New Zagg Keyboard for the iPad

ZaggKeys ProPlus


Just got the new ZaggKeys Pro Plus keyboard/case for my iPad 3rd generation today.

The first test of any new keyboard is for me to write a new blog post about it.

This is a new type of case. The iPad is held in place when closed by magnets and their is no real “case” per se. The iPad and the keyboard together are the case. What this means is that I'll have to buy a Gelaskin for the iPad and possibly something for the back of the keyboard piece.

The backlit keys are a plus.

Typing feels really good as well. I'm liking it.


Bad Piggies – A Review

Bad Piggies by Rovio


Rovio has just introduced Bad Piggies into the wild. This game has been expected for some time even though we really didn't know what kind of Angry Birds spin there would be on it.

As it turns out, there is very little resemblance to the original block buster iOS game.

What made Angry Birds so popular has been completely abandoned by Rovio in this new game. AB was a joy to play because you just fling birds at pigs. Pretty simple. A great diversion and time killer that didn't require any more thinking than “how far do I pull back on the slingshot?”

Very similar to “Amazing Alex” (another Rovio game), Bad Piggies requires that you build things and well…think. I'm sure that a few folks will enjoy that type of thing. I don't.

I have a few games on my iPad but the ones I tend to like the most are not the ones where a tremendous amount of thinking is involved. Little Generals is a great game. You simply blow stuff up. Yatzee is very simple. The iPad game does most of the thinking for you.

Sounds like Mike doesn't like thinking…doesn't it?

Well, I write stories, programs, movies, etc. When I turn to my iPad for a quick diversion, I like simple.

Bad Piggies is not simple.

A complete turn from Angry Birds and a complete miss for Rovio as far as I'm concerned.

(Update: 10.3.2012 – Additional thoughts. What I think this game should be is a building of structures that end with the birds being thrown against them. How many pigs you have left should determine how well you do. )