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2019 Gift Guide: Essential Phone Accessories for Movie Enthusiasts «Smartphones :: Gadget Hacks



There has never been a better time to stream movies and TV shows along the way. With so many services available, the only limit to your enjoyment is your phone's accessories. Whether you are buying for yourself or someone else, here are some of the best gifts that enhance the viewing experience on mobile movies.

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Stocking Fillers (less than $ 25)

Programmable button to set the mood

For some film lovers, watching movies is an experience. TV must be clear, lights must be dim, sound system must be loud enough to hear. Well, with one click on a button the recipient of this gift can "set the mood".

With the Flic smart button you can program a device the size of a quarter to control various other smart devices. Flic can operate smart lights, TV operating systems (such as Android TV and Apple TV), sound systems and much more. And you can program multiple actions with the click of a button.

Turn your smartphone into a remote control

While companies such as Samsung brought this feature to the US, nowadays it is rare to find a smartphone with an IR Blaster. IR or infrared is the signal used by television remote controls and other home cinema devices. Although this feature is no longer present on many phones, you can still add it as long as your phone has a USB-C port (sorry, iPhone users).

With the Baseus R02 IR remote control adapter, you can control your TV, Blu-ray player, AC and other devices. In this way, the management of these devices is not dependent on your Wi-Fi connection and you do not have to spend more money for a & # 39; smart & # 39; device with internet-based controls. And with your phone usually within reach, this is perfect for anyone who likes to sit back, relax and watch movies.

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The best for those who want to turn their phones into remote control:

Baseus R02 Smartphone IR remote control adapter

HDMI cables

Although streaming is an option for most modern smartphones, as with audio, it is inferior to a direct wired connection. Most Android phones support video output via USB-C ( but check this list to verify). If this is supported, you only need a USB-C to HDMI cable to get started. And bonus points, if you choose a cable such as the Uni USB C to HDMI cable from Amazon, you can stream up to 4K at 60 Hz.

For iPhone users, your best bet is the Hutou Lightning to HDMI Digital AV Adapter from Amazon. It is currently $ 15.98 on Amazon (a saving of $ 33.02 compared to the official Apple website model), which allows you to stream 1080p content to your television.

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Best for true film lovers:

Android: Uni USB C to HDMI cable ( from $ 19.99) on Amazon | iOS: Hutou Lightning to HDMI Digital AV Adapter (from $ 15.98) on Amazon)

Enlarge your screen without spending a fortune

Although the portability of our smartphones is an advantage, every film lover would tell you that the smaller screen is not ideal for watching movies. Although you can use the aforementioned cable to connect to a television or monitor, for those who don't have or want to watch TV in an area without a nearby television, you need another option, a smart option – the introduction of the screen magnifier

A magnifying glass places your phone behind a large screen that acts as a magnifying glass. The image on your phone has been enlarged for a very low price and without an additional power source. For a unique look, we recommend the Luckies of London Retro TV-style telephone screen magnifier on Amazon. It houses the device in an old retro style for extra flair while you view your content.

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Best for those who want a bigger screen:

Luckies of London Retro TV-style telephone screen magnifier (from $ 22.50) on Amazon

telephone stand

For those who like to watch programs while they are on their desk or while eating, a standard for a desktop Phone works great. With the Tobeoneer Desktop mobile phone stand on Amazon, you can hold your phone both portrait and landscape. And because watching movies consumes a lot of battery power, it doesn't block the data port in both directions, so you can charge while you watch.

For those who like to lean back on a couch, there is the Aduro telephone neck holder. It accommodates the phone in clamps and connects it to a device that you rest on your neck. This way you can watch your movies and shows in your eye line when you lie down and do not strain your neck.

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Best for those who like to look at their phones at home:

Tobeoneer Desktop mobile phone stand ( from $ 7.99) on Amazon

Gift Ideas ($ 25 – $ 100)

Gift Cards [19659005] Viewing mobile Blu-ray collections is difficult with mobile users. Although it is possible with a digital copy, it is best to use a streaming service when it comes to mobile.

Every year more and more companies are added, including Disney + and Apple TV +. Giving a subscription will be a long way to fulfill their love of cinema. We highly recommend getting them at least Netflix. It is easily the largest in the group with a large number of award-winning films and TV shows to keep them entertained for years to come. You can purchase a $ 30 or $ 60 gift voucher for them on Amazon, which they will grant for 2 – 4 months on the standard plan and 1 – 3 on the Premium (4K streaming) subscription at the time of writing.

Dear For those who are not sure what to buy:

Netflix gift cards (from $ 30) on Amazon

Stream your phone to your TV

Although the most modern televisions today have some form of smart functions, they are not all great services or have great integration with smartphones. For example, while you usually view content from similar apps on your phone, you cannot use all apps if you want to stream the display from your phone to the larger screen. This is where Chromecast Ultra comes in handy.

With Chromecast Ultra from Google you can send content (on Android or iOS) to your television. As long as the app supports this, press the & # 39; Cast & # 39; and the app is loaded on the television at the last position of the video and turns your phone into a remote control to manage the content. With Android devices you can go one step further by mirroring the screen of your phone.

