Turns out LG makes a pretty wide array of products than range in size from a big refrigerator to a small cell phone. Today, we will talk about something on the smaller end of their product line, mounts for the LG G4 smartphone. The LG G4 is a big phone. It’s what we call a phablet. We will discuss car and motorcycle mounts for the LG G4 in a moment but first some important specifications.
With a big 5.5 inch diagonal screen this phone is 5.86 inches tall by 3.00 inches wide by .39 inches deep. These are important measurements to keep in mind when selecting your mount. I’m not aware of any custom mounts for the LG G4 so we are going to discuss universal mounts. Because the G4 is so large, you can’t just buy any universal mount. You need to purchase a mount with a large expandable cradle. For those that have purchased a universal mount to hold your older phone, hopefully it opens wide enough to hold your new device without a problem. Most universal mounts offer options to upgrade your cradle to a larger one. Be very aware of the size of the cradle, this large phone won’t fit into just any mount. Be sure to measure your phone before cradle shopping and remember, if you have a case or skin, the dimensions are even larger.
The LG G4 costs a lot money. Buy a case for it. I have always liked the Otterbox Defender series which we reviewed here, and as luck has it, there is a custom Otterbox for the LG G4. A single drop on ceramic tile that results in a broken lens will cost way more than the case. If you think insurance will cover you, think again. Insurance policies purchased from your carrier have a deductible and for newer more expensive phones that can be $169 on up. So to add insult to injury, you will not only be paying the monthly insurance premium, but you will then pay the deductible. You can read our article on phone insurance here. Bottom line is buy a case.
OK, let’s talk about some mounts.
For the car, give the location of your mount some thought. There are lots of places to mount your G4. The windshield is the most popular location to mount especially if you plan to use it as a GPS with my favorite application which is Waze. A well made expandable product is Arkon’s Slim Grip Ultra Travel Mount. This mount features an expandable cradle which expands to over 7 inches using a spring loaded top and bottom. The support arms move so that you can expose any ports or buttons. This will fit your phone with or without a thick case. The mount comes with an adhesive dash plate so that you can attach to the mount to your dash as well as your windshield. This same company also makes a very formidable cup holder mount that includes the same cradle.
Another interesting location for your phone is the car air vent. The Arkon Magnetic Vent Mount is an excellent well made choice. The mount secures onto horizontal or vertical car air vents with added support leg for extra stability. The added support leg is unique to the Arkon mount. It enables additional stability over other vent mounts. The vent keeps your phone right around eye level and out of the way of potential thieves. Check your vent to make sure it’s well made enough to hang a lightweight device. A recent innovation is mounts is the use of a small magnet coupled with a very think adhesive metal disk which sticks to the back of your phone. The great thing about magnetic mounts is the simple process for install and removal. It’s a simple matter of simply matching up where the metal strip is to the magnet.
For motorcycle use, it’s important that you select a mount that has a well constructed cradle that is going to hold your LG G4 tightly so that it stays secure in high vibration environments. We like the RAM X-Grip line a lot. These are heavy duty mounts that are mostly constructed of metal. The mount has gone through some rigorous shake tests and holds up well on a motorcycle. We wrote about X-Grips extensively on this site and you can view that article here. Most motorcycles can use the RAM X-Grip IV Handlebar Mount. These mounts feature the expandable X-Grip IV cradle which can open to 4.5 inches which is large enough for most cases. We always recommend tethering your device for added security.