Sometimes it's easy to forget that the iPhone is capable of producing quality audio. If you're going to spend money on accessories, a headphone upgrade is essential. The stock earbuds are functional, but let's face the facts. The white plastic earbuds that everyone wears don't sound that great. They're not very comfortable to wear for long periods, and the cord gets tangled after two seconds in a jacket pocket. Getting a pair of Z.buds is like getting a whole new iPhone. Let me tell you why.
In case you were wondering how to round out your holiday shopping with iPhone accessories and add-ons, PC Magazine just released their list of the best complements to the Apple iPhone in their list of the Top 10 iPhone Accessories.
Since there's no clear indication of what the criteria were for making the list, chances are these are just the editor's favorites. Either way, they might give you the inspiration you need to choose the right present or stocking stuffer for the iPhone junkie on your list.
Here is a summary of what made the list from PC Magazine, in no particular order:
One of the still outstanding "head scratchers" regarding the Apple iPhone is the continued lack of support for the A2DP Bluetooth profile. Considering the iPhone's roots are in the iPod, a stereo music player, it is quite astounding that as we sit here already up to iPhone firmware 1.1.1, there is still no native support for A2DP. The good news is that this doesn't mean A2DP is unavailable to iPhone users.
For those of you unfamiliar with A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile), A2DP is a Bluetooth profile that allows for the wireless transmission of stereo audio from a source (i.e. a phone or computer) to an A2DP receiver (a set of Bluetooth headphones or stereo system).
Back to the good news. Though the iPhone itself does not support A2DP directly (at this time), all iPhone owners can still
ShieldZone (ZAGG Inc), makers of the invisibleSHIELD line of premium screen protectors, have released what they are calling the "first accessories for the new iPods". In reality, this means that they're releasing new invisibleSHIELD screen protectors for the recently announced iPod Touch, iPod Classic, and the new third generation iPod Nano.
For those of you who aren't familiar with the invisibleSHIELD line of products, the invisibleSHIELD screen
A few weeks ago, iPhoneFAQ revealed that V-Moda was going to be releasing a new model in their Vibe lineup of earbuds called the Vibe Duo Control. The new model is essentially an updated version of the iPhone-geared Vibe Duo, with the eagerly awaited addition of a button that provides control of the phone and iPod functionalities of the iPhone.
At the time of the announcement, we didn't have much detail to provide about the release date and were forced to speculate about the pricing of the upcoming Vibe Duo Control. Thankfully, V-Moda contacted us with updated information. As it turns out, we overshot on both accounts.
Instead of the $129 price tag we had speculated about, the Vibe Duo Control will retail for