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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 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.
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129 of 141 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2014
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Hands on video review. I really like RAM products but I have to say, the X-Grip is a bit of a let down. Overall the suction cup and arm are built fantastic as most RAM products, the let down is the grip itself. Now what I am not seeing in the reviews is what I am going to show you in this video and no it doesn't have to do with the grip pressing buttons.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2013
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I originally bought an iOtti One Touch to use for recording video (car DVR) from my iPhone. The iOtti was thin plastic and bounced around - which is a bummer because for a few cents more they could have made it much stronger. The iOtti is much cheaper though, so consider it for normal GPS/Nav use.

The iOtti sticks to my dash super well, and the RAM does not at all, but you can buy a sticky disk if you need that. I prefer it on the window.

The iOtti is small enough to tuck up at the top of the window, or use on the dash. The RAM is larger and pretty much has to be under your mirror. But I am ok with that - and it is much stronger and does not shake.

So get the RAM for video recording, and get either for general use.

As far as the universal holders, they both work well. I am keeping both of them and like them both for different reasons.

See my photos in the user photo area with both of them in my car.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2012
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I've tried many different brands and types of mounts. They all failed to stay put and some had cradles that were cumbersome and/or weren't flexible enough to adjust to your car. In fact I gave up for a while, and simply put my phone in the cup holder (those mount types also didnt work well for me). But then I saw the RAM mounts on-line and was impressed with their product line, so I gave it a shot. What a difference! As soon as you unpack it you can feel its weight and see how well made the movable parts are. None of the other mounts I purchased compare in quality. The suction cup is amazingly strong and doesn't fall off. The overall adjustability is great and the phone cradle is easy to work with. I have it mounted just below my rear view mirror in landscape mode and it's been just perfect. If you're looking for a secure, fully adjustable window mount don't waste your money - pony up the extra bucks for this mount. You'll be very glad and in the long run possibly save money by not trying cheaper products that don't stay put or have cheap plastic parts that break. You get what you pay for. After the holidays I will buy another for my second car.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on June 23, 2012
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I purchased this mount to hold the phone in my racecar while I use Harry's GPS Lap timer to get lap times and other info. I crashed into the wall at a rather high speed and it held the phone well. Honestly I had doubts regarding the design but it proved that it can hold the phone very strong. I recommend it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
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This is a great mount for the iPhone and any device that you want to mount on a windscreen. It is fully adjustable to fit a phone or gps unit. I keep it in my travel luggage and use it when I rent a car so that I can always have GPS in a different city.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on February 24, 2013
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Besides being well-built, this holder was large enough to comfortably accommodate my Samsung Galaxy Note II, making the latter a better navigation device than anything else I own. Prior to the Note II and RAM Mount, I had a Mountek nGroove Universal CD Slot Mount whose plastic bracket broke when I accidentally knocked it. No plastic on the RAM Mount.

When I make a calendar entry in my Google calendar, I make sure to enter the location if it is somewhere I plan to drive to. When the appointment reminder pops up, click on location and go to Google Navigation/Maps.

Be careful that one of the four RAM Mount's legs is not pressing on the Note II's volume rocker.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2013
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I received the mount, it's extremely sturdy. My phone (motorola Atrix), fits extremely snug and I have no concerns that it will come out of the holder. The base itself is also extremely sturdy and the suction cup works great.

My two cons:

1. The screws supplied with the product did not fit, I had to go to Lowe's and get new screws.
2. The package had no information on how to install. It's pretty easy to figure out, but when the screws included don't fit, you're left wondering if you're doing something wrong.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2012
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Thrilled, just received this.
I added a 1" ball joint + 6" extension and this thing is so sturdy.

The suction cup will stick to anything and it doesn't budge...
I have it stuck to the top of my PC case right now and I'm pretty sure it would break the PC case before it would unstick...

I'm very confident in this thing.

You can trust this mount with your expensive gadgets for sure.

PLUS! If you ever need to use any of the parts to amount something else, they are reusable... worth every penny.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 29, 2014
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Sorry for the late review..

I purchase this to replace a previous Cradle holder that was crap. Mivizu Universal Windshield/Dashboard Car Holder Cradle for iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S3, S2, Note 2, Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx, iPhone 4s & Vent Mount

Pros:

The X Grip is very spring tight, it will grip your phone extremely tight with no budging.
Little to no wobble when driving on bumpy roads.
Good warranty $5.00 service fee for shipping
Suction Cup is pretty strong. I've suctioned it to an empty metal cabinet and lifted it.
Metal arm is very strong and adjustable
Upgradeable to hold an IPad.

Cons:
The 4 rubber gromets on the X grip are too thin. Since the spring is extremely strong it will eventually slice through rubber.
Base had to be replace because the screw stripped the plastic mount. Might just be a material defect. In either case they replaced it with no problem. Took 3 days for it to arrive.
Black Metal arm can get extremely hot when exposed to direct sunlight. I burnt my hands a few times when the temps were over 90 degrees and I had to reposition the cradle

All in all this is one of the most, if not, the most sturdy cradle out there. The design is simple yet effective and the warranty is life time so that means, call them and get your replacement parts for only $5.00 !!
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