iGrip Vehicle Mount Options: Arkon Vehicle Mount Kit Still My Favourite
Last week I was browsing the Treonauts Accessories Shop and I was surprised to see that the three different models of iGrip vehicle mounts – #1 iGrip Holder with Vent Mount; #3 iGrip Holder with GooseNeck and #4 iGrip Cigarette Mount – had become the bestselling ones while still leaving my favourite Arkon Vehicle Mount Kit as #2.
I naturally wanted to find out for myself why the iGrip models had become so popular and what if anything made them ‘special’. I therefore ordered all three of them and installed them in my current rental car pictured above with my Treo 700p, Treo 750v and Treo 650.
While the idea of a vehicle mount that simply attaches to your car’s air conditioning vents is certainly appealing because the overall unit is smaller, lighter and less obtrusive than one with a gooseneck the fact is that I found it to be absolutely awful to use in real life.
I personally found this type of holder to be filled with flaws. For starters you cannot easily and quickly adjust the position of the mount so that the angle of your Treo is perfectly within clear eyesight. Then there is also the fact that once the clips are inserted into the vent it is almost impossible to remove them – my frustration was extreme.
There is no doubt that this type of mount is by far my preferred choice and by far the single one that I would recommend to anyone looking for a secure and convenient flexible vehicle mount. I personally also found the quality of the iGrip – both the holder and the flexible mount – to be significantly inferior to those of Arkon’s range of products and this is why my choice is still without a doubt either the Arkon Vehicle Mount Kit or the Arkon Vehicle Mount (also see my previous review Treo Car Mount & Charge + GPS).
Again, this type of mount may sound and look interesting at first (I was genuinely excited about its proposition) but I found the practical use of it to be frustrating. It’s true that in this particular case my rental car’s cigarette ligher plug was hidden deep inside a compartment (making my Treo useful to see from a gearbox but not from a steering wheel angle…) but after testing it I would still not immediately see myself ever recommending this type of mount.
There is no doubt that a vehicle mount is an extremely convenient option to hold your Treo in the car and an essential accessory if like me you frequently use the TomTom GPS bundle, another Treo navigation solution or simply want to always have your Treo within easy reach.
However, I hope that this review will have helped you to notice that not all vehicle mounts are quite the same. A few Treonauts may have particular requirements for a Vent or Cigarette mount but I would personally always recommend a standard windshield-mounted flexible model – specifically the Arkon Vehicle Mount Kit or the Arkon Vehicle Mount.
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