As the most popular smartphone on the market, iPhone owners are treated to some of the best phone accessories available. However, the range of accessories is vast, and it can be difficult deciding which are useful additions to the iPhone, and which are just novelty items with little practical use. The following list contains essential accessories for the iPhone, and they are all ways to make the best phone ever better.
Invest In a Case
A decent case is perhaps the most important iPhone accessory. Cases protect the phone from day-to-day scratches and scuffs, as well as from accidental drops. Try to avoid thin rubbery and cheap cases as they don’t last long, and the material quickly builds up dust which can affect the iPhone’s ports and connectors. A good polycarbonate or hard shell plastic case will cover the phone perfectly, and they are excellent protectors.
Many iPhone users are resisting buying dock speakers amidst rumours that the next model will have a different dock connector. Although this seems likely, portable speakers have proven to be just as good as docks for providing boosted amplification for the phone. The nifty devices get hours of play time from a full charge, and they just need to be plugged into the headphone socket to produce booming music. They are much more portable than dock speakers and some are even collapsible.
Solar Emergency Charger
Unlike some other models, iPhones have a built in battery. This means that owners cannot simply carry around a fully charged battery for when the phone runs out of power. However, a solar emergency charger is the next best thing. The compact chargers simply need to be left in a sunny place and, when fully charged, can be carried around in case of a phone emergency. These handy lifesavers have a lithium battery and can hold the charge for up to 4 months, so you don’t need to worry about having sunny weather all the time to get use out of it.
FM Radio Transmitter
This accessory is a much easier way to play music through a car radio or Hifi system. Simply plug the transmitter into the iPhone and choose a frequency on the device. The iPhone will transmit its speaker output to this frequency, turning it into a portable broadcaster that nearby radios can tune into. It is a much easier way to play music on a car stereo without having to deal with fiddly wires.
Flexible Phone Tripod
A must for those who use the iPhone as their primary digital camera, these handy tripods can hold the phone in just about any position, and they can be attached to just almost anything. The tripod legs are fully flexible and bendable, and they can be bent to stand on uneven surfaces or twisted to wrap around trees and poles.