There’s no question that smartphones have become an integral part of our daily lives. There’s an app for just about everything, including driver safety. Smartphones can provide driving directions as well as a view of your car’s backup camera right from your phone’s screen. While using your phone to view your backup camera can improve safety, driving one-handed while holding your phone does not.
Despite the hazards, many drivers still use and operate their phones while driving. The best way to use your phone while keeping your hands on the wheel is to use a phone mount. There's no shortage of phone mounts on the market, so it can be hard finding exactly what you’re looking for. Check out the top phone mounts below to find the perfect hands-free solution for your driving needs.
TechMatte® MagGrip Universal CD Car Mount
Made by TechMatte, the MagGrip is a very popular choice and was the top rated phone mount in a recent product review. The MagGrip is easy to use and unobtrusive. Your phone is held in place by a magnet in a cradle-less design, making mounting and unmounting easy. The mount itself is easily adjusted, allowing you to view your phone at several different angles. Lastly, the MagGrip itself amounts via your CD player, which holds it firmly in place and makes it easy to install.
iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder
The Easy One Touch 2’s main feature is you can mount the unit nearly anywhere. The holder has a sticky gel pad with a locking lever that secures it to any surface no matter what the texture. Other useful features include a telescopic mount, allowing you to move your phone forward or back. Combined with a 180-degree movable arm and the 360-rotatable phone mount, the Easy One Touch 2 makes it easy to view your phone from any angle.
Sometimes all you need is a simple, sturdy mount for your phone. The MagicMount has a small, unobtrusive design with no real moving parts. Simply apply the included MagicPlate to your phone, to its case, or in between the phone and its case, and it magnetically attaches to the cradle-free mounting point. The MagicMount phone holder easily attaches to your dash or windshield.
Clingo Universal Car Phone Mount
An easy to use phone mounting device, the Clingo doesn’t require magnets or add-ons to your phone to get it to stick. All you have to do is simply press your phone to the pad. The Clingo mounts to your dashboard or windshield and its arm is flexible allowing you to adjust the viewing angle. Also, the Clingo grip pad is strong and can hold other devices such as a GPS or other mobile electronics.
The MSI 100 offers features that few other phone holders have. With a built in FM transmitter, it can broadcast your phone’s calls, GPS, streams, and stored music directly to your car’s radio and speaker system, making a complete hands-free system. This system requires no extra wiring or Bluetooth to work. The MSI 100 mounts to your windshield or dashboard and its clip grip fits any smartphone and secures it in place.
Kebelo MCD3 Universal Air Vent Car Mount Holder
A common complaint with phone holders is they are large and cumbersome. The Kebelo Magnetic Mount is a an unobtrusive mount that you won’t even notice. It mounts directly to your car’s air vent, keeping it out of the way. The phone mount itself is magnetic, which cuts down on the overall size profile. It comes with a metal plate to allow for easy mounting of your phone, tablet, or other portable electronic device.
Portability and ease of use a popular selling points for many phone-holding mounts. The Airframe takes minimalism to its limit, weighing under an ounce and being small enough to fit in your pocket. Designed as a vent mounted phone holder, it holds the phone with a simple spring-loaded, soft-molded grip. The grip is also rotatable, allowing you to view your phone in landscape mode or vertically. The Airframe also works as a stand for your phone with the use of a credit or debit card serving as a support.
Hands Free Is The Way To Be
Due to popular demand, there is a wide selection of quality phone mounting units available. With a quality mount, you can easily make use of your phone's apps while driving and keeping both hands on the wheel. This increases safety and even prevents fines in certain states. Staying safe in your car is a number one priority, and with affordable gadgets like phone mounts and backup cameras, there’s little reason to put yourself or your family at risk.