My Essential iPhone X Accessories for 2020:
- Earphones – AirPods
- Phone Case – Nomad Moment Case
- Wireless charger – Pictek Fast Charge
- Lightning Cable – Aukey Cable & Nomad Rugged Cable
- USB Wall Port – Aukey 3-Port USB Wall Charger
- Screen Protector – JetPack Screen Protector
- iPhone Car Mount – Aukey Car Mount
1. Earphones: AirPods
Queue the AirPod memes.
Is it an expensive iPhone accessory? Yes.
Is it worth it? I think so.
The AirPods are a great accessory for many reasons, the biggest one being how convenient and sleek they are. These things pair up with my iPhone right away. They’re minimal and remove any wiring that previously got in the way when I was on a photoshoot or even running on the treadmill at the gym. The sound quality isn’t spectacular and for the price you can definitely find another pair of earphones with better sound quality.
Nomad AirPods Leather Case
I’ve seen some AirPod cases floating around the web, but the best ones so far seem to be from Nomad goods. This leather AirPods case from Nomad looks stylish, but remains very functional as well. When I have them in my pocket, the AirPods rub against other items in my pocket and it creates minor scratches. Having the leather case prevents these scratches while walking around.
2. iPhone X Case
It wouldn’t be fair if I narrowed this down to just one iPhone X case since there are so many iPhone cases on the market. Instead, I narrowed it down to two iPhone X cases which are great in their own way. Each case is better depending on your own personal preference.
Torras Slim Silicone iPhone X/XS Case
What I love about this case is how slim it is. I like to have a more minimal phone case on my iPhone X and this case is perfect. It doesn’t really feel like there’s a case on the iPhone, but offers some solid protection for how thin it is.
Nomad iPhone X Case / Nomad iPhone X Moment Case
The Nomad is different from the Torras. The Nomad iPhone case is a thicker case that is meant for more protection. It is super well built and offers a leather backing which wears out very nicely. Nomad recently partnered with Moment lens and they now offer a phone case in collaboration with Moment.
The collaboration with Moment is perfect if you enjoy taking photos on your iPhone and have the Moment lenses that you can attach to the iPhone X case. My future purchase will be the Moment x Nomad case with a telephoto lens for concerts and events!
3. Wireless Charger for iPhone X
So when I upgraded from my iPhone 6, another big feature with the iPhone X was the ability to wirelessly charge. I got this Seneo wireless charger off of Amazon and love it! I like how it isn’t flat, so I can have it on my desk and still be able to see my messages and scroll through my phone without having to pick up the phone.
The only downside is that the wireless charger seems to charge the phone slower than wired charging. This is fine for times when I’m spending most of my time at my desk. But, when I need a quick charge before I leave the house, I’m attaching it to my lightning cable directly.
4. iPhone Lightning Cable
The iPhone lightning cable is one of the most annoying things to deal with. It still boggles my mind how Apple still hasn’t improved on the design of the lightning cable which has been used for almost every iPhone in the past decade. The original lightning cable that comes with the iPhone is horrible and always breaks within a year for me.
After several different cables, I’ve gone to two lightning cords that I live by. The Aukey lightning cable that I’ve mentioned in my post about the best MacBook Pro accessories. Additionally, the Nomad lightning cable that I received from the folks at Nomad goods. Durability is what these two lightning cables have in common. They are well made and are well-built to survive constant commute and frequent travels.
Aukey Lightning Cable
Nomad Expedition Lightning Cable
5: USB Wall Port
The Aukey USB wall port is a tech bag essential that travels with me everywhere. Instead of bringing a bunch of wall bricks with me, I carry this one USB wall port and I love it. It’s compact, charges my tech quick, and is reliable!
I’ve had this Aukey port for about 3 years now and it’s still in great condition. Connect this with your Aukey or Nomad lightning cable and receive some quick charging for your iPhone X. I use it to charge my Sony A7iii batteries and my portable power banks at the same time.
6. iPhone X Screen Protector
Before purchasing an iPhone screen protector, the best investment is buying Apple care when you get your iPhone X. For something that you carry around with you everywhere and constantly take in and out of your pocket, it’s necessary to have a screen protector.
The tempered glass screen protectors are good because they absorb the impact before the iPhone screen does – so it shatters the screen protector first. A $10 Amazon replacement is much better than a $250+ replacement from the Apple store if you don’t have Apple care.
7. iPhone X Car Mount
Truthfully, I’m horrible with directions and when I’m driving I rely on Google Maps everywhere I go that I haven’t visited before. Instead of fumbling my phone around while I’m driving, I have this Aukey magnetic car mount which I love! I attach the magnetic strip provided onto my phone case or in between my phone case and iPhone. I can then mount the phone seamlessly onto the mount which is attached to the car’s air vent.
Bluetooth FM Transmitter
Since I like to use my lightning cable to charge my iPhone X while in the car, I got this Bluetooth FM transmitter. Additionally, I use the transmitter to connect my phone to my music and to answer phone calls while I’m driving. It works flawlessly and connects to my iPhone X fairly quickly. I no longer have to connect the AUX cord with the mini adapter to my phone!