PCR's guide to smartphone accessories

Waterproof cases, mini tripods and charges all feature this month
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Smartphones are a prominent fixture in many consumers’ lives, making accessories such as headphones, speakers and cases a popular add-on. Jade Burke takes a look at some of the more interesting products on the market...

PSYC PYRO BLUETOOTH SPEAKER

Distributor: J&J Associates

Designed for use within the home or on the go, the PSYC speaker can connect up to iPhone smartphones and Android devices via its wireless Bluetooth technology. A rechargeable lithium-ion battery and mic are also included.

Specs: Mic, built-in Micro SD slot, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, Bluetooth connectivity.

SRP: £14.99

SELFY CASE FOR IPHONE 5/6

Distributor: Exertis

This Selfy case has been designed for both the iPhone 5 and 6 and features a wireless remote camera shutter. It pairs to a smartphone via Bluetooth technology and slides out from the back of the case. 

Specs: iPhone 5/6 case, dual-layer protection, Bluetooth connection, range of colours, remote included.

SRP: £40

YAMAHA BLUETOOTH IN-EAR HEADPHONES

Distributor: Northamber

Yamaha’s headphones allow users to listen to music wirelessly when connected to a Bluetooth-compatible smartphone. The pair have 8mm drivers that are closed and feature a max input of 30 mW.

Specs: 8mm drivers, 3.5mm connector, Bluetooth connectivity, 30 mW max input, pink, black and white colour. 

SRP: £59.95

STM HARBOUR 6/6 PLUS CASE

Distributor: Computers Unlimited

With a hinged bottom, users can prop their phone up for viewing or dock it to another device with the Harbour case. It has also been created with dual density thermoplastic polyurethane for drop and scratch protection.

Specs: Protective rim, dual layer construction, drop and scratch protection, soft touch TPU.

SRP: £19.95

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PROPER WATERPROOF SMARTPHONE CASE

Distributor: DirekTek

A multi-level zip lock system makes this Proper case waterproof in excess of 10 metres, plus a pair of waterproof headphones are also included. It is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy, Nexus 5 and iPhone 4/5/6.

Specs: Submersible by up to 10 metres, waterproof headphones, sand and dirt resistant, lightweight design.

SRP: £29.99

AX 4-PORT USB MAINS CHARGER

Distributor: J&J Associates

With four separate USB ports, users can charge up to four devices at the same time with AX’s charger. It has been fit for every AC 110-240V power plug and has a maximum 2000mA power output. A red LED charging light is also featured.

Specs: Red LED charging light, four USB ports, input: AC 110-240V, output: DC Max 5.0V/2.0A.

SRP: £12.99

RALINO SMARTPHONE CASES

Distributor: Dynamode

Available for iPhone 4/5 and Samsung S3 and S4 devices, these cases offer waterproof protection thanks to the leather-type material. They’re also UV protected and a magnetic clip function is included on various cases. 

Specs: Waterproof, UV protection, range of colours.

SRP: From £3.59

WI-FI CARD READERS

Distributor: Hama

Powered by a USB connection, this Wi-Fi reader allows data transfer to Apple and Android devices. Available in Basic, Standard or Pro variants, the reader must be connected to the internet via Wi-Fi or LAN.

Specs: Powered by USB, Basic, Standard and Pro variants, compatible with Android and Apple devices.

SRP: From £29.99

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SELFY MINI TRIPOD

Distributor: Exertis

Using a Selfy case, a smartphone can be mounted onto the tripod, plus a range of mounts are also available, including the car mount and bar mount. The mini tripod works with all standard cameras and comes with a main connector.

Specs: Flexible legs, lightweight, Selfy case needed, double locking system.

SRP: £19.99

OVERBOARD 100% WATERPROOF CASE

Distributor: Peak Development

This case can protect a range of smartphones against water, dust, sand and dirt. It can be submerged by up to six metres and will still remain waterproof. The Lenzflex back window also ensures photos can be taken. 

Specs: Submersible by up to six metres, dust, sand and dirt resistant, aqua and black colours, fits most smartphones.

SRP: £18.99

ZALMAN POWER BANK WITH LED FLASHLIGHT

Distributor: VIP Computers

Available with either a 5600mAh, 8400mAh or a 11,200mAh rechargeable battery, this portable power bank also comes with an LED flashlight and battery charge display. The bank can also charge two devices simultaneously. 

Specs: Compatible with Apple and Samsung devices, 2A max output, rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

SRP: From £19.99 

3M PRIVACY SCREEN PROTECTOR

Distributor: Northamber

This privacy screen protector allows smartphones to be used privately in public, while stay-clean edge technology prevents dust and grime from collecting on the edges of the screen protector.

Specs: Dry application, stay-clean edge technology, protects display from dirt, for iPhone and Samsung S5.

SRP: From £12.56

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APPROX USB 2.0 PORT HUB for android

Distributor: Meroncourt

This hub allows users to increase the connectivity of their smartphone with Android 4.0 or higher, providing an additional four USB 2.0 ports. It has transfer rates of up to 480Mbp/s and a microUSB connector.

Specs: Integrated voltage regulator, transfer rates of up to 480Mbp/s, USB 2.0 ports, Plug and Play.

SRP: £5.99

SONY ZX310AP ON EAR HEADPHONES

Distributor: Peak Development

On-cord volume and track control allows users to adjust settings without touching their smartphone, while the in-line microphone lets users answer and end calls. They are available in red, black or blue colour designs.

Specs: Lightweight, foldable, on-cord controls, microphone, red, black and blue colour design.

SRP: £29.99

SELFY CAR MOUNT

Distributor: Exertis

By securing the Selfy car mount to a car’s windscreen, users can navigate, capture video and receive incoming calls hands-free via their smartphone. A pair of adjustable arms and a suction cup are included.

Specs: Selfy case needed, double locking system, suction cup, pair of adjustable arms.

SRP: £19.99

KINGSTON MOBILELITE WIRELESS FLASH READER

Distributor: Simms

The MobileLite adds storage to smartphones by allowing users to offload content to a flash card or USB drive. It creates its own Wi-Fi signal and works as a charger for a smartphone.

Specs: Charging functionality, supports SD/SDHC/SDXC and microSD/SDHC/SDXC, 3G dongle, Ethernet port.

SRP: £45 (subject to change)

CONTACT

Computers Unlimited: 020 83 585858

DirekTek: 01494 471100

Dynamode: 0845 375 2023

Exertis (Basingstoke): 01256 707070

Exertis (Harlow): 01279 822822

Hama: 01256 374700

J&J Associates: 01752 336465

Meroncourt: 01462 680060 

Northamber: 020 8296 7000

Peak Development: 01489 796979

Simms: 01622 852800

VIP Computers: 0871 622 7500

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