Best accessories for Back to School

Best accessories for Back to School
By DJ Reyes on 29 Aug 2014 05:19 am EDT

There are going to be lots of things to pick up when going back to school and your phone will most likely be one of the important things by your side so you're going to need some useful accessories to go with it. We've already looked at a handful of useful BlackBerry 10 apps which you should check out if you haven't already. There are loads of accessories to choose from so we've picked out some to aid you through the year.


BlackBerry Charger Bundle

2100mAh Charger Bundle

If you own a BlackBerry Z30, you probably won't need one but a charger bundle is always useful to have. I carry around the 2100mAh BlackBerry charger bundle which juices up your device quite quickly. However, if you own a BlackBerry Q10 or Z10 and want a spare battery, you can check out the charger bundles which come with a battery. You can use it as an external charger or just swap out the battery. I don't always have to use it but for longer days they're great for a quick top up.

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Music accessories

BlackBerry Music Gateway

BlackBerry Music Gateway

This is an accessory that has been around for a while but is one that a lot recommend. The BlackBerry Music Gateway connects to speakers allowing you to then stream music from your BlackBerry device, so you can still carry it around the house and control the music. You can even use it in the car. Your BlackBerry device pairs up with the Music Gateway via Bluetooth but if you have an NFC-enabled device, you can pair it up that way too. It's really an awesome accessory to have and is small enough to carry around in your pocket.

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Velodyne vFree Headphones

Velodyne vFree Headphones

Instead of just going with general Bluetooth headphones I thought I recommend what I personally use to listen to music when on the road - Velodyne vFree headphones. What I love about the headphones is that it can be used either wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired. Useful for when the charge is out, you can still listen to your music by plugging in. There are controls on the headphones so you can play/pause music and adjust the volume without having to pull out your phone, though these only function when used wireless. The controls also don't look obvious either (apart from the volume buttons) which makes it look cool. When used wirelessly they can also take calls as there is a microphone too. As far as the sound quality goes, you get nice bass sounds. The Velodyne vFree comes in three colours - white, black, silver. Though the silver is more of a grey. They're also foldable and come with a carry case so they store away nicely in your bag.

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BlackBerry Hard Shell

BlackBerry Q10 Hard Shell Case

There are plenty of cases available for BlackBerry devices. I've always like the simplicity of the OEM BlackBerry cases like the Hard Shell case for the Q10. It doesn't add too much bulk and covers up the phone nicely for protection as well as adding a bit of style. With its soft rubber finish it adds a solid grip though the back is less grippy. All the buttons are covered but they are still very easy to press down. It doesn't offer heavy duty protection but if you want something that doesn't add bulk, it's a good choice.

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Incipio DualPro Hard Shell

Incipio DualPro Case

If want something that adds more protection the Incipio DualPro does well being a double layer case - the silicone core layer then a hard outer shell. The outer shell has a rubberized finish to add grip. All the buttons are covered but easily pressed. The ports are not covered but sometimes this is preferred for easy access. I'm a fan of Incipio case for their quality.

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Those are my picks but if you're looking for more there's lots to choose from in the ShopCrackBerry store. Do you have any favorite picks? Let's hear about them.

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Reader comments

Best accessories for Back to School


Personally I can't so without my 4500mah, having a Z10 it's the only way I can make it through a full school day followed by a full school night ;) without worrying about not being reachable, once I have the Passport, my favourite accessory will likely be the music gateway, allowing me to play music from my phone unrestricted!

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Though I have a z30...I think i'll need the charger bundle as a game lover. the music thingy is also interesting.

Posted via Zedicus Zed30 Zeus Zurrander

1st article at the top.... "...their great..." is wrong.
Supposed to be "...they're great...".... doesn't an editor read the articles before they get published?

Posted using my BB Q10

I cringe and wonder the same thing everytime I see these types of grammatical or spelling errors.

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

I hope that when you say you use the headphones while "on the road", that you aren't driving the vehicle. Headphone use while driving is illegal here and downright stupid everywhere.

Posted via CB10

I think she meant "on the go"...

Driving would be rather ahem,... no comment

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Thank you for the list. The headphone will go on my son's Christmas wish list.

Typed with my Q10, or Z10, or Q10, or...

Doesn't sound to me like that 2100 mah charge pack is enough to give you a full charge for the 2880 mah battery in the z30.

I saw there is a better solution in the CrackBerry store with one having 2800mah. And if you need more one of those 6000mah charge bricks.

From one of the previous reviews of the Z30 charger bundle I got that the bundle suffers from the same perceived handicap as the phone itself...

non-removable / replaceable !

So once it's dead, it's dead. Battery EOL - dude SOL. The Q10 one gives the same mAh, but is removable and will work - guess what - even with the Zeddies...

Any input anyone?

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Has anyone attempted to crack open a Z30 charger bundle? I could imagine there's a Q10 battery in there... LOL :-)

 BlackBerry? I premdict the future's gonna be chenomenal! 

Link doesn't work in Canada. Now why does crackberry sells Typo Keywords for IPhones? Isn't it illegal ?

Posted with my Z30

How does the Gateway connect in the car? It mentions Bluetooth and nfc connections from your phone but doesn't mention the other end. Anybody know?

Posted via CB10

I own two blackberry music gateways (both second generation with NFC).
They are awesome.
I have one in the car and the other for the house.
I wired the one in the car directly to the ignition system so when I turn the car on, the music gateway turns on. When it does, it connects to my phone automatically, no pairing required!! All I gotta do is make sure the deck is on AUX and I can open up slacker or neutron and start playing away.

The sound quality is top notch (for streaming bluetooth) and the range is better than most.

I highly recommend the blackberry music gateway.

Posted via CB10

The incipio dual pro is the best case for Q10. I really wish they would have made one for the Z30. I have an Otterbox defender on it but man the thing is bulky.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  Z30 (STA100-5), son! The Thor's Hammer of phones! Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile. Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! #longestsignatureever

Thanks for this!!! Just scored a two for one deal one deal on the blackberry hardshell case!
Plus the promotional discount running this weekend.

Thanks for the post!

Posted via CB10

the price of these Velodyne are the price of an high-end Sony MDR-V6 or 7506 on eBay. it is the worst investment ever. and you should be ashamed.

for the pocket, idk, i have alays used a Faconnable glasses pocket for my 8820, and found a leather holster a couple of days ago that fits my q10, works for me. 2eu.