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London calling

Brittania rules the gizmos this year with its inimitable emblematic style celebrating the 2012 Olympics.
The Business Times - August 4, 2012
By: Christopher Lim
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London calling Native Union London Tube POP Phone - PHOTO: NATIVE UNION

Native Union London Tube POP Phone
$79

This design, by French designer David Turpin, is identical to the Native Union Brit Pop Phone, except for the design which incorporates London's Tube subway map on to its white back. The coiled phone cord and plug are also white.

What sets Native Union's POP phones apart from cheap imitation is its solid feel. There are no rattles, no creaks if you grip it too hard, and it doesn't feel like it will break into a dozen pieces if dropped. The Native Union London Tube Pop Phone is available at Robinsons, Isetan, Tangs, Nimbus@Wheelock, HMV, TwoBros Lifestyle & Gadget Store, selected Apple Stores and other authorised Native Union resellers.

Native Union Brit POP Phone
$79

ANALOGUE landline phones meet cutting-edge mobile gadgets with Native Union's Brit POP Phone, which works with mobile gadgets such as Apple iPads and iPhones, as well as Google Android phones. You can also use it with laptops that have compatible jacks, so that video chats on Skype will feel as natural as picking up a retro phone handset.

The POP Phone essentially duplicates the function of a handsfree headset, but with far more style and a familiar design that's actually slightly more intuitive than speaking into a microphone dangling from the side of your face - though not quite as small or light. Voice quality is a cut above the handsfree kits that come with most mobile phones.

The Union Jack design is mated to handset curves made to resemble retro 1950s Bakelite phone models. The coiled phone cord is blue, terminating in a red plug that connects to your phone, tablet or laptop.

The Native Union Brit Pop Phone is available at Robinsons, Isetan, Tangs, Nimbus@Wheelock, HMV, TwoBros Lifestyle & Gadget Store, selected Apple Stores and other authorised Native Union resellers.

Mini Cooper Rubbery Hard Case for iPhone 4/4S case
$39

Things don't get much more straightforward than this Rubbery Hard Case that sports the Union Jack.

But a nice touch is that the Union Jack has an aged look, with faux scrapes and scratches designed to make it look like an authentically well-used piece of kit from 1960s Britain. Just ignore the anachronistic combination of a modern Apple iPhone 4 or 4S and a vintage design.

The Mini Cooper Rubbery Hard Case for iPhone 4/4S case is available at retailers such as Epicentre, Nubox, SingTel Hello Shops and Gadget World.

Mini Cooper Leather Union Jack Yellow Stripes iPhone 4/4S case
$39

It's hard to find a Union Jack iPhone case that's low key, which makes this Leather Union Jack Yellow Stripes model a gem. The outline of the Union Jack is stitched in yellow on a black leather background, which lets you display your enthusiasm for the London Olympics without screaming it.

Like the authentically brightly coloured Mini Cooper, Rubbery Hard Case model, this low-key case is a hard shell that snaps on and off the back of your iPhone 4 or 4S.

The Mini Cooper Leather Union Jack Yellow Stripes iPhone 4/4S case is available at retailers such as Epicentre, Nubox, SingTel Hello Shops and Gadget World.

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