The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus take Apple’s tried and trusted smartphone chassis to new heights, thanks to the wireless charging-ready glass design, a Retina HD display with the impressive True Tone feature, and an advanced 12MP camera with improved video recording capabilities.
Below, we’ve rounded up eight of the very best iPhone 8 accessories currently making waves in the mobile market.
Whether you want to protect your new smartphone with a classy-looking case or are just looking for a solid charging pad for wireless power, keep reading to get the scoop on the very best accessories currently on offer.
Note: we’ve ranked these from cheapest to most expensive according to prices at time of writing.
1. Spigen Liquid Crystal iPhone 8 Case
Transparent protective layer
Easy to attach and remove
Stronger cases exist
The glass design of the iPhone 8 is so darn good-looking, you won’t want to cover it up. So how do you go about protecting such a breakable chassis? With a Spigen Crystal Case, that’s how.
This clear case offers a nice layer of defense against knocks, and includes a raised lip to protect the screen. It’s also thin and lightweight enough that it won’t interfere with wireless charging pads.
2. Anker 6ft Nylon Braided Lightning Cable
Tangle-free nylon cord
4000+ bend lifespan
Lacks Apple chic
Apple seems to have a hard time making quality cables at the right price, but you can usually look to Anker for better alternatives, like this 6-foot braided Lightning cable.
The tangle-free nylon cord stands up to all sorts of bending and twisting, and the durable seal around the connectors really is built to last.
3. Anker PowerPort Qi 10W Charging Pad
A top Qi wireless power pad
Supports fast charging…
…with the right adaptor
Anker has a solid reputation when it comes to mobile accessories, and the PowerPort Qi 10W continues that tradition.
Its discreet LED indicator “breathes” to show your iPhone’s getting topped up while it lies on the pad. And with a compatible adaptor like Anker’s own 18W PowerPort+, the Fast Charge Mode enables you to halve the time it takes to reach 100% battery.
The Qi 10W also packs Anker’s advanced safety features, including temperature control and surge protection.
4. TORRO Premium Leather Stand Case for iPhone 8
A top case that won’t break the bank
Genuine cowhide leather
Great fit and finish
Hides your phone
TORRO takes pride in its hand-finished premium leather cases, and this latest slim design for the iPhone 8 is no exception.
The button and port holes are accurately sized, and the integrated stand lets you comfortably watch video on your iPhone 8’s Retina HD screen in landscape orientation, thanks to the unobscured access provided by the protective internal frame.
There’s also a handy card slot on the inside, which is perfect for storing a business card or travel ticket, while a hidden magnetic closure keeps them safe inside.
5. KitSound Hive2 Bluetooth Speaker
Liberate your iPhone’s music library
Sleek, compact design
Surprisingly confident sound
Fun color options available
Unlikely to satisfy bass heads
This rugged wireless speaker from KitSound offers excellent sound quality for its size and should give your iPhone’s music plenty of extra oomph when you’re listening out and about.
There’s an integrated mic on the Hive2 for taking calls, and it pumps out audio for up to 12 hours on a single charge, making it a great option for slinging in a bag to take with you on a weekend trip.
6. Belkin Boost Up 7.5W Wireless Charging Pad
Free up your iPhone’s Lightning port
Charges through most lightweight phone cases
LED light shows when phone is aligned properly
Expensive for a Qi wireless charger
Belkin got name-checked at Apple’s iPhone 8 keynote for this smart-looking wireless charging pad, which officially supports the 7.5W fast-charging capability of iPhone 8.
An LED lights up to indicate your phone is getting its expected power-up, and the charge passes through most protective cases up to 3mm thick, so you shouldn’t need to remove a thing to ensure the proper contact.
7. Sphero BB-8
Do your bit for the resistance
Control with the Sphero app
Autonomous patrol mode
Tons of fun
Ruins your productivity
This is by no means the first ball-shaped robotic toy Sphero has created, but it’s definitely the most fun. Based on the droid that stole fans’ hearts in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the Sphero BB-8 is a tennis ball-sized robotic sphere with a droid head that attaches onto it using magnets.
While you control the ball’s direction of travel via the iPhone app, the head stays on top of the body, just like in the movie. It’s not cheap, but adult kids will love it.
8. Libratone Q-Adapt In-Ears
Keeping your music classy
Wired for premium sound
Four adjustable noise cancellation levels
Not as convenient as Bluetooth buds
There’s a school of thought that says a wired connection is the gold standard for ensuring the highest quality audio reproduction possible. If that sounds like music to your ears, check out these Lightning-powered buds from Libratone.
The Libratone Q-Adapt in-ear earphones come with four adjustable noise cancellation levels for listening on your commute, while a built-in mic lets you take calls hands-free. Best of all, they have a great balanced sound, and a top fit to boot.