By Louis Senecal on Tue, 10/25/2011
Arkon sent me their recently released tablet mount system to try out. This universal system not only allows you to use your iPad, but a wide assortment of tablets in your vehicle by placing the device in a mount system that attaches to your windshield.
In the package you get the extension arm and spring loaded holder. There are six arms that also slide onto the holder. They consist of two sizes that allow you to mix and match for your particular needs. These arms are what actually grip your tablet (in conjunction with the spring tension of the holder).
The arm attaches to your windshield via suction cup mount. Once you find your place to stick it, close the suction lock lever. The arm does extend from 14 to 18.5 inches in length.
The actual holder attaches to the end of the arm. What's nice is that once attached, it actually locks in place and will not slide off the arm. There is a release lever that you press to remove the holder if you need to. As I mentioned earlier, there are grip arms that slide onto each end of the holder. Put the grips in place as you need to, to fit your tablet and your'e good to go.
Using this system was very easy and straight forward. It is also very adjustable. I used my iPad 1 and my 7" Galaxy Tab. I actually used my tab for more of the testing. The arm is very secure once I got it set up for my needs. I did not feel that my devices were not secured. I was not sure what to think before I started using the arm because of the devices' weight and my past experiences with suction cups in general.
Note that the following disclosure is on the product site: “Due to the weight of your tablet, this solution is designed to rest on the top portion of the dashboard for added support.” This is true as that is how I set it up with my iPad. With my galaxy tab though, I did not have to rest it. You can download the installation manual directly fom the product page link below.
I used the iPad to start off with but I stopped using it after a little bit. In my vehicle setup, I felt the iPad was more of a distraction for me than an assistant. I felt like I was watching my big screen tv while in the car. I had used my iPad with my BT GPS receiver for car navigation around town. I was more comfortable using my smaller Galaxy tab for the rest of my review time. I used that device for both navigation and some tunes.
I liked that the holder was very easy too remove your device from when you got to your destination. And it was also easy to put the device back in place. Just like their other products, it has excellent build quality. This is an accessory that a passenger may find useful, especially on longer road trips. People who use tablets in the field for their work can also find this to be a great addon. I'm very satisfied with this product and look forward to using it more on future road trips.
Specs and Features:
-New innovative, adjustable tablet holder fits almost any tablet 7" - 12" with or without a case or skin
-Features a locking, telescopic mounting arm, extends 14.5" to 18.5"
-Allows 360° rotation for positioning in portrait or landscape mode, ideal for turn by turn navigation and hands free voice chat
-Installation difficulty level | Easy, no tools required
-Compatible with iPad & iPad 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7" / 8.9" / 10", Amazon Kindle Fire, Motorola Xoom, HTC Flyer / EVO View 4G, ASUS EeePad Transformer, Acer Iconia, Toshiba Thrive, Lenovo IdeaPad, Blackberry Playbook, HP TouchPad and more...