Top 5 Mobile Phone Accessories For Christmas 2014

christmas mobile accessories 2014

Mobile phones are pretty much a given for everyone now, with Ofcom showing that 93% of all adults in the UK now own one, and there are a total of 83.1 million UK mobile subscriptions (as of Q4 2013) which is more than there are people in the UK.

As a result the market for phone accessories is huge, with everything from cases to chargers to headphones being catered for in every imaginable shape, colour and size.

Here are my Top 5 mobile phone accessories available to buy as presents for Christmas:

5. Selfie Stick

Love them or hate them, Selfies are here to stay. Put yourself in front on a famous landmark, or just sending a smile to a friend, millions are sent every day and Instagram has over 53 million photos tagged with the hashtag #selfie.

Make your selfies even better with the Selfie Stick, a telescopic handheld pole that holds your phone further away producing a better photo – and it includes a Bluetooth camera button, so you can take the photo at just the right moment.

Yousave Accessories Selfie Stick

>> Buy the Yousave Accessories Selfie Stick from Amazon for just £7.99

4. Proporta USB TurboCharger 7000 Emergency charger

The more we use our phones, the more we use the battery, and the more we need an emergency charging solution to help us once our main batteries run out. There are hundreds of external portable battery chargers on the market, but I’ve always loved Proporta for their superior build quality, and their Lifetime Exchange Warranty on all Proporta branded cases.

The Turbocharger 7000 acts as your emergency battery for your iPhone, smartphone, iPad, Kindle or just about anything that can be USB powered. It has a 7000 mAh battery allowing it to charge phones about 3 times and tablets about twice.

proporta usb turbocharger 7000

>> Buy the Turbocharger 7000 from Proporta or Amazon for just £24.95

3. Activity Tracker – Jawbone UP

The most popular New Year’s resolution each year is to lose weight, and nothing helps you with losing weight more than seeing and tracking the weight loss. Personal activity / fitness trackers are all the rage at the moment, and range from simple pedometers to devices that capture your exercise and relay all that information to an App on your phone for measurement and comparison.

The Jawbone UP uses advanced sensor technology to track your sleep and activity, is fully waterproof so you can shower and swim with it on, and syncs all the data back to a dedicated App on your Smartphone for weekly and monthly comparisons.

jawbone up

>> Buy the Jawbone UP from Amazon for as little as £39.99

2. House of Marley Get Together Bluetooth speaker

The Get Together (see my review) is a high quality Bluetooth portable speaker, with a beautiful bamboo front and an exclusive REWIND™ fabric cover rear. With up to 8 hours of playback from its internal battery this ‘go anywhere’ speaker produces amazing sound and will be cherished by anyone lucky enough to receive it!

The controls are all conveniently on the top, and once connected to any Bluetooth phone or MP3 player you’ll get great quality music on the go or at home.

house of marley - get together - christmas present house of marley - get together - control buttons

>> Buy the House of Marley Get Together Bluetooth speaker on Amazon UK from £129.99

1. Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset

Bluetooth headsets are incredibly convenient. Not only are they a legal requirement if you want to use your phone in the car (even if you do safely pull over) but they’re great for walking or around the house to keep your hands free. Many of them also work with the virtual assistants like Siri and Google Now to let you send texts, emails and even check traffic conditions all with just your voice.

My current favourite is the Jawbone Era, a gorgeous headset which has excellent sound quality, and has some excellent features like a programmable multi-function button, sensors that detect when you are speaking and help eliminate background noise, and a companion App that lets you customse functions and even load audio prompts for specific callers.

jawbone era bluetooth headset

You can buy it as a headset only, or with a sleek charging case that more than doubles its 4 hours of talk-time and protects it, so you’ll always have power, even if you’re always on the go. The App even has a built-in locator which ensures you’ll never lose the headset as you can trigger it to make a beeping sound.

>> Buy the Jawbone Era from Amazon UK for just £76 (headset only) or from £96 (with charging case).

This post was written by Rob Gordon, an IT geek, gadget lover and blogger. Rob has been using the internets since 1994 when the only streaming video was that coffee pot in Cambridge (rip).... Follow Rob on Twitter - @robgordon - about.me/robgordonuk