I had some balance in my Shopclues account (as CluesBucks) and ordered a mobile holder. It was listed for Rs. 101 and I ordered it straightaway without any second thought.
Later on, I read the product reviews and found that majority of them were negative or neutral. This thing made me more restless to get my hands on the product and check it out. Review
The package reached me after 5 days of placing order (shipping from seller was quick) but the product packaging was third-class. They had covered it in a piece of shiny orange polythene (which we get at local garment stores) and used a Cello tape to cover it (and attached the bill along with it somewhere). I unpacked the product and found the quality to be good at this price point. The plastic quality was average but the fit & finish was acceptable. So, first let me explain its working.
The holder has 2 parts, the upper mouth and lower suction part. The upper part is made up of 2 adjustable clips to hold the mobile phone. On the webpage, it is mentioned that the holder is universal but ensure that your mobile is within 75% of the maximum limit of the holder (width) as the quality is just about adequate and fixing a large phone might break the clips (or the spring). The inner contact areas of the clip have a red coating of anti-skid material, mentioned as silicon, which is useful and prevents the phone (especially, sleek metal body ones) from slipping. The other part, i.e. lower suction part, has the suction cup, a knob for creating vacuum inside the cup and a rotary top part for 360° adjustment of the upper area (i.e. direction of the clips). One has to stick the suction cup to the surface and press the knob (for vacuum) all the way down which would create a vacuum effect inside the suction cup and will help it to stick for longer intervals. The phone can be safely mounted in between the clips and the direction (and orientation) can be adjusted with the rotary part in any way you like.
One comment from various reviewers (users) on the product page was that it doesn't stick to the surface. I will clarify that it will NOT stick to any polished or textured surface. The surface has to be perfectly smooth (slightly curved is also accepted) and clean of any greasy compound (like polish, wax, etc.) for the suction cup to stick properly. For example, it doesn't stick on my Dzire's left-side area on dashboard because it is textured. It worked fine on center area (above center console) of the dashboard as it is smooth, though slightly curved. It didn't work on my windows because I have tints and the surface was very slippery. It worked perfectly on windshield of the 3 cars I tested it on (i.e. Swift, Dzire, Polo) and would work on all windshields.
The clips held my Galaxy S4 (69.8 mm width) and brother's A7 (76.20 mm width) nicely but a friend's Xperia T2 Ultra (83.8 mm width) was a tight fit. Using the clips isn't difficult as one of them has an extended plastic piece to help while opening/closing. The rotary adjustment is not smooth, but as promised it is 360° indeed. The suction (after pressing the knob for vacuum) is strong and it didn't fall off in a month of usage. This is commendable for a low-price product as the car is parked in the open for more than 6 hours every day. Actually it was still holding very well after a month and I had to remove it for clicking pictures for the review.
Another problem I faced was with the amount of vibrations transmitted to the holder. On bad roads, it was far from stable and did quite a dance. The vibrations were more pronounced with a heavier phone and became annoying after some time. This is the prime aspect in which other expensive holders from Capdase and other brands perform better. Though this problem cannot be overlooked so easily, I think it performs very well for the price. C'mon we don't even get a decent car perfume in 100 bucks nowadays! Positives +
Biggest plus-point is the price +
Compact and innovative design +
Decent fit and finish +
Works fine on car windsheilds and most smooth surfaces Negatives -
Lots of vibrations on undulated surfaces -
Plastic quality is average -
Holding phones more than 80 mm (width) is not possible due to product quality -
360° rotation is not smooth Purchase Link http://m.shopclues.com/car-holder-universal-8.html Product Description
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Universal Car Holder Mobile Phones GPS Holder Stand Car Mount For Smart Phones |
Mobile Phone MP3 Player GPS Holder Windshield Mount
The stylish clip and grip holder makes mounting and un-mounting your phone easy with the simple yet effective clip. The rubber grips are both cushioning and grip for holding your phone without damaging it and without it falling out. The Super Grip is the world’s best universal car mount; the unique stylish clip grip holder will securely hold your phone in your car windscreen. The holder is compatible with both naked phones and phones with cases, the holder stretches up to 5" so will fit the largest phones with the thickest cases such as the Otter box with ease.
Powerful suction, super pulling force, can mount on any surface such as windshield, dashboard,desk and so on.
Mounts all cellphones, MP4 and GPS devices up to 6-inch screens.
Flexible holder can rotate 360 degrees, freely adjust to any desired viewing angles.
Providing a stable viewing environment, good for watching movies or photos.
Red silicone mat, effectively reduce the friction.
Small size, portable and won't take up much space.
Easy to install and remove.
Designed for for All Smart Phones, iPhone, mobile phones, MP4, PSP, PDA ,All Types of Tab
With a 360° swivel head and tilt action, easily adjusts to your desired viewing angle.
Easy to install and remove.
Ideal for car/home/office use.
NOTE : - THE SURFACE ON THE DASHBOARD SHOULD BE PLAIN ,NOT CURVY OR RUFF SURFACE TYPE BECAUSE VACUUM CREATED INSIDE THE SUCTION CUP OF THE CAR PHONE HOLDER CANNOT HOLD THE GRIP ON THE CURVY SURFACE OF THE DASHBOARD.
1 x Universal Car Holder Mobile Phones GPS Holder Stand Car Mount For Smart Phones
1. Price on ShopClues is Rs. 148 currently. I got it through some deal for Rs. 101. Prices on other sites for the same product are around Rs. 115.
2. Hope my "first" product review on the forum was not that bad. If you have something to ask about this product, feel free to bring it in the form of your valuable replies!