From chargers to camera accessories and even gear that takes you into virtual reality, 2016 is the year to get into tech for your mobile phone.
There are some seriously cool accessories available out there and here’s a rundown on a few up-and-comers.
For the smartphone photographer: iBlazr 2
It’s all lights, camera, action with the iBlazr 2! This handy little clip-on device replaces the flash on your smartphone camera to help you take better quality photos.
We’ve all had really epic party snaps ruined by dim lighting, but with four extra LED lights, the iBlazr helps you take better photos in low light conditions. It pairs wirelessly via Bluetooth so it can sync with your camera app – all you’ve got to do is clip it on and click away. The iBlazr promises to last up to 300 flashes with one charge and has a range of 24 meters. You can also adjust the colour temperature, brightness and even use it as a lamp. Pretty impressive, right?
For the lovers of sound: BoomStick
If you love your music loud and actually sounding like it’s supposed to, then Boomstick is for you. This USB-sized gadget will have you waving bye to low quality sounding music and hello to loud enriched sounds to your favourite tunes – one side plugs into the headphone jack of your smartphone and you plug your headphones on the other end to filter the sound from your phone to your ears. It uses a range of algorithms to enhance the bass, amplitude, soundstage and high-tone frequencies from whatever audio is played from music to podcasts. Trust me, it works great with any headphones and is a good buy for lovers of sound.
For the eco-warrior: myFC JAQ
Meet the pocket-sized portable charger with a big difference. The myFC JAQ is a completely clean-energy portable phone charger that is almost 100% recyclable. All you need to charge your phone is some salt, water and one of the myFC JAQ fuel cartridges. It’s pretty amazing! The catch is that the cartridges can only be used once and they cost about $5 each, but if you’re travelling to remote destinations, anywhere with unreliable power or just going camping for the weekend you can get all the juice you need with this one palm-sized accessory. The myFC JAQ is currently only available for pre-order but fingers crossed it’ll be available to order online later this year.
For space conscious techies: Wondercube
The one-inch Wondercube really lives up to its name. Its main purpose is to solve a problem that most of us have faced at one time or another - how do you transfer files to and from your phone without having to carry a long phone cable around? Wondercube has the answers.It’s the Swiss Army Knife of phone cables in cube form, folding out to give you access to a micro USB and lightning jack so you can easily sync it up your computer.
Wondercube also works as a USB charger, an emergency battery-powered charger, micro-SD reader and portable storage, LED flashlight and even a phone stand so you can watch movies or FaceTime on the go. It’s small enough so you can just add it to your keys. With Wondercube you’ll have everything you need, wherever you are. The Wondercube is not available in stores yet but you can preorder it online.
For the virtual reality enthusiast: Samsung Gear VR, Zeiss VR One and Google Cardboard
Virtual reality for smartphones has finally arrived and Samsung is leading the charge. Netflix and chill just got a whole lot cooler with the Samsung Gear VR-powered by Oculus. Compatible with the latest range of Samsung Galaxy smartphones from the Note 5 to the latest S7 range it lets you experience games, movies and compatible apps in a highly immersive and complete 360-degree experience.
If you don’t have a Samsung compatible device, there are alternatives – the Zeiss VR One and Google Cardboard. The Zeiss VR One another premium headset compatible with iPhone 6/S; Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, S6; Nexus 5 and LG G3 smartphones while the Google Cardboard is the most basic and affordable alternative compatible with both iPhone and Android devices.
For health and fitness: Fitbit Blaze
There are so many fitness trackers for your smartphone, but which one is the best? Personally, I like the Fitbit range as they keep it simple. The Fitbit Blaze is the new offering – it connects to the GPS on your smartphone so you can map your routes while recording the pace and duration of your workout. Also, it can measure your pulse through its heart rate sensor, has on-screen workout tips and records all of your stats in the smartphone app so you can review it later. Plus has all the great features you’d expect from a smartwatch like notifications and music controls – of course with the added benefit of helping you stay healthy. Win, win!
That is just a taste of what’s on offer, there are so many other exciting accessories available for anything you could think of – 2016 is really shaping up to be the year of the mobile phone accessory!
Seph – amaysim's tech geek