by Brent Dirks
November 16, 2012
It’s that time of year. With the start of the holiday shopping season officially kicking off next Friday, I thought this week’s edition would be a great time to highlight some fun and exciting gifts for any iOS device owner. I’ve gotten the chance to take a look at numerous accessories this year, and these are some of my favorites that I can highly recommend.
Sound Kickearlier this year, and still use it daily. It’s only $99, and blows every other portable option I’ve heard out of the water. I’ve used it with all of my iOS devices, and consistently receive balanced a natural sound that easily fills a room. Even though is a little bigger than the Jambox, that extra size is absolutely worth it. Along with black color that can be purchased now, Soundfreaq has also smartly added four new colors of the Sound Kick to its lineup. Along with a white version of the speaker, you can also preorder one of three colorful options from the Chromatics collection. You can find the black version of the speaker at Target or directly through Soundfreaq now.
Tagg Pet Trackercompanion iOS app and see their pet’s exact location and even directions to the location. After my beagle Luke made one of his great escapes earlier this year, I took a look at the tracker and was very impressed. If my canine friend ever finds his way out of my house, I’ll know exactly where to find him. And since my review, Snaptracs has added some new functionality. The Tagg is now also an exercise tracker that shows owners exactly how active their pet is on a daily basis. Even though the information isn’t available through the app yet, its fun to see exactly how lazy my dog has been. The master edition of the system is $99.99 and can be purchased through Snaptracs or on Amazon. After you’ve used the three months of service included with the system, it does have a monthly fee of $7.99. A second animal can be added for only $0.99 per month, which does make it a nice deal for multi-animal households.
Ultrathin Keyboard CoverLogitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover. Previously, I have resisted using add-on iPad keyboards because they mostly were big and bulky, and quite honestly weren’t all that fun to use. But Logitech’s 8mm-thick solution has changed that. The other side of the keyboard doubles as a cover for the iPad. Just like with Apple’s Smart Covers, a magnetic hinge securely attaches to the side of the tablet. The keyboard is Bluetooth powered and the battery can last up to six months on a single charge. And short of the extra-tiny delete key, the keyboard is a joy to type on and very comfortable. I’ve found myself doing more writing than I ever thought possible with it, and glad I can finally call the iPad a content-creation device. Compatible with the iPad 2 and later generations of the tablet, you can snag the black edition for just $80.05 on Amazon. Apple’s site also has a red and white edition for $99.95. And this is just the first of our Gift Guides this season. During upcoming editions of This Week in Accessories, we’ll be focusing on gifts for owners of an iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, and Mac. Also keep on the lookout for other guides highlighting some of the latest and greatest accessories for him, her, and kids.
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