If you need to use map navigation on your phone while driving, getting a car mount is a good idea for keeping things hands-free during your ride. I tried out the Oraimo car vent mount. I picked it out at random to see how well it works.
It is a simple contraption made of plastic and there is nothing to setup to get it ready. There are frontal clamps to hold your phone in place, and there is a rear clip with which you attach the Oraimo car vent mount to your car’s dash vent.
To use it, just clip it to an air vent on your car dashboard and put in your phone. I tried it out on two different car models and it performed the same way in both.
Using a car phone holder while driving is advisable to keep distractions to a minimum. You should rule out messaging and many other phone activities while driving. But your smartphone is useful for navigation via Google Maps, and this is one use case where a car holder comes in handy.
Even at that, it is advisable that you set up your trip before getting on the road: fix your smartphone in the Oraimo car vent mount, launch Maps, search out your destination, select a preferred route and activate navigation – all before you start driving. Thankfully, Google Maps has a voice guide, so you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the steering wheel most of the time.
It is important to remember that when it comes to driving, safety always comes first.
Issues Using Oraimo Car Vent Mount
Did the car vent mount give any issues? Yes; it did. A few, actually. Let’s go through them one by one.
Due to the position of the power button of my current phone, contact is often made between one clamp and the power button. The result is that the display goes off. Of course, that is a problem, as I need the display to be active while using maps. This is a phone-dependent issue, of course. Using the Oraimo car vent mount with other phones that have their power button placed differently will not pose this problem.
Also, I had a bit of a struggle fitting the charging point of the USB-C cable into the phone when held in place by the car mount. It could have to do with the size of the cable around the charging point. Perhaps some other cables will fit better.
Also, the size and weight of your smartphone matters. While the Oraimo car vent mount generally serves its purpose, there were times that the car holder would tilt down and sometimes lead to the phone falling off. This happened mostly with bigger and heavier phones. It is not a pleasant experience to have your phone fall off its holder while you are drving.
It costs about ₦3,500 in the market. This is a case of getting what you pay for. A better built holder would hold your smartphone in a firmer position regardless of weight and size. There are also other types of car holders that may offer a more secure positioning for use.
In case you have been unaware, Oraimo is a sister company to TECNO mobile, Infinix Mobile, and iTel. It is a member of the Transsion Group. The brand focuses on manufacturing and selling mobile accessories like Bluetooth headsets, chargers, power banks, smartwatches, cables, car mounts, and selfie sticks.
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