Sometimes, smartphone upgrades and accessories are just plain strange. Though you may be interested in hard cases that protect your phone from damage should you drop it, others are more interested in blinging-out their phone in every way possible. If you are considering which accessories are worth your money, savvy buyers beware — as these investments hardly make the purchase worthwhile.
Perhaps your cell phone doesn’t have a hands-free headset just yet. Maybe you can’t use an in-dash system in the car. If that’s the case, The Cell-Mate works well. This headband and attachment device holds your cell right to your ear so you don’t need to use your hands.
Though it looks comfortable, you can customize it to fit nearly any phone, even your Droid phones. Of course, this is a good option if you want to keep your bangs out of your eyes and your hands on the wheel as you drive. For most people, that may not be a real benefit, though.
The Tough and Smart Metal Protector
Called an urban-wild design, the Tough and Smart Metal Protector must be a good buy. After all, it clips right to your belt loop and hangs at pocket height. Slip your cell inside it and it’s along for the ride. This metal device doesn’t have any special features, expect to give you a quick draw opportunity when the cell does ring.
Maybe you just like the shine of stainless steel. If that’s the case, this device may be just what you need. On the other hand, savvy shoppers may be just fine using that other holding device nearby, the pocket!
The TV Hat
Don’t you want to just block out the world sometimes and catch a movie? Maybe you want to do that no matter where you are, even on the beach or at the gym. With the TV Hat, it’s easy to do. Just slip on this cap-like device and the shutters come down.
Hook up your cell phone or any video player and you’ll be on your way to watching whatever video you want wherever you are. You’ll look silly, of course, but who cares about that when you can skip the video glasses and just use this crazy looking device instead?
Mood Ring Thermometer Widget
You’ve heard of mood rings before. Would you purchase a similar device for your smartphone? Designed to tell you what mood you are in at any time (as if you don’t already know!) the Mood Ring Thermometer Widget is the perfect download for your cell.
Featuring a novelty thermometer to measure temperature and tell you your mood, it’s a simple way for everyone else to know how you are feeling. Of course, if your cell overheats at all, as many smartphone batteries do, that may skew the results some. Savvy shoppers, use your own judgment of your mood instead.
If you don’t want to purchase an actual smartphone band to keep your device on your arm, you may want to check out The CellBand. It’s so simple, you’ll wish that you’ve thought of it. The device is an athletic band, commonly used for gathering sweat during a workout, worn around the arm or wrist.
It holds your cell in place while you are on the go. A rubber band-like strap connects to the wrist band and holds your phone in place. The company promises it will not cause chaffing or irritations to the skin. Of course, it is still a sweat band which means it’s doing double-duty for you.
The Revolver Case
Are you a secret cowboy or just long to go back to the days of pretend play? If that’s the case, the Revolver Case may be just what you need for your smartphone.
The frame looks just like a gun from the trigger down. The only difference is your phone slides into place in the area of the muzzle. Yes, it looks like a lot of fun to play with, but it definitely isn’t going to be easy to carry around or talk on, unless you are truly a cowboy with a few tricks up your sleeve.
Hello Kitty – Kiss Sweatshirt for Smartphone
Yes, it is for your cell phone, not for you Hello-Kitty-Kiss rock band loving people. This stylish sweatshirt fits nicely over your smartphone. It’s designed to stretch for a snug fit.
The zip closure, cotton design and hood and sleeve combo are sure to keep your smartphone looking great and totally styling no matter where you take it. If you don’t like Hello Kitty and Kiss, which is definitely not a strange combination, there are other sweatshirts for your smartphone available, too.
The Gaban Real Black Pepper Bottle Cell Phone Strap
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and had to walk out on your meal because the location didn’t have pepper available? If that’s the case, the Gaban Real Black Pepper Bottle Cell Phone Strap is the perfect solution for your needs.
With it, you can finally carry a bottle of black pepper around with you no matter where you go. Lunch on the go is no longer pepper-less. Even better, the manufacturer says you can just pop off the cap and refill it when you run out! That’s definitely a savvy move.
Let’s face it, not all cellphone accessories and upgrades are really meant for the savvy buyer. On the other hand, there are a few that just may save the day when you are caught in the middle of a game of cops and robbers.
DJ Miller is a graduate student at the University of Tampa. He is an avid gadget geek who spends most his time writing on anything tech related. In his spare time he likes to travel, play soccer and watch movies. You can follow him on Twitter @MillerHeWrote.