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April 11, 2014 at 8:42 pm (UTC 8)
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Very nice, guys. Highly recommended and would definitely purchase from this vendor again.
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April 11, 2014 at 9:25 pm (UTC 8)
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I’ve been through six mounting brackets to hold my phone. I’ve tried vent clip-mounted, cup-holder mounted and even permanently mounted. Most of them were exceedingly poor at stabilizing the phone for one-handed use while driving – launching apps and pressing the home button, nothing as sophisticated at texting or anything that takes that volume of precise taps. So when I decided to look for a mount to hold my iPad in place for use as a GPS, my expectations were low.
The Satechi uses extendable, cushioned prongs to push against the sides of the cup holder to keep the base snugly in place. It holds very firmly without scratching the insides of the cup holder. Installing or removing the base is as simple as placing the base in the cup holder and twisting the extension arm to lock or release the base. The unit comes with two brackets, one for a phone and another for a tablet. Each bracket is easily attachable or removable via a sliding sleeve which locks on to a square notch on the top of the extension arm. Adding or removing your device is as simple as pressing the release button to allow the cushioned pressure arms to extend to their fullest size or squeezing ratcheting arms against the sides of the device.
Pros:* Exceedingly stable, even when pressing the top of the device (furthest point from the fulcrum point at the base of the unit)* Supports many different types of devices.* Two brackets, one for a phone and one for a tablet* Cup base doesn’t scratch the cup holder* The extender arm pivot (where the bracket attaches) is adjustable to change the device’s angle* Can mount my iPad in portrait or landscape* Cushioned arms to hold the device in place
Cons:* Due to the location of the pressure arms on the tablet bracket, there’s no room for a 30-pin cable to be plugged in when holding the iPad in landscape mode. This is an annoyance for me because when the iPad is in portrait my polarized sunglasses are in phase with the iPad and I can’t see the screen.* When installing the base, you have to do a little trial and error to twist the base to get both the maximum amount of hold and the right rotational angle to face me.* The square notch can rotate around a pivot point, but it locks at about 15 degree angles, so if your cup holder is stylized so that its tube is not perfectly perpendicular with the ground the extension arm doesn’t go perfectly up and you can’t quite get the rotation so that the device appears to be perfectly straight.
Conclusion:This mount isn’t perfect but it’s close enough to be a must-buy for anyone looking for a high-quality, heavy-use mount.
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