New iGrip Custom Fit Treo Car Mounts: Top Marks
A few months ago I compared the various iGrip vehicle mount options to the Arkon Vehicle Mount Kit and found the Arkon to be my preferred solution. However, following iGrip’s release last week of its new range of “Custom Fit” holders – specifically designed to fit all Treo models – my vehicle mount of choice is now an iGrip Custom Fit and I would definitely add it to my Top 10 Treo Accessories.
There are four iGrip Custom Fit models as well as the option to purchase just the new Custom Fit Treo Holder if you already own a previous iGrip mount and wish to upgrade:
- iGrip Custom Fit Flexible Mount (pictured above)
- iGrip Custom Fit Cigarette Mount (below left)
- iGrip Custom Fit Sturdy Swivel Mount (below right)
- iGrip Custom Fit Vent Mount
- iGrip Custom Fit Treo Holder (further below)
My personal preference has always been the Flexible Mount because it lets me place my Treo at the most convenient location on the windshield. Having said this, the currently most popular models appear to be the Cigarette Mount and Sturdy Swivel Mount. [For California and Minnesota drivers please note that state law prohibits using suction mounts on their windshield but iGrip’s Flexible Mount also includes a Dashboard Mount which can be used instead.]
Those Treonauts who already own one of iGrip’s previous mounts will notice that only the Treo holder has been updated while the actual mounts (Flexible, Sturdy Swivel, Cigarette and Vent) have remained the same.
The new Custom Fit Treo Holder (above left and below) is _much_ smaller and lighter than its predecessor (above right) – 7.5cm instead of 10.5cm and 20gm instead of 83gm (less than a quarter the previous weight). For example, the new iGrip holder + flexible mount weighs only a combined 86 grams compared to the 200 grams of Arkon’s CM910 – a huge benefit if like me you frequently travel with a mount to use with the TomTom GPS Navigator. Furthermore, I found the new “easy slide” iGrip holder to be much easier and less cumbersome to use than the previous spring-loaded model which requires you to ‘grip’ your Treo into place.
As I mentioned earlier, thanks to a spring clip at the top center of the new Treo Holder (above) all iGrip Custom Fit mounts will fit all Treo smartphones from the thin Treo 680 and 750 (below left), the Treo 700p|w|wx (below center) or Treo 650.
Additionally, the new iGrip Treo Holder provides you with full access to the bottom connectors (below) to easily use a car charger while driving and also conveniently leaves both the camera and back speakerphone completely uncovered so that it won’t muffle your music or an incoming call.
Overall I am extremely happy with the new iGrip Custom Fit Car Mounts and particularly glad to see that a manufacturer has finally decided to make a holder specifically for our Treo. Additionally, for me the significant weight savings and easy access to the connectors are also a big plus.
[Please note that due to heavy demand last week many of iGrip’s Custom Fit mounts are currently out of stock but a new shipment is due to arrive in the next couple of days.]
Treonauts always get top marks…