5 Essential Accessories for Your Smartphone
Today’s smartphones are more powerful and feature-rich than hulking desktop computers from just a few years ago but, to truly get the most out of your phone, there are some must-have accessories. While mobile phone stores tend to be full of rather superfluous clutter, there are a few essential devices for extending the functionality of your smartphone. Here are a few of the most useful among them:
1. Power Bank
As smartphones get more powerful and displays get larger, batteries are struggling to keep up with the demand. If you’re using your phone for processor-intensive tasks, such as playing games or watching videos, battery life will be greatly reduced in all but the highest-end smartphones. Fortunately, a power bank effectively provides you with a backup battery by charging your phone while you’re on the move. A must-have for serious smartphone users, a power bank can easily double the battery life.
2. Selfie Stick
While often associated with the narcissism of modern society, a selfie stick has become a must-have device for anyone who wants to take more than the occasional selfie. The most basic selfie stick is nothing more than a pole with a bracket that attaches to your phone, but more advanced models sometimes feature Bluetooth controls for easier operation.
3. USB Adapter
A USB adapter allows you to connect various USB devices to your phone that you would normally only be able to use with a laptop or desktop computer. Many modern mobile operating systems support the use of common USB peripherals, such as pen drives and even game pads with full-size USB connectors. An adapter connects to the micro-USB port on your smartphone, but be aware that these adapters only work with certain smartphone and tablet models.
4. Phone Holder
All modern smartphones feature GPS, which can come in very handy when in the car. However, you’ll need a special holder to use them safely. Smartphone holders for cars typically feature vacuum pads allowing you to connect them to the dashboard or windscreen. Other holders are available allowing you to use your phone more like a miniature laptop, while some even feature tripods for taking better photos with the built-in camera.
5. Headphone Splitter
Trying to listen to music or watch a movie on your smartphone or tablet while on the move starts getting complicated when you want to share the experience with a companion. However, a headphone splitter allows you to connect two sets of headphones to the same device. Some splitters even feature as many as five headphone ports.
The above accessories will allow you to use your phone more efficiently and conveniently, and they’re all available in various types. A few other accessories you might find useful include a protective case, an additional battery and extra storage by way of a microSD card.