When you’re done gazing lovingly at your new phone you’ll probably want some bits and pieces to integrate it with your life. That’s why we’ve dug around and compiled this list of the best Samsung Galaxy S3 accessories around. Surprisingly for a device that has been selling like hot cakes there aren’t many dedicated accessory options. Let’s take a closer look.
If it’s protection you’re after then check out our best Samsung Galaxy S3 cases roundup.
We’ve been teased with the possibility of wireless charging for a while now, but with the Monster Watts WiQiQi it has arrived for your S3 and you won’t even need to fit a new back cover. The wireless charging receiver is thin enough to fit into your existing S3 and you simply plug the charging mat into your existing charger. The result is wireless charging, just place your S3 on the pad and the juice will flow. That $45 price is an early adopter discount; the full price will be $78.
You’ll need a Sony PS3 DualShock 3 controller to take advantage of this gaming accessory. It basically allows you to connect the controller to your S3 for gaming sessions. You can plug it in using the cable provided and use it to play a select group of supported games. You can also set up wireless connectivity, but you will need a rooted S3 and you’ll need to install the Sixaxis app to go cable-free.
There are lots of Bluetooth keyboards out there and any of them can be paired with a Galaxy S3. If you write on your phone, or maybe hook it up to a TV to browse the web or watch movies, then you’ll appreciate a keyboard. This one is intended for use with tablets, but it will work with your S3. It has dedicated media controls and some function keys for shortcuts. It also comes with a metal case that can serve as a stand. You may also consider an app like External Keyboard Helper Pro to get the layout you want.
If you want something smaller, and cheaper, than the Logitech keyboard, then consider this offering from Anker. It’s a full QWERTY keyboard in a pocket-sized package. It has a few handy extras, like a Bluetooth USB dongle and a touchpad, which are great if you plan on using it with an HTPC or laptop as well as your S3. With your S3 hooked up to an HDTV, this is the perfect choice for sitting back on the couch and remote controlling it.
Samsung DA-E750 Speaker Dock ($530)
If you’re prepared to splash the cash, then this dual audio dock with a gorgeous cherry wood finish has to be on your radar. It actually combines analog and digital because it has a vacuum tube amplifier inside. It works wirelessly with Bluetooth 3.0, AllShare Play and Airplay, but it also has a slide out drawer with dock connectors for a micro-USB device like your Galaxy S3, alongside a 30-pin connector for an iOS device. Output goes up to 100 watts and the sound quality matches the classy finish.
There’s no denying that the Galaxy S3 demands a lot of power if you want to take full advantage of its wonders, and so an extended battery could come in handy. This one from QCell comes with a replacement back cover for your S3, but it’s fat so you’re going to double the thickness of your phone. It won’t double your battery life, as the rating might suggest, but it will give you a few extra hours and it’s cheap. Some people have reported problems with the cover and the actual rating looks to be closer to 3500mAh rather than 4200mAh.
Not everyone will be able to stream content wirelessly from their Galaxy S3 to their HDTV so this adapter can plug the gap. You will also need your USB charging cable and an HDMI cable to get it working. Once everything is hooked up you can stream your video or music to the big screen. You can also stream games, but you might experience a delay which isn’t ideal. It’s also annoyingly expensive. You can find cheap alternatives if you shop around, but reviews suggest their reliability is dubious so you may need to bite the bullet and get the official adapter.
If you need a little emergency power in your pocket, the PowerGen Mobile Juice Pack is pretty tough to beat on price. The 5200mAh version won’t quite stretch to two charges for your Galaxy S3, but it will provide a little more than one complete charge. It’s very portable and you just plug in your normal charging cable to recharge your phone. It also doubles up as a flashlight. If you need more, you can find an 8400mAh version for $46.
The official Galaxy S3 dock from Samsung is not great, but this alternative option from RND Power Solutions is cheap and it does the job well. The naked S3 fits perfectly, but you can also remove the insert so the phone will fit in with a case on. Don’t expect it to cope with a really bulky case, though. The dock keeps your phone at a handy angle and you can plug it in to charge with the AC power adaptor or use the USB micro cable to plug it in to your computer. It is simple and effective.
Samsung Galaxy S3 C Pen ($30)
That big screen is one of the main selling points for the Galaxy S3 so you might find a stylus useful. Samsung manufactures the C Pen, which allows you to sketch and make notes more easily. It obviously offers a lot more precision than your fingertip and it won’t leave any smudges behind either.
One of the most useful Galaxy S3 accessories you can pick up is a hands-free Bluetooth headset. Whether you like to talk in the car or while you pace up and down your office, a headset from Jabra is a great move. The Stone 2 is expensive but it comes with a stylish recharging station and a fantastic range of features. It is really lightweight and comfortable to wear and you can answer or reject calls with voice commands. The sound quality is also excellent thanks to the dual microphone.
Stretchable, sweat resistant neoprene is ideal for a workout armband. You can slot your Galaxy S3 into the Arkon Running & Workout Armband and there’s a clear plastic cover for easy access. There is also an all-important cutout for the audio jack so you can listen to music while you jog or workout. The Arkon armband even has reflective strips to improve your visibility and increase your safety.
Samsung TecTiles ($15)
These are pretty gimmicky but they also allow you to take advantage of your NFC feature. Samsung’s TecTiles are basically NFC tags that you can program via the related app. You can then hold your phone next to the tag and it will automatically update your device or do whatever you wish. You could set one to put your phone into silent mode and set an alarm for the morning. Leave it on your bedside table and when you place your S3 there at night, you’re all set for a good night’s sleep and a wake up alarm.
The possibilities with these are endless and you get five in a pack. You have the option of locking them so they can’t be changed or you can leave them unlocked and reprogram them whenever you like.
Jawbone Jambox ($200)
If you want a wireless Bluetooth speaker for music or to use as a speakerphone then the Jawbone Jambox is your best bet. It is stylish, portable, and it packs a real punch. You can get about 10 hours out of it between charges so it’s a handy option for anyone on the go. It’s ideal for jacking up the sound on a movie or listening to music, whether you’re lounging around the house or out and about.
AllShare Cast Dongle ($100)
This handy device allows you to stream content wirelessly from your Galaxy S3 to your HDTV. If you don’t have a smart TV, but you do have an HDTV with a spare HDMI port then this is the perfect solution for mirroring your S3 screen on your big screen. You can watch videos, photo slideshows, and movies, play games, or even set up a presentation with this portable device.
The official Samsung car mount is not cheap. This option from Arkon is not specifically designed for the Samsung Galaxy S3 but it will work fine because it’s fully adjustable and there’s room to plug in the charger with the phone in the mount. With this great value pack you have the choice of using the suction cup or the vent mount. The suction option works better.
Standard earphones that ship with phones are rarely ideal for true audiophiles so our recommendation for you is these earphones from Phiaton. These wireless Bluetooth earphones feature active noise cancellation and great quality sound without breaking the bank. Read our full Phiaton PS 210 BTNC earphones review for more information.
Got any other Galaxy S3 accessories you’d like to recommend? The official dock from Samsung is not ideal and we’ve yet to find a really attractive option, so let us know about it if you’ve found one you really like.