I’ve tested dozens if not hundreds of accessories over the years, and I really mean that. Screen protectors, cases, chargers, headphones, stands, tripods, bluetooth accessories, I’ve seen it all. But over the years only a few accessories have gone past the “oh I like it” stage to becoming an integral part of my daily usage. These accessories, for the most part, are universal: they will fit any gadget I am carrying which is a must for someone like me who changes devices and manufacturers often and owns quite a few different phones, not to mention trials a lot more.
I am not an audiophile but I really hate the in-box headphones that come with most gadgets, especially the regular non in-ear design. I need good sound quality, comfort, durability, and a nice design. This is something I found when I snatched a pair of CX-500 for less than 30$ in a deal over 18 months ago. The sound quality is perfect, the inline volume control comes very handy, I frigging love their carrying pouch, and 18 months later, they’re still going strong without any wear or tear issue.
Chargers were a constant problem around me, especially in my room, until I got this nifty desk stand and charger from MobileFun for review. It is supposed to be hooked to a computer but I had a mains adapter around so I transformed it into a universal wall charger. I’ve been using it daily to charge my different phones, iPod Touch, gadgets, for over 3 months now and can’t even recommend it enough. I also can’t remember my life before it with all the chargers dangling from the wall and all the wires getting tangled. (Read my full review here)
I only got this one recently but I can see myself using it for years to come. The iMoove is a universal car holder that can fit any device in portrait or landscape. Every part of it is adjustable yet sturdy, and it comes with a windshield, cup and air vent holder so you can easily place it anywhere you see fit in your car. There are several flavors of it that come with a specific car charger for some gadgets. I got the iPod Touch / iPhone model, which comes with an iPod/iPhone car charger as well as the universal holder. I’ve been looking for a solution like this for eons and am glad I found it, for a relatively cheap price and with a good build quality to boot.
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It might not work with my iPod Touch but a good microSDHC is something I’ve always needed and used between my digital camera and my different phones. This particular 16GB card is used in my phones for music, but I leave around 6Gb empty so it can jump to my Kodak V1273 camera thanks to a microSD to SD adaptor and capture all my photos and videos. Also thanks to a MicroSD to USB adaptor, I can easily transfer those media files to my computer. Small and practical.
Proporta has been providing portable chargers for mobile phones and gadgets for a long time already. I have two of their chargers and they’re a boon when you’re out and about and need to juice up one of your gadgets. All of their chargers come with tips for Nokia, Samsung, SonyEricsson, iPhone & iPod Touch, Blackberry, PSP,… so I never see that dreaded “Battery empty” message again while away from an electricity plug. I’ve been a long time user and will likely stay that way.
What about you? What universal accessory do you own that you love and use daily? Tell us below.