Smartphones today do a lot more things and replace a lot more gadgets than they could a couple of years back. This is due to massive innovations in imaging, display, and processing. Smartphones today are used as backup cameras, vlogging tools, portable music player, as a wireless hotspot and sometimes even as a computer for work. Given that they are used at some many tasks, there are many accessories that really help to use your phone even more efficiently and really bring out all of its usefulness.
Photography and Video
Smartphone today comes with multiple camera sensors and boast excellent image quality including high-resolution 4K video recording as well. But, with the tiny lenses, smartphones cannot really match the quality that DSLR‘s give, so our first useful accessory is clip-on lenses.
Moment lenses bring to your an unparalleled experience when it comes to smartphone lenses. They have lenses for iPhones and a couple of Android phones and give you four types of lenses, Wide angle (to capture a wide view), Telephoto (for 2x Zoom), Macro (to capture fine details of objects) and Superfish (for the ultra wide effect).
While it has received a lot of accolades for its quality the lenses are a little pricey at around $100 each with an additional $35 for the cover onto which they mount. But if you pick their battery case (which has a built-in battery pack) you get a helpful camera shutter button as well, something that’s missing on smartphones for many years.
Moment lenses as we said before are designed for just a few phones so do try out the Aukey Ora lenses what can clip onto any smartphones and come with a built-in wide angle and macro lens.
Moving onto videos, capturing videos has become quite a trend today with people consuming their content in the video format much more than any other time. So given how vital videos capturing has become, people expect only the best and while phones have the superb video quality they are not the best when it comes to stabilization.
Enter the gimbal, a magical device that can transform the quality of your videos and give them a feel of a large production team. Gimbals help to balance the phone (or camera) onto motors that try to counter every movement to give you a smooth and stable recording.
There are many manufacturers that make gimbals and most of them give you amazing filming styles that let you mimic famous movie scene movements like timelapse, follow, face tracking and more. Gimbals also have the standard tripod screw so you can mount them onto your tripod and use it for time lapses and so on.
Portable Photo Printers
While phones have made it so much easier to capture a ton of photos there are times when you really want to cherish it with a physical photo print and that’s where portable photo printers come into the picture (pun intended!).
These handy printers let you edit the pics on the phone with stickers and filters and easily take a printout. Say cheese!
Unless you’re rocking an LG flagship with a quad DAC most phones these days are not considered to be that great with audio especially when it comes to driving high-end headphones.
Most quality headphones feel a lack in oomph when powered by phones so if that happens with you try out a portable DAC/amp like the AudioQuest DragonFly.
It plugs into your phones USB and then can be used to plug in your headphone. With the 32-Bit ESS Sabre chip on board, you can simply relax as it does full justice to your cans.
The next useful audio related accessory for your phone is a simple audio splitter, now how this nifty gadget works is you can plug it into your headphone jack and connect multiple earphones and headphones to it allowing your friends to enjoy your music along with you.
Sound Recording Earphones
We just talked about improving your video with gimbals, but the just great video quality isn’t enough to make a great vlog these days, high-quality audio is just as necessary and the Sennheiser Ambeo 3D Video Sound Recording Earphones help you do just that.
To the most people this may seem like another regular pair of earphones but no! these are fitted with microphones so that they can record 3D audio as it happens around you. This really helps to give you an immersive audio experience along with the video. Oh, and they have noise canceling as well so when your done recording you can kick back with some tunes without having anyone disturb you.
The catch? these work only with iPhones.
With multiple processor cores and powerful GPU’s smartphones, today can take on any game and emerge victoriously, but having just the screen for controlling the game isn’t always the most tactile experience.
So to really bringing out the truest gaming experience why not get a gaming pad? a gamepad gives you a game controller with joysticks and a d-pad which means you get the whole screen real estate to see when your driving and your audio vents are also not blocked so you get a superb sonic experience as well.
Travel & Vacation
Dual/Triple Connector USB Cable
Whenever you think about travel, you think about the woods, lush green trees, serene meadows, and calm lakes but in all this peace and tranquillity you may not always have access to electricity and what if you really need to know which species of butterfly you saw?
So that’s when you need gadgets like power banks, but hold on, power banks are pretty common and it’s not really a unique accessory but what is unique is the dual/ triple connector USB cable. Now there are multiple variations of these with USB-c and micro USB along with the regular type A USB or with a lightning connector.
There are even some with three connectors and they come in very handy as you do not need to carry three cables for your three types of devices.
Dongles are the next accessory that could really come in handy during your trip as you can effortlessly transfer your data from your camera to your phone and more. You can even get a dongle with sd card slots to insert your camera memory card in case you want to view them on your phone and share your amazing vacations pics on social media.
That’s not all you can even connect USB gadgets like a fan or an led light.
Multi-port chargers can be a real lifesaver if you have multiple devices and only one wall outlet. These handy devices let you charge everything from phones to tablets to cameras and take up far little space.
So do try out the gadgets we suggested above and comment down below if you have any suggestions for some rather unique but helpful gadgets for your phone.