iPhones are excellent and capable of feats we wouldn't have thought possible ten years ago. But powerful as they are, there are just some things they can't do. For example, they cannot go three days without charging. What's more, it can't even take crisp, macro shots of insects. But the good news is, you can still do all these and then some, granted you have the right accessories at your disposal.
And since you can't possibly wade through the sheer number of accessories out there in the market today, we gathered the coolest ones we could find for you. Whether you want to use them to get a bit more out of your phone or want to find that perfect gift for an iPhone user in your life, let this article guide you on your quest for the perfect iPhone accessory this Christmas.
Anker Astro E1 5200mAh
All-around portable chargers are an essential part of every iPhone accessory kit. Whether your giftee is an avid traveller or just a casual one, they'll still probably want one of these. There are a lot of portable chargers in the market, but the Anker Astro E1 offers a unique balance of power, price and size. It has a 5200mAh capacity that can fully charge the iPhone – twice over. And with a price tag as affordable as it has, no one would want to miss out on this convenient gadget.
AUKEY Air Vent Magnetic Phone Holder
Keeping your eyes on the road is a rule that you wouldn't want to violate, but there are times when you have to give your phone a quick glance. And the safest way to do it is by installing a car mount on your car. AUKEY’s Air Vent Mount is what we recommend. It takes up very little space on the dashboard, so it's commonly used by Uber drivers for their phones. It will keep your or your friend's iPhone in place using magnets, so they won’t have to worry about their phone falling. It's a better and safer solution than keeping the iPhone in a cupholder, or worse, just holding it.
Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard for iPhone
This is a laser-interfaced keyboard, and it straight-up looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie. Portable and unique, the Cube Laser Virtual Keyboard will turn some heads once used in a coffee shop. Also, it'll most probably blow your geek friends' minds. And did we mention it doubles as a mouse, too?
If you have a total shutterbug for a friend, try this gift. No matter how much they love pictures, lugging around a big, heavy camera all the time is a hassle. And the Dxo One just might be the solution. It's a DSLR-grade, professional level mini-camera which you can connect to your iPhone via lightning cable. It can take absolutely pristine 202-megapixel photos and a maximum aperture of f/1.8 (meaning it lets in more light than the regular smartphone’s f2.2 camera). The Dxo One can capture stunning portraits and low-light photos, and it also offers broader control over things like depth of field. If they are serious about photography, it's definitely a better camera to carry around. It's a tad expensive, but it gets the job done.
Hangout iPhone Multi-Tool Case
We all have that one reliable friend who's always got stuff prepared if ever you suddenly need to shack up outdoors suddenly. If they're an iPhone user, this gift is a perfect fit for them. This rugged-looking iPhone case doubles as a flameless lighter and a bottle opener. It's also equipped with a screw mount for tripods and camera mounts and has a safety lock, too. All it needs is a screwdriver, and you're all set for a trip to the outdoors.
Insta360 Nano Camera
Is your friend the adventurous type? Then give them something they would make them feel indebted to you for life. The Insta360 Nano Camera is an iPhone accessory which snuggly fits into the lightning port and enables its user to take crisp 360-degree pictures and videos. Featuring dual 210-degree fisheye lenses, one can shoot videos at a 3,040 x 1,520-pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. There’s also a cardboard VR headset that comes in the box.
JBL Charge 3
Have a music-lover in your life that's always on the move? The JBL Charge 3 is a feature-packed Bluetooth speaker that produces excellent-quality stereo sound. Its rechargeable battery can last up to 20 hours, plus it doubles as a 6,000mAh power bank. It may also serve as a noise-cancelling speakerphone for your calls. It's waterproof, so your friend won’t have to worry about getting it wet in the rain, or spilling liquids on it. Its exterior has a durable fabric finish that comes in five different colours.
Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i Mobile Gamepad
Perfect for gamers, this portable and compact gamepad connects to an iPhone via Bluetooth while keeping the smartphone safe via an adjustable clip. And with an official certification from Apple, this accessory can work with devices running on iOS 7 or later. It runs on AAA batteries which should allow the user up to 40 hours of gameplay.
This fun and nifty accessory turn your iPhone into a functional microscope up to sub 1-micron. Place the specimen onto the inverted lens and behold the wonders of the microscopic world. The ideal gift for the naturally curious.
Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves
A perfect gift for the winter, the Mujjo Touchscreen Glove allows its user to swipe, tap, and interact with their smartphone’s screen while keeping their fingers nice and toasty. Say goodbye to answering calls with popsicle fingers. And with a magnetic clasp, users are guaranteed a snug fit on their hands. Mujjo also offers double-layered gloves for people living up north. Comfortable, warm, and stylish, these gloves offer more than functionality. There's even a leather variant for the lavish type.
Olloclip Core Lens Set
Olloclip has made the already excellent iPhone camera even better with its Core Lens Set. The Fisheye lens allows for a 180-degree spherical effect, giving its users an extra-wide field-of-view. The Super-Wide lens’ 120-degree visibility delivers the best results for panoramic views, tight interior shots, and even adds more landscape and friends into a field of view. It easily attaches to the iPhone without any extra fidgeting or apps to download.
RAVPower Alpha Series Fast Charge Wireless Charging Pad
Meant explicitly for the iPhone 8, 8 plus, and X generation users, this small and durable charging pad will recharge the item approximately two and a half hours. No more cord tangles, no more extension lines, and no more fuss. Just place the smartphone on the non-skid charging bay and watch the magic happen on the multipurpose smart indicators.
The sheer variety of accessories one can add to the iPhone can be overwhelming, but if you know what you're looking for you're bound to find the perfect something to give to that someone. Big or small, inexpensive or luxurious, useful or not, always remember that when it comes to giving Christmas gifts, it's the thought that counts.