Something a little different. It’s not PC related at all really but at least it’s a bit gadgety and should still make for half decent reading. I also felt sorry for other potential Canyon iphone holder buyers as there are no reviews out there and very little information in general. So here it is a review of an iphone holder that straps onto the handlebars of your bike!
Introduction: Canyon iPhone holder
I wouldn’t personally recommend an iphone, I think they’re lacking in far too many areas to be considered a decent option but that’s a different story. I have one as I get given a mobile phone for work and I have no choice over the model. One thing that the iphone does have in it’s favour is popularity and this in turn leads to good availability of software, compare to Windows at the desktop PC level. One of my latest apps that I’ve been using on the iphone is Cyclemeter, an app for recording stats and routes when cycling. Having tried it out with the iphone zipped away in my under-saddle bag I decided to get a handlebar mounting holder for it.
There are many holders and you can even pay up to £40 for a holder that incorporates a weatherproof iphone pouch with a clear window for the screen. Instead I wanted something cheap and I didn’t really want to pay postage, so when I stumbled upon the Canyon holder in Argos at only £14.99 and available in-store my mind was made up. Add to this the fact that I had enough Nectar points to be able to get it for free and it was a no brainer.
The packaging is just a plastic bag. So far I’ve not been able to find a website for Canyon either so there’s going to be no way to contact the manufacturer, this isn’t too much of a problem when you buy from Argos as they have a great returns policy themselves as the retailer.
In the bag you’ll find the iphone holder with integrated desk stand, the handbar mounting post with a pair of cable ties already fitted, a spare pair of cable ties and an A4 page of instructions. The instructions like the rest of the package are sparse but they do serve their purpose and this is a pretty simple device.
The holder section which your iphone clips into has a desk stand fitted to the rear, this is hinged and can be opened out for use on your desk or retracted when used on the bike. I can’t see anyone wanting this cumbersome holder as a permanent case for their iphone, so like me you’d probably not use the desk stand feature at all. It does stand up well though and can be used in both portrait and landscape modes. Maybe if you’re touring on a bike you might leave it in it’s stand while you go to the pub for lunch and then it might be useful.