What to Consider When Buying a Phone Mount for Your Car

August 17, 2012 •

Comparison ShoppingHave you ever wondered what makes a great phone mount?

Maybe you’ve been shopping around and can’t decide how to make that final decision. We can tell you some of the top things to look for in a mount for your phone, tablet or other mobile device.

We recommend you consider these four things:

  • Durability
  • Custom Fit
  • Positioning
  • Value

Durability
You probably paid a substantial amount of money for your mobile device. At least enough that you don’t want to run out and buy a new one just because your car mount didn’t hold it securely. Which means durability should be a top priority when you are looking for a mount. You want to make sure your mount will hold securely and keep your device safe and in great condition.

Consider the materials that went into the manufacturing of your mount. Is it high quality? Will it last? In order to get your money’s worth, you want to make sure the answers to both of these questions is yes.

Custom Fit
In line with durability, you need to know if your mount will fit your device. Every phone, tablet, GPS, car, truck, SUV, etc. is different. A custom mount will fit your device and vehicle perfectly, so you don’t have to worry that when the package arrives at your door, it’s not going to work. Any cases or skins you use with your device will also affect the fit. Keep this in mind when you choose your holder and mount.

Positioning
Think about why you are buying a phone mount for your car. Maybe it’s a way to charge your phone while driving. Maybe you wanted a place to keep your phone in the car that would put it in your line of vision without taking your eyes off the road, and to keep it in close reach so you don’t have to fumble around to answer a call.

With this in mind, where do you want your device mounted? Do you want it suction cupped to your windshield or clipped into your dashboard and right next to the steering wheel? Chances are the second option is probably more convenient. You might consider mounting your phone in your cup holder, or just making this your designated spot to keep your phone, but you don’t have to sacrifice your cup holder to find a place for your phone!

Don’t forget to consider how you install the mount. You don’t want to have to alter or damage your vehicle or mobile device in any way. Not to mention paying to have it installed by a professional. If so, factor that cost into the price. This leads us into our next consideration, value.

Value
This is an important one. You don’t want to pay an arm and a leg, but you also want your mount to last. Think about quality and value more than price alone. Just because something is cheap doesn’t mean it’s a better value. It’s like when you find a brand that you really love and then you switch to the store brand because it’s cheaper. Sometimes you get lucky, but it’s usually never the same. If you want long lasting quality, you can’t cut corners.

You should also consider how long your mount is going to last. Buying something cheap is one thing, but if you have to replace it every three months, that’s just counter-intuitive. Think about it this way, are you buying a mount to get you through your summer road trip, or do you want it to be around for years to come? Chances are, even if you buy it for one trip in particular, you’ll like it so much you will want to keep it around.