I live in New England, and let me just say â€” It is DREAR-EE out there! So slushy and wet with this latest snowstorm, that the environs outside my window is positively depressing. I need a little something to perk myself up, and you know what that means â€” a little window-shopping for my pet gadgets! And not just anything will do â€” when it comes to eye-shopping to boost a mood, run-of-the-mill accessories just don’t cut it. So here are some unique finds pulled together to help fill in the happies.
Here, kitty kitty! Now I’ve never been one for pink, and I don’t generally adorn my person or gadgets with cats, but somehow, I’m completely enchanted with these Hello Kitty cases. (Then again, I’m Asian and female, so maybe there’s just something in my DNA that compels me to drool all over this.) This really slim (1mm) little case is just perfect for “girlie girl” iPhone users of any age. Available for $39.95 at Power Support.
For tough guys only: If you prefer machined toughness, it doesn’t get much more hardcore than this. This “biker chic” product has aesthetics built for Harley-riding tough guys with a penchant for metal. Or, if you’d prefer a little more flair than the bare anodized finish allows, take your pic of funky colors: silver, black, red, violet, green and blue. Available for $39 at Kara Customs. (For another take on a “tough guy” metal case, hit up Etsy. This model‘s quite a looker too.)
Hello? The 80s called. They want their phone back: Those of us who remember stuff like VHS tapes and Martha Quinn-era MTV are probably old enough to recall when the first spate of mobile phones broke free of the car or “the bag” and hit the briefcases of pompous executives everywhere (that is, before it landed in Zach Morris’ hand). This iPhone cover pays homage to those bricks of old, and for far less money than the way overpriced originals. Available in March for $20. Hit up The Mobile Phone Massif’s Facebook page for updates.
Steppin’ out!: Generally speaking, you never want to see the words “shoes on iPhone” in the same sentence, but here’s the exception. Really,Â there are few words that can describe this. It’s either the cutest thing you’ve ever seen, or one of the ugliest. Either way, it’s guaranteed to get some looks. Available for $27.90 at StrapyaWorld.
The boudoir phone of the future: Sometimes I wonder, why aren’t landlines and cell phones converging? Imagine a mobile phone popping into a dock, for cheap calling over a landline connection, that also pops out for wireless communication. Wouldn’t that be brilliant? Well, this cradle (with headset connector) and the next one are the closest you can get to it. We dig the minimalism of design here. Very Applesque. Available for $59.99 from Hammacher Schlemmer.
Getting down to business: The model above hits us more like a futuristic boudoir phone, whereas this one’s all business. I spent a summer as a receptionist back in my college days, and this dock is the spitting image of Bertha â€” my multi-line desktop “communications center.” The iFusion connects via Bluetooth for handset calls or speakerphone functionality, which is appropriately officey. And unlike the model above, it can charge and sync while docked. Best part? You can finally shoulder-hold the iPhone with ease using either of these items. Available for $169 from iFusion.
Can you hear me now? What can I say? This item is precisely what it looks like â€” an acoustic speaker with one heck of a huge sousaphone-like audio canal. If you like it and want to make sure this gets manufactured, you’ll have to hop on over to the Kickstarter crowd-sourcing company and pledge your purchase. If it hits the goal by March 3, it will go into production for ~$13.00 retail price.
iObjets D’Art: I have five words for you â€” Vinyl.Â Decals. Are. Brilliantâ€¦ uh, dude. The flat backing on the iPhone 4 may be a bit controversial for some â€” users tend to be split on whether they prefer the rounded back of the old iPhone models â€” one thing is indisputable: It makes a great canvass for vinyl art. You can really put just about anything back there, and one creative individual really did with a decent selection of styles â€” and all for an affordable price. Available for $8.99-9.99 at Etsy.
Know when to hold ‘em or fold ‘em: The problem with most iPad covers is that it doesn’t hold up so well for at least one or more orientations. Not so with the Origami Sleeve for the iPad. As far as we know, it won’t fold into a crane, but that’s about the only limitation this thing seems to have. Available for $35 from InCase.
Special op(portunity to look like a special ops geek): I know what you’re thinking â€” “You’ve got to be kidding me.” No, we do not jest. This thing’s for real. For those of you who literally like to keep your iPad close to your chest, it doesn’t get cozier than a pullover with a built-in, folding iPad holder. Just do us a favor â€” don’t ever get in a fist fight with this thing on. A punch in the gut will hurt soooooo much more if it KOs your iPad. Available for $285 at Alphyn Industries. (Alphyn also make a pullover with a sleeve compartment for smartphones, so all you iPhone nerds who like to play commando can get in on the action. You can check it out here.)
So that’s it for this list. Know of any other unique items that belong here? Let us know in the comments below!