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The Must-Have iPhone Accessories

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By guest blogger Kelsey Bradshaw
Kelsey is a sophomore at the University of Oregon majoring in Journalism and Facebook (wait, that’s not a real major?!). Originally a track star from Medford, Oregon, she now enjoys going for runs with her friends and working out at Eugene Crossfit. She also enjoys visiting National Parks, playing in the snow, and hanging out at the beach…double points if they’re all at the same time.

For my last birthday, I got what I wanted more than anything else in the whole entire world: a shiny white iPhone 4s.

So, as with anything new and exciting, I wanted to make it even better.

I needed a case to protect it, obviously, and maybe one that just looked cute, and as long as I was on that website I could just order another pair of headphones. Before I knew it, I had spent a good portion of time (and money, oops!) ordering and/or salivating over all these things my new iPhone needed.

Here are the must-have accessories to make your iPhone the best iPhone ever:

iPhone protection

Now you won't forgot your phone or your wallet because they are in the same place. Photo by Griffin Technology.

Duracell Portable USB Charger: I feel like my phone runs out of battery whenever I need it the most. But my social life and battery power can be saved, with this portable charger that hooks up via USB cord and provides instant power to your phone.

Incase Capsule Headphones: If you want better headphones than the standard Apple ones (but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for Dre Beats), try Incase. They are a surprisingly good quality (and deal!) for $50 headphones.

Polka Dot Portable Speakers: Forget ugly metal speakers that look like your little brother’s science project. These have polka dots! And are monogrammable!! I’ll take two, please.

Spiderpodium iPhone stand: I hate all things with 8 legs with a dedicated passion. Except for this. It attaches to your phone and gives it eight bendable legs so you can stick it anywhere: the seat in front of you in the car to watch movies on long road trips, on your desk so you can have the perfect FaceTime angle, or on the handlebars of your bike so you can make a video of your sweet jumps and other tricks.

Bottle Opener Case: So you’re at a party. Hottie to your left passes you a refreshing beverage, you whip out your phone and BAM! Open drink AND an awesome first impression. How do you do it without breaking your phone or telekinesis? This case.

Wallet Case: Never leave your wallet or phone at home again – they’re attached! Everything you need in one phone case. And if your budget is on the higher end, this iPhone wallet case is to die for. And technically you’re saving money by buying a phone case and a wallet, right?

Wood cases appeal to the inner "hipster" in all of us. Photo by Sharyn Morrow.

Wood Print Case: And, finally, something that can appeal to the hipster in all of us. Wood things are like my secret obsession: floors, alarm clocks, etc. And with a turquoise Apple logo to top it off, this case is number one on my wishlist.

Other awesome phone cases can be found at these sites:

  • society6.com (I dare you to buy just one),
  • speckproducts.com (they have adorable candy-colored cases that do an excellent job of protecting your poor defenseless iPhone)
  • Etsy (always has unique, but cute, cases)


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The New iPhone 4S

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…What we’ve been waiting for: the new iPhone 5 iPhone 4S

By guest blogger Jessica Ridgeway
Jessica is a journalism major at the University of Oregon. She is finishing her final year focusing in magazine journalism with a minor in communications. She spends her free time writing or hanging out with friends. College has introduced her to a new found love for sports (Go Ducks!) and the French language.

Apple Inc. has done it again – they’ve released a brand-new Apple product that surpasses the last. This October the iPhone 4S, formerly rumored to be the “iPhone 5,” is available for technology-lovers everywhere.

The new iPhone 4S doesn’t physically differ from its predecessor, the iPhone 4. It’s the same weight and shape with all of the same functional buttons. However, it’s the phone’s capabilities that make it shine.

First there is the phone’s new dual-core A5 chip – which is the same processor found in the iPad 2. It works twice as fast, opening Apps and Safari web pages faster than ever. The phone also runs on the new iOS 5 operating system; it includes 200 new features that the iPhone 4 lacks.

by Photo Giddy

All of the main programs on the iPhone – Music, Contacts, Photos, Mail (to name a few) –  all run under iCloud on the new iPhone 4S. iCloud wirelessly stores and transfers your files, photos, and pretty much everything else to your other devices. So if you take photos with your iPhone 4S, they will automatically appear in iPhoto on your Macbook Pro and iPad, for example.

The camera of the Phone 4S completely tops the iPhone 4’s. This camera is 8 megapixels and has all-new optics for better pictures. Apple has increased the aperture, which allows more light into the photo, and has added a fifth lens for a sharper and more detailed image. It also has face-detection programming, allowing the camera to focus and expose the image accordingly. For the iPhone videographers, the new phone records at 1080p and at 30 frames per second. There is also a stabilizer, keeping the videos from looking like you’re experiencing an earthquake.

Lastly, the new iPhone 4S includes a new program called “Siri.” The Apple website calls it the “amazing assistant.” Siri listens to voice commands and works with the phone. You can set reminders, send text messages, search for directions, and so much more using only your voice. Aside from all of the many advancements the iPhone 4S has, it’s Siri that sets this smart phone apart from all of its competitors.

Siri can answer any of your questions, even abstract ones

As a new iPhone 4 user (I’ve had mine for almost two months now) I’m mildly impressed. I’m intrigued, of course, but not enough to swap phones. I use my iPhone for three things: phone calls, text messages, and e-mail. I feel that the more features added to phones will eventually cause people to avoid personal communication all together. I have also been told that “Siri” is available as a free App on the iTunes store – but I don’t think I would ever use it. I find it a little strange to talk to my phone like it’s my robot assistant.

Overall, I congratulate Apple on another successful release. I have no doubt in my mind that the elusive “iPhone 5” will make an appearance soon.

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