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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

Technology

More than smart phones
Sneha Mahale, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, January 16, 2013
First Published: 14:21 IST(16/1/2013)
Last Updated: 18:56 IST(21/1/2013)

Last week, Nokia beat Apple to the finish line when they launched a range of wireless charging devices to add value to their latest release, the Nokia 920. But the fact that they chose to launch a range of accessories to support their phone isn’t surprising. In 2012, the smartphone accessories revenue was pegged at $20 billion. And that figure is expected to grow.


From covers to headphones, there is a thriving industry out there. We take a look at the top accessories that can jazz up your phone and ensure that you make the most of these fringe benefits.


Angry Birds mini speakers
While we wouldn’t want to run into any of these Angry Birds in real life, the palm-sized speakers fit in your pocket and can accompany you wherever you go. Just plug and play.
For: Android and iPhones
Cost: Rs 2,199 (Excluzy.com)


Cobra Tag
Worried about leaving your beloved iPhone 5 or Samsung phone at work? Invest in a Cobra Tag. A sensor is attached to your keys, which connects with the phone’s free app via Bluetooth and helps you locate your smartphone by making it ring.
For: All smartphones
Cost: Rs 2,400 (Amazon.com)

Jabra Stone 2
This device lets you answer or reject calls using your voice (say ‘answer’ or ‘ignore’), enjoy exceptional call quality, charge on the go and stream music, podcasts or GPS directions. Do you really need more reasons?
For: Most smartphones
Cost: Rs 6,981 (Gadgetguru.in)


Nokia wireless charging pillow by Fatboy
The future is now. This latest collaboration between Nokia and Fatboy means you can place your phone on a pillow to start charging without having to use a jack.
For: Nokia 920
Cost: Rs 5,499 (Nokia.com)

Dry Case
Beach bums, listen up. This accessory could help you avoid an accident the next time you take a dip. Drain the waterproof bag of air using a hand pump, and it vacuum seals around the phone, making it waterproof. Your phone will stay dry till a depth of 100 feet, even allowing you to take crystal clear pictures through it.  
For: All smartphones
Cost: Rs 2,699 (Hitplay.in)

Mophie juice pack
Why should Apple have all the fun? With one of the thinnest cases in the market, this juice pack houses a rechargeable battery that virtually doubles your time to rock, talk, surf and send.
For: Samsung Galaxy S III
Cost: Rs 5,300 (Mophie.com)

Nokia universal portable USB charger
Charging the phone is a necessity, but what happens when you travel to remote locations? An ideal companion, this compact device has a standby time of three months and supports several devices.
For: Any phone that supports USB charging
Cost: Rs 1,375 (Ebay.in)

Sony MW600
We are yet to read any bad reviews about this tiny device. The superior sound Bluetooth headset comes with a standalone FM radio. Connect t o a phone or enjoy realtime radio entertainment on the go.
For: Most smartphones
Cost: Rs 3,550 (Flipkart.com)

Envent keypad
Though why anyone would go for a touchscreen if they wanted a keypad remains unclear, the popularity of this add-on is enough to shut us up. Connected via a Bluetooth, you can now type away and make sure you the best of both worlds - QWERTY and touch.
For: iPhone 4/4S
Cost: Rs 2,929 (Infibeam.com) 


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