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I need a good cheap SmartPhone holder for Note3 for '95 LX 5spd

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  1. Not THAT kind of 'escort'

    Not THAT kind of 'escort' FEOA Donator

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    Definitely don't want a sucker on the windshield thing. When my car got stolen all my stuff was gone but they left one of those behind. Looks like a top quality unit but still falls off quickly.

    My phone is worth almost as much as the car. lol. So I'd be OK with drilling into the dash or other spots.

    This would be mostly for Nav, but also for phone calls, finding music, web surfing and even movies.
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I made up a curved metal bracket, mostly using the hardware store steel 'tape' with holes drilled in it. Its like plumbers tape but a little thicker. It is backbone is curved to lie against the curved section of the 'bezel' in the middle of the dashboard where the central air vents are, and the very top of it is curved into a 'hook' to fit into the gap between the main top of the dashboard and the bezel part that has the two vents in it. The brackets have foam glued to the side pieces with a slight lip to grip the case of the smartphone (An android device in our case). It keeps the phone handy and isnt too hard to pop out of the dash and stash under the seat when parked - so it doesnt attract curiosity. It did take a little bit of metal fab - just hand tools & a drill though. I also added two 12 volt accessory outlets to the console below the radio. They are powered full time unlike the regular cigarette lighter that goes off with the ignition. I have a couple of 15 amps fuses feeding the two outlets. I had to experiment with adding some foam padding along the bottom of the 'backbone' to dampen vibration on some roads at some speeds.
    Eventually I did the same mods to about 4 of our cars and our sportvan, for keeping things charged up on long trips. And for the all day drives, we have a cardboard 'hood' that perches atop the phone for times when we are driving with the sun low in the sky and beaming into the windshield.
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  3. Diane

    Diane FEOA Member

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    Pix? My exh welded a holder for my 40 gig iPod that has since housed my Touch and iPhone 4s. I tried a friends 6 sans case, and that was snug so at some point I'll need to change it. Plus I'll be needing something in the XR3i or the blue car when one of them is up and running
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    Diane FEOA Member

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    Good thing I don't have facial hair!
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    Pics please. My cheap air vent attached holder broke on me yesterday but I was looking for something less flimsy anyways.

    John
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    What kind of phone do you have?
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Samsung Galaxy

    John
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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    I use this for my iPhone. It should support a galaxy. It's remained in the same place for about 4 months.

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    It was around $10 on Amazon
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    OK thanks. I'll take a look at it.

    I'm actually trying to figure out a location that doesn't block the A/C vent.

    John
  12. Cymmantix

    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    I have this exact holder, and your same exact phone (Samsung GNoteIII) and it holds it very well. The grip is very tight, it's almost a pain to get the phone into place. The adhesive also seems to be excellent; much better than others I've used. It has kept its adhesive despite being removed and replaced several times.
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    It helps to get it wet with warm water if you remove it.
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    This is helpful for me as well. Thanks.
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    novanutcase FEOA Member

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    Ordered one of the suction cup on the windshield infinite adjustable types. It was only $10 so I figured I would try it out. Here in Cali it can't be mounted center dash as that obstructs your view so I'm going to mount on the driver side next to the A-pillar. I'm going to pull the panel underneath the gauge cluster and add a USB connection so I can constantly power the phone.

    John
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    How about one with built in wireless charging for the Windows Phone ?
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    Twinky FEOA Member

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    I got one that uses a magnet that is safe to use with phones. The base has an adhesive for mounting, and there are two round metal discs that adhere to your phone.
    The disc actually can fit inside of the battery cover on the two phone i have and the magnet works well.

    I think i found it at autozone. I can post a pic if anyone is interested.
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    I tried one of those but the phone would fall off when I would hit a hard bump. Right now I'm using a windshield mounted cradle that charges the phone through wireless charging. Love it when my phone is 100% at the end of the day.

    John
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