2020 will be an exciting year, especially for people who are keen about technology in smartphones. Last year there were many high-tech developments that were incorporated in smartphones that we never thought would be possible few years back. Major players has been transforming their devices into bezel-less curved screens, equipped with multiple powerful cameras, and powerful processors. In line with this development, we had seen introduction of best phone accessories matching these developments in smartphones.
This 2020 we are expecting more technology to be embedded in our devices. This 2019, we witnessed the foldable phone of Samsung and Huawei and Apple is also developing its own flagship to counter Samsung’s newest model. Moreover, the 5th generation mobile internet connectivity or 5G has been introduced this year despite of the controversies it is facing.
So what are the best phone accessories this 2020? Join me to the rest of this article.
1. Wireless Charger
First off, is the wireless charger. Wireless charging compatibility has been a standard spec for latest smartphones since last year. This year we will see wireless technology be expanded more not only in smartphones but even in other gadgets and most accessories for smartphones are manufactured to support wireless charging.
Meanwhile, wired charging will not go anywhere yet since USB-C is also foreseen to be the standard USB type for all smartphones including replacing Apple’s lightning port. Nonetheless, smartphones will be equipped with dual-charging function, compatible with wireless charging and wired charging.
Wireless chargers can be seen as a charging pad, a charging stand, or even a battery case. There are dual-function wireless chargers that can store power of their own and act as a powerbank at the same time that can charge your device. We can even find car mounts that support wireless charging or even smartphone gimbal stabilizers.
2. Wireless Bluetooth Earphones or Headphones
Everything has becoming wireless and Bluetooth technology is not new to this. Almost all smartphones now are equipped with Bluetooth technology (except for Apples devices) which is commonly used for file transfer, although there are now mobile apps which allow you to transfer files faster without using the Bluetooth and without using the internet.
Bluetooth is also used to connect phone accessories in wireless mode to your mobile phone. Through pairing, you can transfer and receive data from your smartphone to the accessory and vice versa. Some of these accessories which utilize this technology are the Bluetooth earphones and headphones which are available in bigger headphones and smaller earbuds. Sooner or later, wired earphones will be gone for good but as long as smartphone manufacturers do not remove the earphone jack or make the USB-C to function as a jack, we still see wired earphones in 2020.
3. Bluetooth Speakers
Despite the advance technology in smartphones, still manufacturers do not incorporate all good features equally in smartphones. Others used to say that you cannot have all the best in the world. This is true in smartphones. You cannot have all the best features in a single device. Most often than not, a very good camera phone has not so good audio quality when it comes to sound streaming, and vice-versa.
Different manufacturers have their own focus of improvement. However, this would not be a problem since you can amplify your smartphone’s audio power with a Bluetooth speaker. Bluetooth speakers has evolved from bigger types to smaller ones and yet powerful enough to rock your room.
4. Mobile Phone Case
Most of us that are always on the go, and we do not have ample time to charge our phone before going out especially when you forgot to charge it before going to bed. As a result, we end up bringing a power bank with us. What if you can supply your phone’s power with your phone case? That would be convenient, right?
Since last year, smartphone cases have evolved into a dual-function device in the form of a battery case. Battery cases are lightweight and portable that you can carry anywhere you go as a phone case. With these devices you do not have to buy or carry a separate battery pack when you travel.
Standard mobile phone cases also protect your phone from shock or crack due to accidental bump or drop . Aside from the protection to the phone, some smartphone cases are so fancy that can turn your phone into a beautiful masterpiece.
5. Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizers
Have you experienced filming with your phone? You hold the phone with your hands and move your body simultaneously just to capture a moving subject. I am sure the footage is shaky and sometimes it gives you headache when you try to watch it. Perhaps you have heard or have used handheld cameras with 3-axis gimbal mechanism.
This feature allows you to capture stable video footage even if your hand is moving or you are moving. Unfortunately, handheld cameras like the DJI Osmo Pocket and other action cameras are not cheap. On the other hand, there is a great alternative that can optimize or release the power of your smartphone camera. The smartphone gimbal stabilizer.
6. Selfie Stick or Selfie Stand
With the advancement of cameras in smartphones, digital cameras has gradually lost their use in digital photography. Latest smartphones sports 2 to 3 or even 4 rear cameras which can capture better quality videos and pictures comparable to a photo taken through a DLSR camera.
Although front cameras capture better selfies than before, sometimes you still need a specific distance or angle to capture better selfies. A selfie stick or selfie stand can do this trick.
7. Cellphone Holder
Smartphones are handheld devices but you do not want to hold them all the time especially when watching movies or videos at home or when driving. You will need a phone holder to do this job. These accessories have also evolved into more than just phone holders. There are phone stands that can function as a wireless charger or car mounts that are dual-function phone holders and support wireless charging. A phone holder can be a standard stand, or a more complex one such as those used in biking or used as car mounts.
8. Game Controllers
If you want to enjoy more of mobile games, instead of using your touch screen as a game controller which sometimes experience lags or being unresponsive, why not use a physical game controller similar with that of Xbox or PSP. There are now game controllers that are made specifically for mobile phones. These devices will surely level up your mobile game experience.
9. AR/VR Headsets
Virtual reality is not a new technology and it will be part of our daily lives in the future just like what is being interpreted in movies. VR has many applications and one of these is in VR movies and VR mobile games. In order to immerse in a VR environment and enjoy this technology, a VR headset is necessary. AR/VR headsets will play major role in mobile gaming since more and more mobile games will be available in VR format in the coming years.
10. Micro SD
With the HD and high-resolution cameras in smartphones, you can now capture crisp and stunning pictures and videos with your phone. HD or high-resolution picture or video on the other hand, requires more storage space. In parallel to introduction of HD cameras in smartphones, developers have also upgraded their internal memory to be able to store all your pictures and videos in your device.
Most of us store everything in our smartphone from memorable videos and photos, concerts or movies to watch. These contents will lead to not enough storage capacity in the long run. If you have the budget you can get the biggest storage capacity version and you should be all good. Well, manufacturers recognize that not all can afford the bigger memories. so they open their smartphones’ storage capacity to external memory expansion through Micro-SD which you can extend the storage capacity of your phone.
If you think that there are other cool phone accessories that should be added in the list of best phone accessories this 2020, please share them below.