Getting Started Gear for any iPhone User

There are a lot of accessories for the iPhone that are superfluous - awesome but not necessary. Then, there’s the small group of items every iPhone user should have. This list includes a screen protector, a case, and headphones. Beyond that, you can get fitness trackers, smartwatches, speakers, docks, but the most essential items for getting started are simple. We’re going to go over each item, top products, and the various options available for each item.

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First, Screen Protectors. There are two main types of screen protectors with variations in each category: plastic and glass. The biggest obstacle to a bubble-free screen protector is installation, so look for companies that focus on making that process simpler. Here’s my recent roundup of the 5 Best iPhone 6 Screen Protectors. Don’t have an iPhone 6? No worries, most companies make protectors for older models. From the list, my top pick is the Spigen Screen Protector ($34.99). It’s one of the more expensive screen protectors, but it offers full glass coverage for complete screen protection.

Next up, iPhone Cases. What kind of case you buy depends largely on your day-to-day life. If you’re an outdoor adventurer, you’re definitely going to want a protective, rugged case to keep your iPhone shockproof and waterproof no matter where you go. If you’re a daily professional, you’ll likely want a case to match. This means simple, minimal, classy, and often made of leather. Perhaps you like to show off your personality or artistic taste, then you’d gravitate towards a plastic shell with a beautiful or quirky design. If you prefer to keep you iPhone without a case, definitely buy a top-notch screen protector. Here’s some of our best roundups and reviews for finding the case that’s perfect for you:

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Professional:

Personal:

Last but not least, Headphones. There are two criteria to consider when buying headphones. Are you looking for earbuds or over-the-ear headphones, and do you prefer they are connected via the headphone jack or with Bluetooth? There is a huge range of options on the market in all price points. However, if you plan to upgrade your iPhone in the future, I recommend you buy Bluetooth enabled headphones as the audio jack is likely to disappear with the newest iPhone 7.

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Conner Carey's writing can be found at conpoet.com. She is currently writing a book, creating lots of content, and writing poetry via @conpoet on Instagram. She lives in an RV full-time with her mom, Jan and dog, Jodi as they slow-travel around the country.