Truth is, whether we like to admit it or not, our smartphones have become a fairly central part of our lives. And like anything important, they deserve a little attention in the form of fun accessories. From eye-catching covers to add-on lenses, there are a number of phone companions out there that can be used to either pretty up your mobile or to enhance its function.
Here are a few of our favourite picks.
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Designed in Cape Town, the instaLens
magnetically attaches to your cellphone and allows you to snap shots that rival those taken on a professional camera. There are various options in the collection, including a macro and fisheye lens, and the packaging is super stylish too.
The statement cover
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Graphic and textile designer Sera Holland of Handmade by Me has extended her exquisite collection of fabric products and wallpapers to include striking phone covers
too, and they are so covetable! Covers are available for various iPhone, Samsung and BlackBerry devices.
The attachable mic
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The handy iPhone Boom Microphone from Photojojo allows your cell to record crisp, clear audio so you can easily play back a high-quality clip of anything from an embarrassing wedding speech to an important lecture. It’s even possible to switch between modes to reduce background noise.
The safety chain
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A proudly South African product, the Chogan
chain is a delicate accessory that can be used to link your smartphone to handbag zips and buckles or belt loops to prevent it from getting stolen or lost. The fashion piece comes in a number of different designs and is easy to clip onto your phone or its cover.
The phone fan
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A neat little fan that plugs into your iPhone. Because, why not? South Africa does get pretty balmy during summer after all. Locally it’s available from superbalist.com
The 21st century projector
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The old-school cinema is given a new lease on life with the Luckies Smartphone Projector 2.0. The box fits most smartphones and can be used to screen your mobile movies, music videos, photos and more on a large surface at up to 8x magnification.
The wooden shield
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Homegrown brand Houdt
crafts a variety of distinctive wooden iPhone and Samsung covers that not only keep mobiles safe but are also bound to catch attention. They’re available in bamboo, walnut and cherry wood and you can opt for various engraved patterns too (see Pearl Thusi’s favourite choice in our Gift Guide on page 51 of the December 2015 issue.