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…

February 3, 2015

Review: CoolStream Car Chat Plus

CoolStream Car Chat PlusPreviously, we’ve looked at some of CoolStream’s prior products, including the well-liked and versatile Duo as Bluetooth options for existing audio setups. While the Duo works nicely in just about any car, it doesn’t provide an all-in-one setup for those who are starting from scratch. Ideally, you’d still need to provide some way to charge your phone and a 30-pin Dock Connector cable for charging the Duo when the battery eventually runs out. Instead, CoolStream has introduced the Car Chat Plus, a $36 device that combines a Bluetooth receiver, charger, and speakerphone in one…

January 13, 2015

Review: CoolStream Bluetooth Receiver

CoolStream Bluetooth ReceiverWe reviewed CoolStream’s Duo a few months ago and have enjoyed most of its features and usability, but were curious about some of the other models in the lineup. As such, we took a look at the original version of CoolStream’s Bluetooth receiver, which sells for about $10 less than the Duo at $30. Is it worth saving a few bucks?

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…

December 16, 2014

Review: Contrast Group Text+ and Email+

Group Text+I’ve been a fan of Contrast’s apps for awhile, notably Perfect Weather which was reviewed earlier this year, so I jumped at the chance to try out their latest offerings, Group Text+ and Email+, a pair of similarly-designed apps for automating text messaging and emails, respectively…