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Resulted in damage to my iPhone
on 18 February 2013
OK, so I gave it three chances to stay attached to my windscreen. The first time it fell off as soon as I pulled away from the kerb, but on that occasion I assumed user error. I tried again, making really certain I'd moved the rotating bit that creates the suction all the way back before pressing the suction cup against the (clean) windscreen and twisting it in to get a really good grip. That lasted until the first set of traffic lights, dropping off as the car came to a halt. I was stuck in a queue for ages, so I decided to have another go, this time moistening the disc slightly before doing my best to get good suction. This time it lasted slightly longer, but fell off as I was going round a traffic island; the phone fell heavily onto the floor, hitting the car door on the way down and taking a chip out of the aluminium edging.
When I got home I had a good look at the suction cup, comparing it to the one on my sat nav cradle, which just never falls off (despite the unit being a good bit heavier and needing a lot more prodding than an iPhone). That's made of a sort of clear gel-like material; the one on this unit is a much more rigid black plastic. I think that's partly why it doesn't work, the suction cup isn't good enough quality by far. Another issue is that the rotating unit to which you attach the phone is quite heavy, and this, coupled with the weight of the phone itself, is too much for the poor quality suction cup. iPhones are just too expensive to risk with tat like this - my advice is buy a decent one instead!