Creative Smartphone Accessories

Need a protective case for your HTC phone? All you need is some duct tape and a little creativity.  Or, increase your speaker’s volume by putting your phone in a cup. These are life hacks: simple but clever solutions to every day problems.

We got an HTC One X and tested some life hacks we love, including some from our biggest fans.

What are your mobile life hacks? Share them in the comments!

Which is your favorite mobile life hack?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/stefan.petrushevski Стефан Цока Петрушевски

    is there water in the speaker phone cup? :O

    • http://www.facebook.com/kamil.orlinski Kamil Orliński

      Yes, thanks to that You got some cool effects…

    • http://www.facebook.com/size15paul Paul Renshaw

      When was it ever a good idea to put your phone in water? No! It’s just the shape of the glass.

    • http://www.darrenkrape.com/ Darren Krape

      Nope! I love my One S too much to do that. As Paul said, it is just the shape of the glass. Does look like water tho…

    • http://www.facebook.com/nickolas.saavedra Nickolas Saavedra


  • http://www.shenye.co.uk Shen Ye

    I can do one better, Speaker Phone HTC-Cup

    • http://www.facebook.com/leonhard.kuenzler Leonhard Künzler

      your caps lock is missing…

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=678583877 Shen Ye

        It broke. Razer is sending a replacement.

      • http://cocainemonster.deviantart.com/ Fun With Drugs

        I’m surprised he didn’t reply with “IT BROKE. RAZER IS SENDING A REPLACEMENT.”

    • http://www.darrenkrape.com/ Darren Krape

      So meta.

  • CryptoNoel

    nice! thanks HTC 😀

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1100409429 Stian Jean Opedal Davies

    How do I make the case? That is seriously cool.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1053762625 Kristin De Looff

      Yeah, I want to know how to do that!

      • Noel Niranjan

        me too

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001271204624 Marek Przybylski

      so do i !

    • http://www.facebook.com/lukasz.kuflewski Łukasz Kuflewski

      Same 🙂

    • http://www.facebook.com/luxastyle LuXa Flex

      i had one case from duketape before and i liked it in the beginning.
      until the case becomes one sticky mess becouse of the amount of glue
      duketape got to much glue

  • http://www.facebook.com/k1moo Mido Karam

    I really want to make the case and the stylus
    where are the tutorials?

    • http://www.darrenkrape.com/ Darren Krape

      The stylus is pretty easy, just cut the chip bag and tape it over the end of the pen. Not all bags will work though and it can be a little bit of a challenge to get it situated so it writes properly. I found that using a pen with a retractable point works best.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Kip69 Kip Hartwell

    Why no links to the hacks?

  • delia balsells

    I learned this new concept that I did not know :-), Amazing!

  • AerosmithNirvana

    Are there links for directions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/umangone Umang Bhatia

    i like the speaker phone cup!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Nugstar E

    Best hack: rooting for an up to date rom, because you just know htc won’t do it for you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19705769 Justin Field

      pretty much this

    • GazaIan

      This. Running Jellybean right now, at the loss of the front facing camera (which I don’t use).

      Sometimes I wonder why HTC doesn’t just fork developer’s work, compensate them for doing the work that should have already been done, and fix and build off of that. Developers work pays off and the update comes to us faster.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dmitriy.chendev Дмитрий Чендев

        Can you let me know what device do you have and what ROM do you use?

        • GazaIan

          HTC Sensation running Cyanogenmod compiled by bruce2728.

          • http://www.facebook.com/filipe.argentino Filipe Argentino

            HTC Sensation XE running Elegancia Sense 4 ROM

          • http://www.facebook.com/marlo.sinlao Marlo Sinlao

            Will this work with desire HD?

