It’s disturbing how long it took for manufacturers to create a capable
car stereo for the iPod. Many suffered from a latency issue that made
searching the iPod or even switching to the next song incredibly
frustrating. Add to that navigation schemes that would have led Ponce
de Leon to walk the plank, and you have a user experience that rivals
using the Zune. A new generation of car stereos has appeared lately
that battles the confusing navigation and lag issues associated with
switching tracks. Alpine hopes to lead the charge and bring iPod
enthusiasts a head unit deserving of the “Made for iPod” badge.
You have 10 minutes to get out of your house. What do you grab? Your
pets/kids, your wallet, any valuables you can find, and maybe a few
irreplaceable pics, right? Or, on second thought, you might actually
need your iPhone and something to keep it charged while you’re fending
off disaster. Freeplay’s FreeCharge 12V, a human-powered charger, will
keep whichever gadgets you grab powered when you’re away from your
handy wall outlets.
The iPod touch gets decent battery life, but try putting a dent in 32GB worth of video on a single charge. The built-in battery will only get you through a dozen or so episodes of the original Batman series, but Mophie’s Juice Pack can more than double your total battery life, which is also great for fueling your raging Peggle addiction--or is that just us?
At what price convenience? The Logitech Pure-Fi Anywhere 2 is awash
with nifty features that we’d like to see in all iPod/iPhone speaker
docks, but at the end of the day, this just isn’t a sound system that
inspires any pride-of-ownership passion or jaw-dropping awe.