Just about four years ago I moved from New Jersey to South Carolina, and to say that I didn't realize just how many things the temperature differences would impact would be an understatement. This time of the year it's always in the high 80's or low 90's, and that means that inside the car gets to be over 100 while it sits idle in my driveway. So, what does that have to do with anything? Well, I can't tell you how many times I've walked out to my car to drive somewhere only to see the dashboard phone mount that I had in place had fallen because of the heat.
I switched from that style to a vent-based mount, but that meant blocking the cold air that should have been blowing out, so that solution wasn't a great one either. I've been looking at iOttie mounts for a while, and we've posted about them many times here. The company has announced a brand new Easy One Touch 5 dashboard mount, and I immediately wanted to get my hands on it. iOttie sent over a sample that I've been using for a few weeks now, and I am in love with it.
iOttie Easy One Touch 5: A Quick Glance
Want to know about the new mount without having to read everything below? Here are some of the pros and cons we've found during our testing.
- Strong suction
- Easy to place inside
- Telescoping arm
- Sturdy design that allows you to lock in at various angles
- Slightly hard to remove with one hand
- Not obvious that it telescopes
What I like about the iOttie Easy One Touch 5
To me, the most important part of the iOttie Easy One Touch 5 was going to be the suction cup that was built-in and whether or not it would stay in place as things got hot around me. One of the selling points for the One Touch 5 is an enhanced suction cup, which iOttie says it's been redesigned with an improved "Sticky Gel Formula" that will provide a stronger and longer-lasting hold. Though the weeks of testing, I've yet to have it fall off the window or notice any signs that would indicate that it was about to fall off.
The One Touch 5 has a larger button on the back and a wider cradle, which means that it can hold a larger variety of phones than the previous models could. I'm using an iPhone 11 currently and it fits on the mount while in its case without any issues. Sometimes I have to charge my phone while driving, and the built-in magnetic cord organizer is a great addition to this mount.
Putting your phone in and getting it to stay in place takes just a second. Simply set it on the bottom "feet" and then press it back in place. The large button on the back gets pushed in and the sides close around the device. It's that easy, and it works every single time. You do have to use a bit of force to push it back into place, but the mount is so sturdy that you don't have to worry that it will fall off.
While driving around, the phone does bounce a little. While on highways where construction was taking place, the bounce was pretty minimal and it never looked like it would have an issue holding. If you were using it to navigate, and wanted to see details on the map, you still easily can.
What I don't like about the iOttie Easy One Touch 5
Sure, there's a lot to like about the Easy One Touch 5, but there are also a few things that I wish I could change as well. Removing the phone is not quite as easy as mounting it in the holder. You have to press the tabs on the left and right side at the same time to expand the arms that hold the phone in place. I have larger hands, so I can easily reach both, but my wife for example struggles a bit with it. If there was a single button, or you could open one of the sides on its own, that would make the usability a bit easier.
While it's nice that it has a telescopic arm, it's not immediately clear that the feature is evident, so I almost never realized it was there. The extra little bit you can get by extending the arm does allow you to get it in a few extra places, which proved to be handy with my car's set up.
Should you buy one?
I would highly recommend this car mount to anyone who wants a secure place to keep their phone while driving. It can be mounted to your dashboard or your windshield depending on personal preference, offers a strong grip, and is easy to use.
The features that are included make it well worth the extra money that you would pay for this one versus some of the other options that are available on Amazon and elsewhere. Odds are your phone cost you a couple hundred dollars, if not more, right? Why trust that in a cheapie phone mount instead of giving it a feature-loaded proper mount that will hold in place? The money is well spent here, so pick one up for each of your vehicles today!
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