Feeling even bluer: blue accessories that I have purchased since getting the iPhone 12.

Paul Alvarez

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=28hnXq_0YRv3FwS00All my new blue things

After getting the iPhone 12 and being happy with the Blue color option, I noticed that I was also choosing blue over other colors for other devices and accessories. I have always been a fan of the color blue but have stuck with more neutral colors when buying previous iPhones.

Space Gray and White have always been my color choice for iPhones. Not only because they are safer colors than gold or rose gold but also because the fun colors always came in a less feature-filled phone. I say safer because I usually buy iPhones during preorder, so I typically don’t see the actual color in person until it arrives.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1C7ozm_0YRv3FwS00iPhone 12

The iPhone 5c, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 were released in various colors, but I never opted for them since I preferred the premium version iPhones. The colors for the iPhone 5c, iPhone XR, and iPhone 11 were never the ones I particularly liked. The muted-pastel color of the iPhone XR and 11 always appeared boring to me — besides the Product Red version, which I did like.

Blue has always been a favorite color of mine, but I would never consider it my favorite color. Growing up, I always chose blue as my favorite color, but I honestly liked many colors, including yellow, gray, and green.

It is funny when I look back at childhood and how important it was to have a specific favorite color; I just remember choosing blue a lot because that was what “boys” were supposed to like — I actually remember liking pink, but it was too embarrassing to tell anyone.

When I saw the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro, though, I knew a blue-colored gadget was something that just felt right. I loved both the colors but was excited about the iPhone 12, and I still am very fond of it. The aluminum sides and glass back colors make me happy when I stop to look at it.

During iOS 14’s release, I hopped onto the icon customization using shortcuts trend and started used a Minimal Color pack by Oliur. After thinking about writing about all the blues colored things that I have acquired, I thought I would try out a blue-colored custom icon pack and Widgetsmith for my iPhone 12.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=25eJmf_0YRv3FwS00iPhone 12 with custom Minimal Blue Color Pack

The one I chose to use was a Minimal Blue Color Pack by Graffikkl on Etsy. There are many tutorials online on how to create custom icons, and the pack I bought from Etsy actually came with a PDF Tutorial as well. It does feel cool to use an iPhone with a different custom aesthetic after years of the same icons and colors, but I find the shortcut banner notification annoying.

It is fun to have a blue theme on my blue iPhone 12, though. I really like that Apple is finally starting to add some fun colors to their Pro model phones, and I do like that the non-Pro models are beginning to have specs comparable to their Pro counterparts. I just hope the more vibrant colors stick and Apple doesn’t return to the old pastel-muted colors.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3VqCoc_0YRv3FwS00Sony WHXB900N

I think this love of the iPhone 12 color has led me to be more open about colors elsewhere. When I decided on what over-ear headphones I wanted, I steered more towards the blue version of the Sony headphones. The blue color is only slightly different between the WH-1000XM4’s and the WHXB900N, so when I decided on the XB9’s, I was happy with their color.

The same thing happened when I decided to replace my backpack. I bought the GORUCK GR1 on a whim during a sale on GORUCK’s website. But due to the lockdown, and even though it was on sale for a great price, the backpack was over $150, and I didn’t need such an expensive bag.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=2LIvjp_0YRv3FwS00Amazon Basics Backpack

So I sold the backpack for really close to what I paid for it and ended up picking up an Amazon Basics backpack for only $13. The full name of the bag is called Amazon Basics SP-14215–43496-NY Campus Backpack. It comes in various colors, but I opted for the Navy one, obviously, and really did love the color.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=0MMZyU_0YRv3FwS00
https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=1dooaT_0YRv3FwS00Side zipper for laptop and close up of zipper with the only Amazon Basic logo.

The backpack quality is nowhere near as nice as the GR1, but it is still a decent backpack for under $15. It has plenty of space for the minimal things I carry, and the zippers feel durable enough. I also like its design; the zippers’ design is unique and cool looking.

The last blue item I have purchased since my blue iPhone is the Braided Solo Loop Apple Watch strap. The version from Apple I was finally able to purchase after months of it being unavailable at my local Apple Store, but about a week after owning it, I returned it due to the size 8 being way too small.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=3i4ccb_0YRv3FwS00Apple Watch Edition Series 5 with Blue Braided Solo Loop

Instead of buying a new one at a size 9, I decided not to get one. The price tag of $100 for a watch band just seemed too steep the second time around. This was until I heard on an episode of the Rebound podcast that a generic version of the Fabric Solo Loop was available on Amazon that felt and looked exactly like the Apple version but for only $20.

I purchase one immediately and have been using it exclusively since I got it. It is very comfortable, and I really do love the color of it. I will say the watch band’s connectors don’t seem as premium as the one on Apple’s version, but they work and latch onto the watch with no issue.

https://img.particlenews.com/image.php?url=148wYR_0YRv3FwS00Full view of non-Apple version of Braided Solo Loop.

The fabric and color itself feel identical to Apple’s, and with the correct size of 9, it is the most comfortable Apple Watch strap I have ever owned. I loved wearing the Sport Loop strap in the past, but I feel like this Braided Solo Loop is more comfortable.

So those are my new blue things that we’re inspired by the Blue iPhone 12. Will I continue this trend of buying exclusively blue things? Probably not. Not because I don’t want too but because there isn’t always a blue option.

Plus, I am hoping this leads me to have a variety of colors in my life. A blue pair of headphones and a blue watch strap paired with a yellow iPhone sounds pretty cool. For now, I will keep up with being blue and being happy about it.

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My passion is in technology. I write reviews about gadgets that interest me but also provide some kind of value in my toolset to achieve my goals. Most of my writing is surrounded by technology and how it plays a role as a tool, help with productivity, and also provide mindfulness for a more fulfilled life.

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