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Zagg Mate vs Clam Case Keyboards

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Cacher123 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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Dec 24, 2010 9:48 AM
Anyone have any experience?
I know the Clam Case is just starting to ship. They are offering a $99 special (if you buy a gift card then redeem it) against the $119 price (which they say is reduced from $149 - kinda seems like a come on to me but whatever)

http://clamcase.com/clamcase-online-gift-card.html

The Zagg Case is $69.95.

http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggmate.php

So far as far as pros vs cons it looks like the Clam Case is a much more "Integrated" unit while the Zagg looks like (not great pics on the web site) the iPad just sits on it. It's really hard to tell if the Zagg holds the iPad the way the Clam Case does. Looks like it just sits "on" it as opposed to being "part" of it.

Also, I'm not sure if either has other features the other does not...
Better keyboard, plastic as opposed to rubber keys, more functions, etc?

Anyone?
Windows Laptop, Windows XP
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Dec 24, 2010 10:17 AM (in response to Cacher123)
    Actually, the ZAGGmate with keyboard is US$100 (actually $99.99). I have one.

    Yes, the iPad just sits on it and that's good and bad. The good part is that I usually have the combo sitting on a desktop but I can easily lift the iPad out and walk over to the couch if I choose.

    The keys are plastic (which I like) and, as far as I can determine, the functionality is the same as with the clam case.

    Supposedly the support provides ten viewing angles but I haven't figured that out yet. I've found only two.

    One minor disadvantage with BOTH units is actually a limitation of Apple's software. A BT keyboard does not support auto-capitalization and auto-periods (with double spacing). It doesn't bother me too much except when I'm going back and forth between BT and the virtual keyboard.
  • ZAGGmate Calculating status...
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    Dec 25, 2010 7:46 AM (in response to Cacher123)
    I work at ZAGG. Now that we have that out of the way, here's my two cents on this topic. There are essentially, 3 types of devices intentended to improve your iPad experience. I will simply state my observations as factually as possible and leave out any opinions as it is impossible to be objective when you work for one of the companies being discussed. The three types of devices are:
    1. Leather (Pleather) Folios- Brookstone and Kensington $99
    2. Netbook designs- Clamcase and Crux 360 $99-149
    3. ZAGGmate- $99

    These two faux-leather cases have rubber keyboards missing a shift key on right. The reviews of those keyboards can be found on many sites because these cases have been around for a while. There is a picture on ZAGGmate.com to give you a size comparison.

    The netbook replacements like Clamcase and Crux 360 haven't been released yet so it's impossible to know what others think yet. However, their keyboards look like plastic with scissors (generally preferred over silicone but again, I'll leave my opinion about these things out of the discussion). The weight of the Clamcase is 1.7 lbs or 27.2 oz. and 1 inch thick. It looks to be attractive plastic covering the whole iPad. Crux 360 appears to be very similar although pricing still shows $149. I'm sure that will come down. These two designs are made to replicate the look and feel of a netbook. They appear to be ready to ship "soon."

    The ZAGGmate is different from the other designs. It is bead-blasted, anodized aluminum like the iPad. It weighs 12.8 oz (less than half the netbook styles) and is 1/2 inch thick. Adds 1/4 to iPad because iPad nests inside. Covers iPad glass but not back. Leaves iPad back exposed. As many have said, it looks like an Apple netbook when closed. If you are concerned about your MacBook being scratched, then you would want to treat the ZAGGmate iPad combo similarly. Invisibleshields, skins, leatherskins, bags, are all very popular for these types of individuals. If you are content leaving your MacBook uncovered, then no worries. You already know about the durability of aluminum. Thousands of ZAGGmates have already been sold and shipped and you can find dozens of hands-on reviews online. You may also want to test it for yourself at your local Best Buy. The ZAGGmate was not designed to replicate a netbook. Think of it as an aluminum case that protects the iPad screen while adding the functionality of a Blutooth keyboard (with plastic keys and scissor action) and an integrated stand that allows for portrait AND landscape mode. We wanted to create a device that allowed the iPad to be much more usefull while also allowing instant separation for the times when you just want to hold the iPad and not have some case or other mechanism hanging on.

    So, how do you decide? I think it comes back to personal tastes. They have distinctively different looks and materials. The look and feel is certainly for you to decide. If size and weight is a consideration, the ZAGGmate weighs less than half as much as the netbook replacements and is half as thick. It is also significantly lighter than the pleather cases and also half as thick. If a netbook look is what you want, you'd choose the Clamcase or Crux 360. If you prefer pleather cases and silicone keyboards, you'd choose the Brookstone or Kensington devices.

    I hope this helps you make the best decision for you. No matter how you look at it, having choices is always a good thing.
    iPad, iOS 4
  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Dec 25, 2010 10:33 AM (in response to ZAGGmate)
    How do I obtain the ten viewing angles? All I can get is one angle with landscape and portrait.
  • ZAGGmate Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 25, 2010 11:11 AM (in response to Philly_Phan)
    The 10 viewing angles refers to the regular ZAGGmate without keyboard. The keyboard version is designed with an optimized angle for portrait and landscape and can also be laid down in landscape with the stand up to give you the same angle Apple provides for typing on their case. This is a good angle if you just want to draw on the screen.
    iPad, iOS 4
  • LGgeek Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2011 12:29 PM (in response to Cacher123)
    I've had a clamcase on order since 12-20-10 with just a bunch of emails to show for it. Don't buy the company really *****, customer support is missing in action.
    newton,mac mini,mac pro,macbook, ipod(s),macbook pro, AppleTV,iphone4, iPad 3G64, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Coolmax Calculating status...
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    Feb 10, 2011 3:24 PM (in response to Cacher123)
    Cacher123 wrote:
    Anyone have any experience?
    I know the Clam Case is just starting to ship. They are offering a $99 special (if you buy a gift card then redeem it) against the $119 price (which they say is reduced from $149 - kinda seems like a come on to me but whatever)

    http://clamcase.com/clamcase-online-gift-card.html

    The Zagg Case is $69.95.

    http://www.zagg.com/accessories/zaggmate.php

    So far as far as pros vs cons it looks like the Clam Case is a much more "Integrated" unit while the Zagg looks like (not great pics on the web site) the iPad just sits on it. It's really hard to tell if the Zagg holds the iPad the way the Clam Case does. Looks like it just sits "on" it as opposed to being "part" of it.

    Also, I'm not sure if either has other features the other does not...
    Better keyboard, plastic as opposed to rubber keys, more functions, etc?

    Anyone?


    Keyboard is a really personal thing. I myself own the Kensington Keyfolio and I chose that for portability, weight and rubber keys for no spill easy cleaning. Despite the bad reviews it gotten and the missing right shift key, I actually liked it so much that I'm typing with it right now plus I also use it with the iPhone, Android and my Macbook when I need an external keyboard.
    Macbook 2.4Ghz C2D/ QuadCore Vista64 / PowerMac G5 DP/ iPad/ iPhone 3GS, Mac OS X (10.6.6), PogoPlug / Synology DS WebDAV - Webserver / ReadyNas NV+ media server
  • moonbaza Calculating status...
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    Feb 17, 2011 10:55 AM (in response to Cacher123)
    Did you end up getting either the crux or the clamcase? Just wondering if you had an opinion of them yet?

    Thanks!

    Ehren
    Mac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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