What’s the best car mount for Google Pixel?
The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are beautiful, dependable phones that get updates years longer than the majority of Android. If you want to keep your Pixel safe, secure, and easy to use with Google Assistant or Android Auto’s standalone mode, you need a car mount you can trust to keep it from coming crashing down when you hit a pothole. Car mounts come in a wide variety of styles and types, and we have some favorites to share with you!
- Spigen Style Ring POP
- Spigen Kuel Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount
- Oliv. magnetic button mount
- Nite Ize Steelie
Best magnetic car mounts
As the name suggests, this type of mount secures using magnets. Magnetic car mounts require you to attach a metal plate to the back of your phone, or slip one inside your Pixel’s case. Once installed, all you have to do is hold your phone close to the mount; magnetism will pull the phone to the mount and keep it there.
Note: If you keep the metal plate inside your case rather that on top of it, it is worth noting that the magnetic grip might not be as strong, meaning the mount could still drop your phone when it hits a big pothole or is involved in a car accident.
With no clips or holsters to deal with, you can easily grab your phone with one hand as you leave the car. While magnets can technically wear out over time, they’re going to last far, far longer than spring-loaded clip and cradle mounts, and chances are your magnetic car mount will outlive your Pixel and possibly your car.
Spigen Style Ring POP
Spigen’s original Style Ring was on this list with its locking hook car mount, but those mounts were proprietary, not easily transferable, and not sold separately. In short, they were a big, fat pain, and Spigen decided to go a better direction when it upgraded the Style Ring.
The Spigen Style Ring POP is a slimmer phone mount that lets your phone sit flat instead of teeter-tottering the way the original did, and since it has a flat back, Spigen has made the POP compatible with magnetic mounts. If you haven’t considered a phone grip before — and you really, really should — the Spigen Style Ring is a phone grip, a kickstand, and a verstaile, dependable magnetic plate to use with your choice of magnetic car mounts.
Spigen Kuel Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount
Spigen makes a lot of really ingeniously designed smartphone accessories, and their Kuel Air Vent Magnetic Car Mount is as convenient as it gets. The mount itself quickly and securely clips onto an air vent on the dash. Because its so easy to apply and move around, you also take the Spigen Kuel with you and use it as a portable kickstand — or pack it along and use it in your rental car while you’re on vacation.
You can buy a single Kuel mount for $7.99, but if you belong to a multi-car family — or take business trips often enough to want a dedicated travel mount — then buy the 2 Pack for $9.99 and give the spare to your boyfriend, your Google Maps-dependant mother-in-law, or a coworker who really, really needs to put the phone down while she’s driving. The 2 Pack comes with 2 Kuel mounts and 4 magnetic plates.
Oliv. Magnetic Button Mount
Oliv. mounts are minimalist, effective, and an awesome addition to your dashboard. They come in a few iterations, but I like the button mount the best. It has a 3M adhesive on the back and sticks to your dash anywhere you like it. The strong magnet then holds your phone in place in any orientation you like (there’s the adhesive metal plate, which I recommend you stick on your case, since it doesn’t seem to work through a case).
It really is just a button that adheres to your dash, and then the link sticks to that via magnet. The metal plate that goes on your phone is low-profile, and quite a bit more refined-looking than other metal mounting plates. At $30, the Oliv. doesn’t come as cheaply as other mounts on this list, but it does offer efficacy, a modern design, and it takes up minimal space.
Nite Ize Steelie
This is definitely the coolest looking mount on this list. The Steelie is a somewhat unique mounting system wherein a concave magnet adheres to the back of your Pixel and a spherical magnetic base adheres to your car’s dashboard or console.
Hop in the car, and your phone mounts in a snap. This is about as minimalist as it gets in terms of car mounts. Making sharp turns and hitting potholes? No worries: The magnet is super strong and the magnetic ball moves with your phone to prevent it from falling off.
If you want a mounting system that nigh unnoticeable, the Nite Ize Steelie is your slick solution for around $20.
Best cradle car mounts
Cradle car mounts aren’t quite as widely used as they once were, seen as bulky, expensive and old-fashioned by many Android users, but they still have their place in the world and on this list. If you’re someone who wants a grip that they are 100% sure of no matter what they drive over, then a cradle mount is what the car mount you’ll want to trust your Pixel with.
Kenu Airframe Plus Portable Car Mount+
Minimalism and simplicity are important features for a lot of people. The Kenu Airframe Plus+ is a simple car mount that’s slim enough to comfortably fit in your pocket, but still secures your phone by clipping to an air vent. The clip is able to mount to any vent type, whether they be horizontal, vertical, angled or circular.
It’s so portable that you can take it with you and also use it as a kickstand. Simply slip a business card or something of a similar size in the clip on the back and it will stand on its own. Versatile, simple and portable — what more could you want? Grab it for around $20.
The Ram Mount is an adjustable crade-style mount that holds onto your Pixel or Pixel XL with four arms. It adheres to your dashboard or console via a suction cup and is adjustable via its ball socket, which allows you to orient your phone any way you want it.
The holder is spring-loaded, so you can just slide your Pixel in and away you go. It’s made of a high-strength composite, aluminum, and stainless steel, so it’s durable and strong, sturdily securing your phone. It’s a little on the expensive side at $50, but it’s worth it.
For a completely customized car mount, direct your attention to ProClip. They offer a two-part car mount solution that you customize for your specific needs. First, you select your Pixel model from the menu and indicate whether or not you want to factor in the case you use. You’ll be given a variety of six to eight images to choose from with specs and details for each phone holder offered.
Once you’ve decided on your Pixel holder, you move on to the custom mounting base. Select the kind of base you want (dashboard, pedestal, and so on) and select the vehicle you drive. The bases you will be selecting from are designed to snap into the seams of your dashboard or grip the necessary panels, so no sticky pads or bolts are necessary. Eliminate the guessing by customizing every aspect of your car mount and know that it’s going to fit just the way you want it to.
Pricing starts around $35.
How do you drive with your Pixel?
Did we miss your favorite car mount on our list? Leave us a comment below!
Updated August 2018: We have reorganized this guide by mount type to help readers like you better compare and choose the one that’s best for you. We’ve also replaced the Spigen Style Ring with the Style Ring POP.
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August 6, 2018 at 09:08AM