Amazon.com.au:Customer reviews: Maxbosot DuraHold Series Car Phone Mount for iPhone Xs Max XR X 8 7 6s Plus SE, Galaxy S9 S8 S7 Edge, Note 9 8, LG G6, Pixel XS, HTC [Washable Strong Sticky Gel Pad/Extendable Holder Arm (Upgrade)]
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I've been using this mount for at least a month now and really like the suction power it has to hold my heavier than most iPhone 10r with case and thinoptics eyeglass holder on the back of it. It doesn't bounce around and looks and feels well made and solid.
I would prefer the release button to be on the left side of the mount since i mount the phone to the left of the steering wheel. My biggest complain with all/any mount is that I have yet to find one that has big enough grips to grab my entire phone. Since i have the ThinOptics eyeglass holder mounted to the back of my phone case, it makes the case thicker than most but it would still be nice have some hearty grips that really hug my phone. Maybe if the grips were placed a bit higher and not so far to the bottom of the mount so that it wouldn't feel like it was so top-heavy sitting in the mount with no support closer to the middle/top of the phone would be nice.
So to be honest, I was given this item to review. This is the third product from Maxboost that I own. I am happy with the prior products, and was offered to test this product for free. I have only had it a week before writing this review (that was the condition for them giving it to me).
The good: It has good suction, it holds the phone securely, and will fit phones up to 3 1/2 inches wide. I really liked that the suction cup has a clip. Once its in place you push the clip down to secure the suction cup. The product held my phone and did not move while I was accessing multiple apps (I was a passenger). It has a nice rubber backing where the phone clips in.
Neutral: The product is pretty long. It was longer than I expected it to be. Adjusted for my phone it was around 10" long. It comes with a dash pad that you can stick to your dash and then stick the suction cup to the dash pad. I did not try this method. I put the suction cup on the front windshield. However, on a 2018 Ford Explorer it would be necessary to use the mounting pad because the window is too far away to use the suction mount to the glass. The product has several adjustments and I don't think getting it in a good position will be too difficult. My phone is 6 1/2 inches tall and the mount is only 4 inches tall so 2 1/2 inches stuck up over the clip. It wasn't a problem, I just expected it to cover the entire phone back. Maybe it was designed that way to allow for camera use?
I didn't like: The product is plastic and feels like if it was dropped it would break. Either leave it in one car, or be careful when changing into different cars. When I removed it from the window I realized why the suction cup had a piece of plastic protective cover on it. There is a very sticky glue like substance on the suction cup that I assume is to add strength and stability. However, when I removed it some of the "glue" stuck to the window.
Overall, I think you get what you pay for. I've never shopped for one of these mounts so I don't know what they cost. At $10 it does a good job of holding the phone. I will definitely use it in one car for however long it lasts. Maybe after using it a bit longer, I'd consider buying another one. Thanks to MaxBoost for letting me try it.
The last time I used a suction-cup holder like this was back when we all had individual GSP devices for our car. I wanted to try the suction option first before committing to the adhesive on my dash and so far no complaints. We've had weather from 35 degrees to 65 degrees and the thing hasn't moved. I like having it to the left of my dashboard as opposed to the center if it needed to use the adhesive pad.
The device isn't dainty like the magnetic ones but it does have a pretty decent range of motion. You can change the angle and the and extend the arm if you want it close to you. You use tighten/loosen nobs until you have it situated where you want. The main reason I only gave it four stars is that the nob you use to change the angle of the device is connected to a capped fastener. If you loosen too much the screw comes out and so does the fastener. I didn't realize this until I was trying to tighten everything and thankfully found the cap on the floor.
Overall pleased with my purchase. Now I just need a longer charging cable so it reaches!
The box was surprising small like little person trapped in a potato sack. Once the unboxing was done some assembly was required. The cell portion of the mount had to be mounted to the Mt. Everest stand. The adjuster nut has to be removed and then through finger acrobatics out it on the Mt. Everest peak and assemble the who mess at once.
This thing is as big as Kanye West's ego. But wait there is more! It gets even bigger as it extends on one adjustment. Past half way out it wiggles around like a wet noodle. Sound familiar? This is great fun in tight corners as it sways with the vehicle. Couldn't decide if this was a feature or that my windshield was not getting wobbly from the enormous weight of this thing on my windshield. This was obviously not the fact because it came flying off in collusion with my phone in a failed assassination attempt. Fast hands like a ninja Jedi kept the super sticky part of the mount from collecting all those unmentionable crumbs from the carpet. I do wish I could review a shop vac. Back to that sticky part. Sticky? This will be fun if it ever stays off a surface for long. This thing will collect dirt like a Brazilian wax.
But like I said this this is huge. Big like you might get a ticket just for having this thing attached to the windshield. For good reason because the size of the visual footprint of this thing will have you needing a spotter just to drive. This thing would be best mounted on a pole in the center of your car like a proud flag pole. I mean if you are going to do something silly go all out.
I think videos of people wrestling with this thing like Donald Trump wrestles with his conscious would be entertaining. Might even monetize on YouTube. You're Welcome for the idea, now..... About that shop vac?
