Friday, May 23rd, 2014
The Lightning connector divided opinion upon its release with the iPhone 5. On the one hand, it was a smaller, more convenient connector that was reversible. On the other, it meant that Apple’s long-standing 30 Pin connector was obsolete, a move that sent millions of accessories to the grave – from cheap charging cables to expensive speaker systems. Whatever your opinion on the matter, Lightning is here to stay so you may as well make the most of it! In that spirit, let’s take a look at ten of the best accessories for the now ubiquitous Apple connector.
1. Dexim Universal Dock Station (iPhone & iPad with Lightning Connector)
Our first Lightning accessory is this dock from Dexim. The dock is rare in being outfitted for both iPad and iPhone, allowing you to connect either device as required. The 2.1A output ensures all devices will charge rapidly, and the adjustable connector allows for cases to be kept on while charging.
2. Qi iPhone 5S / 5C / 5 Wireless Charging Receiver
Qi is a popular wireless charging standard in Android world, but don’t expect it to appear on an iPhone any time soon. Thankfully you can get this wireless charging receiver which plugs into your phone’s lightning port, then can be tucked into a case of your choice. Then you’ll have the convenience of wireless charging when you want it, in a package that’s compatible with all Lightning iPhones and a wide range of cases.
3. Griffin Wired Keyboard for Apple Lightning Devices
If you want to get some work done on an iPad or iPhone, then a full-size keyboard is quite helpful. One option is a Bluetooth keyboard, but these are expensive and require recharging. A good alternative then, is this Griffin Wired Keyboard, which plugs directly into the Lightning port and works immediately.
4. Genuine Lightning Digital AV Adapter
Want to show your iPhone, iPod or iPad content on the biggest screen in the room? This Digital AV adapter lets you easily connect your Lightning device to HDTVs, monitors and projectors. Again, everything is plug-and-play; just connect up the relevant cables and away you go. Perfect for screening HD movies, showing off photos and playing music. Definitely one of the most helpful Lightning adapters for the iPhone 5.
5. KitSound X-Dock 2 Lightning Clock Radio Dock for iPhone 5S / 5C /5
This clock radio dock is a powerful piece of kit, with room for an iPhone 5S, 5C or 5 next to a digital display. This is the ideal accessory for your bedside table or desk, allowing you to keep an eye on the time, charge your iPhone, set alarms and listen to the radio. You can wake up to your favourite FM station, your favourite iTunes songs or even the standard ‘bzzz’ alarm clock sound.
6. Kit: Lightning to Micro USB Adapter – White
This simple adapter ensures that you don’t always need a Lightning cable around all the time. Instead, you can use the rather more numerous microUSB cables and accessories to charge and sync. And since the adapter is so small, there’s no excuse not to bring it with you!
7. High Power Lightning Car Charger with USB Port – Black
Car chargers are brilliant, particularly if you’re trying to entertain your kids in the back seat with an iPad or navigate with an iPhone. This one offers 2.4A of charging power, allowing an iPad – or two iPhones – to be charged at full speed. That means even if you’re draining a lot of power from playing movies or using GPS navigation, you’ll still end up with way more battery life than you started with. An integrated USB port allows other devices to be charged too.
8. Kit 4-in-1 Connection Kit
This tiny box is one of the most useful accessories you can own for the iPhone or iPad. Plug the Lightning connector into your device, and then you can plug in a USB device (like a keyboard or flash drive) as well as SD cards. That makes it really easy to get stuff on or off your iPad, or plug in a full-size keyboard for a better typing experience. There’s even a Lightning port, so you can keep charging your device while everything else is connected.
9. Kit Magnetic Battery Case for iPhone 5S
This clever case includes an battery pack which allows you to recharge your phone on the go. The battery is magnetically attached to the rest of the case, and can be used in situ or removed from the case as necessary. With 2800 mAh you’ll have three times the battery life, and that makes a big difference.
10. iMee Sync and Charge Lightning to USB Cable – Gold
Our final Lightning accessory is also the simplest: a stylish Lightning cable in Gold. This is a great fit with the Champagne Gold iPhone 5S, but looks great with other colours as well. Otherwise, this is just the same as your Apple Lightning cable, offering charging and syncing at full speeds.
OK, so these are our selections! We hope you’ve found this blog helpful, and be sure to let us know if you have any questions or comments below!
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
What makes a good stylus? For some, it’s all about the precision – being able to take notes and draw carefully. For others, it’s about feel and comfort – being able to draw or write for extended periods. Another important attribute is convenience – just like a camera, the best stylus is the one that you have with you. Today, we introduce the Adonit Jot Pro Magnetic Stylus, which looks to excel on each and every one of these fronts.
