March 3, 2015

Review: iMagnet

iMagnetAlthough we’ve covered quite a few in-car solutions for iOS devices, there is often the question of where to keep your device when driving. Some cars inconveniently route a cable through the glove compartment, while others have a place in the center console. If there isn’t a predetermined location, most people will mount their phones on their dashboard or windshield, much like GPS units of the past. Most of those mounts simply hold the phone with some sort of clamp system, but the $23 iMagnet mount takes a different approach…

January 9, 2015

Review: Griffin iTrip Aux

Griffin iTrip AuxIf you were reading this site back in 2008, you might remember that we reviewed Griffin’s AutoPilot, a combination car charger/remote/audio interface for iPods, and later iPhones. For cars without dedicated iPod interfaces, but auxiliary inputs (or using a cassette adapter—this was 2008), this was a great one-cable connection that would charge the device and pull the arguably better line out signal. With the introduction of the iPhone 5, newer cars, Bluetooth audio streaming, and USB-capable car stereos, the AutoPilot started to seem unnecessary. That being said, Griffin has introduced its spiritual successor, the $50 iTrip Aux, an AutoPilot for the Lightning age…

October 24, 2011

Review: Piolo

PioloWe’ve reviewed a number of interesting iPhone accessories over the past few years, and some of our favorites have been creative and inexpensive ones. Although cases are arguably a necessity, and apps can vary from user to user, we enjoy it when manufacturers try to invent something completely new. Such is the case with the Piolo, a £6 (about $10-$11 US) stand for the iPhone 4 and 4S…

September 27, 2011

Review: Bluelounge Nest

NestIf the Apple iPad Dock is a little to pricey or inflexible for your needs, many other companies have been quick to jump in and offer alternatives. Some have been rather pricey, while others are almost an impulse purchase. Bluelounge’s $15 Nest falls into the second category, and may be of interest to not only owners of Apple’s iDevices, but also users of various e-readers, smartphones, and tablets not to come from Cupertino…

December 6, 2010

Review: CableJive dockXtender

dockXtenderEvery so often, we review an item that is so mind-numbingly simple, we’re surprised that we haven’t seen something like it earlier. CableJive’s dockXtender is one of those products—a $26 (2 foot) or $32 (6 foot) extension cable that features a Dock Connector cable on both ends, allowing you to use your favorite Apple device with any Dock Connector-capable accessory, regardless of if it is in a case, incompatible with the actual dock cutout, or you need the area around the Dock Connector free on a “attach on”-style device…