10 useful accessories for a happy smartphone

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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30 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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

8. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

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

11. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Why you think i'm lying

28. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 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...

21. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

No one cares

22. buccob

Posts: 2975; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You did. Enough to reply. And how original of you being nice on the internet... Go play outside sometime kiwi

4. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

5. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 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.

20. tuminatr

Posts: 1144; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

that funny, they do look cool

6. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

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

7. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

16. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It's there in parentheses.

17. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Haha missed it for some reason :p

18. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 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.

25. alumoyo

Posts: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

So don't buy!

30. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 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.

29. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

:D haha ilosers!!!

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 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: 392; Member since: Aug 26, 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: 21; Member since: Mar 15, 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: 67; Member since: Dec 22, 2013

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

27. RohanM

Posts: 141; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

1. Car charger Do you drive? Probably. => I Don't have a car... !!!

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