It's a new phone season – new phones are coming out in a few weeks, we're seeing endless software updates, and the holidays are just around the corner.
We asked our tech-obsessed writers and editors to give us the impression of their must-have accessories as they spray on a new device. Check out the list below and leave your favorite bags, battery packs and other accessories in the comments!
Jake Peterson, News Writer, Gadget Hacks
Apple may make my favorite smartphone, but their cables are notoriously short and spun. This is where a nylon braid cable comes in handy. This is a lot harder than Apple's spaghetti cord wires, which is easily apparent when you hold it in one hand. I recommend that we also spring for the longer cable. I like Anker's 6ft braided cable ($ 12.99 on Amazon). No more pulling the plug out of the wall just to browse Instagram in low power mode.
Adario Strange, Editor, Next Reality
The anamorphic lens Moment for iPhone, Pixel, Samsung Galaxy and OnePlus may be the perfect the add-on to take your indie movie dreams and make it reality. Using this lens with the necessary M-series Photo Case ($ 39.99 on Amazon) or Battery Photo Case makes normal video look as if it could be ready for the big screen.
Jen Welsh, Editor-in-Chief at WonderHowTo
I recently upgraded from my iPhone X to iPhone 11 Pro Max (buy from: Amazon | Best Buy | Apple AT&T | Verizon | Sprint) . Since the phone is so much bigger and heavier, I knew I needed to invest in a real case and something that would allow me to grab the phone better when I tried to write with one hand.
My husband and I use this iOttie iTap Wireless Qi Wireless Car Mount & Desk Stand in our car to charge and keep our devices visible while driving (the newer version, iTap2, is currently available for $ 49.95 on Amazon, which uses a different flat setting). We have used this setting for years and love it. But it definitely makes it harder to pick out a good case and accessories for the phone, as you need to attach a metal plate to the back of the phone.
I need a case that is thin enough to support wireless charging and magnetic bracket for iOttie brackets, while you also have no huge bolt. Finally, I decided on the Spigen Thin Fit case ($ 9.99 on Amazon), which has room for iOttie's magnetic plate. To improve my one-handed typing and gripping, I chose a Phone Loops Phone Grip Finger Strap ($ 9.99 on Amazon), which feels really natural to use and is very safe because it is attached to the case.
Jon Knight, Head of Research, Gadget Hacks
Before the first day ended with a new phone, I have to pair my go-to earbuds, OnePlus Bullet Wireless 2 (which is currently $ 99 on the OnePlus website).
I have used its predecessor for several years, and the second iteration is only better, it has a longer reach thanks to Bluetooth 5, longer battery life and is one of the few earbuds that I know as It does not have an official IP rating, but from my personal experience I managed my daily four hour workout with ease.
Tommy Palladino, Continging Writer, Next Reality
Anchor Soundcore Liberty Neo True Wireless Earbuds ($ 49.99 from Amazon): For those who want free wireless for true wireless but don't want to be scaled-down for Apple AirPods, here's your option. Anchors headphones connect without hassle, sound good and are quite tangible.
Anchor Roav SmartCharge F0 Bluetooth FM Transmitter ($ 16.99 from Amazon): These days of smartphones with no headphone jack, connecting to the car stereo that lacks Bluetooth connectivity via the tried-and-true help cable is no longer a feasible option. Of the many Bluetooth FM transmitter options available there, Anker's version offers the best combination of mating speed, transmit power and sound quality. A companion app for iOS and Android is needed to program broadcast stations and it offers some added value features, like a parking spot tracker.
Anchor PowerCore Speed 10000 QC ($ 34.99 from Amazon): External batteries are a necessity for power users on the go. This battery packs plenty of capacity and fast charging features into a relatively small package.
Spigen Liquid Crystal Case ($ 12.99 from Amazon): So you want to protect your precious pocket computer, but you still want to see it sexy design? The Spigen Liquid Crystal case is as clear as the name suggests, provides adequate protection against drops without being bulky and keeps its brand subtle.
Google Chromecast ($ 35 from Amazon): In a mixed Apple and Android household, Chromecast is still the simplest solution for broadcasting streaming video and audio. The TV dongle offers even more benefits to those who choose Google Home … er, Nest … ecosystems. Sometimes you want a physical remote control, where Amazon Fire TV finds advantage, but when your family members or roommates fail with that remote control, Chromecast is there to save the day.
Dallas Thomas, editor, Gadget Hacks  When I get a new Galaxy, I always keep a Samsung Clear View Cover ($ 39.99 from Amazon). They've released this case for every Galaxy S model since 2016, so it's a comfortable little continuity for someone who upgrades phones quite a bit. I like them because they are super thin and do not add bulk to the phone, plus they have the signature Clear View cover that lets me see Always-On Display.