What are the best car mounts for the Galaxy Note 7?
The Galaxy Note 7 is such a beautifully designed phone, you may never want to put it down. Of course, you should always put your phone down when you're behind the wheel. Beyond it becoming increasingly illegal in different jurisdictions, it's just good common sense.
That's where a convenient car mount can make all the difference. You'll still have one-touch access for accepting calls or skipping tracks on the road trip playlist. Car mounts keep your phone accessible by attaching to your windshield, dashboard, air vent or even your car's CD changer. There's a ton of variety, so find the one that will be most convenient for your vehicle.
Spigen Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount
Spigen makes a lot of really ingeniously designed smartphone accessories, and their Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount is as convenient as it gets. The mount itself quickly and securely clips onto an air vent on the dash.
As the name suggests, this mount secures using magnets. That will require you to attach a metal plate to the back of your phone, or better yet to your Galaxy Note 7's case. Once installed, all you have to do is hold your phone close to the mount and it pops right on. With no clips or holsters to deal with, you can easily grab your phone with one hand as you leave the car. You can also take the Spigen clip with you and use it as a portable kickstand which holds your phone at the perfect hands free viewing angle.
But for all the positives, there are some drawbacks to this design. Adhering the metal plate on to back of the phone may potentially interfere with wireless charging and the NFC-based Samsung Pay service. If these are important features to you, you may want to look elsewhere, or slap the metal plate on the inside of a thin case so you can quickly pop your phone out when you want to wirelessly charge or pay via NFC.
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iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless Qi Car Mount
From a car mount that might interfere with wireless charging to a car mount that supports wireless charging, the iOttie Easy One Touch Wireless Qi is the ideal mount if you prefer your Galaxy Note 7 to be fully charged when you reach your destination.
This mount attaches to your dashboard or windshield and features a two-step locking mechanism to accommodate both smooth and textured surfaces. It includes a micro USB charging cable to provide power to the Qi wireless charging pad, so you'll also need a USB car adapter to get full functionality. Mounting your phone is simple. The one-touch button on the back closes the arms around your Galaxy Note 7, holding it securely in place. It features a telescopic arm that's adjustable up to 180 degrees along with a ball joint so you can set your phone exactly where it's most convenient for you. Grabbing your phone is just as easy — simply press in the two arms to release your phone and be on your way.
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Anker CD Slot Magnetic Universal Phone Holder
If your car has a CD changer, but you've moved beyond physical media thanks to, say, cramming all your favorite music onto your new Galaxy Note 7, you can still get use out of that CD slot — with the Anker CD Slot Magnetic Universal Phone Holder.
The CD changer is typically the centerpiece of a car's console, so using it as a place to mount your phone just makes sense. Anker's mount uses a rubber-coated clamp provides a firm grip while keeping the CD slot scratch-free. Installing is as easy as inserting the mount into the cd play and flipping the lever on the bottom.
Like the Spigen above, this car mount also uses magnets to securely hold your phone, meaning you'll need to mount a metal plate to the back of your phone or to a thin case. Similar issues may arise regarding regarding wireless charging or your phone's NFC capabilities, so keep that in mind.
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Kenu Airframe Plus Portable Car Mount+
Minimalism and simplicity are important features for a lot of people. The Kenu Airframe Plus+ is a simple car mount that's slim enough to comfortably fit in your pocket, but securely holds your phone by clipping to an air vent.
There's really not too much to this one — no suction cups, adhesives or adjustable arms — so there's less places for this mount to break or fail. The clip is able to mount to any vent type, whether they be horizontal, vertical, angled or circular. It's so portable that you can take it with you and also use it as a kickstand. Simply slip a business card or something of a similar size in the clip on the back and it will stand on its own.
Versatile, simple and portable — what more could you want?
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Spigen Style Ring
This little accessory from Spigen is handy in a bunch of ways, but we'll be focusing on the car mount feature.
While the Style Ring might be the star of the show, the adhesive-backed hook mount is so incredibly handy. Simply clean off an area of your dash, peek off the backing and press and hold it onto the dash until you've got it securely mounted.
Once you've installed the Style Ring on your phone or phone case, the next time you hop in the car you simply loop the style ring around the hook mount and press. There's a little divot built for the swivelling post in the center so you can push the phone until you feel it pop in to know that phone ain't going anywhere — that is until you arrive at your destination and pop it off the hook mount. The way the Style Ring swivels lets you easily rotate your Galaxy Note 7 from portrait to landscape mode and since there's no arms or attachments gripping your phone around the edges, it will appear as if your phone is just sort of floating on your dash.
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