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  • TidyTilt: Smart Cover for iPhone 4/iPhone 4S

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    There have been several attempts to make a Smart Cover for the iPhone, but here's a cool one. It's called the TidyTilt and it's expected to be launched by January 29th of this year. The designers behind the product are two design students from Chicago named, Derek Tarnow and Zahra Tashakorinia. The design is nearly similar to that of the Smart Cover for the iPad 2, except there's one major difference, the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S don't have that magnet engineering that the iPad 2 does. To make the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S work with this cover, there is actually a mount that has to be placed on the back of the iPhone. It is a stainless steel band that is stuck to the iPhone's rear end with sticky adhesive. The colored TidyTilt is magnet-integrated, so it clings to that stainless steel band that you put on the rear end.

    It's called the TidyTilt because it can be used for two things. One, is that you can use it as a tilt so that you can view your iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S at and angle, the same way that the Smart Cover allows you to see your iPad 2 at a slanted angle if you lay it down with the cover mangled up. The second use is that because the TidyTilt is free-standing from the stainless steel band, you can use it as a headphone tidier, which you loop your headphones around and then close with the magnets on the edges. It can hold headphones or a USB sync cable. You can see it in action in the image below:



    If you're worried about magnets around your precious iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S, then have no fear, because the iPhone uses flash memory instead of magnetic hard disk drives. You won't have to worry about anything damaging your storage. The creators of TidyTilt warn though that the magnets from TidyTilt will affect the Compass application because it uses a magnetometer to find North, however you can return the compass's actions to normal by removing the magnetic TidyTilt while you use the Compass application. The only thing that I would worry about might be that adhesive - we don't know exactly how sticky it is or if it's bad for the back of the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S because of the oleophobic coating on the glass.



    Basically, you can use it for many things, like sticking the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to surfaces that are magnetic, which makes things easier depending on what you're doing. One example in the video is someone sticking the iPhone to a white board so that they can read it while they write on the white board - probably to copy what is being displayed on the screen. So the TidyTilt is capable of not only making your iPhone easier to see at angles, and storing your wires, but also for making it accessible in difficult locations. You will also see that the stainless steel bezel that is put on the rear of the iPhone lifts it from surfaces, so that means that it will protect the back from getting scratched when you lay it on a table. They also show us how it can be placed on the back of hard cases as well as the rear of the iPhone itself.

    TinyTilt appears to be made out of the same materials as the iPad 2 Smart Cover. It includes a hole for the camera lens (which personally I would recommend removing the TidyTilt for pictures). The cost for this accessory is $19 and you can select a color of black, blue, green, or pink. It's great for steadying your iPhone for a FaceTime call or watching a video. I think that this might be a cool little product to have for just $19, but there might be better alternatives out there if you look hard enough. I think I might pick one of these up. What do you think about the TidyTilt? Share in the comments.

    Sources: KickStarter via Redmond Pie
    This article was originally published in forum thread: TidyTilt: Smart Cover for iPhone 4/iPhone 4S started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Kimk69's Avatar
      Kimk69 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Airwaves182 View Post
      Haha agreed! I Never use that crapp!
      But the compass comes in handy when using the maps app to turn the maps in the direction that your moving. Very useful. The compass app itself sucks but it is also in the maps app.
    1. lkailburn's Avatar
      lkailburn -
      Thank you pocketape for explaining to him. I was too lazy last night :-P

      -Luke
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hillefied View Post
      You may not use earbuds, but everyone uses a charging cable. this just keeps the cable a bit more organized and "tidy" so you don't have to deal with tangles. This doesn't serve as a case. It's just a unique way of utilizing your phone as shown in the video. It's innovative and creative.

      And compass is not killed by this, it is temporary and unless you're incredibly lazy, simply removing the magnetic trifolding back, the compass appears to work fine.

      Did you even watch the video?



      The stainless steel rim that adheres to the phone is not magnetic. The trifold flap is what is magnetic. You need to watch the video closely to see that.

