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Look at me, hands-free

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This summer a new Hands-Free law came into effect in New Hampshire:

No use of hand-held electronic devices capable of providing voice or data communication while driving or temporarily halted in traffic for a stop sign or traffic signal or other momentary delays This includes cell phones, GPS, tablets, iPods, iPads or other devices that require data entry.

Lucky for me, my car came with a Bluetooth system allowing me to take calls and make calls without touching my phone.  Though I did need something to keep my cell high up on the dash so that I can easily follow directions Siri is giving me and other quick-glance necessities.  My vents go up and down instead of horizontal, so the model that Christopher has wouldn’t work for me. I stalled, putting off the research to find the perfect model at a bargain price, and what do you know – the company 1byone sent me one! (complimentary)

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Luckily it turned out to be a great fit for my needs.  Here’s the high points:

*It adheres to the stand via a small magnet you put in your phone case, so during errands it pops off and on SO easily.  Other models where you have to wrestle the case in and out of two restrictive edges are REALLY frustrating when you’re in and out of the car a lot.

*The stand rotates so if Christopher was driving, the phone could be facing me in the passenger seat, helping to narrate directions and maps.

*It’s sleek and not bulky or obvious.

*Although the stand connects with the dashboard via the CD player, you can still listen to CDs while the stand is in use.

I made a 1min 12sec  long demonstration video – check it out here:

At first I did have one concern, seeing’s how we’ve always heard cautionary tales about magnets ruining hard drives (or we’ve seen that Breaking Bad episode).  I looked into it and learned that magnets only ruin the old kind of technology that held our computer’s hard drives.  Today’s electronics use technology such as flash drives which are not affected by magnets.

[A *very* strong magnet could possibly affect the compass (NOT the GPS) on one’s smartphone.  This little magnet, however, does not affect my compass.]

In short, I don’t think we need to be concerned about this little magnet. 

Second Note: The packaging the stand comes in is used for several different models, (see photos below).  So don’t panic when it arrives in the mail and the picture on the box does not match your requested model:

A photo gallery demonstrating this handy stand in use:

I see here that the current going price on Amazon.com for this lovely little gadget is $14.99.  If (knock on wood) I lost this little guy, I would definitely pay the $14.99 for the second one.  Great price for the product you’re getting.  And hallelujah amen that it’s now officially illegal to text while driving.  I always set out with intent not to text but sadly it took the fear of a $100 ticket to actually fix my ways.  Drive safe.

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