Smartphones only seem like they can do everything. But like other objects we love — very small children, certain pets, third cousins — they need occasional accessories. These 10 smartphone gadgets and devices don’t do everything your smartphone does. They just help your smartphone do everything it does better.
Power in Your Hands | Glider Gloves
Gloves are fantastic at keeping hands warm and not leaving fingerprints at crime scenes. But they’re useless when you try to use them on a smartphone. That’s exactly why Glider Gloves exist. They have woven-in copper yarn that turns your hands into faultless conductors. They have a non-slip surface that keeps your smartphone from flying. On top of that, they do the very job all gloves must do: keeping your hands warm. We suppose they don’t leave fingerprints behind, either, but you didn’t hear that from us.
Sound Advice | Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Earbuds
Sooner or later you’re going to have to outfit your iPhone or Android with earbuds. When that time arrives, Cambridge Audio will stretch its arms across the Atlantic. They’ll give you a pair of their Melomania earphones. They play up to 9 hours on a single charge. They use Bluetooth 5.0 technology. They’re water-resistant, they work on voice calls, and they get along with Siri and Google Voice assistants. They come with a pocket-sized charging and carrying case. They’re the biggest triumph in British engineering since the Thermos.
Get Ready for Your Close-Up | Xenvo Pro Lens Kit
The better you want your smartphone camera to be, the more you have to pay for it. For those of us who can’t spare the mortgage payment every time a new model comes along, there’s the Xenvo Pro Lens Kit. The 0.45x wide-angle lens snaps right over your smartphone’s lens. It turns even the dinkiest cell phone camera into a richly detailed, crisp-shooting photography miracle. The Xenvo kit also comes with a GlowClip LED light for instant subject illumination. It will even get along with your tablet if it must.
Stick ‘Em Up | HP Sprocket Portable 2×3″ Instant Photo Printer
There’s nothing wrong with posting photos on Instagram or passing the phone around as a mobile photo gallery. But some of us still get a kick from printed photos. And another subset of us loves stickers. The HP Sprocket gives you both in one. This portable printer creates adorable 2″x3″ photos right from your phone. Each print has an adhesive backing, so you can stick the photos on any smooth, dry surface. You can refine your pictures and add details with the Sprocket app. Best of all, you’ll own something that is actually called a “Sprocket.”
None Shall Pass | OtterBox Drybox 3250
There are protective cases you can slip onto your phone to keep it from getting too wet or broken. Then there are Otter Boxes. They’re not so much protective cases as they are solitary confinement for your phone. Shrouded in soft but resilient foam, the Otter Box is a reinforced fortress that scares the living daylights out of water and the elements. You can forget about scratches and surface dings. You can even submerge it in 90 feet of water for up to half an hour. It won’t care. It also has room for keys, personal items, and moral fiber.
You’re Just Projecting | Nebula Capsule II Smart Mini Projector
Turn your Android phone into your personal cinema, wall-sized TV, or sports highlights studio with the Nebula Capsule II. It’s a miniature projector that’s smaller than a pint glass. It comes pre-loaded with over 5,000 entertainment apps, and lets you run Netflix or Chromecast from your Android on the Nebula app. It reproduces a stunning HD picture up to 100 inches wide. It’s got a sound system that can fill a canyon. Should you need to take it anywhere, it fits snugly into most beverage cup holders.
Get It Twisted | Gooseneck Mount Phone Holder
Most mounted smartphone holders are rigid, inflexible, rather grim devices. They only adjust up and down or side to side, and even then, they creak in complaint. The Gooseneck Mount, however, is more than happy to twist itself into knots at your command. It clamps onto any projected edge of a table or desk. The stem conforms into any shape you like so you can watch movies or have video conferences from your desk, kitchen, or even your bed — entirely hands-free. Frankly, the Gooseneck Mount makes all those other mounts look like crybabies.
Burn the Germs | Smartphone UV Sanitizer
According to research, the average smartphone contains around a million bacterial microbes. Almost none of them are here to make friends. Those that are don’t really have your best interests at heart. And they laugh when they see a moist towelette coming their way. To teach these twits their final lesson, store your phone in this sanitizer box. It disinfects anything that comes into its chambers, including your smartphone. The UV light kills 99.9% of harmful germs and bacteria and makes the remaining 0.1% feel desperate and alone.
You Can See Clearly Now | WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner Kit
Has your smartphone lost its luminous luster? Is its surface dirtier than a slaughterhouse window? Are smudges and smears interfering with your social life? Sounds like it’s time to give it a WHOOSH! The WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner Kit comes with a bottle of cleaning formula specially designed for digital screens. It also comes with two 36-square-inch cloths that pick up grease like a sack of feathers. Use the WHOOSH! formula for smartphones, tablets, laptops, eyeglasses, TV screens, and unhappy robots. Stand by for gleaming.
Here Comes the Sun | TwelSeavan Portable Solar Panel Charger
Love it when your smartphone has power, but hate irking the environment to charge it up? Then follow the sun with the TwelSeavan charger. It’s got four ports for charging USB, USB-C, or AC devices. This portable solar generator folds down so it looks like you’re only carrying around a briefcase full of semi-important papers. The TwelSeavan is perfect for giving your smartphone the breath of life while traveling, camping, or suffering a power outage.