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UDS, the company that brought us Capta (which we loved) and now working on Vavo, has a limited quantity of pads made of what I called "magic alien goo" - a key ingredient used in its products. It's sort of a weird material made in part with polyurethane (PU), which is both sticky and not sticky at the same time - but in exactly the right ways.

I have been playing with a PU pad for the last month or so, and it's now become my trusty gym companion. Heck, I can bring it anywhere, slap it on pretty much any surface, and voila - an instant phone holder. It can probably support a light tablet too - definitely a 7". I wouldn't trust it with a 10" for long periods of time, but with enough experimentation, you'll be able to figure out what you're comfortable with.

Possible Uses

As I mentioned, the greatest use I found for this pad is in the gym. Specifically, the treadmill. I bring my phone with me and on average watch a full TV episode while on an elliptical or a treadmill. I use BT earbuds for convenience, which means there's no cord dangling in front of me, so I have the freedom to put my phone in front of me in a book pocket, turn on a video, and start the workout.

The problem is, some machines don't even have book mounts or anything else I could put my phone on. Even worse, vibration created by running on a treadmill is so hard that my phone vibrates itself off and threatens to fly to the ground every 30 seconds. It's really frustrating (first world problems, I know).

Enter PU pad. Rolled up, it barely takes up any space in my pants. At the gym, I unroll it, stick it absolutely anywhere on the treadmill, and voila - my Epic Touch is magically suspended in a place no other phone has ever been before. It looks mighty and victorious sitting that high. No amount of vibration will be able to throw it off its pedestal. It's absolutely brilliant.

Here are some uses I could think of off the top of my head:

  • Gym - as I verbosely described above.
  • Car - it stuck to my textured dash like a fly to a flytrap. Kind of ugly - yes, but very functional, considering you can attach it literally anywhere you want, then simply pull it off when you've returned from that epic road trip.
  • Kitchen - slap the phone onto your fridge, pull up a recipe or turn on an episode of Top Chef, and enjoy the convenience of having the screen exactly where you want it to be.
  • I wouldn't recommend doing it for extended periods of time, but if, hypothetically speaking, you were Spiderman, you could do this to a nearby wall:

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Wait, I said Spiderman, right? I meant this (if you saw this image a few weeks back, it would start making a bit more sense now):

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The list goes on. Think of a surface around you, and if you suddenly get an uncontrollable desire to have your phone attached to it at eye level, there's a good chance you will be able to accomplish it.

The Skinny

  • The pad is sticky - it attaches to almost anything and holds my phone so reliably that sometimes I rip off the back cover if I pull it off too hard.
  • The pad is also not sticky at the same time - it doesn't leave any residue, traces of glue, or that annoying sticky feeling you would expect from something this strong. It kind of feels like magic the first few times you use it. If you've ever used Capta, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
  • It works on textured surfaces without a hitch. For example, my Epic Touch's rear cover, which looks like this:
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    sticks to it like it's covered with superglue.
  • Each pad measures 7" by 3.5" in size.
  • These pads are extremely easy to clean. As you can imagine, they attract dust, lint, and all kinds of things floating around. To clean, just rinse them with warm water for 5 seconds. All the dust instantly washes off - in fact, the presence of water makes the surface nice and glidy, and after drying, it becomes just as sticky as it was in the beginning. I've washed mine 5-6 times so far and haven't noticed any degradation in performance.
  • Storage - the pads can be left uncovered without loss of functionality. I carry mine rolled up the way you see below and wash it about once a week.
  • Longevity - when I asked UDS about potential loss of stickiness, they said they've been using and testing the pads for over a year, but they remain the same. If true, it's quite remarkable.

Enough Magic Talk - Where Can I Get One?

You can buy these pads directly from UDS here for $7.99. This includes free worldwide shipping. That's right - any country, shipped free. Honestly, after spending a month with one of these things, it's a steal at that price.

According to the company, there are about 300 of these pads left in stock, so if you want one, hurry up before they sell out. I have a feeling they're leftovers from manufacturing of Capta, so I'm not sure if UDS will make more when the stock is depleted.

Update 5/25/12: I confirmed with UDS that they indeed sold out, and actually didn't shut down their order form in time, so they'll need to cancel some orders for now. The good news, however, is that this demand and our coverage convinced them that they should make more, which they'll be doing in the next few weeks. The inscription will change to no longer mention Capta, and it'll look more generic, which is also good. Stay tuned, folks, hopefully it won't take long. I've also asked them to respond to any concerns in the post comments, so fire away.

