4 Must-Have Cell Phone Accessories

Cell Phone Accessories

Most cell phone consumers concentrate on the processing power of the newest and shiniest phones. They’re interested in how pretty the games are and how many apps they can run, and sometimes buyers bother to pay attention to the actual quality of outgoing and incoming calls. However, after you get the newest phone, there is a myriad of accessories to choose from. Since not nearly as much importance is put on cell phone accessories compared to the phones’ functions themselves, you’re left wondering what’s great and what you can live without. Here are four cell phone accessories you need in your life:

1. Extra Chargers

Sometimes it seems like cell phone chargers are lost more than socks in a dryer. It doesn’t matter how careful you are, or how much you refuse to loan it out, your charger is probably going to disappear at some point. You want to always keep an extra data cable on hand so, if all else fails, you can charge the phone through your computer. Keep a wall charger handy, in case you don’t have access to your computer.

2. Screen Protector

Digital Trends reports on some of the best screen protectors for the iPhone 5, such as the ClearPlex. It’s easy to find screen protectors that are the proper size for the iPhone 5, since all of the iPhone devices have a standard size and style. It’s more difficult to find the best ones for Android devices, BlackBerry phones and Windows phones, since the shapes and sizes of the devices vary. Unless you’re using a particularly obscure phone, however, you should be able to find a good screen protector for it. Screen protectors are essential for keeping your touch screen in good working order and to prevent the scraps and scratches that come from everyday use.

3. Case

Smartphones are mini-computers, and while they are durable, they usually don’t take kindly to falling. A case such as the OtterBox prevents a fall from wrecking your smartphone. You don’t want to be without your phone because it’s in for repairs, so a good, solid case is an excellent tool for keeping it safe. Like screen protectors, it may be difficult to find a wide variety of cases for less popular Android models, but they are available. You can even buy a case from a company that custom fits cases for specific Android devices.

4. Bluetooth Headsets

CNET recently did a comparison on some of the best Bluetooth headsets out there, from the small ear pieces to over-the-head models, citing the Denon AH-W150 Exercise Freak headphones as a great choice for athletes. Bluetooth headsets work well with voice command-based applications, as well as provide users with hands-free calling, so you can talk on the phone legally while you drive. Many areas are cracking down heavily on distracted driving, so Bluetooth headsets are a must-have to stay safe while using your phone in the car.

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Paul Tomaszewski is a science & tech writer as well as a programmer and entrepreneur. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of CosmoBC. He has a degree in computer science from John Abbott College, a bachelor's degree in technology from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and completed some business and economics classes at Concordia University in Montreal. While in college he was the vice-president of the Astronomy Club. In his spare time he is an amateur astronomer and enjoys reading or watching science-fiction. You can follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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