TiP Holiday Gift List: iPhone Edition

There’s no doubt that this holiday season is going to be full of people wanting to get their hands on the latest Apple branded devices. But, there are many more of us who already have iPods, iPhones and/or iPads. I’ve rounded up some of the coolest and best accessories that your loved ones would really enjoy unwrapping this Christmas. Today it’s the flagship device’s turn: the iPhone.

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iPhoneography

iPhoneography has become a commonly used term among many tech lovers thanks to popular apps like Instagram and Hipstamatic. Over the past few years we’ve seen some really cool photography gear made specifically for the iPhone.

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1. Olloclip 3-in-1 photo lens (iPhone 4/4S/5) – $69.99 (approx £44)

I only received my olloclip yesterday, but I’m already in love. It’s a fantastic addition to the iPhone, ideal for anyone looking to take some quality unique photographs. The 3-in-1 system includes macro, fish eye and wide angle lenses all in an incredibly compact system that slides over your iPhone’s camera. The kit comes with a neat microfiber pouch and lens caps. Product Link.

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2. Glif Tripod mount (iPhone 4/4S/5) – $30 for Glif Plus/$20 for Glif (Approx £20/£13)

 

“The Glif is an iPhone accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iPhone onto a tripod and propping up your iPhone at various angles. Our goal was to create something small, simple, and elegant. But out of this simple design emerges countless uses. Mount your iPhone to a tripod for taking great pictures or making movies. Prop your iPhone up for hands-­free FaceTiming or to watch videos.” Product Link.

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3. Photojojo Lenses (Macro/Wide Angle, Fish Eye and Telephoto) – $20 each or $49 for the set of three.

The Photojojo lenses have received rave reviews from a number of top tech publications, and for good reason. The lenses are fantastically versatile, as the system is compatible with iPhones, iPads and virtually every Android phones. Product Link

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4. Stickygram – $14.99 (£10) for a sheet of nine Instagram prints

iPhoneography and Instagram go together like peanut butter and banana (if you’ve never tried it: what are you waiting for?!) It’s not exactly an accessory, but it’s a fantastic service. Transform your Instagram photos in to fridge magnets. There’s an added bonus for those outside the US: free worldwide shipping. If you want to order them for Christmas, you need to get your orders in by December 9th. Product Link

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Audio

Since the iPhone is “an iPod that makes calls” listening to music is one of its chief reasons for existence. Here’s a handful of great audio products worth considering this holiday season.

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1. RHA SA950i on-ear headphones – $60/£50

I reviewed this set of earphones recently and was left stunned by the sound quality. For this price point, there’s no way you’ll get anything anywhere near as good. In fact, you could spend double and get a poorer pair. They really are fantastic, and if your budget doesn’t quite stretch to a pair of Beats or Bose earphones, you can’t go wrong with these. Available in Apple Stores in the US. Product Link

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2. AQ SmartSpeaker – AirPlay compatible wireless speakers – $179/£159 per speaker

“The AQ SmartSpeaker™ is a totally wireless and totally portable audio system. Using your router it can transmit all your audio from your iPod Touch, iPad, iPhone and iTunes using AirPlay. From your Android Device, with our DLNA certified “AQ Play” App. Finally, using the “Play To” app from your Nokia Lumia. Even when outside of your home on the beach, park or garden transmit to the AQ SmartSpeaker™ using AQ Direct.” Product Link.

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3. BlueAnt Ribbon, stereo streamer – $79 AUS ($82 USD/£50 GBP)

BlueAnt’s Ribbon is fantastically practical thanks to its unique design. It’s a strong clip that’ll easily hold on to your shirt collar no matter what you’re up to. Thanks to having a nice texture finish, and easily distinguishable controls, it’s simple to use too. It charges via USB, and has a 3.5mm jack output to connect to virtually any audio device. Product Link.

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Cases/Skins

Anyone with an iPhone at least considers a case or some form of protection for their device. It’s not a cheap smartphone, and most will want it to last the two years they’re signed up for. Here’s a few cases and skins definitely worth thinking over.

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1. SENA Corsa for iPhone 5 – $39

The SENA Corsa was my first ever case for the iPhone 3GS. It’s a simple and elegant leather pouch with a really useful pull tab for easy iPhone removal. I love the “go faster” stripe design and variation in color options. Product Link.

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2. Arctic Metal Brick – $23.95

I love Arctic’s aluminum designs. The Metal Brick looks and feels fantastic, is incredibly thin and is great value for money. Product Link.

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3. LifeProof case for iPhone 5 – $79.99

LifeProof – as a company – has wowed many with its waterproof/dust proof protective cases. You can get one for every model of iPhone. Product Link.

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4. Cygnett WorkMate for iPhone 5 – £19.95 ($25)

So much of an improvement on the iPhone 4/4S version. The WorkMate is protective, looks stylish and offers great protection against day-to-day knocks. Product Link.

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5. ZAGG Skins – From $19.99

SO. MUCH. CHOICE. Zagg’s skins are very thin, and cover the back and sides of the iPhone. Despite the thinness, the skin has a patented military-grade scratch proof coating. And with the ridiculous number of design choices, you’ll have a tough time trying to choose between them. And – if by some random chance you don’t like any – you can design your own. It’s not limited to just the iPhone either, you can cover your laptop, tablet, digital camera or ebook reader with ZAGG’s designs. Product Link.

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6. DomeSkin 3D Skin

Available for iPhone 5/4/4S, the DomeSkin is my favorite 3D skin for iDevices. The extra thickness provides protection and the surface has a nice grippy texture ensuring that your iPhone doesn’t just go slipping off any surface. And now, you can downloading a matching wallpaper too. Love it. Product Link.

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Fun Toys (RC-Controlled)

Boys toys! Christmas isn’t Christmas without a novelty gift or two. Something that you’ll not use more than a few times, but you will enjoy every minute that you do. This year’s novelty choices are iPhone-controlled gizmos.

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1. iHelicopters iUFO – $59.95

Broken down in to its most basic elements, it’s essentially an iHelicopter wrapped in a ball shaped cage. But it looks like so much fun. Check out the vid above, and then head over to the product page to read more.


2. Griffin MOTO TC Monster – $49.99 (limited time)

This thing is Monsterrific, and pretty reasonably priced as well for its size. Controllable using an app on iPad, iPod touch or iPad. Product Link.

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3. MyDeskPets Carbot

The complete polar opposite of the MOTO TC, the Carbot will easily fit in a child’s palm. It’s small and is powered by two really tiny motors. Again, iPhone-controlled, but so much fun. Product Link.

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