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iTwinge iPhone Keyboard Video Makes Me Cringe a Little Less

So you saw the iTwinge photos yesterday—that crazy physical keyboard with underside nubs for the iPhone’s touchscreen. It was easy to write off without seeing in action, so the company has sent around this hands-on video:

I’m slow as hell with my iPhone’s keyboard, and tend to only check emails, or send quick responses. I should probably just suck it up and get faster, but I’m curious if the $30 gizmo would help. Having to slide the holster on and off between emails (to use the screen again) could be a pain in the ass, though. Overall, a little less skeptical than I was, what about you? [itwinge]

From Gizmodo: iPhone. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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Review: Griffin PowerBlock, PowerJolt + PowerDuo Reserve

PowerBlock Reserve takes the prior PowerBlock—a wall charger—and transforms it such that Griffin’s 500mAh battery pack appears to be part of its shell, differing only in texture: the charger is primarily glossy black plastic, and the battery is substantially soft touch matte rubber. There’s a USB port on PowerBlock Reserve to plug in your pre-existing USB cable for iPod or iPhone charging, and the included battery makes a magnetic…

From iLounge | All Things iPod, iPhone, iTunes and beyond. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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First Looks: Avantalk Multimedia Wireless Speakerphone BTSP-200

Is this the future of iPhone and iPod wireless speakers? Avantalk’s Multimedia Wireless Speakerphone BTSP-200 ($130) is a completely portable wireless or wired audio system with A2DP and AVRCP support, enabling it to work as a speakerphone for current iPhones and a music playback device for certain iPhone OS 3.0 stereo Bluetooth devices. Inside the black and silver housing are twin speaker drivers, a microphone, Class 2 Bluetooth 2.0 chip, and simple…

From iLounge | All Things iPod, iPhone, iTunes and beyond. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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DIY Solar-Powered iPhone or iPod Charger

We’ve already shown you MintyBoost, a battery-powered USB charger built from an Altoids tin; now feast your eyes on MightyMintyBoost, a rechargeable, solar-powered MintyBoost charger.

Instructables user Honus’s DIY MightyMintyBoost tutorial is a bit involved, but the outcome—a USB charger that feeds off the power of the sun—is fantastic. In fact, Honus improves on the MintyBoost in many ways, foregoing the low-capacity AA batteries for a higher capacity, rechargeable lithium polymer battery and throwing in the solar cell to handle the recharging. This DIY is a bit advanced (soldering lies ahead), but the result is impressive.

From Lifehacker: iPhone. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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Review: Element Liquid Case for iPhone and iPhone 3G (And First Give Away!)

It was not long ago that Rene introduced all of you to yet another TiPb giveaway. Element Case was kind enough to provide TiPb with THREE amazing custom made cases for our faithful readers to win. Today we bring you a full review of those cases, and details on how to enter to win the very first one of them. Read on for both the review, and the contest, after the break!

Design

I will admit I am not the biggest fan of hard cases for any of my iPhones. Usually a simple drop would send a case flying in two pieces with the iPhone following. Now I’m not sure about you, but that is not my idea of protection. Enter the Liquid Case from Element Case. Four nickel-plated screws bolt your iPhone into its acrylic body armor and then a plastic shield snaps into place with the help of four magnets. With this case your iPhone or iPhone 3G is securely held in place and protected very well. So if that accidental drop does happen, rest assured your iPhone will be protected and come away scratch free.

Now you may be saying to yourself $99 for a case is just crazy. Well you do get what you pay for my friends. Every single Element Case is custom built and hand-assembled right here in the USA. They are injection molded from the finest clear Impact-Acrylic and PolyCarbonate polymers. Each case is custom painted with up to 7 layers of House of Kolor paint, which is not only excellent paint but also provides a top notch appearance as well. Graphics are then laser engraved into the flip-lid and backplate of every case, providing a customized look for the iPhone and iPhone 3G. The Liquid case gives you three choices of color: black, grey and white. You also get a free extra lid with your purchase. You will have your choice of 22 different graphics for your lid and and eight different colors. This means you will have little issue coming away with a very unique case. An don’t forget for a extra $25 gets you a custom engraving Hence the super cool TiPb logos on the cases we are giving away. ;)

Daily Use

This case has the iPhone gamer in mind (or simply someone who wants the best protection available). The extra size may not be to everyones liking, but one of the nice things about it revolves around it’s main purpose, gaming. It fits very nicely in the hands especially while playing a game. One of Dieter’s biggest gripes while holding the iPhone 3G in landscape mode was that your hand would cover up the speaker blocking the sound! Well worry about that issue no more gamers.

