If you’re still hanging in there with your “old” iPhone because your AT&T contract won’t allow you to upgrade to iPhone 3GS just yet (or you just don’t want to upgrade), a very useful iPhone 3G accessory will enable your iPhone camera to shoot images at close range by creating a “macro” mode modification.
Clarifi from Griffin adds another lens to the 3G’s camera, overcoming the lack of a “macro” mode, making it possible to photograph magazine or newspaper articles for later reference or any kind of extreme detail close-up pictures that wouldn’t normally work out with the iPhone 3G’s camera. The lens modification is built into a case and slides easily over the camera for close-ups and and slides back out of the way for regular shots.
Naturally, I’ve experienced minor problems with lint collecting on the lens from bags and pockets, but it’s better than nothing and, honestly, almost indispensable. While I’m someone who hates adding bulk to the sleek iPhone, I haven’t taken this case off since I got it.
Griffin Clarifi is on sale (thanks to the 3G S no doubt) for $31.