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Three Must-Have Holiday Gifts For Teens!

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It’s that time of year… the holiday season is upon us and parents of teens everywhere are scrambling for “cool” gifts for our kids! We all want to be the cool parents, right?

My son and his friends have tested some of the best iPhone accessories on the market this year, and have chosen to deem three of them must-have gifts for this holiday season! To us, these items are must-have because they're practical, easy to use, and more than anything else - cool. You won’t find any crocheted iPhone covers here!

 

Must-Have Portable Charger

New Trent iCarrier Dual iPhone Charger, $129.99



A wooden cover for you iPhone or iPad

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I'm always attracted by natural products so have been intrigued when I see ads for wooden covers and cases. One of the makers of a wooden cover, Toast, recently sent me a walnut cover to try with my iPad mini. Toast offers wood covers so light and thin that they seem almost to be a film overlay on the back of your device. It may provide a small amount of protection, mainly from scratching, but the main purpose, I think, is simply elegance and feel. It adheres to your device with a 3M adhesive. You simply peel off the backing paper and apply the cover to the back of your device.



2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Great Gifting Tips for iDevice Lovers.

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Featuring 50 great gift ideas in ten categories! You are sure to find something for everyone on your holiday gift list here...

 

Like most everyone else, I've got the holiday season on my mind. Honestly, there's nothing I love more than a good celebration of family, friends and togetherness. It's the time of year when so many traditions come together in the spirit of love and joy to exchange both good will and gifts of gratitude and appreciation. With the holidays now in full swing, I thought it a perfect time to offer my “Top Ten” list of holiday shopping ideas for that special Apple iDevice lover in your life.   

 

I've streamlined this article in the hopes of making things easy for you, especially if you are doing any online shopping, as this article is rich with valuable links that will provide you with a good variety of options within each category. In fact, you may want to bookmark this page, which features 50 different items in the Top Ten gift categories.   

 

You can use this article as a handy reference guide over the coming weeks; your one-stop, one-click resource for iDevice holiday gifting.   

 

Happy Holidays everyone, and now without further adieu, an iPhone Life Top Ten: Holiday Shopping iOS Guide Guide.



UNU offers a clever approach to create the first iPhone 5 battery case

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As much as I love new Apple products, one of the drawbacks to being an early adopter is the lack of compatibility with older accessories. In the case of the iPhone 5, to enjoy the new form factor, you have to upgrade to the new, proprietary Lightning connector. While there are adapters for speaker docks, etc., one type lf accessory that has been unable to make the transition is a case with a built in battery.



Mini cases, Maximum Protection: The best rugged iPad mini cases in review [Roundup]

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Welcome to my review of the top three rugged cases for the iPad mini that are available to purchase now. While there aren't a ton of heavy-duty case options out there yet for the recently unveiled iPad mini, there are a few excellent choices. This is a roundup of the top three, extreme-duty, rugged cases available for you to pick up for the new iPad mini right away, with no delay! With Black Friday and the official start of the holiday season this week, what better time!?

 

The iPad mini may be the new kid on the block but it’s already selling like hotcakes and I expect it to be at the top of many a holiday wish list. Every good boy and girl deserves a good protective case for their new iPad mini, especially considering how infinitely more portable the mini is than its larger sibling. Since we will be seeing more iPads out in the wild now than ever before let's take a look at some of the best of the best of heavy-duty, extra-protective cases built to keep our iPad minis safe from harm, no matter where the roads may take us.

 



Count on OtterBox for protecting your iPad mini and other gadgets

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You can always count on OtterBox for heavy duty protective cases but also for rapid development of cases following the unveiling of a new Apple device. Sure enough, my iPad mini was just a few days old when I was able to wrap it in a protective Defender case from OtterBox.



Hitcase Pro Review

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The rising popularity of active lifestyle image capture is fueling the creation purpose-built devices like the GoPro HD camera and other products. Yet for iPhone users who already know that their camera is as capable as these dedicated alternatives but don't want to spend what is often more for these cameras than what they paid for iPhone itself is a hard sell. Fortunately, Hitcase has developed a Pro version of their durable iPhone hardshell case that offers iPhone owners a comparable experience without having to buy into a whole new hardware ecosystem.



Workmate for the iPad mini passes Cygnett's brutal drop test. WARNING: Graphic content not suitable for all viewers!

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Cygnett releases a new video of iPad mini drop tests!

 

If you cant see the video clip, click HERE.


Oh how these drop tests always make me cringe just a little, kind of like nails dragged slowly and screechingly down a chalkboard! All the same, I'm still glad that someone’s done it so we can see how well the iPad mini holds up upon impact.



The MacCase Flight Jacket: Elegance and Style with a Relaxed and Rugged Feel.

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We all love a good accessory bag, something that fuses style and functionality in a way that is comfortable to wear and practical, all at the same time.

 

With that in mind, I'd like to introduce to you, a company called MacCase. MacCase are the manufacturers of an excellent line of leather carry bags that would suit both the modern, technologically savvy traveler, as easily as the fashion-forward cowgirl/boy type. With their sharp looking leather exteriors the MacCase line of leather iDevice bags give a decidedly modern twist to a classically elegant carryall.

 



Magellan GPS Car Kit goes above, beyond and everywhere

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Magellan has offered quality GPS tools for years, so I shouldn't be surprised that their GPS Car Kit for the iPhone and iPod touch is a quality product. Apple's maps app may not be world class, currently, so Magellan offers their own proven Roadmate app.



iPhone Cases, iPad Covers, iPod Sleeves | iPhone Life Magazine

The market for iPhone cases is increasing exponentially with the release of the new iPhone 4S.  The companies that make the cases are always looking for more ways to capture their customers attention.  Whether practicality or style is more important, we review the products so that you don't have to.

Are you looking for a durable clip-on case for your new iPhone 4S? There are plenty of choices that exist already, thanks to the fact that the new iPhone's dimensions are the same as the original iPhone 4. One of the more recent cases to hit the market is Ballistic's Sport Rugged Universal Smartphone Pouch. How does it stack up to the competition? Read on to find out.  

iPhone cases are getting to be like jewelry… there seems to be a different case for every occasion. If the occasion is rugged outdoor activity, the Ballistic offers a tough, scratch-resistant nylon vertical flip case with a thick clip that holds on snuggly to a belt or strap. While it is just slightly on the bulky side, the case is lined along the bottom and sides with a stitched ridge that will absorb the shock of a drop fairly well.

If the occasion is more flashy (Gaga Style)... There are a lot of case makers out there, but there's only one Lady Gaga.  And LuxMobile has licensed her images and designs for their line of cases.  No strangers to luxury licensing, LuxMobile also offers cases with Ed Hardy and other trendy designs.  More feminine-friendly cases are becoming popular, and the Lady Gaga collection presented several options.  There is the understated 'diamond pattern' Romance style, but true Gaga fans may want something more outlandish.  No 'meat' cases currently, but you never know. 

Surc is a case and app combo that turns your iphone into a universal remote control. What makes this device stand out from the crowd is that the unit is sleek and adds little to the size or weight of the phone. Usually you have to add an attachment to the phone to convert it into a remote. Not with this one.  This remote goes above and beyond your basic remote. You can control multiple items in a room. On top of that, I was really impressed with the capabilities and customization that this unit allows. Add the buttons you want, move them around the screen, even use gestures to control your device. Shake the iPhone and you turn on or off your TV. Watch the video to see even more features.