Car safety is important, and in the UK, we have laws now where we can’t use mobile phones in cars while they’re in motion. It means people shouldn’t really be picking up their phones, but with the use of in-car aux ports, Spotify subscriptions and satnavs, it’s becoming increasingly difficult not to touch your phone while driving. Which is why products like the Groov-e Wireless Car Mount are useful.
The Groov-e Wireless Car Mount is light, and primarily made from plastic. It has two ways of mounting to the car. The first is with a clip that hooks to the air vents, and the second is a suction cup mount for the window. I opted for the clip to the vents as my dashboard is pretty deep.
The holder uses a ball socket joint to connect to the mount, and locks in place with a screw-in device. It’s simple to position and actually feels quite solid once it’s all locked in place.
Now to the clip which is pretty impressive. It has an infrared sensor which can automatically detect the size of your phone and adjusts to the width to clamp in place. There’s also manual movement incase you don’t have power in your car. The max width a phone can be is 88mm, while the thinnest is 66mm.
One thing that bothers me about the Groov-e Wireless Car Mount is the fact it doesn’t come supplied with a USB power adapter for a cigarette lighter port. It puts a bit of a hunderance on us with older cars, like me. I don’t own a USB adapter, so I was stuck not being able to charge my phone while driving. Those of you with newer cars though will probably have USB ports available.
Which brings me on to my next point. I mainly used the Groov-e Wireless Car Mount with my satnav, to save me resting my phone on my dash where the spedometers are, and also for music so I could skip track easily. I don’t have Bluetooth in my car so I’m stuck with the peasant way of life with a 3.5 aux cable plugged directly into my car. And, again, if you’ve got a newer car, chances are you’ve got a screen with a satnav, and a menu for playnig music, and Bluetooth and buttons on your steering wheel to change volume and skip track. So the Car Mount becomes useful for just charging your phone. If you’ve got a car with a USB port and screen, chances are you don’t need your phone on your dashboard.
I know I’m nitpicking, but it almost feels like Groov-e don’t quite know their target market. And the non-inclusion of a USB power adapter for the cig lighter port has narked me a bit.
So, you know my big issue with the Groov-e Wireless Car Mount. But, if you’re someone who spends a decent amount of time driving, and need a satnav, and a way of keeping your phone juiced at the same time, it’s a good option. It costs £29.99 directly from Groov-e. but you can find it cheaper elsewhere with a Google search. For more information, head over to the Groov-e website.