Whatever use you make of it, it is now undeniable that even in the car, the iPhone or smartphone is an indispensable ally. Even if the screen does not have the same dimensions as those of the entertainment systems you may already have, it has many functions that turn it into an indispensable system. first of all that of system to communicate. But to respect the code of the road and especially to travel safely first of all you have to position the phone correctly using a good support.

While driving there’s nothing worse than being forced to rummage around somewhere and then bringing your smartphone in front of your nose. Even those who have CarPlay or Android Auto inside the car may need a cradle, for example to charge it or simply hold it in a more appropriate position.

Not all mounts are created equal

Like Orwell’s animals, all mounts are created equal but some… are more equal than others, at least in certain situations. What we mean is that even though they all have the purpose of holding your phone in the correct position, there are many ways to do it. So before we start with our list of the best, it’s good to specify that in-car smartphone mounts fall under two major macro-categories: dashboard (or windshield) mounts and vent mounts. There’s also a third, lesser-used type that’s not to be despised in some cars: cup holder mounts. Each of these two (or three) macro-categories is divided into two others: with or without a charging system. In this mix of differences we also find a distinction for the retention system of the device: we have jaw systems that lock the phone and magnetic docking systems. The latter are very popular today due to the introduction of the Magsafe platform.

What type of support to choose?

Which type of support to choose among all these listed is a question related partly to personal preferences, partly to the use and partly to the type of car. Let’s see advantages and disadvantages of each type of support

Dashboard or windscreen mounts

This type of bracket is the most practical and immediate for mounting. Nowadays all these accessories have very powerful suction cups, sprinkled with an “adhesive” gel that makes them able to adhere not only to the glass but also to the plastics of the dashboard (provided that they are sufficiently linear and not too porous). These supports are in fact universal because it is impossible not to find at least one point in the car to place them. Among the defects is the fact that sometimes you are forced to put them in an uncomfortable position and difficult to reach or in areas where they cover the visibility of the road.

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Nozzle holder

If your car allows it, the nozzle support is the most ergonomic. It attaches and detaches easily and putting your phone in a location that is often ideal. Too bad it runs the risk of reducing the ventilation in the car and on the other hand depending heavily on the shape of the vents and the size of the fins. In some cases it is virtually impossible to lock the holder properly.

Bracket from cup holder compartment

Also here the considerations of the cupholder support apply: it is a very comfortable system but at the same time entirely dependent on the position and shape of the cupholder compartment. For some cars it is the ideal support for other cars totally unsuitable.

With or without charging system

The simplest supports are devoid of any charging system others also have a wireless charger. The second would be the most advisable but there is a consideration to be presented to those who own an iPhone. Most of the supports with charger born for the Android world and then even in the case of an iPhone with wireless charging (virtually all from iPhone 8 onwards) recharge the phone very slowly. They are therefore useful are in the case of long car rides. The hope is that things will start to change with Magsafe chargers but for now there’s only one around, the one from Belkin.

Magnetic or jaw-mounted?

The magnetic holder is the most practical and the jaw one the safest. If in fact it is very convenient to get into the car and be able to attach a phone to a magnetic platform, you should not forget that only the iPhone 12 have a system inside that holds the smartphone firmly against a magnetic support. In all other cases you have to create a “accrocchino” with a case inside which to place a metal plate. Of course, the jaw mount is more rudimentary but you do not run the risk of seeing your iPhone fall in front of a small hole.

Our top 10

Having said all that, here’s our list of favourite mounts. We thought we’d mix it up by type and technology trying to present the “best of the best” in each category.

For the dashboard

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The first that we report is among the most traditional, and is fixed on the dashboard of the car thanks to a powerful suction cup. It offers a sturdy design and offers an arm to rotate the device, as well as enjoying a “head” with 360-degree rotation, allowing you to set the desired viewing angle to your liking. The telescopic arm can be adjusted from 12 to 16 cm and rotated up or down. It is a magnetic mount, thanks to which the installation of the device will be easy and immediate: just put your phone on the support to adhere the smartphone, ready for phone calls and or GPS use .

