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The Best Smartphone Accessories to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Your smartphone is your life, right? If you yelled out “Ya know it!” enthusiastically, your smartphone needs to be souped up with incredible accessories to get the best out of life, and eliminate that pesky FOMO. You probably know all there is on smart watches, portable chargers, and Bluetooth headphones, but there is so much more you can do with your handheld device. I’ve recently been diving into smartphone accessories, there is kajillion of them, and have made a list of my ultimate faves.

Here are the best smartphone accessories on offer today!

The Better Selfie Lighting Clip


I hate automatic, built-in flash. There, I said it. No taking that back. If you have flash turned on your phone, disable that junk immediately.

To be honest, I actually haven’t had a problem saying that out loud, but have come across crickets after such exclamations more than once. The problem with built-in flash, is that it white-washes your pictures. Alternatively, you’re stuck with ambient lighting, which isn’t always optimal, unless you live some place like always sunny California (or so I’ve heard. I’ve never been! #BucketList)

There are some neat little accessories to combat this, including the LONGKO 36 LED Selfie Ring Light Bulb Clip!

While similar accessories to this one taps into your phone’s battery, the Selfie Ring simply clips onto your phone and works with a 2 x AAA batteries, which means you’re not fretting over your phone’s battery drain (we need to save all we can for Pokémon Go!) The softer light means less white washing, so you can get exactly the photo you want without fuss.

You can even limit squinting for proper brightness; still getting a great pick, even with the sun behind you, instead of directly in your eyes.

This accessory is also handy for taking close up photos of various objects. If you find yourself frequently Instagramming your dinner in a candle-lit restaurant, you can quickly get that picture of your gorgeous slab of lasagne before it gets cold. Everyone waiting for you to finish taking pictures of your food will be grateful that they can dig in faster!

The SuperBook

The Android SuperBook
This is sorta what the Chromebook should have been. If you ever thought your smartphone was also your computer, this SuperBook is for you!

Do you get aggravated over updating your files to the cloud, or may even get confused by which device has the latest version? Want to take your home office on the road, but hate the idea of using a WiFi hotspot?

With the SuperBook, you can turn your smartphone into a laptop computer, simply by plugging your phone into the shell laptop device.

Never look at purchasing another laptop again, as your smartphone truly becomes the only computer you need (except for maybe creating vector graphics/photography.) And unlike the Chromebook, you don’t need WiFi access simply to jot down a few notes.

Try out the Android OS app now (free Beta in the Google Play store,) if you have a TV and either a comparable phone dock or Google Chromecast handy, along with a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. You can discover whether this OS is right for you, and get started with your new computer right away!

VR HMD Headset

Head Mounted Display (HMD, i.e. hands-free) VR headsets, are simultaneously becoming more affordable and expensive. There are quite a few VR related apps available both in iOS and Android platforms, and YouTube is truly embracing VR/360 video.

Easily visit a Mayan pyramid in glorious 3D while on your lunch break.

I personally can’t wait to be able to live Second Life again.

Mini Projector

Who needs a TV when you can watch all your shows and movies online via subscriptions (Netflix, shomi, Amazon Prime, etc) through your smartphone, and can project them to a wall instead? Especially with a project that can simulate an 80″ TV! With the right set up, you can even watch your favourite TV shows and movies while enjoying an evening outdoors.

There are a ton of mini projectors to choose from online, but I think I’ve got the basics figured out on what to look out for in an affordable projector: it seems like you’ll do well with min. 1200 lumens, 50+ inches average for screen width, and perhaps at least 6ft in distance.

MOGA Pro Power Gamepad

I’m not sure if this kind of joystick would work well with Parrot minidrones, but my life would be golden if it does! Also, how awesome would it be to turn your phone into it’s own game console?

Playing RISK just got serious.

Charging Stations


A while back I mentioned creating your own charging station with LEGO. Well, if DIY isn’t your bag, there are some gorgeous charging stations that will keep everything in its place.

Utilizing a station like the Bamboo SMART Multi-Device Charging Station will keep all of your tech in one handy place. Never forget where you left your charging cord again!

Also, there will be less chance of someone knocking off your tech from the table it sits on. Am I the only one with this issue? It’s almost like Oh Henry loves to pull the cords and watch the smartphones fly.

BONUS: Pokémon Go Plus


Gone are the days when you accidentally fall off a cliff playing a smartphone game! The Pokémon Go Plus device lets you keep your smartphone in your pocket and still get notified on whether there is a Pokémon or PokéStop nearby. Though there’s been a bit of a delay in production, this will definitely be something to collect for every gamer. In fact, you can check your Christmas list off right now, buy one of these babies for everyone you know.

So, those are my current tech faves for making a smartphone all that much more smarter. Do you have a favourite accessory to share?

