The silliest smartphone accessories revealed

Aug 31, 2010
Finance

The smartphone is the latest status symbol in the world of all-purpose gadgetry. But the craze is producing more than just day-long waits to purchase the latest and greatest iPhone. An entire market of smartphone accessories is emerging. That’s right – trends now dictate that you accessorize your electronic accessories. There are plenty of useful, […]

The smartphone is the latest status symbol in the world of all-purpose gadgetry. But the craze is producing more than just day-long waits to purchase the latest and greatest iPhone. An entire market of smartphone accessories is emerging. That’s right – trends now dictate that you accessorize your electronic accessories.

There are plenty of useful, complementary tools – auto mounts, screen protectors and headsets just to name a few. But why go for the mundane when there is the ostentatious and the ridiculous to be had? As such, we present to you the silliest smartphone accessories, guaranteed to attract attention for all the wrong reasons.

Nothing charming about these gadgets

Chances are your smartphone is black, so let’s give it a little sparkle. A bedazzled cover is a good start. But we also recommend cellphone charms, especially those of the Hello Kitty variety. Another good investment is the Pooh & Friends line. You can actually change the costume on your tiny Winnie the Pooh charm. Options include a crab, a dog, a lion and more!

If your compulsive checking of your smartphone leaves any doubts about how much you adore it, then check out the smartphone love key chain – it reads “I ‘heart’ my smartphone”. Now you just need to find somebody who cares.

Checking e-mail and reading the news will wear out your smartphone’s battery, but the Universal Gadget Wrist Charger allows you to power up while using your device. The charger – a thick, black, plastic bracelet – looks not unlike an alcohol monitoring device. But if it allows you to enjoy 18 hours of Doodle Jump uninterrupted, then it just might be worth it.

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Diving into deeper waters

Taking your smartphone for a swim? Then consider investing in the Aquapac, which will protect it from moisture. You can even use the phone while it is enclosed. (You might need to read up on how to survive a shark attack, after all). For anyone who spends significant time in or near the water, this accessory isn’t as silly as it seems. You might even call it a lifesaver.

Smartphone accessory trends aren’t limited to the device itself, however. In order to avoid leaving fingerprints on your smartphone, slip on some Phone Fingers. They are like rubber gloves, but only for your fingers, meaning you have to pull on each one individually. Colors include white, black, pink and blue.

For those who can’t be separated from their smartphones even momentarily, there is the LM Technologies Bluetooth bracelet. It vibrates if the user moves more than five feet away from the phone, and with every incoming call.

Dressing dumb with smartphone apparel

And as a final touch, we recommend you dress yourself with the latest in smartphone accoutrements. Check out the T-shirt that declares “Almost as smart as my phone,” a must-have for any first date. And why not add a little bling? There are BlackBerry earrings for the ladies, and iPhone cufflinks for the gentleman.

Thankfully, the real intelligence of any smartphone is found within the device. In a world with more than 300,000 smartphone applications that can do anything from helping you find a date to planning a holiday weekend, it’s best to keep any extra accessorizing privately contained inside your phone.

 

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Megan O'Neil

Megan O'Neil is a journalist and freelance writer in Los Angeles. When she isn't lounging at the beach or socializing in the Hollywood Hills, she writes for the Park Labrea New/Beverly Press newspaper and the Los Angeles Times Community News Group.

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