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Mobile Extras

You can do many things with your mobile device—listen to music, take photos, set up a hotspot, and even sketch drawings. We've collected a group of the best phone and tablet accessories to make the most out of your mobile gadgets. Whether you want to sync with a smartwatch or mount your phone in your car, our picks are great mobile add-ons.

The Best Wi-Fi Hotspot Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L
If you’re often on the road with multiple devices that need a data connection, we recommend the Verizon Jetpack 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot AC791L.   Read More >
The Best microSD Cards 64 GB Samsung Evo Select
After 9 hours of research and testing, we found that the 64 GB Samsung Evo Select is the fastest, most cost-effective microSD card for phones and tablets.   Read More >
The Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker UE Roll 2
We tested 17 new models this year, and we found the rugged, packable, waterproof UE Roll 2 is still the best all-around Bluetooth speaker for most people.   Read More >
The Best Apple Watch Chargers and Stands Spigen S350 Apple Watch Stand
We tested about a dozen models and think the compact, stable, easy-to-use Spigen S350 is the best basic Apple Watch stand.   Read More >
The Best Smartwatch for Android Phones Asus ZenWatch 3
The Asus ZenWatch 3 is the best smartwatch for an Android phone right now, as it’s relatively stylish, reasonably future-proof, and has good battery life.   Read More >
The Best Cell Phone Plans Verizon Wireless
Verizon’s coverage makes it the best for most people who need just one line, but T-Mobile has the best unlimited data plan.   Read More >
The Best Touchscreen Winter Gloves Moshi Digits
For the second year, the warm, comfortable, accurate Moshi Digits are our favorite touchscreen gloves for most people.   Read More >
The Best VR Headset for Your Phone So Far Google Daydream View
The comfy, immersive Google Daydream View is the best smartphone VR headset; the Gear VR is a good choice if you have a Samsung phone.   Read More >
The Best Smartwatch for iPhone Owners Apple Watch Series 1 (aluminum)
The Apple Watch is the only smartwatch worth considering for iPhone owners, and the Series 1 in aluminum is the best option for most people.   Read More >
The Best Bluetooth Tracker Tile Mate
The Tile Mate is the best Bluetooth tracker for finding your stuff thanks to solid range, a loud alarm, a big crowd-finding service, and an easy-to-use app.   Read More >
The Best USB Battery Packs TravelCard Charger
We’ve looked at over 250 USB battery packs and tested 40. Our latest update adds a pick for USB-C battery packs, the Jackery Titan S.   Read More >
The Best Stylus for Your iPad or Other Touchscreen Device Adonit Mark
After testing 18 styluses, we think the Adonit Mark is the best touchscreen stylus for most people, though iPad Pro owners will want Apple’s Pencil.   Read More >
The Best Bluetooth Headset Plantronics Voyager Edge
The Plantronics Voyager Edge is our top Bluetooth headset thanks to stellar sound quality, long battery life, excellent range, and comfortable fit.   Read More >
The Best Lenses for iPhone Photography Moment Tele
After testing 15 iPhone lens attachments, we’ve concluded that Moment's Tele and Wide lenses remain the best for any smartphone-shooting situation.   Read More >
The Best Portable Power Strip With USB Accell Home or Away Power Station
After testing the eight best-designed models, and more than a year of use at home and on the road, we found that Accell’s Home or Away Power Station is still the best travel power strip for most people. With three outlets and two USB power ports, it should be able to keep a couple’s devices charged on the go; at the same time, it’s smaller and lighter than any other travel model we tested without compromising on surge protection or USB power.   Read More >
The Best USB Car Charger Anker PowerDrive 2
We’ve tested two dozen USB car chargers, and the Anker PowerDrive 2’s balance of power and price makes it the best to keep phones and tablets charged on the road.   Read More >
The Best Micro-USB Cable Anker PowerLine Micro USB (3ft)
The durable and affordable Anker PowerLine Micro USB cable lets you charge and sync at the fastest speeds. In any length, it’s the cable we’d buy.   Read More >
The Best Lightning Cable Anker PowerLine Lightning
The Anker PowerLine Lightning cable is durable and affordable and lets you charge and sync at the fastest speeds. In any length, it’s the cable we’d buy.   Read More >
The Best Earbuds Under $50 AKG Y20U
If you’re looking for budget headphones with a mic and remote, our pick is the AKG Y20U. We prefer the sound and fit to anything else for the price.   Read More >
The Best Pico Projector AAXA P300
After 20 hours of research and another 25 hours of hands-on testing five models, we found the AAXA P300 is the best pico projector for most people. The AAXA P300 is bright enough for both dark rooms and those with some light and easier to position for a large image than competitors, plus it has better contrast ratios and more inputs than other models. It also offers an optional battery for use on the go.   Read More >
The Best Smartphone Car Mount TechMatte MagGrip CD Slot
After surveying more than 1,000 Wirecutter readers and testing about 30 models, we found that TechMatte’s MagGrip CD Slot is the best smartphone car mount for most people. Its style allows for easier insertion, removal, and repositioning than the competition, so it’s a great fit for most cars. Plus, it holds your phone in an ideal position without blocking your view of the road.   Read More >
The Best Voice Recorder Sony ICD-UX533
After 36 hours of research, testing eight devices in real-world settings, and asking a four-person blind-listening panel to evaluate audio clips, we found that the Sony ICD-UX533 is the best voice recorder. It recorded the truest-to-life sound clips of all the recorders we tested, it’s easily pocketable, and it offers a legible, backlit screen, as well as a better user experience than the competition.   Read More >
The Best Multiport USB Wall Charger Anker PowerPort 4
After surveying more than 1,000 readers and using six iPads to test 19 top models, we think the Anker PowerPort 4 is the best USB wall charger.   Read More >
On the Apple Watch and iPhone 6/6+
We had a chance to try the new iPhone 6 and 6+ as well as the Apple Watch. After a day of sober thinking about the new gear, here’s what we think of them and Apple’s mobile pay system, since it may be important tech you could want to buy or use in the future.   Read More >

