Review: iGrip Custom Fit Sturdy Swivel Mount for iPhone 3G

The iGrip Custom Fit Sturdy Swivel Mount for iPhone 3G is available in the iMore Store for $19.95. This mount is an excellent alternative to having your iPhone float freely within the cabin of your car. In a day when more focus is being placed on distracted drivers, this mount allows you to affix your iPhone 3G and view the display while keeping both hands on the wheel. How does it measure up? Read on for the full review!

First Impressions

This is my second iGrip review of an iPhone mount and it is very different from the first. This mount comes with the detachable sled for the iPhone, a posable swivel neck mount and adhesive suction cup. I was a little concerned about the mounts overall height when I took it out of the box. My first thought was, "Where is the extender", "This is it?". However, there was no need to worry, this swivel mount does the job.

Daily Use

The first quandary I had with the iGrip was its size. Unlike the goose neck, this device was not very "long", it is more on the "stubby" side. I decided to attach the mount to my Honda Element.

First I tried to to attach it to the windshield.  I ran into an issue since the mount is so short I could not reach it from the drivers seat. So I had to look at other alternatives. I then affixed the suction cup to the mount and decided to place it on the dashboard directly above the instrument panel. This proved to be an excellent idea! The iPhone is now clearly positioned so I can view it easily if someone calls, or I am using GPS (yes, there GPS apps on non- jailbroken iPhones). So first up, the phone call test.

If someone is calling you, ya just can't miss it, the screen is directly in front of you. The mount does not grip tightly to the iPhone. You can very easily grab the iPhone with one hand from the mount and answer your call. You could even answer it with speakerphone, but while driving it makes it difficult to hear the other person. Answering a call with a Bluetooth headset was simple as well.

Next was GPS and it was an absolute dream. I use G-Map for iPhone and it worked perfectly (the mount of course). The maps were at eye-level and were in the best possible position.

Using music on the mount was easy too. Click the iPod app and flick to the music I wanted... nice.

Because the iGrip Swivel is not a gooseneck-style mount, it does not bounce; there is no limp part or the ability to move accidentally.

Conclusion

I really liked this mount. It is tough to say which I like better; the swivel or gooseneck-style mounts. I think it really depends on the vehicle you have. I prefer the gooseneck on my Honda Accord and the swivel on the Honda Element. At the end of the day, this is a solid mount that does not bounce, holds its position and will not budge. One of the more important aspects to mention is that it is a breeze to remove the iPhone; simply lift it out of the sled. The iPhone does not snap into place, it is simply held securely by molded plastic.

Pros:

  • Rock-solid
  • No bounce
  • Can be tightened to a position you want
  • iPhone fits securely with out snapping into place, it can be lifted out easily

Cons:

  • No landscape orientation
  • No extra "adhesive sticker" if you use the base mount to adhere to a dash
  • Does not work well for windshield mounting, I found it worked best on the dashboard

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Chad Garrett

Software trainer, blogger and mobile technology enthusiast living in the suburban Midwest.

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There are 11 comments. Add yours.

Jeuke says:

Nice but it looks too much like a GPS mount which could get a window broken.

cyberbob says:

So this means that you must use your iPhone nekkid?

JD says:

This looks great. I've been using a Griffin product that I had to modify with velcro and put in my cup holder in my Honda Civic. It gets the job done but its not in direct line of sight. I was wondering how well that sticks onto the dash? Does it use a suction cup type attachment or what? I just cant see how that thing can actually stay on the dash in the pictures. I would love to know how you did it.

johaen8 says:

My favorite mount to use inside my car is the kind that goes in your center air vent, similar to this one:
http://store.theiphoneblog.com/igrip-custom-fit-vent-mount/3A78A4410.htm
I don't have that specific one, just a generic cell phone mount, but it holds my iPhone just fine. I like that it's about at eye level, easily within reach, and does not block my view of the road.

johaen8 says:

Also, it's mostly open on the bottom, so it's easy to plug in and charge the phone while I drive. And since it's not up in the window, there's no crazy wires additionally blocking my view.

melwan says:

does the iPhone fit in this if it has a case? and how does the suction cup holds on a plastic dashboard? doesn't it need glass?
Awesome review btw.

jstrickland says:

I too would like to know if it holds an iPhone with a protective shell on it. Currently, I just lay my phone in a cup holder, and pick it up to see who is calling.
On another note - For those looking for a leather clip on case that will hold an iPhone with a protective shell, I have found a solution. I have the Griffin Clarifi on my iPhone. The whole shabang fits perfectly in the leather clipon case the AT&T store sells for the Motorola Q.

gavin.zhang says:

really cool, i will share my iphone wallpapers from http://www.iphonewallpapershome.com

Patrick says:

I purchased a product manufactured by this company and it didn't work The packaging claimed that they had a warranty and gave a phone number to call and/or an email to send for instructions on how to return the defective product. Nobody ever returns the emails or the phone messages, and noone ever answers the phone.
DO NOT BUY ANY PRODUCT FROM iGrip, HipGrip, or EarGrip

snowy says:

I purchased the universal iGrip Universal. It is adjustable so I can even squeeze in my iphone when it is inside my Otterbox defender but mostly I use it with my iphone inside an iSkin and it fits perfectly. I attached the base mount to the dash of my Subaru Forester. The swivel head and the adjustable tilt of the arm meant i could angle my iphone exactly for optimum view and to avoid glare. The product is solid and it does not bounce around.

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