The best mobile phone mounts

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6 of the best car mounts for your mobile phone
Mobile phones are an essential part of everyday life for motorists. Not only have Bluetooth hands-free kits made it easier to make and take phone calls legally behind the wheel, but a wide range of smartphone apps has also revolutionised the driving experience. But whether you want to use your mobile for sat-nav, music streaming or speed camera detection, you need to invest in a good mount to stay on the right side of the law.

Choices range from those that clamp around your phone to sticky mounts. Some also let you leave your mobile in its protective case, while others even include docks to charge your phone while holding it — useful if you’re using apps or Bluetooth hands-free, which can soon drain your battery.

Those that give you a choice of attaching to the dashboard or fixing to the windscreen via suction also stand out and, whatever you buy, you want one that makes it quick and easy to insert and remove your phone. But which mobile phone mount should you buy for your car? Stuart Morton from Auto Express rounds up six of the best.
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Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra
Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra
eBay loves: Great build quality, great price
Watch out for: Sprung base too big for small phones
Price: £11.99

Solid clamps and a wide adjustment range set the Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra apart, and it has a high-quality feel. It can be mounted on your dashboard or stuck to your car’s windscreen, and allows you to view your phone just how you want it. The arms are so big, it can even handle some small tablet computers and, whatever you put in it, mounting and removing just takes seconds. A great buy.
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Dash Genie V2
Dash Genie V2
eBay loves: Bargain price, versatile fit
Watch out for: Pad can be a bit too sticky
Price: £9.99

A sticky pad gives a limpet-like grip on the back of your phone — so much so that it can be difficult to free it from the holder at times. But the base of the holder is really stable and can be fixed to a dashboard or windscreen. The Dash Genie V2 scores on its ability to hold a wide range of phones at all manner of angles and whatever you put in it, you know it’ll hold on to it tight. A reliable choice at a bargain price.
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Osomount Oso 360Grip
Osomount Oso 360Grip
eBay loves: Stable fit, phone mounts in seconds
Watch out for: Pricey, arms spread too wide
Price: £21.99

The Osomount Oso 360Grip looks a bit pricey compared to the other simple phone mounts, but it feels well put together. And whether you fix it to your screen or dash, it doesn’t move when you’re driving, holding your phone firmly in place. The suction mount, operated by a lever, has a sticky base that gets a good grip, even on grained plastic dashboards, and the sliding arms make it easy to fix your phone in place one-handed. Just bear in mind that the sliding arms are too wide to take some smaller phones.
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Belkin TuneBase Hands-free Aux
Belkin TuneBase Hands-free Aux
eBay loves: Lets you charge and make calls, too
Watch out for: Expensive, for iPhone 5 only
Price: £39.99

The Belkin TuneBase Hands-free Aux is a phone mount, charger and hands-free kit, all in one — although it only works with the iPhone 5. An Apple Lightning connector is built into the holder and there’s also a button to activate the Siri voice control. The mount is built into a cradle that plugs into your 12V socket and you can swivel your phone through landscape or portrait modes. Plug the 3.5mm auxiliary cable into your mobile and you can take calls, stream music or listen to sat-nav app instructions through your car’s stereo speakers.
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Kondor Universal Suction Holder
Kondor Universal Suction Holder
eBay loves: One-button release, widely adjustable
Watch out for: Not as stable as some rival mounts
Price: £9.99

The padded sliding arms of the Kondor Universal Suction Holder grip your mobile carefully, and a one-button release makes it easy to grab it and go when you park. The combination of a ball joint and a hinged base on the lever-operated suction mount means the Kondor provides plenty of adjustment once in place on your screen, too. Though not quite as stable as some other options, it can handle all shapes and sizes of phone, so is a fine buy if you don’t have one of the mainstream mobile choices.
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TomTom Hands-Free Car Kit
TomTom Hands-Free Car Kit
eBay loves: Another hands-free kit, lots of adjustment
Watch out for: Very expensive, can’t play sound via stereo
Price: £79.99
Another mount that’s part of a charger and hands-free kit, although TomTom’s Hands-Free Car Kit is easily the most expensive option here. It takes a firm grip of your phone whether you’re using a case or not, and the ball joint lets you view the screen in landscape or portrait. It comes with a 30-pin Apple charger, with versions also available for other smartphones, plus you can get an adapter for newer Apple Lightning connectors. Calls are relayed through the 2-watt speaker via Bluetooth, but there’s no option to play them through the car’s stereo, which makes this look like a pricey, although well-made, option.
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