Developer: Breffo

Price: $19.99

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★½
Hardware Design Rating: ★★★★☆
Long Term Reuse Rating: ★★★★½

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

The Breffo Spiderpodium is a goofy little bit of industrial design that solves many problems I never thought I had. I initially dismissed this alien looking thing as yet another gadget that was long on looks and short on actual application. I was mistaken, however, as this may be the sweetest piece of kit for the iPhone I’ve used in a good while.

Spider analogies aside, the podium comes flat in its packaging, full of potential. Once opened, it bends all wacky and fun, reminding me of my favorite Gumby and Pokey figures from childhood. The first thing I did, of course, was make a little animal out of it.

(not actually my car)

Then, I wrapped my iPhone in its loving little arms and placed it in my car, nestled into the center dashboard air vents. And instantly fell in love. Here was my car clock, weather, compass, and maps application front and center, raised up to its rightful position for ease of access and viewing. Suddenly, my old Subaru was a high tech wonderland, GPS-enabled and, with an easily acquired tape deck adapter, able to stream any music from Rdio or Slacker at my command. Even better? It doesn’t matter what case my iPhone is currently in; whether it wears the minimal and clear Belkin plastic or the heavily functional Mophie Juice Pack, it can remain front and center in my car (and in my heart) at all times.

(not my bike, either)

But wait, there’s more. The Breffo Spiderpodium is a chameleon of the best kind, morphing into an iPhone holder across numerous environments and activities throughout my day. I’ve securely attached my iphone to my bike, my computer monitor and the treadmill at the gym, not to mention set it up at work on my desk for FaceTime and Skype calls. It’s brilliant in its simple solution to the very many iphone standing needs I have throughout each day. Personally, I can see owning several of these babies, leaving one in each place I spend a significant amount of time at. One at work for videoconferencing, one by the bed for alarms and nighttime music, and one for my travel bag, ready in an instant for watching videos, attaching to cars and bikes and such. Brilliant!

The quality of this amazing device is deceptively good. At first glance, it would seem as if after multiple bends, the Breffo Spiderpodium would break or loosen. I’ve used mine for several weeks now with nary a lessening of quality or solidity. I continue to find new uses for it and look forward to a long relationship with this little alien.

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