Insanely Great Products’ The Norm
Review

On December 13, 2012, in Features, Review, by Peter Nikolaidis

The Norm
Insanely Great Products
Price: $35.00 US

I was recently sent a a demo unit of The Norm from Insanely Great Products.

The Norm is a simple vent-mount iPhone 4 holder. It uses a standard binder clip to clamp on to the vent, and is shaped to perfectly hold an iPhone 4 (or 4S).

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Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Quick Release Cradle for iPhone & iPod touch
Company: Kensington

Price: $29.95 MSRP
http://us.kensington.com/html/17595.html

The Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Quick Release Cradle for iPhone & iPod touch is a mount kit for your iPhone or iPod touch for your car. The design is very simple and it works pretty well. It comes with three parts: a windshield mount, a car vent mount, and the iPhone/iPod cradle that can be attached to either one of the two mounts. It is very straightforward to set up just by looking at the pieces. The cradle pivots 180 degrees so you can have your device either on left, right, or vertical orientation. It may be useful if you use your iPhone as a turn by turn GPS device.

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Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Quick Release Cradle for iPhone & iPod touch
Company: Kensington

Price: $29.95 MSRP
http://us.kensington.com/html/17595.html

The Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Quick Release Cradle for iPhone & iPod touch is a mount kit for your iPhone or iPod touch for your car. The design is very simple and it works pretty well. It comes with three parts: a windshield mount, a car vent mount, and the iPhone/iPod cradle that can be attached to either one of the two mounts. It is very straightforward to set up just by looking at the pieces. The cradle pivots 180 degrees so you can have your device either on left, right, or vertical orientation. It may be useful if you use your iPhone as a turn by turn GPS device.

The windshield mount is very easy to attach to your car window. You put it where you want, and push the suction stick to affix it to the windshield. Once installed, you don’t have to worry about your device, because the suction is strong and there is no risk of it falling by itself. The arm is very steady while you still can position it to your best liking. Be aware that when driving on a bumpy road, the arm tends to swing a bit, so if you have set up your device with the option of shake to shuffle, it may change songs without your consent.

The vent mount is another story. In my Pontiac Vibe, with a rounded vent mount style, I have not been able to install it correctly. It just won’t stay in place. The mount is more suited to be used with vents that are square in shape. The vent mount does not have a long arm with it, so keep in mind if that is your plan, it may interfere with normal vent flow in your car.

The cradle holds the device very nicely. Just strong enough to keep it in place, and not too much to scratch it. The cradle also has rubber bumpers on each side to prevent scratches. To put the device in the cradle, just place one side of it in the cradle arm, and push on the other side to keep it in place. To remove the device, simply hold it, push one arm of the cradle gently and you’re done. The cradle can also hold the charging cable, if you have one, when no device is on it. But I found that it may depend on the type of cable you have in your car. There is no included charging cable or FM transmitter.

I’ve been using the Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Quick Release Cradle for iPhone & iPod touch in my car for the last three weeks, and I find it adequate for the selling price. The windshield part is very strong and nice to use. But I won’t count too much on the vent module.

MyMac Review Rating: 7 out of 10

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