GEEKY GEAR

TOP PICKS FOR EVERY FAN­DOM

iPhone Life Magazine - - 2018 Best Tech Guide - BY CON­NER CAREY

This is 2018; geeks and nerds are cool now. You're quirky, weird, and smart—that's noth­ing to be ashamed of! Write that fan­fic­tion, go to that con­ven­tion, wear that cos­play. Geeks change the world with their pas­sions, of­ten mak­ing it a bet­ter place. There are many dif­fer­ent kinds of geeks and nerds; and this roundup will fea­ture a lit­tle some­thing for ev­ery­one. Whether you nerd out over au­dio, ap­pre­ci­ate mod­ern­ized rem­nants of the past, or just want to show off your fan­dom, I think you'll be happy with the gear you find be­low. So please, go cre­ate. Let your pas­sions lead you; the world needs that ge­nius.

GameVice iPhone Con­troller ($79.95) Too of­ten, the best games on your iPhone are held back by the lack of a con­troller. GameVice solves that prob­lem, plac­ing your iPhone snug­gly in the cen­ter with a tra­di­tional con­troller com­ing off the left and right side of your dis­play. The only, very small, draw­back I faced was that I had to re­move my iPhone X case (which I ex­pected) and my screen pro­tec­tor (which I did not ex­pect) in or­der to use the GameVice. But that was a small price to pay for the eight hours of game­play that fol­lowed. When you re­move the iPhone, the two sides of the con­troller stay to­gether with a mag­net and fit per­fectly in­side your back­pack. GameVice is per­fect for lazy week­ends at home and long com­mutes. For the iPhone gamer, this is an ab­so­lute must-have.

Casetify ($18–$60) We all need a pro­tec­tive case; why not ap­pre­ci­ate what you're pas­sion­ate about with yours? Casetify is fan­tas­tic at fea­tur­ing a huge va­ri­ety of graph­ics, im­ages, and themes that you can have printed on the case you want. From a sim­ple snap-on case to a heavy-duty drop­proof model, Casetify of­fers mul­ti­ple op­tions. My cur­rent fa­vorite is a Star Wars case with blue glit­ter that Casetify sent me, but there is cer­tain to be a de­sign for (nearly) ev­ery­one.

Harry Pot­ter PopSocket ($15) As a Raven­claw, it's my duty to let you know that PopSock­ets of­fers de­signs for all the houses from the Harry Pot­ter world. Show off your lucky Gryffindor stripes, de­clare your proud Huf­flepuff roots, or sub­tly re­mind oth­ers of your su­pe­rior Slytherin up­bring­ing. If Harry Pot­ter isn't your fan­dom of choice, you'll also find your fa­vorite Poké­mon and su­per­hero em­blems from PopSock­ets. A PopSocket is the un­of­fi­cial musthave ac­ces­sory for every iPhone user. Its awe­some­ness can't be overstated: use it to hold your phone with­out drop­ping it on your face, use it as a stand to prop your phone up for watch­ing a video, or wrap your head­phones cord around it to keep those knots at bay. It may seem triv­ial, but I am never go­ing back to an iPhone life with­out my PopSocket. And once you've tried it, I doubt you will want to ei­ther. Game of Phones Deck of Cards ($20)

In­stead of get­ting to­gether with friends only to stare at your phones, why not use your phones to play a group game? Game of Phones chal­lenges you to find, share, cre­ate, or do some­thing with your phone in a Cards Against Hu­man­ity-style game. Af­ter one card is drawn, the group then has 60 sec­onds to pro­duce, af­ter which the judge for that round de­cides who won and the win­ner col­lects the card. The game is over when one player has ten cards to­tal. It's a silly and fun ad­ven­ture that asks you to ex­plore new lev­els of hu­mor and trust with your friends. Of course, ev­ery­one needs a smart­phone to play, so maybe don't in­vite your hip­ster friend with a flip phone to this par­tic­u­lar party.

Li­bra­tone Track+ In-Ear Head­phones ($199) I tried the Li­bra­tone Track+ ear­buds at CES this year and found a pocket of calm amid the noise of the crowd. I im­me­di­ately wanted a pair. With ad­justable noise can­cel­la­tion, you can de­cide how much of the out­side world reaches your ears. The soft cord that con­nects the two ear­buds houses an eight-hour bat­tery and is the smoothest I've tried—it's easy to for­get it's there at all. The head­phones are sweat and splash proof, plus they come with five dif­fer­ent ear tips so you can find the most com­fort­able fit, whether you're lis­ten­ing to a pod­cast on the train or blast­ing mu­sic while run­ning a 10K. The Li­bra­tone Track+ ear­buds have­quickly be­came my go-tos; I can eas­ily hear the dif­fer­ence be­tween their in­cred­i­ble sound and sub­par ear­buds. If you're an au­dio­phile nerd on a bud­get, don't pass these up.

Twelve South BookBook Case for iPad & iPhone ($29.99–$99.99)

Book nerds re­joice! Hide your beloved tech un­der the guise of an old book with BookBook. This case is avail­able for var­i­ous mod­els of the iPad, MacBook, and iPhone. To my sur­prise, my BookBook gen­uinely fools peo­ple far more of­ten than I ever ex­pected. Plus, it acts as the per­fect slim-fit case for your de­vices. The BookBook for iPad Pro also dou­bles as a stand, with an an­gle for both sketch­ing com­fort­ably and loung­ing with a movie. I have been a huge fan of Twelve South for years now, and it's never let me down. BookBook is my fa­vorite of all Twelve South prod­ucts. Keep your iOS de­vice look­ing stun­ning, clas­sic, and sleek while ward­ing off any book haters.

Qw­erky­writer S Key­board ($249) Type­writ­ers are a rem­nant of the past, but do they have to stay there? The Qw­erky­writer S brings the feel­ing of typ­ing on a typewriter into the mod­ern world. Sim­ply con­nect it with USB or Blue­tooth to your com­puter, iPhone, or iPad. Then en­joy as the nos­tal­gia rushes in. Knock-off mod­els of Blue­tooth type­writ­ers abound, but none have the high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als and at­ten­tion to de­tail of the Qw­erky­writer S. The lithium bat­tery lasts up to a full month on a sin­gle charge, the knobs work for scrolling and vol­ume, and even the re­turn bar does its job. One re­viewer put it per­fectly when they said, “As silly as it sounds, it makes me want to type!” That's nerd-speak for, “I'm geek­ing out right now, and this is awe­some.” I couldn't agree more.

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