Corey Serrins Picks: IN YOUR FACE flexible iPhone holder
My gift pick for your loved techie this holiday season is The IN YOUR FACE flexible holder for the iPhone (3G S, 3G, 1st G) and iPod touch (1st and 2nd G), which you can find at http://www.inyourfaceusa.com. I reviewed this on the latest edition of MacSliders, but loved it so much I thought it deserved more exposure.
At one end, this holder features a spring loaded padded grip that you pull apart, slide your device into it and then lower it. The grip separates apart far enough that it can hold the device even with a case on it. The grip has foam so . It has a swivel head for optimum viewing in either landscape or portrait mode. The head is connected to an 8" flexible neck to position your device to your liking. The holder has a hinged bottom clamp that opens up to 2" wide and can grip both flat and round surfaces because of its hinged grip.
Sounds great so far, how did it hold up in the field? I've taken The In you face holder on 2 trips now and I must say, this is a must have companion for traveler's. If you've ever used your iphone or ipod touch to watch movies or videos, then you know that your arm gets tired quickly from holding the device. The in your face holder takes these aches and pains away. I was able to quickly attach the holder to my tray table, connect my phone and watch my movies hands-free. What a relief. Because of the hinge on the clamp, I was able to put the holder on any part of the tray, even the round bar closest to the seat (since my tray was broken), bend the neck to a comfortable viewing position, sit back and enjoy my movie. I also had several people inquire about the holder who thought that it was a great idea. The only downside on the trip was the size, I mean it fit into my bag ok, but it was bulky, and just awkward; but well worth it.
The in your face holder is a quality product, the flexible arm is metal and quite sturdy, once you adjust it to your liking, it stays in its place. The grip is well thought out, 2" is sufficient for most areas where you would clamp. The hinge mechanism makes it great for attaching to items that are not square, like a pole. The one negative on the grip is the fact that because of this hinge, you have less surface area on the bottom to actually grip onto something, which means that the holder moves a little when rotating your phone or bending the arm. Again, once you have it setup, the holder does stay in place. The actual holder is well thought out as well in that the foam protects the side of your phone and the spring arm allows the ability to fit in a device even with its case on. The spring loaded clamp does make me a bit nervous as you can hear it when you pull the grips apart; just makes it feel like that may be an issue one day. The grip does hold the phone in place quite well and doesn't budge from its placement even when purposely trying to see if it would by flicking the holder downward with my phone in it. Just keep in mind that when you attach your phone, you'll want to make sure that you don't clamp down your volume controls, so you should place the phone into the clamp closer to the bottom to avoid these controls from being pressed.
The in your face holder is reasonably priced at $30, and is well worth the investment weather you travel, or even for around your desk. I'll post some pictures to my website so you can see it in action, but I consider this a must have product if you own an iphone or ipod touch.
Product: IN YOUR FACE iPhone Holder
Price: $29.95 USD
FYI - use code 5115 =save $10 (thx for the tip @edStead)