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The Gadling gift guide for the iPhone and iPod
The iPhone and iPod touch are popular. So popular in fact, that they have created an entire universe of accessories and products made to enhance their use. No other gadget in the world has this kind of assortment of great extras.
In this list, you'll find ten products that will be well received by any iPhone or iPod Touch owner. Best of all, there is something for every budget.
Don't forget to check out our other gift guides:
Gift guide for the lightweight traveler
Gift guide for famlily travel and kids
The top ten travel products of 2009
The Macally PowerLink made it to the Gadling top ten travel products of 2009, which means it really does offer something special. The small device has two connectors - one for the iPod/iPhone and one USB plug for your computer. The PowerLink replaces your USB cable, but it also incorporates a Lithium-Ion backup battery pack, capable of charging your device. And to top it off, it even includes a 2GB flash drive. With this one product you can charge and sync your device and carry 2GB of your most important files.
Product page: Macally PowerLink
In Your Face Viewbase
The In Your Face Viewbase has quickly become one of my personal favorites this year. The product consists of a clamp to hold your device, and a flexible arm that can be attached to most parts of your airplane seat (or bus seat). Simply attach it to your tray table, and enjoy your movie. Of all the gadgets I carry, this is the one that gets the most attention, and every flight attendant that sees it, asks where they can order one for themselves.
Product page: In Your Face USA
Otterbox Commuter and Commuter TL case
The Otterbox Commuter and Commuter TL cases provide good looking protection for your iPhone. The Commuter case consists of two parts - one silicone jacket, and a polycarbonate shell to protect the back. The Commuter TL case ups the ante with a special honeycomb structure to cushion drops.
Price: From $29.95
Product page: Otterbox Commuter cases
Ultimate Ears MetroFi 700
The headphones included with your iPhone may be better than most standard headphones, but if you love your music, you may want to consider investing in something with a little more "oopmh". The Ultimate Ears 700 come from the same brand that provides earphones for many of the world's best musicians.
Yes - at just under $200, they may so be ludicrously priced, but one listen to them will show why they deserve such a pricetag.
Product page: Ultimate Ears
idox Traveler Series iPhone case/view dock
The idox hard case is as brilliant as it is simplistic. When closed, it is a really sturdy hard case for your device, and when you open it, it turns into an angled viewing base. This is of course perfect for watching a movie, or using your iPhone as an alarm clock. It provides the kind of protection you need for your iPhone or iPod touch when you pop it in your bag.
Price: From $24.95
Product page: idox traveler series cases
2009 was the year that finally made wireless charging available to the masses. PowerMat combines an inductive charging pad with special device cases. The iPhone and iPod Touch versions slide onto your device, and allow you to charge your device by simply placing them on top of the charging pad. Sadly, the combination of a PowerMat and iPhone/iPod Touch case will cost just under $150, which is quite steep for wireless charging. Their travel mat folds into a compact device, and packs easily.
Price: $99.95 for basic PowerMat kit
Product page: PowerMat
Kensington travel battery pack and charger for iPhone and iPod Touch
This is another of those super simple yet brilliant products. The Kensington travel battery pack and charger is a battery booster for the iPhone and iPod Touch, but the cap on this thing doubles as a stand. Plug it into your device, and sit back to watch a movie. The product features a folding USB plug for easy recharging and 5 LED lights show the charge level.
Product page: Kensington
Altec Lansing inMotion CLASSIC
Altec Lansing was one of the first companies to produce a battery powered portable speaker for the iPhone. Their original inMotion was a huge success, and they are revisiting that success with the new inMotion CLASSIC. This speaker features a cool retro look, full remote control and internal battery pack. As can be expected from Altec Lansing, the sound from this speaker is just plain fantastic. Highly recommended for some quiet entertainment in your hotel room, or massive audio at a beach party.
Product page: Altec Lansing inMotion CLASSIC.
Altec Lansing Orbit MP3
If the previous speaker doesn't fit your bag, or you'd like something in a lower price range, then check out the Altec Lansing Orbit MP3. This small speaker is powered off three AAA batteries, and produces some mindblowing volume. Best of all, it sounds really good. Sure, you lose the bass and stereo of the larger speakers, but this is perfect for in your hotel room or anywhere else you'd like some tunes.
Product page: Altec Lansing Orbit MP3
iTunes gift card
You don't need to go overboard when trying to find a great gift for an iPhone owner. The Apple iTunes gift card allows people to shop for music, movies and apps. And really, anyone with an iPhone will probably be buying at least one app or song a week, so a decent value gift card can go a long way. It pays to research the best deals on these cards - your local grocery store or warehouse club often sells them at a modest discount.
Price: From $15
Where to buy: Gift card retailers, Apple.com and Apple stores
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