It’s time to gear up as the winter season approaches. How do you check your business phone for important calls if your fingers are freezing? How do you keep the snow out of your precious iPhone? Shovel off your winter worries. Smartphone users will find these technologies oh-so-cool and useful on the upcoming -berrrrr days.

Nest: Control your nest egg from anywhere

NestBuilt by the former VP of Apple’s iPod and iPhone division, Tony Fadell, the Nest is a next-generation thermostat that programs itself and saves energy. You can easily install the Nest in 30 minutes or less. Afterward, Nest will remember the temperatures you like at different times of the day and will automatically adjust settings based on your schedule. With its “auto-away” feature, this nifty gadget also senses when you leave home so it can turn the system down. Simply installing Nest (without applying its energy-saving features) will already let you save an average of $173 a year. You can even track your overall savings with Nest’s monthly energy report to get some tips on how to save more. So what does this have to do with smartphones? Let’s say that you’re getting home earlier than expected; simply connect via the Nest mobile app in your smartphone and change the temperature even while you’re on the road. For making us feel comfortably cozy, this cool piece of tech deserves top spot.

RingCentral: Prepare your office for extreme weather conditions

RingCentralIt should be business as usual despite snowstorms or other weather hassles. During extreme weather conditions and other disasters, cloud services can aid in recovery and get your company up and running again. RingCentral cloud PBX demonstrated this when it moved its services from the east to the west coast in preparation for Hurricane Sandy, ensuring that its clients could still access RingCentral services despite the storms. RingCentral VoIP services can also be set up, managed, and accessed directly from your mobile devices. This ensures that your team members can still access phone services in case they can’t travel to their offices or even if your entire office building becomes unavailable.

Nokia Lumia 920: Use it with gloves

Nokia Lumia 920For those who don’t experience real winter, Nokia’s marketing of the Nokia Lumia 920’s “supersensitive touchscreen” must have been a big bore. But there were also quite a few Nokia fans out there who appreciated this practical feature. The Lumia 920’s screen is responsive even if you’re wearing gloves in the cold wintry months. You can even navigate it using your nails or car keys. Of course, its 8.7 MP PureView Camera, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 32 GB internal storage, 4G LTE technology, and wireless charging capabilities also make the Nokia Lumia 920 one of the best smartphones out on the market at present.

BEARTek: Bluetooth control gloves for your smartphone

BEARTek width=If you don’t want to switch phones just for a supersensitive touchscreen, then BEARTek’s Bluetooth gloves might be one of the best solutions for you. No need to fumble with your smartphone while wearing gloves if you have a pair of these. Wear the gloves like you would wear any other gloves and be able to use your smartphone without even taking it out of your pocket! Using Bluetooth and BEARTek technologies, you can control your phone functions and music apps by touching your thumb to corresponding touchpoints on your finger. If you want these gloves, support the creators on Kickstarter.

LifeProof: Snowproof your iPhone

LifeProofCaught in a snowstorm or love cross-country skiing? There’s no need to worry about your iPhone getting damaged with LifeProof’s iPhone 4/4S case. Not only do you get to tote your phone in the snow, but you also protect it from water, dirt, and shock. LifeProof cases have an IP-68 rating, which means they are dust-tight and protected against complete continuous water submersion. Secure your phone from icy mishaps with LifeProof.

How do you keep Jack Frost from nipping at your patience (and pocketbook) when you’re trying to cope with your smartphone during the winter months? Drop us a comment below and share your thoughts with us!