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What is the best car phone holder

What is the best car phone holder

It is not recommended to hold your cell phone in your hand while driving, for example if you need to navigate with its GPS application, as this is a dangerous and illegal manoeuvre.

But smartphones are very effective in this respect. So, in order to be able to enjoy the practical features of your cell phone legally during your escapades, you need to acquire a car phone holder. Such an item is inexpensive and allows you to use your smartphone to extend the multimedia features of your car.

Many models of this ergonomic tool are available on the market. As a result, it becomes difficult to appreciate what you need at a glance. That's why this buying guide gives you precise criteria to simplify your choice.

Why buy a phone holder?

Two reasons emerge as soon as you ask this question. First of all, it is for your safety and the respect of the legislation. But there's no denying that smartphones play a key role in our driving experience.

Because they are very useful for GPS navigation while we are driving. Also, they allow us to listen to our favorite tunes and to receive and make occasional calls with a hands-free kit.

A cell phone holder would be perfect to facilitate all these maneuvers. And so you can enjoy your phone safely by attaching it to a solid and accessible smartphone holder, whether you have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 7 or the latest iPhone Xs or Xr, but also all Samsung models. Given their derisory price, it would be absurd not to acquire such useful kits.

Especially since the best models cost only about ten euros. So why do without them, especially if our driving experience is more comfortable and safe?

How to choose your cell phone holder?

The purchase of these devices, as previously notified, requires the consideration of some useful criteria. But before addressing these, we will decipher the different types of car phone holder.

The different types of car GSM supports

This ranking is based on the fastening system. Thus, four different types are distinguished:

the suction cup phone holders: with these models, you can fix your cell phone at the place of your choice;
smartphone holders to the ventilation grid: these are kits that fit into the ventilation of your vehicle;
Cell phone holders to slide into the CD slot: they are often equipped with a clip that slides easily into the slot of the CD player in the dashboard of your car;
Magnetic Phone Holders: These models of car smartphone holders can be attached anywhere on the dashboard using one or more magnets;
Clip-on phone mounts: these can be installed using an adjustable clip. It's a convenient and fairly safe option.
What about the criteria?
As these kits are affordable, instead of price, we will start with the adequacy between the holder and your cell phone.

The compatibility of the smartphone holder
Apart from the so-called "universal holder" models that work more or less with all phones, you need to match the dimensions of your phone to the car holder you will buy. This is why the major brands of smartphones (Apple, Samsung, etc.) offer kits specific to their products (the example of the iPhone car mount).

Smartphone holder: fixing it in the car

A car phone holder can be installed in several ways, depending on the model. You have among other options the clip, the suction cup and the clip to fix your smartphone on the windshield or the dashboard of the vehicle. But you can also slide them into the CD slot (Mpow Grip Pro 2) or the ventilation grid (Airframe Taotronics).
All of these solutions have their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, the laptop can sometimes be switched off by the hot air blown through the ventilation grid. Likewise, the suction cups slip out as soon as the interior becomes very cold. And with the CD slot, every time you change CDs, you have to remove your car phone cradle.

The adhesion device

To fix your laptop, you can use a magnet or a hook. The first one has the advantage of adapting to several smartphone models as long as their weight remains within the standards. However, you will have to stick a magnetic sticker to the shell or slide a magnetic plate into it.
As far as hooks are concerned, they come in several forms: hooks on the sides and/or underneath (to be tightened to the right size), hooks that open with a button, those that have a fixed dimension, etc...
In this case, you will have to choose a car phone holder compatible with your smartphone.

Cell phone rotation

Most smartphone supports have a rotation system. However, not all of them are able to rotate 360 °, which is practical when driving. This is why it is important to check it before your purchase.


How do I install my phone holder?

The phone holder can be placed on the windshield or on the dashboard. However, in the interest of visibility and safety, it is recommended that it be placed on the dashboard, since on the windshield, it can prevent the driver from seeing the road properly.
When doing so, you can use a clip or suction cup to attach your car phone holder to the dashboard itself, or slide it into the CD slot or ventilation grille. Note that it is impossible to install these kits in the ventilation of some vehicle ranges (Renault Clio, Smart, Mercedes A Class, Peugeot 108...), because their ventilation nozzles are round. Also, as indicated above, each fixing site has its advantages and disadvantages. It is then up to you to choose, depending on the use you plan to make of your smartphone, the one that suits you.

How to use its smartphone support?

In general, there are two ways to proceed. Some users install the laptop holder forever, while others attach and remove it every time they park. But well before all this, you will need to make sure that the kit is compatible with a possible protective shell on your phone.
In case you have opted for clamps, the removal of the holder is done either by pressing a button that reopens the jaws of the holder, or by pulling if they are spring-mounted. For magnetic devices, don't forget to equip the cell phone shell with a magnetic plate. This way, you will be able to remove your smartphone just by pulling it out. Finally, if the model is rotating, you will be able to rotate (portrait or landscape) the phone according to your needs.

Verdict: what are the best phone holders?

All in all, the car phone holder you need to choose should be based on the following criteria:

  • Compatibility: this is an important criterion if you are not interested in universal kits. Compatibility determines how the dimensions of your phone fit into the holder;
  • the fixing : it is done on the dashboard, in the ventilation grid, in the CD slot or on the windscreen (good to know, but not recommended) ;
  • Adhesion: it is done with pliers, a suction cup or magnets. It is your use that determines the choice;
  • the rotation: a swivel that can be rotated 360 ° is recommended, because these rotating fasteners are more practical and ergonomic.
  • Finally, the price of the phone holder doesn't really matter, especially since the best models are available at an affordable price.

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