to ensure that you are always comfortable, even during prolonged use. This is one of our cheapest but most popular new iPad cases, so pick one up today.
This MFX screen protector is another cheap and cheerful product that will ensure that your iPad screen remains free from scratches at all times. As a new iPad screen protector, it is not the highest quality one that we have one our shelves, but for value for money it is an excellent pick. Check out our full range of new iPad screen protectors on our website.
This Noreve Tradition B genuine leather new iPad cover is made from the highest quality leather, and designed in the centre of fashion and style – St. Tropez. If you are looking for a fine, professional looking case then you aren’t going to find much better than this case, as it will turn heads in all environment – from the home to the professional workplace. For our full range of new iPad covers, please head to GearZap.com!
Finally, this new iPad stylus – the Adonit Jot Pro in gun metal – is the best stylus currently in the market, and allows for accurate on-screen writing, drawing and interaction and you are still able to see everything you are doing thanks to the see-through ball on the tip. Pick up the Jot Pro or another new iPad pen on our website.
Friday, March 9th, 2012
Apple have just announced the new iPad, finally bringing an end to the constant rumours and speculation that have occured over the past few months.
At GearZap, we always like to stay one step ahead of our competition, and have already prepared categories on our website for the brand new iPad, and have a range of new iPad accessories that are already compatible.
New iPad Cases
We already have a selection of iPad cases on our website. This Orbyx Union Jack iPad case is expected to be extremely popular, just like it was for the iPad 2:
As well as softer style cases like the Orbyx one, we are also expecting to have an unrivalled new iPad hard case range.
The ColcaSac new iPad Sleeve is also expected to be extremely popular. ColcaSac products have been popular across the board, with ranges also in Kindle and MacBook as well as and previous iPad models.
New iPad Docks
This new iPad Dock also worked with previous models of Apple’s iPad, and also works with the iPhone. It holds your iPad securely in place and charges it at the same time.
Other accessories that we will be listing include an iPad car holder range, a new iPad charger range and a new iPad stand range.