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The best suction cup mount for your smartphone
on January 14, 2012
Ever since California passed a law outlawing holding your cellular phone while driving, I've been searching for a flexible mounting solution that will allow me to dial and talk without holding my phone. I've tried all manner of mounts and found this one to be the best.
This product consists of four components made by Ram Mounts. Ram Mounts is well-known in the motorcycle and off-road universe for making a wide variety of very high quality mounting solutions for phones and GPS units. The components in this kit are: (1) the X-Grip, which actually holds your phone, (2) a 4-inch long metal arm, (3) a suction cup mount, and (4) a ball joint that connects #2 and #3 together.
The X-Grip is a spring loaded mechanism. You just spread the arms apart and insert your phone. When you release the arms, the arms come together and the four rubber points (they look like circles in the picture) hold your phone in place. The grip is firm, but not so firm that it would damage the phone. It easily holds all manner of smartphones, even if you have a case installed on the phone. It takes less than a second to mount or unmount your phone.
If one of the mounting points interferes with the phone's buttons, you just move the phone up or down slightly so that the mount point doesn't interfere with the button any longer. It's really a non-issue, and so I was surprised to find that the only other review of this product took issue on this point. Just about any universal mount has the potential to block operation, but I've always been able to find a way to install my phone so that it doesn't.
Even better, the suction cup works on any smooth surface. I've mounted this to my windshield and to the bottom of the cup holders. GPS City (the seller) actually makes a great friction mount that you can simply place on your dashboard.
The mount holds my phone stable and without any significant vibration.
Because the back of the X-Grip is mostly open, it does not block the speaker used on the back of my phone for speakerphone operation. Instead, the sound leaves the phone unimpeded, bounces off the windshield, and comes back at me loud and clear.
If you read my other reviews, you'll find that I'm not easily impressed. Despite that, I really, really like this mounting solution.