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10 useful accessories for a happy smartphone

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10 useful accessories for a happy smartphone
In the years of cohabitation with our smartphones, we've come to realize both their usefulness, but also their limits. With the advent of the industry, phones have become more than just a device for communication -- they're also tools. And while they keep on assimilating features from just about every area of technology, they're still a strictly defined package.

But it doesn't have to be that way. A satellite accessories industry has been built around smartphones, and it is burgeoning. Many of those, however, have a pretty limited appeal, as they're either niche, or specially-crafted for one of the hundreds of smartphone models currently on the market. That is precisely why we wanted to narrow them down into a handful of categories more than anything else. Obviously, those also had to be actually useful for a wide range of smartphone owners.

In the below slideshow, you'll find the 10 accessories that we believe really add to our overall smartphone experience, and hopefully they will add to yours, too. The picks (arranged in no particular order) are as practical and widely-applicable as possible, and we've personally developed something of a codependency with them. Take a look.

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posted on 21 Mar 2014, 08:30 4

1. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2577; 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

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:57

8. RandomUsername (Posts: 346; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)


Do you even drive bro?
I don't :D

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:41

11. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2577; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Why you think i'm lying

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 07:53

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!!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 08:31

2. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2577; 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.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 09:24 3

3. buccob (Posts: 1300; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Already have
-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 ;-)
-Maybe Pressy...

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 23:53

21. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 255; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


No one cares

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 00:08 4

22. buccob (Posts: 1300; 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

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 09:59 1

4. Augustine (Posts: 605; 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...

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:01

9. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2577; 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.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:11

10. Augustine (Posts: 605; 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.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:51

13. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 2577; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I'll try. But DIY I'm bit lazy still if i found the materials i might consider

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:09 3

5. alumoyo (Posts: 140; 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.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:36

20. tuminatr (Posts: 656; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


that funny, they do look cool

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:34

6. maherk (Posts: 781; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


number 8 for me, and make 2 of them please.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 10:43 3

7. Astoni (Posts: 428; 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.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 18:43

16. fzacek (Posts: 1146; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


It's there in parentheses.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 19:05 1

17. Astoni (Posts: 428; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Haha missed it for some reason :p

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 21:43

18. heyhi (Posts: 122; 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.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 04:32

25. alumoyo (Posts: 140; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


So don't buy!

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 16:03

30. heyhi (Posts: 122; 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.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 07:56

29. reckless562 (Posts: 617; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


:D haha ilosers!!!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 11:43 3

12. AfterShock (Posts: 2036; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Pressy, that seems like it might be handy.
Like it I do.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 14:49 2

14. Scott93274 (Posts: 502; 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.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 17:06 3

15. AfterShock (Posts: 2036; 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.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 02:41 2

24. Scott93274 (Posts: 502; 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.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 04:48

26. alumoyo (Posts: 140; 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!!!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 22:01

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.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 01:19 1

23. clarkjeferson (Posts: 36; Member since: 22 Dec 2013)


FOr the P6, I wanna buy pressy for a camera button.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 04:54

27. RohanM (Posts: 119; Member since: 15 Jan 2013)


1. Car charger
Do you drive? Probably.

=> I Don't have a car... !!!

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