Best gifts for Android users: Best Android accessories for Christmas

If you're stuck for ideas on what to buy a certain someone this Christmas, we have the perfect solution. Do they own an Android device? If yes, read on... here are some great gift ideas for Android phone and tablet users for Christmas 2015.

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  • Android accessories
  • Smartwatch
  • Power bank
  • Desktop charger
  • Wireless charging pads
  • Phone case
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Headphones
  • MicroSD card
  • Wireless mobile hard drive
  • Instant printer
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Android accessories

You need to buy a present for the person who is impossible to buy for, and you don't know where to look. Also see: Best Christmas tech gifts 2015 and best UK tech deals for Christmas 2015.

Also see: Best Black Friday Phone Deals

Provided they have a smartphone or tablet, we think one of the easiest solutions is to find out whether they have an Android or iOS device, then pick an accessory. How could they not love that?

Here we round up 10 great accessories for Android phones and tablets, from power banks and chargers to speakers and headphones, instant printers and storage.

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You need to buy a present for the person who is impossible to buy for, and you don't know where to look. Also see: Best Christmas tech gifts 2015 and best UK tech deals for Christmas 2015.

Also see: Best Black Friday Phone Deals

Provided they have a smartphone or tablet, we think one of the easiest solutions is to find out whether they have an Android or iOS device, then pick an accessory. How could they not love that?

Here we round up 10 great accessories for Android phones and tablets, from power banks and chargers to speakers and headphones, instant printers and storage.

Smartwatch

A smartwatch is a great accessory for an Android phone, and in our opinion one of the best choices is the Sony Smartwatch 3 (reviewed here). It's waterproof, it runs Android Wear and, more importantly, it's affordable - get in quick and Very is selling it for just £99.99.

There are more expensive smartwatches if you're feeling generous, plus those that feature more traditional rounded watch faces. We've rounded up the very best Android smartwatches in our best smartwatches 2015/2016 group test.

If you can't stretch to a smartwatch, consider another form of wearable tech with an activity tracker, many of which now can also tell the time. Check out our list of the best activity trackers.

Tip: Android Wear also works with iPhones now, so don't worry if you later find they have a brand-new 6s under the tree.

Power bank

We're assuming that if you're considering buying someone a smartphone accessory then they are probably quite into phones. The problem with being into phones, though (and we know), is that the more you use them the more the battery runs down. Very few Android users will tell you their phone battery lasts all day long.

When you consider how heavily we rely on our phones these days, you start to feel a bit lost when you can't use one because it's out of battery and you don't have a charger. And that's exactly why we feel everyone should have a power bank in their stocking this year.

Power banks come in all sizes, from small banks you can slip into a pocket to high-capacity packs that will keep you going days away from mains power. Our top pick is the Zendure A2 (£25.11 from Amazon UK), which hits the sweet spot in terms of capacity, performance, size, durability and price.

However, we've tested just about every popular power bank on the market, so check out our definitive guide to the top 20 power banks to find the best model to gift. 

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Desktop charger

If you haven't realised by how excited we just got by the idea of a power bank then you should know that charging is a bit of a 'thing' with smartphones. It's a necessary evil that we don't want to have to spend too much time thinking about or doing, we just want it done so we can pick up our devices and continue using them.

Desktop chargers are little boxes that connect to the mains and offer five or six USB ports from which to charge your multiple USB devices at full-speed. It means we don't have to wait for someone else to finish charging their phone before we can, and it means we can charge our phone, tablet, e-reader, camera and more all at once. Plus it means that when we go away we need to pack only one charger and have more room for shoes and other stuff.

Our favourite desktop charger for Android users is the Choetech 60W 6-port desktop USB charger (available from Amazon UK for £20.99), which has four fast-charging USB ports plus two additional outputs that support Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. Not all Android phones and tablets support this standard, but many of the flagships do - and those that do can benefit from up to 75 percent faster charging.

If you know their device doesn't support Quick Charge, there are cheaper options. Take a look at some of the best desktop chargers in our group test.

