You can’t ‘just’ have an iPhone 5S. With this slick, expensive, lifestyle choice of a phone comes a whole plethora of accessories that can transform your user experience from ‘pretty cool’ to ‘wow’ in short order. But we’re not just talking about frivolous things such as how it looks – we’re also looking at some accessories that have function and practical applications too, creating a much more rounded user experience. Here are our top five accessories for the iPhone 5S:
#1 popSLATE and Plastic Logic’s EPD display cover
One of the most innovative and exciting developments has to be the new cover for the iPhone 5 and 5S from the collaboration between popSLATE and Plastic Logic. This ingenious combination of cutting edge technology with quality styling has an integrated secondary electrophoretic display (EPD), making the display daylight readable (a big plus for any mobile phone), shatterproof, ultra-thin and ultra-lightweight. It also incorporates the ‘always-on’ principle of EPD technology, which only requires power to create a new image, not to sustain a static image. So as long as you keep the same image on the display, there won’t be any drain on the power levels.
The ‘Always-On Experience’ is a big selling point for this cover, and has been created by popSLATE cleverly embedding the Plastic Logic developed EPD display into the smartphone’s casing. Users log on to the popSLATE app, where they can customize their case with their own images or create dashboards that include their favorite apps in an intuitive, at-a-glance system. The EPD technology puts the user in charge of their own shell design, using technology that the user will already be familiar with.
#2 – Bowers & Wilkins Z2 docking station
At over £300 this is not cheap, but the Bowers & Wilkins Z2 docking station effectively turns your iPhone 5S into a home entertainment system of epic proportions. It’s also perhaps not as sleek a design as the company’s own Zepplin Air (which has reached iconic status in modern design), but it does produce a deep, rich sound that should be enough for almost any music aficionado. It also powers up your iPhone 5S, so is quite multi-functional.
#3 – Bose QuietComfort 20i noise cancelling earphones
It can be tough to find just the right pair of in-ear buds, but Bose have a reputation for producing some of the best money can buy. Again, that’s going to be a lot of money, as the Bose QuietComfort ear buds are certainly not cheap, but they are probably some of the most effective noise-cancelling earphones you’ll ever use.
#4 – Siri goes in-car
Siri isn’t a new thing, but in-car Siri certainly is. Several major car manufacturers, including Jaguar, BMW, Audi and Toyota have announced that they are putting voice-command buttons on their steering wheels, which will activate Siri on synced iPhone handsets. Drivers will get Siri voice control functionality using the car’s own speakers and mics – it’ll be like Siri’s in the car with you. Whether that means Siri will be able to actually tell you where the restaurant you’re travelling to actually is might be a whole other question, though…
#5 – Gripmount iPhone 5S Car Mount Kit
Sticking with the car theme, and bringing in a product at the more ‘affordable’ end of the spectrum, the Gripmount Car Mount Kit for the iPhone 5S is a handy piece of equipment for in-car users. It uses a simple suction cup to mount the phone to your screen or dash, and its rugged design holds the phone securely, as well as charging it up as you drive. Cheap, cheerful and infinitely practical, it’s a must-have bit of equipment for iPhone 5S users on the go.
Hope your like this list for the top iPhone 5S accessories. Do suggest of any more accessories for iPhone you may know, we would like to hear from you.