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    Iphones, quads and wheelkchairs. Oh my!

    How do you guys find your iphone (or any smart phone)

    In particular ease of use with quad hands. I think the voice activated features would be cool.

    How about storage / access? I keep my cell in my fany pack attached to armrest and keep it between my hip and armrest. Needless to say, by the time i get the phone out ... I miss alot of calls.

    I'm thinking something like an inconspicuous holder securley attached to the armrest would be great! It could flip up when needed. tucked away when not.

    does such a thing exist?

    #2
    A friend of mine uses a "Smart Clip" that adheres to the phone and it s a loop, which he hooks over his brake lever; I do something similar with my keys. He says he purchased the clip online.
    C5-6 Complete - 8/13/1982

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      #3
      I use a Blackberry Pearl, it is super robust, handles dropping, being run over by my powerchair, being picked up by my service dog, etc. I use a case that allows me to just lay my phone on a special charging mat on my desk, the "otter box" seems to be a great case too, my buddy has one on his iphone. I mounted a digital camera case on the side of my chair, it works quite well.
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        #4
        I've done a couple using 1/8" ABS plastic molded to the specific shape of the phone using a heat gun. The one on the right is one example. The phone itself just snaps in place. The holder is attached to the arm pad using 3M exterior mounting tape.

        The one on the left is simply attached to a bracket bolted to the joystick mounting tube. The phone attaches to the bracket using SnapLock Velcro.

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          #5
          i use the thiphone - google it
          although the phone falls off sometimes
          C5/C6 Complete since 08/22/09

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            #6
            I have one of these for my iPhone 4... it could potentially be used to secure it to a chair:

            http://joby.com/gorillamobile/iphone4

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              #7
              I'd check out ram mounts. I've been using a version of one for about six months without complaint. There are a variety of choices.

              http://www.ram-mount.com/Products/Ce...2/Default.aspx

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                #8
                it took me sooooooooo long to find - i have a silicon case that has an attachment fir a lanyard, which i use to secure my iphone around my neck, pull it out of a pocket (if its raining) and supplement my so-so grip so it doesnt fall on the ground. you can fairly easily get leather cases that have lanyards, but i specifically did not want one. this took a worldwide search and several months to find... a zcover. i tracked one down at the toronto apple store, shouldnt be too hard for a north american to find. i think they have a website. mine has a belt clip and an armstrap too.

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                  #9
                  I absolutely LOVE my iPhone. I have a 3gs and wouldn't trade it for another model. I find that is it pretty easy to use, and I can type with both hands. I'm incomplete, so I have 1 quad hand and 1 functional hand. I can't use bluetooth, but I'm a big fan of the headphones because they work like bluetooth.

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                    #10
                    Thank you everyone.

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                      #11
                      Phone on a rope

                      I use an Incipio NGP case for my iPhone 4 and have found the the best way to have the phone accessible to me is to attach a small lanyard that I got from a USB flash drive through one of the holes that the case has, in this case the silence/vibrate button opening. I had an HTC before and did something similar with that phone also -- I got a hard belt clip case and attached a little lanyard to it with a key carabiner at the end that I attached somewhere on my chair. I don't have to worry about dropping it and running it over that way, can pull it up out of my bag or pocket using the string, and with the quick release flash drive lanyard, I can also detach it (by biting the clip release) if I need to let someone else use the phone or leave it next to my computer to charge it.

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                        #12
                        Another picture from the side

                        The bottom speaker hole works okay too. I've found that one piece cases like this one and the Speck CandyShell work best as far as attachment goes. FYI, I do the same thing for my water bottle too.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Aditya View Post
                          I use an Incipio NGP case for my iPhone 4 and have found the the best way to have the phone accessible to me is to attach a small lanyard that I got from a USB flash drive through one of the holes that the case has, in this case the silence/vibrate button opening. I had an HTC before and did something similar with that phone also -- I got a hard belt clip case and attached a little lanyard to it with a key carabiner at the end that I attached somewhere on my chair. I don't have to worry about dropping it and running it over that way, can pull it up out of my bag or pocket using the string, and with the quick release flash drive lanyard, I can also detach it (by biting the clip release) if I need to let someone else use the phone or leave it next to my computer to charge it.
                          Can the phone ever fall out of the protective case?

                          I like the simplicity of your idea.

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                            #14
                            I doubt it. It's usually tough for someone with full hand function to get it out of the case so I'm sure it's in there. I use a similar setup in bed too--if I need to call for assistance in the middle of the night I usually find my phone by locating the string, which I keep across my chest, attached to a water bottle to the other end.

                            Originally posted by CowboyCrip View Post
                            Can the phone ever fall out of the protective case?

                            I like the simplicity of your idea.

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                              #15
                              I stuff mine in between my legs, makes it easier to grab quicker. of course, in the winter time, hoodie pockets serve a great purpose too.

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