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Gear We Love: Nite Ize iOS accessories for your bike, desk, and bag

Dan Frakes | July 2, 2014
There's a lot of gear out there for your Apple devices, but how do you know which are worth your time and what's not worth your money? In our Gear We Love column, Macworld's editors tell you about the products we're personally using--and loving.

The HandleBand's silicone-strap approach lets you use it with any phone, and you can position your phone as far up or down (or left or right, if mounted in landscape orientation) as you prefer. You can even use the HandleBand to temporarily mount, say, a flashlight or a small portable speaker. One downside, however, is that you have two thin, silicone strips obscuring bits of the screen. I found these strips to be occasionally annoying, though some conscientious positioning of my iPhone usually let me minimize the obstruction.

During my testing, I really appreciated being able to quickly move the mount from one bike to another, as well as to use the HandleBand with not only bikes, but also strollers and shopping carts. (Yes, I've long wanted a quick-release mount for shopping carts, so my family could more easily peruse our iPhone-hosted shopping lists.)

Oh, and one of the HandleBand's metal frame clips is also a bottle opener. How many bike mounts can say that?

 

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