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More photos of the PU pad: on a wall, a computer monitor, semi-detached, rolled up (x2)

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Similar PU material was used in the Capta

If you have any questions about these pads, feel free to ask in the comments.

Disclaimer: I do not get any commission for recommending Capta, PU pads, or anything else made by UDS. Rarely do I feel so much passion about a product, especially one this rough and simple, but when I do, it's a good sign somebody is doing something right.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • http://twitter.com/gamercore Chris Chavez

    How long will it hold though? Sticking my phone to the fridge sounds awesome but scarier the longer it stays there... lol

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm not sure, I wouldn't leave it there overnight, but I've never had a phone drop yet. Maybe one day I'll test with a Hero :P Depending on the surface, it should last hours.

      I recommend pressing on it once in a while to make sure it's still attached securely until you get the feel for it and feel comfortable enough.

  • Wayne Randall

    lol @ disclaimer.  thanks for the unbiased review..

    still laughing about the ball-busting biased bag-review guy from earlier this week.

    • Vallhalen

      I just bought one. I can not wait to test it: D Free worldwide shipping was an impulse i think :P

  • Aaron

    You at the gym.... like a boss. 8|

  • http://twitter.com/KennyO112 Kenny Otero

    Just ordered one.....Can't wait to see it in action, I trust you Artem - but I still feel compelled to test it on a demo phone. 

  • Sean

    Agreed, I'm curious to see just how long it'll stay up there...maybe do a test with it dangling above a couch or somesuch, for a soft landing? haha

  • http://them3blog.wordpress.com/ Abel

    Cool(check)
    cheap(check)
    nice(check)
    Cheap(double check)
    Clean (check)
    useful (check)
    what else I'm missing?

    • smithers85

      it's also cheap !

  • Scott Haggerty

    Thought these were interesting from your earlier post, I ordered 2. One for my Epic Touch & one for the GF's iPhone. I'm sure we will get much use of them, I'll let you know how well we like them.

  • MaddmattH

    Well they owe you some commission because I just bought one :)

  • http://twitter.com/ItsaMeScott Scott

    Can it be cut easily?  Wondering because it seems kind of big for one phone but having two (or even three) smaller ones might be ideal.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, I'm sure you can cut them with a knife or scissors like you would cut soft rubber.

      • http://twitter.com/ItsaMeScott Scott

        Thanks.  I didn't even wait for an answer before ordering two of them.  These things look great!

  • Randy Hoover

    I have a PU Pad at home I dont have a nightstand or anything by my bed, so I have it on my bedframe (flat ikea frame) and stick my phone on it at night while it's charging because my phone doubles as my alarm clock, and it's always there on the pad in the morning, when I notice it's loosing it's stick I just rinse it off, let it dry out over the next day and it's ready to use again once it's dry. It's a phenomenal product, I got one when I pledged some money in their original kickstarter campaign.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I had to jump on this myself.  I've got a few ideas for how to use this.  I feel a video coming on.

    Edit: Instantaneous moment of reflection...that last part sounds dirty...I didn't mean it that way...but now I'm wondering if that's a happy accident ;)

  • moelsen8

    wow ultimate impulse buy.  when i read only so many left in stock and may never get created again, i had to buy 2.  awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/shaikhsadik Sadikk Shaikh

    Will this thing hold My Transformer TF101 ?? anyone?? 

    • ChumbleSpuzz

      It will indeed! Haven't tried overnight, obviously, but it holds up on my fridge and cabinet doors. Hope you ordered one in time, because there are sold out now.

  • Sootie

    Shut up and take my money!!

    • Sootie

      Or throw my money back at me, they are sold out :( but they were still allowing orders. However good news everyone.... "We are manufacturing a new
      batch and will alert Android police once they are ready. Cheers!! "

  • Erythnul

    Instead of asking them to shut up (They were quiet enough :P) I decided I would shut up and throw my money at them. Ordered one using the last funds on my prepaid CC (damn Play Store sales taking all my money from me! :( ). 
    When it arrives and if I'm as happy with it as you are, I'll be hoping I can order one or two more, for science :P

  • aatifsumar

    w00t.  Free worldwide shipping FTW! Ordered.

  • http://twitter.com/sakura_candy Lumi

    Free international shipping?? *impulse buys*

  • fixxmyhead

    First World problems Hahaha freaking Artem.

  • Chris Bozsik

    O_O I just impulse bought one... I've been making a lot of impulse purchases lately xD

  • cabbott9

    Major impulse buy, but when I saw the price w/free shipping and no tax it got me thinking. Then I saw that I could cut it and make two and I was sold. 

