TwistyRide's iPhone Cradle Review
TwistyRide is a touring/adventure based website which offers route guidance and planning, branded products aimed at those making such journeys and a blog feature for travellers to share experiences. Their iPhone cradle certainly impressed on opening although at just over £100 as tested perhaps it should.
So confident in this product am I that it has gone off to the Arctic Circle with two members on a month's road trip around the chillier parts of the world.
Upon opening the main box you are presented with a welcome sight: a collection of RAM mount parts. I have had many dealings with RAM gear over the years and I think it's some of the best gear available. You get sufficient clamps, ball jointed angle sections and mounting plates to get the cradle mounted securely in the cockpit of your bike.
The actual phone holder itself is a plastic, 2 part design. The hard outer shell incorporates a window to allow the touch screen to operate and a dedicated button to operate the Apple control button on your phone. Within the outer shell sits a soft shock absorbing moulding into which your iphone 3 or 4 (5 unit now available) will sit nicely, and both moulds are supplied in the kit. The iPhone 5 is, I'm guessing, sufficiently different in size that it requires a new outer shell. There are also camera windows for both front and back cameras so you can use all the phone's functions without taking it out of the case.
Lock the two parts together and you have a shock proof and waterproof housing for your treasured iPhone. Upon showing Stace (our intrepid adventurer and reviewer) he was initially skeptical about the unit but upon examination was very impressed. Those who know him will appreciate that he isn't easily impressed.
The 4.5m wiring loom bought separately appears a high quality item complete with fuses, on/off switch, power convertor and quick release system for removing your phone from the cable without having to risk damaging the actual connector on the phone itself. I'd say this is an essential accessory for any serious phone usage as all phones suffer heavy battery drain when the screen is on navigation mode.
Before Stace left on his month long adventure with the TwistyRide he gave us his initial thoughts:
- The case system is really easy to fit to my bike (2012 BMW 1200 GS Adventure) and full marks to the RAM mount making it strong, adaptable and flexible.
- The case's built-in screen works very well in all but bright, direct sunlight but not so badly you can't see the screen (itself hard to read in this light).
- While I expect the screen not to work with gloves on, the centre button presser works well as do the side buttons. But since you wouldn't want to be fiddling with it on the move it isn't a big deal to set the phone up with your glove off.
- The case is easy to mount and unmount from the RAM system and very secure when mounted. There is no way of locking the case to the bike so it has to go with you at all times - fortunately it is remarkably slim and easy to pocket (having a useful gloss finish).
- The wiring loom was surprisingly easy to fit although the 4.5 metre length makes for a lot of slack which has to be tidied up on the bike. I was also mystified why the power converter box and the on/off switch weren't all-in-one but perhaps there's a good reason for that.
- So far I'm very happy to report that this is a brilliant bit of kit. Yes it is expensive, but so is your phone and if you are saving on buying a dedicated navigation unit, then this TwistyRide mount is the way to go. Easy to set up, easy to use so top marks!
Here's hoping it copes with the rigours of Scandinavia as well as the streets of London.
Visit TwistyRide.com - it is a very interesting site and if all their products are as good as this one appears, it could become an LB favourite very soon. We're also launching a competition very soon to win one of these mounts so stay tuned!
**Update** The TwistyRide cradle has returned from the Arctic Circle with some pretty impressive plaudits. The unit performed faultlessly despite a punishing mileage and almost constant use. No failures reported despite the battering so the LB verdict?
9/10 - initially expensive but this is a quality product and not to be confused with simpler and cheaper cradles. It could do with a few replacement screens being included as our screen has begun to scratch so it loses a point for that. Highly recommended.