Kensington iPhone car mount amplifies with no batteries – the Gadling review

As the iPhone slowly becomes a viable navigation system (thanks to apps like Navigon, TomTom and Magellan), it becomes important to find a safe way to mount your iPhone (and prevent it from shooting through your windshield if you need to brake).

The new Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone is a suction cup mount with several really smart features that make it the perfect iPhone mount for in your vehicle.
One of the best features of this new mount is an amplifier – it uses a sound chamber to boost the volume of your phone, which means it doesn’t need batteries or switches. The amplified sound is a little “tinny”, but certainly much louder than without the mount.

The mount is capable of holding iPhones in a case, and thanks to an assortment of rubber gaskets, you can still use the amplifier without removing your iPhone. The flexible arm on the mount allows you to adjust it any way you want – which means you can attach it to your windshield, dashboard or a beanbag friction mount (like the one I’m using).

The cradle portion of the mount rotates – which means you can use your navigation package in landscape or portrait mode.

All in all, a simple yet very effective and well designed mount. Kensington clearly put some thought into this mount – and the small touches (like a place to store your iPhone power cable) make it a pretty handy little gadget. It is small enough to fold up and pack in your bag for using in a rental car, and the built in amplifier means you’ll even be able to hear your iPhone when you have the windows (or top) down in your car.

PROS: Strong suction cup, holds iPhone in a case, amplifier really does work
CONS: Amplified audio is a little “tinny”

The Kensington Windshield/Vent Car Mount with Sound Amplified Cradle for iPhone retails for $39.99, or $49.99 with a low-profile iPhone car charger cord.

For more information, or to place an order, check out the Kensington product page. As usual, your favorite electronics retailer may have this product for quite a bit less, so shop around!