Price: £39.95 and iGlaze case for iPhone 7 Plus in Pearl White, £34.95
It’s been a while since I’ve used a car mount. For the last couple of years I’ve been more of a ‘chuck the phone into the little spot under the stereo for your loose change’ kind of a guy, partly because I’m often testing newly-released models with Apple Car Play, but also because the last car mount I used had a spring and pressure grip and it burst into pieces when I tried to fit it around my iPhone 7 Plus.
The Moshi SnapTo mount comes with a case with two metal tabs that fit into the back and the phone just snaps to the magnetic plate – no exploding springs in sight.
The case comes separately and there are a variety of options – some pretty stylish – ranging from £29.95 – £44.95. They can be bought as part of a bundle with the mount at a £10 discount.
I don’t totally get why there is assembly required for the case – you have to stick the adhesive metal mounting points into the case yourself – but it’s really simple to do, and after 30 seconds for the adhesive to dry you’re good to go.
There are two options for mounting the base unit to your vehicle. The first, and simplest, is to slot the grips into your car air vents. If that’s not an option for you, there’s an adhesive pad that can fix to the dashboard itself – but it needs to be a pretty flat surface. The adhesive can hold up to 1 kg of weight and is strong enough for four iPhones – although why you’d want to do that is beyond me.
The dashboard of my 13-year-old Mondeo is all lumps and bumps, so the adhesive mount was out for me. Instead I used the vent grip. The phone looked a bit precarious once mounted and I was half expecting it to clatter to the footwell at the first pothole.
Despite a slight wobble, it held my 188g phone securely for the entire test, surviving pitted country roads and offshoots of the North Coast 500, suburban speed bumps and emergency stops.
For an extra £20, you can get a version of the mount that supports wireless charging. If you buy that version the mount needs to plug into a power supply so there’s a cable to think about anyway – strikes me you might be better to just save the cash and plug the lightning cable straight from your phone to the power supply, but I’m a notorious cheapskate.
Both versions support landscape viewing and the unit feels no less stable for being in a landscape, rather than portrait mode.
In all, the Moshi mount is easy to use, does its job well and with its dual mounting options will be compatible with most cars. It is expensive though particularly if you go for one of the more high-end looking cases.