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I have tried to fit it in two cars – a BMW mini and a Mercedes C series so not universal.
ps I have bought many things from Mobilefun and this has been the first not worth, in my case, 5 stars.
have used it in two cars for a couple of weeks and find it works brilliantly.
the clips work better in one car over another, but still attaches fine. only negatives I can say are first that it sticks on a bit too tightly so I need two uands to peel the phone off, and second is that the vent clips dont hold tight enough for how firm the phone is stuck. if I am not careful I pull the whole mount off instead of the phone.
still, is heaps better than it falling on the floor.
I was nervous about vent mount, but it is in the perfect spot for accessing phone and having charger and audio cables pkugged in without getting in way. Can still feel aircon okay, but will see how much air is blocked when summer hits and temps hit over 40.
overall very happy so far.
It fitted to my cars air vents ok, but was still a little less and prone to wobble and a quick test drive around the block looked promising. However later that day on a 3hr drive along mainly smooth and fast flowing A roads it failed to hold the phone causing it to fall half a dozen times.
The bracket held the phone at around a 25 degree angle (slightly tilted back from vertical) and the sticky pad was clearly not up to this.
The next day, in stop start town driving it refused to hold the phone securely for more than 5 or 10 minutes.
On day three it was removed from the car.
I ordered this mount along with a car charger and both were delivered within 2 days, very good service I must say.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind - it might just be my plastic casing, but it doesn't grip very well to the Clingos gluey surface (even after running water on it - the glue not the phone). If I take the cover off, it works like a charm - something to think about. It might just be the cover I for my iPhone.
The air vents in my 60 plate Astra are a bit fiddly and took some messing to get the Clingo to fit in correctly - it does work and now I'm really pleased with it, you might just need a little patience.
All in all, great product and use it every time I'm in the car - even if I have to take the phone out of its case first.
BUT..... after a month or so the sticky surface began to get more and more and more sticky! I thought the opposite would happen.
In the end I had to stop use it since it became so sticky that I couldnt physically detach it!
1) the ball can work loose over time; mine took 6 months or so
2) Beware of parking in the sun. The heat changes the sticky properties of the green compound making it more sticky but leaving a residue that can become very annoying. A couple of weeks after I first noticed this the product was rendered unusable.
I am disappointed that the Clingo was only really useful for a year. As other reviewers have said the ball joint works loose quite quickly and I found myself adjusting the phone quite often to see it when using the sat nav features.
On the plus side, the Clingo is quite an elegant solution (I am referring to the shapes and size rather than the colour!!) as far as in car phone holders go.
I am now in the market for a new holder.
Cover of camera and flash light was bonded on holder and during unglue of cover I broken it.
This holder should be fine for devices with "one-piece" back cover.
does what it says on box, but one thing I would add is this
if your phone is not flat at the back, like my Samsung sll, the phone wont stick well as not all the phone touches, if they made the green area thicker slightly it would catch all the phone, saying that, it holds my old iphone with back up battery fine,
It fitted well and the phone sticks very well. It sticks too well at first but there is a knack to removing your phone which you get used to easily (peel from one corner).
I always stick the label back on the gel when not in use - lasts longer that way.
It never drops the phone - excellent product.
It didn't fit in my Laguna 2
If your phone has a flat back then it may work well otherwise, look for something more mechanical to hold your phone.
Pity, I broke it trying to fit it too, so now just have a very cool sticky pad... bummer
Product is great, but not in my car.
The way it attaches to the vents means it should fit every car and you can move it into exactly the right position.
The sticky mount is great, so easy to put phone on to and really simple to take off...but follow the instructions and peel phone off carefully. It appears fool-proof. No residue left on the phone.
Maintain as described in instructions and it should give you a trouble free life.
Of course the Mobile Fun service was excellent, provided excellent technical advice on selection of the product and delivered it next day.
The holder fitted my vent perfectly and the vent clips are very secure. My phone (HTC HD2) stays stuck to the sticky pad, however I wish I could return the holder as every time my car goes over a bump, the tiltable part of the holder ends up tilting the phone down as the ball and socket joint is just too loose. It's probably fine with a lighter phone, but proved just too floppy for my HD2 and even my brother's slightly lighter HTC Desire. Such a shame as otherwise this would have been the perfect product for me.
Holds my phone securely and allows it to be angled in any direction I require.
