Discovering and shopping for a smartphone is fairly simple in comparison with determining which equipment are greatest for you. There are a lot of case choices and different equipment that enable you to create the last word smartphone expertise. In late 2020 we spent a while with a number of early trial merchandise from Peak Design.
These merchandise labored properly with the Apple iPhone 11 Professional and launched as a Kickstarter marketing campaign. Peak Design now has a full assortment of mounts and equipment for Apple (iPhone 11, 12, and 13), Samsung (S21 and S22), and Google (Pixel 6 and 6 Professional) smartphones in its Cellular by Peak Design assortment. We used seven gadgets from the Cellular by Peak Design assortment with the iPhone 13 Professional Max and even after testing out different cell merchandise, we preserve coming again to the Peak Design choices. It is now time to go discover extra equipment figuring out that the equipment will work with future telephones too.
On a regular basis Case
Basis of the Cellular by Peak Design system
The On a regular basis case is the very first thing that you must buy to be able to construct up your Cellular by Peak Design ecosystem. It’s accessible for the newest iPhones, Samsung telephones, and Google Pixel 6/6 Professional gadgets. You should buy it for $39.95 with an choice for one with a loop for $10 extra, $49.95.
Even when you don’t buy every other Cellular by Peak Design equipment, the On a regular basis case itself is a superb case choice. It’s made with 100% recycled materials with a nylon canvas material shell that’s weatherproof and light-weight. It affords six-foot drop safety with a slim 2.4mm profile.
The case is MagSafe appropriate whereas it additionally has the built-in SlimLink connection system centered on the again of the case. It connects to varied equipment with each magnets and the mechanical SlimLink system. The SlimLink system is designed in order that the related accent opens up within the opening within the case to carry the accent securely in place. A button system on the accent is used to launch the accent from the again of the On a regular basis case.
Raised buttons and openings are completely connected and reduce into the case. The rear digicam array is protected by a raised space of polycarbonate materials.
Greatest pockets accent in your telephone
The Peak Design Stand Pockets is the perfect cell pockets resolution I’ve ever examined. It’s accessible for $59.95 in a single colour. Whereas it really works greatest with the On a regular basis case, it additionally works with MagSafe appropriate circumstances.
This accent additionally makes use of the magnetic system to safe it to the again of the On a regular basis case. The pockets is simply 6mm thick when empty and might maintain as much as seven playing cards or some money. It makes use of a pull tab system to slip the playing cards up and entry them.
Like different Peak Design merchandise, it’s product of weatherproof 100% recycled nylon canvas materials. The metallic hinge and kickstand a part of the pockets helps viewing your telephone in portrait and panorama orientation. With Apple Pay on the iPhone, the Stand Pockets holds the entire playing cards I would like and lets me go away my massive pockets behind.
Mount and cost your telephone in your car
The Automotive Mount is a minimalist accent, however serves as a safe mount and charging dock in your telephone, accessible for $79.95. You too can buy a non-charging mannequin for $44.95, which is the mannequin we examined with an iPhone 13 Professional Max.
The Automotive Mount additionally works with MagSafe appropriate circumstances, however I discovered that the Peak Design On a regular basis case supplies a stronger connection to the mount and is best for driving on uneven surfaces. The Automotive Mount makes use of magnets to maintain your telephone in place and never the SlimLink connection. This design characteristic makes it simple to connect and take away your telephone shortly and simply with one hand.
Aluminum is used within the building of the automotive mount with a ball joint design on the again so to mount your telephone in panorama or portrait orientation. 3M adhesive materials is used to safe the Automotive Mount in your sprint so you possibly can connect it in a location that does not compromise your viewing.
Submit your telephone on a flat floor
Probably the most fundamental Cellular by Peak Design equipment is the Wall Mount. With this accent, you possibly can merely and securely place your telephone on any flat floor, wall, mirror, or tile. It’s accessible in Charcoal or White for $24.95.
The magnetic connection system of the On a regular basis Case holds your telephone in portrait or panorama orientation on a flat floor. The standard nylon canvas materials present in Peak Design merchandise is wrapped across the magnetic base of the mount.
3M E-series adhesive is used to connect the Wall Mount to the floor. The Wall Mount is handy for mounting your telephone within the storage, on a mirror, in your kitchen, and on different surfaces the place your telephone must be used often.
Cellular Creator Package
Greatest accent for content material creators
Years in the past, I attempted out a Peak Design Seize Digital camera Clip that gives a particularly safe clip resolution in your conventional digicam. The Cellular Creator Clip builds upon that with a clip that gives an adapter for GoPro, ARCA tripods, 1/4″-20 mounts, and the Seize Digital camera Clip. It is a very versatile resolution for creators to attach their smartphones with different gadgets.
