Andrew's Top 5 Accessories

The best add-ons that kept our devices charged, safe and productive

Being into smartphones is about more than just the phones themselves. You'll be hard-pressed to find someone that has a phone and hasn't gone out and purchased a case, wireless charger, headphones or some kind of other accessory. The editors here at Android Central are fortunate enough to have access to a good number of accessories for review, so we end up buying the ones that work for us.

While it isn't a long or flashy list, these are my top five accessories that I used throughout the year of 2013. Hit the break and see what I keep around for my devices this year.

Logitech Ultimate Ears 350vm headphones

Logitech UE 350vm Headphones

I’ve been using these headphones for just under a year, and have been very happy with the quality for the price. Although I had to have them replaced once (for free under warranty, of course) because of an earbud short, I think they offer a good bang for the buck at about $50. They isolate sound well, sound good and have an Android-compatible in-line mic and play/pause control.

Buy Ultimate Ears 350vm headphones ($44.99)

LG WCP-300 Qi wireless charger

LG WCP-300 Wireless Charger

With more and more devices supporting the Qi wireless charging standard, we’ve taken a look at a good number of chargers over the year. At this point the LG WCP-300 might fall into the “oldie but goodie” category, but at somewhere in the $35-$50 range currently on Amazon it’s a great choice. It charges quickly, stays put on the table and keeps your device attached nicely as well.

Buy WCP-300 Wireless Charging Pad ($39.16)

Google Glass

Google Glass

This counts as an accessory, right? Although it probably costs about three times as much as the phone it’s connecting to, Google Glass is certainly an interesting bit of computing magic to have. As we’ve discussed in our “Through Glass” columns on the site, Glass really isn’t for everyone, but if you’ve got $1500 burning a hole in your pocket it can be a really neat purchase for a gadget lover.

Get more information on buying Google Glass ($1500)

DODOcase Durables Nexus 7 Sleeve

DODOcase Durables Nexus 7 Sleeve

Ever since I reviewed the latest line of DODOcases for the Nexus 7 I’ve been in love with the style and craftsmanship they offer. While their book-bound bamboo cases are stylish, I like to have a basic sleeve case that protects my Nexus 7 while it’s in my bag but gets out of the way when I’m using the tablet. The waxed canvas has a distinctive look and feels fantastic, and while it isn’t cheap, it’s a great accessory to have that will last a very long time. If you don't have a Nexus 7, you can still pick up the sleeve for many popular tablets, phones and laptops.

Buy DODOcase Durables Nexus 7 Sleeve ($59.95)

Vaas 5000mAh Dual Port External Rechargeable Battery Pack

Vaas Rechargeable Battery Pack

If you have lots of gadgets, you know it’s an endless game keeping everything charged up when you’re out of the house. I picked up one of these Vaas 5000mAh charging packs off of a deals site for around $15 and have been extremely happy with it. It may take a while to charge (and unfortunately uses MiniUSB instead of Micro), but this pack offers charging for two devices, including 2.1A output, and a big capacity for only being the size of a pack of cards. Best of all, it’s cheap (about $20) even at full retail on Amazon.

Buy Vaas 5000mAh External Rechargeable Battery Pack ($21.95)

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Editors' top accessories: Andrew's picks for 2013


I was looking at DoDo as well but then I discovered and IMO it offers way more choices and better quality.

There are just so many things wrong with your post I am positive you think you are on imore

Happy Holiday's from my phone to yours...

I know Apple won't approve it last I heard

Happy Holiday's from my phone to yours...

I have a Ravpower with 14000 mAh and have been extremely happy.

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I have a QT club sandwich; it works pretty well for me too when I don't have anything else to eat for a quick and dirty dinner.

Why are you guys being di*ks?

This is about accessories and they are talking about what works for them. Someone may get something out of it.

/I know, welcome to the internet
//where everyone is a tough guy

I have a off-brand 10000mah one from China. It charges my GS3 fully 3 times.

Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3...!!!

I really need to get one of these, for my other gadgets, but with the removable battery I never have had a real need.

Not a commercial for removable batteries, just sayin'

On another Note, this place is so boring this week I am down to trolling Crackberry... not even iMore but Crackberry.

I have been using the PowerGen 6000 mAh battery pack for about a year now. Can get 2-3 charges out of it on my phone and gf's iPhone 5. Can charge both at the same time because it has a built in micro-usb charge cable, and an extra full size USB port for other/second devices. Even has an LED flashlight! It comes in useful all the time for me, or friends in need of a charge.

The mini-usb of the author's pack would unfortunately make it a non-starter for me.

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The sand black poetic palette case for the Nexus 5 gets case of the year. At $4.95 from Amazon the case comes with a 3 year warranty. Handsome, stylish, functional, amazing, are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the case. It's easy to see where the smart money will move in the new year.

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I carry the Anker Astro 3E 10000mAh battery pack with the dual ports. One port for the Nexus 7 and the other port for my Note 3. Love it. I also like to carry headphones but just upgraded to some Bluetooth ones, the Jaybird BlueBuds X Sport. They're on the way this week so no more corded ones for me, and it will allow me to stream my tunes from my Nexus 7 or Note 3. The case I use for my Nexus 7 is an i-BLASON leather case.

Unfortunately, every pair of Logitech Ultimate Ears 350 I have bought have shorted out on one side and had to be replaced. Thank goodness for the 2 year warranty, but they are not really a well-made product. They sound awesome (if you get them just perfect in your ear, which can be frustratingly difficult). As an alternative, I recommend the Klipsch S4a. Almost as good sounding, great build quality, and they aren't picky about how you stick them in your ear - the pressure equalizes and they sound great.

"a basic sleeve case" for only $59.95 :/

Value for money must not be one of the deciding factors for the "Best of" lists...

Clearly this is not a "best value" list, it's just my top accessories. If it was best value, there certainly wouldn't be a $60 tablet sleeve and $1500 Google Glass on the list :P .

Easyacc's 12,000mAh battery pack has been serving me well. With 4 USB charging ports, you can charge your tablet and three different devices simultaneously; plus the $32.99 price on Amazon was unbeatable.