So you finally got a new iPhone. Congrats. Now you’re in the market for some cool accessories. A charging case, some Beats wireless headphones, and the Apple Watch seem like givens, but after breaking the bank on a new upgrade, you’re starting to realize these are more like must-wants rather than must-haves—and far out of your price range at the moment.
Don’t sweat it. The market is flooded with tons of affordable options to complement your shiny new handset. To save you the hassle of researching them all, here’s a collection of 12 solid choices under $75.
Tavik Form Backup Battery
Portable power is a necessity for iPhone owners. And even if the budget doesn’t allow for a Mophie case, you can still juice up your phone while keeping your swagger intact. Tavik’s stylish backup battery blesses users with an extra eight hours of talk time and eliminates bulk with a slim profile made for in-pocket comfort.
Jawbone Up Move
Fitness trackers remain the must-have wearable at the moment. Lucky for you, Jawbone has expanded its lineup of activity monitors and introduced an entry-level variant that performs the same duties as its other top models. Burned calories, food logging, and sleep tracking—the Jawbone Up Move records it all and makes it accessible via mobile app.
Urbanears Plattan ADV
Like smartphones, headphones have become indispensable fashion accessories. Music lovers seeking a pair of colorful sound cans to match their loud personality are spoiled with options when it comes to Urbanear’s latest offering. The Plattan ADV mates laudable sound quality with a funky design consisting of bold shades and a removable, cleanable headband for a custom fit.
Olloclip Macro 3-in-1 Lens
Apple’s smartphone has transformed everyone into a photographer. So for the hardcore Instagrammer looking to add more depth to their images, the Olloclip is a sure shot. This special bundle comes loaded with three quick-change lenses to get up to 80x more magnification when combined with the iPhone’s digital zoom. Capture stunning macro visuals with edge-to-edge clarity.
Parrot Rolling Spider Mini Drone
Drones are the new big-boy toys amongst hobbyists and tech nerds. Amateur fliers itching to hit the skies can pop their aerial cherry with Parrot’s easy-to-pilot mini-quadcopter. Use your iPhone to control the Mini Drone Rolling Spider in the air or on the ground to zip around on floors and up walls. Activating the built-in camera will allow you to capture 640 x 480-pixel stills too.
Logitech Bluetooth Multi-Device Keyboard K480
Typing on a touch screen is the worst—which is why the majority of us prefer switching over to a laptop when messaging friends or updating Word documents. Logitech eases the suffering with a portable Bluetooth keyboard that’s designed to bridge the mobile productivity gap between your iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. The keys offer solid tactility for fast typers while the neon cradle serves as a docking station for your phone.
One of the most popular cases around, the Speck CandyShell has a beefier older brother, the MightyShell. Though it’s stronger, it still feels thin in the pocket and can survive devastating drops. And yes: it comes in black.
HRT i-dSp Headphone Digital Sound Processor
Audiophiles normally drop hundreds on a pair of studio monitors to experience hi-res audio on their phone, but you don’t have to. The i-dSp is both a digital-to-analog converter and headphone amp engineered to boost sound quality by delivering “better dynamics, resolution, and spaciousness.” It’s compatible with all audio formats and streaming services and transforms good headphones into exceptional ones once connected.
Bitdo Bluetooth NES Controller
The news of Nintendo entering the mobile gaming market has some of you feeling pretty nostalgic. It doesn’t get more retro than this wireless gamepad, which draws its inspiration from the original NES controller. Use the peripheral to play all iCade-compatible iOS games or go the jailbreak route and upload a few old school ROMS to get your Super Mario Bros. fix.
Whether it’s rocking out to your iTunes catalog cycling through the city or lip syncing in the shower, you can’t go wrong with a portable speaker. Our personal recommendation is the Clip+ based solely on its convenient transportability by way of built-in carabiner and splash-proof shell. It also doubles as a speakerphone and carries a resonant sound stage offering strong bass levels with little-to-no distortion.
Moleskine Evernote Smart Notebook
The value of note-taking should never be undermined. Evernote’s smart notebook uses your iPhone camera to read notebook pages and organize them in digital form for faster search results. Populate all 240 pages and use “smart stickers” to keep track of important notes for term papers and projects. Creatives with an affinity for sketching can even swap this one out for the Adobe version.
Bobine Flexible Charging Dock
A lighting charger, docking station, stand, and tripod all in one—the Bobine does the job of four accessories at a fraction of the price. The cable is strong enough to hold your iPhone at an elevated level to accommodate FaceTime session and selfies. Plus, it works with most cases that have the charging port exposed.