Tech advances in the last five years have been incredible. The screens in our pockets have gotten thinner and bigger and more powerful, and the epitome of this trend might be the iPhone 6 Plus and 7 Plus. A phone so big people literally wonder whether it’s a phone or a tablet.
I do so much work on my phone that the screen real estate has been a game changer in the best way possible.
But I’m so active outside that the screen real estate has been a game changer in a negative way. It’s super hard to bring my phone with me and take advantage of the improved camera, image stabilization, etc.
My solution until now has been to hike with my phone in my pack, tucked away in a pocket. If I want to take a photo, I have to pull my pack to my front, take out my phone, and get two hands on it before the camera is even open. And by then, the moment is often lost.
It’s not actually that big of a hassle. But it’s enough to deter me pulling out my phone if the moment is “good” but not “great.” And that sucks–I have my phone to make it easier to capture the world around me.
iPhone Plus Users Rejoice: the Solution is Here
Here’s how it works:
- Put the Quad Lock case on your phone.
- Put the armband on your arm.
- The Quad Lock case fits into a locking mechanism on the armband.
It’s as simple as that. Leave your phone in the Quad Lock case, and all you need is the Quad Lock armband to make your phone easily accessible while you hike.
How is this new?
I’ve been around the block–I’ve seen phone armband holders, and have never been impressed. So, I was skeptical and had to ask the question: why and how is this any different from the classic plastic sleeve solution?
The thing about the plastic sleeve, Quad Lock was quick to tell me, is it still isn’t that accessible–you have to extract your phone from the sleeve, which can be awkward when it’s on your upper arm–and it can trap moisture and slide around your arm.
The Quad Lock, on the other hand, is already on your phone, and to connect or disconnect your phone from the armband you just need to twist your phone a fraction of a full rotation. And then it’s locked to your arm.
Right now, the Quad Lock is just for the iPhone 6 models, but you have to assume they’ll come out with an iPhone 7 model kit soon.
Check it out here.