Wireless charging pads

Did we mention charging was a bit of a 'thing'? Well there's one more type of cool accessory for charging Android devices - the wireless charging pad.

Note: This one will be relevant only to users of certain devices, since not all support Qi wireless charging. If you know the model name of their phone or tablet, you're just a Google search away from finding out whether it is compatible; if not, you might be better off choosing one of the other accessories in this article.

If one is compatible, wireless chargers are one of the most useful gadgets you can give an Android user. There will be no more fumbling around with cables in the dark as they attempt to plug in their device - in fact they don't even need a cable. Wireless chargers let you throw down your device to charge it, and quickly grab it before you rush out the door. Easy.

One of our favourite wireless chargers is the Choetech Iron Stand (£23.99 from Amazon UK), which also acts as a stand to prop up your phone while you watch a video.

Other wireless chargers come without the stand and are typically cheaper - you'll find one for under a tenner, such as this one from EC Technology.

Phone case

Another gift for which you will need to know the model of their phone or tablet is a protective case. And these aren't just for protecting your device, you know; they can also provide credit card slots that let you leave behind your wallet, conceal existing damage or just make your battered old device look that bit nicer.

Which phone case you choose will be dependent on the model of phone or tablet. We've rounded up some of our favourite cases for devices including the Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ and OnePlus 2.

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Bluetooth speaker

One of the most popular uses for a phone or tablet is streaming music, and every smartphone in the world will connect to a Bluetooth speaker (if not by Bluetooth then by the AUX cable usually supplied in the box that connects to the headphone port). Bluetooth speakers aren't necessarily as expensive as you think either - every model in our group test is under £100.

At this price you can't expect audiophile quality, but what you can expect is lots of volume, which is ideal for when you're standing in front of the mirror with a hairbrush in your hand. Some produce enough sound for house parties, too.

One of our top picks is the Envaya Mini from Denon, which currently costs £78.81 at Amazon UK. But prices start at under £20 for a standard 5W Bluetooth speaker.

Headphones

Almost as good as a Bluetooth speaker is a pair of headphones - you get the same pumping audio but you get to keep it all to yourself. (In fact, if your a parent buying for a teenager this is probably your preferred option.)

These days you can buy some really decent in-ear headphones for under £50, and even wireless over-ear headphones that look the real deal don't have to cost the earth.

Right now Zavvi has deals on Beats by Dr Dre Executive over-ear headphones with a saving of £200! If you miss this deal, though, check out our best budget (sub-£50) headphones and best headphones charts for more ideas. 

MicroSD card

Many Android phones and tablets support microSD memory cards for storage expansion - be sure to check their model does before you buy, though. These are great for adding additional storage space for more photos, more videos, more music and more everything else.

A 32GB microSD card will make a great gift, and in the run up to Christmas you'll find various online retailers offering them at under a tenner. Check out Amazon UK for some options.

If their phone or tablet doesn't support microSD, we've another storage option up next…

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Wireless mobile hard drive

For extra storage that will connect to any phone or tablet in the house, look to a wireless mobile hard drive.

We like the Western Digital My Passport Wireless, which costs £129.99 for 1TB at Amazon, and the Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB drive which is a little cheaper at £102 (also at Amazon). If you're on a budget, though, cheaper options are available, such as the £23.99 Verbatim 98243 MediaShare Wireless to which you add your own storage.

Of course, if you just need a standard portable hard drive to which you can transfer some photos and video, there are plenty of those, too.

Instant printer

The last Android accessory on our list is a smartphone instant printer, which lets you bypass a PC and print photos directly from your smartphone. It's a bit like the Polaroid cameras of old, but here only the best pictures make the cut.

Smartphone printers are an ideal gift for anyone who takes photos on a phone or tablet. We like the Fujifilm instax Share, which costs £108.89 at Amazon, but other products such as the Canon Selphy CP910 offer better value (£76 at Amazon).

Check out our four favourite smartphone instant printers here.

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