The iPhone is without doubt the smartphone which attracts the widest and largest range of accessories in the gadget world. October rolls around and every year Apple launches a new iPhone and consequently thousands of companies race to launch new cases and covers in every possible colour, size and shape, and then there’s headphones, docks, chargers and just about everything else.
5. Draco Design Aluminium Bumper for iPhone 5S
If you liked the look of the iPhone 5S in gold but couldn’t get your hands on one – or you did, but you want to be able show that colour off in a case as well – then this is the bumper for you. The Luxury Gold edition of the Draco Design Aluminium Bumper provides the ultimate look of luxury, and fits nicely with any kind of iPhone 5 or 5S inside. The case is made from precision-milled aircraft-aluminium which is light and strong, ensuring good protection for your iPhone without adding a lot of bulk. The curves of the bumper also make it easier to hold onto it. This isn’t the cheapest iPhone 5S case, but it is one of the most beautiful.
4. Ye!! Energy Pocket for Lightning iPhones and iPads
From the ostentatious look of the Draco bumper, we move onto something genuinely useful. The Ye!! Energy Pocket is a 6,000 mAh portable charger for Lightning devices, which includes the iPhone 5 and later, the iPad 4 and later, the 5th gen iPod Touch and the iPad Mini series. The Energy Pocket seems to hit a good middle ground between size and capacity, offering enough power to recharge an iPhone about three times over. That’s an incredible increase in longevity, and should allow you to go three or four days without needing to recharge from a wall outlet. It’s also handy for emergencies – charge one up and store it in your car or bag, and just take it out when you need it.
3. Spigen SGP iPhone 5S / 5C / 5 GLAS.tR Nano Slim Glass Screen Protector
As the name suggests, this is an iPhone 5S screen protector that is made of tempered glass. That means impressive resilience against all manner of scratches, while also giving limited resistance to drops and knocks – something you won’t get from a plain plastic screen protector. Glass screen protectors are also easier to apply, with little chance of air getting trapped beneath such a flat surface.
2. Iqua Spin Bluetooth Earphones
These trendy-looking in-ear headphones look pretty normal until you get to the in-line remote – and then you realise that there isn’t a bottom cable to plug into your phone. Instead, these headphones connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, ensuring you never have to deal with wresting a cable ever again. The sound quality is superior to that of the EarPod headphones provided with recent iPhones, so it’s an upgrade that makes a lot of sense.
1. iKit NuCharge Battery Back and Case for iPhone 5S / 5
This accessory combines the protective power of the Draco with the battery of the Energy Pocket – albeit not literally. You’ll get excellent, if slightly bulky, protection for your iPhone, with the battery being used as an effective layer of protection against impacts and scratches. The case also includes an integrated kickstand, making it easy to watch movies or play games if you have a (small) flat surface available. And of course, you get extra battery life. 1900 mAh is the capacity of the battery, which is good enough to almost double your iPhone’s battery life, letting you watch those videos without worrying about losing charge before getting home.
That’s all folks! Be sure to let us know what you think of these recommendations in the comments below and of course, share with us your favourite iPhone 5S accessories.