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iPhone Christmas Gift Ideas

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I’m pretty sure that an iPhone or iPod touch will be at the top of a lot of Christmas lists this year. If you, or someone you know is getting one, there are loads of iPhone accessories that would make a great Christmas present, so here are some of our top iPhone cases, covers and other accessories that will make the perfect gift.

Power Support Anti-Glare Front and Back Film Set – iPhone 4

Power Support make the best screen protectors money can buy. They fit brilliantly and prevent scratches to the front and back of your iPhone 4. The anti glare one makes reading your screen easier and also helps prevent irritating fingerprints.

Power Support Anti-Glare Front and Back Film Set - iPhone 4

Power Support Anti-Glare Film Set for iPhone 4

Jawbone ICON Bluetooth Headset – The Thinker – Black

Jawbone headsets are amongst the best you can get. The Icon is the latest headset and features advanced noise cancellation technology. The Icon works great with the iPhone 4 and even shows you how much battery is remaining on the screen of your phone. You can also download audioapps to the headset, these will change the way that the headset talks to you when you get an incoming call, want to check your battery level and make a call.

Jawbone ICON Bluetooth Headset - The Thinker - Black

Jawbone ICON Bluetooth Headset - The Thinker

TypeTop Bluetooth Mini Keyboard Case for iPhone 4

The TypeTop is a protective case with space to store a Mini Bluetooth Keyboard (included). Similar cases for the iPad have been around for a while, but it’s taken a long time for them to make an appearance for the iPhone. Your iPhone is held in place by a secure plastic holder and the keyboard is gripped by some leather covered clips that won’t scratch or mark the glass on the front of your phone. Cut outs on the back of the case allow you to still use the camera and a small built in kick stand will hold your phone at just the right angle for typing while you’re sat at your desk.

TypeTop Bluetooth Mini Keyboard Case for iPhone 4

TypeTop Bluetooth Mini Keyboard Case for iPhone 4

KitSound BoomDock Docking Station

The KitSound BoomDock Docking Station is a powerful speaker dock for all iPhones and iPods. It’s a solid wood case with 22 watt speakers and plenty of bass. It has a built in radio, alarm clock and can also be connected to other audio devices such as laptops or dvd players. It also includes a remote control

KitSound BoomDock Docking Station

KitSound BoomDock Docking Station

L5 Universal Remote Control for iPod, iPhone and iPad

For years I’ve wanted to be able to control the TV and Blu-Ray player with my phone, mainly because you can never find the remotes and my iPhone is never far from reach. This add on accessory allows you to turn your iPhone into a universal remote control that can operate any TV, Stereo, VCR, Blu-Ray – anything that uses an InfraRed remote. All you need to do is download a free app from iTunes, arrange the buttons to how you want them and then train it using your existing remotes.

L5 Universal Remote Control for iPod, iPhone and iPad

L5 Remote Control for iPod, iPhone and iPad

MiLi Pico Power Projector For iPhone / iPod – Black

iPhone owners love showing off their phone and this is a great way to wow your friends. It’s a portable projector that connects to your iPhone dock and can project video up to a massive 70 inches in size! No messing around with cables or streaming video from one device to another, just dock your iPhone, play your video and sit back to enjoy your films as large as you like!

MiLi Pico Power Projector For iPhone / iPod - Black

MiLi Pico Power Projector For iPhone / iPod

Noosy HDMI Adaptor for iPad / iPhone 4 / iPod touch 4G

Want to hook your iPhone up to your HDTV with minimum of effort? Then you’ll need one of these and a HDMI cable. Simply plug the adapter into the base of your phone, plug in the HDMI and you’re ready to go. It transfers both Audio and Video so you’ll only need the one cable and is a great alternative to streaming video from your phone using Airplay and an Apple TV.

Noosy HDMI Adaptor for iPad / iPhone 4 / iPod Touch 4G

HDMI Adaptor for iPad, iPhone 4 & iPod touch

OtterBox For iPhone 4 Defender Series

The OtterBox Defender for iPhone 4 is just about the toughest case you can get. It’s a three layered case that really does keep your phone safe. It has a soft outer rubber shell, a hard plastic frame and a membrane layer to protect the screen. No other case currently offers the same amount of protection.

