With the Samsung Galaxy Note9 now available from Telstra stores, you might be thinking that it’s time to treat yourself to a shiny new smartphone – that’s not a sentiment we are going to disagree with! If you’re treating yourself then we also have a few suggestions: accessories to bring out the very best in your smartphone experience.

Protection – look after your new phone

Keeping your phone in prime condition helps you enjoy it from start to finish. The best way to do this is with a high quality case or cover, and the Galaxy Note9 has a variety of cases on offer to help keep its beautiful design free from scratches or scuffs.

We have a host of cases to choose from, including official Samsung covers such as the LED View Cover with customizable LED icons, a card pocket and shell-like design, the Clear View Standing Cover which offers three viewing angles, inner rub pads for scratch protection and anti-fingerprint coating – or, for the more sophisticated look, the Leather Wallet Cover made from premium Italian leather with microfiber lining and an integrated practical card wallet.

Power – max out your time on the go

Battery life is great with the Galaxy Note9 – its 4000 mAh battery should give you plenty of grunt. That said, if you – like me – push your smartphone use to the max, it might be worth looking at some external battery pack and charging options.

The Note9 is compatible with wireless charging (chargers sold separately), and Samsung has four options when it comes to taking advantage of this feature. There are two Fast Wireless Chargers – a standard which presents the phone in an upright position and a convertible which can also be used as a flat pad.

Additionally, Samsung has a Wireless Charger Duo, particularly handy if you need to charge your smartphone and compatible smartwatch at the same time – and also the Round Wireless Charger which features broad device compatibility and is Qi certified.

Beyond that, we also have a range of car chargers and power banks such as The Cygnett ChargeUp Rapid 15K, with a 15,000mAh capacity that should be more than enough for even heavy users – and can also be used to recharge compatible smartphones and tablets.

Toys – something a little more unique

Power chargers and phone cases are fine, but let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how old you are, a shopping trip is not a shopping trip without a peek at the toy section! Cast your eye over these unique options.

Are drones still cool? This one is. From one of the world’s leading drone manufacturers, the Tello drone from DJI can fly stunts, shoot quick videos and is also billed as a great entry-level drone for adults and kids alike. You can check out the details here. A quick note: if you are considering buying a drone it is worth spending a little time finding out the rules and laws associated with flying drones.

What about music? With huge onboard memory storage and great onboard audio including AKG tuned stereo speakers, the Note9 is a great portal for all your music needs. That said, no reason you can’t treat yourself to state of the art speakers for when you are rocking out at home. There are plenty to choose from.

The one that jumped off the shelf for us is the Harmon/Kardon Onyx 4. One of the best sounding portable Bluetooth speakers in its class, the Onyx Studio 4 offers two device connections, up to 8 hours of playtime and the HK Connect+ app. It also has a built-in microphone and voice integration that can be used with most popular voice assistants. As an added bonus, it looks great.

Viewing – watch your new phone from anywhere

With the Samsung Galaxy Note9’s Quad HD+ Super AMOLED screen, the largest Samsung has ever put into a smartphone, this is going to be a great phone for watching, well… everything.

Pair that with some of Telstra’s entertainment offerings, particularly our many different sports streaming and Foxtel packages, and the fact that on selected plans, you will be able to say goodbye to pesky ‘excess data charges’ in Australia – well, it might be time to up your streaming game. (On selected plans for use in Australia).

We’ve trawled the weird and wonderful to give you some thought-starters. Telstra does not stock these wacky items as yet, but we can all dream.

Up first, the mother of all shower curtains. The Galaxy Note9 is IP68 rated, which means it is tested fresh water resistant to 1.5m for 30 mins. You should be okay to take your phone into the shower with you, if you are that way inclined – but you would still need to hold it and that is where this shower curtain comes in. A hands free experience letting you stream and shampoo at the same time.

Travelling in the back seat of a car and the conversation has run dry 20 minutes into a three hour drive? Then you might need one of these. Can’t talk, must Foxtel.

“Hey, I want hands free mobile streaming but I am socially responsible and take public transport,” I hear you say. Well then, say hello to the Lazy Neck. We cannot guarantee you won’t look weird though.

These are all just the tip of the iceberg. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is out now. If you want to check out the phone, or our range of Telstra stocked accessories you can visit our Galaxy Note9 page here. Alternatively you can pop down to your nearest Telstra store and see what else is on offer.