25 useful Android accessories and compatible gadgets that m…
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From the first smartphone I owned, I’ve always been an Android user. Much to the chagrin of nearly all my friends and peers, I really do like the operating system and my Samsung phone. However, I do have to admit the world of tech accessories is made for iPhone users and the number and variety of options are tipped in their favor.
If you have an Android phone user in your life who you generally regard with suspicion and is already causing you a lot of stress in the gift-hunting search, fear not – and just be glad they don’t have a Windows phone. We’re here to help you find some cool Android accessories they’ll appreciate. Some are specially optimized for Android devices, while others are just great accessory gifts for all types of phones.
These 25 phone accessories and compatible gadgets prove gifting an Android user isn’t actually as difficult as you think.
A camera lens kit for enthusiastic phone photographers
Take breathtaking landscape photos and detailed close-ups with the 140-degree, wide-angle lens and the 10x macro lens in this kit. Simply clip it to the phone and align it with its camera to start snapping high-quality pictures.
These true wireless earbuds topped even the Apple Airpods in our guide, a testament to their beautiful design and excellent sound quality. Since it’s more expensive than most models, it makes sense to splurge for them during the holidays.
This accessory pulls double duty by charging their phone while holding it securely on their dash. The telescopic arm extends up to eight inches and pivots on a wide arc for easy readability and access.
Owners of Android devices like the Google Pixel will be happiest staying within the Google ecosystem and using the Google Home Mini smart home assistant, which helps them start their day, enjoy entertainment, and control other smart home devices.
Braided cables are more durable and don’t tangle as easily as the regular ones, plus they’re simply more aesthetically pleasing. Anker’s are specially designed to charge phones with USB-C ports efficiently.
This rugged case is basically like a tiny storage box, protecting not only their phone but also their keys, wallet, and other small essentials. It’s even waterproof up to 90 feet for 30 minutes, making it perfect for outdoor adventures.
Depending on which device they have, either one of these VR headsets are great choices that will immerse them in new worlds. The Daydream View works with the Google Pixel 2, Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/Note 8, Moto Z and Moto Z2, while the Samsung Gear VR works with the Galaxy series.
The newest version of the popular UE Boom series is waterproof and can even float on top of water (a feature that we put to the test). This “virtually indestructible” Bluetooth speaker is a must-have at their next party.
While iPhone users have Apple Watches, Android users can choose from a number of Wear OS smartwatches. Fossil’s sleek watch includes heart rate tracking, smartphone notifications, NFC payments, GPS, microphone and Google Assistant, music storage and controls, and customizable watch faces.
This power bank has a USB-C port and can fully charge up their Samsung Galaxy S9 an impressive four times. It can also quickly and simultaneously charge multiple devices so they’re never stuck with a dead phone or laptop.
They might want or need a stylus if they have a phone with an especially large screen. These affordable pens are precise and include 20 replacement tips. It also doesn’t hurt that the colors are vibrant and eye-catching.
They should feel safe using this phone case, which has a dual layered construction of a rigid outer shell and shock-absorbent interior. The secure storage slot slides open to fit two cards and some cash.
Anyone who’s spending a lot of time in their car, whether stuck in a daily commute or taking a cross-country road trip, might as well be productive during that time by keeping a car charger on hand. By the time they get to their destination, their phone will be up and ready again.
Typing up important emails or reports on a small phone is uncomfortable and invites mistakes. A light and portable Bluetooth keyboard is a convenient companion to their phone that will let them work more efficiently and accurately.
A phone sanitizer that kills 99.99% of germs on their phone