Top 25 Best iPhone 6 Accessories: The Heavy Power List
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Top 25 Best iPhone 6 Accessories: The Heavy Power List

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Looking for the best iPhone 6 accessories? Here’s a guide to all the essential accessories that you need to make life with an iPhone even better. Whether you’re looking for little accessories you use every day with your iPhone 6, or creative accessories that enhance your home’s Apple ecosystem, there’s something on this list for every need (and every budget.) Read on to see our picks for the iPhone 6 accessories you just can’t live without. (NOTE: prices listed are subject to change over time.)


1. SmartThings Smart Home Starter Kit

Check out a demo of a house with SmartThings home automation installed in the video above.

If you’re intrigued by the idea of having a “smart home,” then this starter kit from SmartThings is the perfect first step. This kit includes one SmartThings Hub, one SmartSense motion sensor, one SmartSense open/closed sensor, and one SmartSense presence sensor. With these items, you can get notifications on your iPhone 6 about the comings and goings of your family members.

You also get alerts in the event of break-ins and floods, and you can even use one of the sensors to help ensure that you never lose your keys again. The home of the future can be yours for relatively little money, and the ability to control your smart devices from your phone never gets old. There are no monthly fees, and set-up involves no messy wires and takes just 15 minutes.

Price: $199

Buy it here.


Pros:
  • One-year limited warranty
  • Makes you feel more connected and secure
  • Batteries included
  • Cloud-based
  • Easy to set up and customize

  • Cons:
  • For best experience, this will require many small “smart” updates to your home over time
  • Could use some back-end improvements to offer more types of notification options
  • Some users find the companion app “counter-intuitive”
  • Hub range is somewhat limited
  • Some smart home devices may have an incorrect status displayed in the app

  • Find more information and reviews for the SmartThings smart home starter kit here.


    2. Netatmo Weather Station

    Netatmo lets you track weather, air quality, and more. Learn more about this cool accessory in the video review above. The weather station offers real time notifications and graphs that record new data every five minutes. Netatmo Weather Station also monitors noise pollution, making this an appealing iPhone 6 accessory for city dwellers.

    Netatmo has a range of optional accessories, including additional modules and a rain gauge. If your local weather man has a reputation for being less than reliable, having your own weather station that’s controlled by your iPhone 6 is a pretty appealing option.

    Price: $176.23 (2 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Measures temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and indoor CO2 concentration
  • Works with both iOS and Android devices
  • Weatherproof
  • Lifetime free personal account
  • You can buy multiple stations and link them all to the same smartphone

  • Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Some users may prefer the weather monitoring app they already use
  • Battery cost can add up over time
  • Some users reviews suggest customer support can be slow
  • Temp and humidity readings may be slightly off

  • Find more information and reviews for the Netatmo weather station here.


    3. Misfit Shine

    One satisfied customer shares her experiences with the Misfit Shine in the video above.

    The Misfit Shine is a relatively new daily activity tracker. It tracks walking, running, swimming, cycling, soccer, tennis, basketball and more. It’s waterproof up to 50 meters, and has this cool “halo” of lights that show you how close you are to meeting your fitness goals for the day.

    Not crazy about having to wear a fitness tracker on your wrist all the time? The Shine is interesting because it can be popped out of the wristband and placed in a beautiful ‘Bloom’ necklace. The Bloom necklace is made from hand-polished stainless steel, and has a magnetic feature that lets you securely mount the Shine. Who says wearables can’t be fashionable?

    Price: $90.86 (9 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Tons of color options
  • Waterproof
  • Replaceable battery lasts up to 6 months
  • Face can be removed and popped into different accessories
  • One-year limited warranty

  • Cons:
  • More expensive than the Misfit Flash
  • May not sync with your running app of choice
  • Some activities (like clapping at a concert) might throw off your burn estimates
  • Face sometimes pops out of wristband
  • Some find the app hard to use

  • Find more information and reviews about the Misfit Shine here.


    4. MacBook Air

    The Verge video above compares the MacBook Air against the Surface Pro 3.

