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5 smartphone accessories you didn’t know you needed

There’s nothing quite as much fun as “window shopping” for your smartphone. Whether you scroll through sites like Amazon or head to the mall to your provider’s store, it’s easy to get lost in the fantasy of buying everything!

There are so many smartphones that you can spend hours doing nothing but checking out their cameras and specs like battery life. Then you wander over to the rest of the store and, bam! There are accessories everywhere.

There are smartphone cases that are designed to protect your phone and screen if you drop it. But they’re more useful as quick snapshots into your personality – do you have little smiley faces or skulls-and-bones on your case?

There are many other accessories, too. In fact, there are so many that your head starts spinning.

Don’t panic. We’ve rounded up five smartphone accessories and a bonus app that we think you’ll love, and you’ll use them all the time.

Selfie stick for movie makers

Tap in to your inner Spielberg.  DJI Phone Camera Gimbal OSMO MOBILE is a selfie stick re-imagined for budding movie makers. I turns your smartphone into a smart motion camera, helping your shots looks smooth and professional.  The active tracking technology keeps the camera always facing you, so you can be part of the action too!

You can capture timelapses, slow-motion and even automatically post live video to YouTube. Plus, there are Hollywood-style features like one-second light trails that ease your audience from one scene to the next.

DJI Phone Camera Gimbal OSMO MOBILE, get it now for under $200 on Amazon.

Selfie stick for photographers

Selfie sticks used to be a joke. They were these strange-looking sticks that people stuck their smartphones on – they took photos of themselves and that was about it.

They’ve come a long way in the past few years. In fact, some professional photographers use them to tack photos with unique angles.

Of course, photographers need features like remote controls, Bluetooth wireless connections and long-lasting batteries. The CTA Digital Bluetooth Power Selfie Stick comes with a 5,000 mAH battery charger built right into the stick.

CTA Digital Bluetooth Power Selfie Stick with Built-In 5000 mAh Battery Charger, under $20 on Amazon.

Game controller

Gamers, rejoice! There are now Bluetooth-enabled controllers that wirelessly connect to your smartphone.

The Stratus XL gives you a controller with the look, feel and function that you’re used to with game consoles. But you use it to play video games on your smartphone.

SteelSeries Stratus XL, Bluetooth Wireless Gaming Controller for Windows + Android, get it for around $30 on Amazon.

Thermal camera

You might use thermal imaging for work. If you’re fighting fires, searching for a lost child or something similar, thermal imaging shows a bright light where it’s warm, even in complete darkness.

Fortunately, these cameras are now available to everyone. The FLIR ONE, for example, can help you take photos in complete darkness and you can share them online.

FLIR ONE Thermal Imaging Camera for Android USB-C (Gen 3 ), under $200 on Amazon.

Sony QX30 attachable lens

Want better photo quality out of the camera on your smartphone? You can enhance every picture you take by adding a detachable lens to it. This 30x optical zoom means you can leave the bulky DSLR at home and use only your smartphone to get great long-distance shots. The NFC/Wi-Fi is a great accessory if your smartphone’s native camera struggles in low light settings.

The strangest phone cases ever created

So cute! So strange! So you! You won’t believe some of these smartphone cases.

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