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9 Must-Have Smartphone Accessories for 2019

9 Must-Have Smartphone Accessories for 2019

2019 is set to see the release of some great smartphones and a lot of people already upgraded to an iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy Note 9 this Christmas.

If you’ve already got the phone, you’re probably wondering what accessories to by in order to make your smartphone experience as good as it can be.

In this article, we’ll take a look into 9 smartphones accessories to put on your wishlist for the coming year.

1. Wireless Headphones

One of the most important smartphone related items to purchase this year are wireless headphones, that’s if you don’t already have them, of course!

In their most recent releases, Apple took the bold move to remove headphone jacks from their phones, making Bluetooth headphones an essential item for most Apple users.

However, the rise in the use of AirPods and other wireless headphones has led to wired headphones falling out of fashion- and fast.

Samsung and other major smartphone brands are still clinging on to headphone jacks, but it’s likely that new models of smartphones will eventually follow suit and the future will be completely wireless.

If you’re keen to be on trend and up to date, then wireless headphones are a must-have!

2. Power Banks

In 2019, most people do just about everything from their phone. Whether it’s keeping up-to-date with friends, watching movings and playing games or working, our phones can do it all.

The only problem with this is that the batteries that manufacturers are putting in the smartphones just aren’t equipped for the heavy usage they have to endure on a daily basis.

As a result, we as users are left frustrated in a constant state of low-battery, scrapping to find the nearest plug to get some juice.

That’s where power banks come in. Whether you need to make sure you’re phone’s power lasts through the day, or your planning a weekend camping trip and don’t have electricity, power banks are always handy to have.

The good news is, they’re also fairly cheap. Although there are more expensive ones available, you can get a cheap one for around AUD$10.

 

3. Car Mounts

It goes without saying that driving and texting, or making calls whilst driving is dangerous and illegal in most countries. However, if you’re a busy person with a demanding job or hectic social life, then not having access to your phone whilst driving can be a pain.

The good news is that with the help of Siri, Cortana or whichever random voice activated woman you choose to spend your time with, you can actually access your phone and make calls using your voice.

Great, right? Well, it is, when your phone doesn’t go flying down the dashboard every time you turn.

That’s why car mounts are an essential item in 2019, as they can help you to stay connected and safe when you’re on the road.

 

4. A Selfie Case

If you’re a smartphone user under the age of 30, then it’s highly likely that you spend at least 30-40% of your time on your phone trying to capture the perfect selfie.

In a social media world, snapping the perfect picture is much more important than it used to be, but what if there was a gadget that could help you improve your selfie success rate?

Well, there is! Selfies cases are the answer to every Instagrammers prayers and can help you take the perfect pic, whatever the lighting conditions.

At the club? No problem. A backlit selfie case can help to make sure you never miss another opportunity to take a magnificent mugshot.

 

5. Fitness Trackers

If you’re a fitness enthusiast, or you’re really passionate about tracking your avocado consumption, then a fitness tracker is an absolute must-have accessory.

Whilst they’re not strictly smartphone dependant, most popular fitness trackers will seamlessly link up to your smartphone to help you to efficiently track your progress.

If you started the new year with a resolution to exercise more or stay fit, then a fitness tracker could help you to achieve your goals by giving you regular updates and reminders via your smartphone.

6. Portable Keyboards

If you’re the type of person that does a lot of work or sends emails from your phone, then a portable keyboard could make your life a lot easier.

There are a few different brands that sell portable keyboards which are foldable, pocket-sized and link up via Bluetooth to your phone.

These gadgets are perfect for sending long emails from your phone without getting thumb fatigue.

 

7. Gaming Controllers

If you’re a gaming fanatic who loves playing Fornite whilst you’re on the go, then this is the must-have accessory for you.

Lots of companies are now releasing gamepads that emulate the controllers of popular gaming brands like Xbox and PlayStation that can be used with your phone.

The controllers have a holster for your phone and can help take your smartphone gaming to the next level.

8. Waterproof Cases

Planning a big trip this year and want to make sure you can capture the perfect beach snaps? A waterproof case can help you do just that.

Whilst most modern smartphones come equipped with some level of waterproof capabilities, it’s always a good idea to give your prized possession some extra protection when you’re enjoying some seaside fun.

There are lots of different waterproof cases available, some more expensive than others, but most are reasonably priced and sufficient for providing an extra layer of protection for your peace of mind.

9. Selfie Sticks

Selfie sticks aren’t exactly a new concept, but they’re always handy to have, especially if you’re planning a holiday this year.

