Six clicks: Gadgets to let you do more with your tablet/smartphone

Six clicks: Gadgets to let you do more with your tablet/smartphone

Summary: Mobile devices are great, but let's face it, they're a compromise. But with just a few well-thought-out accessories, you can boost productivity and get the most out of your mobile gear.

TOPICS: Mobility, Hardware

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  • Keyboard

    One of the biggest productivity boosters you can add to any post-PC device is a keyboard. While on-screen keyboards are great for tapping out a tweet or email, they just aren't up to the challenge of typing out reams of material.

    Add a keyboard and your smartphone or tablet becomes a true content creation machine!

    Problem is, choosing a keyboard. For a review of the best keyboards I suggest taking a look at James Kendrick's Mobile News where he carries out real-world testing on a wide range of keyboards.

    My personal favorite keyboard for iDevices is the Apple Wireless keyboard. (CNET best keyboards). It's expensive, but it's reasonably slim for easy transportation, very ergonomic, tough (unusual for an Apple product), and very comfortable to type on for long periods.

    Price: Depends on what you go for.

    (Source: Apple)

  • In-car charging

    If you spend a lot of time in your car -- like I do -- you need a way to keep your portable devices charged up while you're on the move. While chargers for smartphones such as the iPhone are plentiful, good chargers that output the 2.1A needed by tablets such as the iPad are harder to find.

    Currently I'm using a dual USB-port Just Mobile Highway Pro that keeps my iPhone and iPad charged up. It's a little pricey at around $30, but it's one of the most reliable charger I've come across so far – and I should know because I've bought a lot over the years.

    Price: Around $30.

    (Source: Just Mobile)

  • Bluetooth headset

    The Jawbone Era (CNET review) is the best, clearest, most comfortable, and easiest to use Bluetooth headset I've used -- and it only costs $99.

    Call clarity is taken care of by the military-grade NoiseAssassin 4.0 noise-cancellation and wind reduction technology. The advanced array wideband speaker allows you to listen privately to music, podcasts, YouTube videos, sports, phone calls, Skype calls, and more, all in full-spectrum, high-definition quality sound.

    Price: $130.

    (Source: Jawbone)

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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  • Why does the same text appear for each picture?

    Sloppy writing or editing. Somebody fix this!
  • I think it is an upload bug.

    There was one a while ago that dropped entire paragraphs.
  • So stupid

    User buys a tablet because laptops are too bulky, heavy and have too many cords and then spends more on accessories like external batteries, keyboards, more storage which in the end cost more than a reasonable light weight laptop.
  • Is that all you got?

    SD cards, USB adapters, Bluetooth earpieces? Pretty tame stuff. I guess it's official, I own at least one of every useful smartphone accessory.
    • My list...

      includes a MicroHDMI cable and desktop dock for working in the office.
  • mAh

    You have to watch how the makers calculate the milliamp hours on these devices because if they use the 3.6 volt as supplied by the internal battery, it works out a lot higher than if calculated from the 5volt output.
  • Wasted my time

    This is crap, did someone pay you to write this?
  • Price

    In the article, the bluetooth headset is quoted at being 'and it only costs $99.' Then at the bottom, it says "Price: $130". Which is it?