The Jot Pro has long been a well-received precision instrument, and little has changed in the stylus’ latest iteration. The basic form factor – a pen-like point wedded to a clear plastic disc – still works remarkably. The clear plastic is the key, as it provides the wide footprint necessary to be picked up by capacitive screens, while still allowing clear vision of the centre point. Thanks to the gimbal at the base, you’re also able to freely hold the stylus at any angle and still get complete contact with the disc. With this in hand, you’ll find you can make smaller and neater strokes and achieve much better results whether writing or drawing.
Feel & Comfort
The biggest offense commited by cheap styli is that of comfort – often, these sticks will be technically capable of producing good results, but you won’t be able to use them long enough to find out. Where these styli are thin, plasticky and hard, the Adonit Pro has a wider body made of soft rubber, similar to a pen. This makes using the stylus much more enjoyable, and unlocks the ability to write for hours at a time, as is often necessary at work or school.
Our final factor is convenience – and it’s here that the latest model of the Adonit Jot Pro is newly imbued. The handle has been instilled with magnetism, allowing it to cling securely to the back of your metallic tablet. This makes it an ideal iPad stylus, and also works on some Android and Windows tablets which use metallic materials.
A suitable super stylish stylus
With its newfound magnetism, the Adonit Jot Pro is the ideal precision stylus. For more information or to pre-order your own, check out the product page below:
Thursday, March 21st, 2013
We normally cover accessories for home users, but this business-orientated iPad sync & charge cabinet caught our eye. With storage space for ten iPads, it’s a secure and easy way to ensure that your iPads remain safe, cool and charged up.
Whenever you have that many iPads lying around unsecured, you’re practically asking for them to go walkabout. This cabinet can be secured to a table using an integrated mounting plate or a cable lock, while the tamper-resistant door with two included keys will ensure that once locked in, the iPads can’t get out.
While one or two iPads could be charged using their standard AC adapters, once that number starts rising you’re looking at an absolute mess of cables all taking up their own wall socket. This Kensington iPad cabinet requires just one power cable, yet allows all ten iPads to be charged at full speed simultaneously whilst inside.
Finally, keeping so many iPads in a small space will produce a fair amount of heat, which could be potentially damaging. So the cabinet includes a fan that’ll keep the iPads at safe operating temperatures automatically.
The Kensington Charge & Sync Cabinet for iPad is compatible with all full size iPad models. That includes the fourth generation iPad with the Lightning connector, as well as the earliest first, second and third generation iPad with the old Apple 30 pin connector.
What do you reckon – would your business be interested in picking up such a cabinet? Let us know if we should stock this iPad accessory in the comments below!
Monday, December 24th, 2012
Moshi are well known electronic designers from California, who produce mobile phone and tablet accessories to a very high standard. They make their case as being “meticulous in their materials selection”, and that’s often the secret to their success. Here at Mobile Fun, we’re most fond of their screen protectors and cases. Let’s have a look at some now.
We’ll take the screen protectors first. Moshi call their screen protectors the iVisor, and they’re available in various flavours. The most common is Anti-Glare (or AG), but there are also XT (extraordinarly transparent) flavours available too.
Unlike most screen protectors which are just simple pieces of plastic sheeting, the iVisor includes a bezel that makes aligning the screen protector much easier. It also provides heavier protection of the surface beneath, in places where transparency aren’t needed. However, this does mean that it makes sense to get the right colour Moshi screen protectors for your phone or tablet. The Moshi iVisor is available for a number of phones, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 4, iPad 4, iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy S3.
Moshi make rather nice cases too. Their iGlaze cases are quite nice, with the same well fitting form and well chosen materials that define their screen protectors. The iGlaze is also available in a pink that would match my keyboard nicely, as well as a dual-tone version for the iPhone 4S that really stands out.
So there we have it – a quick profile of one of the most well respected American phone accessory brands. For more information, visit the Moshi product page.
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Monday, September 3rd, 2012
Now this is something that you don’t see everyday – a breathalyser for Apple devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod. It’s called the iPega Digital Breath Alcohol Tester and it’s a small and discrete way to monitor your blood alcohol content. The pocket-size sensor is good for parties and other social occasions where you’ll want to have a better idea of precisely how drunk you are.
The iPega is very easy to use – just connect the alcohol tester to your unlocked Apple device and press the switch to turn it on. You’ll be asked to exhale into the sensor for three to five seconds, and then the screen will tell you what your blood / alcohol content is. There are two warning levels, cautionary and dangerous, which will allow you to make more informed decisions.
However, it is worth noting that this alcohol tester has no official certification and the readings are not legally binding – you cannot present this as proof that you are not too drunk! If you are not sure, it is always better to err on the side of caution; if you have been drinking do not take to the road unless you’re in a taxi!
For more information on the iPega Digital Breath Alcohol Tester, please visit the product page below. You can also ask us questions about this or other Apple accessories on Twitter @mobilefun. Thanks for visiting the blog and be sure to have a nice and safe day.