Cases

 
The Best iPhone Screen Protectors TechMatte amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector
TechMatte’s amFilm is the best glass screen protector for iPhone 7, 6s, and 6 models, protecting just as well as rivals that cost 10 times as much.   Read More >
The Best iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Cases Silk Base Grip
After testing 32 cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, we think that Silk’s thin, protective, and affordable Base Grip is the best for most people.   Read More >
The Best iPhone SE, 5s, and 5 Cases Incipio NGP
Incipio’s simple and protective NGP is the best overall case for the iPhone SE, 5s, and 5. We have luxury, waterproof, rugged, and battery case picks too.   Read More >
The Best iPhone SE, 5s, and 5 Battery Case Lenmar Meridian
The Lenmar Meridian is the best battery case if you need a little extra juice for your iPhone SE, 5s, or 5.   Read More >
The Best iPhone 6 Cases Incipio NGP
We tested hundreds of iPhone 6 cases, and the Incipio NGP is our pick for most 6, 6 Plus, 6s, or 6s Plus owners. But we have more picks for specific needs too.   Read More >
The Best iPad Cases Apple Smart Case
The best iPad Air 2 case is Apple’s Smart Case, and the best case for the iPad mini 4 is KHOMO’s Dual Case. Apple’s iPad Air 2 case placed at or near the top of every category we tested for: weight, thinness, quality, and protection. And we like the KHOMO for the iPad mini 4 because it’s inexpensive, offers an adequate amount of protection, and has a lid that stays in place and tightly tailored openings for the ports and buttons.   Read More >
The Best Waterproof Case for iPhone 6/6 Plus LifeProof Frē
After testing 11 top waterproof iPhone 6 cases in a pool and a rushing river in Vail, Colorado, we found LifeProof’s Frē is the best option for most people. The Frē is the thinnest and lightest model we tested, but it still managed to remain watertight throughout all of our tests. Plus, unlike some of the other cases, the iPhone’s buttons aren’t harder to press, and the phone’s touchscreen sensitivity is only minimally affected.   Read More >
The Best Battery Cases for iPhone 6, 6s, 6 Plus, and 6s Plus Anker Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case
We’ve tested 28 different battery cases, and the best iPhone 6/6s battery case for most people is Anker’s Ultra Slim Extended Battery Case, which provides up to 117 percent of a full charge to the iPhone 6—one full charge plus another 17 percent—at only $40.   Read More >
The Best Amazon Kindle Cases Omoton
Our new favorite case for the Kindle Paperwhite is the Omoton for the Kindle Paperwhite. It protects against everyday-use trauma while preserving the device’s aesthetics and ergonomics. Its sub-$15 price is just right for the Paperwhite.    Read More >

Exercise

 
The Best Wireless Workout Headphones JLab Epic2 Bluetooth
Despite some tough competition, the great-sounding, easy-fitting JLab Epic 2 remains the best pair of Bluetooth exercise headphones.   Read More >
The Best iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 6, and 6 Plus Running Band TuneBand for iPhone 6
After 30 hours researching and testing 26 armbands and waist packs, we found the TuneBand for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are the best armbands for running. While most running bands are one-strap-fits-most, these come in large and small sizes. Plus, unlike the competition, the TuneBand offers an open-front, silicone skin that allows for direct access to your phone’s screen and all its buttons.   Read More >
The Best iPhone SE/5s/5 Running Band TuneBand for iPhone 5/5S
After testing 27 waist- and arm-bands, we’ve found that the best iPhone running band is the Tuneband for 5S (also 5C and 4/4S). It's the most comfortable and secure of those we tested—we also have a waterproof pick and one that can be worn on the waist.   Read More >