Peak Design, a leading provider of photo accessories, has stepped into the smartphone space and is kicked out of the park with its first product, Mobile.
Mobile is a comprehensive line of products to match the way people use phones. We use cases, hands-free phone mounts, and prop them up against things for video calling, watching YouTube, and reading stories.
Peak Design has created a product for every practical way we use our phones and even a few extras.
In summary: Cell phone, mobile phone is a solid product that I didn’t know I needed until I started using it. With the housing or universal adapter (see below) anyone can use it. As you’d expect with Peak Design, the mounts are sleek, surprisingly functional, and well designed. Even if you already have a phone case and mount, I’d say it’s worth making the switch to mobile – it’s a worthy upgrade.
To date, Mobile has raised over 9,000 backers and $ 1.67 million. The campaign and Early bird prices End on December 17th.
Peak Design Mobile Review
The beauty of mobile lies in simple, effective magnets. The Magnetic slot on the housing / adapter and all brackets work vertically and horizontally. You just rotate your phone 90 degrees and it clicks into place. The magnet is strong enough to hold, but not so strong that it is difficult to remove from other accessories.
This design feature makes it feel why we didn’t think of that earlier feeling and it sets this product apart.
Photo credit: Peak Design
The Everyday case is the marquee product in the Mobile line. It’s like your existing phone case, but better in that it has a magnetic slot that allows it to be attached to all types of wheel mounts. And it has a “loop” option that has a loop for your finger to prevent the phone from sliding out of your hands.
For this first start, the Everyday Case is available for the following phones: iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, Samsung S20, Samsung S20 Ultra, Samsung S20 +.
Don’t worry – if your phone isn’t on the list, you’re out of luck. Try this out Universal adapter below.
Full disclosure, I have an iPhone X so I couldn’t test the Everyday Case. It looks amazing and based on the other products in the line, I expect it to be chosen. Whenever I update my phone, I definitely get the Everyday Case.
Mobile universal adapter
Photo credit: Jake Ferguson
The universal adapter is intended for those who already have a phone case that they love, but still want to take advantage of the mobile products. I tested the preproduction Universal adapter 5 weeks for this review.
The installation was a little intimidating at first because I wanted it to be aligned and perfectly centered. It comes with a cardboard tool that makes it easy to use. Be warned that the glue is very sticky. So when you touch your phone case, it won’t be able to move or nudge at all. In the end, I didn’t get it perfectly, but it doesn’t affect performance in any way.
At first I wasn’t thrilled about adding extra weight or thickness to the back of my phone, but that was adapter is pretty small. I feel it, but not badly. My phone still lies flat and the little slit on the back actually gives my finger a place to grab when I’m not using the tripod. Note that the final production model appears to be a bit larger than the device I tested.
I try to clean my phone every few days and it is kept well by cleaning wipes and sprays.
Photo credit: Peak Design
I use that tripod every day and I absolutely love it. If I could just pick one phone accessory, this would be it. The tripod is what I never knew I needed. I used to try propping my phone against random things around the house to watch videos or balance it on a rock for photos. Now I have the tiny mobile tripod with me all the time and life is good.
You can position the legs of the tripod The ball joint allows you to adjust the angle of your phone. Again, you can use your phone vertically or horizontally with the tripod. I can’t stress how beautiful this is and how easy it is to turn around.
As a bonus, positioning all of the legs of the tripod straight down can also make it work as a selfie stick / handle, which is useful for photos and videos. Plus, the unfolding and folding back of the legs has a smooth and satisfying feel that you won’t understand until you try. During the working day I play with it almost fidgety.
Hands-free calling is essential – and the law in most states. I installed that Car holder in my jeep and have used it in both warm and cold weather. I didn’t have a smooth, flat surface as recommended by the brand, so I mounted it on the leather-like material of my dashboard. It has a small amount of texture, but so far it has kept it strong. If this changes I will update this review.
I like the dashboard mount a lot better than the phone holders that attach to air vents or that sit in cup holders. The magnet locks the phone and makes it easier to grip when leaving the vehicle. And you guessed it, you can mount your phone horizontally, which seems unique compared to other car mounts.
Bicycle mount in front
Usually not assemble my phone to my mountain bike, but I wanted to put it to the test on rugged trails. The out-front bike mount adds a button to the magnet system to keep it in place. I’ve covered over 20 miles of singletrack and gravel on the mount and it was very safe. I had no problems.
Having a phone in your bars seems better suited for commuting or cycling when you need a screen to navigate. There are several ways to use the mount with your phone and a GoPro or cycle computer. This is a great option for those who want it.
The Wall bracket is a great option for a workbench, kitchen, and even your bathroom. For example, you can use it to peek at the recipes while cooking in the kitchen. The downside is that you can’t move it like the tripod. So choose a place where you know you will be spending a lot of time.
Because the case and universal adapter are magnetic, you may be able to stick them to random things around the house.
There are a few other mounts in the lineup as well, as well as a kickstand wallet. Check them all out on the Kickstarter page. If you want early bird pricing, make sure you support the project before it ends on December 17th.