Smartphones might mean that almost every consumer has a digital camera in their pocket - but there are still things to improve on.
Here’s a selection of accessories to help enhance your phone during these coming cold months. From a credit-card-sized flash that can provide DSLR-quality lighting, to the Misfit waterproof activity tracker.
We bring you the best for your cash, from the Olixar headphones, perfect for the gym, to the Archos Beanie, which has a microphone and speakers inside - so you never have to worry about music again. We’ve tried a range of devices so you don’t have to.
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The 10 best smartphone accessories
The 10 best smartphone accessories
This range of clip-on lenses means you’re free to take photos in a whole different way. Swap between fisheye, wide-angle, 10x Macro and 15x Macro lenses. Available for the iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C and 5S as well as Samsung S4 and S5 £59.99, olloclip.com
Ever been left without your phone charger? Well this device functions as the power cable and fits on your keyring. Just plug it into a USB socket (in a till, a friend’s computer etc) and let your phone charge. Available in micro-USB and lightning, so should work with most smartphones. £19.99, firebox.com
3/10 Mini Jambox
Although this might be a little expensive compared to the rest of the items in this list the Mini Jambox is great for taking to a friend’s house, or listening to music in the morning when struggling to get out of your warm bed. Great sound in a tiny package. £109.99, jawbone.com
4/10 Olixar x1 Headphones
The built-in lithium polymer battery on these headphones lasts for 20 hours, so you don’t have to worry about charging them before leaving the house. Plus, they cup the back of your head so they’re great for running in the gym. £19.99, mobilefun.co.uk
5/10 Mighty Purse
Made from leather and available in four different finishes (pink, purple, gold and black) the Mighty Purse’s secret weapon is tucked inside. A built-in battery lets you recharge your phone up to two times without anyone knowing. £89.99, firebox.com
6/10 Pebble Watch
The Pebble’s major benefit over other smart-watches is its battery, which can last for up to seven days. Receive your emails and texts on your wrist, as well as an array of different apps, such as Evernote. £99.99, amazon.co.uk
7/10 Archos Beanie
Navigating the cold with headphones and a beanie hat can be a nightmare as the buds fall out every other step. This hat, however, has built-in bluetooth speakers and a microphone. Just be wary of looking like you’re talking to yourself. £29.99, archos.com
8/10 Proximo Fob
This tiny fob is great fun: attach it to your valuables, such as your keys and it will sound an alarm if you walk a set distance away from them. The free app includes a map where you can see the place it was last seen and you can even buy tags to add to other objects for an extra £19.99. £29.99, very.co.uk
9/10 Misfit Flash
Misfit’s second wearable activity and sleep tracker after their Misfit Shine is one of the first available for under £50. It’s made out of plastic and is waterproof up to 30 metres – so you can even take this with you on any sun-seeking getaway this winter. Seven different colours from lemonlime, to fuchsia and frost. £49.99, amazon.co.uk
10/10 Nova Flash
This little credit-card-sized flash is small enough to slip into your wallet. It has 40 warm and cool LEDs nestled behind a soft diffuser to create a range of colour tones and brightness levels. Ideal for those Halloween parties next week. £49, novaphotos.co.uk
The Olixar headphones are great value for money, and really are the perfect choice for anyone who enjoys running. The Jambox is definitely a premium gift, but if you have the cash it’s worth the money. The Nova will be great, though, over these next few months as the parties start.
10. Nova Flash, £49
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