Have you gotten your Samsung Galaxy S III yet? If not, it might be time. With a relatively unimpressive iPhone announcement and few other strong rumors on the Android front, this could be the best of the lot for some time to come.
Of course, when you get the Galaxy S III you need a suite of accessories to go along with it. Here are some of our picks.
Samsung Desktop Charger
It’s not quite a multimedia station, and it’s not quite a wireless charger. But it does provide plenty of features that make it worthwhile. You just pop your Galaxy SIII into this device, and it becomes a different device. It’s now arranged to work optimally in desktop mode, meaning you’ll have easier access to streaming video, sports scores, apps, and other features.
Even better: you can buy a pair of speakers and plug them into the 3.5-inch jack. That gives it more of a multimedia feel. And, of course, it’s charging all the while. You can grab this at Amazon for $31.94.
Diztronic case and screen protector
Yeah, there are tons of cases you can get for the Galaxy S III. Why this one? Because it’s durable yet flexible, protective yet not overly bulky. And considering the size of the S III, the last thing it needs is a case that makes it even bulkier. Another perk: it comes with a screen protector, so you won’t scratch up the phone in your pocket or purse. The best thing about it, though, is the price. You can grab it for under 10 dollars.
Arkon armband case
Yes, the Galaxy S III will look a little odd attached to your arm as you run. Not as strange as the Galaxy Note, but the S III is still a behemoth. But sometimes you just want to have your run tracker and your music flowing from the same device. The Arkon XXL case slips right around the Galaxy S III, and actually makes for a snug fit. There’s even a plastic cover so your sweaty fingers don’t get salt all over the screen. Perhaps best of all, there’s a little pouch for your keys or perhaps a few dollars for a sports drink. That’s something many of these cases don’t have, but could surely use.
You won’t have to worry about breaking the bank on this one, either, since it costs less than $15. Considering the use you can get out of it, this one’s a no-brainer.
QCell battery with charger
The Galaxy S III has a huge and vibrant screen, a dual-core processor, and an LTE chip. That’s a recipe for battery disaster. You can take measures to reduce the battery use, but it will be tough to get a full day out of this without a recharge. That means one of two things: an extended battery or a spare battery. Since the S III is already so large, an extended battery might not be practical. But a spare one can work.
The QCell model supports NFC, which not all spare batteries for the S III do. If you use Google Wallet, you’ll need this feature. It also comes with a charger, so you can charge up that spare battery while your other battery is charging inside the phone. It’ll set you back just $25.
32GB microSD card
What’s an Android smartphone without the expanded memory? You can do plenty with 32GB, storing movies and music that you can enjoy on your phone. Th ecost of these have come down heavily in the past year or so. You can get a 32GB SD card for under $20.
The total cost of all these accessories: just a hair over $100. Not bad for all that swag.