Strike Alpha Cradle Review – ‘strikingly sturdy’
As we continue our journey through the booming age of mobile technology – where smartphones appear to maintain their position on the mobile tech throne, the need for cases/stands and essentially ‘digital furniture’ is larger then ever. One area which has seen slow but steady growth – is the car phone holder concept. Thanks to the team at Red Agency we have had the opportunity to review the “Strike Alpha Car Cradle” – the latest in car phone holder technology from the team at ‘Strike’. We were provided with Strike Alpha Car Cradle for the iphone5/5s and were quite happy with the product. The Strike Alpha Car Cradle comes with the phone holder, a cigarette lighter charger and a windscreen mount. The actual phone holder is a separate piece to the windscreen mount and is designed for specific mobile devices (in this instance the iPhone 5/5s. The phone holder allows for charging, is said to boost the antenna of the mobile phone and in addition comes with an FME Male output which can be connected to the car antenna (if such an input is available in your car). The charging function was decent, although it is limited to 2amps output – so don’t expect a fast charge of your phone. In terms of connectivity, the Strike Alpha Cradle is quite simple in that it relies on the Bluetooth and other connectivity functions of the actual phone/car. There is no output socket to connect to a USB or similar connector, and therefore, the Strike Alpha Cradle is best suited for cars with Bluetooth functionality (if that is what the use is after). The one downside to the design of the phone holder is that the co-axial cable port in the iPhone is covered by the phone holder – which may be a challenge for those who use the 3.5mm (headphone jack) cable from their iPhone to their vehicles. Importantly, the Strike Alpha Cradle site notes that the Strike Alpha Cradle has been designed to minimize driver distraction and is fully compliant with Australian road laws. Further to this, the Strike Alpha Cradle Comes with a 3 year unlimited KM warranty. A particular highlight for us, was the windscreen mount – it was sturdy and easily attachable to the windscreen glass. Once on the windscreen, the “HR” Patented technology worked well to ensure that the windscreen mount was securely attached throughout the test journeys. Of particular note, is the swivel capability of the mount ‘face’, which allows for full clockwise/anticlockwise rotation (limited only by the space between the dashboard and the windscreen) as well as a tilt up/down/left/right function.
Although the Strike Alpha Cradle was very usable and handy in a smaller sedan, it is likely that this product would be best suited for longer trips and journeys which require strong antenna/cellular signals. Obviously, a car with its own satellite phone or other connectivity function would be ideal as the FME Male output could be utilized to boost the range of the phone further. To find out more, head on down to the Strike Cradle website.