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By the time you could afford to buy a smartphone of let’s say 500,000 UGX or even less than that, then why not spare some change, to pimp up your phone. Today’s flagship smartphones are packed with great features. But no matter how many features have been crammed into your phone, any device can be made better with the right accessories. If you want to take better photos, enjoy longer battery life, travel safely with navigation, or make use of smart features, then you ought to have accessories that will definitely appeal to you.

In this era of advancing technology, we are soon forgetting about ‘feature phones’ since smartphones a growing at a tremendous speed, smartphones are getting more and more revamped bringing too much competition in the market to ‘what’ phone should I buy. So, you’ve bought that smartphone you wanted, we give you some additional (ad) accessories you could consider buying – in our Editor’s Pick this week.

1. Protective Covers & Cases
If you want to protect your smartphone from accidents some might be minor and other serious, then you need to get a protective cover or case for it. These cases prevent from your phones scratching and losing their shine from the daily wear and tear, and also major damage in case you happen to drop it.

Purchase one that suits your phone in terms of size, color, durability, to mention a few.

Sony QX30 Attachable Lens Smartphone Camera.
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2. Sony QX30 Attachable Lens Smartphone Camera
Photogenics, this is you – if you are disappointed with the quality of the pictures you’ve been taking, then opt for this. Bring the DSLR features to your smartphone. Instantly enhance every photo you take with your smartphone by adding this attachable 30x optical zoom lens to your device. Travel, hike, Wildlife, capture long-distance shots. NFC/Wi-Fi lets you make a simple, one-touch connection to many different smartphones.

This is a particularly nice accessory to pick up if your smartphone’s native camera struggles in low light settings.

3. Earphones
While these smartphones come with earphones bundled in the retail package, they are usually not of preference for many, especially if you are an audiophile. So why not get yourself say! headphones with in-built remote controls, bass-beams, fit right into your ears.

4. A Power Bank
This is a gadget that if you now own a smartphone and its usage is above 60%, then you need one of these. These are back ups in time of trouble. Your phone blacks out at a wrong time, and you have no place to charge, then things go bad for you. Therefore consider having this near your phone and always carrying it with you where-ever you go. It’s a life saver.

5. Car Mounts
In many countries today, using you phone while driving isn’t permitted at all even if you have this gadget, the ‘Car Mount’. Many road accidents around the world, at least 50% of them have been because of using your phone will driving, some don’t have a phone car mount and the risks become so high. So own one to reduce on the risk. Can be very helpful when it comes to taking/answering calls, and navigation.

Samsung announced their new mid range phone, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro in August and comes with a USB OTG Support that allows you to connect pen drives, mouse, keyboard and other computer peripherals to the device using the OTG cable.
Samsung announced their new mid range phone, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro in August and
comes with a USB OTG Support that allows you to connect pen drives, mouse,
keyboard and other computer peripherals to the device using the OTG cable. (Photo Credit: The Tech Guide)

6. USB OTG Support
This is a new device, that you need to try out some time. It’s really cool. With this support on your smartphone, you can connect pen drives, mouse, keyboard and other computer peripherals to the device using the OTG cable.

Not all smartphones can support this, but those with Samsung mobiles like the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro which was launched this year does support this feature, to mention a few; OnePlus 5, Nokia 3, Xiaomi Redmi 4, Oppo F3, Gionee A1, Vivo V5S – most of these phablets were launched this year. Latest phablets are now coming with this support feature.

However, if you have a smartphone in any of these lines, then you could try it out and see whether it will do work for you.