The Samsung Galaxy S4 is chock full of features and extras that go far beyond most competitors. You get a quad-core processor and 1080p display – both of which are increasingly common on flagship devices – but you also get goodies like S Health, S Note, and even an IR-enabled WatchOn remote control function.
But even with all these baked-in features, the best way to get the most from your S4 and really make it your own is to pick up some accessories that complement your new super-phone. There are a lot of options out there, and if you have a hard time making up your mind as to what you should purchase, then this is the article for you.
First thing's first: You'll probably want to grab a case. If you're worried about bulking up the thin and light S4, there's good news – Samsung offers cases that integrate seamlessly with the phone.
Next, you'll probably want to take advantage of the S4's wireless powers. From headphones to mobile speaker boxes, there are plenty of cord-free options out there. The S4 features Bluetooth and NFC, making pairing and streaming as easy as tapping your phone to a device.
We’ve also included a Blu-ray player from Samsung, as you might want to hook your home cinema up with some devices that play nice with the S4, allowing your phone to be a multimedia hub for your entire living room.
At any rate, you can consider this list of the top seven accessories a great starter kit of additions to the Galaxy S4.
Samsung Galaxy S4 S View Cover (£40)
This case, which can be purchased direct from Samsung, replaces the back panel of your S4 and comes with an attached flip-out protective cover. There's a cut-out window on the front that lets you see incoming calls as well as time and date information without having to open the cover. Also note that the S-View Cover comes in seven fun colours.
Parrot Zik (£230)
These headphones meld form and function to make them one of the most feature-rich pairs out there. The Parrot Zik is a masterfully designed wireless headphone pair that streams high quality audio via Bluetooth, and packs in extras like NFC pairing and active noise cancellation. The best smartphone deserves the best headphones, and these are certainly one of the finest pairs available.
Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II (£199)
You'll want to share your tunes, as well, and for that you'll need to check out a wireless speaker system. One of our favourites is the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Mobile Speaker II, which combines portability with surprisingly rich audio output. It's got a rechargeable battery that can last up to 8 hours. Stereo Bluetooth streaming allows you to keep your S4 in your pocket, even while you supply the music.
Samsung BD-F7500 (£180)
This aluminium-clad Blu-ray player is almost as chock-full of features as the S4 itself. The Samsung BD-F7500, unlike some other options, is designed to play nicely with the Galaxy S4. It's got standards like built-in Wi-Fi and connected apps like Netflix, but where it really stands out is with its built-in AllShare Cast screen-mirroring feature, which lets you beam your S4's screen onto your HDTV, enjoying big screen movies or even Android games. In our tests, it worked flawlessly with the S4.
Plantronics M55 (£26)
The S4 is, or should be, first and foremost a phone, but its big screen makes it a bit unwieldy to hold against your head when making calls. To solve this problem, you'll want to check out a Bluetooth headset like our favourite budget-friendly pair, the Plantronics M55. Its combination of good call quality, long battery life, and comfortable design make it an excellent choice.
Iogear GearPower High Capacity Mobile Power Station (£52)
The S4 has solid battery life on its own, but if you really put it to work, you may find yourself hunting down a power outlet before the day's end. Instead of jockeying for an outlet at your local coffee shop, check out a mobile battery like this one from Iogear. It packs a massive 6,600mAh battery and high-output 2.1-amp USB port. Compare that with the S4's stock 2,600mAh battery and you know this one means business.
Mophie Juice Pack (£80)
Want a more compact and integrated solution than the above to save you running out of battery juice on those heavier usage days? The Mophie Juice Pack for the Galaxy S4 is a well-built battery case that can add up to seven hours of life to your power-hungry phone.