Cellet Car Windshield/Dashboard Universal Phone Holder for Smartphones - White/Pink
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- Product Group: Wireless Accessories
- Product Type: Bluetooth Speakers
- Product Brand: Bem
The Cellet Universal Car Phone Holder's prime focus is functionality. Equipped with expandable arms at the touch of a button, the holder allows you to close the arms to ensure a secure fit. The heavy duty arm allows flexibility even though it is firmly attached to the holder. Thanks to its heavy duty extra-large suction cup and lock button, the Cellet Universal Car Phone Holder strongly adheres to most smooth flat surfaces, yet it is easily removable. The suction cup is simple to clean -use a damp towel to wipe and it's good as new. No matter if your phone is protected by a skin or case, the Cellet Universal Car Phone Holder Cellet Universal Car Mount grips firmly onto your device so you can drive with confidence.((This phone holder has a . Please visit Cellet's website for further information.)))
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The mount can be placed on the windshield glass (since it is legal in NJ, some states it isn't), but again, with the cold weather, the suction cup can come undone and I'd rather it not fall from the glass, because chances are it would drop by my feet and that would be a mess while driving. (I'm also not a fan of the marks that suction cup mounts leave on glass).
The one issue that bothers me the most is that there isn't a great range of motion when the mount is in the vertical position (meaning, holding your phone in portrait, rather than landscape position). I wish I could bend it down more so that the phone is straighter/more flat, as opposed to having it be at a slight angle all the time (the product photo that shows up first is the actual angle - so I feel like I have to stretch my arm up to touch the phone screen).
Overall, this was a great looking mount for a really good price, so while I have some minor quirky issues with the design, I'd rather deal with them than pay a lot more money for a different mount
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Be aware that this is for Android phones, not iPhones, and if you have an iPhone and use this holder in the vertical position, your iPhone will be less secure than it would be in an iPhone holder, because it will be balancing on its white rectangular power cable end rather than on the base of the iPhone. Your iPhone charger end will not fit through the gap like you would expect it to in a holder for an iPhone. I really think it is a bit outrageous to call it "universal". It really isn't. The respect in which it IS universal (and good) is that the sides are very easy to move and lock where you want them, so, for example, if you have a thick case on your phone, and sometimes use a phone without a case, it is very easy -- not at all fiddly -- to change its width for the different phones or cases.
Secondly, unfortunately, this holder is heavier than my previous one, or perhaps its centre of gravity is closer to the driver and thus not perfect for using with a heavy pad. The result is that unlike my previous holder (which was fantastic, if flimsy, until someone broke it) this holder on my old Bracketron heavy pad with iPhone on it flew off the dashboard and onto the floor when I accelerated and turned having been waiting at a T-junction. Not ideal. That was only the second time I used this holder. If anyone knows of a lighter holder for the iPhone, or one whose centre of gravity would make it less likely to fly off the dashboard when accelerating, I'd love to know about it.
My husband read the instructions that came in the package, checked online, then learned that it's technically illegal for me to attach the holder to the windshield, by California law. In fact, in most, if not all instances, you pretty much can't have a GPS attached to the windshield in CA.
Well, I did what most people would do, I think.... I'm using it just like anyone else with any other windshield device holder. At least I placed it where it's least obstructive of my view AND where the angle on this thing allows - on the bottom left corner of the windshield. The turning axis is fairly restricted. If I put it somewhere higher on the windshield, the phone would be at a very awkward angle and would likely fall off constantly. Even at its current placement, it's awkward. It's holding my phone at about 60 degrees to the right, so yes, more horizontal than vertical. It's very functional to hold my phone close enough for speak phone, GPS sounds, etc. But it's difficult to read off the screen for upcoming map routes.
That being said, I've been using it for about 10 months, and it's only fallen off my windshield a handful of times. My phone has fallen off the holder only a few times as well. And I've rarely had to adjust the "arms". So, would I have wanted a "better" one? Yes, ideally. Would I have found a "better" one? Not sure, and not likely for the price. I think I bought it for $10-11 on Black Friday. Btw, mine is the purple one. I love the color :)
Here are some of the claims of the Cellet holder:
1) Easy expandable back button helps securely accommodate the size of your smartphone.
Yes, the arms on the side that hold your phone in place have a ratcheting mechanism as you push them in against the sides of your phone, and rubber pads. When you want to release your phone, you don't have to grab those side bars and pull them out. Just push the button on the back of the holder and it automatically gently releases. I should mention that the side bars may or may not actually touch the side of your phone, depending on its width, when you push them in. I have an iPhone 4S and they do not touch because the ratcheting mechanism doesn't provide infinite positions of adjustment. But the rubber pads on the side bars nevertheless will hold your phone in place.
2) Heavy duty arms with 360 rotation capability allow flexibility
Sort of. Yes, you can turn your phone 360 degrees, but if the side bars don't actually grip the sides of your phone, as they do not for my iPhone 4S, then your phone would fall out if you turned the gizmo upside down. But why would you do that?
3) Extra-large suction cup with lock button conveniently attaches to dashboard, windshield or any other smooth surface and easily removable.
4) Rubberized holder keeps your device in place and can hold devices up to 3.5 inches wide.
Will it hold your GPS in landscape mode? Maybe. My Nuvi barely fits into the jaws in their most extended position. It just depends on the size of your GPS. It is intended for phones.
I should also mention that the bottom of the platform that holds your phone has a space in the middle which you would think would be for your phone's charging cord. But it is not wide enough for an iPhone charging connector if you have the bottom of the phone against the bottom of the holder. It turns out, though, that this is not a problem because you can just slide your phone up half an inch in the side jaws to plug the phone charging connector into your iPhone.
All in all, this phone holder works very well for me.
At any rate, I set about looking for the cleanest looking universal mount which was inexpensive (I want to have budget left for a custom mount if they come out with one) and which wasn't TOO cheap either (read flimsy garbage)
This is the best one out of several I ordered for testing. The plastic is solid,and looks it (looks very clean and professional actually)
The ball mount can be tightened to that PERFECT sweet spot where the phone holds still, does not move while installing the phone as you get into the car, does not vibrate while driving - and yet can still be easily repositioned with one hand.
As you get into the car, installation does usually require two hands. This is just a shortcoming of all universal mounts (except the self-grabbing shark which is also very cool, SUPER cheap and pretty well made - but doesn't look very good)
Removing the phone only requires one hand and is pretty smooth using the large button behind the right side. Press it for a second, it smoothly backs off the phone and then you pull the power and remove the device by sliding it out sideways.
Suction is powerful, among the best I've used on glass (including much pricier OEM mounts) I have no idea how well it holds to surfaces other than glass. They claim it does well and I'd bet it does as well or better than any other but I don't know that any suction cup device can honestly stay put on a porous or textured dashboard.
Good buy, will get another for my wife's car know that I've narrowed it down to this one.