It's a new phone season – new phones appear every few weeks, we see endless software updates and the holidays are upon us.
We asked our technical writers and editors to tell us the details on their must-have accessory when splurge on a new device. Have a look at the list below and leave your favorite cases, batteries and other accessories in the comments!
Jake Peterson, News Editor, Gadget Hacks
Apple may make my favorite smartphone, but its cables are notoriously short and thin. Here you can use a nylon braided cable. These are much more robust than Apple's spaghetti string wires, which is immediately noticeable when you hold them in your hand. I also recommend the springs for the longer cable. I like Ankers 6ft braided cable ($ 1
Adario Strange, Editor, Next Reality
The anamorphic moment lens for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus smartphones is the perfect match to make your dreams come true as an indie filmmaker. When you use this lens with the required M-Series Camera Bag ($ 39.99 at Amazon) or the battery-powered camera bag, normal video looks as if it's for the big screen.
Jen Welsh, Editor-in-Chief of WonderHowTo
I recently upgraded my iPhone X to the iPhone 11 Pro Max (Buy at: Amazon | Best Buy | Apple AT & T | Verizon | Sprint). Because the phone is so much bigger and heavier, I knew I had to invest in a real bag and something that would help me get a grip on the phone if I wanted to type with one hand.
My husband and I use this iOttie iTap Wireless Qi car holder and desk stand in our car to charge and keep track of our devices while driving (the newer version, iTap2, is currently available for 49, 95 USD available on Amazon using a different disk setup). We have been using this setup for years and we love it. But it definitely makes it harder to find a good phone case and accessories because you need to attach a metal plate to the back of the phone.
I need a bag that's thin enough to support the wireless charging and magnetic field attachment to the iOttie mount, plus no big bump. In the end, I chose the Spigen Thin Fit Case ($ 9.99 on Amazon), which offers space for the iOttie's magnetic disk. To improve writing and gripping with one hand, I opted for a Phone Loops Phone Grip Finger Strap ($ 9.99 at Amazon) which feels very natural and is very safe as it is mounted in the case.
Jon Knight, Research Manager, Gadget Hacks
Before the end of the first day with I need to pair my go-to earbuds, the OnePlus Bullet Wireless 2 (currently $ 99 on the OnePlus website) with its predecessor for years, and the second iteration is just better. It has a longer range thanks to Bluetooth 5, a longer battery life and is one of the few earphones I know that support fast charging. It has no official IP rating, but in my personal experience, they have handled my daily four-hour training session with ease.
Tommy Palladino, Contributing Author, Next Reality
Anchor Soundcore Liberty Neo's True Wireless Earbuds ($ 49.99 from Amazon): Here's your alternative for anyone looking for the freedom of true Wireless search, but do not want to miss Apple AirPods. Anker's earphones connect effortlessly, sound great and are pretty unremarkable.
Anker Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth FM Transmitter (16.99 USD from Amazon): In times of smartphones without headphone sockets, the connection to car radios without Bluetooth connection is established over the proven function -and-genuine submarine cable is not a viable option more. The anchor version offers the best combination of pairing speed, transmit power and sound quality among the many available Bluetooth FM transmitters. Programming stations requires an iOS and Android companion app that offers some additional features, such as a parking tracker.
Anker PowerCore Speed 10000 QC ($ 34.99 from Amazon): External batteries are a must for power users on the way. This battery provides enough capacity and fast charging in a relatively small package.
Spigen Liquid Crystal Case ($ 12.99 from Amazon): So you want to protect your precious pocket computer, but still want that sexy design see? The Spigen liquid crystal shell is as clear as the name implies, providing adequate drop protection without being bulky, and retaining its subtle branding The simplest solution for streaming video and audio streams. The TV dongle offers even more benefits for those who opt for the Google Homeer, Nest ecosystem. Sometimes you want a physical remote control that favors Amazon Fire TV, but if your family members or roommates misplace the remote, Chromecast is there to save the day.
Dallas Thomas, Editor, Gadget Hacks  Whenever I get a new Galaxy, I grab a Samsung Clear View Cover ($ 39.99 from Amazon). They've come up with this case for every Galaxy S model since 2016, making it a comfortable piece of continuity for someone doing some upgrading. I like them because they are super thin and do not add bulk to the phone. They also have the signature Clear View cover that lets me see the Always-On display Phone Accessories ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>