iPhone

Dodocase Extinction --- iPad 3rd Gen DodoCase Review

I'm an uber geek when it comes to cases for my devices. My iPhone has a Mophie Juicepack, which is beyond fantastic. I've had a few different iPad cases, as I've upgraded and changed usage requirements. I've had cheap cases and expensive cases. I was excited about the Dodocase.

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The constant advertisements and decent reviews for the Dodocase made me take a more in-depth look at this case in November 2012. The marketing got me, I'm guilty. I liked the idea of a case that resembled a book, and the colours were eye catching. The case is constructed of bamboo and book binding fabric and seemed to be a great solution.

It's now the middle of February. I've had the case for about 3 months.

Within the first 4 weeks of purchase, the material started fraying. 

Within the first two months, the book binding started fraying and ripping. I use my iPad predominantly at home, for reading, watching videos and social media activities. I don't travel much with it, or put it into a larger bag to tote around. It doesn't get wet, or have a very challenging life.  I'm disappointed by the quality, but in hindsight, I'm not terribly surprised. I had hoped that the material was of higher quality, and that the manufacturer had done a better job with ensuring that the material didn't fray. I'm saddened that a $70+ case only lasted 3 months. In another month, I expect the front cover to come detached from the body of the case.

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I'm researching the next case, and I'm leaning towards the Mophie case. It doesn't have a battery extender, (Mophie, please make an iPad case akin to the awesome iPhone battery cases you make!!!!) but I know that their products are high quality, and great value.

If you're looking for an innovative case for your iPad, keep looking, the Dodocase is on the verge of extinction.. :-(

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Foursquare: My *Most Used* iPhone App

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With regularity, I am asked which app is my fave on the iPhone. Without hesitation, I respond with *Foursquare*.

I’m a Check-In freak. Restaurants, gas stations, people’s houses, towns…. you name it. It’s better than Facebook Places, and already retailers are getting on board with providing discounts for people who check into their establishments. It’s quite possibly the best location-based social app.

I love that I can check out the specials near me, and that even drives me to stop in at places I wasn’t expecting to stop at.

Sure, it’s handy for social planning, but its niche will be in retailer advertising, not in helping you meet up with peeps.

I love that I can control the privacy features with better granularity than FB Places. Because, really, some things just aren’t for all eyes :-D

Foursquare: not just for iPhone users, it’s available on all platforms. You need it. The more people checking in, the faster retailers will launch service discounts for Foursquare users. Giddy up!!

Now if only it had better camera controls ;-)