If you’re thumbing through Steve McCurry’s Instagram and wondering why your #foodgasm shots just never come out like that, it’s partly because he is a GOAT in photography who does not do #foodgasm; but also because he uses a very expensive DSLR that your 18MP phone camera can’t stand up to. To wit: Your phone might be the smartest, most specced-out and the most compatible, genius piece of gadgetry to come off the assembly line, but it’s still got limits.
So here are a few smart accessories – camera lenses, speakers, chargers, bands, headsets that’d act like performance enhancers for your smartphone, and by natural extension, you. #bringonthefollowers
1. Olloclip Active Lens Set
What it is: Clip-on lenses (telephoto and ultra-wide) that can turn an iPhone camera – that’s already pretty damn good – into a veritable Leica-like beast.
For: The refuseniks, aka those not yet buying into the dual-camera hype.
PS: Invest in the tripod and stand (Rs 7,000); it’ll be worth your money when you finally get featured on Instagram’s #WeekendHashtagProject
Price: Rs 8500
2. Google Daydream View
What it is: Google’s light, simple VR set that’s not made of cardboard. It works with the Daydream and YoutubeVR apps on Android’s Nougat OS.
For: Those who like their controls on a handheld remote, not a touchscreen on their headset.
PS: There are games too, but if you want to do, say, The London Heist right, go for the Sony Playstation VR (with built-in motion trackers).
Price: Rs 8500 approx
3. Fitbit Blaze
What it is: Inarguably the slickest, if not the thinnest, fitness watch right now. Along with the best tracking metrics (sleep, heart rate, activity), it can identify what exercise you’re doing; display text, calendar and call notifications; and the battery can last a full five days on a single charge.
For: Fitness watch virgins. There’s a reason the Fitbit, not the Apple Watch, is ubiquitous.
PS: The Blaze wins on software, but if you want something more rugged and shock-proof, try the Fitbit Surge. (ALSO READ Best fitness trackers of 2017 so far )
Price: Rs 19,990
4. Marshall Kilburn Bluetooth Speaker
What it is: A retro-style sound box with a front fret reminiscent of FM radio devices of the Sixties, topped off with a gold switchboard and leather strap. Don’t be fooled – its insides are wired to deliver wattage worthy of 2017.
For: People who like their music served rock ’n’ roll and a side of good-looking. It’s also a great conversation starter.
PS: It weighs 3kg, so if you’re looking to pack speakers for that camping trip, opt for Marshall’s lighter Stockwell system instead.
Price: Rs 23,999
5. Woodpuck: Bamboo Edition Qi
What it is: A round, lightweight wireless charging pad made out of actual wood – well, at least, finished in sustainable Mao Zhu bamboo that smoothly covers the micro-USB socket and plug. Don’t like that big logo up front? Just plonk your phone on it.
For: Cut-the-cord and ecological tech enthusiasts.