We’ve previously featured Bluelounge’s MiniDock as a great alternative to the iPhone’s and iPod’s default charger. The MiniDock has been updated with a Lightning connector so you can use it with your iPhone 5 or new iPod models. Charge your iPhone 5/iPod wire-free by connecting the MiniDock to Apple’s USB power adapter and plugging it to the power outlet and docking your device on it. The dock is small and easy to carry around in your bag without any tangled messy wires. $39.95
An iPhone case with a can’s ring pull that acts as a built-in stand. Available in a vibrant green, pink or in black. $22
Few months ago, we featured Whooz? Vinyl labels for iDevice chargers which allows you to personalize and give each charger you have a character. No one will steal your charger and pretend it’s theirs anymore! The project on Kickstarter initially needed $6000 to get off the ground, but raised $20,000 instead!
Sativa Turner, creator of Whooz? Labels was kind enough to send me a set of stickers for a review.
I got the iPhone Character set, which includes 4 characters for iPhone chargers. Each sheet includes labels for the charger, the USB cable as well as the earphones.
The package features clear instructions on how to apply the labels and which part goes where (tips are written inside the package), it shouldn’t take you more than a few minutes to apply them and transform your charger into a character.
The labels are of great quality, they’re made of vinyl so they should be durable and won’t peel off or wipe out easily. The product is very cute as much as it is functional. I believe this is a must-have for any family or individual that owns many iDevices. We’ve all been in situations where someone “borrows” our charger then suddenly that charger becomes theirs somehow. Or your charger gets mixed up with an old and worn out one and you wonder why it’s not working properly anymore. Well, all those issues are no-more with Whooz ID labels. And even if you don’t need to ID your charger, those stickers are just cool to have.
The Whooz? labels are available for iPhone and iPad chargers in a character set or color set. Get yours at WhoozIzIt.com for $12.95 per pack.
Dachshund & Retriever shaped stylus for iPhone and iPad, with the dog’s nose being the stylus tip. When you’re not using it, you can put the dog on its leash and attach it to your iPhone’s or iPad’s headphone jack.
While the iPhone case market keeps filling up with tough and rigid cases, Korean design firm Sumneeds has created the softest iPhone case yet. The ‘Pudding’ case is a liquid filled case with small moving balls in it that gives it a snow globe effect. It is a peel-and-stick cover that you can apply directly on your iPhone or apply it on the case. Worried that it might pop? From the video on their website that shows a car running over the case without any damage, it is guaranteed that it won’t pop.
A while back, we featured Tarxia; an iPhone 4/4S wood back covers handcrafted in Granada, Spain using Taracea, a 700 years old technique that originated from the Arabian Andalusi world. One of the creators of Tarxia, Adrián Rosales Millán, was kind enough to offer me one for a hands-on review.
Design & Materials:
The Tarxia collection features 4 designs that feature distinctive geometric designs associated with Arabian Andalusi art. You’ll notice how different these designs are from all available iPhone cover designs at first sight. They truly stand out.
Different types of wood are used as the main material for these covers. Geometric mosaics are cut and assembled, piece by piece, by local craftsmen in Granada who specialize in the Taracea technique. The result is a beautiful piece of art to go with your iPhone.
Although Tarxia is made of wood, it feels very smooth, almost like a ceramic tile. The varnishing used gives it a smooth matt finish, it protects it from scratches and water and makes it safe for daily use.
Now it’s important to understand that this is not your usual case or a cover, it is actually a back panel that replaces your iPhone’s glass battery cover. The idea of Tarxia is that it gives your iPhone an artistic look and necessary protection without adding any volume to it or taking away from its design and shape. So installing a Tarxia back cover requires some work, but it’s quite simple… it took me less than 2 minutes to install.
Simply, you’ll have to unscrew your iPhone’s back panel using the provided screwdriver. The back panel slides up and can be easily removed. Then, you’ll replace it with the Tarxia back panel and put the screws back in place. And you’re done!
If you’re worried about the iPhone’s camera, flash or any performance related issues – the replacement of the back panel will not affect those in any way. I’ve been using my iPhone with Tarxia installed for nearly a week now and have not noticed any changes whatsoever. The only thing that’s changed is that I’ve been getting some serious compliments!
The Tarxia I’m reviewing here is the Kaleidoscope which is quite imaginative and gives off different patterns as you look at it.
If you’ve upgraded to an iPhone 5, the Tarxia team is already working on a back cover for it, as well as a new range of designs.