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Top accessories for your smartphone: Charger, Speakers and more

You have got the best smartphone, so how about adding some interesting accessories to enhance the overall functionality and, yes, to protect your precious phone.

Belkin Conserve Wallet

Belkin Conserve Wallet

You have got the best smartphone, so how about adding some interesting accessories to enhance the overall functionality and, yes, to protect your precious phone.

Bluetooth Handsets

It can be a hassle to maintain a wired headset to take calls when you are on the move or doing something else. So investing in a good Bluetooth headset can be a wise decision.

PLANTRONICS DISCOVERY (Rs 4,500)

This isn't really new, but is surely among the best. The Discovery 975 has got the looks and is good with its work. Powered by AudioIQ2 technology, the headset intelligently removes background noise. There is also a WindSmart technology onboard that provides three layers of noise protection. The headset comes with a carrying case with rechargeable battery that triples earpiece talk time. The dual microphone captures natural voice quality.

BOSE BLUETOOTH HEADSET SERIES (Rs 8,888)

If you are willing to spend some good money on a Bluetooth headset, it has to be the Bose Bluetooth Headset Series 2. This accessory successfully gels beauty with quality performance. This single-ear headset offers a perfect fit and can be worn continuously for many hours. But while buying one, you have to decide in which ear you want to use this Bluetooth headset. Another highlight of the headset is its superb A2DP sound quality.

Nokia

NOKIA LUNA (Rs 3,999)

Nokia has some vibrant looking headsets, inspired by its Lumia smartphone range. Interestingly, it is accompanied by a small accessory that eliminates the use of wires to charge the headset. Simply place your Nokia Luna onto the wireless charger to juice up your headset.


*A POUCH CAN BE GOOD PROTECTION AS WELL AS A STYLE STATEMENT FOR YOUR PHONE*


Speakers & Docks

Pushing music phones and portable music players out of the market, smartphones today offer great sound. But if you intend to play the music loud, then having a portable speaker or a dock is better idea than investing in a big sound system.

Philips

PHILIPS FIDELIO FOR ANDROID (Rs 5,999)

Philips now has a dock for Android smartphones. The elegant Fidelio has a circular body with a microUSB connector at the top with a transparent plastic stand to give support to the phone. Being a Bluetooth wireless streaming music device, the dock only charges the phone when connected via microUSB connector. The music can only be streamed over Bluetooth, that too with the help of the Philips Fidelio App.

PIG HELMET ANGRY BIRD SPEAKER (Rs 7,650)

This funky looking 2.1 stereo with iPhone dock is inspired by Angry Birds games. The sound coming from the two speakers, placed on the sides of the helmet, is amazingly loud and clear. Like other docking stations, it too charges the Apple device simultaneously. It can stream music from other smartphones using the auxiliary port.

JABRA SOLEMATE (Rs 10,990)

The Jabra Solemate is ideal for the outdoors thanks to its rubber sole and sturdy front grill. There is a groove to hold the 3.5mm cord, in case you don't want to use Bluetooth or the USB to connect this device. With so many connectivity options, you can also take calls on this device. Though small, this device has a decent sound output coming from three front facing speakers and is louder than what you would expect it to be. The battery life is good for about 10 hours of music.

LOGITECH MINI BOOMBOX (Rs 6,990)

A stylish portable speaker, the Mini Boombox from Logitech is a compact speaker with music controls on the top. Charged through a mini-USB port, there is an auxiliary port and an on/off key at the back. Once charged, it can provide wire-free music for up to nine hours. This speaker is designed to boost the sound of smartphones. It also has an inbuilt mic that can be used for answering calls. With an incoming call, the music is muted automatically.


In-Car Mobile Accessory

It is hardly advisable to take calls while driving a car. But there are some relatively safe ways to do so with the help of some great accessories.

Griffin

GRIFFIN MOBILE AUX CABLE FOR CALLING (Rs 999)

Bluetooth headphones and speakerphones can drain the phone's battery. In case, you are looking for a much more convenient and affordable solution, then the Griffin Mobile Aux cable is a must-buy. This small cable has a 3.5mm pin on both sides with a mic attached to one. Simply plug in the mic end to the car speaker's auxiliary cable and connect the other end to the phone. This will simply turn your car's audio system into a speakerphone. The call clarity over this accessory is clear.

SUPERTOOTH HD VOICE ($129)

Headsets can be a pain if used for long hours. An in-car Bluetooth speaker can be a good option. The SuperTooth HD Voice has got a spaceship like design with neatly placed controls. Easy to pair with most of the smartphones, the sound output is loud and clear. It even reads the phonebook contacts and with every incoming call notifies who the caller is. Above all, it has got really good battery backup.

UNIVERSAL SMARTPHONE MOUNT (Rs 300 onwards)

All navigation devices are accompanied by a car mount that holds the devices in place. There are similar mounts available for smartphones too. These mounts are not just restricted to a single device and have adjustable side arms to grip any phone. There is also a 360-degree swivel tip that allows landscape and portrait viewing. On the mount, the phone can be used for taking calls on the speakerphone or to seek get directions over Maps.


Chargers

With smartphones getting bigger and more powerful, the batteries struggle to last even a day. Here are some interesting charging option for phones and other mobile devices.

CAPEDASE USB CAR CHARGER PICO (Rs 450)

It is advisable to keep a car charger handy if you are someone who spends long hours away from your office or home. This one from CapeDase is a compact charger and has a USB port. Simply plug it in the lighter socket and use the device's data cable to charge the phone. This charger is compatible with all devices that can be charged using 5V power input.

BELKIN CONSERVE WALLET (Rs 2,500)

Have multiple devices plugged into charging, scattered all across the room? Belkin Conserve Wallet can charge up to four phones simultaneously while cutting through the clutter of wires. It is a compact, raised platform with four USB ports. Just connect the phone's USB cable to the phone and you are ready to go.

BATTERY PACK (Rs 1,500 onwards)

Carrying a charger in your bag is a good idea, but what if you don't have a power socket in your vicinity? Hence, a battery pack scores over a charger as it stores energy and is always ready to add extra juice to your phone. Investing in a 2500 mAh battery would be ideal today as most of the smartphones have a 2000mAh battery today.

Nokia

NOKIA RECHARGE PILLOW

This accessory designed by FatBoy is for the Nokia Lumia 920, the first smartphone to support wireless charging. The phone is charged just by placing it over this compatible accessory.

ELECOM MBD041BK (Rs 11,000)

With physical keyboards in smartphones becoming a thing of the past, Elcom has combined a wireless keyboard and a Bluetooth headset into a single accessory. Compact and good looking, this keyboard has a display on the top that is used for notifications such as Bluetooth and battery status.


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