What are the best accessories to pick up for the Galaxy Note 7? Well, there are a bunch, so let's take a look.
Whether you want to make sure that your new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is protected, able to be charged everywhere you are, or has enough storage for your local media, there are a number of accessories you can add to enhance the experience. Samsung will be offering a wide variety of its own official accessories for the new phone, but there are also going to be a ton from other brands. With the move to USB-C from Micro-USB, you may need some new cables, and the addition of the microSD slot may prompt you to buy a new card.
Maybe you aren't sure what you should pick up, so let's take a look at some of the must-have accessories for the Galaxy Note 7, so you can be prepared for when it arrives.
Keeping it charged
Even though Samsung has included a 3500mAh battery, you may still need some additional power through the day, especially if it will be a long one. With the move from Micro-USB to USB-C, odds are you will need some new charging accessories
USB-C Cables and adapters
Samsung USB-C cable
If you prefer to charge your phone with Samsung-branded accessories, this is the cable for you. Odds are that you will need to grab an extra cable for the office, your car or just to have around so you don't need to carry the one from the box with you everywhere. This cable will support up to 3A of power output for charging the USB-C devices quickly. You can also use it to sync data between your phone and computer, like pictures, movies and more.
Choetech USB-C six pack
If you are moving from a Micro-USB phone to a USB-C phone for the first time, you'll likely need to replace a bunch of your cables with new ones. Choetech's six pack scores you a bunch of cables to keep around for a great price, and they all vary in length. There are cables as short as 1.5-feet, and as long as 6-feet. The best part is, when you bundle them you save big. You don't want to miss out on this if you need a few extra cables to spread around to charge and sync your phone.
Samsung Micro-USB to USB-C adapter
Samsung includes a Micro-USB to USB-C adapter in the box with the Galaxy Note 7, but with how handy it is, you may want to pick up a spare. Whether you want to grab an extra for your car, office or just to keep in a bag, this could save you from not being able to charge your phone because of a lack of cable. For just $10, you can't really go wrong, and then you can use some of those existing accessories with your new phone.
Aukey USB-C to USB 3.0
Whether this is your first USB-C phone or not, having an adapter around is something that will almost always be beneficial. Since it isn't a super popular charging cable yet, odds are your friends and family may not have one laying around. This adapter takes the USB-C port and allows a regular, full-sized USB cable to charge the phone instead. It also supports USB OTG, so you can use it to plug in flash drives, keyboards and more.
Wireless Charging Pads
Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand
There are tons of options available when it comes to wireless charging stands, but Samsung's own option is hard to beat. With its angled design, you can keep your phone standing up, and the Fast Charge technology gets you the most amount of power in the shortest amount of time. It is relatively small and portable too, so if you want to take it with you on trips and such it won't take up much space. The charging stand is available in both black and white, so you can pick the one that you prefer.
Spigen Wireless Charger
One of the tricky parts about wireless charging is getting your phone lined up with the coil so that charging can begin. Spigen's charging pad offers three coils inside, so you can easily find one to make it easier to start charging. It's design features a lip at the bottom so your phone won't slide around, and instead will stay in place. It will also keep the device somewhat upright, so you will be able to see calls and notifiactions as they come in. You'll want to pair this charging pad with a 2A adapter to get the best results in charging speeds.
Portable battery packs
Kmashi 20000mAh power bank
It isn't always easy to get your phone connected to a wall or car charger, but a portable battery pack allows you to charge anywhere. Kmashi's 20000mAh unit features Quick Charge 2.0 compatibility so you'll get a faster charging rate, and it has two USB outputs for charging multiple devices. There is a built-in LED flashlight, as well as four LED indicators to show you how much power the pack has left. You recharge it with a Micro-USB cable, and the thin design makes it easy to carry around with you wherever you go.
Anker 5000mAh power bank
If you are looking for an ultra-compact power bank to carry around, Anker's PowerCore 5000 may be the perfect option for you. It has a cylindrical design and a small profile so it is easy to stick in your bag, purse, or even pocket just in case you find yourself in need of some additional battery life. Sure, it doesn't have as big a capacity as others, but it will fully charge your Galaxy Note 7 from empty, and it's easy to carry around with you. It has a single USB output that utilizes Anker's PowerIQ technology to provide the fastest charge possible to any phone.
If the car charger that you already have allows you to just plug a new cable into it, then you can swap in a USB-C cable and you will be set. If you are looking for something with faster charging speeds, or just want something new, there are a few options.
