Author: Simon Hill

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The best launcher for Android, and nine alternatives

One of Android’s main strengths has always been customization. You can tinker and tweak until you realize the home screen of your dreams. The easiest and most straightforward way to completely change up the aesthetic of your interface is to employ an Android launcher. With a launcher you can change the color scheme, icons, backgrounds, and lots of other details to define your ideal home screen, app drawer, and widget combo. But just what is the best launcher for Android? Read on to find our top pick and nine alternatives worth trying out.

If you’re into Android customization you should also check out the best free live wallpapers for Android[1], the best Android widgets[2], and maybe even look into rooting your Android phone[3].

The best launcher for Android

Nova Launcher[4]

Nova Launcher

The Nova Launcher offers an excellent array of different features, allowing you to quickly achieve an elegant look without compromising on performance. You can change animations, colors, layouts, icons, and more. Spring $5 for the Prime version[5] and you can customize gestures, unlock extra scroll effects, and more, but the free version should be enough for most people to create the precise look and feel they’re craving. There’s even a way to get the Google feed[6] to show up on the left of the home screen, just like on the Google Now Launcher.

Google Play Store[7]

And the rest

Hola Launcher[8]

Hola Launcher app

Rather than bring new features to your mobile device, the Hola Launcher optimizes from the inside-out to ensure the best possible user experience. It will help you to identify bloatware and uninstall useless apps to improve battery life. Best of all, its rotary-style UI elegantly switches between your favorite Android apps[9] and quick access shortcuts, making it possible to handle phablets with just one hand.

Google Play Store[10]

Z Launcher Beta[11]

Z Launcher Beta app

Why waste time scrolling through an endless list of apps or tap out the name of the app you’re looking for, when there is an even more intuitive way to search through your mobile device? Simply draw the first letter of your desired app with your finger, and Z Launcher will figure out a list of apps that matches your on-screen scribble. Besides simplifying search, this Nokia[12]-developed launcher also learns your most often used apps and brings them to your home screen.

Google Play Store[13]

Action Launcher: Pixel Edition ($5)[14]

Action Launcher app

If you’re still waiting for your upgrade to Android Nougat, then you might consider dropping $5 to get the Action Launcher: Pixel Edition. It offers some of the some of the best features of the Google Pixel Launcher, like the Google Pill and round icons. You’ll also be able to enjoy gesture controls and app shortcuts.

Google Play Store[15]

Go Launcher[16]

Go Launcher app

Go Launcher is another extremely popular, highly customizable launcher that lets you revamp almost every aspect of the home screen. Go Launcher offers not only a bare-bones Android-style launcher, but also an extremely popular theme system that users can download new themes from. There are hundreds of these themes available on the Play Store, and they come in all sorts of styles.

Google Play Store[17]

Launcher 8 WP Style[18]

Launcher8 WP Style app

Laucher 8 WP Style is good if you’re a fan of the vertical style and block-based nature of Windows 10[19]. It gives the look of the tile-based Windows Modern UI, but without losing all the functionality of Android. You can customize using the standard Windows Modern UI color pallet, or you can add your own custom colors into the mix.

Google Play Store[20]

Yahoo Aviate Launcher[21]

Yahoo Aviate Launcher app

More a caring assistant than a traditional mobile launcher, Yahoo Aviate is all about anticipating your needs over the course of a day. The launcher automatically reorganizes your home screen to put your most used apps at different times and in different locations, right at your fingertips when you need them.

Google Play Store[22]

Apex Launcher[23]

Apex Launcher app

Apex Launcher is for control freaks who love tweaks and customization. Mess with the size of just about everything and the gesture commands to get your ideal experience. A power user’s dream, Apex isn’t just easy to modify, it runs extremely smoothly as well.

Google Play Store[24]

Arrow Launcher[25]

Arrow Launcher

Arrow Launcher from Microsoft[26] offers a simple and beautiful way to customize your Android experience. The launcher has three home pages: a People page with contacts, an Apps page with frequent and new apps, and a Notes page with all your reminders.  Arrow will also change your wallpaper automatically if you want.

