Holding your phone while driving is a horrible idea. Get a car mount for your S7!
In many cases, it's illegal for you to hold your cell phone to your ear while you're driving, so a car mount is a great alternative. This way, you can throw up a Google Map before you embark and you'll be able to following your path like you would on any GPS device.
Get yourself a Bluetooth headset (or, better yet, a car with built-in Bluetooth) and you'll be able to answer calls, since pushing a button on your phone will be no different than pushing the buttons on your console.
If you've got the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge, then we've got the car mount roundup you've been looking for.
- Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount
- EnergyPal HC84K Car Mount
- Omaker 3-in-1 Universal Car Mount
- iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount
- Zilu CM001 Universal Car Mount
- Spigen Style Ring
Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount
Gone are the days of gooey adhesives that muck up the inside of your pristine automobile. Magnets are where it's at. No, the magnets won't mess up your phone; you'll just have easy on and off mounting, which is what we all want, isn't it?
This Spigen mount has two sizes of slits to fit almost any car air vent and you can pop your S7 or S7 edge on in any orientation. All you do is stick the metal plate to the back of your phone's case and boom, your phone's magnetic and good to go any time. You can even take the mount with you and use it as a kickstand for when you're watching videos on your phone.
Note: you should stick the metal plates to a case and not the back of the phone itself. If you need some help finding cheap cases, we've got another round-up with your name on it.
It should also be noted that having the metal plate on the back of your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge's case will hinder wireless charging, so you'll have to take it out of the case for that.
EnergyPal HC84K Car Mount
This particular mount serves a dual purpose: it holds your phone and doubles as a car charger. The end of the mount plugs into your cigarette lighter and looks like most USB car chargers, but an articulating arm extends upward from the unit into a three-sided phone holder. It softly cradles your phone, leaving the bottom open so you can run your charging cable down to the USB ports.
This unit comes equipped with over-charge protection, so you won't fry your phone if your car decides to short circuit on you. The gooseneck-style end can be rotated to any orientation, so you can view maps in landscape format if you fancy.
The only downside of this particular mount will be where your lighter plug is placed. If it's kind of hard to get to, then this particular mount may not work out for you, since the neck is only about 5 inches long.
Omaker 3-in-1 Universal Car Mount
This is perhaps the most versatile mount in our roundup, since it can be clipped to your air vents, mounted on your dashboard, or mounted on your windshield (if that's legal where you are), with three different attachments.
It's got a longer arm for your windshield, the classic suction cup base for the dash, and clips for your vents and you can rotate it 360 degrees. It cradles your phone on three sides with a soft grip that won't damage your Galaxy S7 if you're a sans-case type of person. A great feature is the one-touch press to release your S7 or S7 edge, so you're not fiddling with it when you're jumping out of your car in a rush.
iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount
This is one of those mounts with a sticky gel pad that you stick to your dashboard, so if you're worried about damage, you may want to sit this one out. However, the nice part about it being a gel pad is its ability to stick to uneven and textured surfaces, making this mount ideal for even the most oddly designed vehicle interior.
You've got a telescopic arm that extends two inches and bends 180 degrees, to give you versatility in terms of where you stick your mount. It comes with a one-year replacement warranty, so if anything goes wrong, you just contact iOttie and they send you a new one.
If the gel pad on the back gets all dusty and gross and won't stick anymore, you can just rinse it under warm water, let it dry, and it'll be good as new.
Zilu CM001 Universal Car Mount
The Zilu CM001 is a reinforced rubber and harder plastic mount that has a ball that lets you mount your Galaxy S7 or S7 edge in truly any orientation. This is probably the most inconspicuous mount in our round-up, with an arm that cradles each side of your phone, leaving the top and bottom open. So long as you've got it snugged up, there's no worry of your GS7 or S7 edge slipping or sliding out while you're driving.
This is a suction cup mount, so you'll want to have it on a flat surface. One flip of the little switch and it comes right off, not greasy residue. Those of you with textured dashboards may want to reconsider.
Spigen Style Ring
If you want to go as minimal as possible, then the Spigen Style Ring is the only way to go. It's an adhesive piece, no bigger than an inch, that stick to the back of your phone, with an articulating ring that doubles as a kickstand (bonus!).
Then, there's another piece, about the same size, that adheres to your dashboard or your console and you just hang the ring on it. That's it. It takes up about as much space as the volume knob on your radio. If you're taking some wild turns, it may jostle your phone out of place, but it's otherwise quite secure, despite how it looks.
Make sure you stick it to your dash during warmer months, since the adhesive won't really take in the dead of winter.
Important to consider
Double-check the ol' law where you are and make sure that it's not illegal to mount anything on your windshield.
You'll also want to consider the absorbency of your dashboard, since some adhesives may leave stains.
What's your favorite?
Which car mount are you presently using for your Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge? Sound off in the comments below!
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