TWICE: What types of tablet, smartphone accessories have been the most popular this year?
Fred Towns, New Age Electronics and Jack of All Games divisions of Synnex: The hottest accessories for smartphones are those that allow consumers to personalize their devices and those that extend its battery life. Cases, chargers and batteries have consumers excited and have been in high demand. For tablets, wireless keyboards, docking systems and cases with integrated keyboards have been quite popular. Android devices, especially tablets, have been leading the market due to their capability within a good price point.
Jeff Davis, D&H Distributing: With tablets, we’re finding a lot of success with cases, stands and removable keyboards. High-end headphones are also a sweet spot for mobile devices. We have seen great numbers for both Android and iOS accessories.
Curt Hayes, Capitol: All things Bluetooth have been popular. From speakers to keyboards, Bluetooth accessories — especially portable accessories — have been doing extremely well for our customers. Unlike accessories that complement only one specific operating system, Bluetooth’s benefits are enjoyed across the board.