Accessory of the Week I’ve been after an affordable and reliable way to stick an HTC Desire HD to a windscreen or desk for some time. Yes, there are plenty of options out there, but they have all been too expensive - HTC’s own car mount will set you back £50 - too fragile, too wobbly or just too cheap and nasty.
The Exomount clasps your gadget securely
Exogear’s rather impressive Exomount consists of a bulldog clip-like gripper at one end and a normal-looking suction mount at the other. The clip part of the assembly is extremely easy to fit devices into - just press the back sections together, insert device and let go.
The padded jaws clasped my phone to the Exomount’s bosom firmly and securely but without obscuring any of the side buttons. Exogear says the mount will hold anything with up to a 5in screen which seems a reasonable claim.
In your car, you can attach it to the windscreen as easily as the dash
If you want to mount something bigger like an iPad or an HTC Flyer just stick the tablet to the Exomount with the sucker cup and use the clip to attach it to an chair arm or such. No use in a car, granted, but handy about the house.
Once in situ, the ball-and-socket assembly lets you rotate between landscape and portrait without re-mounting the whole thing. The socket can be a little creaky but I can’t see anything breaking unless subjected to deliberate abuse.
Fix it to the window, fix it to the wall
The pad at the bottom of the suction cup has a sticky coating so it holds fast to just about anything. I’ve stuck mine to plaster walls, desk tops, wooden doors and the vinyl dash of a Mercedes E240 to which nothing has ever stuck before.
Exogear says the sucker doesn’t leave marks on windscreens. To be honest, it does - but only the same faint rings that all satnav mounts leave behind.
Flip the mount round, and you can attach all sorts of other devices too
Got a big smartphone? Want to stick it to your desk, wall,
dog or windshield? Buy this. ®
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