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The Best Car Mount for Your Mobile Phone (and It’s On Sale)
No matter what kind of mobile phone you have, the perpetual problem is where to put the phone while you’re in your car.
Sure, you can put in in the change tray, or even leave it in your pocket if you’re all bluetoothy and such but if you’re going to use your phone to play music or using a mapping app then you need to be able to glance quickly and safely at your phone, while keeping it secure.
Over the years, I’ tried all kinds of phone mounts in my car. I’ve tried windshield mounts, dash mounts, and even air vent mounts. They’ve all sucked.
Two Common Problems
There are typically two big problems with most phone mounts.
First, the hassle of getting the phone in and out of the mount is usually so bad that you’re tempted to not use it. (Some vendors actually make you attach something to the phone. This is looks horrible and also limits case options.)
Second, the mounts don’t stick. They tend to use some sort of suction cup that inevitably fails, or worse yet, you have to attach it with velcro or glue.
My search for the perfect phone mount eventually led me to the iOttie One Touch Universial Mount.
I bought it fully expecting to be disappointed yet again, but the huge number (6000+) of generally positive reviews on Amazon made me want to at least try it. I’m so glad I did.
I’ve been using this mount for well over a year now and it’s just outstanding.
Here’s what I love about it…
1. It’s “One Touch”
To put your phone in the unit, you simply put the phone of the lower ledge and then press you phone (with one finger if you like) back slightly. At that point a spring mechanism kicks in and the side arms gently but firmly grab the phone.
To release the unit, you squeeze the lower side arms and the phone is released.
You can do both of these actions with one hand. And, it works every time, quickly, without fail.
2. It Stays Put
The mount uses a suction cup like other mounts but the iOttie suction cup is no ordinary suction cup.
It’s made with some sort of gel material that reminds me of the stuff they used to use to make Wacky Wally Wall Walkers. (Remember those?)
The end result is that this suction cup is sort of gummy, without leaving a residue, and it sticks. Man, does it stick.
This thing holds like crazy. In fact, I haven’t had to reattach it in over a year of heavy use.
I have driven up mountains on dirt roads filled with potholes in my truck with this thing attached to the dash and it hasn’t budged. And, this is all the more surprising when you realize that the dash of my FJ Cruiser comes with a dimpled, rubbery covering on it. Still, this alien technology suction cup holds.
The maker says the gel could lose it’s stickiness if it comes in contact with a lot of dust or dirt. If that happens, they say all you need to do it rinse it off with water and let it air dry. Then it’ll be good as new again. I haven’t had to do that yet but that’s a small price to pay for the amazing grip this stuff musters.
3. It’s Easily Adjustable
Although I usually ride with my phone in portrait orientation, you can easily switch back and forth to landscape mode for apps that might work better that way.
It works with just about every mobile phone imaginable, including the iPhone (4S, 5, 5S, 5C), Galaxy (S4, S3, S2), and the HTC One.
There’s also ample space to attach your power cable, and other cords if necessary.
It just so happens that Amazon has this great phone mount on sale today as part of their daily deal program. It’s only $13.99, which is a steal.
If you’re thinking about getting a car mount, this is the one to get and today is the day to do it.