Accessorize the Smartphone

September 21st, 2012

Whether or not you love the iPhone, it's unlikely you missed Apple's debut of the newest model on Sept. 12. With a larger screen, 4G wireless technology and other upgrades, fans are racing online and to Apple stores with credit cards in hand.

iPhone 5

But it wasn't the only release this fall. Competitors including Nokia, Google and LG also released phones with slick technology, features and new looks. So after buying a phone, what's next? Even if it's not an iPhone, here's a rundown of what supporting products you need.

Hands Free Driving

Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving is banned in 10 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia. IOGEAR offers several different hands-free car kits to keep you in line with the law and holding onto the steering wheel.

The model with the most features is the Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands Free Car Kit.

 Solar Bluetooth Caller Announce Hands Free Car Kit

Once paired via Bluetooth to your mobile phone, the unit downloads your contact list and conveniently announces the name when someone calls – in English, French, Italian, German or Spanish, bien sur! Rather than read the number and ignore unknown callers, you can send directly to voicemail with a simple tap. If you're like 68 percent of cellphone owners who report receiving unwanted sales or marketing calls, that's an important feature. Also, a solar panel is integrated into the kit, harnessing eco-friendly energy to keep you fully powered.

Extra Power

Need more power and not in the sunlight or car? Specific to the iPhone, IOGEAR's GearPower Portable Battery Pack for iPhone / iPod provides up to 3.5 extra hours to talk. Since the average phone call in 2009 only lasted 1.81 minutes, you'll also have plenty of extra juice to check the latest scores for your team or the weather report.

GearPower Portable Battery Pack

If you aren't using an iPhone, IOGEAR also has the GearPower Mobile Power Station 4400 for Smartphones and Tablets. Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, making it perfect timing for the Susan G. Komen Edition.

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