You have all the apps, but you can get even more out of your smartphone with these awesome accessories.
Dean Arrindell 1 / 9
Your iPhone’s <em>much</em> more than just a telephone. It’s your DJ. TV. Video camera. Game console. Co-pilot. In fact, you probably never leave home without it. But as cool as apps can be they aren’t everything—the latest crop of accessories can up the iPhone ante even more.
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, these gadgets will help you get more out of your smartphone. Prop it up to watch a movie, boost the music at your party, or take stellar video of your next trail ride. However you want to use your device, chances are, there’s an accessory for that.
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Chatting on FaceTime or watching a video is hella better when you don’t have to awkwardly hold the iPhone. That’s where the <strong>Spiderpodium</strong> comes in. As its name implies this arachnid-like accessory features eight bendable legs which allow you to prop or hang your phone in almost any position imaginable. Even better: its sturdy rubber-over-premium-grade steel construction won’t damage your iPhone (or any of the other devices it works with including compact cameras, gaming systems, and e-readers) and the Spiderpodium is compact and light-weight enough to take anywhere. ($15.99 and up; <a href="http://usa.breffo.com/pages/spiderpodium" target="_blank">breffo.com</a>)
Ram X-Grip Suction Cup For Phones
With Google Maps back on iOS, you can feel better about restoring your iPhone to 'co-pilot' status. To maximize your ride you want it mounted securely within reach, yet out of the way. Enter the <strong>Ram X-Grip Holder and Suction Cup Mount</strong>. Just snap your phone into the easy 4-leg holder, attach that to the mount, then lock and load and your ready to navigate hassle-free. And since even the military, police and fire departments rely on Ram mounts for their devices, you know the X-Grip will keep your co-pilot in place, no matter what type of terrain you encounter. ($50.89; <a href="http://www.rammount.com/NewProducts/RAMxgripsuctioncupmountun7/tabid/454... target="_blank">rammount.com</a>)
GOgroove SMARTmini BT
Once your iPhone is mounted in your car, you can rig it up to radio via the <strong>GOgroove SMARTmini BT</strong>. This FM transmitter wirelessly connects (via Bluetooth) so you can listen to all your music on radio frequency. When you get a call, the SMARTmini BT allows you to answer without even having to release the steering wheel. It has an enhanced detection microphone to pick up your voice and it turns the car speakers into a speakerphone. The SMARTmini charges your iPhone, too, so you’ll never be stuck with low battery. ($44.99; <a href="http://www.accessorygenie.com/gogroove-smartmini-bt-advanced-wireless-in... target="_blank">accessorygenie.com</a>)
The iPhone 5 has a killer camera, but if you’re out in the elements, it’s tougher to take pictures and protect your device. Enter the <strong>Hitcase Pro</strong>. Its ShockSeal and ShockPad systems surround and seal the iPhone to protect it from dust, impact, and water up to 33 feet, and the wide-angle lens doubles the effective field of view to capture more of what you’re shooting. Helmet and tripod mounts keep your hands free. Plus, the iPhone’s screen and buttons are protected and usable when you’re ready to email the video of you latest feat. (Currently available for iPhones 4 and 4s. Coming soon for the iPhone 5.) ($129.99; <a href="http://www.hitcase.com/hitcase-pro" target="_blank">hitcase.com</a>)
Don’t just tell your friends about your great bike rides. Show them. The <strong>Bikepod</strong> and <strong>Joby GripTight Mount</strong> (sold together as <strong>Bikepod Mobile</strong>) secure your iPhone on your handlebars so that you can take a video of your trip to work or that weekend trail ride. How? After you secure the iPhone in the GripTight Mount, attach it to the Bikepod. Clamp the Bikepod to your handlebars, hit record, then go. ($45.00; <a href="http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/bikepod/" target="_blank">photojojo.com</a>)
Water can be lethal to any electronic device. If you don’t like cases and covers, but worry about spills damaging your iPhone, this is for you. <strong>Liquipel</strong> applies a special waterproof vapor coating to protect your device. It won’t look, feel, or perform differently. But you can trust it’s there, and if you accidentally drop it in water, your phone will be fine. Simply send your phone to Liquipel and they’ll treat the device within hours, shipping it right back to you (since it’s tough to live without your iPhone for very long). ($59.00 and up; <a href="http://www.liquipel.com/" target="_blank">liquipel.com</a>)
Jawbone Big Jambox
If you want big sound for your media files stored on your iPhone, use <strong>Jawbone Big Jambox</strong>, a compact-but-powerful wireless hi-fi sound system, to play music, movies and games. Functions like play, pause and skip are controlled via Bluetooth, and—with a rechargeable battery that lasts 15 hours— you don’t have to worry about outlets. Plus, if you have to take a call, you can get everyone in on the conversation with the speakerphone that’s also FaceTime, Skype and Google Chat friendly.
($299.99; <a href="https://jawbone.com/speakers/bigjambox/overview" target="_blank">jawbone.com</a>)
What if you want to record yourself, but you can’t physically hold the camera far enough away to capture the entire shot? Move around and stay in the frame with the <strong>Swivl</strong>. When you place the iPhone in the Swivl stand, it stays locked on the sensor remote you wear around your neck or clip to your clothes. Whether you sit down, stand up, or walk around, the Swivl follows you. Use the Swivl’s iPhone app to set the Swivl’s turning speed, use the sensor remote as a microphone and control the camera’s functions. (Lightning-to-30 pin adapter is required for the iPhone 5.) ($179.00; <a href="http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/iphone-swivl/" target="_blank">photojojo.com</a>)