iStabilizer Glass Sucks Your iPhone Onto Your Windshield

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I remain firmly of the opinion that a driver should drive, and not sip coffee, or listen to the radio, or text his lover, or use cruise-control. As a cyclist, I rely on the pilots of these road-going behemoths to pay attention to the road in order for me to remain alive.

So I have mixed feelings about a gadget which puts a cellphone within such easy reach.The gadget is the iStabilizer Glass, and it is a sucky bracket which sticks your iPhone or iPod Touch to your car’s windshield. It uses the same phone holding cradle as iStabilizer’s monopod, an expanding rubber jaw which grips the phone good and tight.

The suction cup is evacuated with a lever, and the phone can be set at any angle.

Having the phone up in the field of view will certainly keep a driver’s eyes closer to the road, but having anything other than a steering wheel, three (or two, in the U.S) pedals and a gear-shift is a distraction. Then again, you probably shouldn’t listen to me: I’m one of those hippies who thinks that cities should be designed for the people that live in and use them, not for the cars that ruin them.

$30.

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  • tpmphoto

    Isn’t this just a GPS glass mount modified to hold an iPhone?

  • defactomonkey

    Think the author missed the point on this one. The mount is there so you can use your phone as a GPS. Sure the negative stuff will be there too (texting), but I don’t think companies will stop providing better products for responsible adults just because a small percentage don’t have self control behind the wheel.

    Also as a driver I hate the cyclists who encroach onto the road and expect us to go around them. Find a bike trail.

  • JeromeKurliak

    Is this a joke?

    We’re to believe that the author thinks that a suction cup mount is a noteworthy new item, and that drivers should neither listen to the radio nor use cruise control–and yet he’s familiar with Macs and iPhones. Residency in Barcelona notwithstanding, what’s actually newsworthy here is that such a behind-the-times-yet-with-it trogLuddite might actually exist.

  • MrBilly

    Might I suggest this…

    http://www.leevalley.com/en/garden/page.aspx?p=70140&cat=2,42194

    It costs less than ten bucks and is the best suction mount that I have tried by far.

    Oh, and for the record, I mount my iPhone in my vehicle only for GPS. I agree with the other posters, the last thing that drivers need is more distractions.

  • aardman

    I wouldn’t want to drive with an obstruction that big on my windshield. I doubt if that’s even legal in some states.

    As an automobile driver, I thoroughly concur with you that we have the responsibility to keep an extra vigilant eye out for the more vulnerable users of the nations thoroughfares. That being said, I would like to hear bicycle advocates condemn their brethren who want to pedal on the roads but think they are exempt from motoring rules and regulations. i.e. STOP WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS RED. IF YOU ARE ON THE ROAD, YOU ARE A MOTORIST NOT A PEDESTRIAN. IF YOU WANT TO KEEP PEDALING WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS RED, STAY ON THE SIDEWALK.

    Yes, I do mean to shout about it. Because I am sick and tired of bicyclists emerging from a pack of stopped cars on an intersection and darting in front of me then giving me the evil eye because I almost hit them.

  • FriarNurgle

    I have a universal windshield mount from Kensington. Works great regardless of phone or case. Never had an issue with it. Combined with my Jabra Cruiser Bluetooth/fm trasnmitter, I almost feel like I’m driving in a fancy car instead of a Corolla.

  • jeffythequick

    As an automobile driver, I thoroughly concur with you that we have the responsibility to keep an extra vigilant eye out for the more vulnerable users of the nations thoroughfares. That being said, I would like to hear bicycle advocates condemn their brethren who want to pedal on the roads but think they are exempt from motoring rules and regulations. i.e. STOP WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS RED. IF YOU ARE ON THE ROAD, YOU ARE A MOTORIST NOT A PEDESTRIAN. IF YOU WANT TO KEEP PEDALING WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS RED, STAY ON THE SIDEWALK.

    Amen, brother, Amen.

    As for the size, I have mine where the passenger side sun shield goes, and it’s there for several reasons:
    1. GPS
    2. Keep my iPhone off the console and/or flying around the car.
    3. So I can easily answer the phone when it rings, since the phone is in a known location.

    I realize that driving is my primary concern, but it is a skill that is honed, and we don’t need to be driving like when we were 16 and this was the first time going solo in dad’s new Buick.

  • defactomonkey

    I wouldn’t want to drive with an obstruction that big on my windshield. I doubt if that’s even legal in some states.

    As an automobile driver, I thoroughly concur with you that we have the responsibility to keep an extra vigilant eye out for the more vulnerable users of the nations thoroughfares. That being said, I would like to hear bicycle advocates condemn their brethren who want to pedal on the roads but think they are exempt from motoring rules and regulations. i.e. STOP WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS RED. IF YOU ARE ON THE ROAD, YOU ARE A MOTORIST NOT A PEDESTRIAN. IF YOU WANT TO KEEP PEDALING WHEN THE LIGHT TURNS RED, STAY ON THE SIDEWALK.

    Yes, I do mean to shout about it. Because I am sick and tired of bicyclists emerging from a pack of stopped cars on an intersection and darting in front of me then giving me the evil eye because I almost hit them.

    SO TRUE! At a 4-way stop just yesterday and came inches from taking out a bicyclist who didn’t even slow down for the stop sign then yelled obscenities at me for narrowly missing him. He is lucky I was paying attention or he would have been smeared. It wasn’t even a busy day, but he just thought “Hey I’m on a bike everyone stops for me!”

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