Best iPhone and Smartphone Accessories

Top 10 Rated iPhone and Smartphone Accessories 2014


There are a multitude of smartphone accessories on the market that serve a variety of purposes. Because accessories vary in function, we looked for the following basic qualities when selecting our top 10:

1. Durability
2. Good value
3. Compatibility with various smartphone models
4. Long-lasting quality
5. Doesn’t impede the smartphone’s functions
6. Enhances the smartphone’s functions

Arkon IPM515  9.5/10

Car mount compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S, Original and iPod Touch
Holds smartphones ranging from 80 to 120mm in height
3M adhesive dash mount disk
10” x 6” x 3” – 4.5 oz.

For a secure mounting to your car windshield or dashboard, the Arkon IPM515 doesn’t disappoint. The mount attaches securely with a strong suction cup or adhesive disk and allows you to…
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Armband case compatible with iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, and 4G
Adjustable “Perfect Fit” Velcro strap
1.6 oz.

For the active iPhone user, this Eforcity sport armband case keeps the iPhone secured snugly to an arm. If you’re a jogger, biker, or gym rat…
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Includes the Nano Nano and the Yippy
Double-sided microfiber cloth cleans touchscreens
2.1 oz.

Keeping fingerprint smudges off your iPhone or smartphone can be a never-ending challenge, but with the Toddy microfiber cloth, the challenge is lessened…
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Compatible with Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows smartphones
Comes with 3 USB cables
3-year warranty
2.1” x 5.5” x 11.5” – 1 lb.

A high quality wireless FM transmitter, this Gogroove FlexSmart product is compatible with Android, iPhone, Blackberry, and Windows smartphones…
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6-foot cable compatible with smartphones and other electronic devices
Type D connector
Pins and grounds connectors are gold-plated – 60” x 1.2” x 1.2”

For a simple HDMI cable for connecting a smartphone to a TV, this Fosmon Technology cable does the trick quite well. The 6-foot HDMI cable is long enough…
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Satechi BH04B  8.5/10

Compatible with iPhone 3, 3GS, 4, 4S; iPod Touch 4G; Blackberry; HTC Evo; Droid; Samsung Galaxy S; and devices supported by Bluetooth Stereo A2DP
Includes a USB port for charging phones – 3” x 1.5” x 1”

The Satechi BH04B is a hands-free Bluetooth Fm transmitter that works with Bluetooth-compatible smartphones. The box-like transmitter fits in the car power socket and has buttons…
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Portable backup battery for iPhone 4, 4G, 3G, 3GS, 2G, iTouch, and iPod
1-year warranty
2.2 oz.

We’ve all faced situations where our iPhone’s low on power and we’re nowhere near a charger. With the Stitchway UltraPower Backup Battery, you won’t have to worry about having your phone go dead…
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2 purple and 2 pink styluses
Compatible with iPhone 4G/3G/3GS, iPod, iPad, smartphones, and tablets
4.5” x 0.5” x 0.5”
1.3 oz.

This 4-pack of styluses from Bluecell works with any smartphone, tablet, or e-reader. If you have long fingernails or otherwise can’t operate the touchscreen without having to tap at it…
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MPI 6228  7.5/10

White 6-foot USB cable
Compatible with iPod, iPhone 2G, 3G, 3GS, 4
1-pound shipping weight

It seems you can never have enough USB sync cables to charge your iPhone or iPod. This 6-foot USB data sync cable has a long enough cord that you can plug it in and keep you phone…
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CCM  7.5/10

6 protective shields for iPhone 4 touchscreen
3.2-oz. shipping weight

his 6-pack of screen protectors offers scratch protection and cuts down on the glare on your iPhone 4. Only $0.79, the screens work as advertised…
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Smartphone Accessories Buying Guide

Top Smartphone Accessories

Once you’ve decked out your smartphone in a protective case that showcases your tastes and personality, consider some of the other popular accessories available for your phone.

Clip-on holster

Perfect for attaching your smartphone to a belt, a holster is a convenient piece and gives you a professional look.


Love to go running or hiking but don’t want to leave your smartphone behind? An armband straps it safely to your upper arm, keeping it within safe reach should you find yourself needing it.

Car Mount

Phones with GPS are incredibly convenient, but it’s a hassle trying to juggle the phone and the steering wheel without getting in an accident. With a car mount, you can keep the phone in easy view while leaving your hands free to drive safely.

Car Charger

We’ve all been in situations where we’re out and about but our smartphones are unfortunately out of juice. With a car charger that plugs into the power socket, you won’t worry about being left stranded without a working phone.

FM Transmitter

With an FM transmitter, you can listen to your favorite tunes while you drive. You can find wireless and wired devices that connect you to an adjustable radio station.

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Smartphone Accessories Articles

Cleaning a Touchscreen with a Microfiber Cloth

The Benefits of a Touchscreen Stylus

The touchscreen on your smartphone or tablet lets you operate the gadget with ease, but it also picks up unattractive fingerprints and smudges that can be difficult to wipe off with a basic cloth. Microfiber cloths are designed to lift off these oily marks and leave the screen clear and polished…[more]

Applying a Smartphone Screen Protector

Applying a Smartphone Screen Protector

If your smartphone case doesn’t come with a screen protector, you can apply your own. Screen protectors are readily available and fairly inexpensive. The trick is applying them without leaving air bubbles … [more]

Personalizing a Smartphone for Your Business

Personalizing a Smartphone for Your Business

Many smartphone case makers offer options for businesses to personalize their phones, tablets, and other electronic devices. When workers use a company phone emblazoned with a logo or name, they’ll promote … [more]

iPhone Screen Protection

iPhone Screen Protection

The screen is of the utmost importance on your iPhone. Because it’s a touchscreen, it’s the primary way you use the phone—dialing numbers, navigating menus, texting, and using apps. Apple has made the iPhone screen as durable as it can be, but even so, it will… [more]

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