Welcome to our weekly installment of Picks of the Week at iSource where we provide our expanded coverage of Apple accessories and applications Here we will promote our favorite iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac and Apple TV related items, as well as bring you occasional tips and tricks. Hopefully many of our favorite items will also be of interest to you. Please feel free to comment on our selections, and suggest picks of your own. Check out this week’s picks after the break
Picked by: Jay
This week, I’m selecting an iPad accessory to highlight, the PropUp. I purchased this about 6 months ago and realized that I didn’t give it any attention here at iSource.com. As seen here, the PropUp is a cradle in which either the original iPad, or iPad 2, snuggly fits and creates a base that holds either device at a convenient angle for typing, reading, etc. It is extremely light and flexible enough to accommodate an iPad in a skin.
I find using my original iPad in the PropUp to be my preferred way of keeping the device in my lap, on a table, and definitely while reading in bed! As a matter of fact, when I travel, I hate leaving it at home because I do most of my reading in bed. According to the website, you can…
Use the PropUp in landscape, or portrait with slight assist.
That’s a fancy way of saying that it doesn’t prop up in portrait, so be warned.
The PropUp has a natural indentation for the iPad’s lock button, regardless of rotation. Also there is a hole for the earphone jack, however, the thickness of the PropUp prevents using an L-shaped input plug.
Nevertheless, the PropUp has seen almost daily use by a family of 4 (including 2 young boys) and has held up well.
($29.99 + shipping) Link
Safety Grid (v1.12)
Picked by: Joe Tomasone
Safety Grid is a personal protection/alerting app for iPhone and iPad. If you are in danger, you can use the app to send alerts to up to five contacts via email, text message, and voice phone call. Each contact will be told that you have sent the alert, along with your location and any message that you may have included. This is all done silently, so that a potential attacker is not alerted. You can cancel the alert from the device, and your contacts will be informed that you have done so. A new feature enables all reachable contacts to be joined on a conference call to discuss the situation.
The paid version is $1.99 in the App Store, and alert credits are available via in-app purchase. A free version is available that does not include SMS or phone calls, supporting only Facebook posting instead.
Picked by: PatrickJ
Very slick new camera app for the iPhone or latest Touch / iPad. It has a few unique and powerful features, like:
– Full resolution rapid-fire shooting – just by holding down the Still photo button.
– Lets you take still shots while you are shooting a video
– Very nice slider control for zooming in and out.
I’m still just getting to know the app; but so far so good. It’s very impressive and is already in my iPhone’s dock.
Picked by: Thomas
My pick of the week is http://www.jongpie.com/webapps/ (via Lifehacker), an interesting website to help you create full-screen versions of popular (mainly Google-based) web apps available on your iPhone home screen. All you have to do is visit the URL from your iPhone or iPod Touch and follow the on-screen instructions. There is also support for a full-screen version of Gmail on the iPad, but I wonder if it’s worth making a web app for a few extra pixels on a 10″ display.
These web apps don’t support multitasking, but there are advantages to having dedicated home screen icons that are separate from Mobile Safari (fewer Safari tabs overall; faster loading from the homescreen).
I actually still prefer to use Gmail within Safari myself, but this could be useful for those who do a lot of mobile surfing and want to save tabs for just that.
Picked by: Renkman
Wuala is a great free mobile storage application that you can synch with your Mac, Windows or Linux desktop client. All file encryption is done right on your mobile device, so your password is never transmitted. Features include,
- File encryption directly on your iPhone/iPod
- Access to all files, photos and music
- Share files directly via email
- Open files with apps installed on the iPhone
- Save files for offline access
Use the desktop client to,
- automatically backup files online
- sync files across multiple computers
- share files directly
- collaborate in groups
- keep your files safe: all files are encrypted directly on your computer before being uploaded
Sign-up for your free 1GB of storage today!
(free) iTunes Link
There you have it! Hope you enjoyed this week’s installment of Picks of the week. Please let us know what you think, and share with us some of your favorites.