OtterBox For iPhone 4 Defender Series

OtterBox For iPhone 4 Defender Series

Dexim P-Flip Foldable Solar Power Dock – iPhone 3G/3GS/4

The Dexim solar dock does more than just hold your phone. It’s got 2 built in solar panels that will recharge your phone’s battery while it’s docked. It doesn’t need to be in direct sunlight, just anywhere that there is natural light.

Dexim P-Flip Foldable Solar Power Dock - iPhone 3G/3GS/4

Dexim P-Flip Foldable Solar Power Dock - iPhone 3G/3GS/4

Case-Mate Barely There For iPhone 4 – Black

The Barely There range of cases for iPhone 4 are one of our most popular. They look great and do a great job of protecting the back and sides of your phone against dents and scratches. They come with a screen protector so that all of your phone is protected. Barely There cases are extremely thin, so thin in fact that you may not even realise you’ve got one on.

Case-Mate Barely There For iPhone 4 - Black

Case-Mate Barely There For iPhone 4

KitPerfect In Car FM Transmitter For iPod And iPhone

Carrying all your music around with you is great. You can listen to what you want when you want – unless you’re in the car of course. There’s a way round that using the KitPerfect FM transmitter. It’s a compact holder and charger that can stream your music from your phone to your car stereo using a built in FM Transmitter. All you need to do in order to enjoy your music in the car is to tune your stereo in to the same frequency as the KitPerfect and press play in the iPod app.

KitPerfect In Car FM Transmitter For iPod And iPhone

KitPerfect In Car FM Transmitter For iPhone

Supreme Pack For iPhone 4

If you’re still not sure what to get, why not get them a bit of everything? The iPhone 4 Supreme Pack includes 12 iPhone 4 accessories, including 5 bumpbers, a 3.5mm audio cable, dock, stylus, screen protector, car charger, headphone splitter and a pair of earphones – a bargian at less than £30. Buying the same items individually would cost you over £90.

Supreme Pack For iPhone 4

Supreme Pack For iPhone 4

That’s just 10 of our iPhone Accessories that would make great gifts this Christmas. If you’ve not seen anything here that’s on their Christmas list, head over to the main site and check out our full range of iPhone Accessories and other Christmas Gift Ideas.

3 Ways to Safely Use Your iPhone 4 in the Car

Friday, August 20th, 2010

One of the top accessories for the iPhone 3G & iPhone 3GS last year was the TomTom iPhone Car Kit. It’s not the cheapest in car solution, but it did a great job of combining a GPS receiver, loud speaker and handsfree system into a compact windscreen holder for the phone.

Sat Nav on iPhone 4When iPhone 4 came out, we were all looking forward to using Sat Nav on it – mainly because of the faster processor and the ability to leave your Sat Nav running in the background while you take calls or read a text message. You can imagine our disappointment when we realised that the TomTom holder doesn’t work with iPhone 4.

When I say it doesn’t work, that’s not strictly true, it will work, but it doesn’t fit the holder very well and it’s likely to fall out. If you’re willing to pay that much for an in car solution, you’re going to want one that holds your phone securely.

It’s probably only a matter of time until an updated version comes out that supports iPhone 4 and the upcoming 4th generation iPod touch, but until then there are a number of alternatives that you should consider.

I’ve already covered Sat Nav Apps & iPhone Car Docks for iPhone 3G/3GS, but thought I’d take another look at what’s available and review the options to the TomTom kit. I’ve tried a number of different set ups to try and find ones that match the features of the TomTom kit as closely as possible. The results turned out to be very similar to those for the 3GS, but some of the pricing and features have changed.

Just as a reminder, the main features of the TomTom Car Cradle are:

  • Charges your iPhone
  • Ability to play your music through your car stereo using 3.5mm line in
  • Built in speaker for handsfree calling
  • GPS Enhancer
  • Volume controls
  • Price for Software & Cradle £149.99

In most cases, every feature could be matched, with the exception of the added GPS support, but having said that, the antenna has been improved on iPhone 4 and I’m not convinced that it’s all that necessary.

I’m also basing this on the next version of the iOS software – version 4.1 as it has full support for AVRCP, the bluetooth profile that allows you to control your music using a third party device, such as headsets, speakers and car kits.

