Each month, we find some great new accessories for our smartphones and round them up into a post here. They aren't always "new" but they are generally ones that may have been overlooked, and they are always great products to pick up to work with your smartphone, tablet, Chromebook, or smartwatch. So let's have a look.
Philips Hue Bulb Starter Kit
If you haven't had the chance to check out Philip's Hue line of smart home products, you definitely need to. And this is a great one to get started with. This is their starter kit for their smart lightbulbs. This one comes with three lightbulbs, making it a great starter kit, and you can control them all using the Hue app on your smartphone. Pretty neat.
ASUS Zenwatch 2
Maybe not the most high-end smartwatch, but the Zenwatch 2 is a great smartwatch to pick up. Especially if you don't want to spend a ton of cash. The Zenwatch 2 is a square smartwatch, but has all the latest features included in Android Wear. It is also compatible with every Android smartphone running on Android 4.3 and above. And just for kicks, it also works with iOS 8.2 and above.
We're approaching that time of year where everyone is going to want to be more active and lose some weight. Why not get started early? The Fitbit Surge is a great fitness tracker to help you out as well. The Surge can track your activity, your workouts, check your heart rate, track your sleep and so much more. It also is available in a few different colors, making it a pretty fantastic fitness tracker. Oh and did we forget to mention, it has GPS for tracking your morning run? Because it does.
Anker PowerCore+ 10,500
Now this small battery pack is one that we would highly recommend. It's a 10,500mAh battery pack from Anker. But more than that, it uses Quick Charge 2.0, so it'll charge your smartphone twice as fast as a conventional charger. And who doesn't want their smartphone to charge even faster? It does have just one port, and it also has 10 LED lights that are on the power button and form a circle. So roughly each light represents about 1050mAh of battery left.
Nest Cam Security Camera
Not so much an accessory to your smartphone, but it can still be used by your smartphone. The Nest Cam is a great camera for security in and out of your house. It also has night vision so you can see who's at the door or in your yard no matter what time of day it is. It streams your video in 1080p HD, and it's all live. You can also store it in the cloud, although that is an extra subscription.
Amazon Fire TV Gaming Edition
If you're looking for a set top box that supports just about every service, the Fire TV is probably your best option. As it has Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and many, many more available. Additionally, you can subscribe to Starz and Showtime through Amazon now. The Gaming Edition of the Fire TV is great too because it comes with the awesome controller built by Amazon, so you can play all sorts of great games on your TV.
Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II
Bluetooth Speakers are very popular as of late. Some range from around $20 all the way up to about $400 or more. Bose, here is right in the middle with their Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II. It's a great speaker that puts out some great sound, you'll definitely love the sound that comes from it. Not only that, it's a speaker that would look great on the side table, or even your desk.
VAVA Voom Bluetooth Speaker
Here's another great looking Bluetooth speaker here. This is from VAVA. It features two 5W drivers giving you some amazingly deep bass, and clear audio out of this speaker. Additionally, it sports a 6700mAh battery inside which can bring you about 10 hours of playback without needing to recharge it. It also features NFC for easy pairing with your smartphone or tablet.
Misfit Flash Fitness Tracker
Misfit Flash is another great fitness tracker to help you get started and motivated to be more active and eventually lose some weight, As we could all stand to lose a few pounds.The Misfit Flash is perhaps the cheapest fitness tracker around, coming in at under $20. There are 12 LED lights on the Flash which show you how close you are to your goal.
Grain Audio Over Ear Headphones
These headphones from Grain Audio are pretty fantastic. Like the rest of their products, Grain Audio's headphones here are made of wood, well the outside part is so that it's still nice and comfortable. Yet they look amazing. These feature two 40mm proprietary loudspeakers, giving you some of the best sound you've ever heard from a pair of over-ear headphones.