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Kensington K39217US SmartPhone Holder

alaTest has collected and analyzed 336 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and reliability. The usability and value for money also get good views, but the battery and portability get critical views.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Kensington K39217US SmartPhone Holder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Kensington K39217US SmartPhone Holder

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 310 user reviews of Kensington K39217US SmartPhone Holder from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com.

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90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Kensington Universal Windshield/Vent Car Mount for Smartphones, including iPhone 5/4S/4 and Samsung Galaxy SIII - Black

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Worked great for a week

 

I would have given this 5 stars if it didn't break. It was very nice when it worked 100%. I only have used the windshield mount gooseneck with it and not the vent mount. By just looking at the vent mount base, it's adjustable and looks like it would...

Worked great for a week. It still works well enough, and does hold the phone securely. However one of the sides is locked into position. Windshield mount is definitely the best accessory I've bought for my phone. I was worried that my Samsung Galaxy S3...

The way this works is that you put the phone in between the 2 jaws and then squeeze them and they lock into place, holding the phone. And maybe I just got a bad unit, or I was too rough with it, but one of the jaws doesn't lock into place now when you...

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It works.

 

I am going to buy 1 for my wife so she wont lose mine.

Worked great holding my phone while I used the GPS. I used both the vent mount and windshield mounts with no issues. Pretty sturdy

The windshield mount is a little long but not really a problem

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Works great

 

About as "convertible" as you can get. The suction plate is the strongest I have seen on any product. The flex arm, is a tad stiff, but I would complain if it was to malleable and didn't hold its shape. The jaws for the holder are cool, and work very well

The vent mount is a little flimsy (spring tension, seems to lack durability). I recommend not torquing or slamming it in-especially when you are mounting/dis-mounting the holding

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Solid and flexible mount

 

This is the first car mount I've owned, so I'm guessing that any mount with an adjustable arm will bob a little bit.

The window mount is very sturdy, and the clamp design is great (squeeze the ratcheting sides around the phone to lock in place; push a button on the back to release). The vent mount seems somewhat more fragile, but is very solid when mounted. Vent...

When I bought this, I intended to use the window mount. However, because of the long arm, it tends to bob up and down - which can be somewhat distracting, and also annoying if you're trying to look at a map. I only really notice it on surface streets...

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Does Not Fit HTC Thunderbolt

 

My old Bracketron head fit nicely on the end of the suction cup arm. The Bracketron holder has adjustable side arms that are deep and hug the larger phones nicely even in a rugged and large case.

Good suction cup that holds firmly to windshield. Long flexible arm is sturdy. This is a big plus and worth 4 eggs

Side arms not adjustable and covers the charging plug on the HTC Thunderbolt which is located on the lower left side of the phone. Therefore, the phone can't charge when placed in the holder. The side holding pads are shallow and will not reach around...

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Perfect!

 

I'm buying another to have for a passenger...

LOVE having the phone right out in front, where I can see it. Pops right out of holder, if needed. Mount attaches to windshield with suction cup, phone attaches to mount with side arms, both VERY easily! Really like how phone pops out, using pushbutton...

None for me. I don't see the need for the vent mount, but it's there

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Good product

 

I haven't even used the window mount, since the vent mount actually works out better for me (my original intention was to use the window mount). It works really well. It's fairly well made, no significant problems with it, except that there is now a...

Affordable ; Window and vent mounting options ; Easy to assemble and mount ; Easy to lock and remove phone from mount

Vent mount started rattling slightly...kind of irritating...I could probably fix it somehow though

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Does it's job well

 

As solid as this unit feels, it might as well have come with the phone. There is a spring slide to adjust to the thickness of your iPhone, and a slot in the bottom to use the dock cord. It has never once slipped out, never peeled away from the...

Soft sturdy pads grip the phone nicely without feeling like they are going to break down or unstick any time soon. Has stayed stuck to my windshield since the first application, 6+ months ago

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Does it's job well

 

As solid as this unit feels, it might as well have come with the phone. There is a spring slide to adjust to the thickness of your iPhone, and a slot in the bottom to use the dock cord. It has never once slipped out, never peeled away from the...

Soft sturdy pads grip the phone nicely without feeling like they are going to break down or unstick any time soon. Has stayed stuck to my windshield since the first application, 6+ months ago

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Works flawlessly

 

Other types of smartphone mounts would not work in my Mustang since the dash is not smooth nor are the air vents of a standard design. This one works perfectly since it not only attaches to the windshield, but the boom is long enough that I can place...

Very strong grip to the windshield, boom is easily movable, device mounting mechanism works flawlessly and effortlessly. Removing my phone from the mount is one single, fluid, one-handed motion

Device gripping mechanism feels cheap since it's made out of plastic, however I've used it hundreds of times now and it hasn't missed a beat