Google Play Store[27]

C Launcher[28]

C Launcher app

C Launcher is all about speed and optimization. It does everything it can to reduce battery drain on your device, monitoring performance and keeping everything streamlined. A built-in clean up feature eliminates clutter and unnecessary files that build up over time and start to lag the device, and an app installer makes it easy to get rid of apps you long stopped using.

Google Play Store[29]

References

  1. ^ best free live wallpapers for Android (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ best Android widgets (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ rooting your Android phone (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ Nova Launcher (novalauncher.com)
  5. ^ Prime version (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ get the Google feed (help.teslacoilapps.com)
  7. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ Hola Launcher (www.holalauncher.com)
  9. ^ favorite Android apps (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  11. ^ Z Launcher Beta (www.zlauncher.com)
  12. ^ Nokia (www.nokia.com)
  13. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  14. ^ Action Launcher: Pixel Edition ($5) (www.digitalashes.com)
  15. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  16. ^ Go Launcher (play.google.com)
  17. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  18. ^ Launcher 8 WP Style (www.launcher8.cn)
  19. ^ Windows 10 (www.microsoft.com)
  20. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  21. ^ Yahoo Aviate Launcher (aviate.yahoo.com)
  22. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  23. ^ Apex Launcher (www.apexlauncher.com)
  24. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  25. ^ Arrow Launcher (www.arrowlauncher.com)
  26. ^ Microsoft (www.microsoft.com)
  27. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
  28. ^ C Launcher (www.c-launcher.com)
  29. ^ Google Play Store (www.digitaltrends.com)
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The best unlocked phones you can buy

the best unlocked phone you can buy dt of 150 unlockphoneMany people still buy their smartphones directly from a carrier with a service contract attached, but buying phones unlocked is growing in popularity, so we’ve put together a list of the best unlocked phones. You’ll usually have to pay the full price upfront, but some companies offer payment plans, so you can pay your phone off month by month. An unlocked phone can potentially be used on different networks, and that means you can switch carriers when you feel like it, simply by changing your SIM card. With an unlocked phone, you can also sell or trade up whenever you want, instead of having to wait for the end of your contract.

Before you buy one of these phones from our list, be sure to double check that the phone you’re buying works on your carrier’s bands. Our smartphone bands guide[1] explains how you can tell the difference.

Our pick

iPhone 7 Plus

best-unlocked-phone

Why should you buy this: It’s the best iPhone on the market, thanks to that dual-lens camera.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Wide carrier support in a stylish, powerful, secure package, with a great camera.

Who’s it for: Apple fans who want an unlocked phone to work with any carrier.

How much will it cost: $770+

Why we picked the iPhone 7 Plus[2]:

The iPhone 7 Plus edged the win in our best smartphones roundup because it’s powerful, secure, and sports a wonderful camera. Apple’s classic aluminum design doesn’t hurt and it’s also the first iPhone to be water resistant. The complete package is slick and there are no major weaknesses (aside from the lack of a headphone jack).

Buy unlocked directly from Apple[3], and your iPhone 7 Plus will work with all four major U.S. carriers and a long list of others besides. It will also work pretty much anywhere you care to wander, so globetrotters will be well covered. You can find the full list of supported carriers at Apple’s website[4].

It’s an obvious pick for anyone invested in Apple’s ecosystem, but it is expensive. If you want something smaller and cheaper, then check out the iPhone 7 or even the iPhone SE. If you’re happy to look beyond Apple’s wares, keep reading for plenty of great alternatives.

Our full review[5]

The best unlocked Android phone

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

Why should you buy this: For a pure and powerful Android experience, the Pixel XL can’t be beat.

The best unlocked Android phone
Google Pixel XL
A premium design, fantastic camera, and the latest Android innovations in a global phone.

