Do you own an iPad, iPod, or any other brand of smart phone or tablet? Have you tried to buy a mount for your device? Stroll into any Apple Store or Best Buy and prepare to be inundated with an overwhelming number of choices offering countless features to best hold your tablet or phone.
What you may also notice when reading the packages, often printed at the very bottom of the package on the back, is where the item is made. “Designed in the USA, Made in China” is a common phrase used by companies, possibly mimicking Apple’s labeling on most of their products. If you read the packaging on enough of these types of products, you might think that there is no alternatives to these types of items being produced overseas, but there are a few aftermarket accessory choices that are actually designed in America AND made in America. One such company is Thought Out of Shelton, Connecticut, which has been producing America made, innovative products since being founded in 2004.
Thought One designs, engineers, and produces a number of robust mounts for the Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, and even other types of smart phones and tablets. From desktop stands to an on-the-bike mount, their rugged holders and designed to securely keep your electronic gadget from falling while in use.
Some of their stands are designed simply to act as an easel to hold your device, while other stands act as a mount to mate with one of their secure device holders. One example of this mount type of system is the PED3 line for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and similar sized smart phones. Once the fingers of the PED3 holder are configured to an iPhone, it can then be attached to an easel for watching a movie, a tripod mount for taking photos, a coil mount that can be hooked to many different objects, a bicycle/motorcycle handle bar mount, or automobile dashboard mount. These options allow an iPhone to be securely held in many different environments.
The iPad doesn’t nearly have as many mounting choices as the iPhone has, but the Stabile line does offer a number of different easel choices and a coil base for using an iPad in an area that does not have a level surface. With the Stabile Coil Pro base, the optional Grapple Pro hook can be added if the iPad is going to be held in such a way that it could tip off the easel stand – for example, on a handle of a treadmill.
The beauty of their Thought One’s designs are the flexibility to change when a new gadget hit’s the market. How many accessories work both with an iPhone 3 and an iPhone 4S? Very few, but the ‘fingers’ of the PED3 can be configured to grasp onto the two different models of phone. If the possibility of moving away from an Apple iPhone is in your future, the PED3 U (for ‘universal’) can be used to both fit an iPhone and other similarly sized smart phones.
Don’t let the delicate appearance of their easel stands fool you. Most of bases are manufactured from steel plate and then painted black, white, or Apple-matching, silver. They are made heavy to minimize the movement when navigating on the device and stay in place when removing the cables.
Thought One has many different configuration options available on their website. Too many to list here. The iPad mounts range in price from $49.99 to $99.99 and the iPhone/iPod Touch/Universal smart phone mounts mostly come in at under $40. If you are also an owner of a MacBook, you may want to checkout their line of MagStay power cord holders. These little items are designed to keep the magnetic power cord attachment to your MacBook more securely in place, and they too are made in America.