by Paul Sanders
Some people carry their cell phones with them everywhere, keeping contact information, daily schedules and even their music collections on their phone. Your phone can connect you to friends, family, colleagues and the Internet. But to get the most out of your phone, you may want to add a few cell phone accessories, to both protect your investment and just make it easier to use. Here are a few cell phone accessory necessities.
Cases and holders: Protective cases, made of silicone, hard plastic or leather, are basic cell phone accessories. They protect your phone from scratches, bumps and drops. Cell phone cases and holders can be decorative cell phone accessories as well, adding a flash of color or custom logos to your style.
Cell phone chargers: It's a good idea, at the very least, to have a cell phone charger both at home and in your car. Most cell phones provide less than five hours of talk time, even less if you're frequently using other phone features.
Hands-free devices: Hands-free devices offer both convenience and safety. Bluetooth-enabled phones can take advantage of cell phone accessories like headsets and car audio systems to enable you to make calls while driving, which makes your calls safer for you and other drivers on the road.
Cell phone batteries: They're hidden out of site, but they're arguably the most important cell phone accessories on this list. Cell phone batteries make everything else possible. When buying backup cell phone batteries, check the milliamp hours (mAh), which measure how much power the battery stores.
Screen protectors: A scratched-up screen can be hard to read. Protect yours with cell phone accessories like mirrored, tinted and scratch-resistant screen protectors.
Data cables: Cell phone accessories that allow you to transfer photos, music and other data are vital for smartphones and music phones. Data cables like USB and Firewire cables let you connect to a laptop computer or other device to transfer files. Check to see which data cable your phone uses.
Memory cards: Many cell phones feature memory expansion slots, allowing you to use a cell phone's memory cards as SD or microSD cards. These cards can boost the number of pictures, messages, contacts and other data that your phone can carry.