A couple of weeks back I took a look at one of two Striker products that I had recently ordered. The Light Mine turned out to be a great little tool for around the house, as I used it during a power outage yesterday, but I primarily intend to use it hiking and camping. The other product I picked up was called the Simple Sucker, which is a universal phone mount.
I had been in the market for a universal car mount ever since I purchased my Galaxy Nexus last year. My previous mount was built exclusively for the Motorola Droid X and is now obsolete. I didn’t want to invest in one like that again, plus my wife sometimes has a need for these things and she has a Nokia Lumia 822.
For $6.99 Striker sold me what may be the simplest solution of all — a two-way suction cup mount. The product is small and simple and initially I was worried that such a device could not hold onto my 4.7-inch screen phone. Those worries were, thankfully, unfounded.
Last week my wife had a trip to take and needed GPS for the journey. The Simple Sucker stuck to her windshield like glue and did the same with the back of her 4.3-inch Lumia, despite the phone also being in a case. She reported no problems with it on her journey.
Striker’s Simple Sucker, for only $6.99, worked every bit as well as dedicated car mounts that cost many times the price. It is also completely flexible, allowing you to angle the phone in any way you wish. It was certainly the best deal I have got in some time.
Do you use your smart phone while driving. Well, stop according to a recent study by the Institute of Advance Motorists and Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) your reactions while using a smart phone is 37.4 percent slower than normal. In fact your reactions are quicker if you are drunk then if you are using a cell phone, while driving. Plus it is illegal in most states.
Many people though use their phones for turn by turn directions and occasionally have to look at their phones. Looking down at your phone even for a moment takes your eyes off the road and endangers yourself and those around you. iStabilizer has a solution for this problem. They have made a windshield mount for the iPhone, most Android phones and GPS units. The suction cup base will mount to most windshields or dashboard. This keeps the drivers eyes level with the road, even when they are looking at the device. The Glass by iStabilizer can hold any smartphone or GPS unit up to 2.75 inches wide. It will even work if the phone is in a case. The base is detachable using a lock and unlock method and the arm is adjustable.
Normally the Glass by iStabilizer is $29.95 but thru today November 27 the cost is only $22.50. iStablizer also makes mounts, flexible tripods, monopods and dollies.
Many of us who have smartphones employ a car-mount so that we can use services like GPS and Google Maps. The problem arises when you get a new phone and realize you need a new mount because they are usually proprietary solutions. Enter the German company iGrip who has unveiled a universal windshield mount. They were in Las Vegas last month to show it off at CES.
The iGrip Universal Mount can hold any phone from the standard 3.5 inch models like the iPhone up to the largest Android models on today’s market. It has a standard suction-cup mount and the 3 adjustable arms. Once you set the arms for your handset you simply slide it in and out. The mount will auto-lock your device in place. It even rotates between portrait and landscape modes.
In addition to the universal car-mount, iGrip has also produced a mount for bicycle handlebars. The case that fits to the handlebar mount can also be used with one of their car suction mounts, plus it has a kickstand for the desk or nightstand.
You can see demos of both mounts in the video below and find out more by visiting iGrip.
Interview by Courtney Wallin of SDR News.
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