The universal mount will no doubt work with any vent although some will be better than others. My focus vent has a large bulbous centre and so the Clingo must be mounted to one side. This is the only down side and it is not a deal breaker for me.
the holder is very sticky when first opened but that quickly goes,now not strong enough to hold my nokia x6.
The Clingo is a bit like high tech blu-tack, I found that you need a bit of pressure to make something stay stuck, and it's quite amazing how running under a hot water brings back the stickiness (must try that with blu-tack !)
The only thing I would be critical of is that its not great on all types of vents, sometimes it takes a lot of fiddling about to get it to hold the phone stable, I have an older Astra with the cylinder shaped vents, the slats are not very deep so the clingo sticks out a long way causing it to shake with vibration & move when I touched the screen.
I finally sorted it by inverting the clips.
Score one for the Clingo. The device arrived quickly and good packaging. Design and styling are excellent! Build quality is robust and impressive. It's easy to fit and surprisingly stable.
However, I'd read reviews concerned with using the Clingo with a gelskin. I contacted MobileFun for advice. They said "no problems - the Clingo works fine with gel skin cases"...oops
In my experience using a gelskin and a Clingo is very hit or miss. With a gel skin on, my HTC Desire regularly falls off even in the smoothest of rides. The green Clingo pad seems to be fine, indeed if I remove the gel skin it holds my phone very well. but just beware using the Clingo with a gelskin is a risk. Having said that I still prefer the Clingo to other devices. Most of the time it reliably holds my phone where and how I want it to.
The product clingo vent mount
is easy to fix and looks tidy not clumsy. Im not sure what the long time life it has with regard to the sticky patch as after two week mine has lost its suction, but will have to wait and see. i do love the swivel pad especially if you have an i phone etc
All in all not the best designed bit of kit that I have ever bought, but also no the worst.
I absolutely recommend the Clingo to anyone looking for a simple mobile holder with a pretty cool design to boot!
but its not universal, it does not fit in my car, my wifes car, or my friends car. So it is now sitting in the glove box. Waste of money.
Excellent service from MobileFun as usuall
1. The stickiness is not so magical. At first, it sticks well, but after a week, it needs washing and the results after that are not so good...
2. Although they are pretty strong, the clips broke the two vents on my car.
3. The adjusting sphere is too soft: a minor bump in the road will move the phone. It will not fall, though...
Very pleased with the product, was slightly Sceptical on how well it would work, but thankfully I was proven wrong!
Works a dream on my phone, even my new iPhone 4 (with rubber case) which if you don't have one, are likely the most heavy phones you will come accross currently, so if it can hold that, it can surely work on anything!
Great benefit is that unlike alot of other products on market your often restricted to what phones they will hold, not with this, any phone, just stick and go, great if you share a phone like me, or if you change your phone regularly.
It was easy to put together and mount - hey presto ready to use.
Only had in car for 2 days, so will be interested to see if the product stands test of time, to see if it really continues to stick and stick, but for now very pleased, great product for only £12.99, problem solved, well worth it!
Have only used the product for a few hours so far but it seems excellent the product is genius!! Time will tell how good it is in the long run as have bought holders before that only lasted a few weeks but this seems a good quality robust holder. i no longer keep numerous holders this works for all and is a brilliant product! everyone whos seen it so far wants one now thats my xmas pressies sorted! Great value for money :0)
I use with an iPhone 4 with bumper and the product does the job exactly as described - holds like glue but leaves no residue on the phone. I've tried driving over speed bumps to test the grip and can honestly say that it never moves. The holder fits very snugly onto the air vent and there is virtually no movement whilst driving which means you get a clear view of the screen without it vibrating - perfect for Sat Nav. Although the holder can be easily rotated through 360 degrees to hold your device in portrait or landscape mode, once you have it in your desired position it doesn't move. One other benefit is that there are no obstructions on the holder for fitting charger or audio-out cables.
In my view 5 stars, fantastic service from Mobile Fun, it was ordered at 5:10pm then arrived next day with the postman (this morning) Thank you Mobile Fun... Enough said, go get one!
Again the build quality is excellent, but unlike other car air vent phone holders the pins/holders are all moveable meaning that you can get it to fit your cars vents perfectly.
My only wish is that its profile was a little slimmer as it sticks out about 4cm, but this means your device is a little closer to you.
But over all another great product from Clingo!
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