Do you want to use your smartphone’s GPS capabilities to replace your GPS device? I know I do. Using my smartphone means fewer gadgets to worry about, plus I don’t have to worry about the battery dying since the phone can remain charging while plugged in. Smartphones are simply great sources of entertainment and utility, regardless of whether your phone is the most recent top-of-the-line phone or not, as there are many interesting uses for older smartphones, including James Bond-type gadgets.
Even if you want to transform your phone to a James Bond gadget, you’ll need a smartphone car mount. Let’s look at some very easy ways.
Smartphone Holder: Binder Clip
Do you have a large binder clip? If not, you can surely obtain one easily. The best part is probably that this will cost you next to nothing and with the right padding, it will be a practical little holder for your smartphone.
There are two binder clip setups that I will discuss. The first one comes from Lifehacker. It requires some duct tape, rubber bands, some type of string for wrapping and of course, a handy binder clip! The binder clip metal wings are wrapped with the string before attaching rubber bands around the parts that hold the wings. Then your new smartphone car mount can easily clip onto the air vents of your car dash and hold your smartphone for you.
For full instructions, head to the Lifehacker page. As for the second design, it looks a bit similar because it uses rubber bands or ties as well as some paracord to wrap and cover the binder wings. This instructable uses fewer materials while the end result seems about the same as the Lifehacker one.
Tablet Holder: String
For those with an iPad or Android tablet that has a folding protective cover, this method is probably doing to be the easiest one. It involves using string to tie around the air vents in your car and hanging the tablet on this string with the folded cover. If that does not make any sense, watch the following video.
This method only requires the least number of materials to mount your device.
Ultimate Tablet Holder: Car Dash
If you have the time and know-how, you can join the many people who have made their car stereo/dash area suitable for iPad or Android tablet placement. Check out the next video where the video owner explains what he had to do to accomplish this task and all the neat features he can have now that his tablet is secured on the dash, while still being easily removable.
While this type of installation requires some fixes (e.g. push the AC controls elsewhere), the end result is absolutely useful. The user can keep the iPad 2 charged, can connect the sound from the iPad 2 to the car stereo so he can play his audio loud and clear from the car speakers, etc. Overall, a great but time-consuming installation that will surely keep everyone amazed. Just make sure you take out the tablet unless you want your car to be broken into!
Now that you’ve seen tablet and smartphone car mounts, what methods are you planning to use for your car? Do you have an easier method to mount your device the DIY way? Share your comments in the section below.
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