These days, smartphones are overflowing with functionality. But to really get the most from your device it’s worth exploring the huge range of smartphone accessories. We’ve pulled together a list of 15 great accessories that will take your phone to the next level.
- Car phone cradle
If you drive a lot, then you need to get a car phone cradle. There are plenty of great benefits of a car phone holder, including reducing the chance driver distraction and giving you a safe place to keep your phone as you drive. But perhaps most importantly, a car phone holder will make driving safer and help you to avoid those costly fines for using your phone while driving.
- Selfie ring light
When it comes to selfies, it’s no secret that it’s all about lighting. A ring light is the perfect way to gently and evenly light your face and get a great glamour shot every time. There are plenty of great ring light rigs available for just about any smartphone.
- Lens kit
And if you’re into photography but don’t have the cash for a good DSLR, then try a smartphone lens kit. These lenses can be attached over your camera lens, expanding your phone camera’s capabilities and helping you to take professional level pics.
- Screen cleaner
If you’re glued to your phone 24/7, then chances are the screen is covered in fingerprints, dust and debris. But wipe them all away with a screen cleaner and get that brand-new phone look whenever you want. Add a little disinfectant to help keep the screen clean and germ-free.
- Power bank
Power banks are a handy way to keep your phone charged when you’re on the go and away from power points for a long period of time. They can be great for taking on long trips and are an essential part of any emergency kit. There are plenty of power banks available, so make sure you do your research before buying.
If you love to run with your favourite music or podcasts playing but hate having to hold your phone or feel it bounce around in your pocket, you need a phone armband. Simply slip your phone into the soft case and pull the armband on. They’re safe, secure and you’ll feel like a running pro.
- Magnifier lens band
To get great close-up shots without losing pixels with your phone’s zoom, try a magnifier lens band. The band lines a magnification lens up with your camera lens for great results.
- Bike mount
For the avid cyclists, you can keep your phone secure on your bike with a dedicated phone mount. This can be a great (and safe) way to use a GPS app while cycling.
- Waterproof pouch
And if you’re headed to the pool or beach, make sure you’ve got a waterproof pouch to keep your phone safe. Many phones are damaged beyond repair because of water, but with this pouch you won’t have to worry about it if it gets splashed or even falls in!
For those butterfingers out there, a PopSocket is a great way to get a grip on your phone. Simply attach the PopSocket to the back of your phone and you’ve got a convenient handhold to make dropping your phone a thing of the past.
- Hard case
And if you do somehow manage to drop your phone, make sure it’s in a hard, protective case. A hard case can help protect your phone screen from shattering and your phone from getting roughed up. Many cases offer military grade protection and are tested for 3m drop protection.
- Screen protector
For even greater protection, add a screen protector to your phone too. That way, if you ever drop your phone, the protector will break, rather than your screen. It can also help minimise scratches and marks to your phone screen.
- Foldable stand
If you love watching TV or movies on your phone, a foldable stand will mean you can watch handsfree.
- Portable projector
Or for a bigger movie experience, host your own outdoor cinema event by linking your phone up to a portable projector. This can be a great way to spend a summer evening with friends and family.
- Bluetooth speakers
And for music lovers, Bluetooth speakers are the perfect way to play music from your phone wherever you are. Simply connect your phone to the speakers and you’re ready to go.
Any one of the accessories above can change the way you use your phone for the better.