Like most people my car can get a bit messy, and when travelling long distance the mess grows; Sat-nav, iPod, HTC Wildfire, bags of crips, bottles of water and of course a pack of Milk Cows. I’m sure you know what I mean, so any solution is worth looking at.
I have a holder for the sat-nav, so why not the iPod/smartphone? Their are a few out their available for sale, I now have the Kensington iPhone and iPod Power Port Mount in my car. It is available from the 3 Accessories Store, at the time of writing it costs £15.00. Having used it for a few days here is my review.
Opening & Setup
It came in a simple but smart box. Easy to open and unpack (see full photos at bottom of page). Inside are some clear instructions on how to piece the mount together.
Setup is very simple. It is just a case of choosing which connector – windshield or vent – you would like to use and then it slots in the back of the cradle. Couldn’t be simpler.
Once connected you then need to fit it in your car. I drive a Ford Focus and unfortunately the shape of the vents meant I could only use the windshield option, not an issue, I simply stuck the sucker to the window and manoeuvred the arm into place. So if your vents aren’t an ideal design you can be sure of still being able to use it.
Then you need to put your device in place. On the rear of the car mount is a green button, press this and the arms either side smoothly move outwards increasing the width. Put your device in place, and then with a small amount of pressure you just push the sides in to the side of your device. The side clamps do expand up to 2.75″ so a wide variety of phones and MP3 players will fit. For my iPod Touch and HTC it was absolutely no problem.
Usage and Driving
Once in place it feels very sturdy, so you can press the buttons on the screen and fiddle without it moving around or feeling like it is going to fall out. I have the mount mainly because I have the music from my iPod Touch on in the car, and for this it works great, it is very easy to quickly skip tracks.
When driving it doesn’t rattle around or wobble, so no issues with noise or annoyance when motoring along.
For the flexibility it provides I think this is really good value for money. Although they promote it as a port for the iPod and iPhone the adjustable side clamps mean it will fit a wide range of smartphones and MP3 players, the vast majority in fact. It looks smart too and feels well made so fingers crossed they should last years!
Below is a photo gallery of more pictures from the test.
HTC Wildfire in car mount
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