Who’s it for: Android fans seeking a slick, unlocked phone that will work on any carrier.

How much will it cost: $770

Why we picked the Google Pixel XL[6]:

Google matches the iPhone on every front with its Pixel line and the Pixel XL is still the best Android phone on the market right now. It has a stunning display, a powerful processor, and a truly great camera. It also ducks some of the usual Android problems, with regular security updates, and super slick software that shows off Google’s elegant software design.

Buy the Pixel XL unlocked directly from Google, and you can use it on any U.S. carrier and on many, many other carriers worldwide. The full list of supported bands can be found on Google’s website[7].

The Pixel XL is also a pricey phone and it’s quite big, so you might consider the Pixel as an alternative that offers exactly the same fully unlocked credentials in a smaller, cheaper package. There’s very little difference between the two, apart from size.

Our full review[8]

The best unlocked alternative phone

Galaxy S8

Galaxy S8

Julian Chokkattu/Digital Trends

Why should you buy this: It’s a beautifully stylish phone with all the features you could want.

The best unlocked alternative phone
Samsung Galaxy S8
Stunning design, feature-rich, and you can use it anywhere.

Who’s it for: Samsung fans after the best-looking global phone around.

How much will it cost: $750+

Why we picked the Galaxy S8[9]:

No one sells more phones than Samsung, and this is the current cream of the crop. Samsung refined its innovative curved display design with the Galaxy S8, packing a 5.8-inch screen into svelte body, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The specs are not to be sniffed at either, with a fast processor, vibrant display, and an excellent camera. Samsung also stirred water resistance, quick charging, the Bixby voice assistant[10], and a few other extras into the mix.

An unlocked Samsung Galaxy S8 will work on all four major U.S. carriers and a bunch of smaller ones, too. It will also serve frequent travelers well, with support for countless carrier networks worldwide. However, there are a lot of different models of the S8, and you don’t want to buy the wrong one. The model number to look for is SM-G950UZKAXAA. You can find the full list of supported bands at Samsung’s website[11].

If you want something bigger and you’re willing to pay a bit more, then you could go for the Galaxy S8 Plus — the model number to look for is SM-G955UZKAXAA.

Our full review[12]

The best $400 unlocked phone

ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7 review

Why should you buy this: You get an amazing flagship phone for a lot less money.

ZTE Axon 7
An all-metal body, great display, powerful dual speakers, and all the bells and whistles make this a compelling bargain.

Who’s it for: People who don’t care about the big brands.

How much will it cost: $400+

Why we picked the ZTE Axon 7[13]:

After glancing at the spec list for the Axon 7, you’d be forgiven for expecting a premium price tag, but you can actually snap it up for $400. It’s a speedy performer with a decent display and solid camera, though the highlights are the battery life and the superb audio quality. In terms of features and design, the Axon 7 holds its own with the current flagship line-up.

The ZTE Axon 7 supports a wide range of bands, and you’ll have no problems with it on AT&T, T-Mobile, and many other GSM carriers. It does also support CDMA, and so technically, it can work with Verizon or Sprint service, but that doesn’t mean it will. Neither carrier officially supports the device. Some people have got it working on Verizon, but not flawlessly, and it doesn’t seem to be working with Sprint at all right now.

Make sure that you check that it will work with your carrier before you buy. There are also a couple of different model numbers; the one you want is A7G333.

If you recoil at the idea of paying $700 or more for a smartphone, then the Axon 7 is well worth taking a chance on. If your budget doesn’t stretch to $400, but you like the look of the Axon 7, then you might consider the Axon 7 Mini at $300. But be warned, there are a few compromises, most notably the drop to a mid-range processor. ZTE also offers a payment installment plan, so you can pay the phone off in monthly payments. The Axon 7 is a year old, but it’s still a solid option.

Our full review[14]

The best budget unlocked phone

Moto G5 Plus

Lenovo Moto G5 Plus review

Kyle Wiggers/Digital Trends

Why should you buy this: It boasts an impressive range of features and outperforms many more expensive phones.

