Aliph Jawbone Bluetooth Headset Review

August 2nd, 2009

Bluetooth is one of the great mobile phone related technologies around today. When you own a Bluetooth headset, what you have is a combination of microphone, speaker and battery in your ear. The set is light and comfortable. Aliph’s Jawbone Bluetooth Headset costs $120 and is really sleek.

The technology is great and the design is new – it makes you look good. You can choose your colors between silver, black and red. There is a choice of ear mounts and earbuds. You also get a wall charger that lets you charge the Jawbone for six hours of talk time.
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Belkin Tunebase Direct Review

June 6th, 2009

The process of iPod to car integration has traditionally taken atleast 2 steps. This is due to software restrictions of Apple. Getting the music to play is one issue but to attend to phone calls in the middle of a drive is a completely different problem. It is simple to plug in the Dock Connection Accessory to the car stereo. FOr phone calls using the iPhones Bluetooth or headphone port is required.

The Tunebase Direct costing $70 changes much of this problem. Not only does this accessory work with the iPhone, it also works with current generation iPod Nano and Touch models. This accessory is made, so that you can hear both your music and your phone through the car speakers, the Tunebase Direct mic picks up your voice.
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Griffin Powerblock Powerjolt + Powerduo Reserve Review

May 26th, 2009

Although iPod chargers and rechargeable batteries are not new, Griffin has combined them together to make them more interesting. You can charge both you iPod and your battery at the same time. These sets also work with the iPhone.

The Powerblock Reserve is essentially a transformed wall charger. You can plug the Powerblock reserve into your existing USB cable for iPhone or iPod charging via the USB port on the Powerblock Reserve. The included battery magnetically connects to the block. The power level is shown with three bright yellow lights and a large power indicator button on the top surface.
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AAXA P1 Pico Projector For iPod and iPhone Review

April 30th, 2009

Many practical considerations add to the utility and appeal of the P1 Pico Projector. This baby costs $239, who should buy it and why is discussed here. About the size of an iPod and twice as thick, there is a lot to speak of in this little device. There is a speaker, lithium ion rechargeable battery pack, and LED light and a LCOS Imager.

You can use this to create a relatively large video wall wherever you are. This is not the norm, so much so that it is appealing. So conceptually you can use this device to watch moveis and TV on a large dispaly and present photo-galleries on the road. All that is needed is a flat surface and a dark room.

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Proclip Adjustable Holder with Pass Through Connector for iPhone + iPod Touch

April 14th, 2009

Proclip has come out with a number of car mounts over the past few years. Many of their car mount releases have been much more costly than those of their competitors. This latest $100 mount is adjustable and useful. It is also very expensive. This is what the accessory does- an encased iPhone or iPod Touch can be mounted on top of a male dock connector with a female dock connector port at the bottom which lets you connect to your favorite audio accessory. The holder also works with the latest Apple and third party cables.

The only issue is that you will also need to connect a vehicle specific bracket which will cost $30 more. There is a bit of complex arrangement to be done after that. Once it is accomplished you have an iPod stand that has tilt swivel functionality that lets you adjust it to your eyes for easy viewing. If you choose to spend the $130, you get something that fits your favorite gadget even when it is in a case. Unfortunately you will need to buy a charger and an audio out solution. So you end up with a huge price of $155 atleast! Read the rest of this entry »

iHome iP9 iPhone iPod Dual Alarm Clock Review

March 31st, 2009

The iP9 for the iPhone and iPod cost $100. It is slightly different from the iH9. The iP9 has less bass and more treble. But they are mostly the same. The iP9 is about as good as the iP99 soundwise though it costs less. The sound difference is mostly imperceptible.

The iP9 works with the iPhone as well. The iP9’s power brick is small in size and wieght. The iP9 screen is bright and good. The other features are like the iH9. You get the iP9 in silver and black.
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Incipio Silicrylic for iPod Touch 2G Review

January 3rd, 2009

Silicrylic a rubber case – X shaped rear plastic frame combination is priced at $20. Three new caases have been released by Incipio for the second gen iPod and Silicrylic is one of them. The name sounds slick so is the case as good as it sounds? Lets find out. There is a video stand and a clear screen protector. The Silicrylic is available in three colors.

