I have a Toyota Matrix and want to mount my iPhone 7 ( or future versions) for easy access to directions, etc. while still being able to charge it. Right now it sits in the cup holder or I stuff it behind the strap on the sun visor, neither of which is ideal. The Matrix doesn't have many great mounting spots where I could clip something to the dash, and I'd rather not block any of my vents. Any suggestions?
I use a magnet, like this:
It costs 10.99€
- Easy to install
- flexible 360 Degrees
- simple attaching
fix on phone or case
A cheap alternative for tinkerer
You could simply stripe a rubberband through your cooling system like this:
This would be an ultimate lifehack.
As I have already commented, a simple google search will provide you enough results, anyway, I am adding up a bit for you.
Even you can find certain models that are designed to fit your car, by searching for: "Dashboard Phone Mount Holder"
I found a magnetic holder - it fits to the air vent (but you can also get windshield mounts) and I can see it easily. It comes with a small adhesive magnet that I mount invisibly inside my phone's protective shell. Its much smaller than the first solution shown above. You can pivot it to your preference.
I find heavy, non-slip holders to be the best. Rather than using suction cups or clips, they use their weight and a non-slip coating to stay in place. They are easy to position on the dashboard and easy to remove.
I find suction cups always come away eventually. The constant heating/cooling cycles inside cars probably don't help. Clips cover your vents.
Magnetic mounts work well for holding the phone, but be aware that they affect the accelerometer and compass. GPS is usually fine but you may find your phone doesn't detect the direction it is facing quite as well as it otherwise would.
Another excellent option is to avoid mounting the phone at all and get a head unit that supports Carplay (or Android Auto for Android devices, or just plain MirrorLink). This will allow you to plug the phone in and keep it out of the way, with the app displayed on the car's infotainment screen.