Best IPhone and Smartphone Car Mounts

Your iPhone or smartphone can be a great navigation aid, but it's awkward (and distractingly dangerous) to use a smartphone for turn-by-turn directions without a mount. Fortunately, there are a range of mounts on the market that affix to your car's windshield, air vent, or dash that can hold your phone securely at the perfect viewing angle. All of the mounts featured here leave the speaker, mic, and charger port zones of your phone accessible, so you may charge your phone as you drive and navigate, and hear calls and directions. Magnetic models require that you add a stick-on plate to the back of your phone or your phone case. Other models typically secure the phone with quick and easy to use clamping mechanisms.

iOttie iTap Magnetic Car Mount

iOttie iTap Magnetic Car Mount
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Your car's air vent may be the best place to mount a smartphone, because it's above the level of mounts that fit in a power port, but below the level of a windshield mount, which some drivers find to be distracting. Vent mounts need to be compact and simple, and not destructive to you air vent, and the iOttie iTap fits the bill. The iTap also relies on a subtle, thin, stick-on magnetic plate and magnetic mount that is super quick and easy to pop on and off the mount.

The iTap allows for full 360-degree rotation, so yo may easily pivot to portrait or landscape views, depending on your preference. The iTap has a simple a clean design that you won't mind looking at even when your phone is not in place.

Kenu Airframe+ Car Mount

Kenu Airframe+ Car Mount
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If you want a vent-mount car mount, but don't want to use the magnetic type, which requires the addition of a thin, adhesive backed plate to the back of your phone, consider the Kenu Airframe+. The Airframe+ has a spring-loaded expandable jaw that quickly and firmly accepts virtually any size phone. You can even pop the phone in one-handed. The Airframe+ also works well with phones equipped with oversize cases. Its vent-mount clip slips easily and firmly into place on a vent. The Airframe+'s compact size makes it a good travel unit.

iOttie Easy View 2 Car Mount

iOttie Easy View 2 Car Mount
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I selected the iOttie Easy View 2 car mount because it provides a good dash-mount option, but also because it's a nice looking unit that accepts any size or shape phone. The mount sticks to the dashboard with iOttie's proprietary gel pad and stays very firmly in place. The Easy View 2 comes in four nice colors. Its ball mount pivots in any direction and is easily adjustable to any view angle.

NKMOS Ultima Model S Car Mount

NKMOS Ultima Model S Car Mount
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If you are interested in style points in a smartphone windshield mount, consider the NKMOS Ultima Model S. The Ultima comes in silver or black anodized aluminum alloy and has a powerful windshield suction cup secured and released with an easy to use lever. Its universal mount fits any smartphone.

Steelie Vent Mount Car Mount

Steelie Vent Mount Car Mount
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The Steelie Vent Mount is sturdily built of machined metal and nylon. There are dash mount and vent mount versions, and the vent mount is shown here. Just stick the magnetic mount disk to the back of your phone or your phone's case, and pop it onto the ball, which permits complete range of adjustability, including portrait and landscape modes. The Steelie magnetic phone socket works on any magnetic metal surface, so you may stick your phone to objects such as a refrigerator.