Here's one thing that you can buy for five bucks that'll make your life instantly better: a 10-foot long USB extension cable. I swear—this is not hyperbole here—buying one of these cords will change your smartphone using habits as much as buying a new iPhone 5 would, for a fraction of the price.
The iPhone 5 is using the new 'Lightning' port which means we all need to buy dumb, expensive adapters if we want to keep using our old accessories. Unfortunately, those adapters don't support video and iPod out. It's okay, it's not as bad as it sounds.
In a money-printing racket, Apple is charging 30 bucks for the new 'Lightning to 30-pin' adapter and 40 bucks for a 0.2m cable version of the adapter. Anyone who has an old iPhone accessory is probably going to need one of these. And oh, it doesn't ship until October.
If you're gung-ho on upgrading to the iPhone 5 and have a mountain of old accessories from previous generations of the iPhone and iPod, this is the ugly adapter you'll need to buy for all of your deprecated gear. The iPhone 5 introduces a new, and considerably smaller, Lightning connector that's incompatible with…