The popularity of smartphone sat-nav apps has made a decent handset holder a cabin essential. Add the ban on making calls while holding your phone behind the wheel, and it’s no surprise that motorists have plenty of options – at a wide range of budgets – to make their handset easy to see and use when in the driver’s seat. So which is the best for you? We got to grips with 12 to find the one that deserves a place on your screen or dash.
Ease of use is crucial with phone holders: we wanted products that were simple to install and made it easy to place and retrieve phones. We also looked at where they could be mounted and tried various phones in them, from small, basic handsets to larger ones used by sat-nav apps.
Points were scored for wide adjustment, including landscape and portrait modes, and adjustable arms on the base for security. Plus, we wanted holders to leave buttons on our phones clear. Then we rated stability on the road. Prices are from a range of online and retail sources.
With its impressive stability and ease of use, and low price, the new Arkon Slim-Grip Ultra takes the win. Dash Genie is second, but remains our choice if you need to mount a range of handsets. In third is the stable, high-quality (if pricey) Osomount 360Grip.