Mobile Nations Survey: Do you use a car mount with your smartphone?

Car Mount Survey

This Mobile Nations Survey comes to you via our accessories team. We're always putting new smartphone accessories to the test, and are often getting into debates over which are the best.

One topic where the team is 100% in agreement though is car mount docks. We think that car mounts are the absolute best way to take your smartphone with you on the road.

We're curious to know if you agree, if you own a car mount or not, if you like them or not and why. Thanks for sharing!

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Mobile Nations Survey: Do you use a car mount with your smartphone?


It doesn't look like you can charge with that mount with all of the WP8 devices having the usb port on the bottom now...

I bought the cr123 also for thel920. I am disappointed that there is no specific Nokia car mount for the l920. Everytime i lock it into place the camera button is activated.

Got one of those too and loving it. Used to have one of those Clingo sticky holders but I guess the summer heat disagreed with it and it became too sticky, started leaving sticky residue on my phone. Besides, if you set up  the CR-123  just right, it looks like a TIE-interceptor 

Why would you want a wireless mount when you can just plug it to the car and charge the phone faster? Just curious.

Less wires using aux plus the car charger I have now gets tangled all the time. Less wires less pain. Idk first world problems I guess lol

Why do people ask these questions?  Obviously its not neccessary, but you can say that about 99% of our modern conveniences.  Simply put, its more convenient and thats the only reason anyone needs.  I have a car charger but I hardly ever hook my phone up to it unless its dying because I'm too lazy to remember to plug the thing in.  A wireless charging car mount would be much easier as I can just plop the phone onto it.

I don't think we will see a wireless car charger. Think about how much longer it takes to charge your phone now on the plate from a wall outlet. Now think about running GPS while charging wirelessly... I have a feeling we dont see one yet is because the wireless charnging can't keep up with the GPS battery drain.

I constantly use my phone while driving for podcasts, audible, music, and maps with an aftermarket Bluetooth car stereo.

The only cable I have to plug in is power (assuming I remember to), so a Qi dock would be amazing.

Totally agrees, it's still okay to have my desktop a bit wired up, but again in my car??? Just hate that.
Somemay think its crazy but it would be just perfect if they can install a solar charged dock on the mount, since most of the time the mount is on the front and have sufficient sunlight. This would be energy conserving while no need the hassle as most of our city drives r just short period. N then only plug in cable for charge when going on a long distance travel.

I would say it's not impossible...

Much the same way, as I feel about your useless comment. Thanks for sharing...absolutely nothing meaningful, to the thread.

They asked if people had used them and if not, if they interested them.  So his comment is completely pertinent to the questions asked.  Idiot.

Yes! I actually use a Motorola GPS car mount. It fits my HTC Trophy perfectly so i can watch skate videos on the way to the skate park, or when i need to use maps

I would if the phones audio could transmit wirelessly to the cars audio. (correct me if it already does this) (while using the phones GPS)

I'm using a Clingo Universal Mobile Stand as a car mount. I don't like a large contraption mounted on my dashboard or windshield and it works with my Lumia 920 mounted on my dashboard. It has dropped when I went over a significant bump on the road though and I attribute it to the Lumia's non-flat surface on the back, but at the same time it makes it easy to remove from the Clingo.

Would enjoy having one for my Lumia 920 that plugged into the cigarette lighter and wirelessly charged it (I hate fighting to plug it in, would enjoy just clamping it in) and then wirelessly played it over an FM transmitter.

I dont use it only because my car has in-dash GPS. if it didn't tho, Nokia Drive+ would be perfectly suitable for me!

I also use my cars nav and Bluetooth audio streaming in my car. I would us Nokia Drive if my car wasn't equipped with nav but I would miss live traffic updates.

I'm waiting for a wireless charger that has a high quality build. Willing to pay $40-$70 for high end clamp wireless charger. Why? Clip it in and go. I don't like damaging the micro USB port on my phone when docking a few degrees off-center. As soon as a high end product is available, I will buy again. Yes, again. My old 'dock' charger is in the trash after initial testing. :)

Oh, yes. I use an iKross/Fonus universal charging cradle, with two.2.1 amp usp fast charging slots and a 12v cig adapter port built in. Its actually another brand but the exact same as the iKross/Fonus. Got it at Microcenter, though, and they prefer their own in-house knockoff labeling. The cradle was brilliant for my Titan, but the top clamp covers the stupidly positioned 3.5mm jack port on the 920. So, I have to mount it cock-eyed, then plug in my aux cable. The clamp on mine is different from the one in the link, but the main body/gooseneck, are the exact same. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B009SSN6TC/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1354909832&sr=...

I use one. I actually use the same one from the picture in the post :D

Not only used for GPS though...just makes everything easier if it is mounted there at all times. See an incoming call easier, see a text when stopped at a light, change songs, etc...

