9 Awesome Accessories That Will Transform Any Smartphone

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A smartphone is only as good as its accessories. Whether it’s headphones, cases or portable speakers, level up your pocket computer with these budget smartphone accessories that will give your iPhone or Android device superpowers, make it quicker and easier to use and scratch that new gadget itch while you wait to upgrade. 

1. Sony SmartWatch 3



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This super affordable, stainless steel smartwatch has built-in GPS so it’s a great wearable accessory for runners who want to track workouts and get phone alerts throughout the day. It works best with Android, as it runs Android Wear, but it's iPhone compatible, too.

There’s a 1.6-inch LCD screen, it’s water resistant, has a decent two-day battery life and can store 4GB of music. You can also pick up a manufacturer-refurbished Sony SmartWatch 3 for a really good price. 

2. Pure Contour DAB Radio



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If you’re still rocking a 30-pin iPhone or iPod, you might want to streamline your wake-up schedule with this refurbished Pure Contour docking station and DAB radio. There are two alarm clocks, a snooze button and digital and FM modes, plus the Contour will charge your iPhone while you listen to the radio or music stored or streamed from your device. Great for kitchens as well as bedside tables too, if you’re not keen on faffing around with Bluetooth. 

3. Beats By Dr Dre Studio B0500



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Unless you've got your hands on an iPhone 7, the most important accessory you can buy for your blower is a brilliant pair of on-ear headphones – but don’t mess this one up. Everyone is different in their audio preference, but this pair of manufacturer refurbished  Beats By Dr Dre cans are well worth a look. They’re noise cancelling, can go 20 hours between charges and fold up into a carrying case. Neat.

4. Sony MDX-ER 650



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For everyday use, you’ll also want to pick up a great pair of in-ear buds, like these Sony MDX-ER 650s. They minimise audio distortion using brass housings and ducts, plus the angled design means they’re both comfortable and secure in your ear, whether commuting or out for a jog.

If you go manufacturer refurbished, you can find a pair of these quality earbuds for bargain prices, too.

5. Apple TV



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If you own an iPhone, but you’re not using AirPlay yet, it’s time to start. Grab a third gen Apple TV, refurbished with a 12-month eBay guarantee, which turns your phone into a super easy to use remote control. View photos or watch your own videos by streaming them to the big screen, or listen to the music on your phone. Simple as that.

6. Motorola Moto 360



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The original Moto 360 is a nice first smartwatch. Why? Because it’s round, looks enough like a traditional watch to wear to work, and you can choose stylish bands such as leather straps to complete the look.

It runs Android Wear, shows you texts, calls and alerts, and handles voice controls that let you interact with your phone without getting it out of your pocket. Going for manufacturer refurbished means you can now get one for comparatively little.

7. Motorola Moto Hint



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This in-ear Android accessory is more than a dorky Bluetooth headset. Sure, it acts as one, but the Motorola Moto Hint fits snugly in your ear so it won’t draw attention: Plus, you can tap and speak to it to get calendar alerts, the weather forecast or texts read out via Google Voice on your phone. There’s also noise reduction and echo cancellation for taking calls.

8. Logitech X100



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A cheap and cheerful Bluetooth speaker, the Logitech X100 comes in a range of two-tone colours and is the perfect smartphone accessory for regular travellers. It sounds better than you’d expect from its compact form, and you can handily take calls via the speakerphone function. It’s also great for podcasts and audiobooks when you’d rather not use headphones. 

9. OtterBox Defender Case



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Available for a range of smartphones – including the iPhone 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 – the OtterBox Defender case cradles your precious device and makes sure you don’t end up with a smashed screen for 90% of your contract, thanks to the rubberised material and holster option (to keep it clipped on your belt). 

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