There are a plethora of iPhone accessories, from the Dongles to Power-banks, Wireless headphones to Premium or rugged cases. And sometimes it’s hard to choose which ones are the best bang for your money.
For the people who can’t decide or want some options to look through, here are 10 iPhone accessories you should buy this year. We’ve curated this list with accessories that should work with the latest 3-4 generations of iPhones and change your iPhone experience for the better, lets dive in.
Best iPhone Accessories to buy in 2021
|Spigen Neo Hybrid||Phone Case|
|Spigen Liquid Air||Phone case|
|Nomad Rugged Leather Case||Phone case|
|Spigen Tempered Glass protector||Screen protector|
|Griffin Type-C to Lightning Cable||Cable|
|Aukey Ora iPhone lens||Photography|
|DJI Osmo Mobile 2||Photography|
|Anker PowerCore Speed 10000||Powerbank|
|Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD||Powerbank|
|Bose SoundSport Free||Earbuds|
|Bose QC 35 II Wireless headphones||Headphones|
|UE Boom Wireless Speakers||Speakers|
If you are Clumsy from Smurfs or drop your iPhone, as I do from time to time, one of the best accessories you can get for your iPhone is of course a case.
I, being an OCD guy who constantly worries about his phone getting dropped and broken from tables and pockets, am very particular about the choice of cases, and the neo-hybrid line up of phone cases is where I settle.
The neo-Hybrid case is made of two layers, one is shock absorbing, kinda soft, TPU, which engulfs the whole phone. Then comes the hard polycarbonate bumper part of the case, which is only on the edges and corners of the phone, providing more spread out shock absorption.
Both work together to provide your phone with unbeatable protection. So if you are the kind of guy who wants max protection for your phone against catastrophic drops and you don’t mind your phone looking like a tank, Spigen’s neo-hybrid is the case for your iPhone.
Now that we have talked about the rugged king of the phone protection world, some people just want protection without their phones looking like a brick, especially with devices that are this premium.
So we come to the Liquid air lineup of Spigen, I know I sound like a spigen sales rep right about now but bear with me for a bit. Liquid air cases provide slim and sleek design cases with the necessary protection required for your phone, without looking like a tank. The material used in this is shock absorbing TPU, which is really high-quality stuff and protects your phone with drops and bumps.
Leather Cases for iPhone
Now that we are done with absolute protection, let’s talk about making your iPhone stand out.
Sure, some people use vinyl skins and different colored cases to do that, but others prefer leather cases, which, alongside protecting your phone, also provide a nice look and feel. Leather being one of the most exotic material, makes the phone look even more premium.
Sure, you can go pick a case from Apple’s own website, what could be better than official iPhone Case, right?
Well not exactly, some people don’t like the official leather cases for iPhones sold by Apple. People either want a case that isn’t as overpriced or simply better than a run-in-the-mill Apple accessory, for that kind of demographic, We have Nomad’s Rugged leather cases.
Nomad uses one of the best quality vegetable tanned leather by Horween leather which ages beautifully. It’s made with a Rubber TPE bumper to absorb shocks and bumps, combined with a leather back to give it more premium looks and feel and more importantly to give it that personalized feel.
Not a surprise to see that all their Rugged leather cases work seamlessly with wireless charging as well. Nomad cases are tested for up-to 6 feet of drops which is a height way above where you are most likely to drop your phone. Add the fact that its edges are raised a bit to protect the screen in the scenario of a face-down drop and the fact that it is lined with a micro-fiber cloth makes it a pretty compelling deal. Highly recommended.
Talking about protection, the display screens are the most important part of the phone and most fragile, especially now, when the replacement screens costing an arm and a leg.
So I’d highly recommend using a tempered glass screen protector for your iPhone, it adds an extra layer of protection to your phone and a good one like Spigen Tempered glass screen protector doesn’t even feel like it’s there and keeps your screen, ermm, unbroken.
I know I know, at this point, it might seem like I’ve taken a bribe (not true, although I’d like some, hey there Spigen exec) from spigen to promote their products, but trust me, once you use some of their products, you know they are that good.
One of the reasons is that they come with an alignment application kit, that helps you to align the screen protector with your iPhone perfectly while an application for a hassle-free installation.
What I like the most about these tempered glass screen protectors is their oleo-phobic coating which lasts longer than any of your cheap run-in-the-mill screen protectors, providing me with a smooth and seamless touch experience. Also, they fit perfectly with their cases if you are using any, for a better experience.