        • GazaIan

          CyanogenMod 10, that is

        • http://www.facebook.com/lamyovm23 Dave Lamb Dean

          htc one x tegra 3 arhd 9.4.2 by mike stock kernal beats audio mod full inc studio pro sense 4.5 camera mod

      • http://www.facebook.com/ROHANSHARMA29 Rohan Speedofreak Sharma

        Hey i too wanna know how to root phone i have htc chacha

        • http://www.facebook.com/bonesy84 Sean Bones Mcardle

          Search ebay HTC S-OFF UNLOCK

          • http://evildevnull.com/thinktank/index.php?action=collapse;c=14;sa=collapse;d227fb2388ec=9e8bb86861f0686e54bcbaae99929bbd#c14 George Leon

            Do not use eBay. This guy is trying to rip you off by selling the use of free tools made by devs at xda developers. Google & stop scumbags from ripping off community developers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/j.z.mai James Z Mai

      HTC said my Inspire 4G wouldn’t be able to run Android 4.0.X due to hardware constraints. Well I’ve used it for over half a year with no problems at all, both stock Android and Sense 4.0. As of last week, I’m running a Jellybean MIUI ROM. It is actually smoother and gets better battery life than the stock Gingerbread Sense that shipped with my phone. Maybe it’s because I underclock while the screen is off though.

    • http://twitter.com/awwwwyeahhhhhhh Ian Burns

      Not if you have a Vivid! Worst dev phone ever. All there is is sense, and de-sensed.

  • Luis Herrera

    I have done the cup speaker but I bet you never heard of the stainless steal pot speaker! That is amplified!

  • http://twitter.com/Cat_Isidor Cat Isidor

    Just make sure nothing is IN the cup first. 😛

    • GazaIan

      What if there’s air in the cup? Will I cause a catostrophic explosion ?

      • http://www.facebook.com/derrick.blessel Derrick Blessel

        Yes, it will. You need to make sure only pure hydrogen is filled to the top.

  • Khurram

    Awesome 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/mohiniraj.bhave Mohiniraj Bhave

    supercool man..

  • note_lover

    Where are the actual links to make these, exactly what type of potato chip bag is needed (it looks to be foil type)?

    • http://www.facebook.com/james.zanghi.5 James Zanghi

      No that picture is a chip bag turned inside out

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  • Nicholas Gray

    Back in the day, I had to hack together several pairs of headphones when HTC was still using 2.5mm headphone jack and its proprietary audio over USB connection. It’s like you guys didn’t want us to listen to music on our magical phones!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/mahrukh.nasir1 Mahrukh Nasir

    can we do all of these with the htc Chacha?

  • http://www.facebook.com/maku.mayo Maku Mayo

    how can i developed d sounds of my sensation z710e coz its too soft, unlike other models!…

    • germandude

      Use Poweramp, you won’t regret it

  • Michael the incubus

    got one positive thing to report about the HW performance and capabilities of using the HTC ONE X (tegra3) in rather not so usual fashion: We had an ad-hoc LAN gaming/MMO gaming party with TeamSpeak 3 voice-comm; 5 laptops/desktops utilizing my stock/native HTC ONE X as a WIFI router and internet provider (thanks to HSPA+ cellular up-link with actual 12mbits down-/8mbits upstream). SupremeCommander:ForgedAlliance game takes a major LAN bandwidth connection, but the HTC ONE X took it just like that, AND managed surfing and the usual internet ancillaries. Am impressed. Always knew the hardware could do it, but the HTC ONE X makes it actually easy and doable for such ad-hoc events! Thanks HTC.

  • Aftab Qureshi

    i want buy that duct case , how and where from i can get this pls anyone help ,me and email me aftabqureshi@gmail.com

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000363353205 Ussi Bear

      It’s DIY, smarty-pants…

  • http://www.facebook.com/rdjakhangirov Rustam Djakhangirov

    Sew one out of fabric. Assume it will be just fine and, of course, better than tape

  • Beppemi

    So funny accessories!! have to build some..ahha

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  • qpstore

    how to root phone i have htc chacha,Buy best Electronics products Online at qpstore

  • http://www.facebook.com/HertsDonut Hert Niks

    wheres the tutorial for the stylus and duct tape case?

    • http://twitter.com/thethiny Ridhwan Al-Debsi

      Get a pen , put some foil around it (such as the chips bag), glue it all together. put tissue/cotton on the pointer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cyborgmax.play Максим Оноприенко

    нехватает инструкций по созданию некоторых девайсов,а так очень креативно))

  • http://www.facebook.com/iJohnsonPR Johnson P R

    HTC accessories are very hard to get, i am trying to purchase a HTC Bluetooth Car StereoClip in india, but cant get one for my HTC one S

  • FarazKaiser

    How to make the Duct Tape case?