Geek fashion: best phone and tablet pants, sweaters and jackets
Integrating your smartphone or tablet with articles of clothing is nothing new, and has existed in one form or another since the start of the smartphone addiction around the time of the first iPhone.
Lately, though, besides mostly homebrew prank gear for Halloween or Christmas, we've seen reputable clothing companies starting to think of ways to carry and use your phone beyond the usual inside phone pocket, and even making room for tablets in a windbreaker.
We now have the trendy girl pants that let you go clubbing with the bare necessities - keys, phone and a chunk of change - without worries that the slim fit won't let you sit with the phone in your pocket, and we have a jacket that lets you use the phone through the pocket it's in. Take a peak at the dorky fashion collection below.
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The designs are made of stretch denim with a protective pocket sewn onto one leg that fits most smartphones. The transparent cover on the pocket allows the wearer to use the phone for texting and other applications without pulling it out. The pocket also got an opening for cables that allows the wearer to use headphones without removing the handset. Alphyn's Valencia Jeggins will be available in March for undisclosed price.
Inspired by fighter pilots' G-suit which has pockets for a map clipboard on their thigh, the DELTA415 Wearcom™ jeans don't come cheap at $160, but the straight leg cut jeans are "expertly constructed of premium coated denim for a deep indigo color and ultra soft organic cotton pockets in OD green color as a tribute to our military heritage."
Now in its seventh edition, the Scottevest Fleece jacket introduces no less than 23 pockets for different purposes, including the new Quick Draw pocket, "inspired by and co-invented with London based blogger, Documentally. This pocket allows you to access your Smartphone through the Clear Touch Fabric in the handwarmer (side) pocket, so you don't even need to take your hand out of your pocket to use your phone." Neat, and there is an improved tablet pocket with better ergonomics, as well as lockable one for travel documents.
Again not cheap at $199, the PADX-1 LEDGE pullover lets you use an iPad or other tablet while your hands are free to do other things, instead of supporting the slate. Just don't fall forward while hiking.
In the same line of thinking we also get the SOMA-1 pullover, which this time is meant to secure your smartphone on your hand so you don't fumble around in your pocket or bag when it rings or while driving. The patented Wearcom pocket that lets you interact with the phone through the cover is here, and the headset wires run through your sleeve, stashed in a convenient zipped compartment on your shoulder.
Sewn of rip-stop nylon with mesh lining in the best tradition of windbreakers that keep you dry in heavy showers, SeV's Pack Windbreaker is also chock full of pockets for your electronics like smartphones and even tablets, with patented wire management system for your headphones that goes through your collar. Great for passing through airport security, too - just place it in the bin with all your gadgets and then put it back on after the scanner.
From the same NASA engineer that brought you the gory two-tablet Halloween costume, comes your next Christmas gift - the renowned ugly sweater in a new role, outfitted with an iPad in the front to spread the cheer, geek chic style.
Since we mentioned the bloody iPad Halloween costume, here's another piece of All Saints fashion gear, this time involving a t-shirt, iPhone and a beating heart.