Five for Friday: Smartphone accessories and solutions
This quintet of Finnish companies has developed some ingenious ways to extend the life of smartphones, better them with innovative accessories and protect them with style.
As we’re looking for more convenience, smartphones have become a vital part of our everyday lives. The ubiquitous gadgets are affecting us in so many ways, from our working and studying habits to the way we socialise and entertain ourselves.
Treat your smartphone to these five Finnish products.
Manufactured in Northern Finland and shipped around the globe, Lastu wooden cases for smartphones are the perfect mix of nature, craftsmanship and design that helps the brand to stand out in the mobile phone accessory market overrun by mass production.
Lastu takes an artisan approach to protecting smartphones and promotes a responsible approach to the environment. The main raw material is top-quality Finnish wood sourced from certified forests, and both the product and its packaging are plastic neutral.
“Most days we spend more time touching our smartphones than we do our significant other,” noted co-founder Jussi Patopuro. “We wanted to help to make one of the most important items you own that little bit closer to nature and thereby to humanity too. It’s a quality product you’re holding in your hand.”
Founded by three friends out of a desire (and a professional need) to swiftly transform a mobile phone into a quality camera, the Helsinki-based company offers a wide range of accessories for more creative mobile photography and film-making.
The core product line includes various mobile lenses, such as fish-eye, wide-angle, portrait and macro lenses. They all feature a universal attachment system that can be clipped onto most smartphones and similar mobile devices.
“Black Eye opens a lot of new ways for photographing with your phone,” proclaimed co-founder Arto Ekman. “We are taking photography to the next level. The sky’s the limit.”
The innovative screen protectors for mobile phones designed by this successful startup turn the humbly practical accessory into a great way to show off some personality and style. Made of tempered glass, they feature a discrete holographic image that disappears when the screen is on.
The unique feature can be used as a powerful branding tool and has quickly captured the interest of businesses and sport clubs as big as Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona.
“People look at their phones a few hundred times a day, so when there is a brand on the screen you see it thousands of times in a month,” pointed out CEO and founder Atso Toimela. “We want to introduce brands people really like. It could be any sports club logo or a character such as Bart Simpson.”
It was in 2016 when the founders of this tech company saw great business potential in refurbishing and selling used phones. Since then, Swappie has grown into one of Finland’s most attractive startups that makes a positive social and environmental impact by providing consumers with a sustainable alternative to buying a new phone.
Swappie has built a marketplace for used iPhones and developed a unique repair system that guarantees the quality of all refurbished devices. Swappie takes pride in helping to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of each phone by extending its lifecycle.
“We change all parts that need changing, such as batteries, and sell the phones with a 12-month warranty,” explained co-founder and CEO Sami Marttinen. “In practice, it’s like buying a new phone. We can even fix many manufacturing defects.”
With roots traced back to Nokia, this Tampere-based tech company has created a unique software package to cover the whole lifecycle of smartphones and similar gadgets. The company’s products are designed to revolutionise the mobile device repair, buyback and recycling business.
“When you buy a new phone, we can transfer the content from your old device to the new one. When it seems to need maintenance, our software can diagnose whether it is necessary and do some basic repairs,” elaborated co-founder Jyri Roselius. “Finally, in a buyback or recycling situation, our software securely erases the device memory so it can never be restored.”
Text: Zhanna Koiviola
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