iClever Air Vent Universal Smartphone Magnetic Holder

iClever IC-CH05 Air Vent Universal Smartphone Magnetic Holder

From the product page on Amazon.com:
List Price:    $99.99
Price:    $16.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35.

Friction Factor = LOW FRICTION
Value = RECOMMENDED

Update 23 Dec 2015: see my review of the newer model IC-CH07.

This iClever magnetic smartphone air vent holder is elegance in design. With the steel plate (provided) attached to the back of the phone or inserted between the phone and its cover, the magnetic grip is strong.

Be design a car's air vents are placed conveniently to the driver or passenger, which makes it a very convenient location for a smartphone to be mounted. My only concern is for winter use. The heat coming out of the air vent is not healthy for your phone. For me the solution is simple. I prefer heat coming from the floor (and, when needed, from the defrost vents), so I just close off the vent where the phone is attached with this device.

Is it right for you?

I have two vehicles. This holder works great in one but not in the other car. The latter vehicle has air vents that are pretty floppy...no friction. So when I mount this device with my cell phone attached, it flops down into a position where the view of the phone's display is not good. Worse, the phone and holder combo easily slip off and fall into the floorboard. I obviously cannot recommend this product if this is your situation.

On my other vehicle (and probably most vehicles), the air vents offer resistance to movement, so the holder and phone stay in place.

Conclusion

This holder puts the phone in a great position to be seen without blocking the view out the windshield and is easily accessible. In the summer you get the added benefit of cool air blowing onto the phone.

If you remove the phone, the holder will come with it. Don't try putting it back in place while driving. That is an accident waiting to happen.

The price is ok but on the high end for such a simple product. I don't believe the list price. Nobody would buy this at that price.