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BUKCase iPad 4 review

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BlueiPadOriginalOpen_large.jpgIf you're a fan of Dragon's Den, then you may remember a certain product called the 'BUKCase', a bespoke tablet case, designed and built in the United Kingdom! And I've been lucky enough to get my hands on one for my beloved Apple iPad 4.

Design

The case has been created to specifically replicate an old-fashioned book, undisguisable if you were to hide it away on an ordinary book shelf. And I literally mean that - it can actually confuse people! I've been using my iPad in the case, and people have come up to me and asked, "what book are you reading there, kind sir?" - I'm not at all lying. Trust me on that. But in all fairness, it does add a lot of quirkiness to the concept of protecting your tablet PC.

But before I actually talk more about the case in terms of its overall appearance and the materials used that make it so luxurious to own, I have to commend the team behind the packaging, because the feeling of quality is right there before you actually have the case in your hand. I was especially impressed with the cute pamphlets that you also get.

The case itself is made from high-quality leather, built in the same way that you would manufacture a book. However, as a nice as it might feel, not everyone is going to agree with the fact that it adds a lot of bulk to the tablet. For me, this isn't a huge problem, but there are quite a lot of fussy people out there, if you know what I mean. But more on a positive note, it's also great to see the added extra of the smart cover function. I found it very useful.

Usability

In all honesty, the BUKCase isn't complicated at all to get the tablet into, but I wasn't really a fan of the fact that you need to use four fiddly pieces of plastic to keep the tablet in place. I'm not really sure if there's any other ways around this, but it's something I find annoying.

Again, trying to be as positive as I can here, I think it's great that you get a piece of elastic to firmly close the case. It's something that adds a bit of character when you're using the case.

Verdict

The BUKCase speaks for quirky and creative people alike, offering up a great overall package for the price that you pay for it. Not only does it look and feel good, but it's actually a very practical idea that just goes to show how quirkiness deserves merit. I really do like it.

£40 from here.

Review by Nicholas Fearn of GadgetXpert

proporta-custom2.jpgThis seems like a lovely idea. Proporta is offering people the chance to create their own customsied iPhone and Samsung Galaxy cases.

It seems easy to do, isn't too expensive with prices starting at £19.95 including delivery and users can incorporate existing Proporta designs from the likes of Ben Allen and the V&A into their finished product.

The phones that the case are compatible with include the iPhone 4/4S, 5/5S and Galaxy S3/S4.

More here.

Top Samsung Galaxy S4 Cases - for her

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Bought yourself a Samsung Galaxy S4? If you feel that it is a little under dressed then maybe you should take a peek at this selection.

The best Apple iPhone 5S Cases for girls

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Well, after all the rumours about slow demand it turned out that the iPhone 5S is Apple's fastes selling mobile ever. Did you nab one? If so check out our list of the best female-friendly cases.

Eight stylish Apple iPhone 5C Cases

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Well that didn't take long. As soon as the wraps came off Apple's budget new iPhone the accessory mob piled in with new cases for the phone.

This time they do have a bit of competition with Apple's own take. But if you don't fancy that then here are some others that are worth taking a look at.

vrase-main.jpgHere is quite a novel idea. Build a smartphone case compatible with the Apple iPhone 5 and HTC One among others and then turn it into a wearable device which delivers a big screen that's optimised for movies, gaming and more and is compatible with 3D and Augmented Reality software.

That's the plan behind the vrAse which debuts this week on Kickstarter. The Scottish company is hoping to raise £55k to make its project a reality.

Essentially the concept is a case which incorporates a pair of specially designed screens which sit in front of your smartphone and then magnify the images to give you that big screen style experience.

The idea is that the vrAse will in the future be compatible with any phone that you own so you won't need to upgrade it if you change your handset.

It sounds like an innovative concept, it'll be interesting to see if they get their cash. Prices start at £48.

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Will our obsession with LEGO ever end? Probably not, and to prove the point Belkin has announced the availability of the first officially licensed LEGO® Builder Case that is a certified LEGO® brick that you can use to create a case for your iPhone 5 or fifth gen iPod. Basically there is an integrated LEGO® baseplate, you and your imagination do the rest. The baseplate is made by LEGO and is integrated into the case in way that is durable and tough.

There's also a semi-flexible outer frame for shock-absorption, button protection, and unobstructed access to audio ports and speaker

"At LEGO® we strive to build imagination into everyday life and the partnership with Belkin allows us to do that: offering a functional product that also serves as a stage for expression for anyone embracing a mobile lifestyle," said Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, Chief Executive Officer of the LEGO® Group.

