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Good value phone mounts for the car and bike
on 6 May 2015
Note: The supplier provided a review sample for evaluation, the opinion of the products is my own personal view
I tested 2 samples from the maker, as I can't post separate reviews on each I'll describe each mount individually.
**Universal Mobile phone bicycle mount**
This mount comes in two pieces the top section to hold the phone in place (very similar to a car mount grip with padded jaws) and a grey plastic part which has a fully rotating "ball head" this part clamps to the bike with a plastic wing oval nut for tightening. Fitting is fairly straightforward there are two supplied rubber inserts which gives some variation for the bar size you are clamping to, for the bike I tested I removed one of them and got a good fit with a single insert. Top section "slots" into 4 contact points feels secure once it's clicked in place, under this is an oval tipped nut turning it anti clockwise locks it in place, clockwise allows you to move the ball for angle and horizontal or vertical positions very easy to get a good adjustment with this. By design it's quite safe too even unscrewing it fully the top won't fall off and once locked in it's secure. Jaws on the holder extend to 8.5cm max and just over 4 cm closed, soft opening with a button on the right side, two pull out sections prevent the phone slipping off and you have padding on the back area.
This mount worked well, most of the holding power is in the deep foam padding on the side clamps, I didn't have any problems with a test cycle phone held firmly, though I might prefer a safety strap or curved jaws. A little more work compared to some mounts for the initial fitting (fits 22-24mm diameter handlebars), but once it's done it's a firm mount. I did like the ball head style adjustment, easy to get a large variety of positions with this model.
Overall 4/5 on this one
**Windshield Car Mount Holder** (Model ZONE-PH8)
Suction mounting for this phone holder, rather than a "fixed stem" the maker has a two part design here a main arm connected to the sucker pad this allows you to adjust the position up/down locking it off with a screw on the side. Fitting works very well even for windscreens with a strong slant in part due to this, I found the best way to attach the sucker pad is with the pull off clear tab at the top with the locking lever at the bottom. The clear suction circle is oversized quite large at 7cm and I found the grip to be good on the windscreen.
Second section consider of the ball head type mechanism with a circular locking nut. This allows full rotation and a good angle adjustment with both the arm and head customisable you can get a better overall fit than many fixed stem suction systems I've used it's also a bit longer making it more suitable if you position the mount deeper into the windscreen area. Clamping area has padding on the back section, and deep foam pads on the sides it grips well even with a chunky phone case fitted. The jaws extend to 8cm at the widest position, fully closed about 4.5 cm more than enough to fit even larger phones, some Sat Nav's will also fit this. On the bottom area are two flip out stems these also have some padding.
Quite impressed with this mount position and adjustment are better than most I've used, it's also a competitive price and the quality is good overall. If you don't want to attach it to the windscreen, there is a supplied circular 3M backed pad to stick it onto a dash area this has a glossy finish on the top to achieve better grip, though I find a windscreen fit to be preferable it's nice to have a choice. Very nice mount good fit and very firm no mount movement or phone movement issues during testing.