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Old 05-25-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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Please be honest...

For those people who have their cell phone mounted up high on their dashboard or mounted on a windshield suction cup holder...

What are you looking at on your cell phone?

Are you looking at this while driving?
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX USA
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GPS/directions/google maps. What ever you want to call it. You can even use your phone as a dash camera
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Old 05-25-2014, 09:22 AM
 
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Windshield mount is actually illegal where I live.

I know, stupid.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Pikesville, MD
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GPS/directions/google maps. What ever you want to call it. You can even use your phone as a dash camera
This. Didn't even take any effort to realize it, either. Why didn't OP think of it with his big brain?
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I have my smart phone mounted on my windshield to use for Nav, which includes not only route planning and guidance but also congestion alerts. Because of this, I think it's reasonable to assume that it increases (slightly) my safety.

I have it mounted via suction cup to the top left corner of my windshield. From there, it's about 6" to my left eyeball.
This location is like having it as a Heads-Up display. I barely have to move my eyes off the road to look at it. So it's much less a distraction, and much safer than using a console/factory GPS for Nav.
I can see it out of the corner of my eye while driving, and anticipate the shape of the next intersection, or the direction of the next hairpin curve. Again, this improves my driving safety.

Also, having it at the top left, is the least obstructing. I've noticed that I have to move my head to the side to see something behind it, only about once a week. That location blocks things I need to see fewer times than my rear-view mirror.

I also make it a firm rule that I don't operate the phone, (Nav reprogramming, changing destinations, etc). or texting or phoning etc. unless I'm fully stopped.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Riverside Ca
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I usually have it on for directions or to easily tap the screen to receive a incoming call through my radio.but it's usually on my console charging.
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Old 05-27-2014, 08:58 AM
 
Location: NY
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To be one of the cool kids?

For GPS/NAV of course.
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Old 05-27-2014, 09:53 AM
 
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You mean you all don't have it up there to watch movies?? Netflix streaming FTW.
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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When the gps is going I'd much rather have it mounted within line of sight of the road than sitting in a cup holder or between my legs.

On the topic of phone mounts, I passionately recommend the Go Grip car mount. It works with any phone, and it works fantastically. I am very picky about such products and this one gets my high approval.
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Old 05-27-2014, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Huntsville
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I use mine coupled with an OBD II bluetooth adapter for real time monitoring. I monitor fuel pressure, oil pressure, oil temps, etc.....

A lot of radar detector companies now offer a module that connects to your smartphone that allows your phone to be the HUD for the detector.
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