Trick Out Your iPhone with The XiStera XS Plus Multitool

XiStera XS Plus

Like any red-blooded American male, my heart beats faster when I hear the word “multitool.”

Of course, my iPhone is already the ultimate multitool, good for everything from photography to text messaging to Flappy Birding.  What more could it possibly do?

XiStera XS Plus with iPhone

Turns out: a lot. The XiStera XS Plus adds a host of nifty capabilities to the iPhone 5/5S — a multitool on top of a multitool. It normally sells for $69.99, but for a limited time, StackSocial has the XiStera XS Plus for $44.99 shipped.

So, what can this funny-looking thing do? For starters, it adds a lens adapter to your iPhone and comes with three magnetic lenses: fisheye, macro, and wide-angle. That vastly expands your snapshot options. (Pro tip: the adapter should work with other magnetic lenses, so shop around if you want one for zoom.)

Speaking of photos, the XiStera includes two–count ‘em, two!–tripod mounts, one each for landscape and portrait orientation. Those standard-size threads would also enable you to pair your phone with universal windshield and dashboard mounts.

But wait, there’s more! The tool also functions as a stand (again, both landscape and portrait), ideal for propping up your iPhone for videos, e-books, FaceTime chats, and the like. It has slots for keeping your earphones neatly wrapped. And, most important of all, it includes a bottle opener.

Most surprising of all, the XiStera can even be used as a capacitive stylus — very handy for those times when you want to sketch a drawing or note and find your finger too fat for the job.

Though it’s a little bulky to leave attached to your iPhone full-time, the XiStera comes with both a wrist lanyard and a keychain loop, giving you a couple options for toting it around.

I’ve seen iPhone cases with various multitool capabilities, but most of them were awkward, bulky, limited, and/or crazy-expensive. I like this because it’s removable, swooping in only when you need it. The lenses and stands alone make it worth the price of admission, but it’s always nice to have an extra bottle opener, too.

What are your thoughts on this? Think you’ll grab one? Consider grabbing two, as this strikes me as a sweet gift for the iPhone owner who has everything.

Veteran technology writer Rick Broida is the author of numerous books, blogs, and features. He lends his money-saving expertise to CNET and, and also writes for PC World and Wired.


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