Nov 23, 2016
We love our gadgets.
There’s no way to get around it. All those circuits and such. And LEDs. We really, really like LEDs. We especially love our smartdevices, those svelte packages of mobile goodness.
And we do love those lovely doodads that make our smartdevices more useful.
We are lucky bunch, in that we get to try out tons of new accessories just about everyday. Some are more useful than others, yes, but each has its own individual charm. Here is a list of some of our favorites… the ones we refuse to leave home without (extra emphasis on the “mobile” aspect of “mobile accessories” here):
Yes, we love our audio accessories, and Bluetooth resources are a dime two dozen, but the Eclipse is one of our favorites.
Sleek form, incorporated charging solution, Google Now functionality, companion apps, Find My Car/Device… this earpiece does the deed, and does it very well.
Polar M400 Fitness Watch
This one is a fitness device first, and a smartwatch second. It’s durable, far from geeky, and its Bluetooth connectivity is just what the doctor ordered. Whether updating fitness data to the MapMyRun app or discreetly showing ones latest email invite, it’s an infinitely fun, useful piece of technology.
WHOOSH! Screen Cleaner System
We admit it: we didn’t expect to be as impressed by WHOOSH! Cleaning System as we were, but this stuff just works. It almost literally breathes new life into hitherto grimy smartdevice screens.
The coolest part? It can be used on a host of products: TVs, keyboards, docks and more. WHOOSH! is the cleaning gift that keeps on giving.
Seagate Backup Plus Portable Drive
Got an angry spouse that’s irate your lost all the Yuletide photos due to an errant SD card? Indemnify yourself with this multipurpose hard drive.
The Seagate Backup Plus is the perfect smartphone complement, as it is small, portable and easily manipulated via companion app. It ain’t no one trick pony neither — it can double as a networked hard drive at home or at work.
Travel with a Chromebook, Macbook or laptop in addition to a smartphone? This baby works with them all, making it even more valuable. By the way, it doesn’t need charging.
Kingston DataTraveler microDuo
Speaking of backing stuff up, one thing that makes a lot of sense is an OTG jump drive.
What about an OTG/USB combo unit? Small enough to ride round in your wallet or on your keychain? 16GB? 32… did you say 64?
Now you know why we love the Kingston DataTraveler microDuo; Pictures, movies, ROMs, backups… whatever a smartdevice user could look to use by way of portable data, right on the keychain. It also makes transferring data from a computer to a micro USB device simple, since it has both relevant ends.
Pair this up with the Kingston MobileLite below… yessir.
Good smartdevice cameras aren’t just a cool extra nowadays; they are important components of the perfect device.
Limelens is a dual lens systems that looks to improve camera options from a hardware perspective.
The lenses come with a nifty carry case, and an extra bonus are the cases that work with the lenses, such that one can make a ready-to-go system that can be activated by swapping out a case.
TYLT Energi 10K Portable Charger
TYLT does make stylish accessories, and while there are smaller, handier options (even in TYLT’s own stable of products), but this one stands out because of its raw power.
The Energi 10K can output 2 amps (plus two extra 1 AMP outlets), suitable for the hungriest of current devices. The multiple charging ports are also pretty valuable as it allows one to juice multiple devices across platforms simultaneously.
Its standby ime is pretty commendable too.
Livescribe Sky Wi-Fi Smartpen
This one is a bit of a novelty, yes, but it can be useful, especially with regards to taking and managing important notes. The optional Evernote functionality helps it to really shine when one has a flash of brilliance that must be recorded.
The wireless functionality is an added plus, as is the on-board voice recorder.
It is fairly durable, and doesn’t mind being used outdoors.
Livescribe has newer (and arguably better) products available, but this one is still very much relevant, and quite affordable.
Logitech Keys-To-Go Bluetooth Keyboard
Keys-To-Go is a nifty, ultra-lightweight keyboard that is almost thin enough to fit in one’s pocket. In a messenger bag, it could get lost it’s so thin. It comes with a device stand, and the standby time is to die for.
It can be used with any number of bluetooth devices, and is quite cross-platform in nature, meaning one device for all (Windows, iPad, Android, et al).
Kingston 5-in-1 Mobile Companion
Let’s count the ways that the 5-in-1 Mobile Companion warms our hearts: expansive card reader, portable battery, media streamer, private wi-fi router. More. This thingie is the perfect travel companion. Load a movie to USB drive and/or SD card, and folks within range can watch movies.
Perfect for long family drives, as different folks can watch/listen to different media at the same time.
Multipurpose units always find a place on our love lists.