Car dash mounts (which one are you using)

RiddlaBronc

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I received the TechMatte dash mount kit on friday and have had it for almost 3 days now. Here is my review. For 8 bucks you cant go wrong and they are very handy.




When i first opened the box i was skeptical as well but after figuring it out how to set it up and trying it on i was impressed. The suction mount is very strong and wont come off easily even in a dashboard which is where i put mine for easy access. Great to use the phone to control the stereo or to navigate.

In order to get the three little tabs to click you have to push kind of hard to get it to click but its a one time deal for that.

Why 4 stars?

Two minor issues for me.
1. In order to release the phone you have to use two hands. It would be nice if there was also a one button grip release.
2 Also when it closes to lock your phone it does it with force. So that means its a great idea to have a phone case to avoid scratches. I think i might glue some little pieces of foam to the edges that way i can rock the phone without a case and avoid scratching it.

Overall its a great little mount and i highly recommend it along with a phone case.
 

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alvse

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Nov 30, 2008
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I use this one;

Logitech Case+Drive





Although, I use the Apple Leather Case instead of the one supplied with the mount. A thin metal pad comes with the kit that you place between the back of the phone and the case to make it compatible with the mount.

I've had mounts before with the side clippy things, and found them annoying. This one works amazingly, and the magnet is strong enough to hold the phone in place in daily driving.
 

Mobile923

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https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=18456511#post18456511

Worst: Suction/Adhesive mounts will never ever be 100% reliable.
Eh: Vent mounts are only good if you're not using the AC.
Better: Gooseneck mounts that stem from the power outlet are sturdy, but then in some situations the phone will be not at dashboard-level, risking in taking your eyes off the road.

Best situation: CD Slot mounting (No damage to the slot and CDs will still play inside)
http://www.mountek.com

And if you still have a tape player:
iDeck http://www.amazon.com/iDeck-Integrated-Cassette-Adapter-iPod/dp/B002QG4P7U
 

Robster3

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Dec 13, 2012
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https://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=18456511#post18456511

Worst: Suction/Adhesive mounts will never ever be 100% reliable.
Eh: Vent mounts are only good if you're not using the AC.
Better: Gooseneck mounts that stem from the power outlet are sturdy, but then in some situations the phone will be not at dashboard-level, risking in taking your eyes off the road.

Best situation: CD Slot mounting (No damage to the slot and CDs will still play inside)
http://www.mountek.com

And if you still have a tape player:
iDeck http://www.amazon.com/iDeck-Integrated-Cassette-Adapter-iPod/dp/B002QG4P7U
They look interesting. Does the magnetic one work with a case, they hold a mini too, you think they would hold a air?
 

andyw715

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Oct 25, 2013
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I use the iottie one found on amazon. Really like it, especially the one handed insert/release and awesome suction cup.
 

Mobile923

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Sep 20, 2007
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Hardly best. Best is a mount that securely bolts to your vehicle.

Don't overlook prior threads on the topic.
Did you bother to check out the link? The CD Slot mount securely screws in creating a wedge in the CD Slot, and it's better than bolting to the dashboard because it leaves no permanent damage.

...and the first line of my response was a link to a previous thread on the same topic.

They look interesting. Does the magnetic one work with a case, they hold a mini too, you think they would hold a air?
I doubt it would hold an Air.

I actually went ahead an got an tablet version of the CD slot mount, it holds an iPad Air nicely.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/jumiss-iPad...der_Mounts_Stands_Holders&hash=item4610c1a528
 

JM2

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Oct 8, 2010
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ProClip. They are expensive and designed to mount directly into the dash/console via a clip and some double sided tape. They are custom made for each vehicle and very solid, generally very well made I'd say. They have models with adjustable sides for different widths (with case / without case) and have a pass thru for the Lighting cable. The mount is adjustable (swivel/angle) but in two of my vehicles I modified the mounting plate so it can't move at all.
 

24hrpizza

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I use this one;

Logitech Case+Drive
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Although, I use the Apple Leather Case instead of the one supplied with the mount. A thin metal pad comes with the kit that you place between the back of the phone and the case to make it compatible with the mount.

I've had mounts before with the side clippy things, and found them annoying. This one works amazingly, and the magnet is strong enough to hold the phone in place in daily driving.
I like the design and colors on this one. Good post.
 

takeshi74

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Airframe is the best one and I have tried many...
Would help to explain why you think it's best so others can see if your assessment is relevant to their needs/wants/preferences. Best isn't universal no matter what the topic. For example, vent mounts are a nonstarter for me.
 

Redsfan

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Oct 26, 2012
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I was looking at the Mountek CD Mount for my Note 3 but decided against it because of the size of the phone. Wound up going with a similar look in the ExcMount CD Mount and completely satisfied with it! The iphones are not as big as the Note 3 but with a case, etc.....also have some variations for your mini's, etc.
 

Liskrig

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Jan 13, 2014
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I've been using the Aduro U-Grip+ and it is amazing. Minimalistic design, and not over engineered. Works with any case, and any phone. It holds the phone great, and its easy to mount, and unmount with one hand. For $20 you can't go wrong.
 

Robster3

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I was looking at the Mountek CD Mount for my Note 3 but decided against it because of the size of the phone. Wound up going with a similar look in the ExcMount CD Mount and completely satisfied with it! The iphones are not as big as the Note 3 but with a case, etc.....also have some variations for your mini's, etc.
Just ordered the ExoMount Cd holder, looks good, been using a Brodit on the side of the console for years, will be good to have my 5S up higher. Don't like window mounts.
 
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alanrocks

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Nov 15, 2011
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In my opinion the breffo spiderpodium is the best car dash mount about as it has 8 flexible spider like legs so you can use it portrait or landscape and whats even better, I won't have to get a new mount when I get a new phone...Ideal!!! :D
 

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