It took me awhile after we purchased our Highlander to find a smartphone mount that I was happy with. When you combine my general unhappiness with the OEM navigation system with my love of Pandora, it should come as no surprise that I rely on my iPhone pretty heavily while on the road.
So… I shopped around and finally settled on the Kenu Airframe. While I was a bit skeptical about using an air vent mount, and I wasn’t crazy about the price, I have to admit that I’ve been very happy with it since it arrived.
The Airframe is a small, pocketable smartphone holder that works phones with a screen size up to 5″, and is compatible with just about any air vent. As you can see below, I use it with the vent just to the left of the head unit.
The back side of the Airframe has a rubbery, rotating clip (pictured below) that can be slipped over a slat in a vent of your choosing. As you can see, the clip can accommodate thick(er) or thin(her) vent slats. The Highlander has relatively thin slats, and the narrower slot is nice and snug.
And, because the clip can be rotated, the Airframe can hold your phone in either a vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) orientation. The vertical orientation is pictured below.
And here it is in the horizontal orientation, which comes in quite handy when using your phone as a GPS. I use it like this almost exclusively.
It’s hard to see from the photos, but the phone clamp is essentially a spring-loaded “jaw” that slides open and then squeezes shut on your phone. As I noted above, it works on phones with screen as large as 5″, and the clamp is plenty deep to handle most phone cases.
For reference, the pictures above show my son’s iPhone 5, which is in an Otterbox Commuter protective case. And yes, it fits just fine. Even with this large-ish case, the phone is gripped nice and securely.
The only real downside is that the Airframe partially blocks the air flow out of the vent when it’s holding a phone. This isn’t a huge deal, and I consider it a reasonable tradeoff for having my phone in such a convenient spot, but it’s something to be aware of.
Finally, as I noted above, the Airframe isn’t exactly cheap… It lists for $25, though you can find it for a bit less if you look around.
Okay, now it’s your turn…
Do you have a smartphone mount that you really like? If so, 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?