Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the specific differences:
COLOR: The final is available in Black, Blue, Red and Purple, but the 3D printed prototype is available a wider range of colors, including White, Blue, Red, Yellow, Orange, Green and Purple.
MATERIAL: The final production version is made from a silicone-like rubber composite that's specifically selected for its texture and durability. The prototype is made of 3D-printed durable lightweight nylon. Both have some give but the 3D printed prototype version is stiffer.
TEXTURE: The prototype is sanded down but is going to feel rougher than the final. The final production version is smooth and and rich-feeling, unlike your typical rubber.
FLEXIBILITY: Final has more flexibility to work with various phone, phone case and vent situations. It supports phone models to date but for questions around cases, see the FAQ below.
SIZE: Both are the same size.
SUMMARY: Get the final production version for yourself or as gifts to cover more scenarios, or if you're unsure. Get the 3D printed version as a unique item that shows you the development process and also makes for a great conversation piece!
Note that the 3D printed prototype does not look 3D printed because of its high resolution.Last updated:
The Bsteady fits almost all phones on the market up to the largest one I've tested so far, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 at 6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 in, due to the curved shape of the bottom tray.
Phones that are smaller than this phone would thus also fit:
iPhone 4, 5, 5s, 6, 6s
Samsung Note 3, 4, 5
Samsung Galaxy S6, J5, J7
If your phone has a thick case, in many cases the Bsteady still fits because you just need to balance it in the middle, the bottom tray would extend straight, and the rail clip would press down on a spot along the phone case that's not necessarily the edge. If the case is made of a rubber/silicone material, chances are higher that it would still fit, although not 100% of the time as cases do make fitting more complicated.
The added benefit of the Bsteady's silicone-like material is the extra grip on the phone or case.Last updated:
The Bsteady is currently designed to fit even tablet phones (so called phablets :) but does not fit most actual tablets. Right now, phones seem to be the predominant devices with continual data access, but happy to consider possible changes for the tablet use case. If you're interested in a larger 3D printed version of the Bsteady for your tablet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see if it makes sense to tweak the design for a larger more customized 3D printed version.Last updated:
It will still fit your Otter Box as the Otter Box has a rubber outer that would grab onto the Bsteady, especially with the Bsteady's new composite rubber material.
For extra thick phone cases that also hold your credit cards and cash however, please check that together your smartphone + case + cards/cash is less than 1.7 inches thick. The Bsteady is designed universally for phones and works with most cases, but the design doesn't also extend to extra thick non-rubber outer cases and cases that double as wallets.Last updated:
The reason we got used to viewing our GPS's on the windshield is because of suction cup mounts. In some states, blocking the windshield with suction cup mounts is illegal, and generally it's not safe to block any of the driver's view.
The advantage of the Bsteady's below vent placement is manyfold:
- You can decide exactly where is most comfortable for you by placing higher or lower along the vent grille. Note that most people who drive holding the phone with one hand and driving with the other (not advised :) hold the phone at a below vent bottom-half-of-steering-wheel placement.
- Placing below the vents means you don't block usage of your vents, and the hot or cold air does not blow directly onto your phone.
- Having the screen below your vents means it's within easier reach if you need to access your touchscreen while you're stopped at a stoplight.Last updated:
The Bsteady is designed to fit a super wide range of makes, models, and years. The top vent clip's opening measures 1/6th of an inch (0.42 cm) but expands to attach over vents up to 1/5th of an inch (0.5 cm) thick. Almost all vents are made thinner so there shouldn't be a problem, but there's a small chance that there's an exception. If you have deeper vents and would like to confirm by measuring, the depth of the vent grate just needs to measure 1.4 inches (3.6 cm) or under for the vent hook to be able to clip in.Last updated:
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