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Best for streaming a telephone to a TV:

Google Chromecast Ultra (from $ 69.00) on Amazon

Make a Dumb TV Smart

While most televisions nowadays have an operating system and allow you to play streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, some do not. Sometimes this is not the best operating system for your needs based on the streaming service that you view every week.

For this price tag you can upgrade any television with an HDMI port with a streaming stick. These "sticks" are slightly longer than a flash drive and improve your TV to a new operating system. Although you really can't go wrong with most of the options on our list, one of the best available choices is the Roku Streaming Stick +. It supports up to 4K HDR streaming, includes a mute button on the remote control and has a headphone jack to watch & # 39; late at night without disturbing significant others with whom you share a room.

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The best for upgrading a TV and operating it with a telephone

Roku Streaming Stick + (from $ 49.99) on Amazon [19659009] Expandable Storage

For cinephiles, streaming services are not enough. Chances are that they already have a collection of films that they want to load on their phones for mobile viewing. But as you know, video files are large, and despite the increase in internal storage of phones, it is not enough for the more dedicated film lovers.

Expandable storage can occur in various forms. The most useful is the microSD card. Usually you simply add a memory card to a slot on the SIM tray, close the tray and add the available storage space. This is the best option for Android users who have phones that still support this feature.

For iPhone users, you are limited to flash drives. One of the best options for both storage, convenience and physical format is the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive from Amazon. Not only is it supplied in storage formats up to 256 GB, but it also runs behind the phone so that it does not stand out that much.

Headphones

For this price, your options are a bit limited when it comes to headphones. however, are great choices for those who are specifically looking for a couple to watch movies.The Philips SHP9500 offers both a comfortable experience with breathable ear pads, even when you wear the headphones for a long time (such as during a movie). an open back, enabling improved soundstaging and is currently $ 66.94 on Amazon. [19659064] 2019 Gift Guide: must-have telephone accessories for film lovers ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>

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Best for Watching Movies when you can't use your speakers:

Philips SHP9500 (from $ 66.94) on Amazon

Improve the atmosphere

The atmosphere in the room can also offer a more immersive atmosphere watching movie. With smart lights you can synchronize the lights with what is displayed on your screen and match them accordingly. Although there are better and more expensive options, there is still a great choice for this price.

LIFX Mini works differently from the more popular brands. There is no hub. Instead, each light connects directly to your WiFi network. While this can cause some frustration (before optimizing your network), it works great once it's in use. You can manage it at home, and it has a growing list of compatible apps for an improved experience.

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The best for an enhanced movie viewing experience:

LIFX Mini 800- Lumen LED Light Bulk Multi Colored (from $ 34.99) on Amazon

Batteries

Watching video costs a lot of battery and the last thing you want to do is pause the video to charge the phone. This is where power banks come in handy. Although these are the largest available at this price, you can still get a great option that can be recharged multiple times.

We have listed the options with USB PD support because this fast charging technology of choice for Apple iPhones and Google Pixels. In addition, this phone supports every phone that uses Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+. For iPhones you need a Lightning to USB-C cable (such as POWERADD 3.3ft cable on Amazon for $ 12.99), because USB PD on these powerbanks works via USB-C.

Best for watching Hours of filming:

RAVPower portable charger 20000 mAh (from $ 49.99) on Amazon

Turn your smartphone into a universal remote control

With a Harmony Hub allows you to control all your devices with IR receivers with your smartphone. With a single touch, you can configure your home cinema setup to dim lights, turn on the TV, turn on the AV receiver, and open Prime Video, all at the same time. Although it is possible to purchase a separate remote control, with your smartphone always close by, why would you use something else?

Image by Tech With Brett / YouTube [19659014] The best for those who want to control their entire set-up with their smartphone: [19659002] Logitech Harmony (from $ 69.99) on Amazon

Splurges ($ 100 & higher)

] Better Universal Remote

We previously mentioned the Logitech Harmony Hub. If your friend or loved one also prefers a real remote control, you can buy the Logitech Harmony Elite. It comes with a Harmony Hub and a Harmony Elite remote control. This universal remote control has a small touch screen that makes it easier to jump to user-created activities. You can still use your phone, but this addition is great for families where you don't want to give up your phone (or set up everyone else's) to work with the Harmony Hub.

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Best for those who need an actual remote control:

Harmony Elite- remote control, hub and app (from $ 269.99) on Amazon

Make your TV smarter and more

If you really want to upgrade the operating system of your television, connecting one of the many set-top boxes can make big differences. For those who love Chromecast, there is the NVIDIA Shield TV Pro. It uses Android TV, which supports many apps in the Play Store, but optimizes for TV & # 39; s (including VPN services). It even includes Chromecast support.

Or if you are an Apple team, there is the Apple TV 4K, which allows you to use AirPlay 2 to share video from your phone to your television. There is the Fire TV cube that supports Alexa, so you can control your television with just your voice. And for most apps for television, there is no better option than the Roku Ultra.

