Ernest Alexander iPad 2 Case Micro-Review

Price as Reviewed$120 at Bonobos
It’s an iPad case designed by Ernest Alexander and sold by Bonobos, who were kind enough to send us this review unit. The case is made out of waxed blue canvas with a leather strap and zipped pouch on the back, while the whole thing measures 8.5 x 11 inches.

Since it’s only a pouch for your iPad, then its uses are quite limited to only protecting your expensive purchase, and secondly, looking classy while doing it. And guess what? It actually looks pretty nice and does the job admiringly, including the extra space that comes with the back-end pouch which can be used for holding headphones, the USB cable/charger, or both (and more).

However, what I don’t like at all is the leather strap. Not that it’s leather, but because it is fastened by not a button, but a rather impossible to open stub which is too large for the small hole in the leather strap. This translates to having to fight with the case, quite literally, to open it every time you need to use your iPad 2. Plus it’s priced way too high, even for an up-and-coming designer brand, at $120 a case. To criticize it even further, the Ernest Alexander case has stitching around the leather that is rather weak, as it tore off when I was trying to open it, something which can be seen below.

Still, if you like canvas and want a case for your iPad (or to hold documents and such in), then Bonobos’ offering should do, albeit there are better cases out there. And hey, the case does look charming in a couple of ways.
Score: 6/10

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Unboxing

Hello there! This happens to be a special post (or something  like that) — the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook unboxing! Special thanks goes to Karen, a technology enthusiast and reader of LaptopMemo for sending us the photos of her unboxing, which displays the retail packaging, first boot up, and of course the Samsung Series 5 Chromebook itself. Thanks, Karen!

The unboxing is in the gallery below.

Samsung Series 5 Chromebook Unboxing

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Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary Will Launch November 15th This Year

It’s not as important as the announcement and teasing of Halo 4, but it’s pretty cool. This is the long-rumored remake of Halo: Combat Evolved, the first title in the series. It launches November 15th — the 10 year anniversary of the franchise’s launch and will include seven amazingly addictive multiplayer maps exactly like the original, but will also now include enhanced support for the newer Xbox LIVE features and a “fully remastered” campaign mode with support for co-op play over Xbox LIVE, all in new textures and HD graphics. Via: IGN

BlackBerry PlayBook Now On Sprint, If You Care

The good old (I meant new) PlayBook is on Sprint now for $499 and is the 16GB Wi-Fi version with the following specs: 7-inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, support for 1080p HDMI-out, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support. If you’re into a 4G WiMAX PlayBook, Sprint promises to release one by summer. PR after the jump.

Nintendo Announces Their Next-Gen Console: Wii U!

It’s an amazing game console. Fully capable of playing the latest Nintendo titles in full 1080p HD, the Wii U uses a controller with a 6.2-inch screen, two analog sticks, front-facing camera, full set of custom controllers for Wii U, and a full gamepad. The controller allows you to play Wii U on your TV, but can also be played on the Wii U controller. Some games can even use the controller”s screen to add more interactive elements to the game/overall, it’s perhaps the most amazing game console of the decade, right along the original innovation that the original Wii created when it was announced. The Wii U is planned to be releaed next year in 2012.
Publishers also are very keen on developing for Wii U, as the DIRT franchise, Electronic Arts (including EA Sports and Battlefield), Super Smash Bros., Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s: Ghost Recon, Tekken, and more will all come to Wii U in 2012. Press release after the invisible line.

iOS 5 Has Been Jailbroken — Wait, What?!

It has only hit “Beta 1” of its short life, but iOS 5 has been jailbroken by none other than the almighty Dev Team’s “MuscleNerd” on an iPod Touch. At the moment, the jailbreak is of the tethered variety, meaning that it must be connected to a computer to initialize the jailbreak, but that also means this version will never be released to the public. A full jailbreak is currently being worked on so it will launch in time for iOS 5’s release in the fall. Via: Twitter

PlayStation Vita Made Official, AT&T Will Carry The 3G Model

It’s the Next-Generation Portable (NGP) with a final name, specs, and price as according to Sony’s E3 2011 keynote. The PlayStation Vita costs $249 for a WiFi model, while AT&T has the exclusive 3G model in the United States, which costs $300, which is rather well-priced, which also means the PlayStation Vita has access to over 20,000 WiFi hotspots hosted by AT&T across the country. Final specs include front and rear cams, Wi-Fi with optional 3G, the amazing 5-inch AMOLED display, GPS, six-axis motion sensors, three-axis electronic compass and touchpads on both sides, which can control games and perform rather amazing things. The launch for the PS Vita is this holiday season.