Top 5 smartphone accessory must-haves

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In today’s world, majority of us can’t run our days without our handy dandy smartphones and are constantly looking for ways to use our devices to enhance our lives. Here is a list of accessories that won’t burn a hole in your pocket and will enhance the use of smartphones making people’s lives easier and more efficient:

1. Nomad

Lightning cable for iPhone 5/5C/5S

Image: Nomad, Lightning cable for iPhone 5/5C/5S

Tired of forgetting your charger at home and having your smartphone die on you before your day ends? There’s a convenient solution for that, and the company Nomad has developed a portable cable that is shaped like a house key and slips on to your key ring. Whether your device is an Android, Windows or iOS, Nomad has a spectrum of devices covered with the portable cables starting at USD $29 and offers free shipping on two or more products. The lightning cable for iPhones and micro USB for Androids are built to hang and bend from its USB source and provides a durable component to make the accessory last.

2. Pressy

Pressy for Android

Looking for more ways to customise your Android device? Pressy, a company developed by 29-year-old Nimrod Back from Tel-Aviv has developed an accessory that will add an extra customisable button (only compatible with Android) to smartphones. Pressy requires users to download its free app that will allow people to personalize the button and take instant photos/videos, record a phone call, launch various social media apps, change phone settings and various other options. The Pressy gadget fits right into the auxiliary jack of Android devices and is priced at USD $27 and ships to Canada for an additional $5.

3. thingCharger

thingCharger

With USB ports limited to two to three ports on a computer, we often run out of places to charge or use our devices. The thingCharger fits into a normal electrical outlet and allows individuals to purchase tips that snap on to the outlet to avoid clutter and maximise space without dangling cables. At USD $29 users can customise the thingCharger by purchasing different tips for various devices, the lightning end for iPhones is just an additional USD $9 that sit on top so that the outlet is still free to use.

4. olloclip

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Love taking pictures with your device but don’t want to spend a fortune on a camera? The olloclip is an accessory designed for various models of iPhones, and slides onto the existing camera providing fisheye, wide-angle, and macro lens capabilities. Transform your smartphone into a mobile photographing device without spending thousands of dollars, at CAN $69, individuals can purchase this accessory at the Apple store, Best Buy or Target.

5. Philips SoundShooter

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With spring around the corner, enjoying outdoor activities will be more weather permitting than the cold winter that had us trapped indoors. For those that are looking for portable Bluetooth speakers that are durable enough to endure outdoor activities, Philips SoundShooter is the perfect accessory. For CAN $49 (available for purchase on the Philips website or Apple retail stores), the speakers have a tough durable rubber shell and provides enough sound to fill an entire room, and can be snapped on with the Carabiner clip that comes with the device. The built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to eight hours on a single charge and is compatible with most Bluetooth devices.

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