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Seidio Innotraveler is a screwy car phone mount

The Innotraveler car mount is a little too big for an iPhone, but would fit a small tablet well.

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A smartphone mount for your car's windshield should have a good range of adjustability and sturdy construction, both attributes lacking in Seidio's Innotraveler mount. This suction cup relies on a complex set of hinges for positioning, and a sticky pad to hold the phone in place.

The Innotraveler's problems became apparent when I first stuck it to a windshield for road-testing. I had tried out its range of adjustment at my desk, and when I brought it out to a car, I noticed the nut holding the main hinge had fallen off, leaving just the screw securing the suction-cup base to the mount.

As that screw sat loose in the plastic hinge joint, it fell out and became irretrievably lost when I pulled the suction cup loose from the windshield.

Limited mobility The mount consists of its suction-cup base attached to its main arm by a hinge, and the phone holder attached to the main arm by a sideways hinge. The phone holder mounts on a screw, so it can rotate 360 degrees. A backing nut locks it into place, but it can too easily come unscrewed completely from the main arm.

The set of hinges and screws on the Innotraveler lack flexibility, and can make it difficult to optimally position a phone.

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