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REVIEW LOGIIX > THE ART AND SCIENCE OF STYLI WORDS BY RIC GETTER tip that glides smoothly along your screen with just enough resistance to let you feel in control. The Titanium comes in a wide palette of colors, many of which are coordinated with Apple's Smart Covers. Stylus Diamond – LOGiiX' Real Gem Though quite contrary to Apple's original intent, iOS styli has evolved from a few scattered products to a virtual industry. Many popular accessory makers have added them to their product lines. For LOGiiX, has made them a specialty. They've added two new models to their line, both with a flair for quality and style. Stylus Titanium – Sleek and Light Though the most simple in appearance, the Stylus Titanium ($19.95, ) is, without question, one of the most comfortable styli we've held. Though just a simple cylinder just a bit wider than its quarter-inch nib, and the 4-3/4" length feels just right. Weighing in at just a half ounce, it has enough heft to feel like a real writing device, yet a light and comfortable one. The Titanium features a carbonized In terms of pure innovation, this is truly the gem of the LOGiiX collection. The Stylus Diamond ($34.95, ) is a fine point stylus for touch screen devices. The tip gets its essential conductivity from a thin spring that runs into the base of the pen. It's embedded into a quarter-inch clear plastic disc, which is the only point of contact with your screen. It lets you clearly see the line as its being drawn or the element you're clicking on. Handwriting (even this reviewer's scrawl) becomes clearer because you can see exactly where the point is centered. This also turns out to be incredibly useful for working with web pages on an iPhone that were designed for a large desktop screen. The spring mount lets the clear disk adjust to your writing angle, so the fine point remains where you expect it to be no matter how you're holding the pen. The tip glides very smoothly and the nearly invisible disc gives the impression that you're writing with a fine-tipped device. The tips, a bit delicate, are easily replaceable and LOGiiX provides you with a spare. Though never officially sanctioned as part of the iOS, having a stylus can often be useful, not only for writing and drawing, but web browsing and even in some games. (The Stylus Diamond notably improved our Angry Bi rdsmarksmanship.) Though also makes a variety of accessories for smart phones, tablets and laptops, it is obviously dedicating many of its most talented resources in coming up with a great mix of styli for the mobile market. It's definitely worth a look to see if you can draw on some of their great ideas. WATERFORD DESIGNS > LUXURY LIVING FOR THE IPAD WORDS BY RIC GETTER released iPad-sized models of two of its most popular designs, the classy Muzetto Outbackand the rugged, distressed leather I ndy. Both are made of materials that have a worldly, almost retro look that come out of the box with a good deal of character and only to gain more as they age. The iPad is quickly becoming an indispensible partner in business and in life. For many of us, it's gone beyond being one more thing that we toss into the briefcase or backpack, it's proving to be a lighter, faster replacement for a lot of the stuff that we've been lugging around for years: laptops, books, magazines, note pads, music players and the occasional game pad. We need it by our side, but not necessarily in our hand. San Francisco-based Waterford Designs took up the challenge of creating a tote for your iPad that's practical, incredibly distinctive, beautifully and luxuriously made but, to put it tactfully, does not look like it needs to be carried by a specific gender. The company recently The Outback ($149) is the more compact of the two designs and we find it to be the best for carrying an iPad around the office or around town. The exterior is rugged yet friendly, waxed cotton canvas, a material with a long heritage revived to safely protect and transport your modern device. The interior has a smooth, nylon lining and a deep zippered pocket. There is a large, softly padded pocket on the front that's just the right size for a compact keyboard and a larger pocket in the back for paperwork. There's no closure mechanism on the front flap, but its weight does a good job of keeping it in place. The adjustable nylon strap includes a shoulder pad with a non-slip rubber backing. The accent panels under the flap come in a choice of colors that pair nicely with the brown canvas exterior. The aptly named Indy ($179) offers more capacity, additional pockets and zippered- sealed security for your iPad. The most distinctive feature, of course, is the soft (slightly) distressed leather exterior. On the front is a slash pocket deep enough for a keyboard with a small, iPhone-size pocket inside of that. There are more pockets inside and a zippered pocket on the back. Its height and width are about an inch greater than the Outback, but it feels like it holds a good deal more. Both the Indy and Outback also come in a variety of other sizes to hold up to a 15" MacBook. There are a lot of bags out there that can carry an iPad but Waterford lets you make a subtle but definite statement about style, as well. And you'll be hard pressed to find a better built bag anywhere on the market. The Indy and Outback are both five-star products and two of the best iPad bags you'll find. 107 MacDirectory

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