Dec 042015
 

Brydge

Christmas Countdown – Day 4

Like many other families we have several tablets circulating the house. Whether it’s checking emails, sending messages to our family in The Netherlands, updating the blog, taking photos, watching a children’s show, playing a learning game, online shopping or just browsing the internet, those handy little computers are getting quite the workout every day. While I love the compact size and portability I do regularly complain that I miss the convenience and speed of a regular keyboard, luckily that problem is easily solved with Brydge:

Brydge Keyboards are the perfect companion for your iPad, iPad Mini or iPad Air. With one smooth click these sleek wireless keyboards will give your ordinary tablet the look and feel of a little laptop, how clever!

BrydgeMini KeyboardWidely praised in leading magazines and online media Brydge has quickly become a big favourite amongst iPad users and I have to say I am not surprised. The keyboard’s classy look and stylish curves match beautifully with the shape of your iPad, it really is a perfect fit and looks very professional. Made from 100% strong, durable aluminium and packed with clever features Brydge is clearly top of the range, it’s obvious from the very first touch that this is a high quality product.

If you type quite a lot like I do you are sure to appreciate the ease of a traditional keyboard compared to fiddling with squishy onscreen keys, the chances of accidentally pressing the wrong keys are a lot slimmer. You can even control other settings straight from your keyboard eg. volume or screen brightness, playing music, switch between apps and more. Unlike other keyboards the luxurious BrydgeMini has backlit keys (brightness can be adjusted), ideal for that last email you want to send from bed without waking up your partner.

BrydgeMini Steel GreyThe BrydgeMini effortlessly connects to your iPad Mini using Bluetooth: simply switch on your keyboard, make it discoverable and it will automatically pop-up in your list of devices, easy as pie. The keyboard is completely wireless and rechargeable with the included micro USB cable. One single charge can last up to 3 months so you rarely have to worry about running out of battery life.

Once you’ve clicked in your iPad you can change the screen angle to your liking (up to 180ºC): stand it up like a laptop or lay it flat like a tablet, it’s up to you. The BrydgeMini is designed to securely connect to the iPad Mini 1, 2 and 3 and is available in three timeless colours: Silver, Space Grey and Gold.

BrydgeMini

The BrydgeAir (RRP AUD $199) and BrydgeMini (RRP AUD $179) are currently available at Harvey Norman stores Australia wide and online in the Brydge web store.

To find out more about Brydge, to browse the range and to order online visit www.brydgekeyboards.com.au.

For you chance to win a BrydgeMini (RRP AUD $179, Space Grey) enter our giveaway below:

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Dec 212012
 

I may only be in my twenties but I find it hard to keep track of all the latest ‘iTrends’: iPods, iPhones, iPads, iMacs and now even an iPad Mini. For quite some time I have avoided joining the iClub but earlier this year hip daddy surprised me with an iPad and I have to admit that it is very handy and I use it a lot. The only thing I didn’t like was having to hold it up the whole time while using it, until I disovered the iCrib that is.

The iCrib by Life! Live It Up is a soft yet supportive mini-bean bag for iPads, if you have ever tried a real bean bag you can imagine how handy and convenient the iCrib is. You just put it down on your lap, your desk or coffee table and position the iPad in it so you get the best view and that’s it! No clicking things in or adjusting clips and straps, just quick and easy which is perfect for busy people like me.

If you have little ones they have probably taken an interest in the iPad too, kids just love watching movies on it or playing some cool child friendly apps. I don’t think you can avoid the sticky fingerprints but the iCrib does help them to keep it steady and reduces the risk of accidents. Instead of clumsy kids holding the iPad while they watch or play the iCrib can do the holding for you. The iCrib ($29.95) is available in different colours/patterns/materials and comes pre-filled with beans.

With the holidays coming up your iPad is in for a bit of a workout, tablets are perfect for some light (or heavy) entertainment while relaxing in the garden, at the beach or near the pool. Don’t let your holiday be spoilt by a damaged or even broken iPad due to water, sand or dirt! For just $9.95 you can order the Dryz Protector, a simple but effective way to keep your digital devices safe and clean while out and about.

If there is a road trip or lots of car travel on your agenda these holidays you might want to check out one of the latest Life! Live It Up accessories for your iPad, the eViewer ($29.95). I think they designed these specifically to keep parents from going insane during car trips! Instead of buying a dedicated DVD player for in the car you can just use your iPad to pop on a movie. The elastic straps are easy to fit on most head rests and your iPad can be used horizontally or vertically.