    Is something still an accessory if it costs more than your phone? While a MacBook Air does cost more than an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, the OS X Yosemite system that powers MacBook Air laptops has a ton of features built-in that make it the ideal partner for iOS devices. So, in a way, the best possible accessory for your iPhone 6 is a MacBook.

    Handoff is a great feature in iOS 8/OS X Yosemite that lets you start a task on your iPad, and finish it on your computer or other Apple device. The MacBook Air is extremely lightweight, making it great for students who need to lug an already-heavy backpack all over campus. It also has some great productivity tools that can help you make stunning presentations for your job. On top of all that, it’s reliable.

    Price: $899 and up, depending on size and features

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • All day battery life
  • Lightweight
  • Has a “cool factor” other laptops don’t
  • Available in two sizes
  • Can last for years if treated right

  • Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Design is alarming thin to some users who prefer a machine with more heft
  • May be hard to learn for Windows users making the transition to Mac
  • Not touchscreen enabled
  • Peripherals can sometimes be more expensive

  • Find more information and reviews of the MacBook Air here.


    5. Beats urBeats In-Ear Headphones

    Check out the video above to see how the urBeats headphones stack up against the Beats Tour headphones.

    Now that Beats and Apple have a closer relationship, more and more iPhone owners are thinking about getting a pair of Beats headphones. There are tons of headphone and earbud style options to consider from the Beats line, but these in-ear headphones are a pretty solid option. If you dislike either the quality or the fit of the Apple earbuds that came with your phone, these are a good replacement.

    Price: $99.95

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Tons of color options
  • Beats has huge brand cachet
  • Precision-machined single-billet metal housing prevents vibrations
  • In-line mic for calls
  • Comes with storage pouch and multiple ear fittings

  • Cons:
  • Somewhat expensive to some people
  • Some users might prefer a longer cable
  • No ear hooks or wing tips
  • Lacks dual drivers
  • May require adapter/extender when used with some iPhone 6 cases

  • Find more information and reviews of the Beats urBeats in-ear headphones here.


    6. Logitech Wireless Speaker for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

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    (Logitech)

    If you want to play music on your iPhone 6, this accessory offers easy music streaming and room-filling sound. This wireless, Bluetooth-capable speaker plays nice with your iPhone 6, as well as your iPod Touch or an iPad. If you don’t have a receiver that supports AirPlay or Bluetooth, this speaker fits the bill nicely (and at the fraction of the cost of a full TV audio receiver.)

    Price: $103.99

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Seamless Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Speaker works up to 50 feet away from your iPhone
  • Dual drivers
  • Listen up to 10 hours straight on a single charge
  • Lightweight, and comes with its own carrying case

  • Cons:
  • Speaker may not always work 50 feet from your device based on environmental conditions
  • Battery life can vary depending on real world conditions
  • Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles in their lifetime
  • Limited color options
  • Only has a two-year warranty

  • Find more information and reviews of the Logitech wireless speaker for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch here.


    7. Automatic

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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 help diagnose what your “check engine” light means.

    Price: $99.95

    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:
  • Fuel level warning may not work for all car models
  • Does not work with diesel, natural gas, or electric cars (also does not work with cars older than 1996)
  • Other 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

  • Find more information and reviews of the Automatic Smart Driving Assistant here.


    8. i-Blason Lightning Cable

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    (i-Blason)

    You can never have too many charging cables, but we particularly like this third party Lightning cable because it’s extra long, making it much more convenient to use in rooms with a limited number of outlets. Having a six-foot cable really is a nice perk, since you’ll have more range of motion while you’re charging. This cable is available in both white and black.

    Price: $19.99 (33 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Works with a number of iOS devices
  • Two color options
  • Extra length is a big plus
  • Flexible
  • Designed with durability in mind

  • Cons:
  • Some users may prefer other brands
  • Some brands offer additional colors
  • Some brands offer even longer cords
  • Cord is more prone to tangling
  • Warranty limited to one year

  • Find more information and reviews about i-Blason’s six foot Lightning Cable here.


