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Beyond the Basic Accessories

Beyond the Basic Accessories

Depending on how you want to utilize your iPhone, a vast selection of other optional accessories are available. For example, if you want to listen to music or hear the audio from TV shows or movies, and cut out all external noise (which is ideal when traveling on an airplane), consider investing in noise-canceling earbuds for your iPhone, from a company such as Bose, Shure, or Klipsch.

When you invest between $100 and $200 on higher-end noise-canceling earbuds (which are not wireless, but connect to your iPhone via its earphone jack), you can expect truly superior audio quality, without the bulk of wearing a larger audio headset. On an airplane, for example, hearing crying babies and annoying people chatting from the seats behind you will be a thing of the past.

If you drive in your car a lot, you might transform your iPhone into a powerful GPS system that offers turn-by-turn directions. Just add the Magellan Premium Car Kit to your iPhone. This accessory has an additional GPS receiver built into the suction-cup mounting bracket that holds your iPhone on the car's dashboard or windshield. The kit includes the iPhone app you'll need to utilize the Magellan kit as a GPS system and as a wireless speakerphone for hands-free phone conversations while you're driving. Using this kit, you can obtain driving directions and talk on the phone at the same time, without worrying about missing a turn.

Another useful function is the ability to use high-quality external speakers to listen to music or audio stored on your iPhone. Many companies offer a wide range of external speaker systems for the iPhone. For example, SDI Technologies' popular iHome Audio speaker products include standalone speakers as well as alarm clock radios with built-in iPhone/iPod docking stations.

If you want or need to recharge multiple devices at the same time, but you don't want to tie up a bunch of electrical outlets, or you find connecting power cables to your various devices (including your iPhone) to be a hassle, consider purchasing a Powermat. After installing a thin charging device onto your iPhone or other devices, you charge the device just by placing it on the special Powermat. The Powermat itself can be kept on a desk or dresser; it requires minimal space and only one electrical outlet to charge several devices simultaneously.

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