Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Google Nexus 5X

Arkon MAG157 on the back of a caseMade by LG, whom we now know makes more than kitchen appliances, the Google Nexus 5X is is the latest generation of a very successful Nexus line of smartphones.  The Nexus 5X features Google’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow.  Sporting a 5.2″ diagonal display and a feature shared with the popular Apple iPhone lineup, a finger scanner, this is a great phone for Android fans.  The camera is tremendous and features a 12.3 MP lens with superior abilities for low-light photography.  We will get to car and motorcycle mounts for the Nexus 5X in a moment but first some important specifications.

With a decent 5.2 inch diagonal screen, the Nexus 5X measures 5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 inches (147 x 72.6 x 7.9 mm).  These are important measurements to keep in mind when selecting your mount.  I’m not aware of any custom mounts for the Nexus 5X so we are going to discuss universal mounts.

Because of the larger size, not all universal mounts are going to fit.  You will need a mount with a larger expandable cradle, especially if you are using a case or skin which is always recommended.    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.

This phone costs a lot money.  Buy a case for it.  I have always been a big fan of the Otterbox Defender series which we reviewed here.  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.  I’ve dropped my phone on the driveway from six feet up and it didn’t receive any damage at all thanks to the 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 Google Nexus 5X.  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 7 inches.  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 Arkon Cup Holder Mount for SmartPhones.  This mount includes the same cradle as the prior mount.  An expandable bottom is provided to fit almost all size cup holders.

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 hidden from potential thieves.  Check your vent to make sure it’s well made enough to hang a lightweight device.  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 phone tightly so that it stays secure in high vibration environments.  Consider the RAM X-Grip IV Handlebar Mount.  The RAM X-Grip line consists of well made cradles.  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-Grip holders extensively on this site and you can view that article here.  These mounts feature the expandable X-Grip IV cradle which can open to 4.5 inches which is large enough for most cases or skins.  We always recommend tethering your device for added security.

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