    9. Sony MDRZX550BN Bluetooth and Noise Cancelling Headset

    Check out an unboxing video featuring these headphones in the player above. These Sony MDRZX550BN headphones are great for frequent flyers, since they have noise canceling properties. In addition, they have Bluetooth, which means no annoying wires to get all tangled up in your briefcase or purse.

    Price: $128.00 (2 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Digital noise cancelling
  • Battery life up to 29 hours
  • Lightweight
  • 30mm drivers
  • Comfortable

  • Cons:
  • Limited color options
  • Only comes with USB charger, not wall charger
  • Everyone’s ears are different: despite attempts to make these comfy, some users may find they pinch a little
  • Battery life gets shorter with noise canceling features turned on
  • May have issues syncing with some devices

  • Find more information and reviews about the Sony MDRZX550BN Bluetooth and noise cancelling headset here.


    10. Volmate 6.6A / 33W Portable Travel Charger

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    (Volmate)

    Volmate’s car charger has multiple ports, and works with tons of other devices beyond the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. This ability for simultaneous charging makes this accessory great for families who all want to charge their devices in the car. Each USB port has its own microchip, which correctly detects what device is being plugged in and adjusts charging speed.

    Price: $12.98 (78 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Multiple device charging ports
  • Each USB Port has its own microchip
  • Nice color
  • Designed to work with Apple products
  • Automatic shutdown in the event of overheating or overcharging

  • Cons:
  • Does not come with extra charging cables
  • No lifetime warranty (Only a three-year warranty)
  • Can be hard to find places to fit three devices when all ports are in use
  • Some users say it makes a high-pitched noise
  • Some users say charger has stopped working shortly after use

  • Find more information and reviews of the Volmate 6.6A / 33W Portable Travel Charger here.


    11. EnGive Car Mount for Apple iPhone 6

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    (EnGive)

    A car mount is an essential iPhone 6 accessory for anyone who spends a lot of time on the road. Whether you have a long daily commute, or you have a lot of kids to ferry around to after-school activities, a car mount is a great way to have your maps and notifications visible while you’re behind the wheel. The car mount from EnGive is easy to install, with the mount staying in place thanks to a suction cup with lock clip.

    Price: $9.98 (50 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Easy to install
  • Mounts securely
  • Mount to dash or windshield
  • Adjustable
  • Prevents you from fumbling around with your phone while driving

  • Cons:
  • Only fits the iPhone 6
  • Limited color options
  • Not a great accessory for those without their own cars
  • Cheap
  • May not work with phone in a bulky case

  • Find more information and reviews of the EnGive Car Mount for Apple iPhone 6 here.


    12. Aerb Tempered Glass iPhone 6 Screen Protector

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    (Aerb)

    Some iPhone 6 cases come with a flimsy plastic screen protector. They’re better than nothing, but they can’t hold a candle to a tempered glass screen protector. This screen protector from Aerb is durable and rugged, and it’s a mere .2 mm thick. It also boasts bubble free installation.

    Price: $11.99 (60 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Durable
  • Shockproof
  • Oleophobic coating
  • Precise cut-outs
  • Easy to install

  • Cons:
  • Screen protector doesn’t cover 100 percent of screen on iPhone 6
  • Some find oil-repelling coating isn’t strong enough
  • Instructions are hard to read
  • Some user reviews suggest it is prone to scratching
  • For best results, must be applied with screen on

  • Find more information and reviews of the Aerb tempered glass iPhone 6 screen protector here.


    13. Fitbit Charge

    Fitbit recently announced three new devices: the Fitbit Charge, Charge HR, and Surge. Check out the video above from CNET, which outlines the differences between these new devices.

    The new devices from Fitbit are all good options in their own way, but the Charge hits a sweet spot in terms of size and functionality. The Charge shows the time of day, steps taken, and Caller ID when paired to your phone. In terms of real-time data, you can also use this fitness tracker to see your current pace.

