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Accessories are designed to enhance the capability or overcome the limitations of a smartphone.
Accessories are designed to enhance the capability or overcome the limitations of a smartphone.

Smartphone accessories you can gift this Diwali

Anyone with a smartphone depends on accessories of some sort. Here are some of them that can make life easier for users

Smartphones have become the go-to device for all our needs, be it work, fun, study or travelling. No smartphone is perfect. This is where accessories come into the picture. They are designed to enhance the capability or overcome the limitations of a smartphone. For instance, a sturdy case can protect a smartphone with glass back. Similarly, you can expand the storage on a smartphone with limited storage with storage drives designed for them. Here are some accessories that can be good gifting options for the festive season.

SanDisk iXpand Mini is a more affordable way to expand the storage.
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SanDisk iXpand Mini is a more affordable way to expand the storage.

SanDisk iXpand Mini

Rs2,750 onwards

If you have one of the old iPhones with 16GB or 32GB storage, you do not have to switch to newer versions. The iXpand Mini is a more affordable way to expand the storage. It is compatible with iPhone 5 and all successive editions of iPhone. One can also use it to transfer data between an iOS device and Windows PC. To access this, users have to download the SanDisk iXpand Drive app (free on App Store) and connect the drive with an iPhone. It comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB storage variants.

Xiaomi’s Mi Power Bank 2 is one of the best looking portable chargers with a metal exterior.
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Xiaomi’s Mi Power Bank 2 is one of the best looking portable chargers with a metal exterior.

Xiaomi Mi Power Bank 2

Rs999

Xiaomi’s Mi Power Bank 2 is one of the best looking portable chargers with a metal exterior. With a capacity of 10,000mAh and maximum output of 5.1V/2A, it can charge a smartphone with 3,000mAh battery up to three times. It is curved around the edges for user comfort and is only 14mm thick so one can hold the charger and the smartphone in the same hand. It has an Over Voltage Protection circuit which prevents surge in voltage from damaging the smartphone.

iKraft’s MHL cable allows users to connect any Android smartphone with USB Type-C connector to a TV with HDMI and stream photos and movies instantly.
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iKraft’s MHL cable allows users to connect any Android smartphone with USB Type-C connector to a TV with HDMI and stream photos and movies instantly.

iKraft MHL USB-C Type cable

Rs1,299

You don’t always need a Chromecast-like device to stream content from a smartphone on a bigger screen. iKraft’s MHL cable allows users to connect any Android smartphone with USB Type-C connector to a TV with HDMI and stream photos and movies instantly. It supports 4K HDTV, which means you can stream 4K movies too. The cable is 2 metres long which is more than a regular USB cable.

Daydream VR headset

Rs6,499

Google’ Daydream VR is by far the best VR device for smartphones. It works by blocking the outside world and projecting a virtual screen inside the headset and provides an intuitive controller. It is also light and properly cushioned so one can use it for long hours comfortably. Its only limitation is that it works with few smartphones as of now, but Google is working on making it compatible with more smartphones. Buy it only if you have a Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, Google Pixel, Pixel XL or Asus ZenFone AR.

Amkette Evo Gamepad 2 works wirelessly and has buttons like a console controller.
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Amkette Evo Gamepad 2 works wirelessly and has buttons like a console controller.

Amkette Evo Gamepad Pro 2

Rs2,899

If you have a younger brother who loves gaming on smartphones, you can gift him the Amkette Evo Gamepad 2. It works wirelessly and has buttons like a console controller. Designed for Android smartphones with a display of up to 6 inches, it is compatible with over 400 games so far. To use this, fix the smartphone on the stretchable clamp and connect to the controller via Bluetooth. It has a 400mAh built-in battery which makes it quite flexible.

The cable is made of extra thick copper wire and is braided with tough polyethylene terephthalate material, while the connectors are made of zinc alloy.
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The cable is made of extra thick copper wire and is braided with tough polyethylene terephthalate material, while the connectors are made of zinc alloy.

bOAt Indestructible USB A to lightning cable

Rs1,199

Made by bOAt, known for its headphones, this USB to Lightning cable is made for Apple products, including the iPhones and carries Apple’s MFI certification. It is designed for rugged use. The cable is made of extra thick copper wire and is braided with tough polyethylene terephthalate material, while the connectors are made of zinc alloy. The cable is 1-metre long and supports power transfer of up to 2.4A.

OnePlus 5 Rosewood Protective case.
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OnePlus 5 Rosewood Protective case.

OnePlus 5 Rosewood Protective case

Rs1,490

If a friend or family member has a OnePlus 5, you can surprise them with this protective case from the phonemaker itself. Not only does it protect the smartphone from dents or scrapes that may occur due to accidental drops, but also pep up its looks with the rosewood design. The case is actually made of wood and weighs just 11g, so it won’t make your smartphone heavy.

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