      All grades of steel can have magnetic material attach to it. FYI
      This is definitely a neat device BUT NoT EVERYONE uses a charging cable!!! Be careful making assumptions. I use a dock in my car and a music dock at the office and a dock alarm clock at home! I have not used a charging sync cable in a loooong time! I do not sync my phone! I do not use any kind of headphone just bluetooth in the car.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Shipping is FREE if you live in the states
      I'm Canadian.
    1. Hillefied's Avatar
      Hillefied -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketApe View Post

      Not true. Depends on the grade of stainless. The amount of nickel or carbon can affect the magnetism. Iron is magnetic, but it also oxidizes rapidly, so nickel and carbon are added to counteract this, hence the term "stainless." The greater the nickel content, the more resistant to rust, and the lower attraction to magnets. FYI.
      My statement still holds true. I didn't say grades of stainless steel, just steel. There are certain rare earth magnets that can be attracted to nickel and copper, but you are right about the carbon. Not a metal so magnets wouldn't work.

      Quote Originally Posted by Dranon View Post
      This is definitely a neat device BUT NoT EVERYONE uses a charging cable!!! Be careful making assumptions. I use a dock in my car and a music dock at the office and a dock alarm clock at home! I have not used a charging sync cable in a loooong time! I do not sync my phone! I do not use any kind of headphone just bluetooth in the car.
      Geez. Is everyone this literal on MMi? There are far fewer people like you who choose not to use a charging cable. The majority, meaning a lot more than you, use the cable and for that matter, the earbuds.

      All I'm saying is that for you, this product undoubtedly is useless, but I was speaking unbiasedly to many folks who could/would use this about all it's functions.

      And FYI, all of your docks still use a cable. Maybe not an iDevice cable, but some sort of cable. ;P
    1. fudu's Avatar
      fudu -
      Quote Originally Posted by hitman10 View Post
      I'm Canadian.
      no free ship no buy...19+10=$29..no love for Canada!

      Guess Ill wait for someone in China to replicate one and Ill buy it from ebay with free ship!!! lol
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I'd have loved this if it was for the screen. instead... it's for the back? WTF? I literally went for "WANT" to "WHY WOULD I BUY THIS"...

      Quote Originally Posted by fudu View Post
      no free ship no buy...19+10=$29..no love for Canada!

      Guess Ill wait for someone in China to replicate one and Ill buy it from ebay with free ship!!! lol
      That's clever of you. Support the counterfeit market. Stick it to the man...
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Quote Originally Posted by Hillefied View Post
      My statement still holds true. I didn't say grades of stainless steel, just steel. There are certain rare earth magnets that can be attracted to nickel and copper, but you are right about the carbon. Not a metal so magnets wouldn't work.



      Geez. Is everyone this literal on MMi? There are far fewer people like you who choose not to use a charging cable. The majority, meaning a lot more than you, use the cable and for that matter, the earbuds.

      All I'm saying is that for you, this product undoubtedly is useless, but I was speaking unbiasedly to many folks who could/would use this about all it's functions.

      And FYI, all of your docks still use a cable. Maybe not an iDevice cable, but some sort of cable. ;P
      WELLL you said "charging cable" and were directly referring to the iphone cable that you could store in this device. My docks do not use a cable but a power cord.!!! soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo YEAH I WIN!!!!!!!

      Just bustin yer chops dude dont take offense

    1. alexrowley10's Avatar
      alexrowley10 -
      does tidy tilt work on ipod touch 4th gen and/or 3rd generation? because i cant get an iphone
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Wouldn't it have been easier to look at Earbud cord wrap + kickstand + mount for iPhone 4S - TidyTilt than ask here?
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      OK Got mine used it for a week. TOTAL crap! The metal strip barely sticks to the phone. I stuck it to my case instead where it works better. But its too thick now. The cover/wrap part is crap the kickstand just allows the phone to slide in upright mode. Being able to place this on the fridge is kind of neat I guess but I could just as easy use velcro like I do on the cabinet for the ipad! Total waste imho...
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dranon View Post
      OK Got mine used it for a week. TOTAL crap! The metal strip barely sticks to the phone. I stuck it to my case instead where it works better. But its too thick now. The cover/wrap part is crap the kickstand just allows the phone to slide in upright mode. Being able to place this on the fridge is kind of neat I guess but I could just as easy use velcro like I do on the cabinet for the ipad! Total waste imho...
      I agree, after using this for a week or so, I took it off, I am not impressed with the bulkyness that it adds to the phone plus the part that actually folds into a triangle, when flat on the back of the phone moves around a lot more than i i would actually like and i find myself fixing it all the time. The magnet part is cool to stick it to a whiteboard or something but I just dont see myself using this anymore. Probably sell it on ebay. Save your money its def not worth it.