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Six of the best smartphone accessories
6:00am Saturday 2nd November 2013 in Lifestyle
Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best smartphone accessories.
By Peter Jenkinson
:: Play time
Sphero V2 - £99.95 from red5.co.uk
This robotic ball hooks up to your handset over Bluetooth and you control it on-screen to move it about, as it phases through its multi colours. That'll keep most occupied enough, but there's also a load of app based games to play with it too. If you have any free time left after all that, you can take it out on the water too.
:: Power station
Mighty Purse - £84.99 from firebox.com
We've seen our fair share of portable power units that add emergency juice to sapped handsets, but there have been none where geekiness collides with glam in quite such spectacular fashion. Available in three colours, there's enough space inside this for keys, cards and other bits of shrapnel, as well - obviously - as the all important battery that can be loaded with enough juice to fill up your phone twice over.
:: Selfie snaps
Smartphone camera remote - £14.99 from menkind.co.uk
Selfies might be all the rage, but taking a decent photo of yourself with a smartphone isn't actually all that easy. Your gaze is diverted, or there'll be a digit in the frame, or you just can't stretch your arm far enough. This mini remote solves everything. Download the app, use the removable mini-stand to set up your handset, then just stand back (up to three metres back) and click your remote. All you have to think about is your smile.
:: Take note
iFoolish - £14.99 from ifoolish.co.uk
This has all the usual yawn-inducing practicalities that protective cases need, but with an extra, rather marvellous, trick up its sleeve. Jot down your thoughts on world domination, or just some daft doodlings if you prefer, on the back and then slide and erase as many times as you see fit - retro-tastic.
:: Stay alert
Smartphone security sensor - £44.99 from firebox.com
To keep pilfering mitts away from your devices you need your wits about you, and possible a tiny security guard in your pocket - like this one. Featuring LED lights, motion sensors and vibration or audible alerts, you synch it with your handset and, if your smartphone should move out of a set distance, you'll be well aware of it, instantly.
:: Slam Dunk
AR basketball mug - £9.95 from red5.co.uk
Make some time to shoot hoops and dunk some digestives with this code-driven augmented reality mug. Download the dedicated app, hold it over your drinking vessel and watch out for minutes turning into hours. Of course you can justify your spend simply on a mug that can hold 500ml of tea.
:: App of the week
Room on the broom - £2.99 from iTunes and Google Play
With so many freebies about, a pricey one will not often make the grade. But we'll make an exception for this most magical production. If you're already a fan of the book, you'll love this storytelling, game-playing app. If you're not, after playing this app you'll be compelled, almost as if under a spell, to rush out and buy it.
Top 10 paid for apps for android phones
1. Camera for Kindle Fire
2. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
3. The Chase
4. Fruit Drops Part II - Match Three (3) Puzzle
5. Cruel Games: Red Riding Hood
6. Where's Waldo Now?
7. The Adventures of Mosaika
8. My Alarm Clock
9. Plants vs. Zombies
10. ngry Birds Star Wars II
Top 10 free apps for android phones
1. Candy Crush Saga
2. Notepad Pro ++
4. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
5. Dumb Ways to Die
6. BBC iPlayer
7. Deer Hunter 2014
8. FIFA 14 by EA SPORTS
9. BBC Media Player
10. Angry birds Star Wars II Free
(Both charts courtesy of Appstore on amazon.co.uk)
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