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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Good quality product, only thing is if you are in Australia, try to buy this from Amazon.com rather than Amazon.com.au, they ship it from a different warehouse and the shipping speed varies vastly, also I didn't receive the base plate from the Australian product but did receive it with the American product.
I'm always looking for a better phone case and phone car holder system. I tend to use Waze for every commute, to know about traffic and accidents and cops. As soon as I opened this item my heart sank because I thought I'd have to post a bad review. In the past I've used some of those suction type car phone holders and they always failed in hot temperatures. So I wasn't expecting much.
But when I started installing it I noticed that they use a different system. There is a non-permanent 3M type adhesive that you then affix a smooth plastic plate to. After that the suction goes onto the plastic plate. In Colorado this week I parked my car outside all week, and we had temperatures from the low 50's up into the 90's (much warmer inside the car with the greenhouse effect). The suction didn't release or falter once. I'm actually very thoroughly and pleasantly surprised.
The holder is a bit bulky, but that also means there's more degrees of freedom to position it exactly right. I also like that while I was trying putting cards on the back of my case this holder extended far enough out to still grip the phone fine.
I'd been using a holder that fits over a vent. I figured I'd be going back to that one. But especially with the hot weather this week I found myself actually really preferring this Maxboost holder and opening up that vent for more cooling. I took the other one completely off.
I'm actually really surprised, I didn't think I would like this product when I first saw it. But it won me over.
I loved the design of this product. It seemed it would work in just about any situation. I soon learned otherwise. I drive a 2017 Nissan Rogue. The front dash has a perfectly flat surface which made for an ideal platform. My cell phone is a Galaxy Note 9 and is pretty hunky at 3.250 x 6.5 inches. My wife has a Motorola cell phone which is considerably smaller. I decided I would try a "dry" installation first; that is, no use of adhesives in this first try. The first phone up was my Galaxy Note 9. I pressed the button at the base of the mounting rack to release the retaining arms and that worked very well. I placed the phone in position and cranked down the retaining arms. The Car Phone Mount grabbed nicely and presented a good, solid unit. I spent a fair amount of time trying to arrive at a workable mounting location for this combination of Galaxy Note 9 and Car Phone Mount. It just wasn't going to happen. In the final analysis, I had the Phone Mount adjusted down as far as was practical with this particular phone and it just did not present a good, safe working set up. Part of the problem was just the physical size of the Car Mount, combined with the physical size of my phone presented a total package whose geometry was difficult to overcome in my situation. The other part of the problem, the "killer" in my case with the Galaxy Note 9, was, of all things, the slope of the windshield on my Rogue. It was such that, even when I adjusted the car mount down to it's the smallest profile, and moved the assembled mount and Galaxy Note 9 to the very outside top edge of the dash, the windshield would still interfere with any attempt to adjust the assembled unit. I went through this same process with my wife's much smaller Motorola phone (2.50 x 4.0 inches) and encountered none of these difficulties at all. The Car Phone Mount was a good candidate for her phone and our Nissan Rogue. That is, except for a combination of two factors. The Car Phone Mount is still a pretty imposing physical entity on its own, without any phone in it, and my wife is barely five feet tall. There was no way that she was going to sit still to have her already challenged field of view obstructed even further by introducing some object she didn't feel was absolutely necessary - she doesn't use her phone while she drives. So, while the Car Phone Mound is an attractive package, unfortunately, it won't work in this household. I did want to test the suction power and adhesion aspects of this product and did so to a limited extent. I selected an area in the rear cargo space that was pretty compatible with the area that I was going to use in the driver's compartment. Now, I don't know how well these things will hold up in a closed up car in July in South Texas, but in the past few days, the temperatures have been pretty moderate (50-75 degrees F). My ratings are based upon these limited observations.
Pros: Highly Adjustable for different viewing angles. You won't likely not find an angle that fits your needs with the adjustable mount, mount arm, extendable neck etc.
Fits multiple surfaces. Whether you mount it on the glass where it's legal or on the dashboard. The surface texture or curvature of the dash will not be a problem with the provided mounting square plate that could be bent and attached on any surface. The suction cup is sticky and could be reused if you run it through water.
Easy phone attachment and release. Just squeeze the quick release button and it will smoothly extend the mount arms. Push the extendable arms back in with your phone rested in place. Done.
Fits many cases. Thick cases included. I was able to use it with my iPhone XS battery case. I’m sure you could use it with with yours as well. I don’t see why you can’t also use it with GPS if you still use it.
Value: Great price. For the cost of maybe two cups of coffees you got yourself something you could use daily. Even if your phone changes this mount should still fit your phone.
Customer support: Great customer support experience from my other purchases with this company.
Cons: Unclear instructions. The mount head dial may be confusing for some to attach with out detailed instructions. To install it you need to put it over the ball joint then pop the mount head over it. I’d include an installation video for those that don’t want to read instructions.
Weakness to extreme heat. My experience with the mount over the last week has been good. It holds on very well. It took quite a bit of effort to get it off. I’d try to park away from direct sun like for an excessive amount of time. I’m sure it will weaken the hold. Even so, you could easily rinse it and reapply it.
Horizontal Orientation. If you have a longer phone. The arms grips more to one side of the phone. It may not hold as confidently horizontally versus vertically. Your phone and results may vary.
