The Best in Holiday 2012 Gift Finds is an ongoing series until December that celebrates the practical to the extravagant, the unusual to the commonly needed items of everyday life.
From food, wine and spirits to beauty, clothing and even home goods and appliances, we have been trying and testing and ultimately weeding out the good stuff you should consider for giving this holiday season. Take us shopping with you.
The ever present iPhone is a calendar, camera, event and life planner, recorder, address book, GPS and part of your hand for most of the day. That device is also an energy vampire which is only useful when it’s powered on. The new iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S owners know that battery longevity is an issue.
Cases are important too. They express individuality and allow you to tell your phone from another quickly. Another issue is water protection, just ask runners, bikers and people who are exceptionally clumsy and own a pool or a toilet. Water + Apple gadgets = $ Suck.
So, what do you do when your iPhone starts blipping under 50% power and the fast crash to dying while you’re away from an outlet?
Here are some exceptional iPhone products to gift this holiday season:
Boostcase by mophie for iPhone 4
Juice Pack Plus by mophie
Top boostcase award goes to mophie’s Juice Pack Plus packs a 2,000 mAh battery that will more than double your iPhone’s battery life. This case features a standby switch that allows you to choose when you want it to charge your phone. Four LEDs on the bottom of the case indicate how much power is left. Available in black, white, cyan, pink, yellow, purple, and red. There are iPhone 5 models too.
mophie Juice Pack powerstation® mini Micro Quick Charge External Battery for Smartphones and MP3 Players (2500 mAh)
This one was a great find for me, and for those who carry older iPhones, listen up. This is perfect for the older iPhone 3S. The mophie juice pack powerstation mini has the ability to provide more than twice the battery life to the smartphone while still keeping a low profile shape that hides away in a pocket. I love this on the go charger and keep it tethered to my phone in my purse while I'm out. I recharge the mophie by attaching to my home laptop at the end of each day. My old phone never run out of juice.
The juice pack powerstation mini charger features a black soft-touch finish exterior, outer metal band, six-light "invisible" LED status indicator, Built-in short circuit, overcharge and temperature protection and improved conversion efficiency for maximum power transfer from battery to device.
Aquapac- Micro Whanganui waterproof phone case
This is a great product for the active user, keeping the phone safe from rain, snow and an accidental dunk in water too. The case was designed for those who love toting their smartphone while skiing, running or just out on a bike ride. The Micro Whanganui is made with optically clear LENZFLEX that will keep moisture out and your phone safe. This case allows for great photos and videos and touch features of the phone are not affected when the case is in use. Fits iPhone 3, 4.
Uncommon iPhone cases
The range for custom case collections for every iPhone model is astounding. You can include your own photos to selecting bold leopard prints, checkered palettes in multi-colored blocks, and a zillion artsy designs that look amazing and show a stylish flair that is not run-of-the-mill kiosk stuff.
There are several artists who collaborate with the company that have created beautiful collections to chose from.
There's also utilitarian clear cases that serve to protect with a minimalist profile. Colorful cases with contrasting bezels, and designer Yellena James' florals that work our nerve in a great way.