Phone mounts are typically not flashy, opting instead to focus on doing the job they’re supposed to do over having a stunning aesthetic. And most users aren’t thinking about what their mount or tripod says about itself when setting up an outlet or workstation.
The Tenikle 360 mount asks the question, “Why not both?”
Most people may recognize the octopus-inspired accessory from Tenikle inventor and CEO Hans Dose. Shark Tank. It’s hard to miss this tool that looks as malleable as Lovecraft’s myth, its shape reminds the brain, but the Tenikle 360 marries its looks with versatility that is achieved thanks to its design.
Out of the box, the Tenikle 360 resembles a typical sturdy tripod, but combines that stability with flexibility. Each of its three tentacle legs can be folded to fit the available space and quickly frame photos or videos. The additional 360-degree arm allows for even more customization, allowing the phone holder to be rotated and rotated to capture and display images on your device from multiple angles.
The options open up even more when the suction cups lining each leg kick in. As all legs are foldable, users can adapt it to virtually any surface with the suction cups, helping it stay in place. In my month of testing the Tenikle 360 against my imagination, I rarely encountered a scenario where it didn’t live up to expectations.
What if you bend all the legs and put them on the wall? It stopped. Want to wrap it around your bike’s handlebars for travel? It got comfortable. I put it on a frisbee to see if it would be safe when thrown. I mounted my webcam on the edge of my desk and on top of my monitor. I wrapped my legs around my ceiling fan and let it roam around the world of my office. He was successful in all these tests.
This sold me on the Tenikle 360’s wide usage range, and the ease of swapping the included phone stand and 360-degree arm for a webcam or camera was refreshing. The company claims it can hold up to 33 pounds, though I haven’t tested anything beyond the weight of a tablet in my time with it. The suction cups themselves held my phone securely.
The only real concern I felt was specifically with the phone support. It feels cheap to the touch compared to the rest of the Tenikle 360’s build, and my Google Pixel popped out of it once or twice when I applied sudden force or rapid movement when using it.
I also have some doubts about the longevity of the 360 degree arm. It bends quite easily, but it also feels like it can take some bending with long-term adjustment, similar to how you can never straighten a paper clip by hand. But the arm is not necessary to utilize the Tenikle 360 to its fullest potential. I’ve done this as my full-time armless webcam mount and it’s been great.
The $45 asking price on Tenikle’s website is a big question considering the cost of other similarly sized consumer phone mounts and tripods, but its versatility is enough to make the wallet hit look a little better. It feels like a premium product that is weird in the right way.
Source : www.pastemagazine.com