iLounge - First Looks

2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

First Looks

Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Company: Logitech

Website: www.Logitech.com

Model: Hinge

Price: $60

Compatible: iPad Air

Logitech Hinge for iPad Air

Having previously focused largely on producing keyboard cases, Logitech today introduced a handful of new iPad folios. Among them is Hinge for iPad Air ($60); an iPad mini edition is also available. The outside of the case is a cool gray polyester fabric, lined with purple polyurethane. A polycarbonate plastic shell is attached to the right side, fitted with the standard holes and openings we've come to expect from shells. The left half can lift away, and thanks to a resistance system, a wide range of viewing angles are available.

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Company: Logitech

Website: www.Logitech.com

Model: Turnaround

Price: $60

Compatible: iPad Air

Logitech Turnaround for iPad Air

Having mostly produced keyboard cases in the past, Logitech today introduced a handful of new iPad folios. Among them is Turnaround for iPad Air ($60); an iPad mini edition is also available. Made of a vinyl-like polyurethane material, the lid continues around the case's right edge, where a magnet keeps the case shut. Inside there's a standard iPad shell, attached to the folio with a plastic ring. This allows it to rotate from landscape to portrait orientation, which can be beneficial while typing documents.

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Company: Ele

Website: www.elephantele.com

Model: eleMount

Price: $80

Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, iPods

Ele eleMount

Made of machined aluminum, Ele's eleMount ($80) is a mount option that uses sticky pads to hold any iDevice. Shaped like a barbell standing on one of its edges, the mount tapers in towards the middle, where the two ends meet at a ball joint. Both flat ends are equipped with Ele's sticky polyurethane, which will hold the accessory to your desk, and hold any iPad, iPhone, or iPod as well. Optional caps keep the pads clean when not in use.

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Company: Robocat

Website: www.robocatapps.com

Model: Thermodo

Price: $30-$45

Compatible: All iPads, iPhones, iPod touches (iOS 6+)

Robocat Thermodo

One of the things iOS is great at is helping people collect data -- there are apps and hardware that help track everything from fitness to finances. Now, Robocat is adding temperature to that list with Thermodo ($30-$45). Available in black, red, or white aluminum, or anodized aluminum as a premium edition, this accessory plugs into the headphone port of a compatible device, and works with a companion app to display the temperature in real time. When not in use, the sensor fits into a sheath with a keyring.

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