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john albrich Oct 21, 2011, 07:57am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Just a small tip.

I got an Android tablet and was in the market for a nice, quality, highly-protective way to carry it around. I was both frustrated by and amazed by the prices for some of the basic accessories for these things.

So I did some thinking outside the proverbial box.

I knew I had stuff from days when I rode my bike everywhere, and rooting around found my old "Platypus H2O Traveler PM-1" water hydration system (a water bladder+drinking tube+a neoprene hip-pack to carry it in). I recall I bought it at Target on sale for something like $10.

It's PERFECT for carrying around a typical tablet, especially if you are walking, biking, etc. The interior "pouch" is ~7" x 10" (with a little room for slop) and VERY well padded. It's definitely quality made, provides some protection from the elements, features a good belting system, a bit of padding for the wearer, and a separate compartment for other stuff (charger, phone, etc).

I simply removed the water bladder and drinking assembly, and gained the ideal way to carry my tablet around so it is well-protected yet convenient.

That particular model probably isn't sold anymore, but I'd bet there are other similar items out there.

The point is, that by not limiting my thinking to computer products on this, I found a very good and cheap solution for my tablet in a product meant pretty much for hiking and biking.

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Rhort Oct 21, 2011, 08:32am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I got lucky with mine; I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab (one of the original 7Ē P1000s) that I got to replace my mobile phone, but I never really thought too much about the size of it, however, remarkably I found that it fits PRECISELY in the chest pocket of my RAF greatcoat, which is my favoured coat, here in Edinburgh, especially when the weather gets colder. Itís such a snug fit, itís as if it were made to measure; obviously, when they designed the coat thereís absolutely no chance they could ever have envisaged the pocket being used for this purpose, but the fit is so good itís spooky. Thereís even a little hole in the coat, just above the pocket (where a badge is supposed to go) thatís just big enough to take the cable/3.5mm connector for the headset, making it totally ideal.

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Chris M Oct 21, 2011, 08:59pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Alternative Tablet/eBook Reader Carriers/Protectors
Reading this post reminded me of this article on lifehacker:

It's not for tablets but I'm sure I read something once about using large sheets of rolled plastic to craft DIY screen covers for just about anything with a touch screen.

It is said that when it comes to life, those who feel see it as a tragedy. Those who think see it as a comedy.
john albrich Oct 21, 2011, 10:11pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Oct 21, 2011, 10:22pm EDT

>> Re: Alternative Tablet/eBook Reader Carriers/Protectors
Re the lifehacker article.

However, be VERY careful using liquids around these devices. Remove the battery first and wait for any possible contamination to dry before re-installing the battery. Also, some devices (like iPhones) have one or more water sensors in them that change color permanently if exposed to even insignificant amounts of water...and that WILL void your warranty. Users have complained the sensors are near the I/O ports (like the charger port) and even hand-sweat causes the sensors to change color.

I've been using various clear tapes for many years on anything with a plastic display cover less than the width of the clear tape. I've even used clear (not frosted so-called "invisible") "Scotch" tape applied directly (no water/soap) to small clocks, thermometers, various meters, etc. and been very glad when all I had to do was replace the tape after scratching the hell out of the display. I've got a 10 year-old $150 Digital Multi-Meter with an absolutely pristine display and it's seen a LOT of abuse in the field and around the house. A dirt-cheap meter I didn't bother protecting is difficult to read accurately due to scratches (although, scratched displays can be partially redeemed by lightly coating with an clear acrylic floor wax (~$5 for a quart, which I think is repackaged and sold on TV as "the Amazo eyeglass repair liquid" for $20 for 1/2 oz)...but that's another issue...and I was using the acrylic in such applications years before these IMO exploiters sold it for eyeglass or CD "repair", etc).

However, be careful with which "tape" or plastic film you use as some displays or display coatings may be damaged instantly or by long-term exposure to certain liquids or adhesives. For example, (and for different reasons) it's unlikely I'd put any material that has an adhesive on either a resistive or capacitive touchscreen display, but it might be OK on an ultrasonic or IR-based sensor "touchscreen" panel. Do the research on your particular display first.

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