The idea is to combine the good points of plastic and rubber and benefit from their individual advantages. Non distinctive, yet a tad appealing overall, this case has a matte finish that makes it stable in the hand.  A reasonable amount of bulk is added to the iPod by this case. It adds more bulk than Feather and Duroshot.
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Incipio Lloyd Adapter Review

December 22nd, 2008

Nowadays iPhone and iPod accessory prices has hit the roof. This has become so evident that the problem has been even acknowledged by Apple. Add on microphones are an example of this. Stereo only mics appeared on the iPod scene two years ago starting at 50 dollars. Now monaural mic equipped earphones are available for just $29. Inpicio retails a dedicated microphone add on for just $18 now.

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Core Cases Aluminum Slider for iPhone 3G Review

November 25th, 2008

Many metal bodied iPod cases have been released in the last four years by the iPod. The iPhone and iPhone 3G are probably more challenging to make cases for because of their build. This $30 case is highly evolved and is a new perspective on such cases altogether.

The signal is a bit weaker due to the case but this is more important for users in areas where the signal is weak. This is one good looking metal case…gives your 3G the cover of a tank.
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Just Mobile Xtand for iPod touch IG + 2G

November 10th, 2008

Close on the heels of Xtand for iPhone comes the Xtand for the iPod Touch 1G + 2G. This baby will cost you $40 and is definitely worth thinking about. It is an A rated product. Almost exactly the same as the Xtand for iPhone and iPhone 3G, The Xtand for iPod Touch comprises an aluminum table stand, a rotating iPod touch mount and a screw set that joins these two. Also included are rubber edge clips 4*2 which keep the iPod in place.

Access to the Dock Connector and headphone ports as well as Sleep/Wake button is available when the iPod is inserted into the mount. Assembling the Xtand is a simple procedure and not one to worry about. It works well with both 1G and 2G Touch’s.
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Griffin Clarifi Case with Built in Close Up Lens for iPhone 3G Review

October 17th, 2008

Griffins Clarifi case costs $35 but provides great value for the price. The design seems inspired by Slider. It works with every accessory without removing it from the case. Also included is a full screen protector and cleaning cloth. This case offers great protection and we can see that a lot of though went into its making.

One feature of the Clarifi makes it completely different. It has a sliding macro lens that can help the camera take clear close up pics. The color rendition is not magically enhanced but the ability of the device to focus on nearby objects is. There is definitely finer detail in the pic.
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DLO Slimcase Review

October 5th, 2008

Recently a huge number of cases and accessories have made their way into the iPhone/iPod market. The DLO Slimcase costs $35. This leather covered hardshell has a detachable wrist strap. This Slimcase has two clear film screen protectors. This is a desirable and positive change. On the sides the design is more open. Also on the top it is more open.

The iPhone 3G top surface – most of it is exposed. Usually the Slimcase does not work inside Universal docks. If you want to keep it inside speakers then you will have to remove the iPhone 3G. In some other cases of this type, there is a way around this inconvenience.
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Applesauce Products Scratch Removal Kit Review

September 20th, 2008

If you have scratched your iPod then maybe you should check out the scratch removal kit from Applesauce Products. This kit combines two creams and three polishing cloths. Most of the shine of a scratched iPod can be restored with this kit, but not all. It is easy to use and reasonably priced at $20. This product couldn’t have come at a better time with so many complaints of iPods with scratches. With this happening to iPods, getting a scatch removal kit should be top priority. Read the rest of this entry »

Case Mate Vroom Case Review

September 7th, 2008

The iPhone 3G has been out for a couple of months. A number of accessories have appeared on the scene to accessorize this iPhone. If you want to encase your iPhone 3G, and that too without spending too much, consider the Vroom Case from Case Mate. It costs just $15. This rubber case will remind you of your car tires and is probably one you would like to take your iPhone on the road with as well.


This case has treads on the bottom, with a hole for the 3G’s camera. The bottom hole is nicely proportioned and there are small ones on the top and side as well. There is protection for the volume as well as Sleep/Wake buttons. The negative part about this phone is that dust gets attracted to it easily. The chrome bezel of the 3G lies exposed

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Uniea U-Suit Premium for iPhone 3G

August 24th, 2008

The Uniea U-Suit Premium for iPhone 3G is the latest in leather cases for the iPhone. It costs $35. Uniea is a near duplication of the concept pioneered by an Argentine company called Vaja. The design is a near duplication but the price is lower. After Vaja released the ultra expensive and slick iVolution Silver with silver accents to the clean leather iPhone hard case, Uniea responded by releasing the U-Suit Premium. 

