Christmas is fast approaching and the pressure is on to find gifts that show your nearest and dearest how much you care. With everyone from children to seniors relying on smartphones these days, accessories that work with our favorite devices are always excellent options. If you’re stuck for inspiration of cool smartphone gadgets, consider these five high-tech goodies.
Portable Chargers for Power on the Go
Mastering Pokemon Go, streaming music, and video chatting all suck the battery life from smartphones. If the people in your life demand a lot from their devices, they might benefit from a portable charger.
Portable chargers can power smartphones and other USB-compatible devices on the go, so they’re ideal for commuters and people who spend a lot of time out of the house, like busy teens, business travelers, and keen campers. The chargers will all keep smartphones with low batteries running, but some are even powerful enough to bring them back from dead many times over. The higher the milliampere hours, or mAh, the greater the charger’s capacity. Devices with larger batteries, like tablets, require chargers with larger capacities to recharge completely.
Portable Bluetooth Speakers for Quality Audio Anywhere
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Smartphone speakers have come a long way over the years, but their quality still has a long way to go before they impress the audiophiles in your life. Give them the sound they really crave with portable Bluetooth speakers. They use Bluetooth technology to communicate with any device, broadcasting playlists and favorite internet radio stations with greater volume and clarity. The most advanced models can even connect to multiple devices, so friends can take turns playing DJ. If your loved ones spend a lot of time by the pool or at the beach, look for waterproof versions.
External Hard Drives That Boost Storage
Many of us feel like we keep our lives on our smartphones. They store our photos, important documents, and the details of professional contacts and loved ones, not to mention all our favorite apps and the data they keep safe. If you know someone who spends a lot of time on their smartphone, their device’s hard drive is bound to get crowded. The data storage of some smartphones is expandable with SD cards, but these don’t have the capacity of many external hard drives, which can add as much as a terabyte of extra storage space.
Look for slim external hard drives small enough to fit inside a briefcase or handbag. Wireless models are usually a little more expensive, but it’s worth the money to do away with messy cords.
Smart Trackers to Help Users Find Things
We all know people who are more than a little scatterbrained. They’re forever searching for their keys or wallets. These people could use smart trackers, like TrackR and Tile, which track the location of commonly misplaced items and report the details back to a powerful smartphone such as the iPhone 7 Plus. Both trackers are small stick-on devices that attach to commonly misplaced items. GPS technology means you can always see their location on a map via your phone, which is particularly easy with the iPhone 7’s large Retina HD display. Both trackers will also sound an alert to help you find your missing items more easily. These accessories also work in reverse should your phone go missing. Simply press a button on your tracker to ring your phone, even when it’s in silent mode.
Functional Phone Cases to Replace Wallets
Once upon a time, a wallet and keys was all we really needed to step out the door. Now we’ve added smartphones to the list, creating more bulk that’s weighing our pockets down. What if you could pare back the items the people in your life really needed to carry? The rise of more functional phone cases makes this possible.
These cases still protect and personalize smartphones as they always did, but a few extra features add more functionality. You’ll find smartphone cases with credit card slots and space for currency. Many of these have special release mechanisms so cards stay hidden out of view until they’re required.
With the great variety of smartphone accessories on the market, there’s bound to be one to suit each person on your Christmas list.