Top 8 | Third Party Accessories for iPhone

We’ve all been there, at some point: sitting up late at night on Amazon or eBay and weighing up official products versus third party, and working out which is the best one to spend your hard earned money on. It’s been the case seemingly forever: I can go back to buying console controllers for the Super Nintendo, and picking up a third party option in order to save money – only to have it break on me in the space of a few months, and kicking myself for not grabbing the official controller instead. Luckily, it seems as though the third party accessories that you find these days are a lot better quality than they used to be, especially when it comes to smartphones. Perhaps that has something to do with the competition in the market, or the fact that reviews on the internet – on Amazon and YouTube – can tear apart a product and ensure that you get no more sales, should it be below quality. So, there are so many third party accessories out there regarding the iPhone these days, this list is more of a gallery of the best objects you can buy. Check it out!

8. Kenu Airframe ($18.99)

Kenu Airframe

When it comes to car mounts for the iPhone, I’ve always preferred the more simple options. And perhaps the most simple of all is the range produced by Kenu, which are just basic plastic holders that can be mounted to a range of different dashboard vents. This Airframe+ model was specificially designed for the larger smartphone or phablet, and is one of the best mounts out there if you want to take your new iPhone 6 Plus ini the car with you! – Buy from Amazon

7. Jawbone JAMBOX ($99.95)

Jawbone Jambox

While Logitech’s UE Boom represents what is probably my favorite portable Bluetooth speaker to be used with iOS devices at the moment, I’ve tried to limit each entry on this list to a different maker. In fact, Logitech are responsble for a bunch of my favorite iPhone accessories, including their excellent car mounts and wireless portable keyboards. A close second when it comes to Bluetooth speakers is this one, the JAMBOX made by Jawbone, which are perhaps more known for their work with wearable activity trackers than speakers. It’s more of a traditional shape, which is nice for those looking for something simple, but doesn’t boast the UE Boom’s fantastic 360 degree speakers.- Buy from Amazon

6. ZAGG Pocket Keyboard ($51.97)

ZAGG Pocket Keyboard

Again, the Logitech Bluetooth keyboards out there for iOS and Android devices are among the best, but following closely behind are the generic one from Microsoft and this, by makers ZAGG. There are some Bluetooth keyboards designed to increase productivity when typing with your smartphone, but some of them aren’t what you could consider particiularly portable. This one from ZAGG folds up to fit in your pocket, and when you fold it out has a handy stand to place your device. And it supports a range of different smartphones and tablets, too, which is great if you have multiple devices and don’t want to invest in a keyboard for each one. Either way, it’s a real lifesaver if you’re like me and would prefer a physical keyboard rather than an on-screen one. – Buy from Amazon

5. 4-in-1 Ollo-Clip ($79.99)

4-IN-1 Olloclip

Add on lenses aren’t quite as popular as I imagined they might be for the iPhone 6, but that’s perhaps because the built in lens and camera is so good. Any extra features such as filters and such can be garnered by downloading an app, rather than spending money on some kind of photo accessory. If you absolutely must invest in added camera features however, and don’t want to break the bank, then the OlloClip 4-in-1 lens set is one of the very best. It’s around $80, which may not appear particularly cheap but does undercut many of the other offers out there on the market. And the lenses are wonderfully innovative, allowing you to clip zoom lenses, a wide angle or even a fish eye option over  your iPhone camera to take your snap shots to a whole new level!  – Buy from Amazon


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