Smartphone accessories you can gift this Diwali3 min read . Updated: 17 Oct 2017, 05:06 PM IST
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
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 Mi Power Bank 2
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 MHL USB-C Type cable
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
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 Pro 2
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.
bOAt Indestructible USB A to lightning cable
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
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.