Best Android accessories: 2014 gift guide

Looking for some gadgets to enhance your Android experience, or gifts for the Android fan in your life?



From TV streaming to headphones to productivity tools, we’ve picked out some of the best products on the market that will be perfect for you whether you own a Galaxy S5, LG G3 or any other Android device.

Chromecast

Chromecast

Chromecast is, hands down, the most essential of all smartphone accessories. It’s a TV streaming device that enables you to load up content on your phone or tablet and send it to your TV.

It’s almost flawless, and incredibly discreet—it plugs in around the back of your TV so is essentially invisible. And it works with a growing number of apps and services.

Chromecast works with YouTube, it works with Netflix, and BBC iPlayer. It can play music from services like Deezer. And it can turn your TV into a huge photo frame using images from Flickr, or into a huge karaoke system using one of the many Chromecast apps that are available. It works with your iPhone or iPad as well.



It needs no input from the user at all. Just leave it plugged in and it will be there when you need it, and you won’t even know it’s there when you don’t.

Available for less than £30 (or $30) it is the single accessory that everyone should own.

Jawbone move

Jawbone Move

Fitness bands are becoming big business and Jawbone is at the forefront of the revolution.

The Jawbone UP app works on a range of smartphones without a band, but if you want more detailed tracking of your fitness and lifestyle a dedicated device is the way to go.

Jawbone has products with a range of features at a range of prices, and Jawbone Move looks arguably the most interesting.

It’s priced cheaply—just £50 in the UK for the device plus a wristband—and offers the core Jawbone experience including sleep monitoring.

Or for the more dedicated user, the Jawbone UP3 has extra features including a heart health tracker, for around three times the price.

Wireless charger

Wireless Qi Charging pad

Not the most glamorous accessory, but if you’ve got a phone that supports wireless charging then a wireless charging pad is a must.

Leave it plugged in and the pad is ready to charge your phone whenever you need it. Place it on your desk to keep your phone’s battery topped up while you work, or on your bedside table to charge overnight.

Never again will you find yourself untangling your charging cable, or trying to figure out which way round the USB operate plugs in.

Lg g watch r

LG G Watch R

The best of the first generation of Android Wear smartwatches. The G Watch R is not an inexpensive way of testing out wearables, but has the looks and power to put it ahead of the other devices on the market.

It also has better battery life than its nearest rival the Moto 360, though whether two days between charges represents good or bad for a watch is for you to decide.

Android Wear is still a platform in development, and is still arguably awaiting its killer app (although there are plenty of good smartwatch apps worth trying). If you want to give it a go, LG’s latest effort is your best bet.

Cambridge audio minx go

Cambridge Audio Go

Everyone needs a good sound system for use at home and on the move. The Cambridge Audio Go combines the best of both worlds.

The Bluetooth speaker system is beautifully designed, with a sleek modern appearance that will look great anywhere, and is also lightweight and compact enough to take with you, or even just move into the garden.

Battery life is rated at ten hours, so you don’t need to worry about being in reach of a power supply, while the sound quality is rich and impressive, with strong—but not excessive—bass. It goes pretty loud, too.

Rha ma750i

RHA MA750i Noise Isolating headphones

RHA is probably our favourite brand for great value, high performance in ear headphones. The MA750i—along with the cheaper MA450i—deliver performance and exceptional build quality way beyond their price points would suggest.

Both sets come with a three button remote and mic, and metal construction. The 750i loops round the back of your ear for easy and secure fit. Sound quality is outstanding,  with good noise isolation and wider dynamic range that works well with all types of music.

A worthy investment.