iLounge - First Looks

2014 iPad iPhone iPod Buyers' Guide from iLounge.com

First Looks

Welcome to our new, continuously-updated First Looks - a collection of previews showing brand new iPod, iPhone and iPad accessories that we’re currently in the process of testing. Here’s what’s hot right now:

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Company: Incase

Website: www.GoIncase.com

Model: New York Landmark Folio

Price: $35-40

Compatible: iPod nano, iPod 5G

Incase New York Landmark Folio for iPod 5G and nano

Exclusive to the new Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York City, Incase's customized New York Landmark Folio cases for iPod 5G and nano use the company's familiar Folio protective design - a flip-open, snap-closed holder with an integrated belt clip - and subtle, embossed artwork of arches, the Empire State Building, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. Black and white versions were available at the store's opening; Incase expects that the limited run of these cases has already sold out since that event, making them collectible.

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Company: Allsop

Website: www.Allsop.com

Model: Splash Pack Dri Pod

Price: $20

Compatible: iPod 1G-5G (Large), iPod mini, nano, shuffle (Small)

Allsop Splash Pack Dri Pod Protection from Water, Dust and Sand

This inexpensive new bag-like waterproof iPod case is sold in two sizes (large/small), each permitting access to an iPod's screen and Click Wheel through a flexible plastic material. The front of Dri Pod is clear, the rear is frosted, and both an adjustable lanyard necklace and headphone port extension plug are integrated into the case. Water is kept out through a system of three "Sure-lock seals" (think Ziploc bags with a Velcro wrap at the top), and Allsop rates Dri Pod as submersible to 9 feet (3 meters), assuming you provide your own waterproof headphones. Sand and dust are also kept away from the iPod while inside, however, the company warns against heat and sunlight damage.

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Company: Logiix

Website: www.Logiix.net

Model: GX4 Pro Digital Music System

Price: $115

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, mini, nano, 1G/2G*, shuffle*

Logiix GX4 Pro Digital Music System

This smaller SoundDock-alike speaker system from Logiix features an iPod dock and remote control, and uses the familiar stark metal front speaker grille/curved casing and dock styling pioneered by Bose. iPod nano, 5G, and general dock adapters are included in the package, as well as audio input and USB dock synchronization cables.

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Company: Sound2Go/Advanced MP3 Players UK

Website: www.Advancedmp3players.co.uk

Model: SoundBag with PowerBank

Price: £39 (approx. US$73)

Compatible: iPod 3G, 4G, 5G, nano, mini, 1G/2G*, shuffle*

Sound2Go SoundBag with PowerBank for iPod

This blue-colored semi-hard carrying case for iPods zips open to reveal a NXT flat-panel speaker system and battery charger, which connect to most iPods through a Dock Connector port on the case's bottom. SoundBag's internal lithium-ion battery provides power for both the iPod and speakers, running for a promised seven-plus hours with a fully charged iPod, less with a discharged iPod. There are input ports for auxiliary audio-in - if you're using, say, an iPod shuffle or early iPod - and power-in from an Apple wall charger, which the company presently includes in the package, but future buyers may have to supply themselves.

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