Magazine article Newsweek International

New Fixes for iPhone Addicts

Magazine article Newsweek International

New Fixes for iPhone Addicts

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Byline: Daniel Lyons

The real magic of Apple's iPhone is that it's so well designed and so simple to use that it quickly becomes an addiction. You get one of these little devices and pretty soon you're living on the darn thing. You use it to check e-mail and browse the Web, to check and upload photos to your social networks, and to get directions from Google Maps. Then you discover the iTunes App Store, with its 100,000 applications, and you get pulled even further into the iPhone's spell.

Even then, your journey into iAddiction is just beginning. Because once you've bought the iPhone itself, you're going to start buying accessories. Battery-life extenders, protective cases, special earphones, docking stations--the list goes on and on. You can easily spend more money on accessories than you did on the iPhone itself.

But that's all part of the fun. To help you on your journey, I've compiled a list of some of my favorite iPhone accessories. If someone you love is an iPhone addict, this list can be your guide when you set out to do your holiday shopping.

First up is the one thing that's so important (and so necessary) that it should come bundled in the box with the iPhone itself: a battery-life extender. No matter what you think, no matter what the salesbot in the Apple store tells you--you WILL need one of these. OK? Just accept that this is the reality of living with an iPhone. You'll also need an extra power cord for your office to charge the phone while you're at work. You'll need a car charger, too.

Basically, if you're going to live with an iPhone, you need to remember the ABC rule: Always Be Charging.

Apple knows that the battery in the iPhone is nowhere near big enough to power the device. That's partly because of the 3G networking capability, which is a big power suck. But to make an iPhone with a big-enough battery, they'd have to make an iPhone that's big and clunky, and Apple doesn't do big and clunky. …

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