Samsung's Galaxy S9 has leapt to the head of the class among Android phones, thanks to its powerful processor, camera improvements and stylish Infinity Display. But good accessories make a great phone even better. While you may have already picked up a case for the Galaxy S9, these accessories can add even more appeal to your brand-new smartphone.
Smartphones are getting powerful enough these days to nearly give laptops a run for their money. Samsung's DeX line of accessories takes that idea to its logical conclusion, letting you easily hook up your Galaxy device to an external monitor and use the phone as an ultraportable PC. The latest addition to the Dex lineup, the $100 DeX Pad, improves upon the DeX Station by supporting 2K resolution and letting you place your S9 in a horizontal position instead of placing it upright in a stand. Thanks to that latter feature, your S9 can double as a keyboard or mouse. While this accessory is backward-compatible with other recent Galaxy phones, the DeX Pad is especially good at unlocking your Galaxy S9's power.
To take advantage of the Galaxy S9's wireless charging support, you'll need a pad that can deliver juice to your phone. Mophie's $60 Charge Stream Pad+ can charge your S9 even if it's inside a lightweight case. And if you've sprung for one of Mophie's Juice Pack cases, even better — the pad will charge that, too. Best of all, Mophie's pad works with any phone that supports the Qi wireless charging standard (including the latest iPhones), so it's ideal for multidevice households.
Samsung offers a wireless charger of its own, and the benefit of the $90 Fast Charge Wireless Charging Convertible is that you can transform the device from a Qi-compatible wireless charging pad into a stand. That allows you to keep using your Galaxy S9 even as the phone charges. A built-in LED indicator light on the accessory lets you know if the S9 is properly aligned on the charger, so there's no guesswork involved in juicing up your phone.
If you find the 64GB of onboard storage on the Galaxy S9 insufficient, not to worry: The S9 and S9+ follow the lead of previous Samsung phones by featuring a microSD slot to increase the capacity on your smartphone. And this slot can support up to 400GB of storage — the S8's slot topped out at 256GB — so why not get a microSD card that lets you max out your storage? SanDisk's 400GB card fits the bill, though be prepared to pay up for all that added capacity.
The S9's stereo sound is certainly sweet, but audiophiles may want to invest in a pair of AKG's specially tuned headphones for Samsung's latest phone. The canal-type earphones feature 8mm and 11mm speaker units, which Samsung says will provide balanced sound no matter what kind of audio you're listening to, whether it's thumping bass or pulsating treble. A tangle-free fabric cable on these $99 headphones helps you keep things organized.
Samsung's Gear VR was already a solid smartphone-powered virtual reality headset before the company improved the device by adding a handheld controller. The result was a more immersive VR experience. Though the Gear VR headset hasn't changed since last year's update, it remains a great option for Samsung phone owners who want to dive into virtual reality, thanks to an extensive library of titles. Order the Gear VR along with your Galaxy S9 at Samsung, and you can save $30 on the $129 headset.
The Infinity Display remains one of the best features on the Galaxy S9. It's certainly the most eye-catching. So, you want to take extra precautions to make sure nothing damages that display. Zagg's InvisibleShield Glass Curve Elite screen protector fits either the 5.8-inch screen of the Galaxy S9 or the 6.2-inch display on the S9+. Zagg says a new gel adhesive delivers extra shock absorption, while the screen protector's finish helps prevent smudges from cluttering up your view.