Top iPhone and iPod car products: Beatweek 75
June 23, 2010 by Beatweek
The highest rated car products for iPhone and iPod on the market as of June 2010:
Scosche SolChat • Bluetooth speakerphone • $99: Every bluetooth speakerphone we’ve tried has its pros and cons, but this one comes out on top for one simple reason: rather than coming with yet another battery to keep charged, this one recharges via solar power. Going green is great, but more importantly you’re being charged up when you need to make a call.
Plantronics Discovery 975 • Bluetooth earpiece • $129: There are any number of bluetooth earpieces on the market that work with the iPhone. But this one is our new favorite, even though it doesn’t come cheap, thanks to a combination of audio quality and comfort – and the styling is worthy of the device’s price tag. The new hands-free laws are a pain, but this’ll help make the whole thing a bit less painful.
Belkin TuneBase FM hands-free • $99: Even the best FM transmitters aren’t ideal for big cities. But this is the best we’ve found, a short gooseneck which includes presets and auto-scanning, can be used with thinner cases, and has a hands-free iPhone option that actually works. More importantly, it offers some of the strongest FM broadcast quality on the market.
ProClip • car-specific mount • $29 + $24-$79: This is the only iPhone/iPod car mounting solution that works well in every car, because they send you a different mounting kit depending on your car. And the option of padded, swivel, and dock connector mounts seals the deal. It’s not inexpensive, but it’s totally worth it.
Belkin & Kensington micro car chargers • $19: Simply put, these two competing micro-chargers make all other standard car chargers obsolete because they’re tiny enough that they’re almost entirely housed within your car’s power socket. Say goodbye to big bulging chargers. Both come with a sync cable for $19; the Kensington is $9 without the cable, $29 with the cable and wall charger, while the Belkin is $14 without the cable.
Monster iCarCharger 1000 • charger plus stereo connection • $59: With the advent of micro-chargers, what would possess you to consider a traditionally shaped charger? Well, this one offers a hidden aux cable which wraps up inside the charger’s head, and has basic iPhone/iPod playback buttons on the front face of the charger. It’s not cheap, and the buttons are only useful if you can reach them. But this is the coolest car charger ever.
View all seventy-five winning accessories for iPad, iPhone, and iPod (including cases, earbuds, car products, stereos, batteries and more) in Beatweek Magazine’s 75th issue which you can read digitally for free right here.