Top 5 Best iPhone 6 Accessories

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Without question, the most hotly anticipated iPhone 6 accessory is the Apple Watch. But since that won’t be hitting store shelves anytime soon, we’ve rounded up five other must-have accessories that every iPhone 6 owner should check out.

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1. Pebble Smartwatch

Get a closer look at this watch in the video above.

The worst part about owning an iPhone 6 is the long wait between the iPhone 6’s release and the release of the Apple Watch. With a release date of “early 2015,” it could be months before you can buy an Apple Watch.

If you’re looking for a smartwatch to use between now and the Apple Watch launch, then you’ll love the Pebble’s elegant lines and customizable faces. Plus, the Pebble syncs with a ton of apps you probably already use. The Pebble makes a gift because it strides the line between fashion and functionality.

Buy it 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

  • 2. 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 help diagnose what your “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:
  • May have a slight delay before iOS 8 compatibility is complete (As of this writing, the team is “still working on full iOS 8 support”)
  • 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

  • 3. Supcase iPhone 6 Case & Running Armband Combo

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    (Supcase)

    This case idea is so clever, and will definitely appeal to runners and gym rats. The case itself can be attached to a separate armband, allowing you to go from the office to a spin class without having to take your phone out of its case. While the color options and size options are limited, this case will be ideal for the average iPhone 6 user who loves listening to music while they do some cardio.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:

  • Like two cases for the price of one
  • Armband fits arms from 9″-21″
  • Doesn’t limit access to ports or jacks
  • Armband is hand-washable
  • Great for fitness fanatics

  • Cons:

  • Only appears to be available in two colors
  • Armband can only be washed by hand, not by machine
  • Design is somewhat stiff
  • May not fit the arms of very large or muscular people
  • Some users may find case portion is not as rugged as one would like

  • 4. 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. 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.

    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

  • 5. Ringly

    A few other companies have tried to blend the world of fashion and wearables, but few have done it with the skill of Ringly. The Ringly device is a beautiful ring that syncs with your smartphone. The ring buzzes with a subtle vibration to alert you to texts, calls, tweets, or push notifications from select apps. The ring is customizable, and lets you choose from four programmable vibration patterns.

    Buy it here.


    Pros:
  • Great way to stay connected without obsessing over your phone
  • Great for screening calls
  • Fashionable
  • Uses ethically mined semi-precious stones
  • Works with a number of popular apps

  • Cons:
  • New orders won’t ship until early next year
  • You could buy a smartwatch for the same amount of money
  • Limited color/style options
  • Limited ring sizes available at launch
  • Men’s styles not yet available

  • Considering getting someone an electronics gift? 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.