The best $250 phone
Moto G5 Plus
This near stock Android phone boasts a solid camera, big display, and plenty of power.

Who’s it for: Bargain hunters looking for a decent phone to work on any carrier.

How much will it cost: $230+

Why we picked the Moto G5 Plus[15]:

When you dive into the budget end of the pool, you should be careful, because deal-breaking compromises are common. Thankfully, Lenovo’s Moto G5 Plus is mercifully free of them. This phone ticks all the boxes, with a big, bright display, good performance in terms of speed and battery life, and a camera that easily outshines the budget competition.

Buy this phone unlocked directly from Motorola, and you’ll be able to use it on a wide range of carrier networks, including the big four in the U.S. You can find the full list at the Motorola website[16]; the only notable omissions are US Cellular and Virgin.

Our full review[17]

How we test

We are obsessed with smartphones here at Digital Trends and we test them to the limit. The phones we review serve as our main devices for at least a week, usually longer, and we use them for everything from messaging and calls, to photos and gaming. They go to work with us, they go to bed with us, and they even go to the toilet with us. We never recommend a device that we wouldn’t be happy using ourselves.

When it comes to unlocked phone testing, we make sure that the phones we recommend actually work on the majority of networks and warn you if there are caveats.

Will the phone works on your carrier?

You must be careful when buying an unlocked phone. Some retailers will advertise phones as unlocked, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will work with any carrier. Some carriers have stricter controls than others, and even if a phone could technically work on their network, they might not allow it.

Start by checking which bands your device supports[18] and what carriers they correspond to. The vast majority of unlocked handsets will work with GSM networks (like AT&T and T-Mobile), but many won’t work with CDMA[19] networks (like Verizon and Sprint).

Ideally, you’ll be able to find someone talking about using your chosen phone with your chosen carrier simply by searching in Google. For example, search “Axon 7 Verizon” and you’ll see a number of forum posts about the issues people have had. If in doubt, check with your carrier and do further research.

Manufacturers also sometimes produce different models of the same phone with different band support, so you must do your homework to ensure that your pick will work on your preferred carrier. The Will My Phone Work website[20] is another good resource to help you.

Read our full guide here[21]

Update: We updated this list with the Galaxy S8 and the Moto G5 Plus.

References

  1. ^ Our smartphone bands guide (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ iPhone 7 Plus (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Apple (www.apple.com)
  4. ^ Apple’s website (support.apple.com)
  5. ^ Our full review (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ Google Pixel XL (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ Google’s website (madeby.google.com)
  8. ^ Our full review (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ Galaxy S8 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Bixby voice assistant (www.digitaltrends.com)
  11. ^ Samsung’s website (www.samsung.com)
  12. ^ Our full review (www.digitaltrends.com)
  13. ^ ZTE Axon 7 (www.digitaltrends.com)
  14. ^ Our full review (www.digitaltrends.com)
  15. ^ Moto G5 Plus (www.digitaltrends.com)
  16. ^ Motorola website (www.motorola.com)
  17. ^ Our full review (www.digitaltrends.com)
  18. ^ checking which bands your device supports (www.digitaltrends.com)
  19. ^ CDMA (en.wikipedia.org)
  20. ^ Will My Phone Work website (willmyphonework.net)
  21. ^ Read our full guide here (www.digitaltrends.com)
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Keep your Macbook Air protected with the best cases, covers, and sleeves

Leading up to the 2016 Apple keynote[1] event, there were rumblings that Apple may finally discontinue the MacBook Air[2] series altogether, however, the laptop — or at least the 13-inch model — lived to see another day. One of the main selling points of the MacBook Air is its svelte figure, but thin laptops can be easy to damage. If you’re going to be out and about, or you want to be able to quickly sling your laptop into a larger bag without worrying, then a case or sleeve is probably a wise investment. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best MacBook Air cases you can buy right now. Whatever you need in terms of protection, style, function, or price tag, there’s something here for you. It is important to note that frequent travelers may prefer a dedicated laptop bag[3] or (better yet) a TSA approved laptop bag[4] for their MacBook Air.

