Top accessories for your iPhone

March 2, 2010

The success of Apple’s iconic iPhone has spawned a whole range of ‘i-accessories’. But which ones are really worth having?

  1. Apple’s iPhone Dock: Great for all-in-one charging, syncing and external speaker connection, the iPhone dock is an essential accessory for every iPhone user. Its slick design and multi-functional purpose accords perfectly with the Apple ethos – and, best of all, it’s available online for under £25.
  2. Car charger: The iPhone has a reasonable battery life; but if you’re addicted to browsing the web and downloading new applications, you may find that it needs regular recharging. Cut out the hassle of home charging by investing in a car charger, which will boost your battery on the go. Choose a premium model that will enable fast charging while protecting your phone from power spikes.
  3. External battery pack: Sometimes there simply isn’t time to wait around while your phone recharges. For moments like these, an external battery pack is a must-have. Many packs on the market come as an integrated part of a protective case, so they perform the dual function of protecting your phone and providing it with an alternative power source when the battery gets low. You can also buy portable hand-held chargers to plug into your phone – the BC 1000 mAH Rechargeable Backup Battery is a good option.
  4. Screen protection: If there’s a downside to touch screens, it’s their tendency to get covered with fingerprint smudges in no time at all. Guard against this problem with a peel-off screen protector, which will shield your phone from grit and grease without adding annoying bulk. Anti-glare iPhone screen protectors do the job well, and don’t interfere with the phone’s functions. If you want to combat the finger print problem but don’t fancy the idea of a screen protector, a pocket screen puff for wiping away dirt is a fun alternative.
  5. The weird and wonderful: Finally, anybody with a penchant for the ridiculous should browse the range of weird and wacky iPhone accessories on the market. Perfect for personalising this highly individual phone still further, gadgets such as the iPhone fingers – roll on rubber finger protectors that guard your screen against grime – will certainly cause a stir among your friends. If you’re a true iPhone devotee, then check out the iPhone thong – the ultimate in geek underwear style.

Vodafone now offer the iPhone from £35 on pay monthly plans. Visit the site for details.

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Mobile phone accessories

May 19, 2009

It used to be that if you wanted to add a bit of interest or customise your phone to suit your own personal tastes, all it took was snapping on a fancy new fascia, or getting a cool leather case. Some went for the Japanese attraction of adding a little trinket that would dangle off the side. Most providers still sell these types of accessories for phones. However, you don’t necessarily have to stick to the obvious outlets to get that personal touch. Take your cue from some of the world’s most outré phones as a guide for turning your phone from purely functional to fashionable.

Any fans of American diva Kimora Lee Simmons (and her programme Life in the Fab Lane) out there will have seen that she has an incredibly glamorous lifestyle, and a phone to match. Her colourful crystal encrusted phone definitely takes bling to a new level! You may not want to go that far but it’s not hard to interpret the trend for yourself. You can buy crystals that you simply peel off and stick on to your mobile phone in any design you wish. Or if you want something a little more refined, go for a leather case that has a bit of sparkle – this will still lend a fun touch to your mobile, without looking cheap.

If you do want to personalize your phone without drastically changing the look and feel, why not try engraving?  It may be dependent on your phone’s make and model but there are lots of services online that can easily do this and it doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. It will depend on what you decide to engrave of course – a picture or long quotation will obviously cost more than a few letters. Space is another limitation to consider.

Lastly, if you’re a fan of body art, you might like the idea of mobile phone tattoos. Essentially these are the next step up from fascias, the difference being that you can literally stick the tattoo onto your phone (you’ll need to buy one that’s designed for your phone model) and peel it off when you fancy. They’re cheaper than buying fascias, and for some models customizable because you can buy blank tattoo paper, print on a design of your own making, and stick it on. What could be easier?

Visit the Vodafone website for all the latest mobiles, including the HTC.

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Schmap needs your help with their map guides

November 13, 2008

Schmap needs your help on how to improve the Schmap guides service. Their solution encompasses Guides, a local search feature and several mapping features. It comes as a web-based solution which users can access directly from their browser, be it a phone or a computer. No downloads are thus neccessary.

Schmap guides are available now as a beta version and will be officially launched tomorrow November 14th.


You can read more information about the solution here:

To begin using the service simply visit on a Nokia handset and you will be served with a selection of interactive city guides.

They are looking for feedback from real world testers using a variety of Nokia phones, and the list of supported devices are found at the bottom of this post.

A few helpful guidelines/questions for testers are:

  • Did you encounter any bugs?
  • Was there anything that confused you?
  • Do you have any ideas for improving Schmap for Nokia?
  • Please note the name/model of the Nokia phone used to view the guides.

All feedback can be emailed directly to Donald McMillan at

Supported Nokia Models

Nokia 5320 XpressMusic

Nokia 5700

Nokia 6110 Navigator

Nokia 6120

Nokia 6121

Nokia 6210 Navigator

Nokia 6220

Nokia 6290

Nokia N76

Nokia N78

Nokia N81

Nokia N81 8GB

Nokia N82

Nokia N95

Nokia N95 8GB

Nokia N96

Nokia E51

Nokia E66

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CellPhoneSoft releases File Associate for UIQ 3

October 30, 2008

File Associate lists and lets you change what applications are used to open various document files. You can select alternative viewers for all popular file types like DOC, PDF, JPG, MP3, etc.. The newly assigned associations take effect when you open files from a file manager. For example, you can assign Docs To Go to open your .DOC files instead of the built-in QuickWord. The accompanied Generic viewer application supports viewing flash, ZIP, text and binary files. When clicking on a file, you will never again encounter the “Unrecognized file format” message! [Read more]

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RoadSync Version 4.0 Now Available for S60

October 30, 2008

New Version Brings Next Level of Exchange ActiveSync Connectivity to All Samsung, LG and Nokia Phones Based on S60 and Symbian OS

Milford, CT, October 29, 2008 – DataViz®, Inc., a leading provider of mobile office compatibility solutions, today announced the immediate availability of the latest version of its Microsoft® Exchange ActiveSync® client, RoadSync® 4.0. This version is the first Exchange ActiveSync solution to richly display HTML1 formatted e-mails on all S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 and Feature Pack 2 mobile devices based on Symbian OS™, the market-leading open operating system for mobile phones. In addition to HTML e-mail, new features include tasks and contact photo synchronization, pop-up notifications for new e-mails and keypad shortcuts for the most common messaging functions.

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