iPad cases are a dime a dozen these days, but a new Indiegogo project has a unique take on the market.
The FiiV is a case for the original iPad Air or any version of the iPad mini that offers up a 10,000mAh external battery and an LTE mobile hotspot.
At $99 for early backers on Indiegogo (units are expected to ship in May 2015), the FiiV is less expensive than buying an LTE-equipped iPad outright.
In this way, it could be a cheaper alternative for users who get a Wi-Fi only iPad, but want the ability to add LTE connectivity later.
The FiiV works by pairing its built-in LTE hotspot with the iPad. It also has a built-in battery that can be used to charge your iPad, should you run out of juice.
The LTE hotspot is unlocked and works with GSM bands both in the United States and abroad. The case could therefore be an easier way for users to deal with international data. Although current iPad devices aren't carrier-locked, switching from one service to another is often more complicated than simply switching out a SIM card.
One of the reasons I tend to always buy an iPad with LTE is because I find that it's a great device to use as a mobile hotspot for other devices — including my laptop. The FiiV supports up to 10 connections at once.
This is an interesting idea for a case and we're curious to see how it looks and feels on the iPad Air and iPad mini. FiiV says they have plans for Android versions in the future as well.
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