Dongles / Adapters
These days everything from smartphones to wireless headphones to laptops are shifting to USB type-C ports for charging as a standard. Even Apple’s own MacBooks have switched from USB type-A to type-C for even charging.
But Apple still hasn’t switched to type-C in iPhones which means you have to use dongles and adapters if you want to charge or sync your iPhone from your Macbook. Now, Apple has an official Type-C to Lightning cable in its store but if you are like me and want premium quality cables which last longer, you should take a look at this type-C to the lightning cable from Griffin.
It supports PD fast charging from any PD brick or power-bank and charges your phone quickly and transfers data between your Macbook and iPhone much faster. Also doesn’t hurt to know that its Apple MFI-certified. Highly recommended.
I don’t think anyone will ever say that some accessory can convert your iPhone camera into a full-fledged DSLR, but a little bit here and there can make a great deal of improvement in your iPhone photography and videography game.
So here are a couple of accessories to up your iPhone photography game.
iPhone 11 is rumored to feature a Wide-angle lens in its camera setup, but right now, neither iPhones have a wide-angle lens, and if you are trying to up your game in iPhone photography, having a wide Angle lens definitely helps.
Here is a 2-in-1 lens kit from Aukey, which packs a 140-degree wide-angle lens and a 10x macro lens. It is a clip-on accessory so you can clip it on to any phone you have but we are talking about iPhones here, so you can get all the scenery in the frame you want to with that wide-angle lens.
I know since the past couple of years iPhones have been packed with a macro lens for up-close and person shots but the smaller models like iPhone 7/8 or iPhone XR don’t have that luxury. So if you have either of those models of iPhone, you can take those close-up shots by clipping on the lens.
The whole package is under 20 Bucks on amazon, so its worth the money in my opinion. Highly recommended.
Modern age smartphones have come a long way and replaced almost every electronic gadget you’d need in your daily life while becoming thinner and lighter. They shoot excellent pictures and video.
But due to their lightweight and thin designs it is very hard to hold a phone while shooting a video and the optical image stabilization is not good enough to handle the shaking of the hand, this is where mobile stabilization gimbals come into play.
I am personally a fan of DJI Osmo Mobile 2 and it has served me a solid one year and I love the smooth video it helps me to capture, no matter what the situation is. It is lightweight and easy to carry and still manages to last around 12 hours of continuous use.
Other than capturing cinema-like video, it can do slow motion, hyper-lapse, time-lapse and panoramas. It comes with a carrying case and can even charge your phone if you are running low on battery. It is a fruitful buy for any aspiring filmmaker because it helps you to take your video and photo game to the next level.
iPhone batteries last good time on a charge, but it’s hard to top it up real quick when you gotta leave for work or go out and you have no time to put it on charge and wait for it to get charged.
Or hey, maybe you are the kind of person who has access to a charger and a wall outlet 24/7, if that is the case, skip this portion of this post. But for the digital nomads like me who like to camp up inside a coffee shop or the local library and are worried about keeping their iPhone charged, here are some portable charging options.
There are some people who don’t carry backpack with them at all times but they do want to have some sort of portable powerbank in their jeans pocket to recharge their iPhone on the go but don’t want a huge bulge grabbing wrong kind of attention.
Powercore speed 10,000 is the perfect powerbank for those people, it’s small enough that you can carry it with you easily in your pocket without it making your jeans look like cargo-pants but can charge your phone X twice from 0-100 percent, now that’s convenience in a really small package
Also doesn’t hurt that it supports quick charge 3.0 to juice up your iPhone quickly without waiting for 3 hours. If you are the kind of person who wants power in a possible size, go buy this thing.
This one is for the people who want to charge multiple devices including their iPhone, MacBook, or any other laptop which supports PD (power delivery) whenever they want and not to worry about recharging their battery bank again.
Powercore 20,000 PD comes with a huge capacity of 20,000 mah, but it also is physically bigger in size. Now does that mean you can’t carry it in your jeans pocket?
But it would be better if you put it inside your backpack and forget about it. It outputs 24 through USB-C Power Delivery to quickly charge your iPhone, 6-7 times mind you. And at this price, this kind of capacity of a powerbank coming from a reputable consumer brand like Anker?
I don’t know about you but I’d grab it instantly. Highly recommended.
