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which phone holder for car?

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which phone holder for car?

I still like to use google map live for GPS on my car. Recently my Anker air vent phone holder broken. I do not like the air vent anymore since I find it too low for viewing.
Any recommendation? is the one from costco any good?
Seems the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dashboard get very good review, selling in amazon for 33$+tax. Any review?
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I think it depends on individual preference as well as the design of the car.
I have used a few different holders so far.
In one of my vehicles the CD tray is right at the top of the dash so I use a phone holder that slides into the CD tray. This is a press the two sides to hold and press a button to release.
For my other car, I use the vent holder as it is closer to the top while the CD tray is closer to the cup holders. This is a spring loaded holder so pull one side to slide in and the same to release.
I have used magnet based holders too but I travel a lot and having a magnet on the back of the phone messes up my hotel room keys all the time.
I have seen another holder where a metallic piece sticks to back of the phone and the magnet is on the car holder which clips into the vent. There is also another version where the holder sticks to the car - unfortunately my car does not have any decent flat (no curves or dials) surface.
I do not like the holders that sit on the dash with weights since they obstruct the view and could move. Its also too obvious if you touch the phone while driving even if just to dismiss a msg on Waze,
So my advice is to first look at the car and where would be a good place for the phone and then buy the holder accordingly.
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Been using iOttie for the past three years and happy with it. The sticky suction cup really holds with the supplied dash pad even on textured and slightly curved surface, only starting to detach in prolonged hot weather, and takes 10 seconds to resuction.
talmcgill wrote: I still like to use google map live for GPS on my car
Wnaker wrote: I use the glovebox, that way I can focus on the road
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https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01GER ... UTF8&psc=1

It's really good, and the magnets are strong. It holds my phone which weighs 218g (with heavy case) and with 2 metal plates in the case it holds it no prob. I've been using it since Jan 2018 and it's been going strong.

Edit: Amazon has people saying that it has broken on them. All I can say is it's working great for me.
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jzmtl wrote: Been using iOttie for the past three years and happy with it. The sticky suction cup really holds with the supplied dash pad even on textured and slightly curved surface, only starting to detach in prolonged hot weather, and takes 10 seconds to resuction.





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My iOttie is not working so well after about a year . The suction cup has lost it`s stickiness . Looking for a replacement .
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If you have a CD player and no longer use it, I highly recommend the CD mounts, I have it on my 2015 Nissan Murano. I wished my 2017 Honda Civic HB Sport Touring had it.

I am not a fan of Vents or Windshield mounts.

I saw WeatherTech has a Cup Holder mount, I would try it but again the location on my CivicX doesn't work.
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I have the iottie you mentioned. Although expensive, it's a one time purchase that you'll mount once and use over and over again without thinking. Fantastic product, all my friends use the same one also.
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I have one of these. Works great. I bought two of them for for $10 when they had one of their free shipping promotions going on.
Only thing is once the base is stuck to the dash you are not getting it off. So make sure you want it first and if you do make sure you put it in the right place (for you).

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I can vouch for the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dashboard! I have it in my car and love it. It's awesome. I've used a number of iOttie mounts and as others have said, the suction cup is awesome and sticks to everything. I bought the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 Dashboard because the shorter ones left my phone sitting in the sun all the time on the windshield and basically killed my old phone's battery while charging and using maps, so it overheated it. The extended one brings it much closer to the driver and keeps it more in the shade.
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bembol wrote: If you have a CD player and no longer use it, I highly recommend the CD mounts, I have it on my 2015 Nissan Murano. I wished my 2017 Honda Civic HB Sport Touring had it.

I am not a fan of Vents or Windshield mounts.
Same. I use the phone holder which mount on the CD insert. Very solid, one button to release the phone.
Seach on Amazon Mpow Cd mount

It is about $15..
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pfbmgd wrote: My iOttie is not working so well after about a year . The suction cup has lost it`s stickiness . Looking for a replacement .
Have you remounted it during the year? Try wash the suction cup with soapy water and blow try before remounting.
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jzmtl wrote: Been using iOttie for the past three years and happy with it. The sticky suction cup really holds with the supplied dash pad even on textured and slightly curved surface, only starting to detach in prolonged hot weather, and takes 10 seconds to resuction.
Why even bother to reply?
Clearly "Wnaker" was just a misspelling of Wanker. Probably while he was on the road too....
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jzmtl wrote: Have you remounted it during the year? Try wash the suction cup with soapy water and blow try before remounting.
I did that a few weeks ago . Cleaned the dash too . It till falls down on hot days .
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pfbmgd wrote: I did that a few weeks ago . Cleaned the dash too . It till falls down on hot days .
Are you using the included dash pad? It helps a lot on textured/soft touch dash.
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talmcgill wrote: Any recommendation?
Gravity holder with wireless charger is my 1st choice.
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I just got this one from AliExpress and I'm very happy with it: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3269185 ... 4c4doo9C52

My main criteria is that I wanted something that would stick to the dash surface itself (others I've tried in the past did not) and I didn't want something that I had to glue to any surface of the car (I haven't looked into it tons but I thought I had to do that with the magnet ones). That said, I think the magnet ones are probably the most trouble free to use.
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I really like the idea of CD-slot holders, as others have recommended. My only issue with them is in some cars the CD slot sits right above a large infotainment screen, some with touch controls on it, so the holder and phone blocking part or all of that screen may be a deal breaker.
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Flames wrote: https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01GER ... UTF8&psc=1

It's really good, and the magnets are strong. It holds my phone which weighs 218g (with heavy case) and with 2 metal plates in the case it holds it no prob. I've been using it since Jan 2018 and it's been going strong.

Edit: Amazon has people saying that it has broken on them. All I can say is it's working great for me.
If there are people who like vent mounts, the magnets on the Spigen seems to be the best as they are the strongest. I've tried a few knock offs and they are not as good. I didn't know this CD one existed and good to know but won't work for me. I also travel so use Spigen with a metal sticker on the back of the phone. No magnets until it attaches to the vent mount thus works fine with NFC such as Google Pay without any problems. The only drawback is if someone uses a card holder at the back.

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