Aukey Quick Charge 3.0 Charger
Aukey's Quick Charge 3.0 car charger offers three ports for charging your electronics, two of which are full-size USB ports, and one of which is a USB-C port. Using this charger you'll be able to charge your Galaxy Note 7 up to four times faster than with an older charger, and you can charge multiple devices at the same time. To sweeten the deal, Aukey provides a USB-C to USB-C cable in the box, so you won't even need to purchase an extra for the car.
Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging Vehicle Charger
Samsung is also offering its Adaptive Fast Charging vehicle charger to keep your Galaxy Note 7 charged up while you are in the car. Thanks to its Fast Charge technology, this charger should be able to get you from 0 to 50% in about 30 minutes, which allows you to spend less time connected to a plug and more time enjoying everything else. It offers two USB ports, so you can plug in the cable of your choice to charge multiple electronics at the same time.
The Galaxy Note 7 feels incredible in your hand without a case, but that also leaves it out there braving the elements on its own. Odds are you will want to keep it protected, but without hiding its beauty. You don't need a big bulky case for it, but a layer of protection is something you will find yourself wanting.
Samsung Protective Clear Cover
Samsung is offering four different color options with the Note 7, and you likely will want to show off the color that you pick, right? Well, with this case you can prevent scratches and dings on the phone, while still showing it off. It wraps around the back and four sides of the phone, offering a thin layer of protection and easy access to all the ports and S-Pen. Don't be caught without a case, and don't sacrifice style for protection, especially when you can get the best of both worlds in one case.
SUPCASE Rugged Holster
If protection is most important to you, you'll want a solid case that can clip into a holster so that your phone will be safe at all times. SUPCASE's rugged case has a dual layer design, with a TPU layer and a hard shell to prevent damages during drops, bumps and more. Since the Galaxy Note 7 is already on the larger side, adding a bigger case may make it hard to get it in your pocket, but luckily you can just dock it in the holster that clips to your belt, and not worry about the size. It is available in a variety of colors, so you can pick one that best matches your preference.
Having enough storage
Samsung has bumped the internal storage up to 64GB this year, and added the microSD card slot back to the phone. While 64GB may be enough for most, it won't be for everyone. You are gong to want to make sure you have a good, high-speed card inside the phone if you add storage, not just a cheap card from the corner store.
High-speed microSD cards
SanDisk 200GB microSDXC
SanDisk was one of the first to bring such a large card to market, and since its release it has been an extremely popular option for many. If you don't think the 64GB of internal storage is enough, but can't justify the cost of adding Samsung's own microSD card to the phone, this is a great option. You'll be able to store plenty of additional files and media on the card, without filling up the internal storage of the phone.
Samsung 256GB EVO+ microSD
This is actually the card that Samsung is offering for free for a limited time, but if you would rather have the fitness tracker you could always grab this separate. Being one of the largest microSD cards available, Samsung's latest card is also plenty fast to serve your needs. Whether you want to store pictures, videos or lots of documents, they should all fit pretty easily on this, allowing you to keep your phone's internal storage reserved for games and apps.
For your wrist
Whether you are looking for a fitness tracker or something to show you your notifications without reaching for your phone, there are a few options that will pair well with your Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung Gear S2
A great complement to the Galaxy Note 7 is Samsung's own Gear S2 smartwatch. With its circular interface, the Gear S2 is based on Samsung's Tizen, and allows you to use the rotating bezel to move around the various aspects of the OS. From using apps to tracking health and seeing notifications, the Gear S2 makes it easier to leave your phone in your pocket and see the information you want at a glance. It is available in both a regular and Classic design, with various color options.
Samsung Gear Fit 2
Samsung will be offering the Gear Fit 2 as a freebie with the Note 7 for a limited time, but if you picked the microSD card and still want a fitness tracker, it is a great option. The Gear Fit 2 can track how many steps you've taken, how many calories have been burned, how you slept and much more. In addition to tracking all the great fitness related information, it can also display your notifications and allow you to response to calls and texts right from your wrist. It is available in black, blue and pink, and you can select between small and medium/large to get one that fits you just right.
There are a number of other things you may need for the Galaxy Note 7 over time. If you are the type to lose things, you may find yourself in need of a replacement S-Pen at some point in time, a case with a physical keyboard attached to it or something else. If you are eyeing an accessory not listed here, be sure to let us know in the comments which one it is and why you want it.