AMITIAE - Wednesday 23 December 2015
A Good Case for Xmas and New Year Presents (Bangkok Post, Life)
By Graham K. Rogers
A useful addition to the Smart Cover or the Smart Keyboard is a Silicone Case: 4,100 baht ($79) in charcoal gray or white. This protects the rear of the iPad Pro.
I have cases for the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus in both materials. The leather cases are priced at 2,100 baht and 2,200 baht respectively ($45 and $49 in the US). Colors for the leather cases are black, midnight blue, saddle brown, rose gray, brown and (Product) Red. The proceeds from the sale of any (Product) Red merchandise go to support the elimination of HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The silicone cases are 1,500 baht for the iPhone 6s and 1,700 baht for the iPhone 6s Plus ($35 and $39 respectively). The range of colours for the silicone cases is charcoal gray, stone, antique white, blue, turquoise, white, lavender, pink, midnight blue and (Product) Red.
The colours available may allow some mix and match with Apple Watch bands. These cases also work with the older iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models.
A (Product) RED Day
The iPhone 6s has about the same battery life as the model that it supersedes, so by the end of the day I must connect it to the power adapter. When I was on a long trip last year with students, using the camera, video and accessing maps apps and GPS while we were travelling, the older iPhone 6 died on a couple of occasions due to our isolated location.
While there are 3rd party solutions, Apple now has its own Smart Battery case for the iPhone 6s (and iPhone 6). As soon as one of my students saw this, his reaction was "1877 mAh": Electrical Engineering students think like that. Many others have commented on the shape of the case, calling it a number of uncomplimentary names, including "hump". Tim Cook says it is not a hump. Some have questioned Apple's design philosophy over this and other accessories and come to the usual conclusion that Apple is doomed. Again.
The devices can be charged together or separately. An indication of the charge available for both devices appears on the screen when connected or disconnected. The iPhone took about 1 hour to charge. The case took just over 2 hours. They can be used as one unit, or the case can be used for standby. When used as one, the silicone has a nice, grippy feel. That addition to the rear (the hump) made a good place for me to rest my index finger when using the phone.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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