If your flight lacks in-house navigation, or supports Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, it can be frustrating. Many areas have strict laws about smartphone operation while driving, which limits your ability to use your mobile device capabilities such as GPS-based navigation and music streaming (assuming your car stereo system has Bluetooth or input) Aux), and receive voice calls. There are third-party options (such as file Pioneer AVIC . head unit reviewed several years ago), but these are quite expensive and require professional installation. The most common way is to use a dashboard or windshield mount that holds your phone in place for hands-free use. The problem is that many of these products are cheap, poorly designed, and offer a substandard experience. The iottie Easy Touch One 5 The smartphone holder aims to provide a superior experience.
My wife’s daily driver comes from this generation of vehicles with Bluetooth stereo integration and hands-free connectivity, but lacking a navigation system or display. Close, but no cigar. Turning the phone on in the car for navigation in the area we live in carries a dispersed driving fine starting at $615 and a three-day suspension — for the first offense. However, drivers are allowed to mount a smartphone on their dashboard for this purpose. After reading many reviews about different alternatives on sale, I ordered iottie Easy One Touch 5 dash / windshield installation.
Unboxing and bundling
I’ve had some experience with this sort of thing over the years, and it just didn’t live up to my expectations. Most are made of cheap, bendable plastic that is full of jagged edges. The design wasn’t great either with what appears to be a two week life expectancy before the springs break and dislodge the joints.
I was impressed with the stand inside the iottie box. It appears to be made of heavy-gauge plastic and there are no jagged edges. Some components are secured with actual screws, not just glue. The ball joint that attaches the phone holder to the holder looks solid. The spring-loaded side arms are released with a reassuring sound. There was no fighting to accommodate the iPhone 13 Pro Max, even with the extra protective case I installed. There are several tweaks to the optimal position (including a telescoping lever and the ability to rotate to landscape mode), but not so many that it feels underpowered. It’s covered by a 2-year warranty, with a 30-day free return.
In short, the iottie Easy Touch One 5 passes the first impression test with flying colors.
The Easy Touch One 5 is a dash/windshield mount, which means you have options based on your preference, vehicle, and local regulations. Whichever method you choose, the suction cup base provides attachment. In the case of windshield installation, the suction cup is mounted directly on the windshield; If you choose a dashboard mount, there is an adhesive disc that you attach to the dashboard, and then the suction cup sticks to that.
The holder includes an integrated suction cup locking arm to ensure maximum grip.
I chose to install the dashboard. This was assembling the mount (back on the phone holder), cleaning the dashboard to make sure there is no dust, choosing the optimum position (ensuring nothing vital is obscured by the driver), peeling and sticking to the adhesive pad, then attaching the Easy Touch One 5 with the adhesive absorbent.
It was very easy, the bulk of the project was making sure the drive area is clean.
The company also includes magnetic tape to attach to the charging cable (if you’re using one). There is a matching panel on the back of the phone holder so the cable is secured, reducing clutter.
Easy Touch One 5 worked as advertised. It’s easy to mount your phone – the pressure-sensitive back panel of the holder operates the padded side arms as soon as the phone touches them and locks the device firmly in place. The phone is perfectly positioned to peek at while checking directions, minimizing taking the eye off the road. It can be adjusted to different drivers as needed. The entire setup is rattle-free while driving.
To release your phone, simply press the spring-loaded release bar.
About the worst thing I can say about it is that you’ll have a little extra work to do when it comes to flicking the dashboard…
If you are in the market for a windshield or dashboard mount for your smartphone, the iottie Easy Touch One 5 is a great option. It’s smartly designed (the company released several generations and perfected the design), well-built, customizable, and makes it easy to secure and launch your phone. It gets the job done.
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