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Using your iPhone in Arctic Weather: Tavo Gloves Reviewed

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I don’t know about the rest of Canada, but here in Ontario it has been a very long, cold, snowy winter. We just received another 20-25cm of snow in the last week, and it’s positively frightful out there. Certainly most of us are bundling up with scarves, touques, and of course, gloves.

Gloves, ah, the Canadian iPhone user’s arch nemesis in wintertime. I’m certain I’m not the one only who has pawed at my iPhone when it’s ringing, trying to answer it with gloves on – a feat impossible! Well, ok, not impossible, if you have the right gloves.

Enter Tavo Gloves. A product geared specifically at this problem. Hopefully by now, this far into winter, most of you have come up with your own solutions (and I would very much like to hear about these in the comments – I suspect our readers are quite creative!) but if you haven’t this might be a great solution for you.

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I had a chance to test the gloves out and I have to say I’m impressed. The tips/pads of the forefinger and thumbs are covered in a special material (The Jazzy name is ‘Playpoint Technology’) made with a conductive metal that conducts the electromagneticwozits (or Capacitance, as it’s formally known) from your finger. One thing that I found interesting was that the inside of the tips were the regular fleece material.

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Lets get to how well they function with your iPhone in a second, first I want to mention that the wind resistant fleece that they’re made out of is super comfortable and extremely warm.

Having only the front of the tips covered did pose a slight challenge to me as I regularly use the very tip of my fingers, but answering and dialing calls with my thumb worked out just fine. Especially useful when driving, as my steering wheel is very cold, and I don’t want to go fumbling with my gloves when a call comes in.

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Additionally the palms and remaining fingers are covered with a non-stick pattern that is helpful. I’m certain I’m not the only person who’s accidentally had their iPhone slip out of their hands wearing regular gloves

Still skeptical on how well they work? Well, check out the video made to demonstrate the usability: Tavo Gloves Test

If you’re located in Montreal, you can pick up a pair at Layton Audio, or check out the ‘Purchase’ section at TavoProducts.com (I believe J&R will ship to Canada).

Overall I think this is a great product, super gloves and generally functional for the iPhone, definitely something Canadian iPhone users could benefit from owning.

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