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Awesome iPhone, iPad accessories (December 2012 edition)

Given the incredible popularity of the iPhone and iPad, there are an overwhelming number of accessories available for both. Finding the best accessory in a particular category can be very difficult.
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1 of 11 Griffin.

Griffin Survivor iPad case

If, like me, your iPad is regularly pulled from your grip by gravity, you're going to need a case that offers better protection for your investment. One of the most robust cases out there for the iPad is the Griffin Survivor.

Incredibly over-engineered, this case has been tested and certified to meet or exceed U.S. Department of Defense Standard (810F) and U.K. Ministry of Defense Standard (00-35), and is designed from the inside out to protect your iPad from a variety of extreme conditions, such as dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration and a whole host of other environmental factors.

Fits both the iPad 2, iPad 3, and also the new iPad 4 kitted out with the new Lightning dock connector.

Price: $79.99.

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2 of 11 LifeProof.

LifeProof Nüüd iPad case

Another incredibly over-engineered case -- but with a difference!

All iPad cases on the market that I have seen come with a built-in screen protector between you and the screen that significantly degrade the visual clarity of your iPad, not to mention have an air gap that interferes with the touch experience.

With Nüüd, there's nothing between you and the screen. And why should there be? The screen itself is made of glass and waterproof and dustproof.

Fits both the iPad 2, iPad 3, and the new iPad 4 kitted out with the new Lightning dock connector.

Price: from $99.99.

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3 of 11 New Trent.

New Trent iGeek Dual Charger

One of the major drawbacks of relying on portable devices like the iPhone or iPad is that you're totally reliant on the built-in battery. Once that hits empty, you're done for the day. Fortunately, there are portable battery packs that allow you to keep your iPhone and iPad topped up throughout the day so they're always ready for action.

One such portable battery pack is the New Trent iGeek. This offers 9,900 mAh of power and it compatible with the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 and the iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad mini (as well as any other device that can be charged from a USB port … as long as you have the appropriate cable). It's fitted with two USB ports so you can charge two devices simultaneously.

Price: $65.95.

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4 of 11 Apple.

Apple Wireless Keyboard

There are literally hundreds of wireless keyboards out there for the iPhone and iPad, but no matter how many I try, the one I keep coming back to is the Apple Wireless Keyboard. It just ticks all the right boxes. It's light, slim, compact, stylish, robust, and very comfortable to use -- a feature overlooked on many keyboards.

Also, the two AA-sized batteries last for weeks, which is a real bonus.

Price: $69.00.

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5 of 11 Griffin.

Griffin Survivor

If you're going to be throwing your iPhone about the place, or fighting hungry bears off with it, you're going to need a case that can keep up with your active lifestyle. One of the toughest cases on the market is the Griffin Survivor.

The Griffin Survivor case is designed from the inside out to protect your iPhone from a variety of extreme conditions, such as dirt, sand, rain, shock, vibration and a whole host of other environmental factors.

Many would call this case overkill, but if you're going to be subjecting your iPhone to harsh conditions, this case will help make sure your handset lives to fight another day.

Fits both the iPhone 5.

Price: $49.99.

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6 of 11 OtterBox.

OtterBox iPhone 5 Commuter Series Case

If you're not expecting to drop your iPhone down the side of a mountain, or have to fight off a hungry bear with it, then the OtterBox Commuter case will likely offer all the protection your shiny iOS-powered device needs. It will protect your precious iPhone from drops, bumps and scratches, while still maintaining some of the stylishness that Apple intended it to have.

Note that this case does not offer protection from water damage.

Fits both the iPhone 5.

Price: $34.95.

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7 of 11 Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNET

TurtleJacket PentaEye

The PentaEyeis an awesome five-lens optical system for iPhone 5 owners. Contained it a single easy to use product are the following features:

  • Lens Dial with 5 x 15mm lens mount
  • Fisheye Lens 0.33x
  • Wide Lens x0.7
  • Tele Lens 1.5x
  • Close up Lens (closest focal length is about 2cm)
  • 37mm Lens Mount (Detach the Dial part to expose the 37mm Lens mount)
  • 2 x Tripod Mount
  • 2 x Strap Holder
  • Aluminum Body

However, this gadget only works with the iPhone 5, for now.

Price: around $270.

Image creditTurtleBack.

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8 of 11 iGuy.

iGuy Standing Cover for iPad Mini

Without a doubt the strangest cover I've come across for the iPad mini. I like this case a lot because it is a great case for kids to use. Not only is the iGuy Standing cover's foam construction lightweight, it allows your iPad mini to take a few falls without breaking.

Designed for the iPad mini only.

Price: $29.95.

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9 of 11 Jawbone.

Jawbone Era

The Jawbone Era is the best, clearest, most comfortable, and easiest to use Bluetooth headset I've used.

Call clarity is taken care of by the military-grade NoiseAssassin 3.0 noise-cancellation and wind reduction technology. The built-in 10mm wideband speaker allows you to listen privately to music, podcasts, YouTube videos, sports, phone calls and more, all in full-spectrum, high-definition quality sound.

To top all that off, the Jawbone HD supports a whole range of downloadable apps and voices. 

Price: $99.

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10 of 11 Griffin.

Griffin Beacon home entertainment remote control for iOS

Controlling your TV or stereo with your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is now possible -- and easy.

Beacon pairs with your iOS device via Bluetooth and works with Dijit's Universal Remote App to give you complete control of your home entertainment center. No cases, dongles, or cables needed.

How does it work? Simple! Your iOS-powered device talks to the Beacon using Bluetooth, the Beacon talks to your home entertainment system using infrared.

Price: $69.99.

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11 of 11 Griffin.

Griffin Moto TC Monster Truck

Time for a bit of fun!

The Moto TC is a Bluetooth-controlled monster truck for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It features chucky tires and independent suspension on all wheels and can take quite a battering.

Controlling the Moto TC is simple -- you can either use the virtual dashboard or tilt your iPhone or iPad to steer.

Lots of fun!

Price: $49.99.

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