What style iPhone holder do you think is best to use in car? Suction Cup? Air Vent? CD slot anchor?

Luba

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I recently bought an iOttie holder that goes into the CD player slot. It’s easy to mount and take out my iPhone, but when I put the car in reverse it blocks the screen for the back up camera. In order to see the screen I have to turn the iPhone horizontal. It also only grips the iPhone on its side. I’d would like it if it had a base to support the iPhone too. So it's not bad but not perfect.

How are the suction cup mounts? I'm concerned that it i'll lose its suction with extreme cold or hot. With the cold weather coming the suction cup could be hard as rock and lose its suction which then will cause my iPhone to fall. But most suction cup type holders have a base to support the iPhone which I like and you squeeze the grips together for a tight fit.
 
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So many variables no best answer without more info on your application. Vehicle and phone type, personal preferences for location, high or low, etc. I’ve had a passion for vehicle phone holders for a long time. Here’s my latest iteration on another forum. It’s a Jeep forum but I’m experimenting with this in my Honda Accord too and have driver and passenger Arkon mounts like the one I linked in 3 vehicles, Wrangler, Accord, and 4Runner. I think it’s the best mount that I’m trying to adapt to wireless charging now in the link.
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https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?share_fid=55828&share_tid=2337757&url=https://www.wranglerforum.com/showthread.php?t=2337757&share_type=t
 
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Luba

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So many variables no best answer without more info on your application. Vehicle and phone type, personal preferences for location, high or low, etc. I’ve had a passion for vehicle phone holders for a long time. Here’s my latest iteration on another forum. It’s a Jeep forum but I’m experimenting with this in my Honda Accord too and have driver and passenger Arkon mounts like the one I linked in 3 vehicles, Wrangler, Accord, and 4Runner. I think it’s the best mount that I’m trying to adapt to wireless charging now in the link.
Wireless Car Charger
https://r.tapatalk.com/shareLink?share_fid=55828&share_tid=2337757&url=https://www.wranglerforum.com/showthread.php?t=2337757&share_type=t
Good questions, I guess I would like it high so I don't have to look down to see the screen. If I had Car Play then I would want to have it mounted low. I saw the wireless (Qi) charging mounts. They looked heavy, at least heavier than the mounts that only just hold a smartphone. I generally don't like the suction cups mounts because I remember the days when I used a radar detector and the cups would lose their grip over time, especially if it was hot outside or cold outside. If it the radar detector cup lost its grip my radar detector would just drop on the dash. If the smartphone suction cup holder lost its grip then my iPhone would drop to the floor of my car. The fall probably wouldn't crack the screen unless it hit something at just the right angle. And I do notice that these modern cups are better. I rather not use an air vent mount as it would block the A/C during the summer. So I guess I'll be using a holder that uses the CD slot as an anchor. It's easy putting it and out, but the mount doesn't have "legs" at the base to support the phone. It's held just by the arm grips from the holder. The only issue is when I back up. I have to turn my Xs horizontal so I can see the screen for the backup camera. That could be a pain, but I'm not planning using the holder everyday. If that doesn't work I guess I'll then try out a suction cup mount.
 

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I use the one where you use a cup holder. I had a cd mount with my previous car that worked perfectly. Sadly, it wouldn’t work with my new car since it blocked a portion of the console. I found this phone holder but the only drawback is that you lose one cup holder. My doors have cup holders on the side so if my passenger needs a cup holder, they can use that one. Works for me, doesn’t block vents or buttons.
 
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Luba

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View attachment 803445 I use the one where you use a cup holder. I had a cd mount with my previous car that worked perfectly. Sadly, it wouldn’t work with my new car since it blocked a portion of the console. I found this phone holder but the only drawback is that you lose one cup holder. My doors have cup holders on the side so if my passenger needs a cup holder, they can use that one. Works for me, doesn’t block vents or buttons.
That one is great! What's the name of it and where can I get it? Thanks in advance.
 

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I've tried a ton of different styles from vent mounts to cd holders etc but for the past 2-3 years I've been using one of the magnetic ones. You'll find tons of different companies selling them on Amazon but they're all pretty much like for like. The magnetic part is attached to the dash or wherever is best via super strong 3M tape(mine has been stuck on for well over two years now even in temperatures over 50c) and you attach a super slim steel disc either on the back of your phone or case(I have mine on the inside of my case so you can't even see it). I haven't had any issues with the magnet disrupting the phone or anything else. Super clean and easy to use.