The iPhone 6 has been out for over five months. In that time, a multitude of companies have introduced some really cool products that can help turn a great phone into something even better. With the right accessories, your iPhone 6 can be stronger, better protected, and more versatile. Out of all the iPhone 6 accessories out there, we’ve picked our favorites to share with you. Whether you primarily use your phone for business or fun, here are some awesome accessories to use with your iPhone 6. We’ve even found a few deals that take the sting out of buying some of the more premium accessories.
1. Moshi iVisor Glass Screen Protector
Moshi makes a screen protector called the iVisor Glass. It’s 40 percent thinner than other glass screen protectors, and has a coating to reduce the visibility of fingerprints. The team at Moshi was nice enough to send us a sample of iVisor Glass so we could go hands-on with this “atomically-strengthened glass” protector.
“Atomically-strengthened” glass is stronger than tempered glass, which is strengthened by a heating process. iVisor Glass is strengthened chemically. iVisor Glass marketed as the only edge-to-edge glass screen protection solution on the market for iPhone 6/6 Plus.
The best thing about this screen protector is how quickly and cleanly it installs. We’ve all had bad experiences with installing those plastic film screen protectors, and been frustrated with bubbles in the middle of the screen. To install iVisor Glass, you just wipe the screen with the included microfiber “dot,” and position the screen protector using the included suction cup. I’ve used a lot of different screen protectors over the years. This was the fastest, cleanest install I’ve ever done. It literally took about five seconds, and there was only one tiny bubble near the top of the screen. With a quick adjustment, the bubble was gone.
The only downside here is that some older versions of iVisor Glass have sensitivity issues. I actually tried one of the old versions of this product, and it definitely had some issues. The installation process was still fast and clean, but the whole upper left corner of my screen was dead. Once I got a replacement from the new stock, I was much happier. Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to tell whether the iVisor Glass you’ve bought is from the old stock or the new stock. However, iVisor Glass comes with a one-time, free, no questions asked replacement plan. If you notice sensitivity issues with your iVisor Glass, write to email@example.com and they will send you a replacement. Even though that might be a bit of a hassle, it’s arguably worth it to get a shock-proof, scratch-proof screen protector for your device.
2. Lenmar ‘Maven’ Undead Power iPhone 6 Battery Case
iPhone fans generally agree that Apple’s phones are superior to any Android smartphone. That being said, pretty much every iPhone owner I know is jealous of the big, beefy batteries found in most of the flagship Android smartphones. If you want to extend your phone’s battery life, a battery case is a great option. One relatively new battery case to hit the market is the Maven, made by Lenmar.
Lenmar was also kind enough to send over a sample of their product so we could go hands-on. This case has a 3000mAh battery built right in, which more than doubles your power. The case is MFi certified, so you can use it without worrying that the case will fry your phone. The Lenmar case boasts charge and sync capabilities, as well as optimized speaker channels. It’s also pretty lightweight, considering the big battery it’s concealing.
Most battery cases have some sort of LED on the rear of the case. Some battery cases use a number of lights to indicate the charge level, while others rely on the color of the light to communicate that info. The Lenmar case has a cool “X” display on the rear of the case. You determine the charge level by how much of that “X” lights up when you press the button. A full recharge from “dead” takes a little under three hours.
One thing I like about this case is how accessible the buttons are. I’ve used battery cases in the past that also lacked button covers, but the case was so thick that it was hard to use the buttons. That’s not the case here: the buttons are all easy to operate, even if you have bigger hands. If you need a battery case for your iPhone 6, this is a solid choice.
Until the Apple Watch ships this spring, iPhone 6 owners will have to content themselves with a non-Apple smartwatch. But there are actually a lot of great smartwatches and wearables out there that aren’t made by Apple. In fact, since they are often cheaper than what an Apple Watch would cost, not owning an Apple Watch may actually be a blessing in disguise. One iPhone 6-compatible smartwatch we like is the Alcatel Onetouch watch, which will debut in March.
The Alcatel watch will work with both iOS and Android devices. The Verge notes that Android users may find the features a little bit more robust, at least early on. Still, this watch has some cool features. PC Mag notes that the end of the watch band snaps off to become a USB plug for charging, which is a neat design element.
