Help selecting a iPhone SE mount for use in 2013 Honda Fit LX

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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:
http://cars.usnews.com/static/images/Auto/izmo/307917/2009_honda_fit_dashboard.jpg
http://cars.usnews.com/static/images/Auto/izmo/354382/2013_honda_fit_dashboard.jpg

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
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MoKo Universal Smartphones Car Mount $13
http://www.amazon.ca/MoKo-Universal-Smartphones-Rotatable-Cellphone/dp/B06XRX81NX
One 5-star review (28 reviews at amazon.com, averaging 3.5 stars)

VicTsing Car Mount Holder Gooseneck Flexible Phone Holder $15
http://www.amazon.ca/VicTsing-Gooseneck-Universal-Dashboard-Windshield/dp/B011KT298K
305 reviews averaging 4 stars

TaoTronics Car Phone Mount $12.50
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00VJSYV70
727 reviews averaging 4 stars

TaoTronics Car Phone Mount $20
http://www.amazon.ca/TaoTronics-Windshield-Dashboard-Universal-Android/dp/B01N6PHSRH
29 reviews averaging 4 stars

TaoTronics Car Phone Mount with Convenient One-handed Operation $20
http://www.amazon.ca/TaoTronics-Convenient-One-handed-Operation-Versatility/dp/B01N4A2NO2
8 reviews averaging 4.5 stars

TaoTronics TT-SH07 Holder $11.50
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00UFFQ8E2
133 reviews averaging 4 stars

Mpow Car Mount Universal 360 Degree Rotation $18
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B073FMXLVW
185 reviews averaging 4.5 stars

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder $34
http://www.amazon.ca/iOttie-Holder-iPhone-Samsung-Galaxy/dp/B00JRGOKQ8
853 reviews averaging 4.5 stars
Price a bit steep

iOttie Easy One Touch 3 (V2.0) Car Mount $35
http://www.amazon.ca/iOttie-Universal-Holder-Samsung-Packaging/dp/B01BZC262Q
282 reviews averaging 4.5 stars
Price a bit steep

Spigen Kuel Stealth Car Mount Universal Phone Holder $22
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00RDQVPTY
157 reviews averaging 4 stars
Priced at the high end
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Posted 9 months ago

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I know ir's an airvent, but I use this and couldn't be more satisfied : https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B01D8NVT8C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I prefer one of my controls to be obscured then to have something blocking my view
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Every suction cup holder I've had on multiple vehicles never stays put unless put on the glass and like Robert said it's not a good idea to block your view putting something on the windshield. I don't recommend them at all it just makes a blind spot in your vision which not only isn't safe but gets extremely annoying to me at least.

I have a vent one now and never had anybissues with it falling off and it's in view without blocking or interfering with sight of the road.
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I've used this brand for close to two years, (see second, third & fourth links). It's going to be a little more expensive, but definitely worth the investment. As long as the suction cup and glass is cleaned every few months, the suction mount stays firmly attached to any glass surface. The suction mount did lose its grip twice in -15 C temperatures. Bringing the mount indoors on colder days and allowing the windshield or other glass surfaces to warm up alleviates this problem. 

Side notes: The iPhone 5 and 5s dimensions are identical to the iPhone SE. The RAM Mount Universal X-Grip offers a manufacturer's life time warranty.

The link to the video below shows an interesting way to position this mount on the forward quarter glass. I'm not a fan of the phone just hanging there in open space especially when the door is opened. The vehicle in the video is a 2015 Honda Civic EX. With your vehicle, you might be able to make use of the forward quarter glass panel. I can't tell whether the forward quarter glass on your vehicle opens with the car door or not. From the picture(s) provided, I don't think it does. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9uXjgeE4SQ

http://www.rammount.com/brand/apple/iPhone-se-mounts

https://www.amazon.ca/Ram-Mount-RAP-B-166-2-SUCTION-X-GRIP/dp/B00HR883RK

https://www.gpscity.ca/ram-mount-universal-x-grip-lite-suction-mount-rap-b-166-2-un7u
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This is perplexing.  I thought I was one step closer by decisively deciding on criteria/constraints, with rational substantiation.  Now that I think about it, yeah, visual obstruction can be unsafe and annoying.  My initial reason for avoiding vent anchoring was that I actually want to direct cold or warm air to me, and I didn't want the poor electronics to get baked or frozen.  Rapid temperature variations can cause materials to expand a different rates, physically stressing complex devices and even the electrical connections.  And of course I wouldn't want to heat the battery.  The problems will likely come with time.

Anchoring on cupholders or cigarette lighters typically aren't as stable, according to various anecdotes.

I don't think I want to anchor the holder in the front left corner of the vehicle because the diagonal beam there already obstructs the view a lot compared to my previous vehicles.  I am sometimes concerned about the existing blind spot there.

I will have to weigh the pros and cons a bit more.  I appreciate the food for thought that you've provided.  I have to admit, however, that I'm back at square one.
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Found this previous thread on phone mounts for the Fit: http://www.fitfreak.net/forums/2nd-generation-ge-08-13/79055-cell-phone-mount.html.

I'm intrigued by the Aduro U-Grip Plus Universal Suction Cup Mount mentioned in that thread, for which a better review is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ToL7J2DrO4.  It works well even on textured dashboard surfaces.  It was shown to work with the narrow iPhone 4s, which is almost identical in width to my iPhone SE.  You can clean the suction cup surface when the suction degrades due to dust/lint.  It isn't magnetic, which posed concerns for me, and it isn't vent-mounted, thus incurring the risk of heating the phone & battery in the winter time.

I have the option of mounting on the windshield if I wish (though I'm leaning toward the dashboard surface, for the sake of visibility).  It's not mounted on the cupholder, so I don't monopolize my cupholder, and it's not mounted on the 12V power outlet, which is quite low down on the 2013 Fit LX.  It's cheap, so if it doesn't work out, oh well.  My only decision now is whether to acquire one now, for standby availability, or getting one just-in-time (when I anticipate a trip).
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After hearing feedback from Fit owners who have permanently mounted phone holders, I researched it a bit more. One potential concern is that the presence of mounts tends to attract the attention of thieves. Even with a suction mount, you have to remove evidence of the mount when you remove the mount. If thieves see signs that you use a mount, they are likely to break in to find the phone or GPS unit.

Sigh....hooda thunk that a simple phone mount could involve so many considerations.