Showing posts with label tablet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tablet. Show all posts

Sunday, May 15, 2016

#ProductReview: BATTOP folio Case Bluetooth Keyboard #bluetoothkeyboard

Battop 1

I was really excited to try out the BATTOP folio case with bluetooth keyboard. They provided me with one in exchange for my honest opinion and I received no other compensation for this review. We have a lot of electronic devices in our house, but this folio case was designed for 9-10" tablets. I only have one that will fit in the case, and I really wanted a keyboard with it. It is a Windows Nextbook that came with Windows 8, but I upgraded to Windows 10.

Battop 2

The case itself feels like it is made of some kind of suede material It's soft to the touch but solid enough to make sure the tablet and keyboard won't break when folded up inside of the folio case. The tablet fits into these rubber corners that hold it into place. The area that the tablet fits into rotates 360° which allows you to use your tablet horizontal or vertical. The tablet can be adjusted to be at four different angles against the keyboard for your maximum usage. The keyboard itself is magnetic and sticks to the folio case. You simply move the keyboard to where you want it and angle the tablet accordingly.

When you get the keyboard, it does not come fully charged, or at least mine didn't. It comes with a charger plug which is the kind that is standard for Android devices. When it is plugged in, there is a red charging light. The light turns off when it is finished charging. If you leave it turned on while it is charging, it will not fully charge. However, it can be used while it is plugged in so if the battery dies while you are using it, you can just plug it in and keep going.

Battop 3

Now for setting it up...I can't really say a lot of good about it. You'll see in my rather long video how much trouble I had setting this thing up. It's supposed to be really simple. Turn on the keyboard. Turn on the tablet. Turn on the bluetooth on the tablet. Turn on the bluetooth on the keyboard. The keyboard should show up on the tablet and you follow the "pairing" steps on the tablet. It SHOULD give you a passcode that you type into the keyboard and hit enter. It MIGHT give you a dialog box to input a passcode via the built-in tablet keyboard. Once you put in the passcode, the tablet should connect and the the keyboard should be usable.

Unfortunately for me, it gave me the passcode to enter on the keyboard twice, but nothing happened when I typed it in. Then it gave me the dialog box but it never gave me new passcodes to type into the dialog box so nothing I put it worked. I contacted the company, but they didn't get back to me before I tried it with a different tablet. I used my husband's android tablet, following all the steps I already outlined and it worked immediately. It was very easy there. I wrote down the code I used for his tablet and tried to connect to my windows tablet using that code. It worked the first time I did it, but that was off camera. Once I got it connected, I tried to demonstrate for my camera that the keyboard actually works, but it wouldn't connect once the tablet and/or keyboard were turned off and back on. I decided that I would demonstrate connecting to my husband's tablet and then to mine just like it had worked before for my video only to have it not connect to my windows tablet yet again. I tried lots of things to get it to work with my tablet, but to no avail. Out of curiosity, I decided to try it with my son's Amazon Kindle Fire. Those are basically android tablets. It connected to that tablet immediately. When I turned the tablet off and back on though, it no longer worked. So to use the keyboard with the Amazon Kindle Fire, it has to be re-paired every time. I do have an old Kindle Fire that I might use it will if I can get it to work. The kindle that is.

The keyboard works great once it is connected, but sadly the trouble I experienced with getting it to connect makes me not like it very much. My husband doesn't have any use for the keyboard with his tablet, so if I want to use it, I will have to find a new tablet that it will work with. I would not recommend it for a windows tablet. It works for Android tablets. The other type that it is supposed to work with is a iPad. I unfortunately do not have an ipad to test it. Anyway, you can make up your own mind after you watch my video demonstration.


You can purchase this BATTOP folio Case Bluetooth Keyboard from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0194RRJP8

Thursday, July 24, 2014

#ProductReview: Tablet Cover by Geekify Inc.

Geekify

I am a geek, the model building, dice slinging, character painting, board gaming, and noncollectable card game type. I freely admit it and am rather proud of it. I may not be in the know about everything having to do with a geek topic, but I know enough to hold a decent conversation. In the world of geeks, we love our gadgets. We have two smart phones, a kindle fire HD, a tablet, and too many game systems to count or list. We also love to watch tv shows that are based on books and games that we have read/played. Well, there's a company out there that combines both of these! You can get a table cover that is tied to your favorite games and tv series. Geekify makes tablet covers, pendants, and other random geek objects. I found them when I was looking for a tablet cover for my husband's tablet. They were the only place that I could find a dragon cover that I was interested in, but they had several that were up for consideration.

After talking to them about the type of tablet my husband has, we decided to get a Game of Thrones inspired cover. We picked out the House of Stark cover which has the House of Stark family crest. Here are pictures of the actual cover.

House of Stark Tablet Cover 1
House of Stark Tablet Cover 2
House of Stark Tablet Cover 3
House of Stark Tablet Cover 4

The cover is very well made. I was afraid at first that the crest wouldn't stay on because it looked like it was just glued on, but we have had it for over two months now and it is holding up fine. You can see that the tablet fits, but I will tell you that it was a tight squeeze to get it in at first. I show you how the tablet looks from the top to demonstrate that you can still easily plug it in to charge. It is kind of hard to get the stylus out though. My husband tends to take the tablet out if he needs to use the stylus. What we both really like is that the cover lays completely flt when it is closed meaning that the "binding" side was made just the right way.

Other than not being able to use the stylus easily, the only other complaint my husband has had about the cover is that his tablet is magnetized. We sent the product link to them when we asked for the cover to be made, so it should have mentioned in the product description that the back of the tablet was magnetized. It's not really a complaint, but he thought that the tablet cover would have a magnet in the back to help hold the tablet in without having to have the straps at the top. If it had been made with the magnets, the stylus wouldn't have been so hard to get out around the straps at the top. This is rather a nitpicky thing because it means that the cover would have to have been made to the exact specs of his specific tablet. However, this might be something for them to consider in the future because more tablets might be made with magnets in the future.

Myst Tablet Cover

It's a great cover and I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for something a little more unique than the standard tablet covers that most people make. They have one that looks like The Neverending Story, The Labyrinth, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Myst, and many more. You can check out all their products at http://geekifyinc.com/shop/. Also check out their Facebook andTwitter pages.

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