I've been using the Ram Mounts 30" no-drill aluminum rod [RAM-316-1-30-202U] for maybe a year now. Best smartphone mount ever combined with their X-Grip universal smartphone mount [RAM-HOL-UN7BU].
Do note that this aluminum rod can be adapted to many Ram Mount products, so it doesn't have to be limited to a mobile device such as a smartphone.
I wanted a mount that:
- would be removable and not leave unsightly residue or mess
- did not interfere with the driver's view of the road
- did not interfere with airbag deployment areas
- did not interfere with existing controls
- located desired device to be within immediate view
- located desired device to be easily handled and controlled without changing driving position
- could easily accommodate a majority of smartphones to adapt smartphones for someone else in circumstances I need someone else to drive my vehicle
The aluminum rod can be bent to be shaped perfectly for your application. The X-Grip mount can accommodate a wide variety of devices.
The X-Grip is sprung well and fits a wide variety of devices. An appropriate sized X-Grip is available for damn near any application, from smartphones to tablets. I got their smallest model since it barely but manages to fit my smartphone with its case on.
The small rubber net thing behind it is to keep your device held assuming the X-Grips spring force is insufficient for your application to remain mounted, usually used on motorcycle applications.
It mounts directly to the seat mount bolt, no drilling required
There are no worries of messy removal or residue if I choose to return the vehicle to stock.
I can still see everything I normally do on the road, no obstruction of peripheral vision means reduction of visibility is not a problem.
Unlike most mounts that people mount, my mount does not interfere with the operation of the SRS airbags.
It does not obstruct any of the factory controls to the point of becoming a major problem.
The placement I have makes it easy and safe to look at the device in a quick manner as well as not having my focus stray too far away from my view through the windshield.
I do not have to change my driving position to access my mobile device, I can maintain my driving position and maintain situational awareness and control while I operate a mobile device mounted on the X-Grip.
It isn't a super-solid mount (the rod mount is a little flimsy), but this is the absolute best mount for my application.
And best of all, it is made in America, the USA. They also make mounting devices for the U.S. military and emergency services. My military experience is actually how I discovered Ram Mounts products.
Yes, this combination is rather pricey at a total price of just under $100. But for the convenience and especially the safety benefits it provides as well as contributing to local jobs and economy, makes this one of the finest options available.