10 best Samsung Galaxy S accessories
So, you've just decided you'll be picking the Samsung Galaxy S over the HTC Desire and the iPhone. Good for you. The best news now is that you might have some spare change, but before you go blowing it on something extravagant like over-paying on your mortgage, you might want to think about how you can maximise the use of your new Android toy.
You see, there are mobile phone accessories and there are mobile phone accessories and if it's mobile phone accessories that you're after, then welcome to the right place. Here are the very finest, the selected, the best Samsung Galaxy S accessories on the planet today.
Screen protector (£15.97)
Yep, it's an obvious one, but if you don't look after your nice, pretty 4-inch Super AMOLED, then your phone's not going to be good for much. Scratches will ruin the interface over time, and they also don't look too clever when they're getting in the way of the latest episode of Mad Men/Top Gear/Eastenders/Britain's Funniest Budgerigars (delete where applicable).
There are quite a few on offer out there, but on the whole it's worth spending the extra cash to get one that works. We are, essentially, talking about a condom for your tool and the requirement is to keep it as sensitive as possible while also well protected. As far as the Samsung Galaxy S goes, the InvisibleSHIELD seems to give the best results - largely because it's actually not just a screen protector, but a full body wrap for your phone. It's not exactly a cinch to get it on but, once in place this military grade urethane, which was once used to coat the leading edge of helicopter blades, will leave your device both highly usable and as well protected as a US marine - on duty and when headed off base for a little R&R.
Phone case (£10.47/£17.95)
Of course, there's nothing wrong with the more traditional approach of a phone case. It might sit a little bulkier in your pocket but the bonus is that, when you come to actually use your device, there'll be nothing between your finger and the screen. There's enough different types and flavours of phone cover out there to last you a life time, but the best of the bunch are the wet suit that is the £10.47 FlexiShield Skin and the leather smart £17.95 Krusell DONSö pouch.
Nothing quite says "look at my sexy superphone" like a desktop top dock, even if it's just you listening. As the branded writing on the back suggests, this is the official dock of the Samsung Galaxy S and there's even a dedicated Desk Home application to go with it. It'll switch brightness levels from day to night and provide one-touch access to Daily Briefing, alarm clock, music, pictures, movie gallery and local weather so that you can always stay up-to-date with activities. You can also use it to charge and synch. Price and availability arriving soon.
Mobile phone insurance (free?)
Exciting, this isn't but it is the third way of looking after your superphone and it means you can carry it around naked as the day it came off the production line. The best news is that, if you have a bank account, there's an excellent chance that gadget and mobile phone insurance is already thrown in without you knowing. It will require you to register your items though, so the best thing to do is call your people up and find out if you're covered.
If not, try your home contents insurance. It's also highly likely you might be covered here as well. If both of those draw a blank, then CUSC foneGuard is a good option and comes in at around £5 per month.
Spare battery & charger
We all know that smartphones just aren't built to last an entire day of heavy video playback and that's going to be an issue on long journeys, or even if you have a regular commute in your life. So, do yourself a sensible favour and pick up a spare battery. While you're at it, you may as well get the official Samsung spare battery charger/carrier, otherwise you'll just have to keep switching batteries into the back of your handset to get them up to top power. Price and availability coming soon.
32GB MicroSD (£83.77)
With Froyo bringing the ability to house your apps using expandable storage on the Galaxy S in September, you're going to need some extra space to squeeze on your music and films as well. Right now, the biggest you can buy is a 32GB microSD card, so treat yourself and go all the way. Once inside, that could max your storage up to a whopping 48GB.
Phonak Audeo PFE 022 + Mic headphones (£100)
You can stick with the in-the-box headphones if you must, but do so in the knowledge that you're crippling the audio pleasure you might otherwise be getting on your Samsung Galaxy S. Plus, in a set like the trusty Phonak Audeo PFE 022 + Mic headphones - quite a mouthful - not only will a world of rich bass you never knew existed suddenly open up, but you'll also be able to use them as a hands free kit as well. You can read our full review for more details.
You know the drill. It's a cradle with sucker and, because it's made by Samsung specifically for the Galaxy S, it fits just right and all the gaps are in the best places for you to access the buttons and ports you need. Pocket-lint tip: If the sucker doesn't agree with your windscreen, try a little spit between the two. Of course anyone catching you licking your car window might think you're a bit strange.
10-in-1 mobile phone tool kit (£10.47)
Having a screwdriver set to get access to the innards of your mobile is proper geeky stuff but, then, that's why you're here. The kit contains all the tools you could ever need to carefully remove the bits and pieces of your phone and put them back together again. There's even a pair of tweezers to make sure you don't get your greasy prints over everything or start bashing other components out of place. The best part is that they're good even after you replace the Galaxy S with the Universe Super S Megaphone or whatever comes next.
Samsung WMG1602 Wi-Fi HD streaming device
Samsung were pretty vague about exactly how the Samsung WMG1602 Wi-Fi HD streaming device would actually work and what form it would take, but the purpose of it was clear. It will enable users to "stream movies, music, and photos directly from a Galaxy S smart phone to an HDTV". The only strange thing is that, as far as we're aware, the Galaxy S can do that anyway given its DLNA credentials. So, all we can assume is that this gadget will make it easier to do, once it arrives on the Samsung store. Either way, it sounds like a winner.
Have you seen any unmissable Samsung Galaxy S accessories out there or have you even fashioned one of your own? Let us know in the comments below.