The Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the company’s largest sellers ever. With a respectable 5.1 inch diagonal screen this phone measures 5.59 x 2.85 x 0.32 inches (142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm) and weighs 5.11 ounces. These are typical dimensions for a smartphone. Important to keep this size in mind when selecting a mount. No custom cradles exist that I have seen, so a universal holder is going to be necessary. It’s going to need to open at least 2.85 inches, potentially larger if using a case or skin.
Speaking of cases or skins, buy a case for your Samsung Galaxy S5. I have always liked the Otterbox Defender series which we reviewed here. Not surprisingly, the Otterbox Defender for Samsung Galaxy S5 is my choice for protecting your phone. 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.
Let’s take a look at some good mounts for the Samsung Galaxy S5.
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. An excellent entry-level selection is Arkon’s Megagrip Travel Mount. This mount features an expandable cradle which expands to 3.4 inches by pressing the button at the lower left corner of the cradle. 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 is the mount in the photo accompanying this article.
Although the windshield is a popular location, there are plenty of other places to mount your Samsung Galaxy S5. I like the Arkon Cup Holder Car Mount with MegaGrip Cradle. A nice mount that expands to fit the contour of almost any cup holder. There is a flexible stem that permits the driver to angle the smartphone wherever needed. The included cradle expands to 3.4 inches which is plenty large enough to fit your phone with or without a case or skin.
Another interesting location for your phone is the car air vent. The Spigen Magnetic Vent Mount for SmartPhones is an excellent choice for your vent. This mount can be used on horizontal and vertical vents. Right around eye level and out of the way of potential thieves, the vent is a good location for mounting a lightweight device. 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 thin 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 Samsung Galaxy S5 very tightly so that it stays put through the vibration of a ride. We continue to be big fans of the RAM X-Grip line. 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. Effective late 2015, the manufacturer began to include a tether with this mount so try to find a current stock to get that part at no charge.