The 10 Best Android Accessories to Buy in 2017

Shop for the best headphones, portable chargers and more Android accessories

The best thing about the Android ecosystem is its compatibility with a huge variety of products, thanks to its open-source platform. While everyone uses their phone somewhat differently, there are plenty of reasons to look into the truly vast market for accessories and add-on gizmos. From waterproof cases, to clamp on lenses for your phone's camera, to portable chargers to keep you juiced up, check out the best Android accessories.

Tired of straining your arms when you take a selfie only to get a small glimpse of the landscape behind you? Thankfully, selfie sticks like the Mpow iSnap X Selfie Stick enable you to see the bigger picture. Enabled with Bluetooth, you can easily take perfect selfies with the click of a button. The Mpow’s highly portable design collapses to just 7.1 inches and can fit easily in your purse or pocket, making it great for travel. Compatible with any smartphone 2.1-3.3 inches in width, the sturdy silicon clamp secures tightly to your phone and allows for 270-degree rotation. The handle comes in solid black or black with glossy blue or pink trim and extends to 31 inches, making it great for capturing panoramas or group photos. 

Nothing’s worse than a low battery when you’re trying to meet up with friends or navigate to a new place. Luckily, if you have a Lumina power bank, you’ll never have to worry about hitting the red zone again. It boasts a 15000 mAh battery capable of charging your phone from 0 to 100 percent about 4 times before you need to juice it back up. (When you give it a little shake, you’ll see small LED lights that indicate how much power is left.) It has two USB outputs, so you can charge up to two devices at once, plus 4.8A output, a high-speed charging technology. The bank has a durable aluminum alloy outer casing, but on the downside, weighs about one pound, which is pretty heavy compared to alternatives out there. Even so, it’s a small price to pay for the full battery peace of mind.

Bluetooth exercise headphones are another category that seems to have an endless supply of competing products. After a point — and within a certain price range — they all pretty much work the same. In the $20 range, the SoundPEATS QY7 V4.1 are among the best you’ll find. They feature a wraparound design wide variety of color options. In this $20 price range, you’re not likely to enjoy the best sound money can buy, but most people who simply want a pair of hassle-free exercise headphones, the SoundPEATS will suffice.

After a portable charger, a Bluetooth speaker is perhaps the next most important accessory for your smartphone. While the variety of Bluetooth speakers available is overwhelming — with each one satisfying its own niche — the Omaker M4 is a fairly rugged speaker for most purposes. Use it outdoors or even in the shower. It connects in seconds and is controllable at a range of up to 33 feet. It features detailed, hi-def sound through its 3W audio driver and passive subwoofer, as well as NFC technology for even simpler connectivity options. The built-in 1500mAh rechargeable battery allows for up to 12 hours of playtime, and its rugged external design ensures longevity as well.

The Amir 3-in-1 will add versatility to your smartphone photography. The kit comes with three solid aluminum lenses that use a sturdy black plastic clip to fit securely onto your smartphone’s camera. The kit includes a 180-degree fish eye lens, a .36X wide angle lens for panoramic shots and a whopping 25X macro lens that lets you capture fine details up close. The Amir 3-in-1 is perfect for taking your photography to the next level.

Smartphones have gotten so powerful that for many people they serve as a primary computer. The only problem with that is typing. Touch-based keyboards are getting better, but some people still prefer the tactile familiarity of a physical keyboard. For those folks, there’s an increasingly diverse line of Bluetooth keyboards compatible with Android devices. And the best one is probably the 1byone Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard. It features a tri-fold design that allow you to fold it up into a pocket-sized device. The Li-ion battery allows for up to 114 days of use without charging, and the titled design ensures comfort while typing. It even has a stand for your mobile device.

Whether you are spending the day at the beach, by the pool or just out in the elements, it’s important to keep your smartphone protected. The OCASE Waterproof Phone Case is a waterproof pouch with a universal fit for devices up to 5.7 inches. The design is minimalist and consists of touch sensitive, ultra-clear windows set inside a black or white frame with a simple clasp that locks your smartphone in safely. Simply slide your Android into the pouch and you will have waterproof protection up to 100 feet underwater. The touch screen allows you to use your phone without removing it from its case, and you can even take clear photos and videos underwater. A handy strap fastens to the top of the case, so that you can keep your phone securely by your side on any adventure. 

Wireless chargers are a fast-growing space that offer the rare combination of aesthetics and futuristic inevitability. Not only do these things satisfy a demand for fewer cables and wires — they also look spectacular, and the WoodPuck is a prime example. Using the Qi wireless charging standard, the WoodPuck is compatible with most Android devices. Its bamboo aesthetics complement any home decor, and the seamless, wireless charging apparatus makes for a nifty user experience. As more and more devices adopt wireless charging capabilities, it will be interesting to see how charging stations adapt to meet the design concerns of most homes.

The Glif is two useful gadgets in one: a tripod mount for photographic purposes, and a prop for holding your phone in place. It’s simple, affordable and extremely useful if you’re really into snapping photos with your Android device. The rubberized plastic vice easily snaps onto your phone for steady image and video capture, and it’s small enough to fit in any pocket. You can also use the Glif to prop up your phone to watch video or scan your alerts while eating. It's cheap, so there’s not a whole lot of room for buyer’s remorse, but this is still mainly a product for serious Instagram users.

Cyclists tend to be pretty serious about cycling. For those long 10- or 15-mile rides, it helps to have a way to keep track of your location. Why not use your phone? There are plenty of mounts and cradles for your phone, but not all of them are well made. The Taotronics Universal Cradle features a non-slip rubber grip and can rotate 360°. It’s compatible with any device as wide as 1.97-3.94 inches, which means pretty much any phone on the market—even with the protective case on. It’s also compatible with a variety of handlebar sizes and types. Phone mounts don’t have to be complicated to work well, and that’s the beauty of the Taotronics: simplicity.

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