Richard|Solo has released the Richard|Solo 1800, an updated version of their Smart Backup Battery for iPhone. They really packed on the features with the 1800. It offers 50% more battery capacity than the previous version (1800 mAh total), and includes an LED light and laser pointer, dual-port USB car charger, AC wall charger with retractable cord, and an optional plastic support for added stability while charging. You can grab one for $69.95 at RichardSolo.com.
FastMac has announced that its extended battery pack for iPhone and iPhone 3G has now started shipping. The iV triples the iPhone's battery life, enabling 24 hours of talk time, 31 days of stand-by time, 20+ hours of video playback, and nearly 72 hours of audio playback time. In addition to the added battery life, the iV also includes a bright LED light for finding your way in low-light situations and can also act as a flash for taking photos.
Those of you looking for a battery extension pack for your iPhone 3G that doesn't add a bunch of extra length will be happy to know that Mophie has opened pre-ordering for their Mophie Juice Pack for the iPhone 3G. We loved their first model for the original iPhone, so we're happy to see it finally available for the 3G. You can grab one at Mophie.com for $99.95 US. Orders ship October 30th. [via Gizmodo]
If you often travel abroad, then you might appreciate this little gadget that Kensington just announced. It's a replacement for that little wall charger unit that Apple includes with every iPhone, but if you travel to another country with different power outlets then it can be a hassle. That's where their International Travel Charger for iPod and iPhone comes in.
One of the big pet-peaves for many iPhone users that was apparent early on is that the iPhone's battery isn't user replaceable, but they may have to change it soon if a new directive from the European Union is passed. They are pushing a regulation requiring that all electronic devices in Europe have a battery that can be easily replaced by the user.
For those of you that find both the iPhone 3G's battery and speaker quality lacking, you may be in luck. Accessory maker, Brando, has recently unveiled the iPower Portable Power Station, a new external battery pack for iPhone 3G owners. In addition to extending your phone's battery life by three hours, the external power pack also sports built in speakers. The accessory lets users to listen to audio at a significantly louder volume than the standard iPhone speaker allows. The iPower station is available in both white and black. Customers can purchase the device for $44.00 US, directly from Brando's online store.
Businesses asked Apple to make changes to the iPhone and it's software, and they answered. Now, Gartner Inc. analyst Ken Dulaney has taken three weeks to test the iPhone 3G and iPhone 2.0 Software and review it for it's ability to deliver what large businesses are looking for in a handset, and published his results in a nine-page research note, titled: iPhone 2.0 Is Ready for the Enterprise, but Caveats Apply.
One of the biggest issues people have with the iPhone 3G is battery life. It's especially important in the iPhone's case, given that the battery is not user replaceable, so users finding themselves running low will have to resort to charging it or grabbing an external battery. So far the battery has been carefully and extensively tested by 7 different parties, and here are their results.
Apple said that the iPhone 3G had overall slightly worse battery life than the first iPhone due to it's 3G network capabilities, but they may still have understated it. While it is true that it has worse battery life than before simply because it does run on the 3G network for data, it still maintains higher battery life than most 3G-capable phones currently on the market.
As you know, the original iPhone's battery was extremely difficult to replace, but now it appears that Apple may have thrown us a bone on this one. It's still not easily replaceable, but iFixit's teardown revealed that the battery is now no longer soldered in place on the board. This means that while it's not officially user-replaceable yet, the process of replacing the battery will be significantly simpler. This is especially good news for those of you that enjoy DIY hardware-hackery.