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Mobile Nations Survey: Do you use a car mount with your smartphone? 12

by Kevin Michaluk Fri, 07 Dec 2012 4:55 pm EST

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This Mobile Nations Survey comes to you via our accessories team. We're always putting new smartphone accessories to the test, and are often getting into debates over which are the best.

One topic where the team is 100% in agreement though is car mount docks. We think that car mounts are the absolute best way to take your smartphone with you on the road.

We're curious to know if you agree, if you own a car mount or not, if you like them or not and why. Thanks for sharing!

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Anyone know what the legality of car mounts is? It just seems to me, automotive laws are never passed or changed to allow for looser regulation. So it would seem that when doing anything with the phone you could be sited if the officer so wanted, being that there are more and more laws about "distracted driving" on the books.

Don't you guys consider a Touchstone to be a valid choice as a car mount? That's what I use, and I bet many others do too.

that's what I use

Worth noting that CA law prohibits windshield mounts for phones now.

I haven't researched the fine details, but for anyone that's interested, details are here:
http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc26708.htm

Thanks for the link, this is exactly what I was worried about (being in CA)

edit:

I read through that entire CVC and didn't see anything about cell phones, and there is this.

"12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated."

I still think it would be a crap shoot depending on the LEO.

I'm pretty sure the issue is mounting to the windshield. You aren't allowed to obstruct your view. Just like some states (e.g. Pennsylvania) have laws prohibiting hanging things from the rear-view mirror.

If the mount is on the dash, I don't think that's an issue anywhere.

As for the preferred mount, I use a Touchstone of course. Magnetic is the perfect one-handed mounting style, plus inductive charging. The only thing that would be better is if my stereo had bluetooth so I didn't need an audio cable.

Read the part I quoted, that is straight from CVC, CVC allows for window mounts.

I am pretty much a self taught expert on California Vehicle Code, SMOG, and CARB laws... when I run into something I don't know, I know people to ask... From the CVC posted their is no mention of window mount cell phone use.

The hanging from the rear-view is pretty universal, but not a big ticket item like "distracted driving"/operating electronics while driving.

touchstone

Oh god... another survey...

Touchstone sticky taped to the dash upside down so that the phone rests at the perfect angle while charging. That convenience plus Sprint prices keep me on the FrankenPre2 over other more modern phones.

I use a touchstone, although I keep it out of sight. My car has a Parrot Bluetooth system integrated which also plays mp3, so there's no use for me to keep it in sight. And then we're talking about webOS and there is no navigation app for it that works at least as good as my four years old TomTom.

And of course there's this not so little scar on my knee that always reminds me what car mounts can do to you when you have a little accident.

It shouldn't be much of a surprise, but the majority of you, close to 62%, prefer using your smartphone for turn-by-turn driving directions and GPS.