10 mobile accessories that shouldn't exist (but still do)
We all have some sort of accessories we use with our smartphones. Be it a Bluetooth headset while driving, a Bluetooth speaker for some music, a protective case for our brand new iPhone or an attachable camera lens for the photo buffs among us. But the 10 accessories below are something that we at PhoneArena believe shouldn't exist. They still do, though.
The case pictured above was part of a KFC promotion in Japan a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, you can't get it today, but we're sure there are some leftover units that you might purchase from their original owners. Then again, they're meant for the iPhone 5S, so you probably won't be able to fit your current device in them, unless you've chosen the compact option and use an iPhone SE. It might be huge and bizarre, but at least it should offer some good protection for your archaic iPhone, judging by its size.
Ever thought to yourself that you should keep a Bluetooth speaker in the bathroom for those prolonged visits, but never quite found a good place for it? Well, iCarta comes to the rescue. It's a toilet paper holder with built-in Bluetooth speakers. It also has a dock for 30-pin Apple devices, in case you need to place your old iPhone or iPod somewhere. Add a Sudoku loo roll to the mix and you will have hours of entertainment in your bathroom!
Okay, we're stretching it here a bit. This doesn't technically exist, but it was close. In fact, there were working prototypes of it. We're not entirely sure what it's used for, though. But if you want to have a bulky accessory with unknown purpose constantly hooked to your phone and getting in the way of your screen – it's probably a good idea.
Here's a fun party game – it's called “How drunk are you according to science”. It requires alcohol, friends and $100 that you have nothing better to spend on. Or, you could use the breathalyzer to judge exactly when you should turn your smartphone over to a friend, so you can avoid reading awkward texts in the morning. Don't let your girlfriend know you have one, though, because the manufacturer also offer an app that will allow her to request regular alcohol tests, complete with exact timestamp and geo-location data.
This one is a part of a trio by the same company, so brace yourselves. If you want to look like a magician that can transform their hand into a mobile phone, these gloves are for you. They feature a built-in mic in the pinkie and a speaker in the thumb of the glove, so you can talk over the phone by just holding your hand to your face. Then again, if someone on the street sees you, you might look more like a lunatic than a magician. Oh, and they're also available in leather.
Too bad Samsung discontinued the Note 7, because this would have been the perfect Bluetooth speaker for it. You might wonder why we think this shouldn't exist. Well, imagine what airport security will think of it. We wouldn't risk finding out for ourselves. What's interesting is that the first hi-Bomb looked nothing like a bomb. It appears that this has been a common complaint among users, because hi-Fun upped their game with the second iteration.
Now, here's one that we can't see the point of for the live of us. A lot of people like falling asleep with music or calming sound effects in the background. And they often play them through their phone or a Bluetooth speaker. Apparently, hi-Fun has a better solution – why not play them through your pillow? Not just that, but it also lacks any sort of wireless support, so you'd have to use the pillow's 3.5mm jack. So, in order to provide you with more comfortable sleeping environment, the company basically decided to add loose wires and hard speakers to your pillow. Good thinking there, guys!
Have you ever wanted to play a mobile game with a physical controller? If your answer is yes, then you have plenty of genuinely good options. Or you could go for Thumbies. Thumbies are physical buttons that you can stick on top of your phone's screen in such a way that they match the on-screen touch controls of your game of choice. They probably provide some familiar tactile feel to your gameplay, but they are still a bad idea. First of all, mobile game controls are usually transparent, because of the limited screen space and the need to actually see what's going on behind them. Second, for such physical buttons to stay in place during intense game sessions, they will need some heavy-duty adhesive. So Thumbies will either slip and slide everywhere, or they will leave horrible sticky resin on your screen after removal.
This one is selling like hot cakes on Amazon, for some reason. It's basically a selfie stick with a microphone at the end of the handle. There is also an earbud attached to it on a very short cable. So short, in fact, that if you don't hold the mic close to your face, the earbud will pop off. Therefore, you can forget using it as a regular selfie stick, unless you want to keep your phone at arm's length or have a cord with an ear bud dangling below your hand. But, hey, it comes with its own Karaoke app!
Okay, we admit, this might actually be useful sometimes. Blue Tipz is a Bluetooth device that you would use when you go ice fishing. It pairs with your phone and sends you an alert when you get a fish on the hook. Why is it in this list, then? Well, there are plenty of specialized alarms for the same price that won't require you to operate a touch-screen device in sub-zero temperatures risking either frostbitten hands, a slip on the ice or dropping your phone in ice-cold waters. Just saying.
Know of any other ridiculous phone accessories that would make a great fit among these misfits? Make sure to let us know in the comments.
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