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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter iOS devices
The temperatures outside are dropping rapidly, and many of you will find your hands wrapped in thick gloves. And then suddenly, an important phone call drops in. Unless you've plugged in your earphones, or connected your Bluetooth headset to the iPhone, it will take quite a long time to get your hands free to slide the button to speak. So how to answer this important call quickly?

There are "alternative" ways to interact with your iPhone without having to uncover your fingers. For basic actions such as accepting a phone call or unlocking it to read a text message, you can use either your nose or, for some more precise gestures, your tongue. I know this isn't the most elegant way to operate your beloved iPhone, but in some cases, it needs to be quick and dirty...

For those of you finding this disgusting, but still don't want to run around with cold fingers, consider buying some fancy iPhone-enabled Dots Gloves. And for true lovers, you can act as if you were kissing your iPhone to speak to your friend!

[robg adds: I, um, haven't tested certain aspects of this one...and I have no intention of doing so! Still, the issue of winter + fingers in gloves + iPhone interaction is a relevant one for much of the world. In addition to the Dots Gloves linked above, Google found a number of interesting solutions to the problem, including gloves with flip-back tips, gloves without thumb or first finger tips, and Tavo gloves (warning: Flash-only site) that use a different material on the thumb and forefinger that apparently allows touchscreen interaction. If anyone has experience with iPhone-enabled gloves, feel free to post your thoughts...]
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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: BrentT on Nov 26, '08 08:54:58AM

If your iPhone is left in the cold too long it may not function. The battery is very sensitive to low temperature. I learned in Air Force winter survival school to put electronic items in your armpit for a quick warm up. It warms the battery and electronics up enough to operate fairly quickly. Another reason to use deodorant.



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: glenstorm on Nov 26, '08 09:45:56AM

And not to use your tongue for navigation.



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: davedbw on Nov 26, '08 11:34:41AM

Has someone actually tried these gloves on an iPhone? Make a nice holiday gift for an iPhone user.

Who's going to make a photo like the classic from the movie, Christmas Story, with their tongue stuck to an iPhone screen in the dead of winter, rather than the flag pole!? Or was it a telephone pole?



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: VxJasonxV on Nov 29, '08 09:09:48AM

It's was the flag pole on school grounds.



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: ccjensen on Nov 26, '08 10:03:13AM

I have had great success using my nose :)



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: arizdave on Nov 26, '08 10:49:39AM

move to Arizona !!!!



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: VxJasonxV on Nov 29, '08 09:07:39AM

Moving to Flagstaff doesn't get away from the snow.



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: zk on Nov 26, '08 01:07:08PM

I ordered a pair of these Dots Gloves for my wife over two months ago, and they still haven't arrived. I contacted the company after a month and they said it should be another month, but still nothing.

I'm sure the company is just experiencing supply issues, but if you want these in time for this winter, call the company first and make sure they can meet your schedule!



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: the_13th_saint on Nov 26, '08 05:05:08PM

You can also use the negative ( - ) side of a AAA or AA battery as a stylus on the iphone screen if you have gloves on.



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: Mac Berry on Nov 27, '08 01:01:57AM

Interesting! I've just returned from a three day trip walking and camping in the English Lake District in sub-zero temperatures, and while the need to extend battery life, and the lack of any signal anyway, meant I left the iPhone in airplane mode, I did want to use it as my camera.

In reality though, this just proves that the iPhone wasn't the right tool for me, and possibly isn't for anyone who needs to work in gloves frequently (which modern phone would be?). None of the linked gloves would have been adequate on my trip, my nose was covered too, and sticking my tongue out in those conditions might not have been such a good idea, even if I could aim the camera properly that way!

Horses for courses I guess. Time to buy a digital camera with a big shutter release button!



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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: sf addict on Nov 27, '08 12:06:31PM

Online outfitters have a couple of types of inexpensive gloves that might solve this dilemma. I've seen a pair of ragg wool gloves that have the fingertips removed, specifically for the users of cameras, PDAs and hand tools. They also have a similar fingertipless glove that has a mitten-type end that folds over the fingertips to keep them warm and unfolds to allow the fingertips the freedom to do their digital thing. (pun intended!)
These types of gloves have actually been around for many years but are now seeing utilization in previously unknown contexts. Their big plus is that they're way less expensive than their newer, high-techy counterparts.




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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 28, '08 08:10:25AM
Or you can get a specially designed iPhone stylus.

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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: Majdaa on Nov 29, '08 01:40:20PM
I bought a pair of etip gloves from the north face, they're amazing, i can type on the iphone, with a little bit of frustration, but it's great to answer calls and simple tasks

http://www.thenorthface.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=38781&storeId=207&catalogId=10201&langId=-1&from=subCat&parent_category_rn=11707&variationId=001

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Some ways to use the iPhone during winter
Authored by: eddydasquige on Dec 02, '08 02:59:09PM

While I've definitely used my nose, I have a pair of gloves with leather palms and fingers that work no problem with the iPhone. I wonder if other leather gloves would work as well.



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