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On-the-Go Accessories

Stereo bicycle speakers, sports case, travel battery, and more

I can’t imagine a day without my iPhone. I’m on the road a lot, and my iPhone keeps me in touch with family, friends, and business associates. It helps me stay informed about current news and find information fast. And it entertains and relaxes me with music and streaming video at the end of a long and sometimes stressful day. I even use it while engaged in sports or other fitness-related activities.

A number of accessory developers market products to help active, on-the-go users get more out of their iPhone.


"Appcessories" at CES

Application/accessory combos dominated the iPhone portion of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show ...from postings at CES by iPhone Life bloggers

“Appcessories” (accessories with an iPhone app component) commanded a lot of attention at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

The release of OS 3.0 made this type of solution possible, and developers are starting to take advantage of it. Below are some of the appcessories that were on display at CES (along with a few other noteworthy products). Note that some of them aren’t available yet, but don’t get frustrated—we should be seeing them rolled out in the next few months.


Touch And Go…


In case you were not aware, TomTom and Magellan have previously released versions of their GPS car kit that turns your iPod Touch into a navigation device, as well as making their GPS software compatible with it. One of the downsides is the cost, as it can be argued that you can buy a standalone GPS unit for much less. Cost may not be an issue for those wanting to add more functionality to their device but one of the drawbacks I see is that their car kits are for in car use only via the car power adaptor. In my opinion, this limits some of the payback use / value, especially if you only need GPS navigation occasionally.

iVideochat: The missing link for the iPad & iPhone


While I will definitely be buying an iPad on Day 1, I am on record as being disappointed there is no built-in camera, let alone two.  Cameras are included in just about every cellphone and even the lowly iPod nano and Nintendo DSi.  Imagine the gaming, Augmented Reality, and videoconferencing capabilities this feature would have enabled.  Instead of the mixed reaction the iPad has garnered, the appeal of the iPad would have been a no-brainer, just by including a camera.  I have to believe a future iPad will have at least one camera.  But for now, I Photoshopped the following creation in the hopes it might inspire a vendor to create such a hardware and software combination.

Bandshell ready for action


A few weeks ago I posted an interview with the inventor of the Bandshell audio enhancement cover for the iPhone. Soon after, I tried it out and almost posted a negative review -- until I found that I'd put the iPhone in backwards. Line up the camera lens with the hole in the back of the Bandshell for best results. Duh!

I tried it out on a couple of very important negotiation calls with major business contacts, and it worked like a charm. I had no complaints from the other party (though they did say it sounded like I was on a speakerphone, which I was), and I could hear them better than when it's in my normal leather case.

So rather than holding the phone up to my ear and typing notes with one hand, or holding a notepad with my elbow while jotting notes, I slip the phone into the Bandshell before making a call from my desk.

It works as the inventor said it would -- as long as you install it correctly...

In search of the perfect case


No matter what device I have ever owned, I have always had the hankering to get cases for it. They add extra protection and can be very stylish. When I think about it, I think it’s an addiction I have, because I am always looking for the perfect case. When I think I have found one, something comes along and catches my eye and it begins all over again; How much is it?  What are the reviews?  and Where can I find it cheaper? When the iPod came along in my life, it got worst, as pretty much every store you go in these days have iPod accessories. These businesses are fueling my addiction. I have been happy with the incase slider I had purchased a couple months ago. Then I spotted the Otterbox Defender series case before Christmas. So when my family asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I said I have the perfect idea. I actually provided them the online shopping link and found a really great price for them. I thought this is awesome, a new case coming my way and it’s saving me some money for a future case that comes out (see it’s an addiction.) On Christmas Eve, I received the case and put my baby in the Otterbox that evening. I still have the case on it. Solid feel constructed of both plastic and a silicone outer shell with a built in screen protector. (The only drawback is that you have to remove the entire case to use it with the Apple Universal Dock, but I can live with that). My wife calls me a geek when I see a case I want, at which point I ask her what purse she is using today. That gets her to stop.  Last week, I went to the Otterbox site and purchased my son a version of it for his Nano. I then saw that Otterbox discontinued the iPod touch (and others) and it only focusing on Smartphones going forward. Who knows what the next great case I find will be. So this brings me to a question for all of you. If you use a case on your device (no matter what device), what do you use and why do you like it? 



AppStand is a digital picture frame and more!


You’re limited only by imagination on ways to use the AppStand with your iPhone. For example, I use it on my desk to show off my Reef3D aquarium app – love this! I use it with an alarm clock app to keep me on time for my appointments. I use it with my calculator app to add numbers. I use it with my dictionary app or with Safari to do research while writing. And if I want to be entertained while cooking dinner, it's a great TV stand for watching videos on my iPhone. I’m sure you will think of many, many more ways to use this handy device.



CES: Dexim P-Flip... SOLAR Power to the People!


Shakespeare's Richard III cried "A horse!  A horse!  My kingdom for a horse!"  At CES, the commodity most in demand was power, followed closely by Wi-Fi, 3G, and SD cards!  Journalists and attendees "jacked in" like The Matrix, wherever possible, and many people came up to the iPhone Life booth asking if they could charge their iPhones!

NOTE TO EDITOR: Bring extra chargers to MacWorld and let visitors charge their phones at our booth!

We love the iPhone, but the lack of a removable battery means you need something external that doesn't add too much bulk.

CES: Not all gadgets use batteries


Some of the most interesting items at CES don't use electricity.  We found several accessories that enhance the electronic lifestyle, while made entirely out of non-technical materials.

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