You know by now that your phone is way more than just a phone — in fact that may be the thing you use it for the least — whether you're using it to keep up with Fantasy, message friends, manage your schedule, or pass the time playing games. But when it comes to the latter, it could always be better, and with the Logitech Powershell Controller ($100), it can be. It takes your phone, which is already a pretty good gaming device in its own right, and upgrades it, adding a directional pad, button cluster, and shoulder triggers so you don't have to sit there poking at a multitouch screen. And with a built-in battery, it also charges your phone while you play, so you won't have to worry about it dying in case you need to actually take a call.
Just because you have a lead foot, doesn't mean you ought to be spending your life savings on speeding tickets (not to mention all the points you've probably accumulated on your license). With the Cobra iRadar 900 Atom Radar Detector ($200), you can avoid all that hassle while still taking advantage of the occasional open road. In addition to your typical radar detector functionality — stuff like the ability to detect all radar and laser guns in use — you get the benefit of their easy-to-use iOS app. Data from other users in the iRadar community compiles into their cloud servers, letting you instantly access information about speed traps on your device. It also plots traffic, red light cameras, and features a convenient car finder on their map-based interface.
Get the most out of your iPhone (or pretty much any smartphone out there), whether you're shooting photos or catching up on today's news, with the Glif ($30) tripod mount and smartphone stand. This simple device can mount to any standard tripod, letting you get the most out of that little camera you bring everywhere. Better still, it adjusts to fit any phone thanks to the included hex key, so it can prop up your phone at various angles to maximize your viewing pleasure. Being made from recyclable rubberized plastic is just an added bonus.
Most speakers built for the iPhone and iPad involve some sort of electronics. The Gramophone for iPhone & iPad ($200-$300) does its work naturally. Simply set your device in the handcrafted, solid wood base, and the built-in iron and brass horn will amplify its volume by three to four times, all while looking amazing. A terrific blend of old and new.