There is no doubt that dropping your iPhone with this case on will save your investment from any harm. You even have the option of putting the lid on to cover the screen while not in use. Although some may find it a hassle to have to remove it every time you need to access the phone it is nice to be able to give it that added protection while not in use.

Everything is easily accessible while the case is on the phone. From the 3.5 headset jack, power, volume, ring/vibrate switch, and charging port. The Element Liquid Case has you covered.

Conclusion

I have to say, I really do like this case. The many options can make for a unique look and it offers excellent protection. I am not aware of another case out there that enables you to have this much control over customization. From colors to designs, the possibilities are endless. The price is steep and it may not be for everyone but if you are into gaming and want the protection, it really is worth checking out.

Pros

  • Top notch all around protection
  • Great for gaming
  • Feels great in your hand
  • Looks cool
  • Very high build quality

Cons

  • Starting at $99 it is a bit expensive
  • The 4 screws make it a hassle to put your iPhone in the case or remove it.
  • The size it adds to the phone may turn some people off.

TiPb Review Rating:

The iPhone blog 4 Star Review

Element Give Away: Case #1!

So now that you’ve read all about it, how about a chance to win one! Just jump on over to our TiPb iPhone Forums Element Case thread to find out how you can take home the first of three one-of-a-kind custom TiPb’d out Element Cases!

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Review: Element Liquid Case for iPhone and iPhone 3G (And First Give Away!)

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Review: iSkin Duo for iPod nano 4G + Duo touch for iPod touch 2G

Price aside, there’s a lot to like about Duo for the iPod nano. Headphone port aside, it protects the entire nano while giving you a variety of color options in each package, and the option to use or leave off the included belt clip. The layering of Click Wheel film alongside a rubber body case and a clear face protector is entirely logical, and works well to make the screen viewable, the Wheel usable, and the body safe from scratches. Of course,…

From iLounge | All Things iPod, iPhone, iTunes and beyond. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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Clear & Wooden Replacement Cases Make iPhone 3G Look Like Fancy Paperweight, Doorstop

The guys over at iCustom are offering two replacement iPhone 3G cases that should really turn some heads. The first is a clear see-through plastic replacement case for the white or black back of the iPhone that shows off your iPhone’s ugly guts. The other is made of wood, for the rustically flammable look. Either way, you’ll have to crack open your precious iPhone, voiding whatever warranty you have, but sometimes that’s the risk you have to take for being original. Pictures after the break.

From iPhone Alley – RSS. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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News: Helium Digital intros Gel-Shellz for iPhone 3G

Helium Digital has introduced its Gel-Shellz cases for the iPhone 3G. The Gel-Shellz are made from premium silicone, and feature a grooved design for added grip, integrated covers for the Dock Connector and headphone jack, open access to all other ports and controls, and translucent covers for the front sensors and Apple logo. Helium Digital’s Gel-Shellz for iPhone 3G will be available in January in a variety of two-tone color schemes and will…

From iLounge | All Things iPod, iPhone, iTunes and beyond. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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News: Mophie unveils cases for iPhone 3G, iPod touch 2G

Mophie/mStation has introduced two new cases for the iPhone 3G and second-generation iPod touch, along with a new case for the fourth-generation iPod nano. The Hardcase and Hardcase Plus for iPhone 3G and iPod touch 2G are both made from high-quality clear polycarbonate and feature a two-piece snap together design as well as open access to all ports and controls. While the Hardcase offers open access to either devices’ screen, the Hardcase…

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News: Mix: iPhone lenses, Motocross, Squish Squash, ZAGG

Despite Apple warnings that magnets should not be used or attached to the iPhone 3G, USBfever is now offering both Wide Angle and Fisheye lens attachments for the iPhone. The lenses use a self-adhesive ring which surrounds the device’s camera to magnetically attach the lens body itself, making both easily detachable. The Magnetic/Detachable Wide Angle and Fisheye Lenses for iPhone are available now and sell for $17 and $20, respectively.…

From iLounge | All Things iPod, iPhone, iTunes and beyond. Please read the complete article and let us know what you think below.

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