Help selecting a iPhone SE mount for use in 2013 Honda Fit LX

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I'm all ready to start using my new iPhone SE's Apple Maps turn-by-turn voice navigation. I thought it would be straightforward to choose a car mount, but as it turns out, there are countless options. And I can only see them online.

I've narrowed them down to ten. It's a large number, but I've already done ruthless vetting. It must be suction anchored, not anchored to the CD slot, cigarette lighter, or cup holder. I wanted the stability of suction, and didn't want the mount to obscure manual access to the dashboard controls. I also didn't want the air vents to be blocked, or the cup holder to be monopolized by the mount.

The only thing I have to live with is the fact a mount taking up space on top of the dashboard or on the windshield, which obstructs my use of a reflector that I place against the windshield to keep the sun out. So being able to quickly remove the mount *might* be good, but removing the mount means that the suction surface will pick up dust, unless I want to wash and air dry it *every* time I remove it (which boils down to every time that I park). I think I will have to figure out a way to make that work after acquiring the mount.

I basically looked at amazon.ca for candidates with the above features, and having 4 stars and up. The "short" list of my candidates for are listed below. At this point reading the reviews isn't all that helpful because each candidate will have a variety of positive and negative comments. I'm hoping to get targeted anecdotes -- I am specifically mounting an iPhone SE, Apple's smallest phone -- (4.9"h, 2.3"w, 0.3"d) and I am mounting it in a 2013 Hond Fit LX. Pictures of the dashboard can be found at:
http://cars.usnews.com/static/images/Auto/izmo/307917/2009_honda_fit_dashboard.jpg
http://cars.usnews.com/static/images/Auto/izmo/354382/2013_honda_fit_dashboard.jpg

Can those who have gone through this search and now own a car holder please chime in either about my criteria/consideratoins or about the specific candidates? Thanks.

"Short" list of candidates
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MoKo Universal Smartphones Car Mount $13
http://www.amazon.ca/MoKo-Universal-Smartphones-Rotatable-Cellphone/dp/B06XRX81NX
One 5-star review (28 reviews at amazon.com, averaging 3.5 stars)

VicTsing Car Mount Holder Gooseneck Flexible Phone Holder $15
http://www.amazon.ca/VicTsing-Gooseneck-Universal-Dashboard-Windshield/dp/B011KT298K
305 reviews averaging 4 stars

TaoTronics Car Phone Mount $12.50
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00VJSYV70
727 reviews averaging 4 stars

TaoTronics Car Phone Mount $20
http://www.amazon.ca/TaoTronics-Windshield-Dashboard-Universal-Android/dp/B01N6PHSRH
29 reviews averaging 4 stars

TaoTronics Car Phone Mount with Convenient One-handed Operation $20
http://www.amazon.ca/TaoTronics-Convenient-One-handed-Operation-Versatility/dp/B01N4A2NO2
8 reviews averaging 4.5 stars

TaoTronics TT-SH07 Holder $11.50
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00UFFQ8E2
133 reviews averaging 4 stars

Mpow Car Mount Universal 360 Degree Rotation $18
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B073FMXLVW
185 reviews averaging 4.5 stars

iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount Holder $34
http://www.amazon.ca/iOttie-Holder-iPhone-Samsung-Galaxy/dp/B00JRGOKQ8
853 reviews averaging 4.5 stars
Price a bit steep

iOttie Easy One Touch 3 (V2.0) Car Mount $35
http://www.amazon.ca/iOttie-Universal-Holder-Samsung-Packaging/dp/B01BZC262Q
282 reviews averaging 4.5 stars
Price a bit steep

Spigen Kuel Stealth Car Mount Universal Phone Holder $22
http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00RDQVPTY
157 reviews averaging 4 stars
Priced at the high end
 

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The wife and I both use the iOttie one touch 3 and it's a nice little mount. Can adjust the device to just about any angle and it seems to hold our 7 plus phones quite well.
Warning.... they mention it has the sticky gel on the suction cup. It is SUPER sticky and is not easy to remove from the windshield. I would not mount this to a dash as I've seem reports of it damaging the dash itself. On the windshield...it STICKS!
 
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Thanks for the vote of confidence on the iOttie one touch 3. As I said, I'll have to work out a system that allows me to use my sun deflector. If it's on the windshield, it means constant removal, which means the mating surfaces pick up dust. Having it on the dash *might* (or might not!) avoid the need for constant removal, so your comment about the risk is noted. I don't think it is an option to tape the dashboard surface with (say) packing tape to provide a sacrifical binding layer, as the heat from the sun will melt the tape's glue and cause a mess.

Maybe if I keep a bunch of wetnaps in the car to clean the windshield and the suction cup, that will enable constant removal without the suction degrading. I wonder what the chemicals on the wetnap will do to the suction cup....if it causes me to replace the phone holder frequently, I need to factor in the cost and the loss of convenience.

Thank you for sharing and stimulating more rumination.
 

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I prefer a permanently-attached dash mount. It's not flimsy, doesn't block the vents or cup holders and it's not up on the windshield obscuring anything.

