Tablet or smartphone, mobile accessories can be a great low-cost stocking stuffer for the gadget lover in your life. Here are just a few ideas to get you started as we count down to Christmas!
In the current world, no one is going to be complaining about
having too much battery life. The ChargeUp from Cygnett is a low-cost portable
battery pack that lets you keep an additional 4,400mAh of charge tucked away in
your bag for whenever you need it. It's hard to imagine anything more useful
for just AU$40.
Creative Aurvana Live 2
It is a truth almost universally acknowledged that the
average smartphone or tablet is in possession of a truly terrible speaker
system. If you're listening to music, watching movies or playing games then you
want more than just tiny tinny speakers.
Enter the Creative Aurvana Live 2 - a set of top notch
headphones that'll only set you back AU$100. It might not have the big brand name,
but Creative have been making quality audio products for a long time now.
Dog and Bone have combined water-proofing and ruggedisation
with its range of Wetsuit cases. The range provides IP68 resistance to water
and dust meaning it's completely resistant to both. Even better, it adds
MIL-STF-810F, meaning it's even protection for your device against drops of
over 2 metres.
The range runs across the full gamut of iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 5
and 5s, as well as the Galaxy S4 and the iPad Air. They don't come cheap --
around AU$97 for the iPhone 6 version -- but they are very good.
LG G Watch R
Smartwatches aren't anything new, but we're finally seeing a
few stylish ones on the market, and the round G Watch R from LG is one of the
The Android Wear OS means this pairs with any brand of
Android phone, while the battery life is improved from the previous generation
-- you can get around two days before you'll need to charge.
Available from both the Google Play store and retailers such
as Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi.
Is your iPad jealous of the Surface 3 Pro and its clever,
adjustable kickstand? Logitech's AnyAngle will kick that scrub to the curb! The
case has a hinge that lets you adjust to any angle with a 50-degree range, as
well as offering some bump and shock protection.
The case range is for iPad Air 2, as well as Mini, Mini with
Retina and Mini 3 -- and it'll set you back AU$69.95.
Note 4 'Vintage Leather' Case
Looking for something for the Android-user in your life?
Anyone with the super-sized Note 4 will appreciate this vintage leather-look
wallet case. Designed so you can access all ports and -- of course -- still
remove the stylus with ease, this case also has a microfibre lining to actually
buff and clean your screen when closed.
Logitech's modular case system is one of the cleverest on
the market. Each case in the range has a hidden metal plate that lets it work
with any of the mounting accessories.
Cases vary from the very simple, through to ones that a
kickstand for watching videos, through to a wallet case and even one that packs
in an additional battery. Mounts include the Drive, which uses a suction cap to
stick to your window and the clever Trip, which clips to the air vents in your
STM Flip for iPhone 6 Plus
If you're nervous about just how much glass is exposed on
the front of the iPhone 6 Plus then the Flip Cover from STM might be perfect.
It uses micro-suction cup to stay closed, and also has two
card slot built in to the inside of the cover -- they'll be perfect for an
Opal, Myki or even work pass. The Flip is even designed so you still have full
access to your camera, speakers and all the ports. Only AU$40.
Strike Alpha Cradle
This professionally installed car cradle does more than just
hold your phone for you while you drive. It also features a signal boosting
external antenna, charges your phone (or tablet) while plugged in and is fully compliant with all Australian hands-free laws.
The range is massive across a huge range of manufacturers
and handsets -- and if you're feeling super tech-savvy, you can buy a DIY
version to install yourself.