If you want to get more out of your smartphone, these accessories can come in handy anytime
1. OTTERBOX UNIVERSE CASE
Simply slip out a panel on the back of this case to swap in any number of modules Otterbox has created for it, including a speaker, tripod, wallet, bike mount, and thermal imaging camera.
When natural light isn’t enough and your phone’s flash washes out your subject, turn to iBlazr. The LED flash connects to your phone via Bluetooth and works with native camera apps; it allows you to adjust the temperature of the light for better, more professional looking photos.
There are a number of devices that will allow you to print photos from your smartphone, but LifePrint goes beyond just photos using its Hyperphoto technology. First, you select a frame of a video to print. Then, when you hold up the printed photo in front of the LifePrint app, the photo comes to life. LifePrint is currently just for iOS, but the company is developing an Android version that it plans to release this year.
4. STEELIE DESK AND DASH SYSTEM
This system—which includes a socket, vent mount, and tabletop stand—allows you to use your phone sans hands. Simply connect the socket, which contains a magnet, to your phone (or its case), then attach it to one of the mounts. Use the tabletop stand in the kitchen to follow a recipe easily or clip the vent mount into your car for hands-free navigation.
5. POOCH SELFIE
It can be hard to get your dog’s attention long enough to snap a sharp selfie. Enter the Pooch Selfie, a tennis ball on a mount that clips onto your phone. (Though it was designed for iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, according to the manufacturer, “it works universally with most smartphones and tablets.”) If the tennis ball—which squeaks—doesn’t hold your pupper’s attention, simply swap it out for his favorite toy.
6. TRAVEL ADAPTOR WITH USB PORTS
Make sure you’re fully charged when traveling in the UK, Europe, and Australia with this adaptor, which accepts 100V to 240V and has two USB ports.
7. SMARTPHONE PROJECTOR 2.0
Most projectors will set you back a pretty penny, but this device isn’t going to break the bank. Made of cardboard, it comes fully assembled and allows you to project videos onto the wall from your phone at eight times their normal size. Simply slip your phone inside, where it’s held in place by a silicone grip, sit back, and press play.
8. INFINITY VIRTUAL REALITY HEADSET
Those in the market for a virtual reality headset who don’t have much to shell out on the Oculus Rift should consider this device, which fits phones up to 3.5 inches by 6 inches and is equipped with eye cushions, earphone slots, and an adjustable head strap.