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Bryan M. Wolfe
| November 18, 2012
The AppAdvice Week In Review: Time To Shop Edition
Did you get an iPad mini recently? How about an iPhone 5? Were you one of those who picked up an iPad with Retina display? Awesome! Now you’re probably in the market for a new case or other type of accessory for your new device. Take a look at some of the accessory and/or shopping stories making news during the week that was.
Great GuidesThe Daily is out with their second annual Gift and Gadget Guide. Not surprisingly, many of the gifts are Apple related, but not all of them. In total, the free guide showcases more than 100 gifts ranging from video games to high-tech household gadgets to clothing and accessories. Among the “50 Most Wanted” gifts of the year are the iPad mini, Nike+ Fuelband, and the iLP Digital Conversion Turntable. Under “Mobile,” The Daily lists among their favorites, the MacBook Air, iPhone 5, and iPad with Retina display. The app also lists the best apps and games for the holiday season for iOS, PS3, Xbox 360, PC, and Mac, as well as household gifts. My personal favorites are the $399 Lytro Camera, or $299 Space Hoodie Insulated Jacket. Apple, meanwhile published their annual Holiday Gift Guide, which is now part of the company’s online store. With it, users can find gifts by product line and also see some of the lesser-known iOS accessories available this season. The store, however, is missing one important feature. Apple’s new Web page is actually four guides in one. It includes sections on iPad, Mac, iPhone, and iPod gifts. Each is accessible through links at the top of the page. Click on “iPhone Gifts,” for example, and the entire page fills with accessories for Apple’s most popular product. The most unique gifts this year include the $149.95 Nike+ FuelBand,$29.95 Monopoly zAPPed Edition, and the $199.95 Squier by Fender USB Stratocaster Guitar.
Lots of Lightning, new BookBook, and UP returnsHARMAN and Scosche are just two of the companies that recently announced the arrival of Lightning accessories. These followed Belkin's own Lightning announcement earlier in the month. Two of the most anticipated iPhone 5 accessories are now on sale as well. Twelve South's BookBook case is available for $59.99 and comes in black and brown. And for the first time, the case comes with a hole for the iPhone's camera! Also back is Jawbone's UP fitness- and sleep-tracking wristband. Whether it is any better than the first version remains to be seen, especially given its higher price. Still, this could be one accessory worth checking out.
Sales beginTarget and Walmart have announced sale plans for the first weekend of holiday shopping. Surprisingly, most of the stores aren't waiting around until Friday to welcome customers. Instead, they are opening on Thanksgiving. Worried that you may miss out on some deals this week? Check out these cool Black Friday apps.
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