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Mount Your iPhone to a Tripod with the Xshot Tripod Case

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I’m always on the lookout for an excellent iPhone 4 case. When Xshot contacted me to see if I’d be interested in trying out their new tripod adapter case – I may have gotten a bit over-excited by the prospect. I usually have to clip my phone to a tripod in order to record videos. Now, though, I can slide the little mounting mechanism into place and voila! No muss – no fuss.

The XShot iPhone 4 Case with Detachable Universal Tripod Adapter and Flex Mini Tripod is just fantastic. The case is two pieces, and is well constructed to help protect your phone. The little piece that locks onto the case to turn it into a tripod mount is small enough to not cause too much hassle… but I can’t imagine you’d want to keep it connected at all times. Who knows, though – perhaps you will! The case itself can stay in place while you are charging (or docking!) your phone.

The universal tripod adapter that can be used in both landscape and portrait modes on any tripod, XShot camera extender, or monopod to take great pictures, videos, and self-portraits. This setup is perfect for use with FaceTime and dual cameras. It’s excellent for camera stabilization – especially when taking photos and creating HD video.

The case comes with a bonus mini flex tripod. While not very big, it’s perfect for sitting on your desk as you create the next great review for YouTube.

Canopy Cases Turn Your iPhone Into a Camera

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Canopy shows off two iPhone 4 cases at CES. The first one, Jumba, adds tripod threading, making it easy to tripod mount your iPhone 4 at virtually any angle.

The second iPhone 4 case, Kapok, converts your iPhone to a point-and-shoot camera. By combining an iPhone app with the Kapok case, you get two embedded buttons with better digital camera control for the iPhone 4 camera.

Canopy offers an open SDK, so the buttons are available for use by other apps too.

Apple Handing Out Free Bumpers with a Little Help From Their Friends

The anticipated app to help you snag a free case or Bumper is ready for download. It’s pretty simple to use: sign in with your iTunes account information and choose the case you want. That’s right… you can choose. You don’t have to grab the Bumper if you don’t want to. Apple is also offering up select cases from Belkin, Griffin, Incase or Spek through the end of September.

The official email from Apple stated that “For iPhone 4 purchases made before July 23, 2010, you must apply no later thanAugust 22, 2010; otherwise, you must apply within 30 days of your iPhone 4 purchase. To qualify for this program, you must purchase your iPhone 4 bySeptember 30, 2010.” If you have already purchased a Bumper on your own, you can receive a full refund from the company. And, of course, “If you are not completely satisfied with your iPhone 4, you can return your undamaged iPhone 4 to any Apple Retail Store or the Apple Online Store within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. If you purchased your iPhone 4 from AT&T, you can also return it to an AT&T Store.”

Are you taking advantage of the free case offer? Which one will you be choosing?

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Are the iPhone 4 Bumpers Worth Buying?

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Always wear protection! This is advice I’ve been giving people for years in conjunction with their communications devices. For instance, I have my new iPhone 4 here with me… along with the official Apple Bumper I purchased to help protect it. The Bumpers come in a variety of colors to help you personalize your phone to suit your lifestyle. My Bumper has a few scuff marks already after just a few days, but I feel that means it’s doing its job.

Some people claim you need to use a Bumper or case in order to stave off any antenna issue. That’s not the reason I chose to use this particular protection on my iPhone. It snaps on quite easily, and protects the perimeter perfectly. It will protect the device from scratches and scuffs on the side, and doesn’t add much thickness to it. If I were to drop this device flat on the ground, the screen could be damaged. Having this Bumper surrounding the device raises it just enough to help prevent.

Apple did do a good job with the Bumpers, but I do have a couple of points I am not happy with. The shape, style and tightness are perfect for the device. The rubber sits tight against the screen. However, debris can still collect around the lip of it. You may need to eliminate dust from within the area by popping it off and cleaning it thoroughly. The way the Bumper is cut… unless the cable dock connector cable is small enough, you’ll have a loose connection instead of a proper one. I cannot use my shorter Apple cable with the Bumper because the plastic lip around it is wider than the one on the cable that came with my iPhone 4.

