Garmin has announced two new smartphone mounts, one for the iPhone 5 and a universal mount targeted to Android users.
iPhone 5 active mount
The iPhone 5 active mount allows you to snap the phone into the mount without having to mess with a charging cable, thanks to its Lightning to USB charger. It also works with the case on, fitting cases between 58.6 mm and 76 mm wide and up to 12 mm deep.
Universal smartphone mount
While you’ll have to connect the phone’s power cable when using the Garmin universal smartphone mount, compatible phones can automatically fire up your Navigon app thanks to an NFC chip. The mount includes a micro-USB charger and extra USB port, and is designed to “hold phones between 58.6 mm and 76 mm wide and up to 12 mm deep.”
Smartphone mounting systems generally suck, and I’d jump on one of these in a heart beat were it not for the $49.99 price tag. Still, I may end up being swayed just so I can have a decent mount for my phone. I’ve tried a number of solutions and while some worked okay in holding the phone it was always the suction attachment point that proved problematic. Being able to use this in conjunction with my favorite mounting system could prove a winner.