I really like this mount, it comes with the usual suction cup but it actually has 2 settings for the locks, one making it more secure than the first if need be. It can be mounted to the windows or dashboard if your dash isn't too grainy but if it is it includes a nice clear plexy glass square with up to 3 good quality 3M doubled sided tape so that you can glue to the dash and secure the suction cup to it, very thoughtful of them to include. The extending arm is great and the multi directional head of the holder is great and solid. The arms of the holder get released with small pulley/button on the side and they expand as far as they go and then you just press the arms back to secure and size it to your phone. The only downside to this is the fact that the smaller arms that secure the phone are only long enough to hold a phone without a case or anything attached to it. I use an ultra slim case but I have something similar to a pop socket and that gives the phone a little more depth that can't be handled by the arms, it barely holds it in place, to use this comfortably I would need to remove the phone from my case every time and then put it back on when getting out of my car, defeats the purpose of convenience and time savings. most if not a lot of people have either thicker cases or some kind of device to help you hold the phone so you don't drop it. If the arms were slightly longer to accommodate that this would be the perfect mount in my opinion. overall it's great though.
The mount is sturdy and well-designed, for the most part. The plastic pad thingy adheres well to the dash, and the suction cup adheres well to the plastic pad thingy. It really sucks -- in the positive sense of the word. If anything should suck, it's a suction cup; and this suction cup really sucks.
The problem I have with it is that the feet upon which the phone rests in the vertical position make using a large phone in the horizontal position a bit cumbersome. It's off balance, so it constantly wants to sag in the direction where the center of gravity is.
That being said, it hasn't fallen out of the mount, nor has the mount fallen off the dash. But I think making those feet removable would be an improvement.
If you use your phone in the vertical position, then disregard everything I just said. In the vertical position, the mount is excellent.
I don't typically gravitate towards larger mounts/accessories but decided to give this car mount a try. From phone cases to car mounts, this certainly is not a small, footprint design. Although it is functional.
This car mount has worked excellent holding both an iPhone XR and iPhone XS Max without any issues. We currently have this mounted on the dashboard and since securing it, it hasn't slipped off in the slightest. The mount also gives you a lot of adjustable options like tilt, rotate, lift and telescoping based on the angle at which the mount is situated.
My only advice to consider is that it is on the bulky side which can be a distraction depending where it's mounted. The method of mounting/taking off your phone from the mount may take some getting used to as it can be a little cumbersome. It takes a little bit of care to do and does not allow quick-release maneuver while taking the phone off the mount. Lastly, I have found the mechanism the allows the phone to tilt tends to get loose over time, requiring the periodic need tighten and adjust.
My initial impression of this mount is everything I needed. So far. I just received it today. I'll come back & review again in a few mths. •Fits my Galaxy S9 perfect. Very secure! It has support on both sides & underneath my cell. Could easily fit a larger cell. •You can mount your phone vertically or horizontally. I could prob put my gps onto the mount if I wanted. •Easy assembly, the little ball joint for the mount was a lil hard to get in the socket. •I used ALL mounting hardware. But you don't have to use it all. •I used the plastic, adhesive square plate 1st. The adhesive seemed like it didn't want to stick @ 1st. But after sitting awhile & applying pressure it adhered fine. •I then placed mount w/ suction cup on to the plastic plate, mentioned previously. It seems to be adhering well. •I love the little button that you press underneath that automatically opens the side clasps to release/adjust your phone. •It has several places where you can adjust the mount to what fits you & your phone needs.
I'd overall recommend, as of now. Will come back & review how it holds up. For reference, I have a 2006 Jeep Commander. I put this mount on my dash.
Our state went hands-free earlier this year, then we shortly went into statewide closure due to COVID19, so I haven't gotten a LOT of use out of this mount, since driving has been greatly reduced. However, what little I have used it, I do like it. The clip holds my iphone 7Splus. I like that the arm extends and turns. I like that the clip is slightly padded. Nice big suction cup holds it to my window.
I do NOT mount this near the window, for fear it or my phone will go flying right out an open window. Playing it safe.
UPDATE: 8/2020 The closure on the mount to hold the phone no longer works. Revised to 3 stars, since it did work well before that, I guess....
UPDATE: 11/2020 So after thinking I'd need to throw this out after the zipper mech on it wouldn't budge, I forced it open with my hands and was able to reactivate it. I can now use this again. Revised to 4 stars.
I like how the product came with a lifetime warranty and detailed instructions on installation. The product itself was designed to hold almost any phone sizes, and the material seemed durable. The locking mechanism of its extending arms was fairly secure and the angles were flexible for adjustments.
So far the product holds up nicely. But as time progresses I think it is inevitable for it to lose the suction and adhesion power, as well as the bolts for angle adjustments will start losing its security. But this will vary based on everyone's condition (temperature, humidity, and ect.) Maybe that's when lifetime warranty comes in?
I think it is a well-rounded product overall. The fact that the company is willing to offer a lifetime warranty on its product shows its confidence in the product's quality.