I'm all ready to start using my new iPhone SE's Apple Maps turn-by-turn voice navigation. I thought it would be straightforward to choose a car mount, but as it turns out, there are countless options. And I can only see them online.
I've narrowed them down to ten. It's a large number, but I've already done ruthless vetting. It must be suction anchored, not anchored to the CD slot, cigarette lighter, or cup holder. I wanted the stability of suction, and didn't want the mount to obscure manual access to the dashboard controls. I also didn't want the air vents to be blocked, or the cup holder to be monopolized by the mount.
The only thing I have to live with is the fact a mount taking up space on top of the dashboard or on the windshield, which obstructs my use of a reflector that I place against the windshield to keep the sun out. So being able to quickly remove the mount *might* be good, but removing the mount means that the suction surface will pick up dust, unless I want to wash and air dry it *every* time I remove it (which boils down to every time that I park). I think I will have to figure out a way to make that work after acquiring the mount.
I basically looked at amazon.ca for candidates with the above features, and having 4 stars and up. The "short" list of my candidates for are listed below. At this point reading the reviews isn't all that helpful because each candidate will have a variety of positive and negative comments. I'm hoping to get targeted anecdotes -- I am specifically mounting an iPhone SE, Apple's smallest phone -- (4.9"h, 2.3"w, 0.3"d) and I am mounting it in a 2013 Hond Fit LX. Pictures of the dashboard can be found at:
Can those who have gone through this search and now own a car holder please chime in either about my criteria/consideratoins or about the specific candidates? Thanks.
"Short" list of candidates
MoKo Universal Smartphones Car Mount $13
One 5-star review (28 reviews at amazon.com, averaging 3.5 stars)
VicTsing Car Mount Holder Gooseneck Flexible Phone Holder $15
305 reviews averaging 4 stars
TaoTronics Car Phone Mount $12.50
727 reviews averaging 4 stars
TaoTronics Car Phone Mount $20
29 reviews averaging 4 stars
TaoTronics Car Phone Mount with Convenient One-handed Operation $20
8 reviews averaging 4.5 stars
TaoTronics TT-SH07 Holder $11.50
133 reviews averaging 4 stars
Mpow Car Mount Universal 360 Degree Rotation $18
185 reviews averaging 4.5 stars
iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder $34
853 reviews averaging 4.5 stars
Price a bit steep
iOttie Easy One Touch 3 (V2.0) Car Mount $35
282 reviews averaging 4.5 stars
Price a bit steep
Spigen Kuel Stealth Car Mount Universal Phone Holder $22
157 reviews averaging 4 stars
Priced at the high end