Selfie sticks can help you take the perfect group pictures and can also help you to snap great shots if you’re alone.

Whatever you’re up to, selfie sticks are usually quite useful in most scenarios, and they’re a pretty cheap accessory to add to your repertoire.

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Give Your iPhone 5 Predator Vision With Flir One!

iPhone 5 repair MelbourneHave you ever wished you could see at night? Through walls, doors, and smoke? Now you can, thanks to this ingenious innovation in thermal imaging from Wilsonville, Or.’s Flir.

Thermal-imaging photography equipment is traditionally very expensive and highly complex, making it available to a very small slice of the photography enthusiasts. This has all changed, with Flir One, a portable and cost-effective accessory for the iPhone 5/iPhone 5s.

Exploring Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging measures objects’ relative heat, showing the difference between hot and cold, even in pitch blackness. There are all manner of applications for this, from the purely aesthetic to the entirely technical.

Thermal Imaging Can Be Useful For:

  • Plumbers looking to unclog pipes. Thermal imaging can reveal the exact point where hot water stops, showing where the pipes are clogged.
  • A stud finder. The Flir One thermal camera can detect where studs start and stop, as wood absorbs heat differently than drywall or plaster.
  • For computer technicians. Cooling is essential for computers to operate at maximum efficiency. Thermal imaging can detect how well your cooling systems are operating, to help you decide if you need to step up your cooling game.
  • Artistic photography. In an age where it seems like we see so much of the same thing, the Flir One is an easy and guaranteed to have your snaps stand out from the rest. Transform your backyard into an alien planet, a fern frond into fine art, and your friends and family into unrecognizable glowing silhouettes.
  • Making a movie about a trophy-hunting alien stalking a platoon of marines through the jungle with your iPhone 5.

Design & Aesthetic:

The Flir One is hardly bigger than a battery case. It measures 5.5 x 2.4 x 0.85 inches, and weighs 3.9 ounces. It comes with two components – the camera itself and a think case for your iPhone 5/5s. The case attaches easily, as does the camera, which effortlessly slides into a circular groove in the back. It’s very sleek and stylish, while retaining all of the high tech functionality of top-end gear.

Flir One can’t be used with the regular iOS camera app. It requires its own Flir One app, which is included for free with the camera, but will take up a bit of space on your iPhone.

Overall Conclusions:

  • Thermal imaging technology tends to be very expensive. A lower-priced admission into the fascinating world of thermal photography is very welcome, indeed.
  • The Flir One is very useful for a variety of practical tasks, from engineers to plumbers to contractors and construction workers.
  • The Flir One will make your photography stand out from the rest!

The Downsides:

  • May still be prohibitively expensive for some.
  • Only available for the iPhone 5/5s.
  • Makes your iPhone slightly longer and heavier.

All in all, Flir One is a very cool accessory for people who are serious about their iPhone photography, and want to explore it for all its worth.

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Apple Announces New Battery 25-Hour Battery Pack For iPhone 6 & 6s

iPhone 6 repair MelbourneiPhone users received a pleasant surprise last weekend, in the form of an unexpected battery pack upgrade. Seeing as how battery replacements are one of the most common iPhone 6 repairs, this is good news indeed.

iPhone 6 Battery Pack Design & Features

The new battery case for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s looks very similar to existing iPhone cases, but bears a number of innovative features (besides being able to go over a day without recharging). Rather than the brickish, bulky design of many iPhone cases, the new battery case looks like a common protective case, with a slight lump on its back for the battery.

Keeping with the minimalist design, Apple put all of the identifying features on the inside, printing the serial number and FCC stamp on an attractive dove grey felt lining.

Why an FCC stamp, you might ask?

Apple had the foresight to install an integrated antenna, to make sure the battery case doesn’t interfere with the reception. An LED was also included, between the felt and the case, to indicate when the case is charging when there’s no phone in it. The LED blinks solid green, when fully charged, and solid orange while it is still charging.

Overall Impressions

The battery case fits snugly around the phone – a little too snugly in the case of the iPhone 6s. While both models slide in easily, you have to wiggle the case a bit to get the iPhone 6s out. The case also adds roughly 2.5 cm to the length o the phone, which could mess up your texting muscle memory, so be advised. The good news, though, is the battery is a little lighter than the previous model. Your iPhone is still able to easily fit in your back pocket, when need be, so the additional length is a minor quibble.

All of these features, with a slick design, in addition to the staggeringly long battery life, should make this a solid investment at the MRSP of $99 USD.

 

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