MUST HAVE TECH ACCESSORIES
Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson and Rod Chester test out the latest accessories to go with your favourite gadget
SLIM BOOK FOLIO ZAGG
Zagg’s Slim Book Folio turns Apple’s most powerful iPad into a makeshift Mac and back again in simple steps. The Slim Book includes a form-fitting plastic cover for the iPad Air 2, allowing users to read from it without impediment, while the keyboard hinge holds it tightly and offers a 135degree range of angled viewing. Its keyboard is packed with six rows of generously sized, backlit keys and can be used backwards to prop the tablet up for video viewing.
$159.95 / ZAGG.COM
HIRISE FOR APPLE WATCH
This Twelve South stand for the Apple Watch tucks your charging cord out of the way and props your watch up at a handy height. It has soft silicone pads that protect the back of your watch and your band from scratching. Although the stand is designed for the watch to sit vertically, it still is as functional if you attach the watch horizontally and use Nightstand mode – part of the watchOS 2 software update that lets you turn off or snooze your alarm with the digital crown and Watch button.
$70 / MACINTOSHADDICT.COM.AU
This futuristic gadget can charge your phone within two hours simply by touching it. The Samsung Wireless Charger can charge compatible phones 1.4 times faster than the last model, shaving 50 minutes from a complete charge for the Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+. To achieve this, the circular pad hides a cooling fan in its base and didn’t even get warm during our tests. An LED light glows green when the phone on top of it reaches full charge. It can recharge other Qicompatible gadgets at a standard speed, including Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch and Nexus 6 phone.
$89 / SAMSUNG.COM/AU
IPHONE LIGHTNING DOCK
Apple has a simple but cleverly designed dock to match your iPhone 6s in both colour and size. It’s the width of the 6 or 6s and, like the latest phone, comes in rose gold, gold, silver and space grey. Plug a lightning cable into the back (it does not come with a cable) and sit your phone on the top to charge. Perhaps the best feature is the inclusion of an audio port, so you can either connect headphones to the dock or run a cable from your dock to speakers to play music.
$75 / APPLE.COM/AU