Maximise Productivity – wherever you are, whatever you’re doing – with Kensington’s new range of smartphone accessories

Macworld Australia Staff
22 July, 2010
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Sydney – Australia, 22 July 2010 – Kensington, the worldwide leader in mobile technology solutions, has launched a new range of Smartphone accessories to help mobile professionals looking to get the most out of their daily life while navigating and communicating with their Smartphone in the car and on the go.

Designed to enhance productivity, the range includes  a car mount offering personalised positioning on a windshield or air vent with quick release capabilities, an anti-glare screen, a noise reducing audio cable, two batteries and a 2-in-1 car charger with AUX audio cable.

These intuitive ‘smart made simple’ designs require little effort or setup and provide the travelling Smartphone user with ultimate efficiency for use in the car. The car mount makes a clever companion to boost  performance and connectivity, while Kensington’s new audio accessories  support mobile professionals in need of better quality sound in their everyday in-car environment.

“We are continually committed to providing our customers with the ability to make the most of their day while navigating and communicating with their Smartphone,” said Sam Goldstein, Marketing and Business Development Manager, Kensington Australia.

“There is a growing demand for Smartphone mobile applications that will require accessories for optimum use in both business and entertainment contexts and our new products are designed specifically to meet that need. We recognise that the in-car environment is where mobile professionals spend a great deal of their time and are in need of an extra layer of efficiency and we want to deliver it to them.”

Introducing the Smartphone accessories

Keep your iPhone charged and the sound quality crystal clear with the Kensington 2-in-1 Car Charger and AUX Audio Cable. By connecting directly to your car stereo’s AUX port, you’ll enjoy pure, crisp sound and the built-in car charger makes sure you arrive at your destination fully charged.  RRP $49.95 – available 1 Aug 2010.

The Kensington Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 3GS/3G not only saves your eyes from the sun’s glare, but shields your iPhone screen against scratches. With its quick installation and removal, the Anti-Glare Screen Protector for iPhone 3GS/3G makes keeping your iPhone screen safe and clean easy.  RRP $14.95 – available now.

The only humming inside your car will be yours thanks to the Kensington Noise-Reducing AUX Audio Cable. The direct auxiliary connection and noise reducing technology combine to deliver clear, clean sound through your car’s stereo.  Compatible with any Smartphone or MP3 player with a 3.5mm audio jack.  RRP $19.95 – available now.

Give your iPhone and iPod Touch a secure place to ride-even when in a case. The Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Quick Release Cradle for iPhone and iPod Touch installs in seconds and keeps your iPhone or iPod within easy reach. Both windshield and air vent mounts are included – simply choose the one that works best for your car. RRP $39.95 – available now.

Talk, text and surf for twice as long when you slip your iPhone into the Kensington PowerSeld™ Battery. The PowerSled™ battery provides an extra 5 hours talk time, 5 hours video time, 27 hours of music playback and 15 hours of web browsing. Charge the battery from any USB port with the included mini USB charging cable and keep it on you for when you need a boost of power.  RRP $89.95 – available 1 August 2010.

Slip the Kensington Pocket Battery Pack for Smartphones into your pocket and you’ve got everything you need to give your Blackberry®, Nokia®, Motorola®, Samsung®, HTC®, LG® or other Smartphones a fresh charge. The Pocket Battery Pack for Smartphones adds 3.5 hours of additional talk time, and has both mini and micro USB charging cables as well as a USB charging tip built right in for recharging so there are no parts to lose.  RRP $59.95 – available 1 August 2010.

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