Gift guide: iPhone + iPad accessories
Wading through the internet reviews and shopping sites for truly useful and unique iPod and iPad accessories isn't as easy as it sounds, there's lots of blah and only a few true essentials. I've skimmed the surface of what's out there and what hasn't been covered before on this blog and with help from the online team tried out what items we had available. I'm already in love with the Moshi Moshi handsets and Blue Microphones Mikey for my iPhone, but here are more standout gift ideas for the iPhone/iPad addict in your life.
1. The DodoCase, $59.95 at dodocase.com
Dreading the end of the hardback book but loving your iPad? San Francisco designers are too, evidently, but they’ve enlisted artisans of bookbindery to construct these beautiful iPad cases from hand so you can love your iPad even more. They’re shockingly affordable, devastatingly handsome and also make a decent stand for reading.
2. Bioserie iphone covers 3gs/4, $34.95 at bioserie.com
Feeling green? I switched out my crudded up and cracking iPhone case for this light, slim, snap-in case made from 100% plant material. The Bioserie has a soft textured grip that reminds you that its not plastic, its something else and it feels natural in my hand. If you prefer your iPhone feeling naked and slim, you'll dig this. Will it protect my phone as well as my trusty (and thicker) inCase? We shall see.
3. Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 4, $79.95 at mophie.com
I love the Mophie Juice Pack Air for the iPhone 4. With it, I was able to go a full day with normal usage (calling, checking email, web usage and uploading images to my blog) without having to recharge the phone during the day. Under relatively heavy battery load (using photo editing programs) I was able to get through the day—but was watching the battery level closely by evening. In short, if you travel or are finding yourself needing to recharge your iPhone during the day or early evening the Juice Pack Air by Mophie is for your friend. This battery extender/recharger is also wonderfully designed (thin and form-fitting) and provides great hard-shell case protection for your iPhone.—John Cary
4. The Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10vi $350
My trusty in-ear headphones from a reputable brand recently came apart as I yanked them out of my shoulder bag, so I’m willing to overlook the span of user ratings on these Ultimate Ears TripleFi 10vi in-ear headphones with voice and just tell you how I feel after using them a month or so. They’re solid, sound fantastic (each earbud has three speakers in it) and feel really natural in the ear. They don’t go as deep as my last pair, but sound much better overall. When I get them where I want them, the bass response is natural and satisfying. Since they cost as much as a new iPhone, they better kick ass and have some extras, in this case a metal case and various earpieces so you can find your exact fit. The iPhone version has an in-line microphone built-in so you won't miss a call even when you're listening to Slayer.
5. iFrogz Fusion 3G case, $17.75 at amazon.com
Cheap, light, decent protection all you need? This lightweight case snaps easily onto your iPhone and has a weightless, barely there feel about it. The textured back offers a decent grip, to work against your butter-fingers. Note, however, that no protection is provided for the iPhone face (the case only extends around the back and sides of the phone), so if you’re paranoid about cracking your screen, this one probably isn’t for you.—Jessica Johnson
6. iPad keyboard dock, $69 at apple.com
To get a bit more out of your iPad, bloggers and writers will need to spring for this dock/keyboard that allows you to charge your iPad while getting some serious typing time in.
7. Bang & Olufsen BeoSound 8, over $1000
Bang & Olufsen makes beautiful functional objects and its finally gotten around to making an iPod/iPhone/iPad docking station sound sytem, its first. It hooks up to the iPad without wire, looks bold and minimal, and delivers sounds in an expanded dynamic range. You can hang it on a wall or stand it freely in a room, a switch adjusts the sound to the system’s position in your space. True, it runs a stiff $1000+, but if you consider its basically all you will need if you tote all your tunes on an Apple device. If that seems a bit rich, try the B&W iPhone dock system at around $300, great reputation.
8. elago P2 Stand Silver for iPad and Tablet pc. $30 at amazon.com
For just $30, this stand holds iPads with thinner cases and has the clean, elegant look of Apple products and an great viewing angle.