Staff Picks: Libratone One Click Speaker, Otterbox Defender for iPad, & More

In the Staff Picks column, iPhone Life editors and staff share their go-to gear and gadgets for their iPhones and iPads. In this column, our CTO Raphael Burns shares in his own words which iPhone and iPad accessories he can't live without

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Libratone One Click Speaker ($149)

This speaker offers great sound quality and battery life, and it’s the perfect size to carry around the house for impromptu dance parties. It’s also durable enough for my son to play around with. My only complaint is the microphone seems lacking and causes a significant delay when using Siri.

Otterbox Defender Series Case for iPad ($89.95)

This case was essential for me when my son was 3–4 years old and wasn’t exactly careful with the iPad, to say the least. The case comes with a screen protector built in, protecting your device from grubby little paws. My favorite feature is its incredible drop protection, which my son tested fully—with no damage to the case or the iPad!

Jackery Fit ($27.99)

This external battery lets you power two devices at once. I like using this charger for long road trips, as it helps me get a little more out of my devices. It’s also small enough to carry in my pocket if I am going on a long hike and need to stay accessible by phone.

Koss KSC75 Ear Clip ($19.99) 

These are my favorite portable headphones. They’re inexpensive, relatively durable, and have decent sound quality for an open over-ear headphone. Most importantly, I can wear them comfortably for hours. Earbuds have always been painful for me if I wear them for too long, so these are perfect.

Name: Raphael Burnes

Title: CTO

Years at iPhone Life: 6

Apple products owned: iPhone 6, iPad, and Macbook Pro.

Office Quirk: Before joining iPhone Life, I was an acrobat and street performer. Now that I have a desk job, you can find me during work breaks practicing handstands or juggling in the office.

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