Option 1 – Jabra Cruiser

It’s not all in one like the TomTom, but this set up will save you over £40! CoPilot Live is a great alternative to TomTom. The software has been updated for iPhone 4 and now supports the Retina Display and Multitasking. Extras like Traffic and Text-To-Speech are available via in app purchase.

The iPhone 4 Car Pack includes a secure, rotating windscreen holder for your iPhone 4 and a car charger. If you’ve already tried using GPS on the iPhone in your car, you’ll know necessary a  car charger is. Having the screen on permanently and locking on to a GPS signal drains the battery quite quickly.

The Jabra Cruiser is one of the best portable car kits available. It has a built in FM transmitter that can stream music, calls and directions from your iPhone 4 through to your car stereo using Bluetooth. It has music controls that allow you to play/pause/track skip without having to touch your phone.

Use the Car Pack and Jabra Cruiser to get the most out of CoPilot Live

Use the Car Pack and Jabra Cruiser to get the most out of CoPilot Live

Option 2 – Venturi Mini

Navigon was the first Sat Nav app for the iPhone, and has recently had a number of new features added and a price cut. The iPhone Car Pack includes a robust, adjustable holder that can hold your iPhone in almost any position as well as a car charger to keep your phone fully charged.

The Venturi Mini is a Bluetooth car kit that is designed to fit in your cigarette lighter permanently. You can charge your iPhone 4 by plugging your USB cable in to the USB port on the side of the Venturi. The Venturi works in a similar way to the Jabra Cruiser.  It connects to your phone using Bluetooth and will then stream your music, calls and sat nav directions through to your car stereo using its built in FM transmitter. If your car stereo has a line in/aux in connection, you can connect the Venturi to it using a 3.5mm to 3.5mm audio cable (the same as the TomTom Cradle). This will give  a more reliable connection to your stereo, but means you’ll have wires trailing across your dashboard.

Unlike the Cruiser, the Venturi doesn’t have track skip buttons, so you’ll only be able to play/pause your music.

Navigon on iPhone 4 with the Venturi Mini

Navigon on iPhone 4 with the Venturi Mini

Option 3 – Parrot MKi9000 Fitted Car Kit

This set up isn’t so much about saving money compared to the TomTom kit, more a case of showing you how much more you could get for the same sort of price. Without doubt, you’ll always get better audio quality using a fully fitted car kit than you would with a portable one. The Parrot MKi range of car kits have been designed with iPods and iPhones in mind and they work almost seamlessly.

The MKi9000 kit is fitted behind your dashboard and is completely out of sight.  There is a multi connector cable that has a USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and an Apple Dock connector. This cable connects your iPhone to the car kit and will route call audio, music and directions through your car stereo at the same time as charging it. The Brodit holder that I’ve suggested here has a dock connector on the bottom too, so you can connect this cable to it, then whenever you slide your phone into the holder it will connect to the car kit without you needing to mess around with cables or plug anything in.

Co-Pilot works extremely well with the Parrot Mki9000

Co-Pilot works extremely well with the Parrot Mki9000

If you’d rather not use cables, then you can use the kit over a bluetooth connection and get the same functionality from it. A small remote can be attached to your dashboard or steering wheel and can be used to answer/end calls as well as play/pause/track skip and activate voice dialling.

On the subject of voice dialling, it’s actually a feature of the MKi9000 rather than the phone and will work with all models of iPhone. The only downside is that there isn’t a way to activate voice commands on iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS. The prices shown here don’t include installation and vehicles without an ISO stereo may need additional cables.

Summary

All three of these solutions work great with iPhone 4 and any of the available Sat Nav applications available for the iPhone. To give you a clear idea on the differences between the TomTom Kit and the other options mentioned here, I’ve put a chart together to show the main differences.

Personally I’d opt for either the Jabra Cruiser or the Parrot MKi9000.

Features TomTom Cradle Jabra Cruiser Venturi Mini Parrot MKi
Charges iPhone
Plays Music through Stereo
Hands Free Calling
GPS Enhancer
Volume Controls
Music Control – Track Skip Has feature
Holds phone in Landscape
Music Controls
External Microphone Optional

All Prices correct as of 20/08/2010 and are subject to change.

