5 Useful gadgets to boost your phone
For many of us, smartphones are essential: they are our phones, alarm clocks, cameras, music players, fitness trackers, calendars and more. At this point, we can hardly imagine life without them. Yet finding the right useful gadgets for your phone and lifestyle can be a bit tricky.
Even SMARTphones need a little help to perform better and make our lives easier, that is why we’ve gathered a list of 5 useful gadgets and accessories (in no particular order) to give your phone a boost.
- Battery cases
How many times have you had to ask this question: “Does anyone have a phone charger I could borrow?” Probably too many. Running out of battery is never pleasant, but it seems it almost always runs out when you need it most. If you tend to forget your charger at home, or find that it takes up too much space in your bag, a battery case might just be what you need to end the low battery nightmare once and for all.
Unlike bulky portable chargers, battery cases are quite slick and comfortable. Although some of them add a bit of thickness to your device, keep in mind that they are also providing extra protection, in addition to an extended battery life. Check out this article from t3.com for a range of Android and iPhone battery cases that fit every type of budget.
Smartphones are great for recording memorable moments, your next YouTube video, your work presentation and many other projects. One way to increase the audio quality of your recordings (let’s face it, most built-in microphones leave a lot to be desired) is to use a portable stereo microphone. This handy accessory comes in a range of shapes, sizes and functions, can connect to your phone via jack or charging port (depending on the model) and is available for a variety of prices. Whether you want to record your next hit song or your kid’s impromptu stand-up show, it’s worth giving your phone audio a boost to make sure you get clear sound and less background noise.
Now that you’re all set for audio quality, how about stepping up your camera game? Smartphone cameras these days are impressive as they are, but you can turn a good photo into a great one by using a lens kit. They are easy to use (just clip-on and snap away) and they can include lenses for macro, wide-angle or fisheye shots. This helpful guide from ezvid.com can help you decide which kit is right for you.
We don’t know about you, but we love taking pictures, especially with our phones – it’s easy, convenient and the photos are great quality. It would be even better if we could print our favorite photos on the spot, no matter where we are. And wouldn’t you know it, there’s a gadget that lets you do just that: the instant photo printer. There are quite a few models out there, which means you can take your pick from a range of brands, sizes, quality options, functions and prices. The best thing about these printers is that you can instantly turn digital pics into tangible memories that you can share with your friends and family, you know, old school style!
Worried about losing your phone, wallet, bag or other valuable items? Try using a Bluetooth tracker like the Tile Slim. You can slip this little device in your wallet or stick it to your laptop, tablet or any item and use the companion app on your smartphone or tablet. If you lose your wallet, the app will show you its last recorded location, and if you’ve misplaced your phone you can press the button at the center of the tile to make your phone ring (as long as it’s in range). If your phone is too far away, you can log in to the Tile website and see it on a map, or even display a message on the lock screen for anyone who finds it. Pretty useful, wouldn’t you agree?
What are your favorite gadgets or accessories? Feel free to let us know in the comments below and let’s make this list bigger.