90652 The Best Accessories
 Alex Cequea iPhone Life 1528-5456 2011-10-05 2011 Buyers Guide 3 6 36 Accessories Accessories iPad iPhone iPod Touch


Let's face it; the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch aren't bargain items. They are expensive, and they require protection if you want them to last a while. To get more value out of your device, however, sometimes you need to cough up a few more dollars and invest in some awesome gear. That's where we come in. We don't want you spending your precious money on worthless items. Below are our favorite items for 2011. Read on to find the absolute best gear and accessories for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


iPhone Life's Top 3 accessories of the Year:

1. Rock-It

($50, origaudio.com)

imageThis tiny little guy is magical. Roughly the size of a lipstick, the Rock-It will turn any device into a speaker system. It works by converting the sound from your device into vibration sequences, and then transferring those vibrations onto the surface of any object. Obviously, the more hollow the object, the better the sound quality. It is perfect for traveling, and it packs superior sound power.

2. Otterbox Defender

(For iPad: $89.95; for iPhone: $49.95, otterbox.com) 


imageThe Otterbox Defender cases for both the iPhone and the iPad offer a generous amount of rugged strength protection. Otterbox's case design still allows easy access to your device's core functionality, and the high-quality polycarbonate shell is sure to make your case (and device) last for a long while.

3. PARROT MKi9200


($299.99, parrot.com)

imageThe Parrot MKi9200 is a Bluetooth hands-free system that comes with a wireless remote control that attaches to the steering wheel or dashboard of your car. You can control conventional telephone functions such as pick-up, hang-up, and handle multiple calls through voice recognition, and listen to your digital music collection. It even synchronizes with your phonebook automatically. This device is at the top of its class.

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