If you’ve got a smartphone, you now how quickly you became dependent on your beautiful pocket computer. If you just got one for the first time, maybe for a Christmas present, congratulations! You’re going to love it. But it also a good idea to give some love back to your tiny tablet. Here are 4 things I think every smartphone owner needs.
1. A good case to protect your phone. You’re going to drop your smartphone. I promise you. Nothing that small that gets used that much can avoid slipping out of your grasp. But there’s a way to avoid cracked screens and broken buttons: A good case for your phone. Buying just the right one for your device can be tricky. All models of phones are slightly different sizes. So, you’ll want to look for one specifically designed for your phone model or pay careful attention to the measurements of your phone vs. the measurements of the case. But remember, measurements aren’t everything, because the camera lens, volume buttons, charging port, etc… need to be accessible.
2. Charging cables. I always advise picking up additional charging/sync cables just in case something happens to the one that comes with the phone. It’s also convenient to keep one in your drawer at work, or in your purse, or have charging cables upstairs and downstairs in your home. If you have an Android device, it’s usually pretty easy. USB to MicroUSB cords are available pretty much everywhere. For an iPhone, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got the right kind of connector and you might be better off purchasing directly from Apple. Also, a car charger is a great idea, too.
3. Microfiber cleaning cloths. You won’t believe how quickly a phone can get smudged or gunked up. You’re probably going to have your hands on it all day long. Keeping a good, soft cloth nearby to keep that screen clean is a must. It also makes it harder for crooks to steal passwords and pin numbers by looking at the smudges on the screen. (yeah, that’s a thing they do.)
4. A backup battery. These pocket-sized power generators are awesome. Because some day for some reason, you are going to be low on juice without a place to plug in.
Maybe the power is out and you can’t plug in the phone. Maybe you’re recording your kid’s recital and starting to lose juice, or you’ve done something battery-draining like watch a movie. An emergency power source is a must for traveling, too.