Can never get em to stay attached. Afraid of my phone dropping to its doom. I use a holder that clips to the ac vent

I own one but it's used rarely unless I'm traveling. Beyond that, I'll put the phone on the seat and listen for turn by turn.

I use the X-Way from Italian maker Tetrax. Hands down the best no-nonsense car phone holder for me. Nothing on your windshield, no suction crap, it's wonderful :)

My job keeps me on the road for over half the year. I've been using the Nokia CR-123. This has to be one of Nokia's best accessories yet it is not sold in many places in the USA online or otherwise. I do find having a car mount useful as well as having a Bluetooth hands-free device (I use the Luna).

I bought a mount from MS store for doing the Bing challenge. It has the "sticky" pad to hold the phone. I have to say I love having a dock but it needs to be easily reachable so anyone in the front seat can access it.
that issue is my biggest complaint, if I mount on my window it is too far, and my dash does not have a better place. Why are there not more mounts that connect to the CLA?

My CLA is as high as my radio so its not too far from normal glance range. Window mounts just seem too far from the driver to be able to change the song playing...maybe my next car will be better

Hmm okay, only you know what works best for you :) My CLA is at the bottom in front of the gear stick, and the radio is above that - it's definitely not higher than the bottom of my steering wheel, so I would need to look down at a phone mounted there. Have you seen the mounts that plug into the CLA on a bendable "cable"? They're quite strong and could be bent into any position to suit the driver or passenger

Just got an iOttie Easy Flex 2 for my 920.  Still getting used to it.  First time I tried to install it, I couldn't (partly because of my fault), second time I tried my best to affix it to my windshield and it really did, I just plugged it to wrong way.  When I wanted to remove it, it was really tough to do so without using a removal accessory (aka plastic key card).  It looks pretty slick and once I figure out how to remove it easily, I think its a keeper.  In the description, they also mention its use as a desk holder which I found interesting.

I have a cheapo one from ebay that holds steady on my vent.  Orientation is adjustable, as is tilt level.  Also accomodates different sizes: iPhone to Note probably.  My last mount scratched the shit out of my GS2 cuz it was designed for an iPhone.

^This! This mount is a solid one. My L900 haven't fell off even once from the mount and I have it attached to my aftermarket stereo!

Yes... The Lumia 920 is so massive that it alters the center of gravity of my car and thus need it fixed to a specific location to aid in driving. Or, it really convenient to have it fixed to a location where I can use Hey DJ to listen to music.

I am using one I got a discount on at work, it was originally for a GPS, but with my clearance discount, I had to try it. It works okay, but it's a bit big and bulky, I wouldn't mind something slimmer.

No I've never used one as I have no need or want in owning a car, why spend lots of money for the privilege of it taking longer to get around?
(I know I have a clear NYC bias)

Anyone else feel a lockable orientation, swivel mount would be great? So, if you press something on the phone it doesn't move? Maybe this already exists, I'd like to know if it does.

I have used Pro Clips for my last three phones. Love the way the mounts are custom made for each car and the phone holder is custom made for each phone. For my L900 I had the charger mount. I will be getting a charger mount for my 920.

I don't use one. Don't see the need and don't want something suction cupped to my windshield obstructing my view.

I use a powered Brodit holder, I slide my Lumia 800 into it and it starts charging.- I use Nokia Drive for SatNav and have a bluetooth connection with car to use the phone handsfree.

I have tried a number of car mounts and designs but the most ingenious and best quality I found was the iMagnet on Amazon for 20 bucks. Its uses magnet to hold the phone and the grip is incredible. Even the suction cup is top notch. I love it.

Yup I use a car mount. While I am watching live tv streaming. Don't worry I have unlimited data no over head charges here all day steaming unlimited data hahahh

Looking for one for my Lumia 920.  I don't think I need wireless charging.  I've heard people say that Nokai Drive really sucks down the power so I'd want to have maximum current flowing to the phone. 

It's illegal in Australia to operate your phone if it's not in a proper cradle. I have one, but bloody thing broke the other day :(

A touchstone with my palm pre rocked as the best car mount. Quick on and off the dock and positioned right at my fingertips.

I've been using a clingo mount. It was amazing but now it leaves a load of gunk on the back of my phone. I wouldn't worry so much if it was years old but it started happening after about 8 weeks.

I had an iPhone mount in my Ferrari but it made it look tacky so I moved it into my Yugo. I think my iPhone now is in a more appropriate environment. I now have my 920 in my Ferrari, but I may move it. The Ferrari cheapens the look of my 920.

I find the car mount necessary as I like to use my phone as GPS while on the road too. However, i find that these car mounts does not last long. I have had two bad experience with the car mounts and they are now filling up my glove drawer. It just tends to drop off from time to time which is very frustrating. Anyone has good carmount to recommend or what should I look out for to avoid car mount unmounting themselve?