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Car Accessories for Samsung Galaxy S3

Two years ago, when the Samsung Galaxy series of phones were released, I, rather famously, posted three articles as to why “Samsung Vibrant is NOT my new Android Phone (Part One)“, (Part Two), (Part Three). Then, this past August, pretty much two years from then, I upgraded to the new Samsung Galaxy S3, and I couldn’t be happier.  All the problems I experienced with the Samsung Vibrant are gone, and there are so many new features I haven’t quite figured out how to use them all, but one thing is certain: I want to use this device safely in my car. So I’ve done a little shopping.

Belkin Bluetooth AirCast Car Hands-Free Kit. This purchase came about when I was looking for ways play music from the phone through my car stereo with a minimum of wiring. I found a few Bluetooth dongles that could plug into the auxiliary input of my car stereo, but then decided for a little bit more I could add hands free calling to the mix. You can watch the Youtube video below to see more about this accessory.

Arkon SM410 Universal Smartphone Windshield and Vent Car Mount. When I purchased the Samsung Galaxy S3 I also bought a car mount, but it only worked on the windshield or other places where I could get its suction cup to work. Many times in the past I considered getting car mount that could clip to the air vents on the dashboard, and after reading about this item from Simon Hill at Digital Trends in his article “Best Samsung Galaxy S3 accessories” I decided to give it a try. (I haven’t received it in the mail yet, but when I do I’ll update this post.

Save up to $72 on iPod and iPhone Speaker Systems

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Here are a few standout offers I found at the Mac Mall.

alteclansingt612Save $72 on the Altec Lansing T612 Digital Speaker System for iPod and iPhone only $127.99 (was $199.99): The T612 digital speaker system is a also acts a speakerphone for calls on your iPhone. Similar devices required iPhone users to use flight mode which meant you wouldn’t be able to receive calls while docked. The T612 doesn’t require you to use flight mode, so you won’t miss any phone calls. When a call comes in, the music stops so you can hear your call. The T612 was rated the “Best of 2008” by iProng magazine, and received similar high marks from PC Magazine.

The T612 features four specially engineered speakers to smoothly reproduce music across the full audio spectrum with powerful, deep bass with it XdB bass-enhancement technology that creates deep rich bass without a subwoofer. It’s docking station will recharge your iPhone or dockable iPod.

It includes a wireless remote that keeps track forward and back, volume, and bass & treble controls at your fingertips. Plus it’s elegant, wall-mountable design will looks great in your living room or office with a wall-mounting kit that is sold separately.

Alternately, the T612 has an MP3 player jack that allows you to connect your MP3 player or CD player at the same time as your iPhone.

clockradioAlso at the MacMall you can save $55 on the iHome Bluetooth Clock Radio & Speakerphone for iPhone & iPod NOW only $124.99 (was $179.99). Like the T612, the iP47’s dock will play and charge your iPhone or iPod, or you can wirelessly stream music from your Bluetooth-enabled phone, PDA or computer. The Bluetooth technology also allows you to control other Bluetooth enabled devices such as handsfree units and headsets using AVRCP and A2DP profiles.

ihome-clock-radioThe speakerphone feature, with its built-in mic allows you to answer and place calls using your iPhone or other Bluetooth-enabled cell phone.

The clock radio portion has a 4 speaker stereo  sound, a dual alarm allows separate wake times, and a clock that automatically sets itself. You can choose to wake to to your iPhone, iPod, Bluetooth enabled device, or its  AM/FM radio with 12 station presets. It also includes a full-function remote control with snooze.

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