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on March 5, 2018
Finally, what appears to be a reliable vent-based holder for larger phones.
I have a S8 plus and previously a Samsung Note, both with add-on external case protectors, and both being included among larger phones regardless of an external case. I've had two other vent-based holders that were unable to handle these larger phones at times when turning at even moderate velocity, let alone at the high velocity driving that is at times required to avoid zombies and other unexpected road obstacles that necessitate rapid response. Although I've only tested this Patefly mount for one day, I’ve quickly noticed a big difference from my previous supposed large phone holders: this one seems to work and is stable. I give it big marks for reliability thus far.
Some notable features and differences from other mounts I’ve purchased:
A vent clip that has rubber or vinyl on the vent clamps, and a slot in the middle of the vent clamps that allows deeper placement around a horizontal vent support. This capability demonstrates keen awareness and thoughtfulness among the mount designers.
A quick release that encourages a solid connection to the vent. The clamp coatings also help with this.
Very importantly: two supporting braces that rest below the vent, rather than one. The two braces are key in helping stability.
A quick release for the clamps that hold onto the phone. Although a quick release was included in one of the previous phone holders I purchased, this one is very efficient.
Concluding observations:
It is frustrating to say the least when a phone exits its car mount during a turn, especially when needing to steer quickly around a zombie or other unexpected obstacle. I don't see this happening, at least as often, with this mount.
Although I have only one day with this phone mount, it seems to have capacity and stability that goes well beyond my previous large phone mounts.
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on February 16, 2018
Good product, easy to mount and holds phone securely. The reason for the 4 stars is because the manufacturer specifically says that it will mount on vertical vents. That is only partially true. Though the clasp will mount, when used on vertical vents, the lower support arms are useless. I was able to use this in another vehicle that had horizontal vents, otherwise I would have returned the product.
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on March 9, 2018
I wouldn’t buy it again. I have a pop socket on the back of my iPhone 8 so my phone doesn’t fit properly on the bottom ledge and always falls through. If I push the bottom of the phone in the top of the phone falls forward and falls out too. The holder always seems to pull down too so my phone can be difficult to see when reading directions. And I really dislike the release lever on the back. So even if I didn’t have the pop socket on the back I still wouldn’t purchase this. I had another one of these but he release was a button and it was much easier. Sometimes I find myself having to use 2 hands to release the phone if I am finally able to shove it in there. All in all I wish I could find the other one I had that was bought as a gift and I would
Not re-purchase this one.
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on May 7, 2018
This is exactly what I was looking for, an inexpensive mount for my iPhone 8 plus. The clamp for the vent fin is tight and secure. The padded surfaces ensure that nothing on my care is scratched. The mount securely holds my phone in landscape or portrait. It is very easy to open with the "trigger" on the back and then when the phone is placed into the mount the clamps on the side are released to add tension to hold the phone in place. A couple of cons: It will block one air vent so be prepared for that. Occasionally I have to tighten the swivel part of the mount.
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on March 24, 2018
I bought this for my new Samsung Galaxy S9 plus. My phone fits perfectly and without any problems. I can reach all of the buttons on my phone easily and can plug it in to charge while in the stand as well. The holder itself is sturdy and well made. I really like the little legs that rest against your dash. This keeps it from tilting downward unexpectedly. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I wish it would tighten onto the vent part a bit tighter. It is staying on fine. However, I would worry less if it was tighter. All in all, I'm happy with my purchase and recommend this product.
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on May 8, 2018
To be honest, this is one of the worst purchases I have made in a long time. It doesn't work very well at all. The clamp that holds it to the vent is terrible. It doesn't squeeze hard enough to hold the vent securely and I've knocked the phone off several times by accident. The ring that tightens the swivel portion down comes loose far to easily and the mount flops forward. If you hit a bump, it flops forward and then the whole thing, phone and all falls off the vent and ends up on the floor. I drive for two of the popular rideshare companies, and I bought two fo these to hold my phones. I'd looked at several different mounts and ended up settling for this one and ended up regretting it on my very first day of use.
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on May 23, 2018
The last picture showing a GPS device is misleading - it's a phone, not a GPS such as Garmin.
I did not assemble the whole thing because I wanted to check the fit of my GPS and how the vent clip would work
Testing just the two parts told me that it is not for me. Might be excellent for a phone.
The clip that is supposed to be pushed down to hold the mount in the vent is, for me, impossible to push down. It just doesn't move.
The grips of the holder itself are wide enough for a 20mm thick GARMIN GPS, but the bottom two protrusions aren't wide enough to hold it in place (might be ok for a thin phone). For me the whole thing is insecure. I checked it out over a carpet, so when my GPS fell it didn't break.
I am returning it.
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on April 10, 2018
The buying experience was fast and properly packaged. Having used suction cup phone holders before I was not sure I would like one attached to my vent. Too heavy? Not good viewing angle? Just the opposite, it fits snuggly in place with the lower braces holding the weight without vibration when moving. I didn't realize how much the one hanging from my windshield obstructed my view until I tried this one, great position, easy to see without distraction and without the phone light creating a blind spot at night like ones held above the dashboard line. Love it, def recommend.
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I like this car mount, easy to install and works great, I will give a 5 stars because it is functional, easy to install and cheap. The only problem I see, but I do not want to remove the star because it is a problem I have, not all of you will have it, is that the bottom 2 little legs of the support blocks the audio jack and bottom speaker of the Galaxy S7 Edge. I'm not sure about other phones but at least on this model, you will not be able to connect your headphones in case you need them.
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on June 11, 2018
So there is a screw that holds the ball on and when its loose the phone will flop around. tighten that down to remove that problem. The pressure to hold the holder to the vent has its problems. Think about it the phone is held by pressure on each side. When you pull out your phone over time the grippers on the vent are going to pull forward by this action.thus eventually the holder will fall.
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