The kit starts at £24.99 for the iPhone 5 and £19.99 for the iPod.

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proporta universal case.jpgYou know what it is like. You spend loads of money on a really nice case for your smartphone or tablet, but a year down the line you upgrade and that cases don't fit any more.

Which is why Proporta new range of Frankie and Gecko case are such a smart idea. This is because they are compatible with a wide range of phones and tablets.

Take the Frankie tablet case, It is made from fine leather and can double as a stand if required. And it works with not just the 10inch iPads, but also the recent, and rather excellent, Sony Xperia Z tablet as well as 10inch tablets from Samsung and Google.

Likewise the Gecko will house a range of smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S3 and S4, the HTC one, Google/s Nexus and Windows phone 8.

The Frankie tablet case is £34.95 while the Gecko is £19.95 and both are available from Proporta.

Taking your Apple iPhone 45 out and about with you this summer. Before you indulge it in a little sand and surf you might want to check these out.

Here is our selection of high-end cases for the Apple iPhone 5, from ultra stylish designer wallets through to quirky, but pricey customised cases.

There are thousands of iPhone 5 cases, but not many of them are as quirky or as lovable as this lot.

Samsung Galaxy S4 High-End/luxury Cases

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Samsung's Galaxy S 4 continues to be one of the fastest selling phones ever. And if you have bought one then you'll need one of these high-end-ish, luxury cases to protect your lovely new mobile.

Sony Xperia Z Cases round up

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Sony's Xperia Z mobiles with its great camera, superb sound quality and not forgetting, waterproof screen has become one of the surprise mobile hits of 2013. And it bodes very well for what the company might unveil in the future.

If you have bought one though, you'll need a decent case. Here is the best of what's available.

Sony is on a bit of a roll at the moment. Here are some other excellent new products from the company.

The best BlackBerry Q10 Cases

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Since its launch the Q10 has become very popular with BlackBerry devotees. This could well be because its keeps the company's trademark keyboard at the expense of a few inches off the screen size.

Naturally there has already been a large number of cases for the mobile. Here is our pick of the bunch.

survivorskin-galaxys4-group-1.jpgGriffin's Survivor mobile phone cases have the reputation for being among the toughest in the business. So after rolling out versions for the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini the company has turned its attention to the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a super tough case that's due to land shortly.

The case is made from extra-thick silicone that envelopes your phone, protecting the back, sides and edges from bumps, jolts and other nasties. It also has a smooth, matte textured exterior that's easy to grip yet includes cutouts for access to controls, headphone jack and dock connector. The Survivors retail for £34.99 for the phone versions and £49.99 for the iPad mini option.

Griffin also has the perfect present for any father wanting a bit of peace on his special day and any other one to be honest. Its Griffin CinemaSeat for iPad and iPad mini means that youngsters in the back seat can be kept very quiet while dad focuses on the important stuff - that'll be the driving then. Yours for £29.99.

Details and availability here.

Bought yourself a lovely new iPad mini? Well the range and the quality of the cases for your new device gets better all the time.

Here are our favourite new high-end iPad mini cases.

barbouripad -usehtis.jpgThe (accidental?!) reinvention of the Barbour brand from one that's forever associated with hunting, shooting, fishing brigade to one that even the coolest Shoreditch hipsters can wear is one of the most bizarre transformations of the past few years.

And if you can't quite get enough of quilted stuff then now you can give your gadgets the Barbour treatment courtesy of a deal with Proporta.

The pair have just launched a shed load of new accessories for all manner of gadgets ranging from the upcoming (it is tomorrow folks,) Samsung Galaxy S4 through to the Apple iPad 3.

Although quite a few of them are in classic quilted Barbour style, though there's tartan and tweedy stuff too. Prices start at £20 for an iPhone case through to £80 for the full on quilted experience for your tablet.

More here.

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So you own a Samsung Galaxy S3 and you have big plans to take it out and about with you this summer. Might be time then to invest in a serious case for your precious mobile - one that will keep it safe, dry and free from dust and other nasties.

Here then are nine of the best cases available


The Amazon Kindle HD has been one of the biggest gadgets of the last twelve months. So not suprisingly there has been a huge demand for cases for the tablet.

Here is our pick of the bunch


It is up there with the iPhone 5 as the most popular handset onthe planet - well until they launch the S4 anyhow.

So it is not suprising that there is a huge collection of high-end/luxury cases for the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

Here is our pick of the bunch. Prices start at around £40 and go up to very very expensive.

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