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4.0 out of 5 starsUgh.... (but updated review)
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on March 29, 2023
Updated review (3/31/2023):
OK, so I changed from 3 stars to 4. I noticed it just would not stop wobbling around, so I took it off and put it on a regular vent (not the top where the cracks between the vent slides is thinist to push arm into), and this time it seemed to latch on much smoother. I think, before, I was trying to hook the arm and feel like it was anchored and THEN twisting the lock down feature. This was not letting it properly lock on. This time, I just extended the arm all the way out (the hook will disappear), put the arm in and made sure the arm was all the way in, with the back of the "panel" part touching the vent AND that the arm was absolutely resting on the vent slide... THEN I started twisting the lock into place, letting the hook open and catch the vent slide on its own. Do not attach the phone tray until the arm is secure. Now, I do think I am still going to have issues with movement again, but it did seem to latch on much easier and as of this moment seems to be a firm hold. Either way, this is only going to be temporary while I work on the setup I really want. I will not return it, though. I will keep it in my arsenal in case I need a back up. 4 stars may still be too generous? Too soon to say? But for $10 it is what it is.
So, you do get what is advertised as far as what you physically get. However, the installation process and durability on this this is... frustrating. I can only give it three stars. Three because it DOES work, but it is not very good.
In order to get a more secure fit I had to shove this thing into the very top, most narrow vent. I intend to replace this sooner than later so I'm not looking forward to pulling it out of there.
The "fish hook" that expands and hooks onto the vent plate is pretty shallow and does not grip well. I can't say how it's REALLY on there, but I can say that, even though it is on, and my phone can sit in it (so far) without falling, it seems like no matter what I do, it just does NOT have a truly snug fit like I have obtained with other vent holders. As I drive around it "slides" to the side, and even the tray that holds the phone that is connected to the arm via a ball joint seems to not stay where I set it, no matter how tight I turn the lock. I am constantly having to readjust it, which I find to be bothersome over and over and over.
It's fine if you don't drive much using your phone and just need an inexpensive holder for occasional use... but if you're a driver (like delivery, rideshare, trucking, etc.), then I do NOT recommend this product at all.