The all-new HTC One M9 has officially been announced. If you’re planning to buy these new smartphone, you should make sure to pick up a couple of key accessories that will enhance your experience. Some of our favorite M9 accessories are made by HTC, while others come from third party companies. Whether you want to protect your device, use your new phone to lose weight, or just make your phone a little bit more functional, these are the most important accessories everyone needs for their new HTC One M9.
1. HTC Grip
Get a closer look at this new HTC wearable in the player above.
The new One M9 can be used with HTC’s new wearable, the HTC Grip. Made by HTC and Under Armour, the new HTC Grip fitness tracker will sync with Under Armour Record, and let you track your progress towards your fitness goals. You can also create custom challenges and compete against your friends. It works with both iOS and Android devices.
Early reviews have been a little mixed. Gizmodo has called this new device “equal parts unique and perplexing”. On the plus side, it has built-in GPS, which makes it a great stand-alone accessory. However, it doesn’t have a built-in heart rate monitor. If you aren’t using GPS, this band can go over two days between charges. With GPS, it’s a matter of hours before you need to power back up. While it is a bit bulky, this device may appeal to those who already have a separate heart rate monitor, or those who don’t care about monitoring their heart rate with a wearable. If you do want a wristband with a heart rate monitor built in, we recommend the Fitbit Charge HR or Mio Fuse.
The HTC Grip goes on sale this spring.
2. New Dot View Case
Get a closer look at this case in the video above.
The Dot View case was originally introduced alongside the One M8 last year. We liked the concept so much, we featured the Dot View case on our list of the best smartphone accessories of 2014. That being said, we did note some of the limitations of this case. It was a cool idea that needed a bit more refinement, and it seems like the second-gen Dot View case for the One M9 has a lot more functionality. The new version of the Dot View case will let you customize your case’s light-up design, and you can even play games on it now.
3. ACEABOVE Stand Feature HTC One M9 Wallet Case
Is a wallet case more your speed? Maybe you just dislike the idea of your notifications being displayed on your case, where anyone could see them. If a more traditional case is what you crave, we like this option from ACEABOVE.
It’s made from genuine leather, not faux leather. It’s also available in a number of different color options to better suit your personal style. It has space for two cards, and doesn’t prevent you from accessing important ports or buttons. The rear of the case has a cutout for the camera, so you can take pictures without removing your phone from the wallet case.
Price: $43.90 (27 percent off)
4. REDShield HTC One (M9) Screen Protector
The HTC One M9 has a pretty durable screen, but you can never be too careful. This is a smart accessory to use with your phone, particularly if you carry it around in a purse or briefcase with other items. This is also a good accessory to use with a folio-style wallet case, since the raised numbers on a card can cause damage to some smartphone screens over time.
Price: $5.99 (65 percent off)
5. SoundPEATS Qy7 Wireless Sports/Running Bluetooth Earbuds
There’s nothing wrong with the earbuds you get when you buy a new HTC phone. That being said, some people prefer a more rugged option. If you’re planning on working out hard while you rock that new HTC Grip, a sweat-proof earbud option might be more suited to your active lifestyle.
The SoundPEATS Qy7 earbuds offer an easy-to-read battery meter, up to six hours of play time, and specialized features to minimize Bluetooth skipping. These headphones work with newer Android devices, as well as iOS devices. They’re also more affordable than many other sweat-proof earbuds we’ve seen.
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