  • Dieter Vandenbroeck

    You convinced me (probably the free shipping helped a lot)! 

  • smilja85

    Here UDS last product - Vavo: http://kck.st/JZGAln
    This sticky area on it is like 1/10th of PU pad and in their time laps it holds 25h plus... will it hold your phone for long time... Yeah! 
    Time laps link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1689824368/vavo-universal-stand-and-mount-for-smart-phones-de/posts

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      UDS told us that the PU used on Capta (and probably Vavo) is much stronger, so I wouldn't rely on those tests that much. It's still very strong though, don't get me wrong.

  • Pinolero6

    Sold out :-(

  • http://johnschaffer.myopenid.com/ John Schaffer

    Damn. Sold out.

  • raindog469

    I'd have liked one of these due to its size, but luckily there are plenty of other companies that make sticky polyurethane pads for sticking your phone to your dash. Even Pep Boys sells them. An even cheaper option is to cannibalize one of those polyurethane lint rollers that can usually be had for a few bucks at a drug store or dollar store and gives you about a 4"x5" pad.

    Edit: for those who see this and get the idea to make their whole dash non-skid using that perforated shelf liner stuff, as I did after my success with the PU pad, don't bother. Your phone will stick to the shelf liner stuff but it won't stick to your dash unless it's very different than the ones in the two different cars and a van I tried it with.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I confirmed with UDS that they indeed sold out, and actually didn't shut
    down their order form in time, so they'll need to cancel some orders
    for now.

    The good news, however, is that this demand and our coverage convinced
    them that they should make more, which they'll be doing in the next few
    weeks. The inscription will change to no longer mention Capta, and it'll
    look more generic, which is also good. Stay tuned, folks, hopefully it
    won't take long.

    I've also asked them to respond to any concerns in the post comments, so fire away.

    • http://www.udsproducts.com/ UDS

      Hello everyone,

      As Artem said we sold out very very quickly. Unfortunately due to a glitch in our system we were sold
      out prior to many orders going through our system. We have already
      initiated refunds for orders that we did not have inventory to fill. Due to the high interest in our pads we plan to manufacture a new batch.
      Once they arrive we will alert Android Police. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to
      filling your order in the near future. Readers of Android Police will be the first to be notified of the new stock.We are also here to answer any questions regarding the PU pads. Thanks again to Android Police. Cheers!!Here is an earlier video we shot of the PU pad during our kickstarter Capta campaign - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rak7jiObANAAdewale & BojanUDS

  • http://www.udsproducts.com/ UDS

      Hello everyone,
     

    We sold out very very quickly. Unfortunately due to a glitch in our system we were sold out prior to many orders going through our system. We have already initiated
    refunds for orders that we did not have inventory to fill. Due to the
    high interest in our pads we plan to manufacture a new batch.
     
    Once they arrive we will alert Android Police. We apologize for the inconvenience and look forward to filling
    your order in the near future. Readers of Android Police will be the
    first to be notified of the new stock.
     
    We are also here to answer any
    questions regarding the PU pads. Thanks again to Android Police.
    Cheers!!
     
    Here is an earlier video we shot of the PU pad during our
    kickstarter Capta campaign - 
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rak7jiObANA
     

    Adewale & Bojan
    UDS

  • http://www.udsproducts.com/ UDS

    Good day Artem,

    Thanks again for the article. Here is where we stand. We have issued all
    refunds for orders that we could not fill. All domestic US orders were
    shipped out Saturday morning via USPS and should arrive by mid week. We
    will ship out the international orders tomorrow morning. All
    international backers were notified via email.

    So in summary Refunds sent out, US orders that were filled have been
    shipped and should arrive mid week and international orders will be
    shipped tomorrow. For questions or to be notified about the new orders
    you can reach us at [email protected]. Have a great evening
    everyone. Cheers!!

  • Araiya

    For the curious, I just got my PU pad last night. I'm typing this comment after being on the city bus for 20 minutes, with an HP TouchPad (running ICS, of course) stuck to the wall of the bus.
    For the record, the TouchPad weighs nearly 2 pounds. My Bus ride is somewhat bumpy.
    It's pretty damn good.

    I also posted a brief video, showing the difficulty of removing the Touchpad from my house walls with the PU pad holding it.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Where's the video?

  • Hemi

    Here's the new prices: 
    PuGoo coming soon! 
    1 PuGoo pad – $9.99*5 PuGoo pads – $47.50*10 PuGoo pads – $90.00*

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Nice spot.

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