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Taking your smartphone on the road sounds easy till you try to access it while driving. Many gadgets are brought to market as the ultimate solution to this problem. One such product is the heavily advertised, GRIPGO.
The GRIPGO is a sticky mount platform fitted on an arm that affixes to your windshield with a supplied suction cup, or to the dash with the aid of a self-stick plastic disc.
(TIP: Suction cup mounts offer limited holding power over time. Temperature, surface shape and texture all contribute to their over all reliability.)
The platform or holder designed to hold your smartphone in place consists of a very sticky surface. The sticky surface does not transfer to the device, however, removal of the phone can be extremely difficult. The platform is attached to a tiltable arm allowing a somewhat precise height adjustment. What’s missing to making this fully adjustable is a swivel base.
The sticky surface is made up of a proprietary material that definitely holds the phone in place, but also sticks to hair, paper and other things that come in contact with it. Thus, keeping it clean can be a real challenge. Removing the phone can be an even bigger one. I tested several different phones and several with Mophie battery packs and all proved very difficult to remove. If you were in a hurry to exit your vehicle this would be a definite deterrent.
(TIP: Save the original plastic covering used to cover the sticky surface in shipping. This can be used when you remove the GRIPGO for storage. It will aid in preventing unwanted items from sticking to it.)
My overall opinion is don’t believe everything you see in an infomercial. It certainly seems to work there, but than how many retakes did it take to achieve perfect results? So, don’t waste your money! This is a product that looks good in the informercial, but does not make it in the real world.
MSRP: $14.95 - $24.99
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