When driving a car, you should not use your phone. That's where I said it. Unfortunately, almost nobody takes notice of this advice, including myself. Because cards must be viewed, podcasts must be played, text messages must be viewed (but has never responded unless it's by voice) and so on.
But let's be honest: that is terribly dangerous.
It's really hard not to use your phone while driving. But it's not hard to be a little smarter about starting to mount your phone on your dashboard or windshield.
And let me just say that there are a zillion options. Below, I have a handful of them, with the pros and cons of each type.
Universal Windshield and Dashboard Mounts
You've almost certainly seen these: Suction cups and / or adhesive cradles with cradles that hold your phone in place Location. My Tip: Avoid the variety of windshields, because these suckers will not normally stop forever ̵
In addition, windshield brackets with long gooseneck arms tend to wobble a lot, especially on larger phones. That's another reason to look for a dashboard mount. (If you need one more: Some states have laws that prohibit windshield mounting.)
One good option: this Mpow universal dashboard mount, currently $ 10.99 on Amazon. It has a strong, sticky suction cup that attaches to your dashboard and a telescopic arm for a really deep punch.
Its spring-loaded mount can hold phones of all sizes Quick lock button for easy removal
Do you remember CDs? The things you once used to listen to music? If your car has a CD player that is mostly dormant, you can use the slot for a suitable slot.
However, this may not be a good solution depending on where your CD player is. For example, if it is low, the phone will not be mounted high enough for practical use. There's also a good chance your phone might block access to your radio's controls or possibly other important dashboard items. (And if you're still listening to CDs, Nuff said.)
The benefit is that it's not blasted by hot or cold air like a vent bracket (see below), and it's much less likely that it dissolves like a suction cup mount
If you think a CD mount solution is the way to go, you have two choices: cradle and magnet. This Ipow holder, for example, is based on a spring-loaded holder, which is pivotable on a ball joint in almost every angle. Interestingly, it promises that CDs will still be played even if the mount is installed – although of course you can not insert or remove discs without removing the mount. Ipows product currently sells for $ 12.89
TechMatte makes a similar CD slot holder, one that uses a magnet instead of a cradle and only costs $ 9.79. Read on to learn more about these types of brackets.
If your phone is housed in a case, you should insert a thin metal plate or even stick it to the back. That would allow it to be magnetically coupled to any number of brackets – probably the fastest and easiest way to dock and uncouple your phone each time you enter and leave your car.
For example, WizGear makes a variety of magnetic mounts that $ 8 clinging to a vent:
I do not like grille brackets, especially because they block what the air outlet was made of: heating or cooling the car. And if you can not close the airflow for this ventilation, your phone will now be blasted with hot or cold air. (The latter is fine, but your phone definitely needs no heat.)
Another potential problem with magnets: Although they will not damage your data or interfere with GPS navigation, you will have to plug the metal plate into your case (or on the Back of the phone) could interfere with wireless charging. (On my iPhone X ($ 800 at Cricket Wireless) I was able to solve the problem by placing the disc low and not in the middle.)
All that was said was my favorite choice for my 2008 Mustang and my iPhone. The Ford has a perfect forward empty space between two vents. I stuck the WizGear magnet there, added the metal plate to the outside of my case, and presto: a perfect mounting solution. (See photo above.)
Every car is a bit different, and I suspect everyone has different preferences when it comes to mounting their phone. The good news is that you do not have to spend much to achieve this, even if you have to try a few different products before landing on the one that suits you best.
If you have already found it, press the comments and share the details!
Editor's note: This entry was originally published on October 11, 2016 and has since been updated with new information.
: The Owl Dual Cameras look like a damn good dashcam.