Product Type: Aroma Home mobile phone accessories
Newest Review: ... was working. What difference would it make if I put it in this spider? There wasn't even a hole in it through which to thread a charge cab... more
Daft and useless, just like me.
Aroma Home Phone Holder
Member Name: sharper_fin
Aroma Home Phone Holder
Advantages: Guaranteed to raise a smile.
Disadvantages: Utterly useless
A few years ago, when I got a new mobile phone, my partner presented me with a lovely gift. It was a clear plastic box measuring (W) 44.5cm, (H) 31.5cm, (D) 31.5cm and within it was a fluffy spider. It took me a while to work out what it was but eventually I realised (after reading the box) that it was a phone and/or gadget holder by a company called Aroma Home. I took it out of the package (very easy to remove) and placed it on the table where it sat, unmoving. I thanked her, of course I thanked her profusely, but honestly, I wasn't really all that impressed. My phone always just sat flat on the desk when I was working. What difference would it make if I put it in this spider? There wasn't even a hole in it through which to thread a charge cable.
It's a light blue padded cloth pot (that's where you put your gadget) covered in lots of foamy 'hairs' (each about half a centimetre thick and two cm long). Then there's a soft blue ball for a head stuck on the front of the pot, and this bit really is soft, like a sleepy donkey's nose. There are a couple of smaller white balls stuck onto this head-ball to represent eyes. They look in completely opposite directions from each other. It has a slit mouth and a couple of triangular fangs stitched onto the head and finally there are eight feet attached to the bottom of the pot. They're just simple flat pieces of black felt like you'd see in a Blue Peter kind of craft job. It looks, frankly, utterly rubbish. You can't even wash it properly, only sponge clean it. I suspect it would fall apart if you put it in the washing machine.
I took it to work and put it on my desk because it was a lovely gift from my partner. I put my phone in it once or twice so that I could tell her I'd been using it, fully expecting it to make its way to the bottom of a drawer in a week or so.
But you know what? I kept on using it. Every day when I plopped my phone into it I smiled when I saw the stupid googly Kermit the Frog-style eyes that look like they've been drawn on by a three year old. I kept stroking its oh-so-soft nose or running my fingers through those ridiculous hairs that look more like hedgehog spines than anything a spider might have - even a pastel blue one. In short, I've grown to love it.
I've changed mobiles and offices a few times since then but wherever I've been my phone has spent its day housed in this daft blue spider. It doesn't take up any space, doesn't have any use and isn't detrimental to my working environment at all. But it's where my phone lives every working day.
Is it necessary? Not in any way, shape or form. And it's not cheap at around £9 (July 2013).
Is it cute and fun? Oh yes! My desk wouldn't be the same without it now.
Summary: It's just a fun object but I love it