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Review: iGrip Custom Fit Flexible Mount for iPhone 3G

The iGrip Custom Fit Flexible Mount for iPhone 3G is available in the TiPb Store for $19.95. This mount is an excellent alternative to having your iPhone float freely within the cabin of your car. In a day when more focus is being placed on distracted drivers, this mount allows you to affix your iPhone 3G and view the display while keeping both hands on the wheel. How does it measure up? Read on for the full review!

First Impressions

There are very few pieces to the iGrip; holder for the iPhone, the flexible ”gooseneck” with suction cup and suction cup mount (for dashboards, etc). The quality of this product is top-notch. The holder is solid plastic, no fear of cracks here, and the gooseneck is very strong, almost too strong! The added mount is useful too. I found mounting the iGrip from my window, just below the rearview mirror works perfect for me, but it really depends on the vehicle. 

Daily Use

After thoroughly cleaning the interior windshield of my car (for those that want to know, it’s a 2007 Honda Accord sedan) I had to experiment with where to place the mount. Windshield? Dashboard? Somewhere by the gearshift? After experimenting with various locations, I decided upon the windshield. This is the perfect location for me. I typically keep my iPhone in the drivers-side arm rest. This works OK, but I always have to look down at the screen. This, of course can be distracting. So, the eye-level positioning of the iGrip from the windshield is just perfect for me.

Once installed (this took about 3 seconds- simply find your location and press down on the suction lever…) the iGrip was secure. I only noticed a slight wobble from the base-neck of the device, but it “play” simply stems from the rubber suction affixing itself to the gooseneck. It can be quite challenging to manipulate the gooseneck to your desired position however, but this is a good thing. You see, once the iPhone is mounted, you don’t want that neck swaying anywhere!

Using the mount is a joy! I can easily reach my iPhone homescreen to change my music (the Belkin TuneCast Auto works well) and access Google Maps.

The real disappointment with the iGrip has to do with the oversight of the 30-pin connector on the bottom of the iPhone. While the connector is still accessible for FM Transmitters and A/C power adapters, it is not completely flush. Knowing that people would mount the iGrip in their cars and need power, I would think the engineers would have devised a way to securely hold the iPhone in place while not hurting the connectors functionality. So remember, though the adapters plug in, there is an ever-so-slight extra push you have to give any adapter to plug it in smoothly.

I did find an great use for the iGrip while driving. I had to look up a phone number for an Indian restaurant I was going to (I had to make sure they still had the buffet). So, I tapped the Google Mobile App and spoke the name. Amazingly, the Google App picked my voice and successfully completed my search! Man, it was great.

Conclusion

I may seem a bit giddy, but I have not been this excited about an accessory since the Griffin PowerDuo! This mount just frees up some much space for me in the car and the ease of accessibility using apps like Google’s Mobile App, just make the package that much more appealing. If you need a car mount, look no further that the iGrip, for $19.95, it is well worth it!

I have tried to include plenty of pictures so you really get a sense of what this looks like inside the vehicle; enjoy!

Pros:

  • The iPhone is held securely in place. No worries of it falling out
  • Flexible arm that is very strong. It does not sway on the window or dashboard easily
  • You can keep your eyes on the road while using the iPhone! It’s a savior!

Cons:

  • The bottom of the holster ever so slightly prevents a charger or radio transmitter from fitting 100% securely. Still useable, but I wish they had accounted for this in the design. 

TiPb Review Rating: 4/5

The iPhone Blog Accessory Review: 4 Stars

         

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Review: iGrip Custom Fit Flexible Mount for iPhone 3G

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Save 30% On Zagg invisibleSHIELD for iPhone, Touch, Macbooks & More

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Scratch-Proof Your Christmas Gift_ Get 30% Off Everything at ZAGG.com — Inbox

Zagg, the makers of the invisibleSHIELD line of renowned screen protectors for iPhones and a myriad of other devices, are having a 30% Off (Everything) sale that runs until December 31st

The sale offers 30% off on shields for products including the iPhone, iPod Touch, lots of other smartphones, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and various iPod and Nano models.

