Useful iPhone accessories

Useful iPhone accessories

Summary: When the subject of iPhone additions comes up, the first thought are the dozens of new apps popping up daily at the Apple App Store. However, there are several new hardware add-ons that can make your iPhone computing more convenient.

Useful iPhone accessories When the subject of iPhone additions comes up, the first thought are the dozens of new apps popping up daily at the Apple App Store. However, there are several new hardware add-ons that can make your iPhone computing more convenient. I am an early adopter of Ten One Design's Pogo Stylus. It's a small aluminum stick with a foam end that emulates the electrical capacitance of your finger. Depending on your finger coordination and size, it makes iPhone input more accurate. While not inexpensive ($14.95), I find that the stylus really helps the clicking of small links on Web pages, improving accuracy and letting me avoid the time spent zooming in several times on a page crammed with small text links.

The stick comes with a holder that snaps on the sides of the iPhone and runs around the back. If you have a skin case, then you will have to do some surgery. Of course, most cases won't accommodate hardware accessories and Ten One now has a page with compatible cases, although the page for skin-style cases is a guide to cutting up the case. I already had purchased the excellent DLO HipCase ($29.95), which has a sturdy, leather-covered clip. With the Pogo's clip on the side of the iPhone, the HipCase's flap doesn't close completely and reveals a section of velcro. Still, it works. Also from Ten One is SoundClip ($7.95), a new accessory that was introduced at Macworld Expo last month. It is a small plastic cup that fits over one of the speakers at the bottom of the iPhone and points the sound forward instead of down. It clips into the Dock Connector. The company says that its "tuned conical deflection chamber" enables passive sound enhancement, and following a demo on the show floor, I bought one. It works. You might think that SoundClip would increase the volume of the sound (and the company says that it amplifies the sound by 10dB), but I haven't noticed such a great difference between a bare iPhone and one with the SoundClip (perhaps an indication of the state of my hearing). What it does for me is to boost the midrange and higher parts of the audio spectrum, which can make the words clearer and more intelligible. It sounds better, if the sound from the built-in speaksers can be said to be "good." Also at the Expo was Meridrew Enterprises' iKlear Antibacterial/Microfiber Cloth for the iPhone. It's a small cloth that has a fine absorbent surface that can trap bacteria. I am not paranoid, but it's a simple way to prevent your iPhone from being a vector to a cold. The current small cloth comes with several of the Klear Screen kits (these are terrific sets of a screen-safe cleaner and optical chamois or cloths that are good for notebooks, LCD screen, HDTV screens and your glasses) including: the iKlear Complete Cleaning Kit ($24.95)  and the iKlear iPod, iPhone & MacBook Cleaning Kit ($19.95).

Topics: iPhone, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Useful iPhone accessories

    What are your thoughts on the invisible shield?
    Loverock Davidson
    • Invisible Shield

      I have one of them on my iPhone. I believe that the matte finish makes
      the screen easier to read in some lighting conditions.

      But the best thing is that it helps you avoid wear marks on the screen
      from rub points on the holster (case) or other places where we frequently
      stick the device. It's easier to replace the shield than the actual screen.


      David M.
  • RE: Useful iPhone accessories

    Yes you *are* paranoid and probably a hypochondriac as well ...
    • My hypochondria

      Ha. Well, you are partially correct. I have asthma and so I'm careful
      about getting a cold or upper respiratory infection. That may be
      considered paranoia and hypochondria to you.

      In addition, I often deal with the public and kid, so I look at small
      things that can give me a bit of additional protection, like washing
      your hands more often and even cleaning your keyboard and iPhone.

      However, I see such actions as a help to the local community as well,
      not just as paranoia and hypochondria. I'm not compulsive. Still, small
      actions combined can make a difference.

      In addition, I sometimes visit with older persons and individuals with
      compromised immune systems and I see my little actions to avoid
      colds as being part of the task of keeping them healthy and cold-free.
      Perhaps if we all acted this way, to everyone, helping in keeping down
      colds, we could improve the health and productivity of our
      community. And especially so during cold season.

      Hey, I also pick up litter on the streets in my neighborhood. Same
      difference, right? If everyone did this -- instead of thinking that
      someone else or some government agency will do it -- the city/world
      would be a more pleasant place to live.

      thanks for reading,

      David m.