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Cellpoint Flamingo Music Headphones with EarClick2

The 2008 Futurelooks iPod Accessory Mini Round Up

As much as you may enjoy jamming out to some Rick Astley, the other people on the airplane or Greyhound may not share your taste in music. They don’t offer the same kind of comfort and quality as a good set of DJ-style cans, but the Flamingo Music Headset from Cellpoint may be a suitable alternative. The nifty thing about these headphones is that they are not really in-ear speakers nor are they earbuds. They feature something called EarClick2 technology. The buds are a very strange shape, but the idea is that they can be both weightless and secure. Earbuds have a tendency to get yanked out pretty easily; these do not.

The 2008 Futurelooks iPod Accessory Mini Round Up

Unfortunately, while the Flamingo will hang on for dear life through all sorts of justles and jostles, the audio quality isn’t exactly up to par. There is virtually no bass and the rest of the audio spectrum is quite harsh. It’s almost like everything that you’re listening to is being funneled through the FM radio. Fleshing out the sound spectrum with some solid bass would have balanced the equation quite a bit. In terms of comfort, the Flamingo felt very strange in my ears at first, but they got more comfortable the longer I wore them. Weird, I know. It comes with about seven additional pairs of rubber inserts too, in case you have different shaped ears. The Cellpoint Flamingo Music Headset with EarClick2 technology retails for $50.

Griffin iTrip Auto SmartScan FM Transmitter

Although it would be nicer to have a real iPod integration kit in your car, that’s simply something that some people don’t want to bother with. This is especially true if you’re part of a car-sharing program or anything like that where you do not have access to the same car at all times. This is where FM transmitters come into play.

The 2008 Futurelooks iPod Accessory Mini Round Up

The iTrip Auto SmartScan from Griffin adds two extra functions to the FM transmitter game. First, it will simultaneously charge your iPod on the go, ensuring that you don’t drain that precious battery while enjoying the latest song stylings from Rod Stewart or Slipknot (whatever floats your boat).

The 2008 Futurelooks iPod Accessory Mini Round Up

The second feature is the “SmartScan” technology. This gets the FM transmitter to automatically seek out the best FM frequencies in the area. This way, you don’t have to go hunting for an available frequency. Bear in mind that this feature can be hit and miss, and the display on the iTrip Auto SmartScan can be a little hard to read under direct sunlight. Retail price is $79.99.

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