The Best In-Car Accessories

11/15/2012 5:22:42 PM

The car and your smartphone always mix well, but these gadgets are here to create a seamless link between the two

Griffin smarttalk solar

Description: Griffin smarttalk solar

The Smart Talk links with your phone via Bluetooth so you can answer calls with a press of the call button or, if you hook up your device’s voice control setting, you can take calls without your hands leaving the wheel, or your eyes the road. This slender gadget also comes with a built-in solar panel, so when attached to the windscreen, it can be powered and charged without the need for additional wires. A clear plastic cradle comes with the SmartTalk, complete with two sucker pads for fixing the device in place on your windscreen.

4 stars

$69.99 – Griffin –

Breffo spider podium

Description: Breffo spiderpodium

Part stress toy, part device holder, the Spider podium can be manipulated into any position imaginable, making it ideal for cradling your smartphone in the car, where you can see it. Thanks to the eight ‘limbs’ of steel wrapped in a rubber coat, you can use the Breffo as a stand or attach it to the fans on your dashboard – or even the headrest for users in the back off the car. You can use the various arms and legs to create a holster or stand for your device, with the maneuverability making the Spider podium able to hold almost any phone you might want.

5 stars

$19.99 – Breffo –

Just mobile highway charger

Description: Just mobile highway charger

Although it has only a single use, iPhone owners will no doubt be very pleased to see a dedicated in-car charger available for their device, especially those who depend on it for work. The Highway has been designed to be chic, and the diamond tread aluminium head on the charge point is certainly an eye-catching statement. The charger itself works with your car’s cigarette lighter port and comes with a coiled cable to keep your car free of excess wires. It connects your iPhone to the power source via its USB and Apple-native connection ports.

4 stars

$52.4 – Just Mobile –

Griffin cinema seat

Description: Griffin cinemaseat

A nicely cushioned sleeve to protect your iPad, the CinemaSeat has a Velcro strap on the rear of its case that is designed to fit around car seat headrests, allowing those in the back to create the perfect media viewing setup with the device. There is also a useful mesh pocket on the back of the case that can be used for storing headphones. The case gives you access to all necessary buttons and ports, although the rear-facing camera is blocked, but it’s unlikely you’ll need it when in the car and the iPad is in this viewing position.

4 star

$37.5 – Griffin –

03 of the best apps for drivers

Griffin drivesafe

Map services, hands-free driving laws, and solutions to car and smartphone issues.

iPhone+ - iOS 3.2 – Free – v1.0.3

Navfree GPS live UK & ROI

Free satnav for your smartphone that extends to Europe with in-app purchases

iPhone+ - iOS 4.0 – Free – v1.9.91


A fun app that lets you measure in-car G-force, and record ‘lap times’ of your commute

iPhone - iOS 3.2 – $13.5/ $19.5 – v3.1


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