Best Car Mount for iPhone 6 Plus (and Other Large-Screened “Phablets”)?

As a followup to my recent post about smartphone car mounts, I just wanted to share some additional insight. I’ve recently migrated from an iPhone 5S to an iPhone 6 Plus. While I love the new phone, the standard Kenu Airframe can’t hold it. Bummer, but not the end of the world.

As a reminder, the Airframe can hold smartphones with a screen size up to 5″. This means that those who (like me) have succumbed to the trend toward ever-larger screens need a different solution.

The good news is that Kenu has come out with the Airframe+, which is a bigger version of the same mount. The “plus” version still holds smaller phones like the iPhone 4/S and iPhone 5/S, but also handles “phablets” with screen sizes up to 6″ (plus a protective case).

My Airframe+ showed up this week, so I’ve had a chance to play with it and snap a few pictures. For starters, here’s a side-by-side comparison. The original Airframe is on the left and the Airframe+ is on the right.

Kenu Airframe comparison... (click image to enlarge)

Kenu Airframe comparison… (click image to enlarge)

As you can see, there’s not a huge overall difference in size between the two, but the Airframe+ has deeper “jaws” and opens wider to handle larger screens. As with the regular Airframe, I’ve taken to mounting the Airframe+ on the vent just to the left of the head unit.

Here’s a shot of the Airframe+ attached to the air vent…

Kenu Airframe+ attached to an air vent... (click image to enlarge)

Kenu Airframe+ attached to an air vent… (click image to enlarge)

Given the size of the screen, I actually prefer to have my “megaphone” held upright. What follows is a shot with my iPhone 6 Plus in vertical orientation.

Kenu Airframe+ in vertical orientation... (click image to enlarge)

Kenu Airframe+ in vertical orientation… (click image to enlarge)

It’s hard to see in this shot, but my phone is in an Otterbox Symmetry protective case (awesome case, btw) and it fits great. There’s enough room to spare that the Airframe+ could accommodate an even bigger case.

Finally, here is a shot of the phone in horizontal orientation…

Kenu Airframe+ in horizontal orientation... (click image to enlarge)

Kenu Airframe+ in horizontal orientation… (click image to enlarge)

As with the Airframe, the Airframe+ partially blocks the air flow out of the vent. Once again, however, this is a tradeoff that I’m willing to make to have my phone mounted in such a convenient spot.

(Apologies for the poor lighting, I was racing against sunset.)

A few thoughts… While the Airframe+ costs a bit more than the regular Airframe (list price is $30 vs. $25), it’s considerably more capable. It can hold either a smaller phone or a bigger phone, while the regular Airframe tops out at phones with a 5″ screen.

If you’re sure that you have no interest in a phone with a bigger screen, then you can save $5 by going with the Airframe. But if you want to future-proof your purchase, the newer Airframe+ might be a better option.

As before, if you have a smartphone mount that you love, please share the details in the comments section, below. Which one is it? Where did you buy it? How much did it cost? And what do you like the most about it?

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3 comments… add one
  • Tony Middleton Mar 1, 2016

    2015 Hylander Ltd Hybrid. I had the Drone starter installed at purchase but it drains battery if car left for 6 days or so. Dealership offers no solution as this is a new problem. We travel regularly (by Plane), any helpers?

  • LN Jul 3, 2016

    Since you cannot turn off air to that vent with the climate control on AUTO, have you had any problems with the phone from the AC and heat blowing on it?

  • Dan Holt Sep 27, 2019

    I had the same battle, looking for a good mount for my 2017 Highlander. I don’t like the vent mount products because when it is cold, I don’t want the heat warming up the phone while charging…

    I like the Scosche Magic Mount because it holds the phone just to the right of the steering wheel and lets me see it nicely. It does cover up a couple of controls (emergency flasher and defrost), but I don’t need those often enough to think it a bother to move the phone.

    I have a video of this location on my YouTube channel if you would like to see how this looks:


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