HiRise stand - £29.95 from store.apple.com/uk: if you want to keep your new phone looking as new as possible for as long as possible, you need to lean it in this brushed aluminium stand, where it not only keeps clear from any scratching, it also can be subtly charged and used as a computer screen, ideal for some Facetime — perhaps to call your friends and tell them all about your new purchase.
64GB Flash Drive - £249.99 from maplin.co.uk: flash by name and by nature, too. This adaptor can hold a whopping 64GB of data in its diminutive frame, just the extension your handset memory needs to satisfy even the biggest devourers of digital content. This little stick is magic for taking on trips, it’ll hold over 20 HD films, 40,000 snaps (give or take) or 10,000 odd music tracks — enough for even the keenest snappers.
Nomad Chargekey - £16 from amazon.co.uk: however carefully you plan it, switching off Bluetooth or GPS to save power, or tweaking the saving mode to absolute perfection, at some point, you will find yourself almost out of juice. It isn’t practical to lug cables around but this ingenious solution is the size of a key, slips into any USB port and charges your handset as efficiently as any other.
Creative Sound Blaster Roar - £129.99 from creative.com/roar: it is perfect timing for the arrival of this latest piece of portable Bluetooth kit, an award-winning portable speaker able to live up to its hype and make the right noises in this overcrowded category. Inside there are five drivers powered by two amplifiers plus a built-in subwoofer to kick some bass. Enjoys nothing more than being taken to 11.
B&O H6 headphones - £329 from beoplay.com: These latest closed back headphones deliver the superior sound as you’d expect from a premium end audio player. Available in standard natural, black leather finish or one of three special and limited edition finishes, these H6 headphones scream substance, but in an understated, chic sort of way.
Just in case
STM Harbour cases - from £16.99 from amazon.co.uk: however much care you intend to take in shielding your handset from harm, there is a “law of sod” which dictates direct contact between smartphone and hard surfaces is inevitable. There are bound to be plenty of cases to choose from, but as this one apparently passed a US Military Drop Test, we’ll assume it’s probably the best.
App of the Week
1Password - Free on iTunes and Google Play
Nowadays, you need a password for every social media network/ shopping site/ email account/ bank/ energy provider, etc etc. Having the same password is dangerous, trying to remember lots of different ones is nigh on impossible. This new app securely stores all your passwords in one place and, as a bonus, can also generate unique secure passwords for every account you have.
Top 10 Paid Apps
1. Minecraft - Pocket Edition
2. OfficeSuite Professional 7
3. Monument Valley
4. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
5. Halloween Drops - Match three puzzle
6. Five Nights at Freddys
7. Twin Moons (Full)
8. Montezuma Bubble
9. Alex Hunter: Lord of the Mind
Top 10 Free apps
1. Amazon Prime Instant Video
2. BBC iPlayer
3. Coin Dozer
4. YouPlayer for YouTube
5. The Sims Freeplay
6. Candy Crush Saga
7. Farm Heroes Saga
8. Despicable Me: Minion Rush
9. Rope’n’Fly 4
10. Flow Free
(Both charts courtesy of amazon.co.uk)