bluelounge milo review

the last couple of weeks i've been trying out bluelounge's new smartphone stand, 'milo'. designed to work with any smooth-backed smartphone, it uses a hi-tec japanese micro-suction technology to directly grip your phone at any desired angle. the micro-suction pad is reusable, easily cleaned, and will not leave any residues on your devices or tabletop, as the below video shows.

like other bluelounge products, it's a very simple thing, and does what it's designed to do with minimal decoration. it's hard to imagine before you use it just how the suction pad works, and i'm still trying to get my head around it now. you push your phone onto the front with the smallest amount of effort, and it is fixed there really securely. i tried shaking it about upside down for quite a while and it still held strong!

to get it off you simply 'peel' the phone away from the surface, again with minimal effort. it's easy to clean too, you can do so using a piece of sellotape and it's as good as new again.

i found it especially good when using the phone for video calls; it sits at a nice angle and means you don't have to hold your phone out in front of you. it also has a suction pad on the bottom, so if you flip it round you can attach it to the inside of a car windscreen, and it is a great mount for you phone when driving.

it's not something that everyone will need of course, but it's a nice little thing for what it is. simple, functional, versatile, and only €16.

glif

i've noticed the glif whilst trawling through various design blogs in recent weeks, and the more i see it, the more i want one! designed by tom gerhardt and dan provost of studio neat, it is "a simple iphone 4 accessory with two primary functions: mounting your iphone onto a tripod and propping up your iphone at various angles".

made from a recyclable rubberized plastic, and small enough to fit snugly in your pocket, it has a standard thread that fits any tripod or camera mount. which means it would go perfectly with my much loved (and blogged about) gorillapod!

the glif is designed for the iphone 4, which means (obviously) it is not useful to people that don't own one. but if you do have one, it looks like a great product. when the iphone 4 is replaced with a newer model, so too will there need to be a new glif, which is always the problem with accessories designed for specific products. let's hope the iphone 5 has the exact same dimensions!

the only other downside i can see is that i'd have to splash out on an app with a timer function, but i'm sure it would be worth it. the glif costs $20 (I'll have to see if they are available in the uk), and was made possible thanks to the kickstarter platform. for this price, i don't think it's too much of a problem that it is iphone 4 specific, and all the testimonies i've heard are very positive!

recession case

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Case-mate's carboard iPhone case comes with free shipping and personalization--with a Sharpie.

this is great. and what's even better is some of the things on the website. like the faq's, here are some of my favourites:

Q) Is it waterproof? A) No, so dont put it in the dishwasher

Q) Is this case flammable? A) If you light it on fire it it is

Q) Can I use this case to microwave my frozen pizzas? A) I dont see why not, although we cant insure quality taste

Q) Will this case make me awesome? A) I think that goes without saying

Q) Is there a warranty? A) no, it is cardboard afterall

Q) Can I get a paper cut on my ear while using this case? A) My first guess would be no, but anything is possible, we dont promote unsafe use of the recession case

Q) Does it come with a screen protector? A) no we are in a recession!

Q) How long will the product last? A) forever as long as you don't destroy it!

Q) Is this case made from recycled cardboard? A) 100% of only the best for you!

Q) Will the product scratch my device? A) no! its cardboard not brick!

and here is a review:

I had an iPhone, and ordered the cover. Before I received the cover, I was laid off, and my iPhone was a company phone. The amazing thing is I really didn't notice much difference in performance with or without the iPhone. This cover works fine without an iPhone. It form fits to my 15 year old Nokia nicely -- you just have to bend it a little.

via boingboing gadgets

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