Smartphones have become integral to so many people’s lives for a wide range of reasons, not least of which is their diverse functionality.
From being able to keep up to speed with our friends, family and loved ones via social media, through to taking great photos and listening to your favourite tracks, there really does seem to be something for everyone.
The wide range of accessories available for smartphones of all shapes and sizes is a reflection of this.
Some things that might seem silly and frivolous to one person could really enhance the smartphone experience and become an essential tool for another.
With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of some of the most popular and useful smartphone accessories for the music and photo lover.
Perhaps the most popular accessory is headphones, as these allow you to listen to your own choice of music wherever you are.
Many smartphones even ship with basic earbuds as standard – although these may not be adequate for all purposes.
For instance, noise-cancelling earphones can be an expensive but essential upgrade for those who love their music, but are all too often frustrated when it is drowned out by the sound of a passing bus.
Headphones are often a more practical option for others, particularly those who like to listen to music while exercising. Earbuds can very easily fall out in this situation, so the larger alternative can often be the more practical option.
If you are taking your personal music library or plan on streaming a set of playlists at a friend’s house or party, then a smartphone speaker can be the most convenient way of doing this.
Simply playing a series of tracks is often enough for many people in this situation – and while the vinyl revival is undoubtedly in full swing, there’s no need to risk scratching your precious 12-inch collection. Using a smartphone with a miniature speaker is also more practical to transport.
A small speaker can also be a good option if you want to listen to your music in the morning when you get up without struggling to get out of your warm bed.
If find you are getting more and more passionate about photography and taking your smartphone snaps pretty seriously, you could always enhance your camera by purchasing a clip-on optical zoom.
Digital zoom is not an advisable way of getting a close-up of something you want to capture. This is because it does not really zoom, but instead crops and stretches the frame of the image you would be capturing anyway. This is why photos taken with a digital zoom are so very often low resolution or even pixelated.
However, with a clip-on optical zoom, you are free to take photos in a whole new way. Fisheye, wide-angle and macro lenses are all available with some models, which radically broadens the scope of the kind of picture you can get.