Phone Robot is a silver device that's been designed to attach to one of your vehicle's front air vents and hold your smartphone securely as you drive. It's specified that a smartphone of any size (in its case or not) will fit within the device's arms and that this phone holder will also charge your phone as it holds it. Furthermore, each device has been made to tip both up and down and swivel in a full circle, in order to give you a better view of your phone's screen.
The cost of Phone Robot is $19.99 plus $7.99 shipping, for a total price of $27.98.
The first thing you'll need to do is attach your Phone Robot to one of the air vents in your vehicle. You can attach it to any vent, but it's best to attach it to the one that's closest to your steering wheel. To do so, you must use the clips on the back of the device to clip it to one of your vent's slats. In order to open the set of clips wide like a mouth, you'll have to push down on the button at the top and the button at the bottom of the set.
Next, while holding your smartphone vertically, hover it over your Phone Robot while keeping it about an inch away. This should trigger the automatic mechanism inside the device that will open its arms and allow them to grasp the phone tightly as you fully slide it in.
This may not be necessary, but if you feel like you can't read your phone or reach its buttons very well as you sit in the driver's seat of your car, you can make adjustments. You'll be able to angle your phone holder either up or down, or even turn it 180 degrees (out of its 360-degree range of motion) so it's resting horizontally instead of vertically. Any of these adjustments can be quickly altered at any time, although for safety's sake, it's best if you're parked while you make those changes.
When you want to remove your phone from its holder, tap once on the back of the device at the top, in order to release the arms. Once the arms have loosened their grip, you'll be able to comfortably pick up your phone in one hand and continue using it as you normally would. If you'd like to remove the entire holder from your vehicle, push down on the buttons at the top and bottom of its set of clips in order to release them from your air vent.
The Phone Robot isn't much wider or taller than a smartphone itself, so it won't take up a huge amount of room on your dashboard or block your view of the road. However, its arms will expand to accommodate smartphones that are a little bit larger than others (and retract to accommodate smaller smartphones, too). As long as your phone is of the "smart" variety, you shouldn't have a problem fitting it into this holding device.
This phone-holding device hasn't been designed for use in a specific model or type of vehicle. If your vehicle contains an air vent you can attach it to, you should be able to use it to display your phone within that vehicle. For air vents with larger slats, the device's clips will open wider, while they'll close more tightly to securely latch onto a slat in an air vent that happens to be smaller. Due to this device's versatility, you'll even be able to quickly transfer it between vehicles, if needed.
Aside from firmly hanging onto your phone so it won't fall down or get bumped around while you're driving, the Phone Robot is also capable of charging your phone—without the use of any charging cables. After you slide your phone into this holder, its charging plate will pass electricity waves onto your phone's battery, thereby charging the phone. That means you'll be able to leave your charger at home and save some space!
As alluded to above, this device will rotate in a full circle for you, if you need it to. This may be beneficial if you're using navigation apps while you're on a trip, as these can sometimes be seen more clearly if a smartphone is positioned horizontally (as opposed to vertically). If you're talking to someone on a video application, you might also prefer to see a horizontal view of that person.
The vast majority of people know by now that hanging onto a smartphone with even one hand while driving is dangerous since it forces you to keep at least one hand off your steering wheel. However, some people also find it inconvenient to put their phone away completely, as they lose the ability to view their texts or look at the list of songs they're playing while driving. Fortunately, the Phone Robot will keep your smartphone in your viewing range, but you won't have to hang onto it and risk your safety to see its screen.
Some people choose to use a silicone suction cup to clip their smartphone to the front windshield of their car, but this can be dangerous in its own way. No matter where you place your phone, you'll be blocking at least a bit of your view, and moreover, these suction cups also tend to fall off frequently. If one were to come undone and send your phone falling to the floor, that might distract you from the road. On the other hand, the Phone Robot attaches to air vents only, so its installation doesn't involve the windshield at all.
If you're not very skilled with tools, or you're pressed for time, it may come as a relief that you won't need tools to install one of these phone holders. All you'll need are your two hands, and in fact, you may be able to get the job done with just one. For those people who have mobility issues that involve the hands and fingers, another person will likely be able to help you install your device in seconds.
While the Phone Robot will hold all smartphones of various sizes, this device may not hold flip phones, since they tend to have a bulkier, less flat shape. You could try to place a flip phone in one of these holders, and the arms would likely hold it for a while, but it might eventually fall out. Plus, if the flip phone were to flip shut while resting within these arms, you wouldn't be able to see the screen properly, anyway.
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I ordered a Phone Robot on March 4, 2020, and still have never received it or shipping confirmation. I have tried to call the number from the TV commercial and it just hangs up. The website was www.getphonerobot.com.
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