    Price: $129.95

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Better screen than older Fitbit trackers
  • Wakes you with a silent alarm
  • Works with over 100 different smartphone models
  • Comes in multiple sizes
  • Popular, trusted brand

  • Cons:
  • Fitbit has issued a recall on past products
  • Some other fitness trackers have better color options
  • Doesn’t monitor continuous heart rate
  • No music control
  • No built-in GPS

  • Find more information and reviews of the Fitbit Charge here.


    14. SmartFIT Wireless Bluetooth Personal Bathroom Scale

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    (Accessory Power)

    Chances are, you’re probably already using some kind of app on your iPhone 6 to track your calories and exercise. Take the next step with this smart scale, which does so much more than just tracking your weight. This scale measures body fat percentage, muscle/bone percentage, and even your hydration levels. You can store up to 10 different profiles on the scale, making this great for families or roommate situations. It works with a free app that syncs wirelessly with the scale and your smartphone.

    Price: $64.99

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Slim
  • Tempered glass
  • Easy Bluetooth sync
  • Monitors more than just your weight
  • Gives better insights into your health

  • Cons:
  • Won’t sync with Android
  • Only supports bodies up to 330 lbs
  • Only comes with USB charging cable
  • Not great for sports teams, since it only supports 10 profiles
  • More expensive than a “dumb” scale

  • Find more information and reviews of the SmartFIT wireless Bluetooth personal bathroom scale here.


    15. LifeProof Fre iPhone 6 Waterproof Case

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    The LifeProof Fre (L) and LifeProof Nuud (R). (LifeProof)

    There are two styles of waterproof cases available from LifeProof. The LifeProof Fre has a built-in screen protector, while the LifeProof Nuud remains waterproof, but doesn’t have a built-in screen protector at all. Other than the screen protector, these two cases are basically identical in terms of protection. You can use a LifeProof case in conjunction with a pair of waterproof earbuds, which is pretty nifty. Make sure to regularly test the water-tightness of any waterproof iPhone 6 case you use, to ensure that your waterproof case is holding up to wear and tear.

    Price: $79.99

    Buy the LifeProof Fre iPhone 6 case here.


    Pros:

    • Trusted brand
    • Works with TouchID
    • Can be used underwater for around an hour

    Cons:

    • Slightly changes appearance of display
    • Expensive
    • Some users have experienced loss of waterproofing

    Find more LifeProof Fre iPhone 6 Case information and reviews here.


    16. Jawbone UP

    See how the Jawbone UP stacks up against the Fitbit Flex in the video above.

    The Apple Watch looks cool, and it should have some nice fitness features…but it’s not due out til next year. That being said, Apple doesn’t really have anything like a slim fitness band in its product pipeline. If a band is more your style than a full-on smartwatch, the Jawbone UP might be what you’re looking for. There are a lot of fitness tracking wristbands out there, but the Jawbone UP has gotten top marks in a lot of device comparisons. It also has a sleeker look than many other fitness bands.

    The UP has a long-lasting battery, and can be beneficial even for people who aren’t actively trying to lose weight. Because it tracks your sleep cycles, the UP can wake you at just the perfect moment in your sleep cycle, allowing you to feel refreshed.

    Price: $61.99 (22 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Available in three sizes to give you a perfect fit
  • Comes in six fashionable colors
  • 10 days of battery life
  • Also compatible with Android devices
  • Great for tracking both activity and sleep patterns

  • Cons:
  • A little on the expensive side
  • User has to remember to press a button to switch between sleep mode and day mode
  • Some users have had bands die on them after a few months
  • No on-device display panel
  • Inputing data in the Jawbone app can be time-consuming

  • Find more information and reviews of the Jawbone UP here.


    17. Dropcam Pro

    Learn more about the Dropcam Pro in the video above. Boasting double the zoom power of the regular Dropcam, the Dropcam Pro is a great Wi-Fi camera for security use. You can set it up through your iOS device, or through a computer. It also boasts a wider field of vision, better audio quality, and improved night mode over the less expensive, regular Dropcam.

    Price: $199.99

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • 130° field of vision
  • 8x zoom
  • Good for night monitoring
  • Lightweight
  • Works with multiple browsers

  • Cons:
  • Comes in black, not silver
  • Only comes with a 10-foot USB cable
  • Warranty limited to one year, parts only
  • Optional Cloud Video Recording needed to save up to a month of video and make clips
  • Fees and upfront costs can rack up

  • Find more information and reviews of the Dropcam Pro here.


