There's no doubt that having a smartphone makes life easy. We used to take bulky Walkmans to the gym and avoid chasing waterfalls to the sweet sounds of TLC. We used to have giant books full of recipes that would be spread out across our counters and leave little room for actual cooking. Yep, having a smartphone has created more room in our lives, but even with the conveniences of having more space, it can always get better, right? Sure it can! And the people at Striker have created a very simple, yet very useful smartphone accessory that ensures your music, recipes, GPS, etc., are all at your fingertips.
It is aptly named the "Simple Sucker," and it lives up to its title. The Simple Sucker allows you to mount your smartphone virtually anywhere, while ensuring that it stays in place. Basically you take the Simple Sucker, attach it to any smooth surface using a very strong suction cup. Then you take your smartphone and attach it to the other end. The column between the two suction cups bends so it is easy for you to control your device.
I took the Simple Sucker home to try it out in three of my favorite places: my car, my gym, and my kitchen. On the ride home I attached it to my dashboard. I'm not a fan of GPS, so I decided to plug in my iPhone to my car stereo and control the music with my phone placed on the Simple Sucker. On the notoriously bumpy streets of Spokane, the Simple Sucker stayed in place the whole time during my 4-mile trek home. Test 1: Pass.
For the next test, I took the Simple Sucker to the gym. Wearing an armband on a treadmill always seemed irritating to me. It's hard to change the music on my iPhone while clipping along at 7mph. I'm pretty sure I've almost become a YouTube sensation a few times when trying to change my music from the mellowness of Elton John's "Mellow," to the pump me up, get me ready to finish off my run jam of The White Stripes' "Hello Operator." And placing the iPhone in the cup holder of the treadmill only creates a lot of rumbling and tumbling. So I placed the Simple Sucker on the treadmill, angled the phone towards me and proceeded on a 5 mile run. As my heavy strides hit the belt below, shaking the entire machine, my phone remained firmly in place, and I was able to complete my run without any bummer music interruption. Test 2: Pass.
Finally, I took the Simple Sucker home to make dinner. I wanted to try a new recipe, and hate having to pick up my phone with dirty hands to always check the next step. So keeping one finger clean for swiping purposes I was able to cook a wonderful dinner in the span of about 30 minutes, all the while checking the recipe on my phone, firmly in place on my counter. Test 3: Pass.
The Simple Sucker does exactly what it says it does. It will allow you to securely keep your smartphone in place, during even the most bumpy of times. The one thing that I did not like about the Simple Sucker is that my phone case does not work with it. I have a very rigid phone case that somewhat resembles Commander Worf's forehead and the Simple Sucker couldn't get a grip on it. However once I took the case off, it worked perfectly. Most people have flat phone cases, so if you do, you'll be fine. I need a new case anyway.
They are available for purchase in many places, but you can pick up a three-pack for the reasonable price of $17.99 by visiting Striker's website, HERE.
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