May 20, 2013
You just opened the box of your new smartphone and realize that you need to accessorize. What is the first accessory that comes to mind? The following contains a list of the top ten mobile accessories purchased by smartphone users when they first get their new model. Afterwards, look through another compiled list of the Top 10 Coolest Phone Accessories in the world.
Believe it or not most smartphone users tend to purchase a custom fitted screen protector film prior to any other smartphone accessory. There are many forms of screen protectors available. When selecting a screen protector film, options include the standard custom fitted clear film, one with a mirror coating (for privacy), one with anti-glare coating, UV filter, one that reduces fingerprints (oleophobic coating), and self healing. Some may use a combination of the above mentioned features to provide the best protection for your smartphone. Most screen protector films are self adhering and improve touch interaction. The top brands, at the higher price range typically incorporate many features, while the lower end budget friendly films may just provide protection against scratches, dirt and smudges. Screen protector films are available for purchase as single film and multiple film packs.
The next heavily purchased accessory is the car charger, followed by: charging USB data cable, custom fitted case, expandable memory (microSDHC 32GB to be specific), dashboard / windshield car mount, custom fitted skin, extended capacity battery, AC power adapter and finally a Bluetooth stereo headset. After acquiring the basic accessories, what would be the next item you can add to your mobile arsenal? Find below a list of the top 10 coolest mobile accessories for your phone.
1. The Vuzix M100 Smart Glasses was displayed at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and won the Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Award BEST OF INNOVATIONS. It connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n to access the Cloud (for info access) and is operated with voice commands and gestures. This device provides a display of your smartphone and lets you navigate visually to launch apps, record video and experience augmented reality with the integrated AR camera.
Features include OMAP 4 Processor, Android 4.01, various wearable options (over the head, over the ear, or behind the head), WQVGA Color
16 x 9 display resolution, 14 degrees diagonal field of view, 1080p HD camera / camcorder, noise canceling mic, noise suppression ear speaker, 4GB of internal memory, microSD slot with support for microSDHC cards up to 16GB, 3 degree head tracking, compass, GPS, built-in keys (power, volume (+ / -), select), and 8 hours of usage. If you don't know what Augmented Reality is, you can read the What is Augmented Reality? article to get you up to speed.
2. The Zagg ifrogz Caliber Advantage delivers the feel of a regular game controller to your iPhone. It is equipped with 4 action buttons, a digital pad, and 2 analog sticks. It connects via Bluetooth LE, can be used in landscape and portrait modes and even doubles as a protective case for your iPhone 5.
If you are an Android user you can also find custom fitted and universal gaming controllers for your Android smartphone. One universal video game controller currently available is the iControlpad and the yet to be released iControlpad2.
3. Smartwatches. The MOTOACTV, i'm Watch, and the Sony SmartWatch are 3 smartwatches currently available. To learn more about each of these smartwatches read The Smartwatch. Expect to see Google, Apple (developing the rumored iWatch), Microsoft, and Samsung enter the smart watch domain in the near future. Smartwatches can host a variety of features found in smartphones, such as making calls (VivoPlay), access to music, GPS tracking and shopping, as well as have capabilities not found on smartphones.
4. Phone Photo lenses enable smartphones to take better pictures and provide the mobile photographer with imaging options otherwise not available. The Photojojo Phone Lens Series consists of Wide Angle, Fisheye, Telephoto and Macro Lenses that can be mounted on iPhones, Android phones and just about any smartphone due to its removable adhesive metal ring where the corresponding magnetic Photojojo Lens ring attach. You can get all four lenses for $49 or purchase them individually.
The Bubblescope lens is a 360 degree lens that captures everything around you with a simple snap. Instantly you have a 360 view of your surroundings without having to stitch images together. It installs with a custom fitted case available at "www.bubblescope.com" where you can browse for your smartphone model (Android, Apple, and Blackberry).
5. The bem Speaker Trio (pictured here) includes 3 speakers with a wireless connectivity range of 115 feet. Each speaker can be charged on the base. All of the speakers are controlled by your smartphone. You can place the speakers in separate rooms and listen to your music throughout your home. The base connects via Bluetooth to your smartphone and any Bluetooth enabled device. It costs about $299.99.
For the green iPhone and iPod crowd, the eTon Soulra XL is a monocrystal solar panel powered speaker system featuring 8 speaker drivers, 22W output w/ bass boost, anti-glare iPhone / iPod chamber, rubberized end caps, and 8 hours of playback. Using the solar panels it takes 5 hours to fully charge and 4 hours to charge your iPhone or iPod. Measures: 8.125 in ((H) x 15.125 in (W) x 5.25 in (D) and weighs 7 lbs. Page 2