    18. iDevices Kitchen Thermometer

    Love cooking? You can monitor your dishes as they cook using this thermometer and its companion smartphone app. If you usually do the cooking for Thanksgiving and the winter holidays, this is a handy kitchen accessory, and a great iPhone 6 accessory, too. Learn more about this device in the video above.

    Price: $77.74

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Large Bluetooth range
  • Dual probe
  • 200 hour battery life
  • Magnetic mount is handy for putting this on the fridge
  • Illuminated display

  • Cons:
  • Kind of expensive for those who don’t cook every day
  • Some users have reported issued with wrong temp being displayed
  • Not the most water resistant
  • Can be hard to set up
  • Some users want to see the Bluetooth range get amplified

  • Find more information and reviews of the iDevices kitchen thermometer here.


    19. Kwikset 925 Kevo Single Cylinder Bluetooth Enabled Deadbolt

    Check out an extended Newegg interview about Kwikset Kevo deadbolts in the video above.

    If the idea of being able to open your front door with your iPhone 6 seems cool, then this doorknob is worth checking out. Kwikset’s smart doorknobs make your home feel futuristic, and it’s so cool to be able to open your front door with your iPhone. If you are out of town and someone needs to get into your house fast (say, in the event of flooding or emergency), you can grant them a temporary eKey…no more trying to explain where your hidden spare key is located.

    Price: $219.00 (52 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Manage lock & eKeys through Kevo Mobile App
  • Unlimited eKeys
  • Never worry about losing your key (unless you lose your phone)
  • Batteries included
  • Batteries last over 8,000 hours

  • Cons:
  • eKeys not great for neighbors/family without their own smartphones
  • Android 4.3, as well as Blackberry 10.1, does not fully support all Bluetooth LE features required by Kevo
  • Cylinder portion of the Kevo is not interchangeable with other manufacturers products
  • Expensive
  • May intimidate some homeowners

  • Find more information and reviews of the Kwikset 925 Kevo single cylinder Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt here.


    20. Apple Time Capsule

    See how Time Capsule works with Airport Extreme in the demo above.

    The Time Capsule is Apple’s fancy word for automatic backup system. If you use iCloud to back up your Mac and iPhone data, you are protected from data loss on your iOS device. That being said, Time Capsule is a nice extra to have in your accessory arsenal because it stores so much stuff. It supports wireless printers, 50 users, and is backwards compatible with older Macs running anything from the newest OS to OS X Lion v10.7.5. If you want to back up multiple Apple devices, this is a handy device to own.

    Price: $277.99 (7 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • New higher design which helps disperse your Wi-Fi signal
  • Full-featured Wi-Fi base station with the latest 802.11ac technology
  • Starts at 2TB
  • Easy setup for iOS and OS X
  • Gives great peace of mind

  • Cons:
  • Expensive
  • May be too much storage for some
  • Boring color scheme
  • May not work for multiple devices if they are too far away
  • Signal strength not as good as other devices

  • Find more information and reviews of the Apple Time Capsule here.


    21. Satechi Pro RideMate Bike Mount

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    (Satechi)

    This universal bike mount will fit the iPhone 6, as well as a number of other smartphones. This waterproof cycling accessory is great for bike couriers, casual cyclists, or anyone who spends way too much time in spin class. When you use this bike mount, you can easily see maps, music, or incoming messages. Winter may be coming, but once the snows clear, you can use this on your road bike, mountain bike, or hybrid. In the winter months, you can use this on an exercise bike.

    Price: $29.99 (25 percent off MSRP)

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • IPX6 certified waterproof
  • Great for multiple types of cyclists
  • Swiveling base allows for easy rotation
  • Clear front panel
  • Requires no tools to install

  • Cons:
  • May not work for all devices or bikes (The mount fits bicycle handlebars 0.79″ – 1.34″ in diameter and the pouch fits smartphones up to 6″ x 4″)
  • Some states may have laws about using smartphones while on a bike
  • Other brands make something similar that costs less
  • You will probably have to remove your phone from its case to use this accessory
  • May jiggle over rough terrain

  • Find more Satechi Pro RideMate Bike Mount reviews and product information here.


