These days our smartphones are an extension of ourselves. They act as music players, navigation, systems, cameras and can even make calls too! Can it get even better? Well with the following accessories it can.
Typically, you use the USB port of your smartphone for charging or for connecting to a computer. With a USB OTG cable, you can connect devices to your phone which need to be connected using a ‘regular’ sized USB A cable.
This means that you can:
Use a keyboard or mouse
Use a game controller
Use a USB storage device
Please note that the above list is not exhaustive.
While flash drives are fair game, many smartphones will not support the higher power demands of an external harddrive attached using an OTG cable.
2. Car Mount
It is common these days to use a smartphone for navigation these days instead of getting a standalone device. In addition, phones are increasingly to enhance stereo systems.
However, driving while holding a cellphone in one hand can run you into a world of trouble. For this reason a car mount is ideal for appropriate usage scenarios which warrant hands-free operation of your device.
3. Case With Kickstand
It is recommended that you use a case to protect your phone. However, think about watching videos on it. It can be awkward holding it during longer videos.
4. Reversible Micro USB Cable
Phones with USB C ports are awesome. You never have to worry about finding the right orientation when plugging it into the charging/data port. Yes, with USB C cables, there is no upside down orientation since the connector is reversible.
Until we upgrade, those of us with plain-old micro USB ports will have to just suck it up until we upgrade. Just kidding! There are cleverly designed micro USB cables out there which can be plugged into your phone regardless of if its flipped up or down.
External Battery Pack With Flashlight
External battery packs come in handy in a pinch. This is especially the case when you are on the road and in need of a charge. However, if you are planning on investing in a battery pack, go for one with a flashlight attached.
This is the type of device that you are likely to take with you everywhere. A flashlight is something that would be useful to take with you at all times as well, so why not combine the two things by purchasing one item with both functions! How many times have you dropped something and couldn’t find it because the area where it fell was poorly lit.
I know your phone has a flashlight too but sometimes, a standalone light is a little less cumbersome in some scenarios.
Earbuds are great for use on the go since they don’t take up as much space as over-the-ear and on-ear headphones. With Bluetooth earbuds, you won’t have to worry about getting tangled up with any wires.
Pressy – Android Smart Button
Pressy is an awesome tool which can be used for automating common tasks on your phone such as starting the camera app or for checking your favorite social media network. Pressy communicates with your smartphone via a connector plugged into the headphone jack. Different button combinations can be set up for different tasks.
Note: This probably won’t work with a device that doesn’t come with a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Touch Screen Gloves
If you live in a colder country, you will really appreciate having a pair of touch screen gloves. These let you use your phone in the winter without having your fingers freeze.
These accessories compliment the functionality of your phone, giving a more enjoyable usage experience. Although the items listed here are useful to have, there are many more accessories which may also enhance your smartphone experience. If any come to mind please let us know in the comments section below. Thanks for reading!