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iCarpus Stand works with many devices

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on August 16th, 2010

Here’s a simple yet versatile stand that should last you a long time since it works with many common devices. The new iCarpus stand is certainly worth a look. It uses a large spring loaded leg to keep your device firmly in place, while viewing devices both in and out of their protective cases.

The edges of the iCarpus stand are coated in rubber for extra grip too so it won’t slip. It’s only $12. At that price what’s not to love?

Free iPhone 4 Bumper Cases will cost Apple $175 million

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 21st, 2010

Apple’s recent offer of free bumper cases for the iPhone 4 is generous. Not as generous as a well engineered phone, but still. The move will cost quite a bit. One analyst had previously speculated that a full hardware recall would set Apple back $1.5B. Apple has announced a figure that is a bit easier to swallow.

The free bumper cases for the iPhone 4 will cost the company $175 million. But one still has to ask, how does such an engineering snafu get past Apple in the first place? One wonders if they were trying to save money for some reason. This whole issue is very unlike Apple.

TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

So you need to make a choice between holding your infant and holding your phone, but it’s not socially acceptable to let your kid crawl around on the sidewalk while you answer texts. The $25.99 TextHook Stroller Smartphone Holder is the answer.

It allows you to wheel your baby around in a stroller, while your smartphone remains right in front of you at all times, just waiting for a thief to come by and rip it right off.

Apple engineer warned Jobs about iPhone antenna early on

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 15th, 2010

Now we have more drama in the Apple antenna saga. Bloomberg says that someone “familiar with the matter” claims Apple’s own antenna expert, Ruben Caballero, told Apple management that the iPhone 4 antenna design could cause problems and dropped calls.

Caballero is a senior engineer for Apple who holds many antenna patents under his belt. We don’t know the whole story but it is the latest twist to this sorted tale and suggests that Steve Jobs had been alerted to this problem during the design phase.

Slim Exolife iPhone 4 case boosts your battery

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 13th, 2010

If you want to double your iPhone 4′s battery life, the Exolife battery case claims to do just that. But even if it doesn’t, at least you get a case that’s slim, light, and will give you some extra juice. It’s good looking.

The case weighs just 59 grams including the rechargeable Lithium polymer battery. It even features a polycarbonate frame and an Illuminated power meter. It costs about $90 and will be available at the end of the month.

ArkHippo protects your iPhone, assaults your senses

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2010

We are all for protecting that expensive iPhone with the bad reception, but if it looks like you’ve wrapped a cinder block around your phone, we’ll pass. And that’s just what this case does. The ArkHippo is made of a proprietary material which is somewhat similar Crocs shoes, so you can drop it without worrying.

Of course portability goes out the window. And your once lovely device is now just plain fugly. Nothing on pricing and availability yet, but I don’t see many of you buying this thing anyway.

iRetrofone Steampunk iPhone 4 dock

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 12th, 2010

Check out this iPhone 4 dock, my Steampunk loving friends. The iRetrofone Steampunk Copper iPhone 4 dock features a hand sculpted base by Artist Scott Freeland, cast from copper and polished by hand. It’s also signed by the artist.

If you want one these iRetrofone Steampunk Copper iPhone 4 Docks, it won’t be cheap. They are available for $450 from Freeland Studios. For that price at least it will match your other Steampunk gear. Too fake looking for my taste, but I’m not a big Steampunk enthusiast.

iPhone 4 Cases in Crocodile Skin and White Gold

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 11th, 2010

Forget fancy Swarovski studded iPhone cases. Crocodile skin with white gold is the way to go. Or maybe a Stingray polished or python skinned iPhone 4 case? Apparently each of these is available from a site called MJ Apple iPhone Limited Edition.

Yes, that name sounds pretty shady. But if this is your sort of thing, these are all limited editions. Apparently they ship from Russia and you will have to email or call to ask about price and availability, so you know it’s expensive.

Exovault metal iPhone cases

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 7th, 2010

These EXOvault cases for the iPhone look down right awesome. Each is handmade from metal, and some models are engraved with intricate designs. They add a touch of old world metal chic to your iPhone. Each of EXOvault’s cases are crafted from lightweight metals, like brass or anodized aluminum, and feature an inlaid rosewood accent on back.

There’s also a minimal black aluminum case that looks pretty decent. They are priced at $110 to $165. All of the cases are designed for the iPhone 3GS, but hopefully they will out some iPhone 4 designs soon.

iPhone Sniper Stand

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 5th, 2010

Here’s a minimalist approach to a stand for your iPhone, iPod or other pocket media player. The Sniper Stand is simply a contoured plastic disk with criss-cross slots that you attach to the back of your device. Then You just insert a credit card to complete the stand.

Simple solution. Until you get so used to using your credit card in this way that you leave it behind. That would suck. The first batch of stands are in production and will be finished in a black gloss. The stand comes with a Scotch 3M VHB adhesive pad that’s super strong yet easily removable.

Chase iPhone app lets you deposit checks from anywhere

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 4th, 2010

Looks like banking giant Chase is finally getting itself into the 21st century with the latest version of its iPhone app. It allows you to deposit paper checks into your Chase account using an iPhone. All you have to do is take a picture of the front and back of the check, hit a few icons, and you’re done.

This is a major time-saver for people and it’s super useful. You don’t have to make a special trip to the bank anymore just for a deposit. We love that.

Vapor4 iPhone 4 bumper

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on July 1st, 2010

The iPhone 4 is prone to shatter easily, with that tiny plastic bezel. And also, touching its metal rim causes interference. The Vapor4 bumper is made of aluminum and just may solve the iPhone 4′s design problems. It looks great while doing it.

They are made of aluminum, and they have an interior liner that separates the metal from the antenna, insulating it. The manufacturer’s tests showed no interference whatsoever across all models of iPhone.

Gresso iPhone 4 with wood veneer

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 30th, 2010

From the front it looks like a plain old iPhone 4, but around back this iPhone is sporting some wood. This beautiful specimen comes from Russian technology company Gresso. There are embedded Swarovski crystals and an 18-karat golden Apple logo set in a sheet of African Blackwood.

While we loath Swarovski crystals on gadgets, this design is much more tasteful than the solid gold iPhones we are used to seeing. This luxury phone will arrive in December for $3,500, or $3,000 for the male version on the right.

KONNET Technology PowerEZ Plus for iPhone 4

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 29th, 2010

KONNET Technology has just announced the PowerEZ Plus which is a 1000mAh external charging solution for your iPhone and iPod. It retails for $29.99 and will not only juice your device, but also act as a sturdy, retractable prop for watching movies.

It measures just 0.5″ thin and connects to the bottom of your Apple device with four LED lights to tell you how much power remains. To recharge, just hook it up to a USB connection. It also features “Smart Charging” technology and “Over-Current Protection” that prevents over-charging by shutting down when it senses a full charge.

iPlunge iphone stand holds up your iPhone, clears tiny drains

Posted in iPhone Accessories by Conner Flynn on June 28th, 2010

Plumbers who own an iPhone will want to take a look at this iPhone accessory. It looks like the plunger you use to clear your toilet. It works just like a plunger too, sticking to the back of your phone and making it appear as if a cartoon character has just drawn his bow and shot it at your phone.

You can stand it in portrait or landscape mode to watch video more comfortably. It will ship in August for $5.99. Hey, is this how Steve wants us to hold our iPhone 4?