I've been using a combination of a Bracketron satellite radio dash mount (just the portion that attaches inside the dash) and a Bracketron Universal GPS Window Mount (just the portion that holds the iPhone) since 2009. I got both parts at Best Buy. They installed it and only charged me for one of the two parts. You can glance over and easily see what's on the screen.

http://www.bracketron.com/universal-gps-window-mount#.Utn3o2Tn8hQ

http://www.bracketron.com/satellite-radio-universal-dash-mounting-kit#.Utn18GTn8hQ

Here's a picture of it that I took a few years ago. It can securely hold a large variety of sizes, including the iPhone 2G and iPhone 7 Plus.
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That looks like quite a permanent (i.e., not removable on a routine basis) mount. If so, I'm hesitant to do that to the car just yet -- I expect to use GPS on an exceptional basis. I only want the capability on standby because I messed up a road trip with other drivers who were using GPS and I was using a paper map. Those trips are rare. Might even be rarer now, since my paper map fiasco. But I appreciate your sharing your approach, which you can't beat if you want a permanent solution.
 

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That looks like quite a permanent (i.e., not removable on a routine basis) mount. If so, I'm hesitant to do that to the car just yet -- I expect to use GPS on an exceptional basis. I only want the capability on standby because I messed up a road trip with other drivers who were using GPS and I was using a paper map. Those trips are rare. Might even be rarer now, since my paper map fiasco. But I appreciate your sharing your approach, which you can't beat if you want a permanent solution.
Yeah. I haven't needed to take it off in the 8 years I've had it. It doesn't get in the way or anything. Not sure why it would be a problem unless it's a rental car or lease you won't be keeping.
 

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I'm confused. Is the 2nd link the portion that you use to mount on the dash? The pictures don't make it clear how it is mounted.

Meanwhile, an alternate candidate that I've been looking at comes from
http://www.fitfreak.net/forums/2nd-generation-ge-08-13/79055-cell-phone-mount.html.

I'm intrigued by the Aduro U-Grip Plus Universal Suction Cup Mount mentioned in that thread, for which a better review is available at
. It works well even on textured dashboard surfaces. It was shown to work with the narrow iPhone 4s, which is almost identical in width to my iPhone SE. You can clean the suction cup surface when the suction degrades due to dust/lint. It isn't magnetic, which posed concerns for me, and it isn't vent-mounted, thus incurring the risk of heating the phone & battery in the winter time.

I have the option of mounting on the windshield if I wish (though I'm leaning toward the dashboard surface, for the sake of visibility). It's not mounted on the cupholder, so I don't monopolize my cupholder, and it's not mounted on the 12V power outlet, which is quite low down on the 2013 Fit LX. It's cheap, so if it doesn't work out, oh well. My only decision now is whether to acquire one now, for standby availability, or getting one just-in-time (when I anticipate a trip).
 

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After hearing feedback from Fit owners who have permanently mounted phone holders, I researched it a bit more. One potential concern is that the presence of mounts tends to attract the attention of thieves. Even with a suction mount, you have to remove evidence of the mount when you remove the mount. If thieves see signs that you use a mount, they are likely to break in to find the phone or GPS unit.

Sigh....hooda thunk that a simple phone mount could involve so many considerations.
 

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After hearing feedback from Fit owners who have permanently mounted phone holders, I researched it a bit more. One potential concern is that the presence of mounts tends to attract the attention of thieves. Even with a suction mount, you have to remove evidence of the mount when you remove the mount. If thieves see signs that you use a mount, they are likely to break in to find the phone or GPS unit.

Sigh....hooda thunk that a simple phone mount could involve so many considerations.
Huh? Who keeps their phone in their car?
 

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Frankly, it doesn't seem very likely to me, but apparently, the reason why it attacts thieves is because it's not uncommon for people to leave electronics in the car (a GPS dedicated device, if not a phone). I was hoping to read that dedicated GPS devices are less attractive to thieves now, but apparently not. Why not is anyone's guess. Perhaps its more easily sold compared to phones, given the many ways of tracking phones these days (or maybe even to remotely control and/or disable them).
 
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For my last three cars (SL500, Honda Fit, Mazda3) I have used the same Magnet/suction cup. I mount it near the top of the windshield to the left of the rear view mirror. It doesn't block vision any more than the mirror and is easy to glance at when needed. I actually have an iPhone 5 that I use it with running dashcam software, but it would be fine with GPS as well.
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I keep the phone in a thin plastic case and i put the metal plate for the magnet on the back of the case.My windshield sun deflectors still fit fine.As far as theft, an EMPTY magnet mount screams that the device has been removed; I haven't had a problem in the three years using this system. My iPhone 5 has logged over 24,000 miles of video as a dashcam.

Forgot to mention that I also bought a coiled charging cable (and cut off the cigarette end) and wired it into the courtesy light in the headliner. It's super easy, only two wires, can't be wired wrong. About three inches of the coiled lightning end hangs out behind the rearview mirror, out of the way.
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