It’s hard to believe Apple’s iPod – the best-selling MP3 player and precursor to the iPhone – turns 15 on Monday.
Other digital storage devices were already in the market, but Apple’s touchscreen, user-friendly interfaces, and smaller form factor transformed our lives. Today, the vast majority of us carry smartphones that have drawn inspiration from that first iPod.
With this technology comes a need to keep your iPod, iPad, iPhone, or Android charged and ready to assist. We feature several unique gifts to keep your devices running strong and enhance their daily usefulness.
In your car, this rapid-charge adapter powers up to three devices at once. The 2.4 amp-rating provides superior charging efficiency for iPods, iPhones and other smartphones, charging in half the time it takes typical chargers. An LED indicator lets you know devices are still charging. It plugs into a standard 12V socket and includes cables for both Android and iPhone connectors.
This car speakerphone earned The Best rating from the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute because it provided the clearest audio. The Best model’s dual microphone eliminated background noise, muffled sounds and echoes with noise reducing technology, leading one analyst to say “I couldn’t even tell they were talking on a speakerphone.” It mounts to a visor and automatically connects to your phone via Bluetooth. The Best unit’s three-speaker virtual surround sound provides audio “as clear as listening to the radio.”
There’s little more frustrating than a low battery and no place to plug in. Here’s a portable battery that attaches to a sunny window, using solar power to charge your device. A suction cup allows you to mount the unit to a window in a car, train, or plane while the built-in solar panel charges the internal 1,000 maH lithium-ion battery. It’s only slightly larger than a hockey puck, so it tucks easily into a carry-on or purse.
As proof of how the technology that began with the iPod changed society, we feature dozens of unique gifts that make your smartphone more useful, or that operate efficiently with the help of your phone and an app. And like every unique gift we offer, they’re all covered by our Unconditional, Unwavering Lifetime Guarantee.