To find out more about Life! Live It Up, to browse the range and to order online visit www.lifeliveitup.com.

For your chance to win a Life! Live It Up iCrib (Polkadot), Dryz Protector and eViewer visit www.lifeliveitup.com and answer the following question: Which iCrib design is your favourite?

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LeapPad, a learning tablet just for kids

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Aug 182012
 

As you may have read last month the LeapFrog LeapPad was a massive help during our long flights to and from Europe. In fact it was not only a big hit on the plane, it also got a great workout on rainy days inside and during car trips. The twins were always asking for (and sometimes fighting about) the ‘green computer’. Just in case you have been living under a rock and have never heard of the LeapPad: a LeapPad is a special learning tablet developed for children aged 4-9. It has been insanely popular since it was first released so of course my own hip little ones had to put it to the test.

Up until the holidays we had only used the LeapPad a handful of times as I thought the twins (3) were just a little bit too young for it. As you probably know it can be frustrating for young children to try something that they don’t understand, and in doing so it can be very frustrating for parents too so I wanted to make sure I had some age appropriate games on hand to make the LeapPad a big success.

Now that they are nearly four years old the twins are the perfect age to start exploring the LeapPad and I can already tell you they went crazy for it from the word go. First of all the LeapPad is easy to hold for small hands, it has a big (touch) colour screen with only a few control buttons on the side and comes with a handy stylus (small ‘pen’ to use on the touch screen). My kids have no iPad, iPhone, iPod or any other mobile phone experience yet they got the hang of it quickly.

When you start using the LeapPad you first need to make a profile for your child, which involves selecting your child’s name, age and a photo (the LeapPad has a built-in camera and video recorder). You can enter multiple profiles into the LeapPad so it is ideal for siblings to share as it will give everyone a chance to have their own unique, tailor made LeapPad experience (and parents can check each child’s progress through the LeapFrog Learning Path).

Just like with most adult tablets the LeapPad comes preloaded with a few applications and the possibility to download more than 100 fantastic apps from the LeapFrog App Centre. Games, eBooks, videos, music, creativity apps, flashcards and more, there is always more LeapPad fun to be had with the ever growing App Centre. I will follow up on the App Centre in another, soon the be released, post sharing some of our top picks and there may even a little something for you…

I soon realised that my worry about games or tasks being too difficult was unfounded as by creating a profile your child’s LeapPad activity will automatically be tailored to suit his/her age, without having to change settings or select levels. Simple challenges and games for my nearly 4-year old and trickier ones for older children, this keeps it interesting and fun for all ages and a brilliant investment.

Obviously sometimes the twins need a little help with the reading but by now they are very confident and familiar with it all and know exactly what to do. Speaking of reading, a lot of the games and other applications train their reading and writing skills. From recognising and tracing letters in a game environment to ‘reading’ an eBook featuring popular movie characters and listening to the words being read out loud. The LeapPad allows kids to learn without noticing in a fun and playful matter.

One of their favourite (yet the most simple) LeapPad applications is the Art Studio App (included) which lets little artists create colourful artworks on their screen. Using the stylus they can draw, paint, stamp and colour as much as they like, start all over again or save in and create a little gallery. So easy, great for their fine motor skills, learning about colours and shapes and of course it is mess free.

Another app they play regularly is Pet Pad (included), a very cute pet raising game in which kids can create their own pet and learn to feed, clean and look after it. The twins especially love the part where they need to blow on the LeapPad to dry their little cat/dog after its bath! It is a great way to learn all about chores, following instructions and even trace the letters of the alphabet. I think we can safely say that, although we have already had lots of fun with the LeapPad, there is still lots more to learn and explore so I will keep you updated as we try out new games and download new apps.

The RRP of the LeapPad is $229, I admit it’s a decent price tag but if you keep an eye on the catalogues of the major retailers you will find there are often huge savings to be had. Also keep in mind that it is an investment, the LeapPad can be used by siblings and will last you multiple years. The learning experience is automatically adjusted as your child develops new skills so it will stay interesting and educational, again and again.

LeapFrog toys are available at leading retailers all over Australia, click here to find out where to buy your favourite LeapFrog products.

To find out more about the LeapPad, to watch a LeapPad demo and to browse the range of games and accessories visit www.leapfrog.com.au.