Editor's choice: 10 accessories for your new iPhone

My Touch Keys is essentially a plastic skin (much like a screen protector) that attaches to the front of your iPhone. This skin has precisely-cut holes designed to fit over the iPhone's virtual QWERTY keyboard.

This allows you to 'feel' the indentations as you press the buttons. Still don't quite get it? Then hop over to the My Touch Keys website and watch the video.

B&W Zeppelin

There are several iPod docks that are compatible with the iPhone – Altec Lansing's T612, Sharp's DKAP2BK and JBL's On Stage III to name but three.

But they all pale into insignificance when compared to Bower & Wilkins' mighty Zeppelin. It might look like a flattened, black rugby ball with a strap-on iPod dock. But the Zeppelin is actually full-blown stereo speaker system in one eye-catching unit.

For hi-fi aficionados, the two bulbous grilles hide impressive speakers, each one consisting of a 25mm tweeter and a 90mm slotted woven fibreglass midrange cone.

Both of these are powered by their own 25-watt amp. And that's not all. There's a 125mm bass driver (that has its own 50-watt amp), not to mention a matching, pebble-shaped remote control.

True, the functionality of the B&W Zeppelin is fairly basic. But you're paying £400 for its oh-so-perfect styling and the professional B&W engineering.

Cygnett GrooveSnooze

If the B&W Zeppelin doesn't float your boat, consider a smaller, cheaper, 'bedside table' clock radio for your iPhone... The GrooveSnooze from veteran iPod accessorizer Cygnett is a compact speaker dock, charger and clock radio combo.

Plug in your iPhone at night, set the alarm and you can be woken in the morning by either the AM/FM radio or tunes from your iPod library. For deeper sleepers, there's an ear-grating buzzer to shock you out of your slumber.

Despite its small size, the Cygnett GrooveSnooze boasts 10 watts of output per speaker, while the audio is decent enough thanks to the unit's 2-inch bass drivers and dual tweeters.

It's not as good, perhaps, as a dedicated set of speakers (Altec Lansing's T612, for example). But the addition of a clock radio gives it a useful twist. Hunt around and you can buy the GrooveSnooze online for around £40.

Video conversion software

As well as being a decent phone, iPod, web browser, mobile map and games machine, the iPhone is also an excellent video player. The iPhone supports H.264 and MPEG-4 in .mov, .mp4 and .m4v file formats, so if you have a pile of DivX content then downloading some good video conversion software is essential.

For PCs running Windows, try the Videora iPhone Converter. It's a free application that can transcode all manner of video files including DivX, Xvid, VOB and MPEG. Featuring a handy batch conversion option, you can select several video files and leave them converting overnight.

For Mac owners, we recommend iSquint. Like the Videora iPhone Converter, iSquint simplifies the video conversion process. And if it doesn't do everything that you want it to, a more advanced version, called VisualHub, is available for a £13 fee.

Freeloader solar charger

Charge your iPhone for nothing using the power of the sun. The Freeloader 8.0 from Solar Technology is essentially a compact battery with two solar panel 'wings'. The panels convert solar energy into electricity, which can the be funnelled into a variety of portable devices.

The Freeloader is supplied with 11 different connectors to charge your iPhone or iPod, Nokia phones, LG Chocolate/Shine phones, Nintendo's DS Lite and more.

According to Solar Technology, The Freeloader 8.0 "boasts the ability to power an iPod for 18 hours, a mobile phone for 44 hours, a PSP for 2.5 hours and a PDA for 22 hours".

While it can charge an iPhone in real-time, the internal battery can also hold a charge for up to three months. The Freeloader 8.0 is available in classy aluminium or 'look at me!' pink and costs £30. A bigger solar panel (and therefore faster charging) is available if you upgrade to the £49 Globetrotter model.

Kensington Mini Battery Pack

If you have to criticise Apple's iPhone range, you might point the finger at its battery. For starters, it's not easily replaceable – the case is sealed so you can't buy a spare battery cell and swap it out.

This can be a problem if you're travelling and you watch a lot of video or you browse a lot of web pages. Or if you sit there with the GPS activated, happily watching yourself as a blue dot on a Google Map.

As the iPhone is a converged device, you don't just lose your phone when the battery runs out. You lose your iPod, sat-nav, web access, calendar etc.

It's where mobile chargers like the Freeloader and the Kensington Mini Battery Pack come in.

The rechargeable Kensington solution is a compact lithium-ion polymer cell, which can be charged via USB and then clipped to the bottom of your iPhone via the 30-pin dock connector. At the moment, it's a US-only product but you can buy online for $50.

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