If you want to buy one smartphone car mount for life your best bet is made by RAM Mounts. Why? Maybe because they're completely manufactured in the USA. Or it's possibly because they make iPhone and laptop mounts for motorcycles and police cars, which obviously need to be more secure. Perhaps it's because Gizmodo alum and seasoned roadtripper Joel Johnson reviewed them last year and called them a lifechanger. Some choice quotes:
I'd heard of RAM Mounts for years but hadn't ever tried one. But I'm so struck by this simple effectiveness of their iPhone 4 windshield mount that I'll deign to capitalize their name, even though that drives me crazy unless I'm writing about LEGO.
Giz writers breaking style conventions because they're impressed by a company's product is a really good sign.
It's the arm that makes the RAM Mount so notable. It's the first car mount I've ever used that has almost no give. Pressing the screen on my iPhone is very nearly as stable as if it were sitting flat on the surface of a desk.
That's a huge difference from my (cheap-o) mount experiences, which, to put it in one word, were rickety.
There's nothing at all that makes this praise exclusive to the iPhone mount, either. The arm is the basis of nearly their entire product line, which supports smartphones, GPS units, fishing rod holders, netbook mounts, etc. RAM is a company that just makes mounts. And they're terribly good at it.
Gotta love a company that does one thing, does it well, and does it in the United States. And today for Gizmodo readers we went out and got an exclusive discount. RAM Mounts are a good value any day, but today through our secret Dealzmodo Exclusive links you can get 25% off.
You've got two options: the RAM Universal Smartphone Mount, which works with your iPhones, your Androids, and whatever case you decide to put on your device. You've also got the Universal Small Tablet Mount, which works with 7" tablets, so you can stick a Nexus 7, or a Kindle Fire, or even an iPad Mini on your dash. Using an iPad Mini as a GPS: now we're in the friggin' future. [RAM Mounts]
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Dealzmodo Exclusive! These 25% off links are active until Monday 12/10.
• RAM Mounts Universal Smartphone Mount with Suction Cup ($37.50) | Originally $50
• RAM Mounts Universal 8" Tablet Mount with Suction Cup ($41.50) | Originally $55
• Galaxy MDT GT 610 Graphics Card ($10) | Tiger Direct via Hard Forum | Originally $35 | MIR, hook 4 displays up to one computer
• Leatherman Multitool ($16) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $20
• Peak iPad Case ($20) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $50
• 32GB Transcend MicroSD ($20) | B&H Photo via Storageaholic | Originally $25
• 64GB USB 2.0 Patriot Flash Drive ($25) | Buydig via Storageaholic | Originally $35 | Stupid MIR on page
• 1TB Seagate USB 3.0 Portable HD ($80) | Newegg via Storageaholic | Originally $130 | Use coupon code EMCJHNF24
• Seagate Backup Plus 1TB USB 3.0 Portable External HD ($80) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $100 | Also the same price from Newegg, hail price matching
• Logitech Squeezebox Radio ($100) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $150
• Batman The Bat Vehicle Action Figure ($14) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $20
• Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press ($20) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $30
World's Largest Gummy Bear (5lbs) ($25) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $30
• Nintendo Mario Kart Circuit Building Set ($50) | Amazon via Brand Name Coupons | Originally $100
• Globe-Style Bar ($130) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $180
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• Metal Gear Solid HD Collection for Xbox and PS3 ($20) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $30
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• 23" LG 1080p IPS Monitor ($140) | Newegg via Dealzon | Originally $210
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• Sigma Mount 30mm f/1.4 DSLR Lens ($350) | B&H Photo via Cameraaholic | Originally $490
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• Canon Rebel T4i with Kit Lens + 16GB SD Card + Backpack ($740) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $800 | We saw one for $650 last week but this is still an OK deal
• Nikon V1 + 2 Lenses + Flash ($800) | B&H Photo via Cameraaholic | Originally $900
• Disposable Santa Claus Costume ($16) | Amazon via Reddit | Originally $30
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• Final Fantasy ($4) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $9
• Final Fantasy II ($4) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $9
• IM+ Pro ($5) | iTunes via Best App Sales | Originally $10
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