The invisibleSHIELD is generally acknowledged as being amongst the very best protectors for your iPhone, and many of us here at JAiB are big fans.  Check out Brandon’s two reviews for instance:

http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/2008/03/07/review-full-body-invisibleshield-for-iphone/

http://justanotheriphoneblog.com/wordpress/2008/10/01/review-invisibleshield-for-iphone3g/#more-4598

Then head over HERE to get all the details and grab one with that big discount if you’re so inclined )

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Solar Charger Case Available For The iPhone

Solar Arcadia has released its Solar Charger Case for both first generation and 3G iPhones. By the help of the new case one can charge the iPhone while out in the sun.

The Solar Charger features include LED indicators for the charging and discharging state, and a reverse-current protection-circuit, integrated to prevent iPhone batteries from being discharged. Using a lithium ion polymer battery; the case offers a max output of 5V, and a charge of 6V. Material for the casing is made from sheepskin.

Solar chargers can also work with the iPod touch, but block the headphone jack on the bottom.

Available from the company’s website, solar cases are priced at $45.

References:
http://www.solararcadia.com/collections/iphone-solar-chargers/products/iphone-solar-charger-03

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News: Solar Arcadia offers solar iPhone chargers

Solar Arcadia is now offering several styles of solar-powered, charging-capable cases for the iPhone and iPhone 3G. Both the SideFlip and Leather Flip cases features solar panels that charge a 3.7V 1500 mAh lithium polymer battery with LED status indicators and a reverse current protection circuit to prevent batteries form being discharged. The cases are made from ABS sheepskin, offer open access to the sleep/wake and volume buttons as well as…

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News: Core Cases debuts Aluminum Sliders for iPod nano 4G, touch 2G

Core Cases has introduced its new Aluminum Slider cases for the fourth-generation iPod nano and second-generation iPod touch. Featuring a slider-style design, the cases also offer an anodized aluminum outer shell, EVA foam interior lining, cutouts for open access to all ports and controls, and a small cutout for attaching a lanyard or strap. In addition, the nano case features built-in screen protection, while the touch case includes a screen protector.…

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First Looks: Incipio Feather for iPod touch 2G

As one of three new Incipio cases for the second-generation iPod touch, Feather ($20) is based upon the earlier iPhone case of the same name, featuring a very thin hard plastic shell that has soft touch rubber coating on the outside, plus a screen protector made from clear film. It’s lightweight, hard protection, available in your choice of seven colors….

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First Looks: Incipio Silicrylic for iPod touch 2G

As one of three new Incipio cases for the second-generation iPod touch, Silicrylic ($20) is a combination of a rubber case with an X-shaped rear plastic frame to hold it in place. Packaged with a clear screen protector and a video stand, Silicrylic comes in your choice of five colors….

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First Looks: Incipio DuraShot for iPod touch 2G

As one of three new Incipio cases for the second-generation iPod touch, DuroShot ($25) combines a complete hard plastic body shell with two different-colored silicone rubber fitting inserts, screen protection, and a video stand. You can pick whether to use the white or black insert inside the shell, which comes in your choice of colors, adding more resilient body protection than most of the company’s other case offerings….

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First Looks: SwitchEasy CapsuleClassic for iPod classic

Though most of SwitchEasy’s development attention has been focused on the iPod nano, touch, and iPhone, the company has now taken a stab at iPod classic cases as well. CapsuleClassic for iPod classic ($25) is a hard plastic case available in two colors, clear and transparent “UltraBlack,” each providing you with integrated screen protection and film Click Wheel coverage. As always, SwitchEasy packs this version of Capsule with frills — headphone…

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Speck Announced QwickDraw holster for iPhone, iPhone 3G

Speck expanded the number of its cases for iPhone 3G and iPhone with the announcement of QwickDraw.

The new holster-style case, features super secure Speck “Qwick Latch” technology that keeps your phone locked in place so it wont fall out. The versatile rotating belt clip allows for a full range of horizontal or vertical positions on a waistband or belt and offers fast, easy access and removal of the phone via the Qwick Latch feature.

The case comes in black and has a textured surface with stitching details. The QwickDraw fits both iPhone 3G and the original iPhone and is available now for $29.99.

References:
http://www.speckproducts.com/products/qwickdraw/iphone-3g/165

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