Everyone knows that buying or receiving a smartphone is just the beginning and that there are accessories to consider in order to get the most out of this compact, personal and powerful device. Here are some surefire picks under $50.

 

Google Chromecast

10392133.jpgA no brainer for the price of $45 (or, if you bundle a Chromecast with Chromecast audio, get both for $75), Google’s second generation Chromecast is the perfect partner for your iPhone or Android device to stream everything from photos, videos, to YouTube and other popular video streaming services.

 

The new disc shaped Chromecast connects to all TV’s, monitors and projectors TV’s using  the HDMI port to open up a world of entertainment — controlled through your mobile device. Cast TV shows, movies, music, or games from your favourite apps, and discover new apps, features, and recommendations through the Chromecast app.

The latest models offer faster and more secure connections with access streams faster and the portable size means you can take it anywhere without a second thought.

 

HDMX Jam Replay Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

10391790.jpgA compact Bluetooth speaker is the best complement for anyone who enjoys music on their device or who has a streaming music service subscription. Th HDMX Jam offers 5 hours of playback on a single charge, has a ruggedized exterior and fast-forward as well as volume up and down buttons right at the front.

It  also has an integrated speakerphone so you can answer calls handsfree plus it has a 30 foot range for playback which is quite good for such a tiny speaker. You get one 3.5mm input for connecting to non-wired sources as well as 1 USB input for charging.

The HDMX Jam Replay is available in both Blue and Black.

 

 

PNY Electronics PowerPack 6600mAh Charger

10384413_1.jpgEveryone needs extra power sometimes and the PNY PowerPack has plenty to spare. With 6600mAh capacity, this beast can provide juice for up to 4 charges for a smartphone, iPod, iPhone, and other USB-powered devices.

Ideal for trips, conferences, camping, weekends at the cottage and for keeping in a backpack or car, portable chargers can keep your devices powered and you connected longer.

Two female USB output ports are at your disposal for charging multiple devices at once and an LED battery level indicator lets you know when the charger itself is charged and good to go.

Best of all, this is sleek and durable charger that has a 3-year warranty.

 

Bracketron TekGrip Universal Portable Device Dash Mount

10393792.jpgIf you spend a large amount of your time driving, then getting a secure and convenient dash mount for your smartphone simply makes sense. Whether you want it nearby to take calls (when safely parked), or to use with mapping apps, a dash mount is far better than keeping your device in a cubby or cup holder somewhere.

This TekGrip dash mount from Bracketron is the perfect low-profile dash mounting solution for your smartphone, GPS or other portable device. It mounts to most hard or textured surfaces and features convenient portrait or landscape viewing when you’re on the go. Its compact size makes for easy portability from car to car or when traveling.

This universal mount attaches securely to most hard or textured surfaces, including your windshield. Fits devices up to 4 inches wide, allowing you to prominently display your smartphone or other mobile device. Provides 360° rotation for portrait or landscape viewing.

These are my top picks for Best smartphone accessories for under $50.