5 unique phone accessories you never knew you needed

5 unique phone accessories you never knew you needed
There is no shortage of orthodox accessories for our trusted smartphones out there, like cases, bumpers, or screen protectors, but their sheer horsepower, sensor overload, and adjacent cameras make them the Swiss Army knife of gadgets that you always carry with you.

In turn, there has been a smorgasbord of additional accessories developed as companions to the phones in our pockets where only sky is the limit when it comes to the imagination of developers. Smartphones are helping analyze blood samples from mobile labs deep in the African villages, controlling drones, or cracking complex codes in crowdsourced science projects.

There is a certain category of connected gear and phone accessories that simply aim to make our everyday lives easier, though, and this trend is only proliferating with time, that is why we are rounding up a few of those for you to gauge what's out there, and help you choose a gizmo you never knew you needed until you saw it actually exists.

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12 Comments

1. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

One of the main reasons I use Android is there's no limits to accessories it can use as long as someone writes a driver.

2. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Expandability. Same with Windows. All because of Micro USB port.

3. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

Guess you could say I was never struck by lightning.

5. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Agreed, really loving this ZaZaRemote OTG on my OnePlus One: http://www.cnx-software.com/2014/07/21/transform-your-smartphone-into-a-universal-ir-remote-control-with-zazaremote/ Allows me to control my TVs in different rooms, living room Audio System, Air Conditioners and ceiling/standing fans, all via my OnePlus One. It even came to the rescue on some ancient roof-mounted Panasonic AC at my friends new home in Australia when I went visiting. Their remote had stopped working for whatever reason (probably liquid damage), so, they always had to be grabbing a stool to reach the on-off switch on the AC and couldn't even adjust the temperature no more. ZaZaRemote had the code for that ancient guy until they have the time and budget to replace it.

4. neonix

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

How is a grip strip unique and unknown? Those things are everywhere. That power wallet, though. Really cool. I'm going to look into it. The mini endoscope is cool too.

6. Furbal unregistered

Love my grip strips, you can get them for under a dollar on ebay or aliexpress tho.

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

What?!?! Just bought the endoscope. It can be had for $10, but you'll get a better one for around $20-25 on Amazon. Sweet, can't wait. Now I can look under doors inside a room before I breach.

9. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

hahah right!

8. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

that little mini camera isn't a bad buy at all! also those sleepphones is a good idea for those like sleeping with white noise on but your partner doesn't

10. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

I like the mini endoscope .. if it really works!

11. jcast927

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

This is awesome! Never knew about the smart carry-on. I tend to travel a lot and I can't tell you how many times I've walked away from luggage like a dumbass and/or think I over packed on a return trip. The price tag is a little hefty but it will helps loads in the long run...

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I know 3 of them, and I dont need all of them

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