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Best Accessory Finalists

The 2013 Readers' Choice Awards on About.com

Almost no one buys an iPhone or iPod and leaves it at that. It's practically a requirement that, once you've got an iOS device, you buy an accessory to enhance your enjoyment. Cast your vote for the iPhone or iPod accessory that you found most indispensable in 2012.

Kensington Proximo Starter Kit
Price: US$59.99
Kensington's Proximo products can help you use the power of technology to ensure you don't lose, or have your stolen, your important devices--and if you do, you'll be able to track them. The Proximo starter kit includes a fob for your keychain and a Bluetooth tag. When you've got the Proximo app installed on your iPhone, the key fob can get an alert when the iPhone is more than a set distance, can help you find your keys, and can track the location of any item you add the tag to. Then, if something goes missing, use GPS to locate and retrieve it.
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Parrot Hands-Free Car Kit
Price: $219.99
We all know that it's safest not to use our phones when we drive or, if we do, to use a hands-free device. Parrot's Hands-Free Car Kit is one such device. Mount it to your car's dashboard and then connect your iPhone to it via Bluetooth and you'll be able to talk more safely. Some readers who nominated it were especially pleased by the combination of the Parrot kit and Siri, making for a truly hands-free experience for more than just calling.
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PlugBug from Twelve South
Price: $34.99
If you bring more than one gadget when you travel--say, a MacBook and an iPhone or iPad--then you're probably use to lugging along multiple power adapters to keep all your devices charged. Twelve South's PlugBug lets you leave some of them at home. This add-on to your existing MacBook power adapter adds a USB port to your power adapter that you can plug your iOS devices into to recharge--at the same time you're powering the laptop! Travel a little lighter and be more efficient with the PlugBug.
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TiVo Stream
Price: $129.99
TiVo made being able to watch your favorite shows practically any time a reality. But you were limited to only watching them in your home, on TVs that had TiVos connected to them. Not anymore, thanks to the TiVo Stream. This little set-top box lets you take your shows on the go by recording shows, transferring recorded shows, and letting you watch live TV as it's recorded--all on iOS devices. It requires iOS 5.1 or higher, the TiVo app, and a TiVo Premier series box, but with that, you can take your favorite shows anywhere.
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Logitech UE Boombox
Price: $249.99
This portable boombox doesn't need any cables; as long as your device has Bluetooth, you can stream music to it wirelessly. And, because it's Bluetooth, up to three people can connect to it and play their music--all without plugging in any cables or plunking your device right next to it (in fact, it's got range of up to 50 feet). Expect to get about 6 hours of battery life, according to Logitech, from this 4.3-pound boombox.
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Winners will be announced March 27. There's no prize -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest networks on the web.

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