The SR60i by Grado headphones are most known for their retro or old school look but also for their extreme high sound quality, nothing for this price sound any better. The SR60i have a very rich and natural sound with great detailed bass, clear highs and full soundstage . The SR60i are open air meaning they do not isolate any outside noise, they are very comfortable with the sponge like ear pads that are also replaceable but will last you a very long time. The hand band is not made out of leather and the adjustable hight is done by sliding the cups up and down without any clicks like many other headphones. The build quality is very solid, the cups are made out of plastic but do not feel “cheap”. The cable is nice and thick for durability and comes with a screw-on 6.3mm adapter. The SR60i are one of the best selling models from Grado and are made in the U.S.A. They are truly audiophile grade headphones, but you might want to stay at home while using them if you mind the retro design style. Price $79.99. Can be found for less.
GelaSkins have been around for a while now and they feature very talented artist designs on their skins. GelaSkins are protective yet well designed skins for the iPhone 3G/S that feature many artist designs on their 3M non-residue sticky skins, the skins are compatible with both iPhone 3G/S and the original iPhone. They stick to the back of your iPhone but also go right up to the chrome sides, they are very easy to instal just make sure you clean your device before and take your time to align the camera hole with the iPhone’s camera. I had no bubbles because GelaSkins are very durable and if you mess up you can peel it off and reapply once again with ease, they are also reusable. The print quality is very impressive and has a scratch and UV protection layer.
So why should you get a GelaSkin? Well if you do not like having cases on your iPhone but still want to have scratch protection with no added bulk while changing the look of your iPhone then i think GelaSkins are the way to go. The skins can be used with some cases like silicone one but not slider style case, Clip on style cases are also compatible. GelaSkins offers you to download free matching wallpaper for your iPhone so you can complete your front screen with the back side, you can download GelaSkins free wallpaper app in the app store. GelaSkins are also available for your Mac or other gadgets you might have. There are many designs to choose from so be unique and have fun! Price $14.95.
The SportShell by Marware is a unique case for the iPhone 3GS because it features an interchangeable back piece and what the means is it comes with a clear clip that also acts as a stand and could rotate 360º that you can insert into the case by sliding out a piece of the cases back. And you can now use the SportShell for viewing movies or just have it as a stand or clip it to your clothes, the problem i had was that the clear clip got stuck in the open position and was very hard to close later on, also once you have the clear clip attached to the case the two latches where the case closes do not fit flush in one side. The SportShell is similar to the Slider cases by Incase but has two latches on each side for the case to close, and it’s a little hard to open those two latches apart and slider your iPhone out. This case has a very nice grippy texture to it just like the MicroShell, and does not attract any fingerprints, the case covers the chrome bezel and adds a lot of protection to your iPhone. It does not have any rubber guard rails inside, but i do not see this case scratching your iPhone. Marware offers this case with an Armband and it’s a great case for those who exercise that is called the SportShell Convertible. The SportShell comes in matte black only and inside the box you get a screen shield, clear stand clip, back cover and a cleaning cloth. My rating would have been higher but the clip problem and the two latches on the sides are a con for me. Price is 34.99.
This is Apple’s newest remote that is made of of anodized aluminum with the “Unibody” construction, there is not much to say other then it does what it’s meant to do. You would be able to use this remote with any Macbook and dock that has an IR receiver. Pairing the remote is very easy and takes no longer then 5 seconds, to do this you need to hold both the right click button and the play/pause button in front of the IR receiver. The remote is very comfortable to hold and feels very slim and sleek. It’s very sturdy and feels very solid. Although you might think the click wheel like button is like the one on an iPod that is touch sensitive, that is not the case. The remote has 7 buttons, and will control your iTunes, QuickTime, FrontRow, iPhoto, iDVD and some more. The price is $19.00.
This is Apple’s newest and first wireless mouse that features Multi-Touch capabilities. First of all the design of the Magic Mouse is incredible and one of a kind, the top surface is glossy polycarbonate and both the sides and bottom are made from aluminum. The Magic Mouse is very sleek futuristic looking and very low profile, however it is not very ergonomic to your hand it would take a few days to get used to. The Multi-Touch technology works great for page scrolling and more, but it is very limited to other features where multi button mice are know to have. The Magic Mouse only has one button which is the entire white surface and it is all Multi-Touch too. If you right or left click you still get a normal mice clicking feedback. I would not suggest you get rid of your old mouse just yet, you might want to keep a regular mouse around if your a gamer. This mouse takes 2 AA batteries that are already included. It’s Bluetooth enabled and it does have a power on/off switch on the bottom. Priced at $69.
- Update: You are now able to configure your Magic Mouse’s Multi-Touch capabilities using this new App.
- Update 2: A newer app just came out that gives you more customization options Better Touch Tool.
The TatSkinz for the iPhone 3G/S are creative decals that come in many colorful designs to help you change the way your iPhone looks and even protect it against scratches. The TatSkinz come with one back skin and one front skin. I found the back skin to be a little narrow and it does not cover the sides at all, however it’s a lot easier to apply and won’t concern most people. The TatSkinz are very easy to apply but make sure you clean your iPhone and have a clean space before you apply the skins. The skins don’t leave any sticky residue and are easy to take off and even stay sticky! The most unique thing about these skins are that there is a cut out for the apple logo to show thru, very nice in my opinion. You will be able to use the skins with all silicone type cases and clear ones are nice to have so your designs are visible. The print quality of the designs are very good but not great. TatSkinz are available for other gadgets including handheld gaming consoles, Macbooks, iPods and more. Price $14.95.
The Kensington battery pack and charger for both iPhone and iPod is a sleek and slim backup battery. The Kensington battery pack includes a charging usb sync cable (You can use your own apple sync cable), wall charger to both charge the device itself or can be used to charge your iPhone and other usb devices. An LED battery meter displays remaining power level. The battery packs capacity is 1800mAh and has a quick recharge time of about less then one hour. This extra battery power will help you get the most out of your iPhone or iPod through out your day, great for trips, long rides and even at home when you just don’t want to plug in your device into a wall outlet. Price is $35.
The iSkin Solo FX case for the iPhone 3G/S is made out of a semi soft silicone that is not flimsy or thick, it has a semi transparency with circles all over the back to give your iPhone a more unique look. The iPhone fits very snugly inside the case, chrome and buttons are covered for extra protection. The case feels very good in the hand and does not add any bulk to the phone itself, it is very easy to take in and out of the pocket and it does not attract any lint. I have no cons for this case what so ever. iSkin has a very popular wide range of cases for the both the iPhone and iPod line of products that will fit your needs. Price is $32.99.