    22. Anker 2nd Gen Astro 6400mAh Portable External Battery Charger

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    (Anker)

    This external battery pack will enable you to keep your iPhone working during your longest days at work or at school. Who doesn’t need more juice?

    Price: $25.99

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Also supports Android phones, making this great to share with fellow cyclists
  • 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

  • Find more information and reviews of the Anker 2nd generation Astro 6400mAh portable external battery charger here.


    23. 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

  • Find more information and reviews of the FRIEQ universal waterproof case here.


    24. Pebble & Pebble Steel

    Check out the video review above, where one user shares his thoughts about the Pebble Steel after wearing it for two weeks.

    Pebble was one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time, and one of the first “true” smart watches to hit the open market. Being a bit older actually gives the Pebble an advantage over some of the newer smart watch offerings out there. Pebble has had longer to work out bugs, and they have a definite edge over other smartwatches when it comes to mobile gaming (at least compared to the Apple Watch).

    People who appreciate good design will love the Pebble’s elegant lines and customizable faces. Plus, the Pebble syncs with a ton of apps you probably already use. The battery life can last up to a week between charges. The Pebble makes a gift because it strides the line between fashion and functionality. The Pebble is the base model, with the Pebble Steel being the more premium Pebble offering.

    Buy the Pebble smart watch here.

    Buy the Pebble Steel smart watch here.


    Pros:
  • Available in five color options
  • Battery can go up to to seven days between charges
  • Works with a variety of fitness, music, and notification apps
  • User-friendly
  • Tons of customization options

  • Cons:
  • No mic
  • Works best with Android devices with Android 4.0 and up, iOS devices running iOS 6.0 and up (so if you plan to gift this watch to someone with an older smartphone after the Apple Watch comes out, this might be an issue)
  • You may have to pay for some apps to get the most out of the watch
  • Some user reviews indicate customer support is so-so
  • Bluetooth connectivity can sometimes be spotty

  • Find more information and reviews of the Pebble here.


    25. Withings Aura Smart Sleep System

    Check out the video above to go hands-on with this smart sleep system.

    Withings is a consumer electronics company based in France, and over the past few years, they’ve made some really cool “smart” products that are compatible with iOS. The Aura sleep system consists of several parts: a contact-free Sleep Sensor which gets tucked under the mattress, a light and sound Bedside Device, and a smartphone app that is compatible with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, among many other devices. If you want to feel well-rested, this iPhone 6 accessory can give you the best perk of all: a good night of sleep.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Easy to control from your iPhone
  • Helps you sleep better with light and sound
  • Also helps you wake up at the optimal place in your sleep cycle
  • Trusted brand
  • Works with many other apps

  • Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Unclear how much sleeping with a partner affects readings (Withings says no, some users say yes)
  • Temperature sensitive
  • Some users say thick mattresses can impact accuracy
  • Customer service can be sluggish

  • Find more information and reviews of the Withings Aura Smart Sleep System here.


    Hunting for that perfect gift for yourself or a loved one? Check out our Gifts section for tons of great gift recommendations, or visit our ultimate guides to the best gifts for women and best gifts for men.


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    Here’s something most people don’t’ realise; the sound coming out your (ANY!) iPhone WON’T sound ANY BETTER because you have (way over-priced) headphones.

    The ONLY way to make the sound quality better is to get a DSP app (Digital Signal Processor), such as Radsone’s, or a bunch of others.

    They cost only a few (under $5-6), and you can adjust the settings, like EQ, as much, as little as you like.

    I’ve NEVER bought anything but cheap RadioShack store brand ear buds, & my sound EASILY beats (pun INTENDED) ANY headphone (by the way, I won’t get into it here, but, BEATS products are pure hype – they just boost bass. They’re really pretty pitiful if you really want to spend a lot.

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