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You can buy it on Amazon at a cost between 12 and 15 euros.

For the car radio

Definitely smaller and minimalist, although it does not give up to be still stable and massive, because of the aluminum alloy construction. It can not be attached to the dashboard, so it is designed to adhere to the plastics, those usually found around the car radio. Again, this is a magnetic mount, which can be used with iPhone 12, but also with many other smartphones not equipped with a magnet. And in fact, in the package there are also two magnetic plates, which can be attached to the back of any smartphone, so as to adhere to the support.supporto smartphone auto4supporto smartphone auto4

You can buy it on Amazon for 14,99 euros.

For the air vent

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Practical and low profile, really minimal, but not for this reason not very resistant, among the best supports for air vents we recommend the Belkin one. It can be used in any vehicle and thanks to the adjustable brackets that keep smartphones firmly in place, you can accommodate devices up to 5.5 inches wide, even when they are protected by a bulky case. Considering that today’s smartphones have screens of over 6 inches, but are smaller than the 5.5 inches of the past, we almost feel like saying that this is a universal mount, for any smartphone.

This accessory allows the smartphone to rotate 180 degrees to switch from portrait to landscape mode, while keeping the smartphone firmly anchored to the air vent. In addition, there is a cable clip on the back.

You can buy it for 19.99 euros directly on Amazon.

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Also from Belkin, and again for air vents, here’s a second mount, this time with a MagSafe-compatible magnet and also capable of charging the battery. This means that the latest iPhone 12s will be held in place simply by the magnet, even on bends or bumps. It also allows you to choose between portrait or landscape view mode, so you can use the terminal as a control center for playlists or navigation apps. Charging is at maximum power as far as the iPhone 12 is concerned: 15W, you just need a USB-C compatible cigarette lighter charger.

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Again, the stand is characterized by its compact and minimalist design, again with a cable management system behind it to keep the wire accessible for charging while traveling. Obviously, it’s compatible with the official MagSafe cases.

You can buy it for 50 euros directly on Amazon.

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For the beverage holder

If, instead, you want your mobile phone in the car to be completely invisible to the outside, then the perfect placement is in the beverage holder, which is usually located on the lowest part of the car, next to the handbrake. In this case, one of the best is certainly iOttie Easy One Touch, which has a very minimal and modern design and allows you to easily turn, and with one hand, the terminal. Easy to install, it fits perfectly thanks to the presence of spacers, which ensure a secure grip in most cup holders. It also enjoys a slot to better organize the cables. You can buy it on Amazon for 22.99 euros.supporto smartphone auto3supporto smartphone auto3

With QI wireless charging

If, on the other hand, you’re thinking about long trips, and therefore the need to keep your smartphone charged, perhaps because you use it as a navigator to get you to your destination, then you’d do well to get one with wireless charging. The Spigen one offers an optimal viewing angle, adjustable thanks to the 360 degrees adjustable ball joint pin. In the package, in addition to the SteadiBoost Qi Fast Wireless Car Charger also the 18W fast car charger and micro USB charging cable. <a href=”https://www.amazon.it/Spigen-TS35W-Wireless-Charging-Holder/dp/B077S36QP6?ascsubtag=01CtRRrPfdtLhnn2F4WgaIs&linkCode=sl1&tag=offer of the day-21&linkId=2a8d68835312fab0e0a2c34eb164fc6a&language=en_IT&ref_=as_li_ss_tl&tag=macitynet0d-21″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>You can buy it on Amazon for 28,99 euro

Similar to the one above, but of superior workmanship, and for this reason much more expensive, also the iOttie SenseQi one, and which can be installed not only in the air vents, but also on the car’s CD player. The latter is priced at €68.99.

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