When it comes to driving around and relying on my phone to provide me with the music I need, a reliable mount is a must-have. I tend to just start up the music from my phone and leave it sat in the compartment above my glove box – not always a good move. The OSO U-Grip is something that I was sent out to review and I have to admit, I was looking forward to using it, even though I was worried about my phone taking a plunge.
Packaging wise, the mount arrived in a nice white box that contained several images of the mount, as well as a list of features, such as being able to mount all smartphones with screens up to 5 inches wide. The mount itself comes in 2 separate pieces – the suction part of the mount and the phone cradle part which are reasonably easy to connect together – I was up and running in no time. It’s simply a case of clipping the phone cradle to the window mount part using the ball attachment that is tightened using a fastener that is attached. Also included in the box is a small round piece that you can stick to your dashboard to provide a smooth surface to attach the mount to, if you are intending on using the dash rather than the window.
When it comes to putting your phone into the mount, it’s pretty simple. You edge apart the two sides of the phone cradle and slide your phone into place, and do the same again to remove it. One thing I find really handy with this mount is that I can use my phone with it without having to remove it from its protective case beforehand. Once my phone was in place, it was easy enough to move loosen the cradle section and maneuver the phone into the position that I wanted it in and then tighten it back up again. Having the freedom to move things about as required is very welcomed because it enables you to use your phone for music, recording videos, hands-free calls, etc.
Attaching the mount to the car windscreen was an easy task. All I had to do was remove the film from the suction part of the mount, place it on the window where I wanted to put it, and push the small lever down to create the suction that holds it in place. Once it is in place on the window, I tried using some force to loosen things – this didn’t work. Even after driving around a bit, things were still as secure as they were when first attached. In order to remove the mount again, you release the lever and use the small tab to gently peel the mount off of the window. It is worth mentioning that once you remove the film from the suction part, there is already a large amount of tackiness there. This helps to hold the mount in position even more and if it does happen to get covered in dust, for example, you can clean it by using some cellotape.
Overall, I am VERY impressed with this mount. It not only holds my phone in place securely, it also allows me to get more out of my phone whilst travelling – not that I use it while actually driving. Considering that you can pick this mount up for around £17.50 GBP on Amazon UK, or £17.99 direct from the OSO Mount website, it’s a small price to pay to keep things secure while driving.