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Top 5 Best iPhone Accessories

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Whether you’re on your first iPhone, or rocking the latest in a long line of Apple’s smartphones, having the right accessories can really improve your experience. If you want to get the most out of your iPhone, these are your must-have accessories.


1. Best iPhone Accessory for Car & Travel: Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

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(Automatic)

Automatic is the best iPhone accessory you’ve never heard of. This little box syncs with both your iPhone and your car’s onboard computer system, allowing you unprecedented access to your car’s driving information. Automatic can help you save money on gas by analyzing your driving habits. Additionally, Automatic can diagnose what you “check engine” light means.

Buy it here.


Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • Remembers where you parked
  • Provides accident reporting in the event of a crash
  • Minimizes battery consumption in your iPhone
  • Detects fill-ups and even tracks local gas prices

  • Cons:

  • Requires iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s or Android 4.0+ (older phones not compatible)
  • Does not work with diesel, natural gas, or electric cars (also does not work with cars older than 1996)
  • Some features will not work with certain car models
  • Crash Alert only works in the US
  • Crash Alert only works if unit is undamaged in the crash

  • 2. Best iPhone Accessory for Runners & Fitness Fiends: Wahoo Fitness Blue HR Heart Rate Monitor

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    (Wahoo Fitness)

    The Wahoo Fitness heart rate monitor fits snugly around your chest, proving you with the most accurate heart rate and calorie burn information. While wearing something around your chest may take some getting used to, this iPhone accessory is a must-have for runners and athletes, as well as people who just want to shed a little extra weight.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Works with popular apps like RunKeeper, Cyclemeter, Strava, MapMyRun, Endomondo, Runtastic, Wahoo Fitness
  • Replaceable battery lasts a whole year before needing to be swapped out
  • Also works with iPod Touch (5th generation), iPad (3rd and 4th generations)
  • Access to customized Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Burn and Burst training plans
  • Waterproof up to 5 feet

  • Cons:

  • Not compatible with iPhone models prior to the 4s
  • Does not transmit data while swimming
  • Device may feel uncomfortable to some
  • Pairing device with app could be faster
  • iPhone must be within 10 feet of device to record data

  • 3. Best iPhone Accessory for Business: Anker Portable Charger External Battery Pack

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    (Anker)

    One of the most common complaints that iPhone owners have about their devices is the sub-par battery life. This external battery pack is ideal for business professionals who are on the go, and can’t afford to have their battery die on them.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Also supports Android phones, making this great to share with a colleague
  • Attractive, ergonomic design
  • Study construction designed to prevent damage if dropped
  • 6000 mAh capacity (enough to charge an iPhone 3 times)
  • Available in multiple colors

  • Cons:

  • Some adaptors not included
  • Larger capacity units are available
  • “Shake” display hard to read/interpret for some
  • User reviews indicate pack doesn’t hold the charge for long enough
  • Some users have experienced defective models that fail after a few months in service

  • 4. Best iPhone Accessory for the Beach: FRIEQ Universal Waterproof Case

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    (FRIEQ)

    The FRIEQ Universal Waterproof Case is ideal for iPhone owners who don’t want to risk their phones at the beach. While some waterproof iPhone cases can cost $100 or more, this is a far more reasonably priced option. Now you can use your iPhone near the pool or beach without fear. You can also store cash, cards, or keys in the pocket with your device.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Far less expensive that other waterproof cases
  • Waterproof to 100 feet
  • Universal design means you can use it for cameras, iPods, or Android phones, too
  • Easy to use/install
  • You can still take pictures when the phone is in the case

  • Cons:

  • Warranty is only for one year, not a lifetime warranty
  • Case could theoretically get punctured
  • Must be tested prior to use, as some defective products have entered the marketplace
  • Case does not float well
  • Case may stick to screen, impede video recording

  • 5. Best iPhone Accessory for Music Lovers: iSound 12-in-1 Accessory Kit

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    (iSound)

    This iSound 12-in-1 accessory kit has nearly everything a music fan needs to get access to their playlists while on the go. This set includes a case, car charger, stereo earbuds, screen protectors, a screen cleaning cloth, and three different audio cables.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • 12 useful items in one simple package
  • Includes audio splitter, an audio RCA cable, and a 3.5mm audio cable
  • Double USB charger means no more fighting over who gets to charge their device first
  • Earbuds designed to stay put during vigorous exercise
  • Reasonably priced, great value

  • Cons:

  • You have to buy a kit that will work with your specific iPhone model
  • Limited availability outside of the US
  • Few color options for accessories
  • May contain more accessories than truly needed for some consumers
  • Does not include FM transmitter

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