Smartphones have always been much more than just phones: they’re actually remarkable small computers that also make phone calls. And since we use them for so many additional functions, why not extend their capabilities a little more while using cool gadgets?
Here’s a list of amazing gadgets and accessories that will maximize your Smartphone experience. Enjoy!
We all have hundreds of digital photos saved to our iPhones. However, every once in a while, a digital photo is just not enough. There are times when an actual printed out photo can make a pretty statement to hang on a wall, or a lovely gift to friends and family. The Photo Cube Smartphone Printer, can give you just that. By using dye sublimation to produce high quality prints, the Photo Cube Printer can rival your local print shop.
And the best part is that it doesn’t matter whether you’re printing the photos straight from your iOS or Android-powered device, it’s compatible with both. Just pop the device into the dock and fire up the free app to control the printer. In less than a minute, you’ll have a 300 dpi hardcopy suitable for framing of all sorts.
Available at Firebox, £120+ another £20 for Ink Cartridge and Paper.
Meet Snooze- the iPhone Alarm Dock
Your biological clock may not agree with the reality of an early work day. The habit of taking out some frustration by slapping the snooze button is hampered by the fact that you use your iPhone as an alarm clock. What’s the pleasure in sliding to snooze? Meet the iphone dock that enables you to slap your way into an extra 10 minute sleep. It goes by the catchy name of “Snooze”, and creates a home for your phone and assures you won’t knock it off the nightstand by accident or turn your alarm off accidentally. You can rest it there overnight while comfortably charging your iPhone . Snooze is a project on Kickstarter. A pledge of $40 will get you a basic wooden Snooze and you use your own cable to connect. A $55 pledge gets you one with a red dock cable, and the awesome aluminum versions are available for $99.
Going Swimming? Take OverBoard’s Waterproof Smartphone Case
If your’e spending the summer in the pool, here’s a must-have gadget for you. OverBoard Smart Phone Case protects your phone from its greatest enemy: Water.
You can use the waterproof smartphone case and still be able to talk on the phone, use the touch screen, listen to music through headphones and do whatever you’re used to doing. Relax on the pool mattress with your iPhone by your side. Available at Overboard, Sale price: $30
Get Amplified with BONE Horn Stand for iPhone
Low-tech can be pretty, and get the job done. The Bone Horn Stand is an un-powered amplifier for the iPhone that works exactly like old style horn speakers on gramophones. With its shape, it adds 13 decibels of volume (that’s a lot) to the iPhone’s built-in speaker, and it needs no batteries to do that. The stand is made of silicon and has the perfect vintage meet 21st century appearance.
Available at Cyberguys for $25.
A Life Saver- PureGear Battery Charger for iPhone
We all know this scene- you’re just about to leave your home when you notice your iPhone is painfully undercharged. But you need some battery juice, and you need it now. PureGear battery charger is a compact portable battery that extends the amount of usage time on your iPhone. It won’t charge your iPhone’s battery up to 100 percent, but it will give you the additional power needed to go through your day accepting calls.It’s a bit strange to have to charge your battery charger, but for such a basic price, it’s good to buy even just to leave in your bag for emergencies. Available on Amazon for$10.
Jam Out with Jambox (by Jawbone)
Jambox is a stunningly portable wireless speaker powered by a pair of proprietary, acoustic drivers that produce an awesome sound.
After a quick and painless setup, Jambox will connect to your device as soon as you turn on the Bluetooth. On top of the unit, you’ll find large controls that include a talk button, volume controls, play/pause as well as previous and next buttons. Just like a real jambox! You can use it wherever you are, whether you feel like listening to music in the shower or during a barbeque in the backyard. The sound is great and this gadget can cover a 33 foot range. This means your phone doesn’t need to be in the same room with you.
Available at Jawbone’s store price range $200- $300.