Taobao product recommendation – Dashboard phone holder

Previously, i have used those phone holder with a suction pad that is attached to the windscreen. They tend to fall off when going across rough terrain (like a train track), which brings about much inconvenience and would be a safety concern.

Other phone holders have their pluses and minuses. The aircond vent type is probably the simplest in design, and maybe quite sturdy too. But, i don’t quite like the idea of blocking the aircond vent, though I don’t mind when I’m driving a rental car.

There is the type that is sticks onto the dashboard (with super strong sticker at the base). Obviously you can’t use them in rental cars, and i would worry about damage to the dashboard when you have to remove it. The type that hangs from the rear view mirror is a good idea, since it would be natural glancing at the rear view mirror. However, i discovered another type that seems even better – it clips onto the dashboard. You would be looking more or less straight ahead, and the contraption is very simple.

There are only a few sellers for this type of phone holder, and among them i chose this one because it allows both landscape and portrait mode.

Although the box says magnetic, the holder enclosed is the clip type. Only the clip type is made available by the seller anyway, and actually the magnetic type is an even better idea if one uses it on a daily basis
When clipped in the center of my car dashboard, only the landscape mode was possible, but when clipped slightly to the side, portrait mode is possible. My now-defunct phone used for demonstration
Small sized and easy to carry around, which suits my intentions of using it in overseas rental cars

The only downside of this holder is the hassle of having to clip the phone. There is also an alternative clipping method which is easier, but with only portrait mode possible. Then there is also a flexible option that allows you to hang the phone on the rear view mirror, or the sunshade.

Otherwise, if you don’t mind the aircond vent or sticker base type, you could enjoy the convenience of having only to slide the phone into place, plus wireless charging capability too.

Anyway, I have just come back from a trip to Europe, whereby I drove 5 different rental cars, out of which I was only able to use the dashboard phone holder once while the aircond vent phone holder always worked. I guess the aircond vent holder wins.

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