If you have a car, you need a car phone holder.
For most Americans, their smarphones rarely leave their sides. But for a parent, keeping your device nearby is critical, as it connects you with your children and their caregivers when you’re not around. When you are, it offers a line to medical and emergency personnel as well being a handy means of capturing your children’s moments before they’re gone for good. In fact, there are so many uses for your Apple or Android device that it’s not worth mentioning; you can probably list half a dozen more, which only underscores the importance of having it nearby. For that reason, a smartphone holder is a must.
And there’s a common-sense reason to have a cell phone holder: According to the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,166 people were killed by distracted driving in 2017 alone, accounting or 8.5 percent of total fatalities for that year. Daily, nine people die in incidents involving distracted drivers.
Whether you’re in the car, on the bike, around the house, or out for a run, we’ve assembled the best of the best when it comes to having your handheld device handy. In your child’s childhood, now’s the time to keep your smartphone near.
The same company that makes some of our favorite smartphone cases unsurprisingly makes a great car mount system. The LifeProof car phone holders adapts to your current case to quickly pin it to your car for reliable performance in all traffic and weather conditions.
Pros: Mount the adhesive dongle onto the back of your existing case and it rotates into the mount. The arm itself adheres to your windshield and then adjusts twofold: a knob-secured arm that slides in two directions and a ball head which refines the angle for perfect placement. Once everything looks good, place your phone’s hardware into the back and rotate it into place with a satisfying click. To remove, twist it 90 degrees into the reverse direction.
Cons: This is a super secure system, but some may not prefer the slightly obscured view of a windshield-mounted system. For those, there are other options on this list, all of which won’t obstruct your field of view.
We’ll admit that with the demands of fatherhood, we’re all trying to do more with less time. The Scosche MagicMount pro charge car phone holder both secures your phone en route to the play date to which you’re already five minutes late as well as charging your device along the way.
Pros: Mount the MagicMount Pro Charge on your windshield via its suction cup and, after the magnetic strip is mounted on your phone (often slim enough to go under your existing case, though specialized cases are available), your phone secures to its base with tractor beam-like precision. Voila, you can now mount your phone with a rough approximation when your son or daughter is screaming from the back seat. Besides this convenience, its wireless charging function, which is compatible with the built-in components of the latest iPhones and many Android devices, is a godsend. It powers up thanks to your car’s cigarette lighter outlet.
Cons: If you have an older phone, the wireless charging function can be tricky, as it requires a universal adapter that isn’t included. Also, if your case has more than just a phone in it (credit cards, etc.), the magnets themselves may not guarantee a secure hold. Finally, as previously mentioned, some many not prefer a window-mounted system for the slight blind spot it creates, although this device also comes in CD-holder- and vent-mounted options.
This WeatherTech car phone holder fits just about all known mobile phones, and its base allows you to rotate the phone 360 degrees, so you an view it from any seat.
Pros: We approve of this car phone holder, which sits in your vehicle’s cup-holders, and also works in boats, RV’s and golf carts. It has fully adjustable tilt and rotation, and you can leave your phone plugged in while using it.
Cons: Some say it doesn’t fit phones that have certain cases, like those from OtterBox.
This car phone holder fits just about every kind of phone. It has a quick release button to take the phone out, and insert it back in using clamps. And it has full 360-degree rotation.
Pros: This car phone holder easily attaches to your air vent. And we love its 360 degree rotation, one-click release button, and adjustable side grips.
Cons: Make sure you follow the install instructions, or it will fall off.
This car phone holder is notable for its flexibility. Its telescopic arm extends from 4.9 inches to 8.3 inches, allowing you optimal choice while you're behind the wheel.
Pros: This car phone holder, from an industry leader, mounts on your dashboard. It fits all phone and case combos, ranging from 2.3 inches to 3.5 inches. And it has a built-in micro USB cable to charge your phone while driving.
Cons: Note 8 and 9 owners complain about its charging capabilities.
A premium price on a smartphone armband may seem crazy—how much better can the best be? The answer is obvious when you try out the again-and-again critic favorite Quad Lock sports armband. Its ingenious design is super versatile and completely secure.
Pros: Think of the Sports Armband as stilts for your smartphone. Place it into the comfy rubber band and rotate it into place, where it snaps in and says secure until a twist releases it. Over your sweatiest workouts, it remains suspended just above your skin, ensuring that no moisture reaches your device. The combination of ease of access for epic sunrise photos, security, and sweat protection means that this armband leads the pack.
Cons: You will need to purchase a proprietary case (an additional $20), which for some may be a deal-breaker. But in case you’re on the fence, we’d argue that the company’s many, many other vehicle mounts allow for you to have your smartphone near you regardless of activity.
The core biking community knows that ride accessory maker Topeak makes the best cycling accessories on the market. The Topeak Ridecase, therefore, is an easy choice for those who are looking for the easiest, most secure way to mount their phone to their bike.
Pros: Some prefer to use a smartphone in lieu of a bike computer. For them, the case-and-strap combo of the Ridecase ensures your phone is handy, secure, and visible. Lash its ratcheting rubber band to your handlebars and the case slides on tongue-in-groove. Once secured, you can view your phone in portrait or landscape. Bonus: When not mounted, it has a portrait- and landscape-oriented kickstand. It’s also wireless charging compatible.
Cons: When out on the road, you’re exposed to the elements, and yet this case is not waterproof—something that may get you stuck out of doors with a soggy smartphone. The tradeoff, of course, is an incredibly versatile mount that is one of the best cycling-specific options on the market.
Whether you’re traveling or just looking to keep your phone, cards, cash, and sundries from mixing with the rest of the items in the diaper bag, the Bellroy pocket should be required equipment.
Pros: Holding your smartphone, passport, cash, and up to 12 cards, this holds a massive amount of important material. But it doesn’t just hold it; it organizes it in five internal pockets, with space for coins, keys, and cables. Also included is a micro pen for those instances that demand your John Hancock. Made from water-resistant leather and sealed with a YKK Aquaguard zipper, your valuables will be dry even in a deluge.
Cons: This is a beautiful package, but for some, a clear Ziplock bag accomplishes the same. Still, it’s nice to have nice things, and this is a beautiful package that will last through your kid’s first year in college.
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