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Better Headphones [19659005] Bluetooth Headphones are a Better Option for Movie Enthusiasts, as they Get You Far From TV and still enjoy the sound. While audio quality must be perfect for some music lovers, the downgrade of wireless performance is still excellent for movies.

The Sennheiser RS ​​165 is a wireless headset that uses Sennheiser's own link via a 2.4 GHz WiFi band. This means not only a stronger connection, but a greater range (so you don't have to worry about losing a connection if you go to the kitchen to get a snack). Although these stores are quite expensive at $ 219.95, you can now get them on Amazon for $ 147.00, a bargain at this price.

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Best for those who want to enjoy movies without disturbing others:

Sennheiser RS ​​165 RF (from $ 147.00) on Amazon

Better lighting

Philips Hue is the gold standard when it comes to smart lights. It has a certain function that really helps to make it the only light you want for watching movies: you can synchronize the lights with the TV. You need a Hue Play HDMI synchronization box ($ 229.99 at Best Buy), a Philips Hue Hub and Philips Hue lamp, but once connected, you can have your lights change colors to match the video being watched executed.

Even if you & # 39; If you choose the TV synchronization function, you can use Hue to control your lights remotely with your voice (if integrated with a voice assistant), via an app and much more.

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Best for those who really want to immerse themselves in films:

Philips Hue 2-pack Premium Smart Light Starter Kit (from $ 119.94) on Amazon

Headsets

Another way to enjoy video & # 39; s is using a virtual reality headset. Although not for everyone, it can offer one of the better movie viewing experiences. With the screen inches from your eyes, movies are much more immersive than a screen further away from your face.

This year, VR headsets can now work without being tied to a PC. Parts have also become cheaper, which means that prices are lower, making this a much more practical gift to give. One of the better options that have recently been released is the Oculus Quest. It is self-contained, less than $ 500, and even has an Android app that lets you mirror what you experience in VR to your phone (or TV via Chromecast) so that your friends can see it.

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The best for those who really want to improve their film experience:

Oculus Quest (from $ 399.00) on Amazon

Mini projector

Ever lying in bed, unable to sleep, but not wanting to get out of bed? In the meantime, as a film lover you could watch a film to help you pass the time. Now, unless you have a television in your bedroom, you might have to watch a movie on your phone. But there is another option: a projector.

There are much smaller projectors with short projection distances (the minimum distance that the projector must have to the wall) on the market that allows you to turn the walls of your bedroom into a screen. Although there are generally better projectors, the RIF6 Cube should be the best for movie users. It is only 2 centimeters long but can create a screen of 120 centimeters long. You need a cable to convert the USB-C port of your smartphone to connect to HDMI (such as the uni USB C to HDMI adapter) or the Hutou Lightning to HDMI for iPhones. With this cable you can then connect your phone to the projector and enjoy your video & # 39; s.

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Best for lazy film lovers:

RIF6 Cube (from $ 678.89) on Amazon

Phones

An important investment that you can make in someone is to give them the phone they need to enjoy their movies and TV shows. Although we understand that this gift is out of reach for most, with financing available directly through wireless providers and most OEMs, the burden is not that great.

Although all these phones are great options, I highly recommend the OnePlus 7 Pro. It has a large 6.67-inch screen that scored high on DisplayMate (to say the least). It has stereo speakers, top layer specifications and, more importantly, less than $ 700. At the time of this writing, OnePlus is currently selling the 8 GB / 256 GB version of the 7 Pro for $ 649. find a better phone and when you buy directly from OnePlus, you can finance it from $ 55 a month (without deposit).

Best phone for movie lovers:

OnePlus 7 Pro (from $ 649) on OnePlus.com

Enhance your audio experience

Another gift option on the more expensive side is a soundbar or smart speaker. With both, you can pair your phone and effortlessly upgrade your audio experience while watching your favorite movies. But what is even more impressive is the possibility to also connect to your television, so that you enjoy the same audio that you are watching.

The Sonos Beam receives our recommendation. It has four woofers, five amplifiers and a tweeter for a clear but loud sound. It has five far-field microphones to hear you when you ask: "Hey Google" or "Alexa". It supports Apple AirPlay 2, so you can also stream audio from your iPhone. And it can be combined with other Sonos speakers over time for a true 5.1 surround sound experience.

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Best for those who need top-level sound:

Sonos Beam (from $ 399.00) on Amazon

Create your own personal cloud

If you have never heard of Plex, you are missing something. It is a service that allows you to organize and stream your collection of movies and shows to all your devices. Although you can use it for free, you have the best of Plex & # 39; s premium service, which adds mobile synchronization, live television, DVR and more.

Whatever service you choose, you will need a hard drive large enough to store your movie collection. It must be compatible with the Plex service and easily connect to your router so that you can stream the content remotely. So the hard drive that we recommend is the WD 4 TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra. With its improved processor, 1 GB of memory and support for Plex, it's all you need to get your Plex Media Server up and running.

Best for those who want to enjoy their collection on the go: [19659002] WD 4TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage (from $ 308.98) on Amazon

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