Crux 360 vs Clamcase ?
This is a discussion on Crux 360 vs Clamcase ? within the iPad Accessories for iPAD 1, 2 and 3 forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; My wife and I both have had ZaggMates for a couple of months now, and love them. The batteries last forever, and the keyboard is ...
My wife and I both have had ZaggMates for a couple of months now, and love them. The batteries last forever, and the keyboard is very responsive. Being able to choose portrait mode is a significant advantage over a netbook.
Most importantly to us, it doesn't add significant bulk or weight as the other keyboard cases do. To me this is a huge factor. It's also much simpler to use the iPad as an iPad (bare).
Two things that I'm not crazy about with the Zagg:
- The front end is a bit too high and sharp, and so it's a bit uncomfortable for long use
- The back of the iPad is unprotected. This part was easily solved with a Zagg leather skin, which also makes it much nicer to hold the iPad when it's out of the case.
02-14-2011 11:48 AM
The problems that people have been having have all (or almost all) been due to shipping problems. I even ordered one, and I loved it when I finally got it (March). About a month or so later, the iPad 2 was released. I then sold my old ClamCase on eBay, as it wasn't compatible with the iPad 2. Just a suggestion, wait until the ClamCase 2 is actually shipping before you order it unless you want to get just before the iPad 3 comes out. For now, I'm dealing with the virtual keyboard, as the only option out that looks halfway decent is the ZaggMate and I am using a Composition II case from Portenzo for my iPad 2. For a keyboard case, I will wait for an Adonit Writer, which looks pretty cool.
Originally Posted by Waynemckinney
So to sum up,
If you want a great product and don't care how long it takes, then by all means, buy the Clamcase, but if you want it fast, look elsewhere.
Thanks for making people aware of ClamCase's shipping times, and I hope that you guys find this little follow-up helpful.
All the Best,
(Just a note: This is not a review, but rather a follow-up to some people's concerns, and I am not representing Engadget in writing this)
I've seen and held both the ZaggMate (I own one) and the ClamCase (a guy at work got one). I would choose the Zaggmate over the ClamCase ANY DAY. The ClamCase makes the iPad so heavy and so thick, you might as well be lugging around a netbook or a laptop. You also can't use the keyboard while using the ZaggMate in portrait mode. Also, a lot of the apps I have only work in one landscape orientation - I would have to pop the iPad in and out of the ClamCase to turn it around constantly!
Obviously, it's a personal choice, but if you are at all worried about the weight or thickness of your tablet, then the ClamCase is NOT going to make you happy!
No, you're absolutely right. It is a matter of personal choice. I don't mind the extra bulk, so I like the ClamCase, but there definitely are some drawbacks. One of my friends has the ZaggMate and got it about 3 months before I got the ClamCase (although we ordered at the same time) and I will say that the ZaggMate does grow on you, but I'm still holding out for something that I like better for my iPad 2. I'm glad that you like your ZaggMate. Enjoy it.
Originally Posted by jtrosky
ZAGGMate a great case
Just to respond to an earlier review that the keyboard on the ZAGGmate feels cheap, I couldn't disagree more. Everything about the device feels high quality, and the keyboard feels better than any I've tried out for the iPad. It also preserves the true intent of the iPad--sleekness and portability. I'm not sure why anyone would want to but an "armored tank" to snap their iPad into like the Clamcase that weighs more than the iPad itself. What's the point of even having a tablet if you're just going to turn it into a faux netbook?
Agreed.... I literally could not believe how heavy the ClamCase was - I NEVER would have imagined that it would add that much weight...
As I write a lot, there is one aspect of the keyboards of the three cases dealt with here, that I must comment on and stress: That is the keyboard layout. As far as I can see from the pictures, only ClamCase has what I think is a very good layout for the right shift key and the arrow keys. The other two keyboards in the review (and I think also Locitec's keyboard) have a very sub-optimal layout in this regard: The right shift key is too small, and is "cramped in" between other keys and is located too close to the arrow up key, and these facts of the layout make MISTYPING a huge problem, I think. On the other hand, ClamCase has a very good solution with the right shift key and arrow keys, just like Apple's own good external keyboard. For me, this is the major reason why I will get the ClamCase (despite some more weight), and I also appreciate that the unit (iPad2 and keyboard case together) looks like a small notebook or laptop.
But the crucial thing for me is the good ClamCase solution of these aspects of the keyboard layout where the arrow keys are more "gathered", separated from the other keys, and where the right shift key are big enough and located in a place where it is easy to hit without mistyping.
Last edited by mortenandersen; 06-17-2011 at 08:56 AM.
Regarding use of the keyboards discussed in this thread, and for me especially the ClamCase, does anyone know whether it is possible to write the Scandinavian letters (Æ, Ø og Å) with the keyboard, even these letters of course not are printed on the keys themselves. (BTW: With laptops in general, this is not a problem; the user just makes a choice in the OS for the language one wants, and the keyboard is working accordingly.)
Last edited by mortenandersen; 06-17-2011 at 01:31 PM.
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