Great Gad­gets for Get­ting More Done


iPhone Life Magazine - - News - BY THE IPHONE LIFE TEAM


Ev­ery busi­ness or home of­fice needs a good printer with scan­ning and fax­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties too. And now that you can scan, sign, and cre­ate PDFs eas­ily on your iPhone, it only makes sense to buy an AirPrint-com­pat­i­ble printer like the Canon all-in-one PIXMA G4200. It not only lets you print from your desk­top but also al­lows you to send doc­u­ments di­rectly from your iPhone. In our of­fice, set­ting up the G4200 was easy—AirPrint worked on our first at­tempt even with­out us­ing Canon's app, and the print qual­ity was very good. A fea­ture that sets Canon apart is its Me­gaTank, a bulk ink fea­ture that's ex­cel­lent at re­duc­ing costs and man­age­ment of ink car­tridges.

FITBIT ALTA HR ($149.95)

For pro­duc­tiv­ity, bal­ance is key. When your phys­i­cal, mental, and emo­tional health are on track, your pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els soar. That's why the Fitbit Alta HR is such a great pro­duc­tiv­ity tool. Be­tween the fit­ness tracker it­self and the full-fea­tured app that goes with it, you can make sure you're on track with hy­dra­tion, move­ment, and more. Our fea­ture web writer Con­ner Carey loves her Alta. An un­der­rated fea­ture, she says, is the stand re­minders, which serve as a cue to get up, stretch, and check in with your­self. Tak­ing those small breaks in the midst of busy ac­tiv­ity can help you to work bet­ter for longer.


If you par­tic­i­pate in video or con­fer­ence calls for work, in­vest­ing in a high-qual­ity pair of head­phones with a mic is cru­cial to main­tain­ing your pro­fes­sion­al­ism. We first lis­tened to these beau­ties from 1More in a busy hall at the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show and were im­me­di­ately wowed by such crisp, full sound com­ing from an in-ear head­phone. 1More's prod­ucts re­duce echo­ing and room noise, and come with a vol­ume and track con­trol panel so it's easy to ad­just on the fly. They also are great for lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and tun­ing out dis­trac­tions.


While we use plenty of iPhone apps for jour­nal­ing (see pg. 42 for a tu­to­rial on Day One), some of us also like to keep a phys­i­cal jour­nal like this one from Moleskine. Our CTO Raphael Burnes ex­plained it well when he said, “It feels more con­crete to cre­ate some­thing on phys­i­cal pa­per, which in­creases clar­ity and peace of mind.” How­ever, he also en­joys jour­nal­ing on his phone so he can search, edit, and or­ga­nize his words. The great news is you don't have to com­mit to one medium! You can use both. Try us­ing a Moleskine next time you feel like jour­nal­ing and see how it feels.


We've all heard the phrase, “sit­ting is the new smok­ing.” Un­for­tu­nately, if you've got a desk job, then you likely sit for hours on end and there's no real chance of chang­ing that any­time soon. What's the next best thing? A stand­ing desk that will take you from sit­ting to stand­ing with the click of a but­ton. At iPhone Life, we've all been jeal­ous of Con­ner's stand­ing desk from Au­ton­o­mous, and now they've come out with an even cooler ver­sion with the Smart Desk 3. Aside from lift­ing and low­er­ing like the pre­vi­ous model, this smart desk pairs with your phone and uses AI to learn your habits and help you do things like stay hy­drated, catch an Uber, or­der lunch, or lis­ten to your fa­vorite Spo­tify playlist. Get ready to feel less slug­gish while you work and more em­pow­ered by the abil­ity to adapt your work en­vi­ron­ment to your needs. While it doesn't have stor­age and it takes some work to put to­gether, we think it's well worth it.


