You've probably already found out how useful the iPhone can be for in-car navigation. But how to keep your iPhone where you can easily see it as you drive? And how about a way to charge your iPhone on the fly? While we're at it, why not add speakers so you can more easily hear turn-by-turn directions? Hey, those speakers would be very useful for hands-free calling, too, wouldn't they? And let's use the mount to send music to the car stereo via FM.... As you can see, car mount/charger units for the iPhone can be very useful and versatile. Read on for more on the top-5 car charger iPhone mounts.
The Delton is one of the newer charging iPhone mounts on the market, and its strengths are flexibility and adaptability. Its flexible rotating head can bend and turn in almost any direction. Its car power port charger includes an auxiliary USB port for two-in-one charging. The mount uses two soft-touch arms to hold any iPhone in any case, and iPods and other smartphones as well.
The Griffin RoadTrip Handsfree plugs into your car's power port, and is supported by an adjustable gooseneck. This makes the iPhone easier to reach than with a window mount. However, it takes the iPhone out of your windshield line of vision when you're using navigation apps. The RoadTrip uses an FM transmitter to wirelessly send music and other iPhone sounds and calls to an unused FM channel on your car stereo. The RoadTrip charges your iPhone, and has a built-in high-sensitivity mic for hands-free calling.
The Kensington AssistOne Handsfree iPhone car charger/mount comes with both a windshield suction mount, and an air vent clip mount. You choose where you want to place it. Built-in Bluetooth, speakers, and high-sensivity mic make this a good choice for self-contained hands-free calling while you charge and drive. This unit also makes use of iPhone voice control to enable voice-command calling initiation and address book access. The Kensington AssistOne also has an audio AUX-out port, in case you have an AUX port in your car.
The Magellan Premium Car Kit has its own, built-in GPS chip. That means it can supplement the iPhone's GPS chip for increased accuracy, but it will also GPS-enable the iPod Touch. The Magellan also has a built-in charger, noise-cancelling duplex speakerphone and amplified speaker, and a quick-release, windshield suction mount. Works with most slim cases.
Like the Magellan, the TomTom Car Kit for iPhone has a supplemental, built-in GPS chip to enhance iPhone GPS accuracy. Built-in volume control and a strong speaker make this a good choice for turn-by-turn navigation apps, and hands-free calling. Like TomTom's dedicated navigators, the Car Kit for iPhone makes use of TomTom's sturdy, quick-turn release EasyPort windshield suction mount. Another plus for EasyPort - it folds very compactly for easy concealment in the car or to carry.