3rd Generation Apple iPods (there is a version for
the original iPod too)
My new best friend is my 30GB iPod (sorry Judie…). I’ve had this little guy
for 2 months now, and I take it with me everywhere I go. Although cases for the
iPod are fun to review, I find the other accessories to be way more interesting
to me. So, when I was approached by TEN
Technology to review the naviPod, I practically sprained my finger pressing
the reply button in my email program to say yes after checking out the product
on their website!
What is the naviPod? It is a very cool IR controller for the iPod. Ok, I know
what you are probably thinking: "why would I need an IR controller?" With the
naviPod, you can Play, Pause, Next track, Previous track, Fast Forward, Rewind
and adjust volume, from across the room. Picture this: your iPod is sitting on
top of your stereo cabinet, using an iRock (or
similar) FM wireless transmitter to play tunes through your stereo. From your
chair, you can control the major features of your player. Very nifty!
The naviPod consists of 3 components: the IR receiver, handheld remote, and
the chrome plated stand. The receiver, which matches the color and curves of the
iPod exactly, plugs into the top of the device. It does not require any
batteries to power it, as it is powered directly from the iPod. The front of the
receiver has a large IR eye, while the back has a standard 3.5mm jack. You can
plug earphones, an FM transmitter, or a audio cable into this jack.
The handheld transmitter is a small plastic circular disc with 5 soft rubber
buttons. The transmitter is powered by one CR2032 battery, which is included.
This type of coin cell battery is easily found in almost any drug or convenience
store. The button layout is very good. The top button is the Play/Pause button,
while the bottom buttons control volume levels. The left and right middle
buttons have two functions each. If you press them once, they will play the
previous or next tracks respectively, while holding the buttons down will cause
the playback to rewind or skip ahead 5 seconds inside a song. The buttons are
very easy to press and have good tactile feedback. The transmitter actually has
a very good range. I was able to control my iPod from a distance of 15 ft. Not
If you don’t care to use the docking cradle with the iPod, you can use the
naviPod’s included chrome stand, which attaches easily to the sides of the IR
receiver. It lets the iPod rest at the perfect angle for viewing the display on
a desktop. Also, since it attaches directly to the naviPod receiver, you can use
the stand while the iPod is in some cases. I’ve been using it with the Vaja
iVod case and love it.
The naviPod is currently my favorite iPod accessory. Besides looking very
stylish, it adds functionality to my already awesome iPod.
Allows your iPod to become part of your stereo system
Plug and play