Phone Mount Recommendations Made Easy
What’s the best motorcycle mount for your specific phone? Well, that depends on a few factors - and your personal taste. But here are some ‘quick and dirty’ guidelines and tools to help you decide.
First consideration: Size of Phone
In case you haven’t noticed, phones have gotten bigger. If you’re using one of those “monster-size” phones, you’ll want to go directly to the SLIDE motorcycle phone mounts (or, if you want waterproofing, the Hydra waterproof phone mounts).
If you’ve got a more reasonably-sized phone (LOL), the top sellers are the X-Grip Adaptor Phone Mount and the SLIDE phone mount. These are very different mounts (stylistically speaking).
The X-Grip has open sides so you can access buttons/plug-ins, while the SLIDE has a bar support. The Standard Phone Mount has been around for ages, so if you have a ‘smaller’ phone (think iPhone 5 and similar), it’s a simple but effective mount.
Try this: view our Phone Mount Size Chart (shows min & max sizes all our mounts can accommodate)
Second consideration: Case/Cover or Not?
It can be a pain to remove your phone from its case/cover every time you want to ride, so most of our mounts accommodate a case/cover.
But give it a close look. If the case is hard-sided and slippery, you’d do best to gravitate toward the X-Grip Adaptor Phone Mount or the SLIDE Phone Mount (or get a different case, because I’ll bet you’ve dropped it once or twice as well LOL). Cases/covers that are more rubbery can also be mounted with the Standard Phone Mount.
In fact, we have only ONE mount that requires you to have a ‘naked’ phone (see iPhone below).
Third consideration: Waterproof?
If you want waterproofing, we have two rather different styles of mounts:
The Caddy Buddy is an essentially flat case that you can operate your phone through, while the Hydra phone mount offers different size waterproof cases that zipper up. Again, this comes down to personal preference.
Some 'special' considerations
Otterbox Defender case (or other phone cases with a belt clip): the Swivel-Clip Phone Mount makes use of the belt clip, making for very convenient on/off capability.
iPhones: Most iPhones can be mounted using any our mounts (depending on size constraints). However, our all-time favorite iPhone mount is the Diamond Phone Mount because it is the cleanest, most streamlined look. However, it requires a “naked” iPhone. If you’ve got a case/cover on it, see the above recommendations.
Watch the Video!
To help you decide which works best for your phone and case, check out the video below, which shows you the pros and cons of different "grippers" and what type/model phone each is most ideal for. All in about 2.5 minutes!
- Tracey Cramer