Review of the Zyroshell car dashboard/desk phone cradle
The Zyroshell is a sleek, low-profile (3.5 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches) aluminum phone cradle. It makes it easier and safer to use features on your phone, such as navigation, while you are driving. Its slender profile ensures that it will not interfere with visibility when you are on the road.
The Zyroshell features a magnetic hinge that allows you to position the phone at any angle. It uses innovative gel technology to attach the phone to the cradle without leaving any sticky residue on the phone or on the dashboard. This gel technology also works on phone cases (except for some silicone-based cases), so you do not need to remove the case every time you use the cradle. The gel that holds the phone has a dust cover to prevent dust accumulation whenever there is no phone in the cradle.
The base plate attaches to the dashboard with another gel pad, which is not adhesive and leaves no sticky residue. Both gel pads are reusable and washable with water for extended usability.
Pros and cons
The Zyroshell phone cradle is compatible with almost any electronic device that weighs no more than 14 ounces. The gel pad is compatible with curved dashboards and console areas, and the unique hinge ensures you can position your device perfectly.
One minor drawback is that the cradle is made of aluminum, which can quickly match the ambient temperature. If the car has been sitting in the sun on a hot day, the Zyroshell might burn you. But if the Zyroshell is that hot, then you've probably already burned your butt.
Putting it to use
To use the cradle on your car's dashboard, put the gel pad on the dashboard and then place the aluminum cradle on it. You can then put your phone in the cradle horizontally or vertically. We found that it is very easy to rotate the Zyroshell even when the phone is attached to the cradle.
You can position it at any angle, including facing the phone toward the driver or the passenger. From the driver's perspective, it does not block visibility at all, unlike clamp–style phone cradles that attach to the windshield. You can glance at it and keep your eye on the road at the same time, which is very important when using navigation or other features while driving.
We tried out the Zyroshell cradle with an iPhone 5 and an HTC One. Even on bumpy roads, the cradle held the phone securely in place. The reusable gel technology works well and is very convenient. When you are not using it with the phone cradle, you can just take it off and leave it in your glove compartment, or you could use it somewhere else, such as on your desk at work.
The Zyroshell has a sleek, matte aluminum finish that nicely complements in with any car's dashboard. We love the gel technology and we were impressed by its ability to hold a phone in place even on bumpy roads. However, we have concerns as to how long the gel will actually last. According to Zyroshell, the gel does not loose stickiness over time, only with dust accumulation. If you wash the gel pads regularly, you can expect it to last longer. It is a great attachment to have in your car if you use your phone for navigation or if you just want to keep your phone visible while you drive. HomeGear gives Zyroshell phone cradle its highest rating: 4 Lights On: Excellent and Highly Recommended.
Adjustable viewing angle (Cradle Rotates 360° and tilts 180°.)
Ultra low profile, soft and flexible design
Conforms to curved dashboards and console areas
Reusable, strong gel pads
Compatible with any smartphone weighing 0.9 lbs (400g) or less
Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.2 x 0.5 inches