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Best for Navigation: Spigen Kuel K40 Car Mount at Amazon
"Ideal for smartphone owners looking for a mount that’s built for navigation."
Best Basic: Nite Ize Steelie Dash Mount at Amazon
"Allows your device to tilt quickly from landscape to portrait mode or anywhere in between."
Best Budget: Affordable Universal Car Windshield at Amazon
"The spring-loaded jaw secures your device without any give whatsoever."
Best With Wireless Charging: iOttie Easy One Touch at Amazon
"Qi fast wireless charging enables up to 40 percent faster charging."
Best Magnet: TechMatte Mag Grip at Amazon
"Rotating and swiveling your smartphone is no trouble, thanks to the movable base."
Best Grip: Bestrix Universal Smartphone Car Mount at Amazon
"Standout solution for minimal use with maximum function."
Best Windshield: iOttie Easy One Touch 4 at Amazon
"Extends from 4.9 to 8.3 inches in size and pivots on a 225-degree arc for easy repositioning."
Best Splurge: Ram Mount X-Grip at Amazon
"It's made out of high strength composite, stainless-steel construction."
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If you’re looking for something attractive and functional, the Spigen Kuel K40 Car Mount is a universal phone holder that won't disappoint. Capable of mounting phones in landscape mode only, the Spigen is ideal for smartphone owners looking for a mount that’s built for navigation. Keeping the phone steady while you drive are reusable gel pads that adhere to any flat or curved portion of your dashboard while the internal TPU material helps avoid any scratches or buffs while the phone is mounted in place. Adding and removing the phone is a one-handed affair, while two mounting positions compete for the best view. Complementing the sharp design is universal compatibility with just about every smartphone on the market, including Apple and Samsung’s entire smartphone lineup.
The Nite Ize Steelie Dash Mount is a great choice for smartphone owners who want a mount that’s truly out of the way. Compatible with nearly any smartphone, including Apple's, Samsung's and Google’s Pixel lineup, the 3M-based adhesive magnetic attachment secures directly to the phone or a rigid case. The attached socket then connects to the dash mount, which is also equipped with 3M adhesive that can safely adhere to any vertical or flat dashboard. Once the steel ball is connected to the phone, the mount allows your device to tilt quickly from landscape to portrait mode or anywhere in between to find the most comfortable viewing angle for you. The neodymium magnet offers a strong grip, so you don't have to worry about this mount detaching at any point while driving on a bumpy road.
The Affordable (that’s both the company and the product name) Universal Car Windshield mount is a well-reviewed choice that won’t break the bank. Capable of fitting any smartphone with a display of up to 6.1 inches (including both your smartphone and its case), the spring-loaded jaw secures your device without any give whatsoever. The 360-degree clip design attaches directly to a windshield via the attached suction cup or can easily be mounted on a dashboard in either horizontal or vertical positioning. Whether you are team iPhone or own any Samsung, HTC, Motorola or Sony smartphone, the Affordable car mount truly lives up to its name.
If you’re looking for a car mount that offers a little something extra, the iOttie Easy One Touch adds Qi wireless charging. Functional with smartphones measuring 2.3 to 3.72-inches in size, the addition of Qi fast wireless charging enables up to 40 percent faster charging than standard wireless charging. Smartphones that utilize fast charging such as Samsung’s Galaxy lineup of smartphones will take advantage of this speed right away, while Apple’s 8, 8 Plus and X iPhone lineup will still charge at normal speed. Beyond wireless charging, the telescopic arm of the iOttie can extend from 4.9 to 8.3-inches and pivot on a 225-degree arc. The iOttie can also be mounted on the dashboard or windshield in both portrait and landscape orientation for easy dialing or navigation.
Attaching directly to your car’s air vent, the TechMatte Mag Grip universal car mount is a unique solution that gets out of the way visually while remaining highly functional. Assisted by neodymium magnets, the TechMatte differs from alternative magnetic car mounts that utilize more standardized magnets. Capable of holding most smartphones, including Samsung, Apple, HTC and Google devices, the rubber construction ensures that the grip to the air vent will always be secure. Rotating and swiveling your smartphone is no trouble, thanks to the movable base that allows magnets to remain in place. Measuring 1.75 x 1.5 inches in size and weighing only 1.25 ounces, the lack of a cradle allows your entire smartphone to be displayed without any distracting supporting equipment.
Available in both gray and orange, the Bestrix Universal Smartphone Car Mount is a standout solution for minimal use with maximum function. They attach directly to the air vents in your vehicle via dual silicone clips that connect to most conventional air vent blades, leaving no damage or scratches in their wake. The clamping grips of the Bestrix are compatible with any smartphone up to six inches in width, including the entirety of Apple’s iPhone lineup, as well as Samsung, LG and HTC. Once connected to a vent, the Bestrix can easily rotate into portrait or landscape modes to allow the driver to find an ideal angle.
Securing directly to a windshield via suction cup, the iOttie Easy One Touch 4 car mount properly secures any smartphones 2.3 to 3.5-inches in width. The telescopic arm of the iOttie extends from 4.9 to 8.3 inches in size and pivots on a 225-degree arc for easy repositioning while driving. As a bonus, iOttie offers two free audiobooks for use in the car to help keep your eyes on the road. Another iOttie advantage is the downloadable smartphone app on both iOS and Android that utilizes GPS positioning to pin and remember the last location where you parked.
Don’t let the unique design fool you. The Ram Mount X-Grip has a spring-loaded four-leg holder and can adjust sizing to fit nearly any smartphone. It's made out of high strength composite, stainless-steel construction and designed with a one-inch diameter rubber ball and socket, which provide nearly limitless movement for adjusting and discovering the perfect angle for viewing while driving.
Multiple mounts - Some car phone holders come with a single cradle and more than one mount. If you have more than one vehicle, this allows you to install one mount in each vehicle, and just take the cradle portion of the holder with you. Look for one that includes a variety of mounts, including vent, dash, and windshield, if you think this would be a useful feature.
Magnets - There are a lot of ways to secure a phone to a mount, but the most convenient makes use of very strong magnets. This allows you to easily snap your phone in place, and remove it without messing around with springs, clasps, or other retaining mechanisms.
Power - In addition to dash- and window-mounted phone holders, some are actually built right into power banks. This type of phone holder is mounted on a 12V plug that you insert into a cigarette lighter socket, so you can also use it to charge your phone and other mobile devices.