We’re going to be direct with you here: Not every phone accessory you see should have been made. There are many that give you the chills knowing that a boardroom full of people somewhere thought it was a good idea. Maybe you even gave in to the temptation and chose an accessory that you weren’t always proud to use. We understood.
But sometimes you come across an item that just clicks. There’s just something about it that tickles your nerd-fancy, and you just have to have it. Maybe it’s something that sounds silly but can actually fill some kind of niche that’s just for you. We understand and we’re here to wave our nerd flags with you.
Here are five posts we came across that are ridiculous, silly, or both, but we just love them.
Any child can identify themselves to the Fisher Price Chatter Phone. You probably dragged it behind you or picked up the handset, along with the body, because of the three-inch cord that came with it. The eyes were moving, and it made funny sounds and bells. It was the perfect phone for a three to five year old. But alas, we all grew up – or did we?
In honor of its 60th anniversary, Fisher-Price has developed a true working Chatter phone that you can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and make calls with it. According to Fisher-Price, it features “a bulky design, colors, eyes, and practical technology.” This is quite the sales pitch. Our mobile editor, Ajay, said, “If I ever get a corporate office job, I’m going to take that phone and take all my very serious business calls on it. “
Is this the most amazing accessory you can have? No. Is this a serious game of nostalgia that you will probably regret? Almost certainly, yes. But we have to admit, it’s fun and compelling. Well done, Fisher-Price.
Since there are telephones, people claim that bananas are telephones. Well, don’t pretend anymore. This banana phone is a bluetooth connected banana that you connect to your smartphone and use to make and take calls. If you’re wondering why, that’s a good question, and you’ll be happy to know that there is no right answer other than “Why not?” “
Truth be told, you could probably walk around a public space holding a real banana in your ear, pretending to have a phone conversation, and you’ll get the same reaction from passers-by. But why do that when you can have a real Bluetooth banana? In addition, Banana Phone (the company, not the product) donates 2% of the proceeds to gorilla conservation projects. How awesome is that? It’s so shamelessly silly, but it captured our hearts.
We’re pretty sure the photo tells the whole story here, but just in case we’ll answer a few basic questions. Does he look like a Star Trek communicator? Yes. Does it work like one? A little bit. Will that help you get an appointment for Saturday night? It depends on your surroundings, to be perfectly honest. If you are in a convention hall, it probably won’t hurt your chances.
Seriously, this is a communicator that attaches to your clothes with a magnetic plate that you wear under your shirt. It’s on the thick side, a lot thicker than the accessory you’ve seen on TV, but it’s not that great. A double press activates your telephone assistant and you can tell them to call whoever you want. So that way it’s kind of like a Star Trek communicator, and who are we to chat? When you really stop and think, once Bluetooth technology was invented, that was the inevitable conclusion.
As an honorable mention, we will direct you to the CGU communicator that connects to your phone and charges wirelessly. Of course, why you would want to use a portable object instead of another portable object to make a call is not a question we can answer.
Foldables are causing a stir this year, thanks in large part to Samsung, so it makes sense that some accessories are starting to go to the public to support them. We admit we didn’t really see this coming, however. Samsung has partnered with Dr. Denim to develop a pair of trousers with pockets specially designed for the Galaxy Z Flip3. Not only that, but Samsung issued a two-page press release announcing them. It could have been worse; we could have gotten Unpacked 3 after all.
Did we mention that this is a limited series? That’s right, only 450 pairs of these pants will be made, with a “Z” in the design and a user-friendly Flip3 pocket. The rarity compared to the popularity of the Galaxy Z Flip3 probably explains the exorbitant price of these jeans. They’ll set you back $ 1,499 which, by the way, is a higher price tag than even the Bespoke Galaxy Flip3.
This price is the reason why these jeans fall under the category of “stupid phone accessories”. We love that Samsung is supporting its foldable ecosystem in the fashion industry. It’s definitely better than just pulling out cheap cases and calling it a day. But setting such a high price is just a little dumb, and by “a little dumb” we mean a lot of dumb.
Some of you may look at this latest accessory and just wonder “Why?” We understand this reaction but stay with us here. A glass-backed phone will be perfect for holding this suction cup, giving you just a little more grip on the phone. It’s removable, so you don’t have to have it there all the time, and who among us hasn’t suffered from our phone overheating at one point or another?
In addition, it is multifunctional. You can remove the umbrella and stick the pig on the bottom of your phone, and just like that you get hands-free support. It’s that kind of versatility that we really appreciate in a phone accessory. But let’s face it for a second – is this the best way to spend twenty dollars? Probably not, but the under $ 20 price tag is quite in impulse buy territory, and it has that ridiculous factor that can be a real conversation starter at parties. Plus, you know you’re always complaining that your phone doesn’t have an IP rating? Ok, this one is a bit of a stretch. Still, we can’t take our eyes off it.