Conclusion: Good price, can’t really be beat at the time of this writing. Works if you live in a place that won’t allow window mounting. I find that unless you spend a lot more maybe closer to $80 for a product that attaches to your car on a custom level, you don’t have too many other great options. The vent type mounts covers part of the air and as phones get heavier these days with the bigger screens, they are likely to fall off with some rough terrain. If you get creative you could mount this pretty much anywhere and use it how you'd like in your car or home. This product does what you’d expect at a price that is easy on the wallet.
I included a quick video instruction on how to install the mount head dial.
I'm a klutz at setting up products. Yes, I read the instructions, but believe me when I say, "It's me, not the product." It took me about a day of trial and error (wondering if the stifling heat and humidity was an issue) when I had that "Aha!" moment and mounted it effectively using the suction cup.
Finding a place for it in a very small car is exciting because you don't want to obscure the view and the vents take up a lot of space. That's the car design, though, not the product here. I did, eventually, through trial and error, prevail and it is mounted on the dash and adjusted down and out of the line of sight of traffic.
It works well for me. The button to release the grip is easy to use. I can swivel it easily to use online maps so I know where I'm going. I admit I have an iPhone set to cut off incoming calls and other distractions while driving due to the inherent risks (1/5 of the accidents in my state are as a result of distracted driving) and I'd rather not become another statistic so it's maps for me, but it could be used for phone calls.
After several days of use, it is still gamely clinging to the dashboard without toppling over so that's all to the good. A lot of suction cups give up the ghost quickly. This one clings like a limpet.
I have a sibling who scares the bejesus out of me by snatching up a cell phone when it rings and ends up weaving the car in its lane. Today I ordered one of these and plan on installing it in that car. So, I like this enough to give it (and install it) in the auto of someone I love and want to remain safe. I guess that's a recommendation too.
Save a life by installing a hands-free option. It could be your own. (Even if it is not required by law in your jurisdiction.)
I would give this product 4 stars. Overall very good car mount. It is sturdy and base seals well to dashboard of car. The extendable arm and rotation allows you to adjust the height, orientation and distance from you. It is also very user friendly. Comes assembled. It can mount any phone and adjusts very easily. The mount holds the phone well. The only downfall of this mount is if you have a large case or wallet on back of your phone it does not hold well in the mount because it is not deep enough. In order to fix this you just have to remove your case or wallet. Overall great product that I would recommend
My experience with the mount has been scant since I’m retired and don’t drive that much. After following the instructions and completing the install, I was pretty comfortable with the screen view. This is possible because there are enough adjustments that can be made to get the best display. I have since made two eight hour drives and not one single movement from the mount. It stayed rock solid on the mount. Like other mounts, I didn’t find myself reaching up, trying to watch traffic, and adjust the mount at the same time. Which brings me to my only complaint. I decided to move the mount and was completely unable to get the submount to come undone. I’m going to try using a small screwdriver to get it off, but it’s on there rock solid right now. Since it’s on the dash, I need to be extra careful trying to get the submount off. But it should work out fine. Overall, I love the fact the mount is a “set it and forget it” item. The only deduction is for trying to get the submount off. Great product overall.
My first thought of the Maxboast car mount when it arrived was that the box needed more color but you recycle the box anyhow so not a big deal. When I took it out of the box, it looked complicated but upon further review, it was quite simple to use. I couldn't mount it on my dash as I have a dash cover so it ended up on the windshield. I positioned it in place and activated the suction cup and it was strong as I decided to move it and had difficulty getting it off the windshield. After I put in in the spot I wanted it, I put my phone (Iphone XS Max) on it and feared the mounting arm would come lose with such a large phone. No worries though. It stayed in place with all the bumps you get in a vehicle on the road. I then got adventurous and extended the mounting arm to it full length and feared with the increased leverage the phone would cause the arm to sink down to the dash. Nope....stayed in place where it belonged. The only down side was that the button to release the clamps that hold the phone is too short for my phone as the button is mostly behind the phone and difficult to get to. Just needed to be about a 1/2" longer. Great product overall. Did it's job
When I first opened up the package I had fun fiddling with all the knobs that allow you to adjust your mount to be "just so" but their practicality is lacking once the mount has been suctioned to the windshield. The slant of the windshield and dash make it difficult to reach all the knobs to tighten and loosen them and after having used it a dozen or so times, I've found that a couple of the joints don't like to stay tight. Nothing serious enough to be a distraction while driving, especially since there's not a lot of room for it to move between the dash and windshield to begin with, but still an annoyance.
The suction seems to be nice and strong and the mechanism for tightening or releasing the holder's grip on my phone is also pretty neat. That was the part I thought would be finicky but no issues so far. You simply squeeze them together until they hold the phone tightly with some sort of ratchet. Then an easily accessible button releases the lock and the arms spring back apart. The biggest issue I've had with it is remembering to have my phone oriented correctly so the arms don't pinch the power and volume buttons. It's inconvenient because I don't always hold my phone the same way in landscape mode, but not the end of the world.
Disclaimer: the product was provided for free in exchange for a review but my opinions are freely expressed. If I were to buy a phone mount, and choose from all that Amazon offers, I don't think I would choose this one because the knobs aren't easy to access for adjusting the position once it's mounted, but I do think the currently listed price (about $9) is fair for the product you get.