Tablet Universal Tablet Windscreen Mount is not new. This mount
technology has been available for several years now for
Smart Phones which allowed users to easily attach their iPhones
to this device so you could use apps like TomTom or Hands Free
in your car. However with the advent of Tablets and the ability
of using a Sim Card inside them, a larger version of this
windscreen mount was needed and Cygnett have answered this call
with the DriveView Tablet Universal Tablet Windscreen Mount...
phew, it's also a mouthful of words, so we'll call it the DriveView for the purposes of this review.
Initially I was
apprehensive in attaching my relatively new iPad onto the
windscreen of my car. I have had a few windscreen mounts in the
past where the entire unit flew off in traffic. Not only was this
not safe but it was also potentially damaging to my iPhone 4S.
Thankfully this was not the case with Cygnett's DashView
Universal Car Mount that we reviewed in 2011 and I'm still using
to this day. Not anymore however. This device now lets me attach
my iPad onto the windscreen of my car and more importantly, it
is extremely sturdy. Thanks to the heavy duty suction system of this
device, it securely holds my iPad into place. Each time I use
it, I ensure that it is tightened but apart from that, I am very
happy with the suction pad of this windscreen mount.
The mount is
also adjustable for either landscape or portrait use, however I
do prefer landscape as portrait does obstruct the windscreen a
little. I'm driving a 2012 Toyota RAV 4. Another highlight of
the product is the cradle system for your iPad. It has silicone
grip pads with a spring loaded attractable gripper. This means
that it snugly holds my iPad into place but it also allows
slightly bigger non Apple iPads to be used as well. For example,
this device works with the Samsung Galaxy Tab and even the
Amazon Kindle Fire. Basically, any devices equal to or smaller
than 198mm will easily be fitted into this device.
What I didn't
like about this device? Absolutely nothing! By positioning my
iPad on the windscreen, it allows me to use either Google
Maps or TomTom to its maximum potential. As my iPad is hooked up
through the Bluetooth of the RAV 4, it makes navigating the iOS
quite easy, especially looking for the right driving music.
Given that, you do need some willpower in not using your tablet
while you are driving because it is looking directly at you.
That's probably the only drawback that I can find. Another
interesting use for this device is that we have a small child
and yes, I did stick the DriveView on the side window for the
car for my little one to watch movies. It's a dual purpose
system with that in mind.
babble... this device works like a treat and I love the heavy
duty suction system of the DriveView. It really holds your iPad
or tablet in place and although we haven't had any warm days yet
(it's Winter here in Australia), I'm predicting that even summer
it will hold my iPad in place securely. You just need to tighten the
suction system every now and then to ensure that it remains in
place. Best of all when you've finished the drive, you simply
unhook your iPad and get on with your day!