In the pack: one cylindrical windshield mount, two magnets, one mounting plate. The magnets are stick-on, which you’d probably rather stick to an iPhone case rather than to an iPhone itself, in fact (if the case is thin) you can place these inside, so the metal is against the iPhone and concealed but still magnets itself to the mount, through the case. This means you can use it with two devices out of the box, or three in my case as I still had the case+energy case I reviewed last week, which has a metal back that is also designed to attache to the magnet. Further, Logitech’s +tilt range of iPhone cases include magnetic plates, too, for $59.90 each in polypropylene or $69.90 in leather, and these are already magnetised so they’ll stick to your fridge.
Or you can buy a Mount/case combo called case[+]drive. The case can be grey or black in this instance (NZ$99).
It twists apart to reveal a brightly coloured handle (left). When you turn this, the suction plate sucks in and the cylinder becomes very firmly attached to your windscreen.
If you prefer to mount it to your dash, as long as there’s a flat bit suitable and that’s at least as big as the disk-end of the cylinder, you can stick the supplied smooth round plate of metal to it, then suction the +drive to that instead.
[In the main picture, above, you see one of the stick-on panels for your iPhone case, the +drive and the dashboard disc.]
I went for the windscreen option as my dash is curvy all over. Now my default navigation option for the last year is lying my iPhone against my speedo – it fits quite well and leans back and doesn’t, by chance, obscure the speedo since it’s in an arc above it, but a precipitous corner will dislodge it, so it’s been workable but hardly ideal. This new mount is bliss, since I just plug the charger on and snap it on. The magnet is strong! I haven’t managed to even come close to dislodging it and taking the iPhone off take a definite pull – it’s not exactly a test of your musculature but it’s very unlikely it will fall off.
If you change your mind about the positioning of the +drive, you just open the cylinder to expose the handle, twist it the other way and the whole thing should be able to be pulled off, but pulling on the tab of blue plastic that pokes out a little releases the pressure if not, and this combo should do the trick.
Magnetic attraction or not? That’s the question. Since there’s no hard drive in an iPhone, the magnet should not effect anything, and Logitech swears there will be no effect and has tested this. I certainly haven’t noticed any effect on calls or anything else.
Conclusion — Easily the best car mount system I’ve seen and/or tried. It’s modelled to go with most car interiors from the 1990s on, if aesthetics are a concern.
What’s great — Works perfectly, easily the most convenient method I’ve seen so far
What’s not — There’s limited movement through viewing angles compared to some mounts once the iPhone is on it, so ensure you put it in the right place.
Needs — drivers, although you could conceivably stick it to any window or shiny surface in your office or kitchen.
Mac NZ’s buying advice – very well designed, works perfectly: highly recommended.
What — Logitech +drive iPhone dashboard/windshield mount, NZ$69.90
System — Each +drive Mount comes with two universal adaptors easily placed in (or on) a slim case or directly on a smartphone for quick, secure mounting.
Contact — Your smarter smartphone accessory suppliers; Logitech NZ Ltd.