Android users know that their OS of choice has tons of great features. But even the best Android device can be improved by introducing some new accessories into the mix. If you love your Android phone or tablet, these accessories will make living the “Droid life” even sweeter.
1. Best Android Battery Pack Accessory: PowerGen External Battery Pack
This PowerGen pack holds a whopping 6000mAh charge, allowing you to charge multiple phones, or recharge the same device repeatedly. If you love your Android device but wish you had better battery life, this external battery back is definitely worth investing in, particularly if you don’t have access to an outlet during the day.
Pros:Works with multiple phones from Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG, and more Large capacity: 6000mAhAvailable in multiple colorsEmbedded Micro-USB (no need for an extra cable)Compliant with international safety standards
Cons:PowerGen does have some other battery packs that have even larger capacitiesOnly offers 500 or so recharge cycles over the life of the batteryPower Pack only comes with a one-year limited replacement warranty Takes at least 120 minutes to fully rechargeDoesn’t come with a dedicated wall plug charger (the USB-to-micro-USB cable can be plugged in to a computer to charge)
2. Best Android Wireless Charger Accessory: PowerBot Qi Enabled Wireless Charging Pad
There’s just something so futuristic about charging your device wirelessly, and these PowerBot chargers are especially nice because they have a ton of color options to choose from. These small charging pads are just plain cool, and it’s nice to not have to worry about keeping track of your cables.
Pros:Available in a staggering array of colorsWorks with Samsung, iPhone, Nokia, Google, Nexus, LG, and HTC modelsEnergy efficientLEDs display charging statusAnti-slip grip will protect the device from minor damage
Cons:Relatively small diameter, may not be aesthetically appealing to someSome Android devices may require additional accessories to be used with this charging stationSome users despite the beeping noise this device makesTakes longer than wired chargingSome users find the LED too bright when used in a dark bedroom
3. Best Android Accessory for Gaming: Nyko Playpad Pro
Android gamers who prefer to play with a controller should definitely check out the Nyko Playpad Pro. Packed with plenty of buttons to accommodate all kinds of game types, this ergonomic controller will appeal to fans of button mashers, retro games, and today’s action-packed hits.
Pros:Relatively inexpensiveWorks with multiple Android device types (any Android 3.0 device or higher with Bluetooth)Optimized HID protocol for Tegra 3 based devices and gamesIncludes Nyko’s free Playground app for customizationWireless
Cons:Compatible with hundreds of titles, but thousands would be more impressiveFirmware issues make this controller problematic for Windows 8.1 tabletsSome user reviews complain that pairing with devices doesn’t always go smoothlyGame compatibility may be affected depending on where you purchased your games (Google Play or Amazon)Sticky buttons
4. Best Android-Friendly Smartwatch: Pebble Smartwatch
The Pebble is one of the most respected smartwatch brands in the world. This is a great all-around choice for Android owners, and its nice that the smartwatch isn’t tied to a particular Android device (unlike Samsung’s lineup of wearables). Plus, the Pebble is very user-friendly.
Pros:Cheaper than other Android-friendly smartwatchesMultiple downloadable watch faces to suit your mood or personalityWide variety of appsLasts up to a week on a single charge5 ATM salt or fresh water rating
Cons:Cheaper than other watches, but still a bit expensive for someWorks best with Android devices with Android 4.0 and upNo cameraNo speaker or micVibrating alarm function may not be strong enough to wake heavy sleepers
5. Best Android Accessory for Business: Hooshion 9 Inch USB Keyboard Case Stand
Hooshion offers a 9-inch USB keyboard case that also functions as a stand. Ideal for both students and business professionals, this case makes it easier to type for extended periods of time on your Android tablet.
Pros:Multiple case colorsUses faux leather (vegan-friendly)Compatible with Android devices, as well as some Microsoft-powered itemsKeyboard built right into the caseProtects your tablet while you are on the go
Cons:Does not work with all Android tabletsNot waterproof or dustproofCase does not hold tablet as securely as it couldCustomer support is lackingCord can be touchy, prone to breaking or not working unless positioned correctly
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