Elephant Card review: A smart and affordable continuity camera mount for the iPhone

Elephant Card review: A smart and affordable continuity camera mount for the iPhone

The elephant card is a portable stand for Mac owners who want to use their iPhone as a webcam with the new Continuity Camera feature in macOS Ventura. Not only do they fold flat for easy portability, but they also work with or without iPhone cases in my testing and attach to both a MacBook screen and a desktop screen.

Even better, it resembles an elephant with its tusks and ears forming the mounting points. That’s cool, and it’s made even more so thanks to the tiny stand $7.99 / 7.49 euros The price tag, which reverts to the normal $9.99 / €9.90 list price after Monday, November 28th.

To use the stand, you simply open the “fangs” that hold your iPhone, which send the “ears” backwards to create two small hooks that fit onto your Mac’s screen. It’s a very clever design from the big minds at TeamNobile, the design group based in Vienna, Austria, and responsible for the equally creative AirBell.

Elephant Card is designed for MacBooks that have long suffered from the infamous webcams built into their ultra-thin screens. But it also fits popular Dell UltraSharp U2720Q Desktop Monitor You have connected your Mac Mini. The Elephant Card’s ears are far from deep enough to grip the full thickness of a Dell monitor, but they just happen to slide securely into the vents along the top of the monitor. If your desktop display lacks such embellishments, it probably won’t work with the Elephant Card Holder.

The stand’s ears attach easily to the 12-inch MacBook, as expected. But just as we discovered when testing the $29.95 Belkin mount, MacBook hinges aren’t really designed to hold heavy items like iPhones. The hinge on this lightweight MacBook supported the bundled weight of the iPhone 11 Pro and case until it passed the angle around 25-30 degrees, after which gravity took over. On one occasion, the clamped phone caused the MacBook to tip over so that the iPhone (lightly) bumped into the table—I was glad I left it in the case. To its credit, the Elephant Card held my iPhone and MacBook even when I reflexively snapped the screen upright.

However, the ear hooks that run along the top edge of the MacBook screen create a narrow, flimsy mounting point. I managed to bump my iPhone once, causing it to loose from my MacBook and fall onto the table with the elephant card still attached. Using the stand on Apple’s lightest MacBooks, in particular, requires some care to avoid accidents. For example, I don’t recommend regular use of the Elephant Card with a MacBook on your lap while you’re perched on a high chair on top of a concrete floor — your iPhone is just asking for trouble.

The stand holds the iPhone at a consistent angle, but this limitation wasn’t an issue in testing. I can either set the MacBook screen just enough to be in frame for Zoom calls, or I can rely on the continuity camera’s Center Stage feature to automatically crop and center my face when mounted on top of my Dell screen.

The Elephant Card is housed inside a brown leather wallet held in the hand.  The Elephant's Eye reaches its climax.

The Elephant Card shares the length and width of a standard credit card, but is twice as thick. It fits easily even in compact wallets, but it might be too thick if you think about squeezing it into the space between your iPhone and the case. For my setup, it created enough bulge in the case to partially expose some edges of the screen to impacts.

1/6

Overall, it’s hard to find any major faults with an accessory that provides so many benefits to Apple users for less than $10. The current 20 percent discount makes it especially compelling now that gift-giving season is underway.

The Elephant Card is available in blue or gray at a discount $7.99 / 7.49 euros During Cyber ​​Monday, with 50 cents of every purchase going directly to your account SaveElephant.org To help save and care for Asian elephants.

All photography by Thomas Riker/The Verge

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