Much like Batman, a hero is only as good as his accessories. If you don’t have the right tools for the job, you may as well not even start. So, to highlight some of the best add-on gadgets and items for your device, we’ve rounded up 5 of the best accessories every smartphone owner needs to have in their arsenal.
FOR THE ACTION HERO
Even though the realm of action cameras is dominated by GoPro, you don’t necessarily need one to whip up a highlights reel of your weekend escapades. You can use your smartphone to achieve the same POV function with this chest mount from HitCase, which frees your hands from having to hold the phone so that, you know, you can concentrate on not riding your bicycle into a tree, for example.
FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND VLOGGER
DJI has become the go-to name for quadcopters, but the Chinese tech giant is also a primary advocate for the evolution of photography and imaging solutions. Enter the Osmo Mobile, a stabilising gimbal for smartphones – and while that may sound like a Lord of the Rings character, it’s actually one of (if not the) most important smartphone accessories you’ll ever buy.
The Osmo Mobile works on a 360-degree rotating gimbal, which, once you lock in your device, steadies and supports your smartphone while capturing. And while you may think this is only for video, the difference it makes with still photos is impressively noticeable.
The epically-named Mega Tiny Anti-Gravity Phone Case was brought to life with the help of Kickstarter, and as the name suggests, lets you mount your phone to almost any surface imaginable using a nano-suction surface on the rear of the case. The company behind the project, claims the case is “perfect for hands-free use and selfies.” Just stick it to a wall, mirror, or a window and you’ll have an extra free hand to throw up whatever sign you’re feeling that day. It’s available for all iPhone 5, 6, 7, and SE editions.
FOR THE PARTY-STARTER
OK, Bluetooth speakers are everywhere these days, but there are a lot of imitations out there; so which one is the best? JBL have been making speakers for over 70 years, so you can’t go wrong with them. The JBL Flip 3 portable speaker is powerful, lightweight, and can wirelessly sync with other JBL products to double-up on the sound. So whether you’re hanging out in the garden, catching rays at the beach, or in the office, these make syncing your smartphone for some tunes a breeze.
FOR THE FORGETFUL
Easily the biggest bane of having a smartphone is hoping that our friends’ will have the charger for your device. iPhone users never have Android chargers, and Android users never have iPhone chargers (it’s just the way things are), but wireless charging solves that issue. No cables means that means you don’t have to deal with the headache about whether your device has the microUSB port, the newer USB-C port, or the iPhone proprietary USB port. There are some great wireless chargers on the market; just make sure your phone has wireless charging capabilities, otherwise you’ll be standing and staring at your phone… doing nothing.
Speaking of accessories, weFix is currently running a winter promotion, which sees a FREE accessory gifted to customers who do a Samsung or iPhone screen repair at weFix. You can choose from a free wall charger, ghost cover, charging cable, screen protector or car charger. The special is valid until 23 July.