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
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.
Pros:Easy to installRemembers where you parkedProvides accident reporting in the event of a crashMinimizes battery consumption in your iPhoneDetects 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 modelsCrash Alert only works in the USCrash 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
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.
Pros:Works with popular apps like RunKeeper, Cyclemeter, Strava, MapMyRun, Endomondo, Runtastic, Wahoo FitnessReplaceable battery lasts a whole year before needing to be swapped outAlso 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 4sDoes not transmit data while swimmingDevice may feel uncomfortable to somePairing device with app could be fasteriPhone must be within 10 feet of device to record data
3. Best iPhone Accessory for Business: Anker Portable Charger External Battery Pack
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.
Pros:Also supports Android phones, making this great to share with a colleagueAttractive, ergonomic designStudy construction designed to prevent damage if dropped6000 mAh capacity (enough to charge an iPhone 3 times)Available in multiple colors
Cons:Some adaptors not includedLarger capacity units are available“Shake” display hard to read/interpret for someUser reviews indicate pack doesn’t hold the charge for long enoughSome users have experienced defective models that fail after a few months in service
4. Best iPhone Accessory for the Beach: FRIEQ Universal Waterproof Case
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.
Pros:Far less expensive that other waterproof casesWaterproof to 100 feetUniversal design means you can use it for cameras, iPods, or Android phones, tooEasy to use/installYou can still take pictures when the phone is in the case
Cons:Warranty is only for one year, not a lifetime warrantyCase could theoretically get puncturedMust be tested prior to use, as some defective products have entered the marketplaceCase does not float wellCase may stick to screen, impede video recording
5. Best iPhone Accessory for Music Lovers: iSound 12-in-1 Accessory Kit
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.
Pros:12 useful items in one simple packageIncludes audio splitter, an audio RCA cable, and a 3.5mm audio cableDouble USB charger means no more fighting over who gets to charge their device firstEarbuds designed to stay put during vigorous exerciseReasonably priced, great value
Cons:You have to buy a kit that will work with your specific iPhone modelLimited availability outside of the USFew color options for accessoriesMay contain more accessories than truly needed for some consumersDoes not include FM transmitter
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