The Pivot is a simple but thoughtful accessory for handheld devices.
Its design ensures compatibility with just about every handheld device
including consumer electronics like the GBA. What you get in the Pivot
is a sturdy two piece-plastic with a hinge that holds the pieces
together. This serves as the 'pivoting' part of your accessory. Using
velcro, the manufacturers allow you to fixate a piece on to your PDA
device. From here, the velcro will then bond to the 'pivot' piece
allowing you to create, among many things, a custom cradle.
The idea is quite simple but it can serve many purposes. One caveat
about buying low cost PDAs, like the EM500 or Jornada 525, is the
absence of a cradle. The Pivot allows you to inexpensively add such
functionality to your handheld. Because of how it attaches, you won't
have to worry about blocking any important cables or connections.
Moreover, it is a useful tool in the convention / trade show going
arena. It can help hold items while you take down material from
business cards or pamphlets. It can be used as a display or
presentation tool. As a prop, the Pivot's hinge and strong plastic
construction eliminates any doubt of whether its aptitude to the task.
The hinge certainly gives you a solid feel and you get the feeling that
it will never give way. However, its construction is lightweight enough
that mobility is still preserved. If you aren't using the Pivot, you
can simply fold it back or even detach it from your device.
The caveat I had with the Pivot is actually placing the velcro
attachment piece on to your handheld device. As form factor on
handhelds decrease and expandability increase, it becomes quite a
challenge to find an adequate amount of empty surface area on your PDA,
especially when manufacturers are increasingly opting for things like
removable batteries or expansion sleeve/sled technology. I was also
disappointed that the velcro attachment is permanent on your device.
Suffice to say, you'll only be able to use the set with one device,
which rather hinders the functionality of the accessory, considering its
emphasis on multiple usages. One drawback about velcro, which isn't
entirely the fault of the manufacturer, is when contaminants dirty the
velcro itself. Thus, where you use this will determine on how much
lifetime you can get from the single piece you receive with the Pivot.
I essay at the end of its lifetime, you don't want to be hanging your
handhelds off the ceiling with just the Pivot.
Perhaps the most novel and interesting thing you can do with the Pivot
is to use it as an inexpensive car mount. Long ago when MP3 players
were rare and handheld devices were still running Windows CE 2.0, there
were several quite destructive car mounts that let you put up phones,
audio players and PDAs. The Pivot uses the same velcro technology to
create a base in your car without breaking out the toolbox or drilling
into the base of your vehicle. A quick glance at a few handheld
accessory stores illustrates how much cheaper and in my opinion,
flexible, this solution is to the more permanent mounts.
The Pivot is an intriguing and functional tool but it is slightly
dialectic in its execution. Because of its permanent fixation on your
handheld, it doesn't work quite well with the people who own three or
four sleeves/sleds for their handheld. Thus, those who are into
accessorizing are not exactly the audience for this product (which is
ironic since this is an accessory in itself). Should you run out of
uses for it, the manufacturers include a running list of res gestae on
how the Pivot can help you. But my recommendation is for people who
have PDAs that lack a cradle or use their PDA in stationary places; in
front of a desk or table. As I mentioned before, it's also an excellent
low-cost alternative to a car mount and easily removable too.
Furthermore, it is almost a must have if you show off anything with a
PDA and don't want to drag your cradle along (which would look quite
embarrassing anyway). Ultimately, at such a price, it's hard to go
wrong with the Pivot.
[24/25] Ease of Use