When Julie asked everyone if they would like to review the Texthook, I immediately jumped at the chance. I thought it would be a great opportunity to review a gadget when I’m ‘out and about’, so to speak.
I was quite intrigued by the Texthook to say the least. It’s a gadget which allows you to attach your smart phone to your child’s pram/pushchair, your shopping trolley, bicycle or even your exercise equipment, so you can easily read the display when you’re on the move. So, let’s have a closer look!
The Texthook arrived in small, neat box which includes plenty of words and pictures. The box also shows clear fitting instructions, along with lots of information about the Texthook itself.
Out of the box however the Texthook already comes pre-assembled for you, so all you need to do is strap it to the item of your choice.
The plastic used to make the Texthook is very strong, light and durable.
The creators of the Texthook say that it will fit the handlebars of most prams, including Bugaboo, Phil & Ted, Baby Jogger, McLaren and BOB. It will also fit easily to the handlebars of most bicycles and exercise equipment.
As for the handsets that are compatible with it, they say that it can be used with RIM (Blackberry), Apple, HTC, Samsung, Motorola and T-Mobile handsets. However, for a full list of compatible handsets for the Texthook, you can visit the website here.
Fitting the Texthook couldn’t be anymore simpler really. You clip the base to the handlebar of your pram/bicycle and loop the velcro around the bar and strap it back onto the base of the Texthook, so it secures it into place. Then, to insert your handset, squeeze the two prongs together on the back and this slides the holder up. Insert your handset, then slide the holder down again until it feels secure.
Once your handset is in place it’s very difficult to remove it without either sliding the holder back up again, or physically undoing the velcro strap and removing the whole thing. If someone did try this, you’d certainly know about it!
I did however like the fact that I could see the display clearly whilst on the move, especially when people were calling. Once I hooked up a bluetooth headset, the Texthook came into it’s own, as using it whilst walking & talking was very good indeed!
During our trip out, the Texthook became slack just the once and started to wobble quite a lot, so it had to be tightened up. After doing this, it remained in place till we got home.
A downside of the Texthook (Which my wife kindly pointed out!) is that it doesn’t allow the use of headphones when I placed my iPod Touch into it. The headphone jack on the iPod is located at the bottom and there isn’t any gap or space to allow for the headphones to be plugged in. It didn’t work upside down either. And, unfortunately, you can’t hold the handset in sideways, as I tried this method also.
This was the same for the Blackerry 8900 we used during the review, as the headphone jack is on the right side, which was blocked by the holder.
It would’ve been even better had I been able to use it for this purpose, especially as I could have attached it to my bike as my music collection sits on my iPod.
The Texthook is a useful tool, great for the ‘on-the-go’ person who needs to be able to keep in touch with the world with ease. It’s inventive design makes it easy to use and the materials used will ensure it lasts a long time during it’s use.
It is available now priced at $25.99 and more information can be found at the Texthook website.