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We've looked at a wide variety of accessories over the past couple of years: cases, cradles, headphones, speakers, etc., but I'm not quite sure we've ever seen a product like Une Bobine. In a nutshell, it's a microUSB cable. But it's not your average USB cable - it's an adjustable, bendable, flexible USB cable that can be used to hold your phone – a dock and cable in one, if you will.

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Now, the first question you may be asking yourself is: why would I want this? To answer that honestly, I really have no idea. I've had this thing for several weeks now, and I really can't find a good use for it. It's cumbersome, awkward, and pretty unstable. In short, it's beyond clear that this is another case of "let's take a product that we designed from the ground up for iPhone and make it work for Android!" You and I both know that never ends well. Prior to the 5, the iPhone had a very wide, large, locking connector that could easily stabilize the phone on the Une Bobine. MicroUSB, though? It's tiny and narrow - and it just doesn't work well for the intended purpose of the Une Bobine - despite the array of "adapters" included with the cable.


The Good

  • Despite its flaws (which are many), this can be useful if positioned just right. Especially for when you are throwing commands at your phone via abd and need to see the output on the display.

The Bad

  • It's cumbersome to use. You have to position the phone exactly right to keep it from falling over. That in itself makes it more annoying than practical.
  • Don't bother using it on a desktop computer - it will basically try to rip the USB ports out of the tower. Because, let's face it, USB ports simply aren't meant to bear the weight of a phone.
  • It still requires an ample amount of desk space in order to provide enough "coil" to make it stable.
  • It's not all that stable on devices with bottom microUSB ports, but it becomes even less stable on devices where the microUSB port is on the side, like the One X/X+ for example.
  • Why? Just... why? I really can't fathom a worthwhile use for this product. It simply is not practical. At all. You'd be better off with a USB cable and a phone stand. That makes a whole lot more sense.

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As I stated in the intro, this thing is probably pretty solid when used with an older iPhone (pre 5), due to the massive connector. With microUSB, though, I just don't trust it. It's anything but stable, as all of my phones just wobble around on it regardless of the adapter, which makes me too nervous to use it on a regular basis.

Don't get me wrong - your mileage may vary. But at $30 a pop, I not only find it impossible to recommend the Une Bobine, but can't even suggest to give a try for yourself. 

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We'd like to thank BiteMyApple.co for providing the Une Bobine review unit.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • SAI

    This product is such a let down. I got two from the Kickstarter....and I barely use it now. If this can actually prop up my GS3, then I'll glady use it. Unfortunately, it can barely hold the phone up, if at all. I liked the potential for this cable such as viewing your Android application on the screen while debugging, using it as a second screen for your desktop (using certain apps), and just generally checking notifications without need to pick up the phone and look through it.

    • loling

      LOL @ kickstarter mules.

      • SAI

        Well in my defense, I wanted to support their project. I don't go shopping on Kickstarter...

        • loling

          Yeah mate supporting the little guy and underdog is a great thing, but this product is garbage. Support intelligent design/innovation not idiotic/novelty items.

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    does look pretty cool tho.

  • http://twitter.com/lgasparjnr laszlo gaspar

    i want a teblet version, only problem is my micro usb port is on the top of the device.

  • http://twitter.com/ToysSamurai Toys Samurai

    Well, if you already have a stand and this thing can be plugged into the stand, the coil will definitely look much better than a soft cable.

  • twistkill

    I got 2 from the Kickstarter project too, major let down since it didnt prop up my Galaxy Nexus without the wobble. This http://limb.al/#shopping-cart-header seems to work better, the key being shorter lengths. Though after Une.Bobine I wouldn't pre-order anything on those lines. I'll wait for the review before buying this one :D

  • http://twitter.com/jordanlong20 Jordan Long

    mine (use a evo lte on it) is sitting on a shelf somewhere

  • NikhilW

    "I really can't find a good use for it"
    Bend that cable into +ingress logo and ask for an #ingressinvite! :-P

  • http://www.facebook.com/gkrynen Greg Krynen

    Use it with your phone as a hands free web cam

  • GraveUypo

    looks cool on the pictures. kinda like a snake

  • ghost

    bitch,can you write an article without colloquial,aha?

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

      /palmface

  • zab

    if it worked (instead of being cumbersome unstable) it would be very useful. Safes you a stand while charging and can be positioned high/low/portrait/landscape. That would be awesome. And looks cool too. But the cable is too weak and the connector too small.

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

    I can think of a single use case for this thing to be good. It could be coiled around something to hang the phone. Maybe coiled around the back of a car seat headrest or the arm rest of an office chair.

    Frankly, I wouldn't want to use this because it would be putting a lot of strain on the microUSB port of the device. I know those ports are typically reinforced so that they aren't prone to breaking easily, but this seems like it's pushing the limits.

  • Martin Nilsson

    My Xperia Pro connects at the top, meaning the phone could partially support its self. But seeing as I had a similar solution on a Web cam that never really worked, I'm bound to agree with the article here.

  • CeluGeek

    I like the concept! The execution may not be the best -- it'll probably won't work at all with a heavier phone like the Captivate Glide, but the idea in itself is really cool. I'll wait for a 2.0 version though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/glazzi Leon A-z

    how about using it in the car??? instead of a regular car holder???

  • WhatWhat

    Also, if someone were to use this on a daily basis, wouldn't the charging ports get damaged over time? I'm still have an Evo 4G, and I need to lay something on the USB cable to push it down so it can charge.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    What the hell kind of name is "Une Bobine" anyway? Isn't that a bounty hunter in Star Wars?

  • Andres Benia

    I might find it quite useful to hold up a 3g/4g modem ^_^.

  • Tj Neuman

    I bet my cat can't chew through it though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/miki.gavette Miki Gavette

    wow, cool ...
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