10 Necessary Mobile Accessories For The Holidays

Must-Have Gifts

Today mobility is the way to go and with the holidays right around the corner, these mobile accessories are the perfect complementary gifts for family and friends with smartphones or tablets. From an attachable lens camera for mobile devices to touch-screen-friendly gloves, check out 10 very necessary mobile accessories.

Charging Case

Smartphones are awfully fragile; dropping them once could cause all hell to break loose. Keep smartphones safe with the Magnetyze Charging Case, which doubles as a phone protector and charger. Built to be shock-absorbent, this phone case protects against accidental drops, shocks and even moisture. On the back of the phone case, magnetic connectors will easily allow the connection to a variety of phones' charging port accessories. This avoids any wear and tear on the charge port of a smartphone by simply snapping the phone to a desk stand/charger, wall charger or car charger. The case is available for the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s and the Samsung Galaxy s4 and s3.

The Magnetyze Charging Case is currently priced at $49.99.

Portable Charger

When on the go, a mobile device's battery going dead can be quite troublesome. The Rose Stone portable charger, however, is able to deliver that much-needed juice. This lightweight and rectangular charger has a capacity of 5200mAh and is made of aluminum alloy with a double USB output connector. It is compatible with Apple and most mobile devices and available in pink, blue, silver and black.

The Rose Stone portable charger is currently priced at $69.99.

Attachable Lens Style Camera

While smartphones include cameras, turn a smartphone into a zoom camera with the Sony Cyber-shot QX-10. The smartphone attachable lens-style camera clips right onto most smartphones and uses the display screen to utilize the attachable lens. By mounting onto a device and utilizing the Sony PlayMemories mobile app with a Wi-Fi connection, the smartphone acts as a viewer menu control for the camera. This digital camera has a 10x optical zoom, measures 2.5-by-2.5-by-1.2 inches and weighs 5.8 ounces. Images are saved onto the phone and camera's memory, which can utilize Memory Stick Micro, Memory Stick Micro Mark II and microSD, and MicroSDHC memory cards. The Sony Cyber-shot QX-10 digital camera module for smartphones also shoots 1080p/30p HD video. The app also allows for editing and sharing via text, email and social media sites like Facebook and Instagram.

The Sony Cyber-shot QX-10 is currently available in black or white for $249.99.

Touch-Screen-Friendly Gloves

Oh when the weather outside is frightful, don't worry about freezing fingers when utilizing a smartphone or tablet with Etre FivePoint gloves. These stylish and cozy gloves will keep hands warm while sliding across an iPhone, iPad, iPod or other touch screen devices' screens. These gloves are made from virgin wool and cashmere so there is no screen scratching involved. Every fingertip works as the material stores an electrical charge, conducting electricity to touch, tap and type on a display screen.

Etre FivePoint gloves are available in varying prices for various colors and styles.

Unbreakable Screen Protector

Dropping an iPhone can result in shattering the screen. However, with the AMZER ShatterProof screen protector, the user will only have to worry about damaging the back of an iPhone in case of a fall. Made from a very thin urethane film at 0.2 mm thick, this screen protector is scratch-, stress- and drop-resistant. ShatterProof utilizes the physics concept of shock dissipation, where, for instance, waves or oscillations lose energy over time to protect against drops and shocks. With self-healing qualities, bubbles and marks made will disappear within 24 to 48 hours.

ShatterProof is available for the Apple iPhone 4, iPhone 4, 5, 5c, 5s, iPad 2, 3, iPod touch, iPod nano 7th generation, iPad mini, iPad air, Samsung Galaxy S II, III, Galaxy Note I, II, 8.0, Nexus, and more.

AMZER ShatterProof is available for prices between $29.95 and $39.95, depending on the model.

Noise Cancelling Headphones

Listening to music requires undivided attention. So shut out the noise of a bustling environment with the Monster Inspiration noise cancelling, over-ear headphones. Equipped with comfortable leather ear cushions and weighing only 3 pounds, these headphones are great for long trips or in the office. Monster Inspiration headphones are equipped with ControlTalk cable to control music and phone calls from an iPad, iPhone or iPod. The ControlTalk Universal cable can control Androids, tablets and other devices; it's a straight mini-to-mini cable for utilizing on a plane. It is also compatible with Skype.

The Monster Inspiration headphones are currently available in titanium for $299.95.

A Familiar Stylus

The No. 2 pencil is familiar and friendly with its graphite core and taxi-cab yellow color. It's been there to help a student fill in the bubbles on a dreaded test sheet or to sketch and draw doodles in a notebook. Today in the era of smartphones and tablets, this No. 2 pencil is the perfect stylus. The Griffin No. 2 Pencil Stylus allows a user to write, sketch and tap on a touch screen device with its soft rubber tip.

The Griffin No. 2 Pencil Stylus is currently available for $19.99.

Compact And Portable Speakers With A Punch

What makes portability so great is its convenience. The Jawbone Mini Jambox portable speakers are great for bringing superb sound within a compact size. Using Bluetooth to connect to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet, the Mini Jambox is lightweight and delivers iconic volume. It is great for music, movies and TV, web videos and video games. The 6.06-by-0.96-by-2.28-inch speaker is made from a single piece of anodized aluminum. This tiny speaker offers 10 hours of continuous playback with a built-in rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. It wirelessly streams audio within 33 feet of a unit. There is also a 3.5 mm stereo input for direct connections. There are buttons for play, volume up and down, pause, skip, and go back to a track. It also can answer/end calls, redial or decline incoming calls.

The Jawbone Mini Jambox is currently available in a variety of bright colors such as blue diamond, aqua scales, green dot, orange dot, yellow dot, silver, graphite facet, red dot and purple dot, and costs $179.99.

Computerized Scale

This time of the year means extra portions of food at family gatherings and holiday parties. So when ready to get back on track with health, the Fitbit Aria is there. This smart scale will help to track weight, body fat percentage and BMI, and show the long-term progress. Once a user steps onto the scale, measurements are automatically uploaded via Wi-Fi and the stats sync to an online graph that can be accessed through a mobile app or online. By being able to see patterns, trends and progression, it will help to stay in line with a user's goals. The Fitbit scale can track up to eight individual users, so it's great for the whole family while personal information remains private.

The Fitbit Aria smart scale is currently available for $129.95.

Hands-Free, Voice-Activated, Internet-Connected Assistant

CRN introduced ivee Sleek during its Kickstarter days back in June, and now it's available for the holidays. ivee Sleek will answer questions, heed commands and control third-party Internet-connected devices at home. Through a "my ivee" portal, users can connect ivee to Wi-Fi devices and look at and control them through a computer, tablet or smartphone. By simply saying "Hello, ivee," this tiny box will turn commands into actions. Using an artificial intelligence system, ivee Sleek will be able to understand and answer questions from 33 different categories such as time, weather, stock prices, radio settings and more. Using cloud-based technology, ivee Sleek will become smarter and personalized to the user and the surroundings.

ivee Sleek works with platform solutions from iControl Networks, but in January the device will be integrated with Staples Connect and Lowe's. In the near future, ivee Sleek also will have the capability to independently control devices such as lights and lock devices by Nest, Lockitron, Belkin, Philips, SmartThings and Zonoff. ivee Sleek is currently available for $299.99.