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waited a long time for this...big disappointment (no it's not..see update!)
, July 16, 2010
This review is from: Clingo Universal Hands-Free Car Mount for iPhone 4, 3G/3GS, and All Cell Phones and Mobile Devices (Wireless Phone Accessory)
Ever since this was announced I waited for it to come out and ordered it immediately when it became available. Bottom line is that the concept is a failure, at least for me. I tried this with my iPhone 4 and it just does not reliably hold the phone. I tried it while the phone was in an Incipio NGP matte case and it held for maybe 30 seconds. Fine, it does state that matte or textured cases do not work well with the device. Then I switched to a TPU (urethane) case and it held for about 3-4 minutes in a moving car and fell off again. Now the TPU case is not matte or textured and the urethane should have made a nice bond but it didn't.
Well, the final test was the caseless iPhone so the bond should be glass to clingo...and the phone fell after about 5 minutes. Mind you, all tests were conducted with a brand new clingo that had never been touched by fingers or come in contact with dirt or moisture...brand new out of the packaging.
The problem is exacerbated when you attach a car charger (I guess it creates some drag and additional weight). When I did that with the TPU case it lasted about 2 minutes before failure. I was not willing to do the test with the bare phone.
Bottom line is that the Clingo car mount utterly fails at its primary task which is holding you phone securely in your car. I had high hopes for this and really liked the concept, but I'm not willing to risk my phone and returned it to Amazon for a refund. Maybe an ultra lightweight phone will work, but certainly not the iPhone 4
Well I spoke with Kelli Veening at Allsop and she was kind enough to send a replacement. The difference is like night and day. The new one holds my iPhone 4 very securely and it has not fallen yet. My first test involved driving to work (~35 minutes) on a winding, bumpy country road. My iPhone was in its TPU case and the car charger was attached. The iPhone did not budge and never came off...the car holder worked exactly as it was supposed to. About the only downside, which really isn't one but people need to be aware of it, was that the phone was held so securely that it took both hands and a bit of effort to actually remove it from the holder. Thanks Kelli for standing by your product, the Clingo mount now gets 5 stars IMO.
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