If you’re in the market for a MacBook Air or you’re considering making the switch to the MacBook Pro, feel free to peruse our latest side-by-side spec comparison[5]. If you’re in the market for a refurbished MacBook[6], here’s everything you need to know before buying your first refurbished model.

Inateck MacBook Sleeve[7] ($10)

Inateck MacBook Sleeve

This smart, padded sleeve comes in an unassuming black that won’t draw wanted attention to your expensive MacBook. The inside is also lined with a super-soft, fleece material that ensures the outside of your laptop doesn’t pick up any scratches. There are two zippers for easy access to the main compartment, and there’s an additional pocket on the outside with its own zipper that’s handy for stowing accessories and cables. The smooth, woven design — reminiscent of modern backpack chic — and the modest price tag make this a tough choice to overlook.

Buy it now from:

Amazon[8]

Incipio Feather Case[9] ($44)

Incipio Feather Case

For a minimalist veneer of protection the Feather case from Incipio[10] cannot be beat. These snug cases are extremely light and thin. They add a protective layer to your MacBook Air that will prevent dings and scratches from showing up on that pristine aluminium. There are openings for the ports and vents, so the case doesn’t impact on normal usage of your laptop. Most of the Feather range is translucent, so the Apple logo shows through. You can pick white, black, blue, or pink. There are also a couple of matte options in pink or grey. Rubber feet provide a little extra protection and grip for surfaces. You won’t find anything thinner than this unless you go for adhesive skins.

Buy it now from:

Amazon Jet[11][12]

Burkley MacBook Air Cover[13] ($110)

Burkley Cover Handmade

You’ll love the luxurious look, feel, and smell of this genuine leather MacBook Air cover. This cover is really well-made. Flip it open and there are two elasticated straps at the top, and a pocket with a touchpad cut-out to hold your MacBook firmly in place. The interior is lined with a soft microsuede to prevent scratches, and there are vent holes cut into the cover at the spine to all the device to properly ventilate. You’re going to want a separate bag because this is essentially a leather folder, but it is stylish and protective.

Buy it now from:

Amazon Burkley[14][15]

Twelve South BookBook Rutledge Case[16] ($98)

Twelve South BookBook Rutledge Case

Disguise your MacBook Air as an old hardbound leather book with this clever case. It’s tough, with reinforced corners, but is nonetheless lightweight and has a soft, padded, microfiber interior with elastic straps at the top to hold your MacBook in place. The distressed leather finish is designed to look like a weathered tome, complete with a ridged spine that says Book Book near the top and Vol XII at the bottom. There are two zippers with weathered leather tags hanging off them, making them easy to find and pull. You can get a slimmer version with a rounded spine for a bit less, but we think this one looks better.

Buy it now from:

Amazon[17]

GMYLE Hard Case for MacBook Air[18] ($13)

GMYLE Hard Case for MacBook Air Fin

Not every case is built for ultimate padding and protection, and slim cases like the GMYLE Hard Case make up for compromised protection with a slick design that preserves the thin feel of your device. That’s not to say it won’t protect your MacBook Air from the occasional scratch and ding, but it’s not going to be as helpful when it comes to drop protection. The hard-shell case easily attaches, and while we think the galaxy and nebula prints are particularly attractive, there are also paisley, flower, and marble options available for those not keep on out-of-this-world protection.