It will cost $149 when it hits online retailers in a few weeks. If that’s too rich for your blood, you can opt for a $99 Pebble smart watch instead. Want more smartwatch recommendations? Check out our guide to the best smartwatches for more great options.
This iPhone 6 accessory is perfect for people who love to take hand-written notes, but wish they were easier to search through. This smart notebook uses Evernote’s Page Camera feature to capture the pages of your notebook using your smartphone’s camera. From there, you can organize all of your notes digitally. The notebook also comes with “smart stickers,” which make it easy to “tag” a paper page and search for it later.
This accessory is awesome for students, business types, or designers. Each Evernote Smart Notebook comes with a 3 month Evernote Premium subscription. There are 240 pages in this notebook, so you’ll be able to take a lot of notes before you need to get a new notepad. Moleskine also makes a different smart notebook that works with Adobe.
Tired of tangled cords? This compact case gives you a clean, simple way to keep your earbuds stashed away when they aren’t in use. This earbud case eliminates the hassle of having to untangle wires after they’ve gotten all jumbled up in the bottom of your bag. Whether you use Apple’s own EarPods or a third-party pair of earbuds, you can use this case to keep everything neat and tidy.
Don’t worry if pink’s not your thing. This case also comes in green and blue. In addition to storing your earbuds, the case can also be used to wrangle the cord for a portable smartphone mic, such as the Rode smartLAV+.
6. iHome iPL23 Stereo FM Clock Radio with Lightning Dock Charge
This iPhone dock works with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. It will also work with the iPhone 5 or 5s. It will charge your phone while you sleep, or you can use it to boost the volume of the music you’re playing on your device. The alarm clock dock also comes with a built-in FM radio, which you can program six preset stations into. One feature I really like on this dock is the alarm sound itself, which gradually increases in volume to wake you up a bit more gently.
7. Wahoo Blue HR Heart Rate Monitor for iPhone and Android
With Spring Break just around the corner (and full-on swimsuit season not long after that), lots of people are starting to hit the gym in earnest. If you want to make sure you’re really pushing yourself at the gym, a heart rate monitor is a great investment. With some Fitbit owners freaked out about rashes, many people are opting for a heart rate monitor that you only wear while exercising. One solid option that is iPhone-compatible is the Wahoo Blue HR Heart Rate Strap, which is worn across the chest.
There’s a lot to like here. The strap tracks your average heart rate, max heart rate, and calories burned. After your workout, you can also see how much time you spent in each heart rate zone. The strap also plays nice with popular fitness apps like Runmeter, RunKeeper, Cyclemeter, Strava, MapMyRun, Endomondo, Runtastic, and, of course, Wahoo Fitness. Wahoo’s own proprietary Burn and Burst training plans are designed to help people who want to lose weight quickly, but safely. The Wahoo Blue HR has an IPX7 rating, which means it is waterproof up to five feet.
8. i-Blason Aero 5200 mAh Ultra Compact External Battery
Need a lightweight charger to keep your phone going all day long? i-Blason’s compact charger offers a 5200 mAh battery, which is sufficient to recharge your iPhone 6 twice, with quite a bit of juice left over. This charger will also work with other iPhone models, as well as select Android devices, so you can share it will friends and family. There are four LEDs on the device, which help you estimate the approximate amount of battery power remaining. If you need more power, the Aero is also available in 7800 mAh and 10400 mAh options.
While JamStik bills itself as “the guitar for your iPad,” this portable instrument also connects wirelessly to your iPhone, or even to your Mac. Using the JamTutor app, you can use this 15-inch guitar controller as your practice guitar for learning the basics. Other apps like JamMix can be used to compose original music. Whether you are just starting out with the guitar, or you’ve been playing for years, this portable MIDI guitar controller is lots of fun for iOS. Plus, you never have to go through the hassle of tuning it, as you would with a real guitar.
In addition to monitoring your weight, the scale can also detect your heart rate, your percentage of body fat, and your BMI. The scale even monitors indoor air quality. Data from the scale can be shared with the Withings Health Mate app, as well as over 60 other apps. The scale can recognize up to eight different profiles, so you can use it with the whole family.
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