The streets of Birmingham, AL were built on old horse trails. This means that hardly any of the streets are straight, it’s easy to get lost, and main roads are narrow and slow. In other words, I spend plenty of time in the car. Thankfully, I’ve found a great combination of iPhone apps and accessories which have turned my traffic-trapped car into a comfortable cruiser.
First, the accessories. I have the Kensington Quick Release and the Griffin BlueTrip. The Quick Release is a windshield mount for the iPhone that happens to work with a case-clad iPhone. What I love is that I can pluck my iPhone from it with one hand and snap it back into place the same way. The dock connector of the iPhone remains exposed, so if it runs out of power, it’s easy to plug in and juice up.
My car isn’t terribly old, so I'm lucky enough to have an AUX input under the arm console. This is where the Griffin BlueTrip is connected, basically equipping my car with Bluetooth AirPlay. Don’t knock it till you try it. The less clutter in my car, the better. This Griffin gadget has a microphone on it as well, so if I wanted, I could use it for handsfree voice commands and phone calls. Obviously, my placement isn't best suited for this, but it could work for you. It’s pricey at $65, but if you’re in the car as much as I am and care about your audio quality, this can be worthwhile. If you're considering either of these accessories, they can be found at the Apple Store, but are quite expensive there. Instead, use Amazon; and if you use the links above, I get a little bump as well. Now for the apps...
I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister; Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.