Buy it now from:

Amazon[19]

References

  1. ^ 2016 Apple keynote (www.apple.com)
  2. ^ discontinue the MacBook Air (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ laptop bag (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ TSA approved laptop bag (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ side-by-side spec comparison (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ refurbished MacBook (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ Inateck MacBook Sleeve (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
  9. ^ Incipio Feather Case (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Incipio (www.incipio.com)
  11. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
  12. ^ Jet (www.digitaltrends.com)
  13. ^ Burkley MacBook Air Cover (www.digitaltrends.com)
  14. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
  15. ^ Burkley (www.digitaltrends.com)
  16. ^ Twelve South BookBook Rutledge Case (www.digitaltrends.com)
  17. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
  18. ^ GMYLE Hard Case for MacBook Air (www.digitaltrends.com)
  19. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
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Learn how to get Developer options on Android

Perhaps you want to enable USB debugging, unlock your bootloader so you can root your Android phone[1], or just tweak your animations to give your phone a zippier feel. Whatever your reason for wanting to access the hidden options that reside in every Android device, you’ll first have to unlock them. Follow the simple guide below to learn how to get developer options on Android.

By default, the developer options in Android devices are hidden. This is because they’re really designed for developers who want to test them and make changes that may impact your phone’s performance. In other words, it’s not a good idea to go tinkering with the developer options, unless you have a specific purpose in mind.

If you want to get more from your Android phone or tablet, then you might also be interested in our roundup of the best Android Nougat tips and tricks[2].

How to enable Developer options in Android

You can unlock the Developer options on any Android smartphone or tablet by locating the Build number in your Settings menu and tapping it multiple times. However, the exact location of the aforementioned build number may differ depending on your phone’s manufacturer.

  1. If using stock Android, go to Settings > About phone > Build number. On a Samsung Galaxy[3] device, go to Settings > About device > Build number. On an HTC device, go to Settings > About > Software information > More > Build number. On an LG device, go to Settings > About phone > Software info > Build number.
  2. Tap Build number seven times. After the first few taps, you should see the steps counting down until you unlock the developer options. Once activated, you will see a message that reads, “You are now a developer!”
  3. Go back to Settings, where you’ll find a Developer options entry in the menu.

How to disable Developer options in Android

If you decide that you no longer want the Developer options to be accessible in your Settings menu, then it’s relatively easy to get rid of them.

  • Go to Settings > Apps > Settings > Storage and tap Clear data. In earlier versions of Android, it will just be Settings > Apps > Settings and Clear data.

That’s it! The Developer options entry will be removed from your Settings menu, but you can always get it back by following the steps outlined above.

The developer options in Android allow you to carry out a host of actions, but they’re really designed for developers to debug their apps and tweak different system behaviors. Because of this, we advise against tweaking any settings without first understanding what they do. Check out the official Android Developer website[4] for a full breakdown of the various options.

References

  1. ^ root your Android phone (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ Android Nougat tips and tricks (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ Samsung Galaxy (www.samsung.com)
  4. ^ official Android Developer website (developer.android.com)
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Make the most of your iPhone with these awesome accessories

The sheer variety of iPhone accessories on the market is astounding. You can enhance your Apple smartphone and add all sorts of useful functionality with the right accessories. We’ve dealt with the best iPhone 7 cases[1] and the best iPhone 7 Plus cases[2]. We’ve even taken a close look at waterproof[3], wireless charging[4], and battery cases[5]. If you want an iPhone dock[6], we have you covered, and there’s no shortage of great portable battery chargers[7] out there.

Today we’re going to look further afield and suggest some iPhone accessories that you might not have considered. If you want to get a bit more out of your phone, or you’re looking for the perfect gift for the iPhone owner in your life, we have plenty of suggestions.

Nomad Rugged Cable[8] ($30)

Nomad Rugged Cable

If you’re more adventurous and looking for an accessory to sustain all the elements, this Rugged Cable by Nomad is super durable. Not only is it dirt resistant, but its designed with sealed caps to keep all the dirt and filth out. Equipped with a Lightning connector and USB, the cable is compatible with the iPhone 5 through the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The custom designed liquid silicone rubber tie also wraps easily around the cable to keep it from becoming frayed after consistent use.

