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Doesn't Work for Me with Rav4 and iPhone 8
July 5, 2019
I found it:
1. Difficult to attach the holder to the vents.
2. Difficult to attach the phone to the holder (arthritis and required two hands to mount).
3. Difficult to remove the phone from the holder without it popping out of the vents.
5. Difficult to view because I couldn't get it to face me.
4. Blocked airflow from the vent and the vent had to be directed in a way that suited the phone, not me.
Review of the Alternatives:
1. Cup holder mounts get in the way and you have to take your eyes off the road.
2. Console holders cover up controls, particularly with the oversized iPhone 8.
3. Vent mounts block air flow and can overheat when running heat in cold weather.
4. Dashboard and windshield mounts block view and increase chance of phone overheating in hot weather. Most states bar use of windshield obstructions (e.g., GA & Fl where I live) so both the windshield and dashboard mounts may be illegal.
Watch the Consumer Reports video "cell phone holders for your car." They noted that holders that attached to vents tended to be "flimsy." They preferred windshield attached holders for improved visibility and safety.
Magnetic mounts are easiest to remove and attach phone but you have to have a magnetic phone case.
So I switched to the mPow Windshield Mount Holder and it solved every problem on my list. Phone is mounted on the left side, out of my line of site, in front of but not blocking an air vent, and pointed directly at my face. It's easily holding my iphone and is somewhat easier to remove the phone from the holder.