If you're us­ing an iPad Pro at work, you al­ready know that a good stand and at­tach­able key­board are cru­cial for pro­duc­tiv­ity. With a back­lit key­board and Smart Con­nec­tors for eas­ily at­tach­ing your iPad Pro, this case is our ab­so­lute fa­vorite. Logitech did a great job of think­ing of just about ev­ery­thing you'd need, in­clud­ing five dif­fer­ent ways to use the case from land­scape to por­trait ori­en­ta­tion. There's even a ded­i­cated row of short­cuts at the top to make your iPad Pro feel even more like a lap­top re­place­ment. The Slim Combo comes in two pieces, in­clud­ing a case with a kick­stand for prop­ping your tablet for video calls and me­dia view­ing, and a Smart Con­nec­tor fo­lio key­board cover that you never need to pair or charge. We rec­om­mend Logitech over Ap­ple's key­board cover, as it's stur­dier and holds up bet­ter over time.


The Mur­phy's Law of back­packs and purses dic­tates that what­ever you need most falls to the bot­tom of your bag and hides. At last there's an ex­cep­tion to this rule with STM's com­muter back­pack. Our fea­ture web writer Leanne Hayes had been look­ing for a bag that could not only ac­com­mo­date her glasses, lap­top, note­book, pens, snacks, water bot­tle, and wal­let, but also keep it all con­tained, or­ga­nized, and safe. That's a tall or­der, and STM de­liv­ered. It in­cludes a des­ig­nated sec­tion for ev­ery item and, most im­por­tantly, pro­tects your lap­top with a suspended pouch to cush­ion it from jolts and jos­tles. Leanne has found walk­ing and biking with this pack to be sat­is­fy­ing as well, as it's not so large as to un­bal­ance you, and there's a good amount of air­flow due to the breath­able panel on the back of the bag.


If you're do­ing ex­ten­sive au­dio work like our man­ag­ing ed­i­tor Rheanne Tay­lor does, you may want to in­vest in a high-qual­ity pair of over-ear head­phones. Since many models can begin to hurt your ears af­ter an hour or so of use, finding a nice set of head­phones that you can wear all day is vi­tal. En­ter Au­dioQuest's Nighhawk head­phones, which not only sound in­cred­i­ble, but in­clude an ad­justable strap and sus­pen­sion de­sign that makes them su­per com­fort­able. Rheanne wears the NightHawks while edit­ing video tips and is so happy with them.


Most of us use our phones for work as well as play, which presents cer­tain chal­lenges. All that typ­ing and car­ry­ing can be hard on your hands, and hold­ing your de­vice at dif­fer­ent an­gles or while car­ry­ing other items can be a real pain. Don't be fooled by the Pop­Socket's fun de­signs—this is no light­weight nov­elty item. The Pop­Socket en­ables you to hold your de­vice com­fort­ably with­out cramp­ing and acts as a con­ve­nient desk­top stand so you can rest your phone on its side and keep the dis­play clearly vis­i­ble. The ad­he­sive is strong and re­us­able, and doesn't dam­age your phone.


This retro-look­ing mi­cro­phone is any­thing but old school. With USB and Light­ning cable com­pat­i­bil­ity, you can use the Rasp­berry to con­duct in­ter­views on the go with your iPhone or iPad or in the stu­dio con­nected to your lap­top or desk­top com­puter. We use mics from Blue to record the iPhone Life Pod­cast, and con­trib­u­tors use Rasp­berry mics at tradeshows and events to con­duct in­ter­views. We've found Blue to of­fer great value for the price and to make pro­fes­sional-level record­ing ac­ces­si­ble to the av­er­age per­son.


Whether you're keep­ing track of your client's ad spend­ing, brain­storm­ing new projects, or tak­ing notes in class, the Ap­ple Pen­cil makes an amaz­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity tool for iPad Pro users. With this sil­i­cone sleeve by FRTMA, your cov­eted ac­ces­sory fi­nally has the mag­netic grip Ap­ple should have built into it! Once you've in­stalled the sil­i­cone sleeve on your Pen­cil, itl will be more com­fort­able to hold and will stick to the front side of your iPad Pro with­out rolling away. We rec­om­mend stick­ing it to the right side, that way it won't in­ter­fere with the Smart Cover.

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