Top 10 Smartphone Stocking Stuffers – Part 4

Top 10 Smartphone Stocking Stuffers—Part 4

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Our countdown of the top smartphone accessories has come down to our last pick. You can check out previous sections here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

1. Apple TV – one of the most underrated accessories for the iPhone (or any iOS device or Mac) is the Apple TV. When hooked up to your TV set, it allows you to stream any video with audio wirelessly and seamlessly with a couple taps thanks to Apple’s AirPlay technology.

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AirPlay Mirroring allows users to easily share their iPhone screen to the TV. This is on top of the device’s ability to act as your entertainment portal for iTunes movie rentals, Netflix and more. Apple’s recent TV ad ‘Misunderstood’, which was filmed in Edmonton demonstrated how AirPlay works with Apple TV.

Must-have apps such as Air Video HD allows users to stream almost any video format with live conversion to the Apple TV, making it a worthy entertainment addition to any living room or bedroom.

At just $109 (or $85 refurbished from Apple), this Apple “hobby” product will be a guaranteed favourite with its 1080p capabilities and slim form factor.

This concludes our list of the Top 10 Smartphone Stocking Stuffers—we hope it’s been helpful in assisting you in your holiday shopping!

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  • Chris

    I picked one up last Saturday with Staples door crasher sale, LOVE it. Almost can’t believe I waited this long to get one.

  • Lucky, that was an awesome price! Yeah, airplay is so winning. Netflix interface too.

  • xxxJDxxx

    Hmmm. I never thought of using the Apple TV with air video. Might have to pick one up to get rid of the HDMI and audio cables running across my living room.

  • Air Video looks great to our tv especially when we stream downloads. Good compromise for easiness.

  • xxxJDxxx

    So I bought the Apple TV. Didn’t realize that the latest version cannot be jailbroken and doesn’t allow you to install apps. That combined with the choppy video playback when using airplay and I think its going back in the morning. Quite disappointed with it actually.