In comparison with apple airpods Bose soundsport free provides same convenience but with some additional features. Most people don’t like the fitting of apple Airpods, especially while doing any physical activity. Bose soundsport free has a secure fit design with two pairs of ear tips so can adjust them according to your ear size.
For audio quality Bose is always a prior option than many others in the market. You can clearly differentiate between regular wireless earbuds and bose soundsport free. The sound is excellent with deep and powerful bass with crisp highs. There is too much detail to enjoy. Overall the sound is perfectly balanced.
They are just made to perfectly fit into the ears. The sporty build is IPX4 rated which is good to use them in gym and tracks. They are sweat and rain resistant. I felt them hanging from my ear but the fitting was so much comfortable and secure that I barely noticed it.
There are three buttons on each earbuds.
Two are for volume control, they are a bit bumped up. The flat surface between them is for play/pause or answering the calls.
The battery life is almost same as the Airpods (5 hours). The case is a bit bigger. It provides additional 10 hours of battery. You just have to put the earbuds in their molds. There are five LEDs which shows battery level.
With Bose one connect app you can unleash many features. My favorite one is that you can find your lost earbud, it shows where it was last connected.
So if you go for this, it won’t disappoint you if you prefer them over apple earpods. You might like these more for their audio quality.
Choosing wireless headphones with comfortable fit and premium music quality is a unique combination that you won’t find anywhere else. Even I was surprised when I first listened Bose QC 35 II. It weighs only 240g, that makes it extra comfortable to wear them for a long time.
The sound is so much detailed that even low-quality songs sounded very well. The active noise cancellation is much improved and for me, it’s the best out there in the market. I tested it in a crowded workshop, but the ANC surprisingly impressed me with no outside noise. You’ll clearly notice the difference with ANC.
The battery life works for almost 20 hours with ANC and almost double on BT mode, (which is pretty good to use while traveling or working in a noisy environment) and even if that ends you can connect an aux cable and enjoy the music. But without battery active noise cancellation doesn’t work.
Which is still good if you are not surrounded by too much noise. One thing that I didn’t like is that the aux cable is 2.5 mm to 3.5 mm, which is not common. So, if you need to carry its own cable in case if you need.
Inside the ear-cups, ‘R’ and ‘L’ is denoted prominently. It’s very rare that you mistakenly put on them wrong. The hinges and the build quality is way above any normal headphones. As far as I used them I never felt like to give an extra piece of care for them. There is a dedicated button for Voice assistant’. These are an excellent choice for travelers or commuters.
Well, For a party and picnic-head like me, portable wireless speakers are a must. They need to be loud enough but sure enough, they need to be carried around so they need to be small enough to fit in my backpack as well.
Here are the wireless speakers of choice for me, the ones I almost always carry with myself.
UE Boom is a long cylinder measuring at 7 inches tall. You can stand it up tall or lay flat on the table.
This Bluetooth speaker has a very solid built, the exterior is made up of a really nice to touch nylon braided mesh which gives a very slight cushion when pressed in. But behind the material is a premium feeling solid shell that protects the UE Boom itself.
On the other side, there is a grippy silicone with volume buttons up and down which also tells you the charge status when pressed together.
On one end of this portable Bluetooth speaker, there is a power on and off button with a Bluetooth pairing button and on the other side, there is a clip to hang UE boom to your bag alongside with a micro-USB port to charge and an audio Line-In jack. It takes about 3.5 hours to fully charge and you can get about 9+ hours of music playback at 50-70 percent volume.
It also features NFC for easy pairing to your NFC compatible Bluetooth device. Secondly, it offers water and stain resistance, I can not clearly tell how much, but in our testing, it held up pretty well. Sound is offered 360 degrees which is the huge selling point of this Bluetooth speaker.
There are two drivers on either side offering a balanced and more wide-spread sound in the room and walking around, the sound is evenly distributed – perfect for those who do not want a dead zone.
For the sound quality, it sounded great to me and many of my friends loved it as well. There is a nice amount of bass, not over-powering but just perfect to make your tracks go live. The mids, where most vocals reside, are played with enough clarity and detail. Blasting this at full volume, there was not any distortion or cracking.
It really shines in pop, hip-hop, rock and alternative music. It still does well very well for more bass focus genres. It is a very well done, well-balanced portable speaker that can fill medium size rooms and is as loudest as some of the more expensive brands out there.
You can even pair two UE Booms together to play the right and left channel individually and listen to music in a more detailed sound stage (a feature called double up). All in all, recommended.