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. 

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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.

Offering more than 12 hours of playback, an IPX7 waterproof rating and wireless connection to two phones at once, the JBL Flip 4 is a great portable speaker for Android users. Capable of being submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, the 3000mAh battery ensures all-day playback while pushing out excellent audio through its dual external passive radiators.

Available in six different colors, this all-purpose, all-weather companion features built-in noise and echo canceling for dual-use as a speakerphone, as well as JBL Connect+ technology that wirelessly links 100-plus JBL Connect+ enabled speakers for superior audio amplification. An extra bonus for Android smartphone owners is the use of Google Now directly through the speaker. Beyond functionality, the vibrant design offers the Flip 4 the opportunity to stand vertically or “flip” to sit horizontally. The removable lanyard offers extra use cases such as hanging the Flip 4 from a shower head, backpack or even outside on a branch.

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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.

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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.

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Attractively designed, the Satechi fast wireless charging pad is both sleek and stylish and allows any Qi-compatible device to power up without any extra cables. With fast-charging onboard, the Satechi can charge up to 1.4x faster than standard wireless charging pads. Fortunately, the inclusion of fast-charging doesn’t ignore previous generation devices since the Satechi is backward compatible with all Qi-enabled devices.

Once a Qi-compatible device has been placed on the charging pad, the Satechi will let users know if fast charging is active through the built-in LED indicator lights. The aluminum construction offers four unique colors for your own personal design or for best pairing with your existing device. The ultra-slim profile is just 4.4 x 7.5 x 1-inch in total size and it weighs a minimal seven ounces.

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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. 

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.

Simple and basic, the Spigen S310 is a fantastic choice for a smartphone stand without any frills or extras. The aluminum stand and fixed TPU mount offer a scratch-free experience for devices but, more importantly, pair together for a rock-solid feel that doesn’t tip or sway when a smartphone is in the cradle. With gel corners on the bottom for extra grip to avoid any slips, the Spigen adds a conveniently placed cut out to run a charging cable directly through (and still has extra elevation to avoid the cable bending too much while charging).

At 0.31 x .59 x .39 inches and weighing 10.6 ounces, the Spigen can all but disappear on a desk while still holding smartphones big and small. Fortunately, the Spigen’s design is so general that it’s all but guaranteed to be future proofed for Android smartphones that are expected to be released in the years to come. The roughly 11-mm gap between the clip and the back plate even allows for smartphones with fairly thick cases (think Otterbox) to remain on while the phone is in the cradle with room to spare.

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