Happy New Year! Welcome to the first of this year's fantastic Deals columns. We've got some refurb hits for you, plus some great pricing on fresh-out-of-the-box new Macs. And as always, the grooviest gear for your iOS devices at killer prices. So, dive in and see what kind of dough we're gonna save you this week.
It was a relatively quiet weekend on the tech front, presumably the calm before the storm now that Apple's September 10 media event is only one day away at this writing. If you're simply too excited about the announcement of a new iPhone or two tomorrow, calm yourself down by boning up on everything else that went down this weekend, then head back here on Tuesday for the latest on what Apple has in store for us!
You already paid big bucks for your iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad. You shouldn't have to max out your credit on cases and add-ons for it, too. (Save some dough for apps!) Instead, check out our gallery of 20 handy iOS accessories for under $20. There's bound to be something you'll want to drop a Jackson on.
Griffin's low-cost Bolts Talk won't break the bank if you need replacement earbuds. They even have a tiny mic and a button that lets you answer the phone, play/pause your music, or summon Siri. But the sound quality is underwhelming, and our test pair didn't last very long.
The Protector Case is not fancy -- it's just a silicon skin for your iPhone 5, kind of boxy, with less-than-elegant grippy patches that cover Jony Ive's gorgeous diamond-cut chamfer. But it wins points for its low price (just $14.99) and compatibility with the wide, flat Apple Lightning to 30 Pin Adapter.
Your iPhone, with its music, GPS, and myriad fitness apps, is a great workout partner, once you solve the problem of where to keep it while you're working up a sweat. Griffin's Trainer armband (also available for iPhone 4/4S, iPod touch, iPod nano, and iPod classic) fits the bill for under $20.
Griffin's Passport for iPad Foilo turns your iPad into a classy affair. The Folio opens up like a book to reveal the iPad hidden underneath, which is strapped in by four elastic bands securing each corner. Inside is lined by microsuede, which feels soft to touch and keeps the iPad screen smudge free. Another strap on the Passport's backside keeps the Folio sealed together.
We've always wanted to fly helicopters, but pilot lessons cost way too much money. Now, thanks to the Griffin HELO TC, you can finally fly helicopters without a pilot's license. Just make sure you've got an iOS device—this bad boy is controlled directly from your favorite touchscreen.
We had a blast playing with it in our Fabulous Toys feature To enter, just leave us a message telling us what you think the best possible use for the Remote Controlled Helicopter would be! Oh, and only enter once, Ace.
They say the best camera is the one you always carry. For most of us, that camera is the iPhone. Now, no one's saying an iPhone will take better pictures than a DSLR, but it does make for an awfully decent point and shoot, and has a ton of options (nay, apps!) for instantly sharing your photos. These accessories will help you make the photos and videos you take with your iPhone even better, and help close the gap between your iPhone and your other cameras.