Best iPhone 5 accessories
We run through our best accessories for the iPhone 5
If you're the proud owner of a new Apple iPhone 5 or are anticipating some very lovely friend or relative buying you one, you'll probably be eager to find out what accessories there are with which to compliment your shiny new piece of tech. However, this can be a daunting task as the market's totally flooded with add-ons, and it's tough to sort the wheat from the chaff if you don't know what you're looking for.
Fortunately for you, we've put together a guide to show you the top five accessories that you should be investing in to get the very most out of your iPhone 5, covering everything from entertainment to fitness, all of which would make great gifts for an iPhone 5 owner, to fit a range of budgets.
First up is the Sonos Play:5, a sage choice for the audiophiles among us. This little beauty lets you stream your entire music collection wirelessly and delivers amazing, room-filling audio. Oh, and did we mention that it also lets you log-in to your favourite online musical sources too, like Spotify? It's also possible to daisy chain several of them together and have one in each room of the house, turning your humble abode into an entertainment-ready party palace.
Sure, it's a little bit on the pricey side, but what price-tag can you put on pure, unadulterated aural pleasure?
If you like your music a little bit more personal, then Sennheiser's PMX 685i's are a very good place to start. They're aimed at people with a more active life and are perfectly suited for runners, as the innovative design ensures they stay firmly lodged in your lug-holes, leaving you to concentrate on your run, rather than pushing troublesome earbuds back into your head every 2 minutes.
They're sweat and water resistant, and have an integrated smart remote, allowing you to skip songs or adjust the volume without having to fiddle with your iPhone 5 on the move, which cuts down on potential risk to your lovely new device, but perhaps best of all, because of the shape of the in-ear section, you'll get full, rich-sounding playback but also still be able to hear your surroundings, because there's nothing worse than that feeling of sensory deprivation when you're jogging alone.
Now, we'll admit, we can't decide if this one is absolute genius or insanely superfluous, but we can't deny that we love it either way. The iZZi Orbit basically uses a series of lenses to turn your iPhone 5 into a real camera. It's made of aircraft grade aluminium, so it's seriously good quality, and it allows you to take fish-eye, wide-angle and telephoto pictures with your phone.
It's not cheap, coming in at roughly £150, so you'll want to be fairly serious about iPhoneography before you take the plunge, but it's well worth the outlay if you take your photography seriously (or you're idle rich!)
One of the most important things you'll need for your iPhone 5 is a decent case because even if you've never dropped or damaged a phone in your life, now you own one that's made of glass, the chances are, you might. The Impactband is a low-profile, minimalist case which offers unprecedented levels of protection for its size. The science behind is pretty simple, it uses ‘recoil points' which basically act like a car bumper and crumple to absorb impact and reduce the chance of your iPhone smashing into a trillion shiny, expensive pieces.
And to be fair, it looks pretty good too.
Okay, so Apple TV isn't exactly a new and exciting revelation, it's been around for a while, but if you love Apple products and you don't already have this gadget, maybe it's because you don't yet appreciate how truly marvellous it can be!
This little box plugs into your TV and, in up to 1080P definition, will allow you to watch Netflix, YouTube and a number of other services on the big screen. On top of this, you can also wirelessly stream content from any of your Apple devices to the Apple TV box and watch it on your big screen, which means everything on your iPhone 5 or iPad is ready to view whenever you want it. No longer will you have to strain your eyes while watching a cat playing the piano on YouTube, or smashing pigs on Angry Birds, and what's not to love about that?!