Accessorize your cell phone – and don’t forget the bling

By Posted 27 Jul 2013, 08:24

People are very attached to their cell phones, and for many people, they never leaves their sides. When it comes to accessories, most people are still very practical, buying what makes the phone more useful. But then there are those who see their phones as more than tools — they’re fashion statements.

Business Insider examines accessory purchasing preferences, and they’re mostly what you would expect. The case is the first concern, followed by a good set of headphones. Next are hands-free devices, then additional batteries and memory. Most of these are easily found browsing the Virgin, Verizon or T-Mobile cell phone accessories section of the store or kiosk.

Here are some of the most popular cell phone accessories to consider for your device, according to CIO magazine:

Case – Many people won’t leave the store without first buying a case. A case protects the phone from everyday bumps and scratches, but many phones are now being manufactured with a strong metal or composite shell. For those phone purchasers, the case might even be optional.

This accessory has the most options to consider: Vertical or horizontal case? Flap with or without a snap, Velcro or magnetic closure? Belt loop or lanyard? Leather or plastic? Slip in or wrap around? The key to buying a case is to try several on your phone until you find the one that is perfect for you.

Headset – The first choice here is wired or wireless? Do you want the headset just for making calls, or do you listen to music, too? Or, is your phone primarily a music machine? Whatever you plan to use your headset for, comfort is the primary consideration. Long periods of wearing your headset can give you an earache. Bluetooth has improved greatly to become a good choice for listening to music. Stereo Bluetooth headsets are comfortable and have a rich sound.

Storage – Memory cards keep going down in price. You can buy a 16 GB microSD card for your phone for less than $50. This can be handy to store your photos, videos, music and eBooks off of the main internal storage. Many phones come with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage as standard. If you love apps, then that storage gets used a lot by the apps. Keeping your personal files on a microSD card ensures you can run all of the apps you can download.

Jazz it Up – You’ll outshine your peers when you buy a blinged-out cell phone case, such as one by Posh Life Bling, with cases decked out in pearls and crystals costing upwards of $250. With lots of glitter and stones and colors and shapes that match your style, these cases make your phone a fashion accessory. Some people buy several to match their outfits.

Maybe you want just a little something different, but not too flashy. A simple but creative case from Etsy may be what you need. Painted, plastic cases that look like a package of chocolate cupcakes, a tin of watercolors or a vintage 35 mm camera can show your taste more subtly.

On those cold winter nights, you may want to keep your cell phone warm with its own knitted case, also from Etsy. It’s the least you can do for a friend that stays faithfully by your side.

What is your favorite cell phone accessory? When it comes to accessories, most people are still very practical, buying what makes the phone more useful. But then there are those who see their phones as more than tools — they’re fashion statements.

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