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Four Low-Tech Solutions for Mobile Users’ Little Problems

Amid all the giant TVs, connected refrigerators and Ultrabooks at CES are some decidedly low-tech and low-cost products that make life just a little easier.

Magnetic phone & tablet stand

For example, there are all sorts of stands for iPads, iPhones and other smart phones but iOMounts is using very old technology called magnetism to mount your device. It’s a stand with a double-side magnet that lets you swivel your device in any direction. You get a small metal washer with double-sided tape to adhere to the back of your device or its case. Prices start at $69 for a phone stand and $80 for a tablet version. The company is working on a solution for mounting phones in vehicles.

iOmounts magnetic stand for phones and tablets (Credit: iOmounts)

Phone gripper for folks with slippery hands

If you’re as clumsy as I am,  you’ve probably dropped your phone at least once. Here’s a simple $20 solution from It’s a set of rubberized rings that you affix to the back of your phone or case with its double-sided tape. Stick your fingers through the rings and the odds of dropping the phone go way down.

Grip-Ez keeps phone from slipping from your hand (Credit: Grip-Ez)

For watching video on tablets from bed

My wife and I sometimes watch Netflix movies on our iPad in bed (no jokes, please) and our biggest problem — aside from falling asleep while watching — is finding an easy way to prop the tablet up while we watch.  This simple $29.95 iProp solves the problem quite nicely. I’ll have to see if my wife agrees. It can also work on your lap.

iProp props your tablet up in bed or on your lap (Credit: iProp)

Headphones you’ll never forget to take along

I always have my phone with me when I’m at the gym, but I often forget my headset when I want to listen to music while peddling the cross-trainer. And I never have my headset with me if I want to make a hands-free call.  If I had this Rockrah case with “buds and winder,” I’d be listening to sweet music or chatting way  every time because the headset is integrated into the case.  The product, which will  cost $59.95 for the smart phone version, will be available in April.

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