The safe SlimLink system is used to carry the telephone in place with a single button launch choice. Aluminum and polycarbonate supplies are used within the building of the Cellular Creator Clip.
GoPro mounts are pretty common, and with this resolution, you possibly can mount your telephone as if it was a GoPro. The Seize Digital camera Clip helps you mount the telephone in your physique so you possibly can have it function a physique digicam whereas collaborating in an exercise. The $49.95 accent is clearly designed for these trying to make use of their telephone as their most popular recording system.
Common Bar Mount
Mount to your bike, scooter, golf cart, stroller, and extra
If that you must mount your bike on handlebars, a pipe, or one other cylindrical object, then the Common Bar Mount is a stable resolution that’s accessible for $49.95. You’ll be able to shortly and simply connect it to a motorcycle, scooter, stroller, golf cart, go-kart, or different spherical gear.
The safe SlimLink system is used with a button press, releasing the telephone from the Common Bar Mount. Because of the SlimLink system, a Peak Design Case is required to make use of the Common Bar Mount accent.
A sturdy thick silicone band with openings alongside its size is wrapped across the handlebar pipe after which secured with a keeper hook with the bitter finish neatly stowed for optimum safety. The Common Bar Mount is ideal for individuals who change bikes, hire bikes or desire a clip that can’t be stolen.
It’s designed for bars which might be 22 to 35mm in diameter and might mount your telephone in panorama or portrait orientation. 32 rotational positions can be found within the mounting head.
Out Entrance Bike Mount
Safe your telephone to your bike for all using circumstances
In case you are in search of the last word approach to safe your telephone to your bike, then the Out Entrance Bike Mount is the one for you. It’s priced at $69.95 and requires a Peak Design Case with the SlimLink system to make use of together with your bike.
The retail package deal consists of sizing collars for handlebars with 22.2, 25.4, and 31.8mm diameters. The mount is secured to your handlebars with a hex screw or thumb screw (each included). Anodized aluminum is used within the building of the Out Entrance Bike Mount and it’s weatherproof and light-weight weight.
In case you are keen on utilizing your telephone as your bike pc then this can be a nice resolution. You too can simply rotate the mount so to movie time-lapse or commonplace movies as you trip. There may be additionally a GoPro accent mount as a part of the package so you possibly can connect a motorcycle mild or motion digicam for recording video whereas utilizing your telephone as a motorcycle pc.
What makes the Cellular by Peak Design merchandise so compelling?
Apple’s MagSafe is a typical for the iPhone with circumstances, wallets, and a few mounting options. Whereas these are stable choices for the iPhone, these merchandise don’t work with Samsung or Google smartphones. With the Cellular by Peak Design mounts and equipment, you should buy them, and in the event you ever change telephones sooner or later, the equipment will nonetheless be just right for you.
MagSafe can be good for a lot of mounting choices, however the distinctive SlimLink locking system is safer than MagSafe. That is necessary for mounts that you just use in your bike or different picture capturing gear. You too can use the Peak Design circumstances with MagSafe gear too.
What’s your most used Cellular by Peak Design accent?
The Stand Pockets is the accent I exploit essentially the most, and even after I was testing different Apple MagSafe circumstances, I slapped the Stand Pockets on the again. It carries all of the playing cards I would like (as much as seven), has a cool system for eradicating the playing cards, incorporates a powerful magnet so I can belief it is not going to fall off and is ideal for having fun with film content material whereas commuting or flying on an airplane.
With latest household gatherings, I additionally found that the Stand Pockets serves as tripod to assist me seize household pictures that embody me.
Are there different merchandise you didn’t take a look at out?
Sure, I’m not a motorbike rider, so I didn’t take a look at out the Bike Bar Mount or Bike Stem Mount. Whereas they’re much like the pedal bike mounts and use the SlimLock system, they’re constructed for the stems and handlebars of bikes. Additionally they have vibration isolators to assist stop injury to telephone elements because of the excessive speeds and highway circumstances skilled on a motorbike.
We additionally didn’t take a look at the Cellular Tripod, Slim Pockets, or Wi-fi Charging Stand. We tried out a prototype Cellular Tripod, however there have been sufficient modifications made that it now not matches the retail case. The Slim Pockets is similar to the Stand Pockets however doesn’t have the hinged metallic piece, so it doesn’t function a kickstand in your telephone. The Wi-fi Charging Stand seems to be like a chic resolution with a stand that folds down flat and may also be used for media viewing or calls whereas charging up your telephone.