The Griffin TuneFlex Aux with SmartClick ($79) offers a tidy, creative way to charge and control your iPod or iPhone in the car. The TuneFlex Aux kit includes a flexible charging stand, remote control, 3.5mm line-input cable, and eight acrylic dock adapters for every model of iPod and iPhone made over the past three years.
In-car iPod chargers are cheap and plentiful these days, but the TuneFlex Aux is distinguished by its remote control. Griffin's remote comes in two pieces: a plastic base with a Velcro strap that wraps around a section of your car's steering wheel; and the remote itself, which magnetically sticks to the base. The two-part system improves on similar steering wheel-attached remotes we've seen from DLO, with better ergonomics and a more practical way to quickly detach and reattach the remote from the steering wheel.
The remote's design includes an oversize play and pause button, track-skip controls, a switch to dim your iPod's backlight (for night driving), and a shuffle-mode control. Each of the buttons includes raised markings and is formed in a unique shape to help distinguish it from the others without requiring you to take your eyes off the road.