Living in Superman’s Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, squees over comic art, hunts down the nerdiest places to visit and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction. Read More…

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24 Comments on “The Best Smartphone Accessories to Get the Most Out of Your Day

Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen
August 3, 2016 at 12:25 pm

I’d be lying if I saw I haven’t considered the selfie ring light before… I think it’s so good and would be great for video!

I bought a Lumee a while back and hated it.

I think the video game controller is pretty cool too, but I wouldn’t use it.

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Aeryn Lynne
August 3, 2016 at 12:45 pm

I’ve always wondered about the Lumee cases, ’cause wouldn’t your hand be blocking a good portion of the light while taking the picture??

Am picking up the selfie ring soon. Just wish I knew about it in time for #LetsGoRama next week! 😉

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Katrina | TOTSFamily.com
August 4, 2016 at 11:07 am

I love that controller that you can attach your phone too. That is amazing!

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Maya Fitzpatrick
August 4, 2016 at 11:12 am

Ah! what a great list. There’s something for everyone in here. I love technology but i don’t always keep up with it, so I appreciate this post from someone who is knowledgeable! We’ve been meaning to get a projector for a few years now. And I love the power gamepad. I think my boys would get a lot of use from it. And I need to keep an eye out for the release of the Pokemon Go! Thanks for the heads up. Right now, we just have my phone vibrate when there’s a Pokemon near by so we don’t have to look at the phone all the time.

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Monica
August 4, 2016 at 11:13 am

These accessories all look pretty cool. I am especially interested in that awesome looking Bamboo SMART Multi-Device Charging Station as well as the super practical SuperBook, it is exactly what I need!

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Heather Lynne
August 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm

ha! A clip-on ring light! Who comes up with these things?! Also, I am 100% with you on the auto-flash. no bueno.

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Brad Dashiell
August 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Put me on your contact list please.

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Little Miss Kate
August 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm

OMG I love love love that clip on light! I think i neeeeeed one. And they have projectors for phones???? That is awesome!

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Ashley p
August 19, 2016 at 6:10 am

the superbook sounds just what my kids need….and it’s a decent price also. Thanks for sharing!

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Gingermommy
August 20, 2016 at 3:42 pm

This is a great list. We were actually considering some of these so I am glad you gave your opinions here. My teen wants the gamepad so bad

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Jenna Em
August 22, 2016 at 10:57 am

We’re so much looking for the Pokemon GO accessory! Originally it had seemed that it would come out concurrently to the app, but still looking forward to it.

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Marisa Franca @ All Our Way
September 22, 2016 at 10:02 am

I got so excited when I saw your heading. I didn’t find what I needed. I’m looking for a mic because I’m going to use my phone for video. Do you have any suggestions? Also, I’m looking for lens for the camera. There are so many accessories you could probably make dozens of posts 🙂 Great information.

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Aeryn Lynne
September 22, 2016 at 10:46 am

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Lenses are hard to recommend because they’re largely based on what phone you’re working with, and what effect you’re going for. That said, Aukey seems to have a number of lenses, including a wide lens, that will fit nearly any smartphone http://amzn.to/2cO4mur

Hope that helps! 🙂

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Jocelyn Cañasa Brown
September 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

I want to try al of these accessories. They look awesome. These are some great gift ideas, too!

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Cind
September 22, 2016 at 7:03 pm

I’ve seen the selfie light and am kind of intrigued. I don’t take a lot of selfies, except for the blog so this might help. It’s so cool to see how many accessories there are for phones that don’t involve just the case.

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Elizabeth O.
September 22, 2016 at 7:16 pm

I need that charging stations in my life! It’s really awesome how many accessories there are available that’s made specifically for our gadgets! I’m sure my kids will love some of these things that you have on the list.

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Liz Mays
September 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm

These are definitely some cool choices. The SuperBook sounds so convenient!

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victoria
September 23, 2016 at 5:17 am

These are all a cute smartphone accessories especially the selfie light

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aziel
September 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm

What an awesome and cool accessories for smartphone.

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inspiring kitchen
September 23, 2016 at 9:54 pm

wow amazing list of accessories for everyone. I don’t know what would I want first. It seemed That I want everything right away…

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Nicole Escat
September 24, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Wow, these are nice accessories. I like that selfie ring light below. Perfect for blog photos.

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Ryan Escat
September 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm

That VR box, please! I would like to buy that, it’s a wonderful gadget!

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Rose Pingol
September 24, 2016 at 12:19 pm

My son wanting to have that projector for his games. Looks like I nee to save more money so we can afford it.

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Lisa Rios
September 24, 2016 at 11:00 pm

I agree smartphone has become an essential part of our life and the best accessories is what brings the best out of them. The Better Selfie Lighting Clip could be of great use and I would love that VR headset as well.

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