We are all looking for ways to mount our phones and tablets in our cars. Vent holders, while being ok for phones, just can’t handle the weight of tablets. No one wants to drill holes or use double sided tape to mount a holder to their dash. Thanks to the SCH-121 Cup Holder you can now mount your Tablet or Phone in your vehicle without leaving a sticky mess, or leaving holes in your vehicle. Keep reading for my complete review
As you can see in the picture above (provided by SATECHI), the kid comes with 1 adjustible base, and a Tablet Cradle and a Phone Cradle. The Adjustable base should work with almost all cup holders. There are 4 posts that come out from the base to firmly grip the sides of the cup holder. These can be adjusted by twisting the base or the cradle. The posts are lined with a material to help the base grip the sides of the cup holder
The Neck of the cup holder mounts is three way adjustable. Both directions for adjustment have a push button release mechanism that holds firmly when not in use. With putting pressure on my review unit, I felt as if the arm or joint would break before it would let go and move. The third adjustment is a swivel at the mounting point for the phone and tablet. This gives you the ability to use your devices in either portrait or landscape mode.
Now, onto the holders. First the Cell Phone mount. This is pretty strait forward. There are two posts on the bottom that can be flipped out for your phone to rest on if you are worried about it sliding out of the holder. The sides ares foam lined plastic. These sides slide in and out with a release button on the top back of the holder. The foam is thick enough to provide a good cushion from the rigid plastic and also grip the phone tightly and keep it in place, without causing marks to your phone.
Next is the Tablet Holder. This holder was well thought out and very versatile for all the tablets that they have listed on their site. (Kindle Fire, iPad, iPad 2, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy 10.1, Viewsonic Gtablet, Blackberry Playbook, HTC Flyer, iPhone, BlackBerry) This holder has the ability to conform to most if not all tablets. The sides are grooved and padded to assure that not only will your tablet not fall out of the front of the holder, it won’t get scratched up in the process. Another big thing with tablets is they can use power pretty quickly depending on what you are using them for. The SATECHI SCH-121 was designed with charging in mind. There are recesses built into the bottom and the sides to accommodate charging in both portrait and landscape mode, depending on what tablet you are using. Also for tablets such as the Kindle Fire where the speakers are in the top of the tablet, and not on the back or sides, there are cut-outs on both sides to let the sound out and not muffle it.
Overall this a very nice multi-purpose Cup Holder that was well thought out. With the ability to handle multiple tablets and phones, you can keep the SCH-121 around no matter what you use. Build quality is good and the device comes with a 1 year warranty. For $39.99 USD from SATECHI.net this could save you money by not having to buy multiple holders for all of your devices.