It’s been a while since the iPhone 5S came out, and this year’s model is probably still six months or so away. But it’s that time of year where you’re just itching for something new—something new and shiny that has buttons to click—to help you get through winter (by the way, winter: will it ever end?) so you start looking around for that next something, but there’s just so much to choose from. Well, we’re here to help, so here are our top 4 picks for gadgets that will make everything feel new again but won’t break the budget.
This one’s something else: A water resistant Bluetooth speaker that comes with a rubber band that lets you attach it to your bike handle. That’s right: You can be that guy who listens to music on his bike. It’s the ultimate in hipster-ironic accessories, and the sound isn’t half bad either. Yours for $49.95.
All that biking around listening to dad rock is going to take its toll on your battery, of course, so you better get a Mophie battery pack for your phone as well. It’s sleek and doesn’t add too much bulk (is that a juice pack in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?), so you don’t end up looking like your landlord, whose smartphone makes him look like a time traveller from the 80s. They come in three different battery sizes, and the one that gives you one extra full charge will set you back $99.95.
Speaking of the 1980s, how about this little retro number that not only looks like it belongs to Radio Raheem but is made from cardboard? And not only that, you have to assemble it yourself, which is just about the most radical way you can listen to Public Enemy. So stick it to the man and fight the power by refusing to buy into the boombox-industrial complex. It ships directly from the strasses of Berlin, and costs a cool 65 euros.
If that’s somehow not gangsta enough for you, you can always pack these bad boys, made in collaboration with everyone and their grandma’s favorite, 50 Cent. Super stylish and with a flat cord that prevents tangling—just try to imagine 50 untangling his cord, and you can see why this was a priority—you likely cannot do much better in the increasingly crowded headphone market. A bargain at $99.95.