Overall, the Bumper is a good buy and will protect your new phone while making it look sharp.

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iPhone Antenna Problem

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Widespread news of the antenna issues on the new iPhone 4 has put a serious chink in its armor. Getting the antenna “right” isn’t an easy task for any company, but I’m not so sure Apple is handling this the right way.

Apple’s answer is simply to tell people to hold it differently. Seriously, Apple? I really don’t think this is the way to handle things. Their other suggestion is to purchase a Bumper or cover. An iPhone Bumper is ~$30, though I’m sure it’s costing Apple pennies on the dollar – certainly not worth the PR hit they’re taking with this thing.

They’ve sold hundreds of thousands of these devices already. They likely knew this was a problem. I cannot imagine them not testing this phone in a variety of situations being held by a variety of different ways by a variety of different hands. I personally think this is why they came out with the Bumper. It’s like saying “sure, there’s a disease, but it’s okay because we have the cure.”

In my mind, Apple made a pretty big mistake – if that is their stance. It’s too easy to hold the phone “the wrong way.” I don’t want to have to think about how to hold the device. I should be able to hold it however it feels comfortable. Apple’s official stance that there’s a solution which they’ll sell you for around thirty bucks is just wrong. I don’t like the idea that I need a solution at all, never mind the fact that I have to pay for it.

What do you think? Will you hold the iPhone 4 differently? Will you purchase a case? Does this turn you away from buying one at all?

This doesn’t change my overall opinion. I still love my new iPhone 4. But this situation leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

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iPhone Case Stand

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I can’t stand my iPhone – literally! It won’t stand up on its own. It’s impossible to watch any type of videos on the phone unless I hold it at a particular angle. Who wants to do that all of the time? Don’t even get me started on the fact that the sound is directed outwards instead of towards my ear. Why can’t I just have some type of case for the iPhone that will protect it, AND turn into a stand… AND direct the sound where it needs to go?

OH… what have we here? It’s the Projeto from ZeroChroma, which they kindly sent along for me to review. Snap it onto your iPhone and you’ll see how sturdy it is. It will protect the back perfectly. But wait… what’s this? Pop the little piece out in the back and it turns into a stand with eighteen different positions! There’s also a “Sound Scoop” to redirect the sounds right towards your ears.

Believe it or not, there are actually times you may need to have your phone standing up, people. The device will never salute you, but it can stand at attention and wait to fulfill your every need!

The Projeto is definitely an excellent multifunctional iPhone case, and I WILL be using it from now on. It’s no more expensive than plain cases at about $35.00. It comes in four colors: white, black, pink and grey metallic. HELLO! Why didn’t they send me the hot pink one? I’m just sayin’…

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How to Protect Your iPhone / iPod

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While my new iPhone 3G S was syncing for the first time, I decided to talk to all of you about protecting your device. Why do you need protection? What if you drop the phone? I’ve done it countless times – it’s easy to do! Having a good cover or case can cut down on any damage the phone or device may have received.

When I bought my original iPhone, I used an inCase slider case. When I changed to my iPhone 3G, I switched to something different. Now that I have the 3G S… I’m going back to my inCase. It’s lightweight and works very VERY well.

Another thing I recommend is something that can help your eyes. I use an anti-glare film for my iPhone screen. Not only does it protect the screen, it will also help your eyes. You can check them out for yourself to order one for your phone.

When applying the film to the screen, you want to be careful not to have any bubbles. You can use any credit card or similar object to slowly smooth the film into place. I can’t believe I nailed it on the first try this time! It usually takes me forever to get it aligned just right.

There are my two top ideas for keeping your iPhone and/or iPod protected from harm. Don’t mind the Geek behind the anti-glare screen muttering to himself. He’ll be ok eventually – I think.

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