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Speakers that complement your new iPhone 5, or other iOS devices

My traditional 30 pin iPod speaker docks are pretty much obsolete now, thanks to the new Lightning connector. But that's okay, because I can use the audio jack and Bluetooth to enjoy audio from my new iPhone 5.


I've come across a number of gadgets that make the transition easy. Suppose you prefer a speaker, to share your audio with others. I got to try some compact devices from Matrix Audio that fit the bill. They offer both a Bluetooth model, called nrg, and a wired model called one.


In both cases, the speakers are remarkably compact and could fit in a car's cupholder. This would be an easy way to have a Bluetooth speakerphone in your car! You could keep the speaker charged using the included microUSB cable, if you add your own 12volt cigarette lighter charger.


The Matrix Audio speakers, whether you choose the wired or Bluetooth model, are available in assorted colors to match your style. You can choose feminine colors like pink or more manly designs like black and red with chrome accents.


The speakers are also packaged nicely and, starting under $30, they make a great stocking stuffer.



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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.