Although not as great as the iVolution Silver, the price level was more in line with a mass appeal case. The quality control over the past several months hasn’t been up to the mark. Now the U-Suit Premium can easily be mistaken for a cheap imitation of the iVolution Silver. The silver frames often look roughed up.

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JAVOedge Indented JAVOSkin for iPhone 3G Review

August 9th, 2008

The idea to envelop a device be it your iPod or iPhone in a rubber case, on the back and sides with the screen protected by a thin film has been embraced by most. This trend has only been accelerated with the coming of the iPhone 3G. Largely, silicone cases tend to similar to each other differing in only the way the rubber is molded, amount of rubber employed to cover the iPhone 3G and the cost of the finished product.

The present JAVOedge’s Indented JAVASkin which costs $20 comes with visible improvements to the last year’s version. The most apparent is the price which is a few dollars less and now at par with other similar rubber cases. A rather pleasing change is the complete removal of the generic aesthetics and undoubtedly hideous molding. This has been replaced by a clean, black or white design. The case’s back has a series of horizontal bar grooves and the holes have been cut-to precision for the iPhone 3G’s features and controls. The grooves however have an irritating tendency to pick up dust.

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Myvu Crystal 701 iPod Edition Review

July 27th, 2008

Myvu along with Korea’s INNO Design has recently developed a more stylish frame for wearable video display. This is the Crystal 701 which is priced at $300 and is designed to work with present generation iPod nano, touch and classic models.

 The Crystal 701 edition includes the usual components. The box contains one pair of sunglass-like goggles with non-removable ear buds attached to it, a remote control for controlling volume, power and brightness and a Dock Connector cable. Included in the pack is a plain fabric carrying bag, three sets of silicone tips for the ear buds and a USB cable for recharging. The good thing about the Crystal 701 is that it’s the best 640×840 wearable video display yet made for the iPods. Read the rest of this entry »

iSkin Fuze for iPhone Review: Stylish Protection!

July 12th, 2008

The Toronto-based iSkin for years shown great innovation for years when it comes to designing iPod protection. Experimenting with mixtures of hard and soft plastic, it has given us a variety of options such as the eVo2, eVo3 and Claro. Its latest offering is Fuze for the iPhone, which integrates thin rubber layers onto separate rear and front shells. 

 The Fuze even though somewhat late in arriving, is undoubtedly iSkin’s most remarkable dual-material case yet. The case has a thick polycarbonate plastic layer on the outside with a thin soft rubber layer on the inside. The look is enhanced by the soft two-tone coloring and rubber accents. As seen from the outside, it is clear, black and silver while the rear is wholly black and interlocks together at the top and sides. Read the rest of this entry »

DLO VentMounts for iPod touch + iPhone: New Solutions!

June 27th, 2008

Carrying your iPod or iPhone with you in your car can be a hazardous experience for your iPod or iPhone if they are not safely installed. In recent times, the markets have been flooded with inexpensive, technically sound car mounts. The DLO VentMounts are different in their approach to this challenge and are amazingly effective at that.

 Priced at $25 each, DLO’s VentMounts for the iPod touch and iPhone are available in separate versions. But they consist of the same parts: 2 detachable clips, a holster and combination belt clips and also a mounting bracket which is attached to the holster and clip. In order to keep your iPod touch or iPhone at your eye level, the VentMounts are specifically designed to be mounted on the air conditioning vents in your car. The mount is built so that you can rotate it horizontally or vertically as per your desire. When leaving the car, you can detach the VentMount and wear it on your belt. Very handy!

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Belkin F8Z901 TuneStage for iPods

December 23rd, 2007

The cost of the Belkin Tunestage was something that almost prevented me from buying it. $148.33 is by no means trivial. This, by the way, is the fifth Bluetooth accessory released for the iPod.

The transmitter is silver and white and the reciever matches the Mac mini while the transmitter matches the iPod mini. With the help of the tunestage, your iPod turns into a remote control that works with every stereo speaker system and broadcasts audio to a range of upto 33 feet.
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