10 useful accessories for a happy smartphone
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10 accessories for a happy smartphone
1. Car charger
2. Car dock
Oh, and by the way, a car charger is almost a must if you use navigation -- the GPS and 3G/4G LTE modules alone will drain your battery in a few short hours.
3. Power banks
4. Bluetooth headset
5. An MHL/SlimPort microUSB to HDMI adapters
6. Chromecast or Chromecast-like dongle
7. Wireless charger
8. Extra battery
But if your smartphone's battery is removable and you're constantly power-starved, then picking an extra battery for your model may be a good investment. A Samsung Galaxy S4 replacement battery can cost as little as $10, for example, and it's small and slim enough to fit in even the tightest of pockets. Just make sure you pick an original one, we've had enough reporting on low-quality units catching on fire.
9. OTG, or USB On-The-Go
1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2664; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
A charging dock, a MHL adapter, USB OTG adapter, portable charger is all I need rest is useless. Ohh well nothing is remaining i guess
28. reckless562 (Posts: 617; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)
pressy bro, u need it, trust.
id say wireless charging too but its not yet at 1000ma, i think, idk, i dont have it!!
2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2664; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
A charging dock, a MHL adapter, USB OTG adapter, portable charger is all I need rest is useless. Ohh well nothing is remaining i guess.
3. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
-Car Charger (single USB 1A. An OK speed of charging)
-Power Bank (NewTrent 7000 mAh)
-Bluetooth Headphones (Plantronics Backbeat 903+, great for exercise and music... so so for calls)
-no need for MHL yet since my phone still supports microHDMI (have 2 cables + adapter for HDMI/miniHDMI)
-USB OTG cable
-Desk Charging dock (included in Xperia Acro S)
Cant use Pressy since 3.5mm audio jack is covered by flap (but looks nice for newer devices... Z1/Compact/Z2 / S4, S5)
But I am glad my Xperia have a shutter button.
Got used to having all those accessories and used them frequently so when I switch phones I will be needing:
-MHL cable (or Slimport if I get a Nexus or PadFone)
-Magnetic Dock for Xperia
-Additional magnetic cable EC21 found on ebay (which is the cable thats inside the dock)
-MicroSCXC 64GB since 32GB doesn't cut it anymore ;-)
22. buccob (Posts: 1307; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
You did. Enough to reply.
And how original of you being nice on the internet... Go play outside sometime kiwi
4. Augustine (Posts: 614; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
That's quite a spiffy car-dock! Most are bulky and cumbersome, unlike this sleek one. If only I had come across one of those...
9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2664; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
Yeah my car dock was really "destructive". It was flimsy and weak at base, attached to the windshield. I took a sharp turn around corner. Boy it detached and fell with my phone's battery door shattered and nfc chip stopped working. Hence it was destructive. From that day i just gave up on car docks and holders. They are nothing more than gimmicks for me. Come on no sour grapes i can remember roads.
10. Augustine (Posts: 614; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Honestly, the seemingly best car dock I've seen was this DIY one: bit.ly/1d85eDs Maybe I should try it.
13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2664; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
I'll try. But DIY I'm bit lazy still if i found the materials i might consider
5. alumoyo (Posts: 142; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
DEAR PHONEARENA: Please phone the Pressy people and ask for your commission coz THEY'VE JUST MADE A SALE! That thing is freakin' awesome! I am soooo getting one.
7. Astoni (Posts: 429; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
i'm going to get a special edition pressy (green) i was one of the kickstarter suppoters. its a fun thing to have. Also phonearena you should mention it only works for Android incase somebody that has an iOS or WP wants it.
18. heyhi (Posts: 123; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
what if Pressy is pluged in and I decide to use my headphones?? Everytime I wanna use headphones should I unpluged it first and then plugin it in?? if it yes, is kind of unpractical for people who use earbuds on a daily basis imho.
30. heyhi (Posts: 123; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
why are you so excited??
"DEAR PHONEARENA: Please phone the Pressy people and ask for your commission coz THEY'VE JUST MADE A SALE! That thing is freakin' awesome! I am soooo getting one."
do you work for them??
did you get offended cuz i disagree that is not "freaking awesome"??
just pointing out a minor "flaw"...yes you´re right, i wont buy it.
12. AfterShock (Posts: 2117; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Pressy, that seems like it might be handy.
Like it I do.
14. Scott93274 (Posts: 524; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I really do like Pressy, but I don't think I'll get it simply because it won't stick out far enough to function with my phone case... maybe I'll ditch the case... who knows.
15. AfterShock (Posts: 2117; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Ditch the case, enjoy the phone.
Unless its ridiculously priced to replace, or just not all that to hold or look at.
Which it probably isn't, so if its price,...
Are fashion before function phones all that if ya can't enjoy them as made I wonder.
Especially if it limits additional functionality.
24. Scott93274 (Posts: 524; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)
I have the Moto X, I love the phone, and I'm happy with the way it looks, it's just a little small and can some times slip out of my hand. The case makes it easier for me to handle/grip... Though you may be right.... Functionality is top priority for me so I think ditching the case will be the way to go.
26. alumoyo (Posts: 142; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)
Yeah - good for you - LOSE THE CASE! Enjoy your phone the way it was meant to be enjoyed - the way you first liked it when you bought it. And get the Pressy - make it better than ever. LOSE THE CASE.....LOSE THE CASE..... LOSE IT.....LOSE IT..... LOSE THE CASE!!!
19. frickbot (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Mar 2014)
most of that just comes with having a smart phone but that pressy button seems pretty sweet for someone that never uses their headphone jack. just wonder if it will protrude enough to use with ease while having a case on.
23. clarkjeferson (Posts: 49; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)
FOr the P6, I wanna buy pressy for a camera button.
27. RohanM (Posts: 119; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)
1. Car charger
Do you drive? Probably.
=> I Don't have a car... !!!