Review: Flexible & Rugged Phone & iPad Mounts

There are a lot of plastic mounts vying to hold your expensive phone or tablet, but why settle when there are well-made mounting solutions like the Steelie Mount and Stand accessories (starting at $19.99) from Nite-Ize?

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The Nite Ize mounts have a novel design, starting with their "Steelie" steel ball which can attach to your desk, car dash, or windshield. Then a magnetic component attaches to the phone or tablet and when attached, your device can rotate and be positioned as desired. You can use your phone in landscape mode for navigation and easily switch to portrait for calls or FaceTime.


Your device will be safe, thanks to powerful neodymium magnets. I also liked the mounts' 360 degree rotation. If you opt for an adhesive mount on your iPhone, it might interfere with Qi wireless charging; so I recommend Nite Ize's FreeMount clamp, which is adjustable to accommodate different size phones and cases and is not permanent.


  • Powerful neodymium magnets
  • Solid design
  • 360 degree rotation
  • Dash and window mount options


  • Permanent mounts might interfere with Qi wireless charging
  • Too many choices?

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a mount, the Steelie Mount and Stand accessories from Nite-Ize can meet your needs, but the hard part may be choosing which version to get. 

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