July 07, 2012, 7:10 AM — This week’s roundup of iOS accessories features products that help you write, take pictures, do business, listen to music—and stay powered up for all of these activities.
Electric Friends: If you need your iPhone-dock speaker system to be more than just speakers—if you need it to be the most adorable thing in the whole wide world, in fact—the line of $70 Electric Friends docks might be what you’re looking for. Shaped like ducks, kitties, puppies, and pandas, you plug your phone into the critter’s belly and get music from two embedded 5-watt speakers. It’s the first portable docking station we’ve ever been tempted to tickle under the chin.
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Genius: This company has introduced the $70 LuxePad 9100, an ultra-thin, Bluetooth keyboard that you can pair up with your iPad. The device runs on two AAA batteries and comes with a leather case that can be used to tote it around or serve as a kickstand for your tablet. (Assuming your jealousy of that feature of Microsoft’s Surface tablet hasn’t driven you to rage at Apple’s obstinacy.) The keyboard itself is just 1.75mm thick, making it light and easy to carry around when not in use.