It’s Christmas eve, I’m back home with the family and it’s raining continuously, so I decided now would be a great time to get in to the great outdoors and do a quick video demonstration of the new Tigra iPhone 5 bike mount!
The new mount has a similar set of features to the Samsung Galaxy S3 version.
At a glance..
- £34.95 available from the London Cyclist eShop
- Waterproof enough to be dropped in a bucket
- Install in less than 5 minutes
- iPhone 5 can still be used even when it’s inside the mount
- Flip stand allows you to rest your iPhone at a good viewing angle
- Can still charge your iPhone even when its inside the mount (great for keeping it running for even the most epic bike rides)
What’s to like
Using the Tigra iPhone 5 bike mount you can follow directions through Google Maps or BikeHub. You can use apps such as Strava to record your cycling and you can quickly send a text saying that you’ll be late, while you are stopped at a traffic light.
(The last one tends to be one I frequently find myself doing)
Beyond that there are a couple of features that are incredibly useful.
For a start, there’s the waterproofing. This is now certified to IPX4 standard. Essentially that means you can drop it in a bucket of water and your iPhone will be fine.
Despite the high level of waterproofing, you can use your iPhone on loudspeaker mode. Thanks to a sound boost design, on a quiet road you can hear directions. Obviously, on the busier roads it gets harder to hear your phone.
You can also potentially access the headphone port, although this may compromise the waterproofing.
The Tigra iPhone 5 bike mount also comes with a flip stand. You simply flip it open and your iPhone rests at a good angle so that you could read it on your desk or by your bed.
The most important feature of all, is how secure the mount feels. For a start, you get a sturdy mechanism that attaches to your handlebars. Then, you safely click your iPhone in to place. Finally, as an additional safety measure, there’s a small screw you can tighten.
The iPhone is then held inside the mount using two very strong arms that clip firmly in to position.
This provides a great peace of mind, knowing your iPhone is safe.
Finally, a newer edition of the Tigra iPhone 5 bike mount now allows to plug in the charging cable when the iPhone is inside the mount. This means you can take it on longer bike rides, without worrying that your iPhone battery will run out. All you would have to do is to trail the cable in to a saddle bag or frame bag and have a charger, such as the Veho Pebble, in there.
What’s not to like
Despite the thinner design, this is still a rather thick bike mount. As such, it doesn’t really make it suitable for carrying your iPhone around in your pocket.
Overall, this is an impressive upgrade by Tigra. They’ve upped the ante on the waterproofing and the security, whilst keeping key features such as easily being able to see and use your iPhone while it’s inside the mount. This reflects on the slightly higher price point at £5 more than the iPhone 4 version. For this review, I’ll give the mount a 5 out of 5.
The Tigra iPhone 5 bike mount is available from our eShop.
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