So now Google makes a phone? Sure. Why not. The Google Pixel and its big brother the Google Pixel XL hit the market in October of 2016. It’s gotten fairly good reviews too. With all the Samsung issues of late, this may not be a bad alternative for Android fans. For iOS fans in love with Siri, Google Assistant might be smarter than her. It’s a nice looking phone with a great camera.
When it comes to mounting, it’s important to know the dimensions of these devices. The Google Pixel checks in with a 5.0 inch diagonal screen and is 5.60 inches tall by 2.70 inches wide. The larger Google Pixel XL is larger. Sporting a 5.5 inch diagonal screen, this iPhone is 6.0 inches tall, 2.90 inches wide. This is what’s needed for selecting a mount. I haven’t seen any custom mounts for these phones yet and doubt we will. Mount manufacturers have been avoiding custom cradles lately and are pushing universal mounts.
Any expensive phone deserves a case and the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL qualifies. Get a case or skin. We like Otterbox a lot but there are a lot of other manufacturers with good cases out there.
There are a lot of companies that offer some excellent mounting solutions that will fit the Google Pixel and Pixel XL phones. We’ll try to stick with mounts that will fit either model.
The windshield is the most popular location to mount especially if you plan to use it as a GPS. Use Waze for this purpose as I do. It should work extremely well on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL.
A well made expandable mount that I have used for my phone is the Arkon Slim Grip Ultra Suction Cup Car 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 both the Google Pixel and Pixel XL 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. The phone can swivel into landscape or portrait mode. I typically use this mount in landscape 90% of the time. The manufacturer provides a 2-year warranty.
This same company also makes the extremely functional Arkon Slim Grip Ultra Smartphone Car Cup Holder Mount. Like the previously discussed mount, this also uses the same expandable cradle that opens to 7 inches and holds the phone from the top and bottom. There is a 5 inch flexible stem which is used to get the best angle. The base expands to fit almost any cup holder. Your phone can swivel into portrait or landscape mode. Although this is a great mount, I’m not a fan for GPS purposes simply because it’s out of the line of sight. This is a good mount for using your phone for streaming music or other apps that don’t require line of sight. The manufacturer provides a 2-year warranty on these mounts.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount is a recent discovery for the vent. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold either of these phone models with or without a case or skin. It is built on a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. This mount will work on air vents with flat louvers 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches.
If you are looking to use your Google Pixel and Pixel XL on a motorcycle, you need a cradle that will hold your phone tightly in high vibration environments. There are a few good manufacturers of motorcycle mounts out there. We want to recommend a mount with a cradle wide enough to fit both phone models.
The TechGripper Handlebar Mount Kit combines a mount with the cradle. The mount is metal and coated in black. It fits handlebar diameters from 7/8 to 1.25 inches so it covers the majority of motorcycle models that can accommodate a handlebar mount. The mount takes up .75 inches of handlebar real estate and the phone sits somewhat close to the handlebar. Installation of the mount is completed with a small hex wrench which is provided. This is a nice feature that helps prevent theft of the mount since most thieves aren’t walking around with a set of hex wrenches. The accompanying cradle opens to 4 inches which is wide enough for either phone models with or without a case or skin.