Oct 14, 2014
At Android Rundown, we get quite a lot of accessories to try out; it’s one of the more interesting aspects of writing about technology. Seeing what companies come up with to extend the functionality of mobile devices is a fascinating endeavor.
Android-enabled accessories come in all flavors and sizes; some of the best transcend size though. Here are some of our favorites that can easily fit in one’s hand. We also link to our reviews of said item. The list started at five items, and, true to form, we couldn’t condense it to only five accessories.
Fair disclosure: each of the following items were provided to Android Rundown for review purposes.
Kingston DataTraveler microDuo
We love this piece; it packs the collective functionality of a regular jumpdrive and a mobile device OTA puck. It comes in several different sizes, and is just about as portable as a quarter.
Antec Smartbean Bluetooth Receiver
Yes, we love our wireless accessories, but wired pieces still pack a punch, and are hard to retire. For folks looking to give wired audio accessories a wireless feel, the Smartbean is the perfect tool.
KERO Micro-USB Nomad Cable
In today’s mobile world, micro-USB cables are GOLD. This Kickstarted item is affordable, portable, and cute and rugged at the same time.
Automatic Auto Accessory
Outside the box ideas are always fantastic, and the Automatic Auto accessory defines this concept. It plugs into a car’s OBD port and reads and interprets data, syncing said data to one’s Android device via the companion app and bluetooth. Pesky check engine light? Driving performance? Speed Check? Distracted driving prevention? Yep.
Rocki Wi-Fi Music System
More kickstarter goodness… this one in the manifestation of a wi-fi based music sharing tool. Slick shaped, portable and well designed o bring one’s Android device to musical/audio life.
RAVPower Qi Charger
Sleek, simple and (most importantly) functional, this unit brings one’s Qi-enabled hardware the charge it literally needs.
Eye-Fi Mobi 8GB Wi-Fi SD card
The Eye-Fi is not new, but its utility is evergreen. It brings devices with SD card slots wireless functionality via local network. It works with cameras, PDAs, (my personal favorite) mobile scanners, and more. It comes in different sizes, and the optional cloud functionality is pretty cool too. With the companion Android app, data can be manipulated and shared Fortune 500-style.
iRig MIC Cast
This little contraption converts the audio jack of Android devices into an equitable audio recording portal. With the companion app, audio can be manipulated. Podcasters, musicians, speech makers and pranksters rejoice!
Google hanged the game with this mirroring tool; the insanely competitive price is somehow not the best feature of this little media monster.
BlueAnt Pump Headphones
These powerful, wireless headphones are made for exercise, but are sedate enough to be used in other instances. Sweat-proof, hardy in hand and comfortable in ear, now you can stream inspirational words from Mr T while out running or reading up on Android development at the library.