You already paid big bucks for your iPhone, iPod touch, and/or iPad. You shouldn't have to max out your credit on cases and add-ons for it, too. (Save some dough for apps!) Instead, check out our gallery of 20 handy iOS accessories for under $20. There's bound to be something you'll want to drop a Jackson on.
Need a stylus? If your answer is "meh, not really, but sort of, I guess," let me submit that maybe you'd get some good use out of a stylus, but you're probably not gung-ho enough to drop $30 on one. Luckily our favorite destination for dirt-cheap cables-n-more, Monoprice.com, sells this great pen-slash-stylus for under $7.
Hat tip for these goes to The Wirecutter, which is the best kind of gear site because instead of inundating you with review after review (like we do!), they just tell you what thing in each category is THE thing to buy. For cheap -- really cheap, sub-$10 -- earbuds, they recommend these, from cheap-stuff emporium Monoprice. And we were skeptical enough at their price that we had to order some for ourselves.
Apple's switch to Lightning could have gone better. On iPhone 5 launch day, my local Apple Store had plenty of the $19 Lightning-to-USB cables, but the promised 30-pin adapters (both cable and dongle) weren't shipping yet, and lower-cost third-party cables hadn't hit yet either. Finally our preferred destination for low-priced cables, Monoprice, stepped up with a 3-foot Lightning cable, certified by Apple, for under $12.
The perfect quality for an iPhone or iPod accessory, in our opinion, is if you can use it with not only more than one current device, but also devices of the future. I've had this Nest stand since shortly after the iPad's launch in 2010, and it's been a great little companion for every tablet I've had since. (Only when putting together our list of 20 iPhone and iPad Accessories Under $20 did I realize we'd never reviewed it formally -- sorry, Bluelounge!)
The Cell Lens Band is really the ideal iPhone accessory, since it's just as much fun for "serious" photographers as it is for people like me whose knowledge doesn't extend far beyond "macro means really close up, right?"
There are plenty of free iPhone apps capable of getting you cheap phone calls and text messages, but if you’re a user of the desktop application VoxOx, you’ll be particularly interested in hearing about the company’s latest offering.
If you're a savvy geek--which, as a reader of this site, you totally are--you can turn to the powerful real-time text input and collaboration technology built in to Google Docs. With the recent announcement that Google's cloud-based productivity suite now boasts the ability to edit and collaborate on documents from Android and iOS devices, there's no excuse for not doing so!
With every new iPhone, a chorus of familiar questions arises: “How do I get more ringtones? How much do they cost?” Put your wallet away. We know not one, not two, but nine great ways to make ringtones on the cheap. Most are free or use software you already own. When finished, just drag the file to iTunes to prepare it for sync.