Choosing the Best iPhone 4 Car Mount

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The best way to keep your iPhone 4 safe and accessible in the car is by using a car holder for it.  Windscreen mounts for mobile  phones are probably the most popular way of securing your phone in the car, but they aren’t the only option. You can also get a fixed holder that can be securely attached to your car without causing any damage to your dashboard.

With Sat Nav for the iPhone 4 now more popular than ever, mounting your iPhone in the car lets you keep your eyes on the road while your phone directs you to your destination, plays your music and charges.

To give you an idea on which iPhone 4 Car Mount works the best, I’ve been through our most popular car holders to see how they measure up and here are my top 5.

Brodit Active Holder with Tilt Swivel – iPhone 4

I’ve included 3 Brodits in this top 5 as each one is a little different and worthy of a mention. This first one is a 2-in-1 as it combines a specific holder with a car charger for the iPhone. The cradle has a velvety finish to prevent it from scratching the steel band around the phone and the glass back.

Brodit Active Holder with Tilt Swivel - iPhone 4

Brodit Active Holder with Tilt Swivel

The base of the cradle has the dock connector fitting and your phone will start charging as soon as it’s in the holder.

Clingo Universal In Car Holder / Dash Genie In Car Holder

Technically this is two products, but as they’re both so similar I thought I’d mention them both. They both work in the same way, they have a clever adhesive pad that holds your phone securely.

Clingo Universal In Car Holder

Clingo Universal In Car Holder

The Clingo has a considerably larger adhesive pad and has more grip on your phone and is designed to be mounted on your windscreen.

Dash Genie In Car Holder

Dash Genie In Car Holder

The Dash Genie has a plastic ledge to take some of the weight of your phone and is designed to be mounted on your dashboard.

The adhesive pad doesn’t damage your phone, leaves no sticky residue behind and can be used hundreds of times. if it starts to lose it’s stick, just run it under a tap and leave it to dry.

Brodit Passive Holder with Pass-Through Connector – iPhone 4

This is the second of the Brodit holders. It’s a slightly different design to the one mentioned above as it features a secure clip that holds your iPhone securely in place, particularly when the phone is being used in landscape mode. As with the one above it has a soft touch finish to prevent scratches, but instead of having a car charger built in, it has a pass-through connector.

Brodit Passive Holder with Pass-Through Connector - iPhone 4

Brodit Passive Holder with Pass-Through Connector

This allows you to use either your existing charging cable, audio cables or connect it to your car kit without having to mess around with cables each time you dock the phone. You can leave your charger or car kit connected to the cradle permanently and the phone will connect automatically every time it’s docked. I’ve got one of these with my Parrot MKi9000 car kit and it works brilliantly.

Car Pack For The iPhone 4

The Car Pack consists of a solid and sturdy windscreen holder for the iPhone 4 and a car charger. The windscreen holder can be rotated in any direction and has a spring clip to keep your iPhone 4 in place.  The rotating mechanism locks in place and prevents the holder from slipping as you go over speed bumps and pot holes.

Car Pack For The iPhone 4

Car Pack For The iPhone 4

Brodit Passive Holder With Tilt Swivel – iPhone 4 With Bumper
This is the last of the Brodit Holders and is very different from the others. It’s designed to hold an iPhone 4 with one of the Apple Bumpers fitted. It doesn’t have the soft touch finish, the Bumper provides all the protection against scratches that you’ll need. There’s no dock connector on the bottom, instead the bottom is completely open, allowing you to use what ever accessories or chargers you want with the iPhone.

Brodit Passive Holder With Tilt Swivel - iPhone 4 With Bumper

Brodit Passive Holder iPhone 4 With Bumper

If you decide to go for a Brodit Holder, you might also want to take a look at the Brodit ProClips. Brodit holders are designed to be screwed into a flat surface in your car. As no one wants to drill holes into their dashboard, Brodit have developed the ProClip – this is a flat surface that clips to your dashboard without damaging it and provides the perfect base to screw your ProClip onto. When it’s time to change car, just unclip the bracket and remove it from the car. You’ll never know it was there.

This is just a small selection of our iPhone 4 Accessories. To see more holders head over to our iPhone 4 Car Holders page.

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