Tablet Accessories Tech Treasures [2011 Cool Yule Tools]

Sure, the tablet is fun. Now you need to accessorize!

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The combination of the GripStand and GripBase seems designed for companies within the healthcare industry, in which multiple users need to use the same device, perhaps in a high-traffic area (although there doesn't seem to be a way to lock/secure the base or the tablet). The GripBase is definitely more solid than the GripStand2, which seems geared more for portability (holding it on your hand) than on a desktop.

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars

Price: $39.99 (for the bundle)

Reviewed by Keith Shaw

Toddy iPad Cleaner, by Toddy Gear The Toddy iPad Cleaner works on all devices!  Which is fortunate, because I don’t own an iPad.  I was excited to try it on a friend’s TV we had recently moved, which had fingerprints all over it.  I’m happy to report the Toddy did a great job cleaning that LED screen.  It works equally well on LCD screens, and the various phone screens I tried it on (Super AMOLED, Blackberry, etc.).

It’s a small cloth that comes in a folder type package. It's very easy to transport – just be sure you don’t get dirt/debris in it, or you’ll wind up rubbing that into the screens you want to clean.  But if you do soil the cloth, you can wash it.

Toddy advertises the following on its website (which is actually a fun website):

•             Dual-sided cleaning: you can use both sides of the cloth; one for cleaning, one for polishing (it’s obvious which is for which, without an instruction manual).

•             Antimicrobial coating: the coating on the Toddy helps kill germs and bacteria.

•             Naturally hydrophilic: the opposite of hydrophobic, the Toddy will easily absorb oil, dust, etc., without needing any sprays.

•             Machine washable – you can wash your Toddy when it gets dirty!

Also worth nothing, you can now customize a Toddy with your own brand logos and such – which is a great way to differentiate yourself from the standard thumb drives always being handed out at events.

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars

Price: $10

Reviewed by Dan Hunt

 Crayola ColorStudio HD and iMarker stylus, by Griffin Technology There's a bunch of great coloring book type apps for the iPad (I know, my kids have tried most of them), but this one is fully sanctioned by Crayola, and works with Griffin's iMarker stylus. The stylus acts like a giant crayon, offering kids the chance to color and "paint" on the iPad app without using their fingers all the time. The iMarker can act as a crayon, colored pencil, marker or even a paintbrush on the app.

The app is pretty good, although the addition of animation makes it kind of annoying sometimes when you just want to color. Younger children also seemed to have a problem with the stylus - you still need to press down pretty hard for the color to register from the stylus, and for them, their fingers are easier and preferred. But older kids (say, 7 to 10) will likely do just fine with the iMarker.

Cool Yule rating: 4 stars

Price: $29.99 (app is free, and works without the stylus)

Reviewed by Keith Shaw

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