Buy one now from:

Nomad[9]

Kenu Stance Tripod[10] ($25)

Kenu Stance Tripod

This is an incredibly handy, compact tripod for your iPhone, one that allows you to prop up your device in either landscape or portrait view. It’s great for shooting video and photography, or for hands-free reading and video conferencing. The tripod is pocket-sized when folded, and you can easily adjust the three legs to find the perfect angle. Kenu recently tweaked the original design, too, resulting in a stronger Lightning port connector and an added keyring attachment. The latter component even doubles as a bottle opener.

Buy one now from:

Amazon[11]

Insta360 Nano Camera[12] ($165)

Insta360 Nano Camera

If you’re jumping on the VR bandwagon and you want to be able to shoot your own 360-degree videos, then this handy iPhone accessory will let you do it. The Insta360 Nano slots into the Lightning port and features dual 210-degree fisheye lenses. You can shoot video at 3,040 x 1,520-pixel resolution and 30 frames per second, and the footage from the two lenses is stitched together to form a complete 360-degree video that you can watch using your iPhone and the cardboard VR headset that comes in the box. You can also share videos, or even stream live to Facebook.

Buy one now from:

Amazon[13]

TuneBand Sports Armband[14] ($22)

TuneBand Sports Armband

Working out or running with your iPhone can be problematic. You want your phone with you in case you get a call or text message, and so you can listen to tunes, but you don’t want it bouncing around in your pocket. There are a few armbands on the market, but we like the two-piece design of the TuneBand. The armband features a flexible, silicone case that your iPhone fits into, along with openings for easy access to your phone’s controls and ports. The case also comes with adjustable Velcro straps, allowing for a fit that’s as secure as it is comfortable.

Buy one now from:

Amazon[15]

Rokform Pro Series Bike Mount and Case[16] ($100)

Rokform Pro Series Bike Mount and Case

Cyclists will love this mount and case combo for the iPhone, which consists of a simple mount made of aluminum that attaches to the stem of your bike. It tilts up to 75 degrees, however, which is ideal if you’re using Maps for navigation, or an app like Strava. The protective iPhone case also has a special cut-out on the back that securely locks into place on the mount, and there’s even a lanyard strap for extra security. Rokform also offers car and motorcycle mounts that work with the same case.

Buy one now from:

Amazon[17]

Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar[18] ($40)

Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar

If you’re an iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owner who’s pining for the 3.5-millimeter jack, this accessory could prove invaluable. It’s basically a Lightning port splitter that allows you to turn your single Lightning port into two, so you can charge your iPhone and listen to music at the same time. Sadly, it’s expensive and a bit chunky. There are cheaper alternatives on Amazon and eBay, but the Belkin splitter has Apple’s MFI certification, which is important if you want to be sure it’s going to work.

Buy one now from:

Apple[19]

References

  1. ^ best iPhone 7 cases (www.digitaltrends.com)
  2. ^ best iPhone 7 Plus cases (www.digitaltrends.com)
  3. ^ waterproof (www.digitaltrends.com)
  4. ^ wireless charging (www.digitaltrends.com)
  5. ^ battery cases (www.digitaltrends.com)
  6. ^ iPhone dock (www.digitaltrends.com)
  7. ^ portable battery chargers (www.digitaltrends.com)
  8. ^ Nomad Rugged Cable (www.hellonomad.com)
  9. ^ Nomad (www.digitaltrends.com)
  10. ^ Kenu Stance Tripod (www.digitaltrends.com)
  11. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
  12. ^ Insta360 Nano Camera (www.digitaltrends.com)
  13. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
  14. ^ TuneBand Sports Armband (www.digitaltrends.com)
  15. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
  16. ^ Rokform Pro Series Bike Mount and Case (www.digitaltrends.com)
  17. ^ Amazon (www.digitaltrends.com)
  18. ^ Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge Rockstar (www.digitaltrends.com)
  19. ^ Apple (www.digitaltrends.com)