Peak Design is known for making bags, straps, clips, tripods and more for camera enthusiasts. The Mobile by Peak Design Kickstarter campaign launched this week, featuring a variety of phone cases, mounts, and more to help you use your phone safely in a variety of situations.
A selection of these new products arrived for testing last week, and while I no longer have an iPhone 11 Pro for the case, it came with a universal adapter that I could use to try the tripod, car mount, wall mount, and bike mount, a phone of my choice . I installed the universal adapter on the back of a Gear4 case so that Pixel 4 could test the products.
While the Kickstarter campaign is now live and should run for 60 days, the delivery of these innovative products is not planned until May 2021. The cheapest option is to secure the universal adapter kit and build your Mobile by Peak Design collection from there. The entire product range in the mobile ecosystem includes:
- Universal adapter
- Everyday case
- Mobile tripod
- Stand wallet
- Wireless charging stand
- Car holder
- Wall bracket
- Universal bike mount
- Bicycle mount in front
- Creator Kit
- Motorcycle stem mount
- Motorcycle pole mount
I had the chance to quickly try out five of these products and have some thoughts on them below.
Peak Design has included an everyday case for the iPhone 11 Pro, and I hope to be able to test an iPhone 12 everyday case soon. Since I don’t have an iPhone 11 Pro, I installed the Universal Adapter on a Gear4 case for Google Pixel 4.
With an alignment aid, you can ensure that the universal adapter is perfectly centered on the back of a case of your choice. You simply line up the numbers on the stiff paper guide and the universal square adapter can be easily glued to the back of a case. Since my Z Fold 2 is a foldable phone and is not waterproof, I didn’t want to mount it on anything. I chose the Pixel 4 and a case to mount the adapter on.
The universal adapter has a strong adhesive that attaches to your case. The center of the adapter is cut out to match the gray fabric mounts on the back of the adapter and the back of the opening.
In my short time with these accessories, the Mobile Tripod is definitely my most used and popular Mobile by Peak Design accessory. The Mobile Tripod Package includes a nice fabric drawstring pouch that you can take with you wherever you go.
The tripod folds into a very small package, about the size of a credit card, three to four cards thick. The center of the tripod can be folded down, while the back is magnetically attached to the universal adapter or everyday suitcase. The folded down section consists of three elements that can then be moved to create a taller tripod stand or moved to fit on uneven surfaces.
A ball joint is provided so you can rotate the tripod to use your phone in landscape or portrait orientation. I used the mobile tripod on my last flight and it held my phone securely in place to watch videos. While a pouch is included, you can easily attach the mobile tripod to your phone with little extra bulk.
The car mount is attached to your dashboard with 3M VHB adhesive. So make sure you know where to secure them when peeling off the 3M backing. I would like to see a solution for the vent mount at some point so I can use the car mount in a rental car.
The car mount is made of anodized aluminum and is a short bracket with a ball joint that allows you to rotate your device to your preferred orientation. The car holder is Apple MagSafe compatible and there is also a charging version.
The wall mount is a very simple solution and the container contains two wall mount units. It’s simply a magnet covered with bone or charcoal material with 3M VHB tape on the back. Since there is no square center bracket, simply place the phone on the wall bracket to secure it.
Front bike mount
The Out Front Bike Mount is the only accessory I’ve tested that includes the locking mechanism. This means that the middle square area aligns things and then two small aluminum tabs expand to provide a higher level of security. Then press the tabs on the side of the mount to release the assembled phone.
The anodized aluminum weatherproof mount consists of a strong extension arm that attaches around your handlebars and rises to hold your phone in place. The package also includes a GoPro mount for an action camera or a bike light on the side of the mount opposite your phone.
As you can see on the Kickstarter page, there is also a universal bike mount option and some motorcycle mounting options that will be available.
Mobile by Peak Design products are very well designed even at this early stage of development, and I love that there is such a wide range of mounts that fit almost any device and can be used for years, even if you have yours Update smartphone.