We’re continually seeing examples of how the iPhone has exploded its horizons to become much, much more than just a phone. Case (ha) in point: Why shell out $ 300 for an action cam when you already own a video cam with stellar optics and image-stabilizing, a big, beautiful screen and the ability to upload your exploits whenever you damn well please? All you need to turn your iPhone from video cam to action cam is a rugged, weatherproof case with a wide-angle lens, and the ability to stick the whole thing onto a helmet or such. And that pretty much describes the $ 150 Mophie OutRide system.

Joining the OutRide hardware is the free app, which jacks up the iPhone’s frame rate to 60 fps (from 30) at 720p, adds some basic editing functions provides a social-media platform for adrenaline-junkies based around user-submitted clips (of course, you could always use the app without the hardware).

Problem is, the OutRide, which has just begun to ship, is iPhone 4/S only. It’s also got competition from the Optrix XD case, which does he same thing — but for $ 50 less.

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