Today’s flagship smartphones are packed with great features. But no matter how many features have been crammed into your phone, any device can be made better with the right accessories. If you want to take better photos, enjoy longer battery life, or make use of smart features, the following smartphone accessories will definitely appeal to you. Our smartphone accessory guide includes options for both iPhone and Android phone users.
In need of cases or accessories for your favorite smartphone? You can also check out our device-specific guides to the best waterproof iPhone cases, the best Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge cases, Droid Turbo cases, Note 4 cases and accessories, HTC One M8 cases, LG G4 cases, and the best Samsung Galaxy S5 cases.
1. Sony QX30 Attachable Lens Smartphone Camera
Disappointed with the quality of the camera on your smartphone? Instantly enhance every photo you take with your smartphone by adding this attachable lens to your device. A 30x optical zoom lets you leave the DSLR at home and use only your smartphone to capture long-distance shots. NFC/Wi-Fi lets you make a simple, one-touch connection to many different smartphones. This is a particularly nice accessory to pick up if your smartphone’s native camera struggles in low light settings.
2. Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer
Even in our digital age, it’s nice to have a physical photograph to place in an album or a picture frame. This cool accessory from Fujifilm lets you print your favorite digital photos from a smartphone or tablet. The INSTAX Share App works with both iOS and Android. This printer runs on two CR2 lithium batteries, which give you approximately 100 prints before needing to swap out for fresh battery cells. This also makes a great gift for parents or grandparents.
Price: $145.99 (19 percent off MSRP)
3. PureGear PureTek Roll-On Flexible Glass iPhone 6 Screen Protector
iPhone 6 owners who are in need of a screen protector should check out this cool roll-on protector. PureGear sent us a sample of this screen protector to see how quickly it would install. If you have struggled with lining up a screen protector, and keeping bubbles off the screen, this screen protector application set-up will definitely appeal to you. The tray and roller make this screen protector one of the easiest options to install.
Not an iPhone 6 owner? The company offers a variety of screen protectors for different devices, and made from a variety of materials. Available roll-on screen protectors include styles that fit the Samsung Note 4, Galaxy S6, LG G3, and the HTC One (M9).
4. CUFF Carin Smart Shredded Leather Bracelet
Many women are interested in wearable technology, but turned off by the clunky, rubbery look of many wearables on the market today. This cool bracelet from CUFF provides the wearer with notifications, as well as a level of personal protection. CUFF’s main draw is the ability to send alerts in the event of the wearer’s distress. You decide who you want to alert if you are in trouble, and CUFF sends an alert to your friends and family. In the near future, CUFF will offer live streaming audio of what is happening at the scene during any emergency. This cuff is available in fawn or black.
5. The Outback Pole
Need to pick up a selfie stick before your next trip? This is a great smartphone selfie stick. It works with a variety of smartphones, and it also works with DLSR cameras, GoPros, and other small camcorders. It’s waterproof, and doesn’t use a Bluetooth shutter, so it won’t require periodic recharging.
Price: $34.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
6. Garageio Smart Garage Controller
The Garageio syncs with your smartphone, and lets you control and monitor the access to your home’s garage. It can be used without replacing your existing garage door controls. Garageio will alert you if your garage door has been left open, and allow you to close it immediately with a single swipe. You can also remotely open the garage door for a neighbor or babysitter. There are Garagio options for one-door, two-door, and three-door garages.
Price: $219 (for the three-door model)
7. TeckNet Waterproof Power Bank 9000mAh
Going on a camping trip? Pack this portable power bank, and you’ll be able to keep your device fully charged. This power pack is waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof. A built-in flashlight and handy compass make this accessory even better for outdoorsy types.
8. Pebble Time
Some of the best features in this Pebble wearable are waterproofing, a lower price tag than similar wearables, and battery life. You can expect about a week’s worth of battery life. It may be built like a smartwatch, but it’s still got plenty of fitness appeal thanks to activity tracking apps from Jawbone, Fitocracy, Runkeeper, and Misfit. This smartwatch will appeal to both iOS and Android fans.
9. Olive ONE All-In-One HD Home Music Player
The new Olive ONE home media player lets you play music from your smartphone, Mac, or PC. The player itself also has a touchscreen interface, for times when you don’t wan to use your phone. The Olive ONE is designed to have high-end audio quality, and has been constructed from fine-grade aluminum and glass materials. The Olive ONE features a cutting-edge 32-bit/384kHz DAC by Burr-Brown and dual High-Definition amplifiers, delivering your music in audiophile quality. Simply connect the ONE to your amplifier, and you can start enjoying all your favorite media.
Price: $699 for the 1TB version
10. Hamaker Bamboo Qi Wireless Charging Pad
If you own a smartphone with wireless charging capabilities, you should invest in one of these charging mats. This particular model caught our eye because of its elegant bamboo finish and light indicator. If you want to see some other Qi options, check out our post on the best wireless charging pads.
Price: $31.88 (43 percent off MSRP)
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