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Cup Holder Mount – Gear Beast – (WHY?)
Dash mount – iOttie –
Dash mount – RAM Mount –
Vent Mount – iFace –
Console – Nite Ize –
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What are the best car mounts are based on where you want to put it. Out of all the car mounts that I’ve used, my personally favourites are the magnetic mounts because of how easy they are to use.
I’ve spent a couple of months of using different car mounts, in different cars and I’ve broken down the areas into following.
1. Driver side window
2. Rear view mirror/ center dash
5. Cup Holder
I won’t really focus on a specific brand most of these car mounts because nobody really does anything special (vent mounts are a dime a dozen).
5 – Cup Holders
I didn’t think you could mount your device in a cup holder but I found this GearBeast mount on Amazon. The idea intrigue me so I bought one and immediately regretted it. Out of all the cars I’ve sat in, I could not find a comfortable place to mount my device. On my car, the car mounts get in the way of the gear shifter which is pretty important in the operation of my manual transmission vehicle.
All things considered…WHY?
4 – Console
From my experience, most of the products that suggest mounting it on your console are products that come with integrated magnets. Products like the Nodus Leather case, Nite Ize and Magbaks would fall into this category. My biggest issue with mounting it on your console is that you’re going to cover something up.
The other problem is that mounting it on the console seems to take away from the general design of the console.
Also, removing semi permanent mounts is a pain in the butt.
The only benefit of having it on your console that I can think of is that there is almost no chance that your device is going to overheat on a warm day which may happen with mounting it on the windshield. I’d personally go with a Nite Ize Steelie mount for my console.
3 – Rear view mirror/Central Dash
I see a lot of devices being mounted in this general area and for good reason. It’s out of the way of the console, doesn’t require much effort to check and the screen can be viewed generally by anybody in the vehicle. If you are planning on getting a mount for this location, I would suggest getting one with a longer or extendable arm.
I’m not a big fan of the rear view mirror/central dash setup because it’s a little distracting. I don’t like how there is something in the middle of the windshield that adds to my sight line as I try to avoid pedestrian who don’t look both ways before crossing. It gets worse with the bigger devices.
2 – Vent/CD Mounts
Vent/CD Mounts are the best for people who don’t need to have their devices mounted in their cars all the time. Like the rear view mirror/central dash, I’d go with a magnetic vent mount. And get the one where the mount has a joint to allow you to turn your device towards you. The iFace magnetic mount is one that I’ve been using.
My only issue with these mounts is that you’re blocking an actual vent. This might not be an issue in a place where the weather is mild but I live in a place where snow and cold weather exists for 4-5 months out of a year so heat is very important to me. Losing a vent is a big deal. Also, with vent mounts, you’ll increase the chance that your iPhone is going to overheat.
1 – Driver side windshield
This is my preferred location for my device. It’s out of the way and I can still keep track of directions or monitor potential phone calls.
The only reasons why I wouldn’t keep it here is if the setup would block a vent or if your device is way too big to fit in landscape mode. An iPhone 7 Plus in an iFace mount in Landscape mode is comically too large.
It is a tight spot so using a larger mount like the RAM mount might not work as well.
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