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CUP HOLDER MOUNT review: Excellent quality, less than perfect design
on 19 November 2015
First off, it's incredibly annoying that Amazon are listing products that are nothing like each other on the same page. The different products listed here may be car holders but they're completely different; they aren't just different colours or sizes of the same thing. If I'm in the market for a cup holder mount I'm not interested reviews for the windscreen or air vent mount.
Now to the review. The quality of this mount is excellent: build is solid and the rubber and plastic used is good quality. It almost feels Apple worthy in its sturdiness.
I can't quite say the same for the design, though. The rotating neck which causes three wedges to extend from the side of the cup holder insert to hold the mount in place is a good idea that works well. Unfortunately, since you can't rotate the top of the mount relative to the bottom, if your cupholder is shaped such that one of the legs disappears into a gap in the holder it can be hard or impossible to position the holder and phone properly.
Also, the phone clamp is a bit fiddly. I bought this for my iPhone 6S Plus and it fits well, but I have to use one hand to hold the clamp arms open while using the other to put the phone in place and being careful not to let the clamps go on the lower volume button - so I can't just drop my phone in with one and and drive, which is quite annoying. And a few times I've wondered why I can't hear anything coming over the stereo only to find the clamp had caught the volume button and turned it all the way down.
Positioning in my 3 Series F30 is about as good as it gets, though. The phone is on the same level as my gear stick so I can use the touch screen with my arm at resting level and without having to concentrate on keeping my hand steady. It sits just clear of the stereo above and my traction control buttons below, obscuring neither. I don't think there's anywhere else on the dashboard such a large phone could go without obscuring anything.
In short, I can recommend this - but it's not perfect, and if you're reading this in a few months' time I'd check to see if something better has since been released.