Running Windows 10, the Microsoft Lumia 650 Smartphone is the second Microsoft Windows phone we have written an article about. A nice 5″ display and an aluminum frame make this a good sized fairly rugged device at a competitive price. I have no position on Windows 10. I’m a hardware guy. So let’s get down to the specs.
The Microsoft Lumia sports a 5-inch OLED display at 1,280 x 720 resolution. The phone without a case measures 5.5 x 2.8 x 0.27 inches and weighs in at 4.3 ounces. There is an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front facing. The rear camera is placed somewhat near the upper middle of the back of the phone so if you plan to use the camera while mounted, that rules out any mounts with cradles that will block that part. Remember, that if you have plans to add a case, which is something I always recommend, be sure to measure it because the specs provided are for the bare phone.
These are the measurements and specifications needed when selecting a mount. A universal mount is needed for these phones as I’m not aware of any custom mounts on the market for this brand (let alone this model). Most universal mounts should fit as the Lumia 650 is not overly large. 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. If not, many universal mounts offer options to upgrade your cradle to a larger one.
On to the mount discussion for the Microsoft Lumia 650.
For the car, give the location of your mount some thought. There are lots of places to mount your Microsoft Lumia 650. 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. We are big fans and speak to personal positive experience with the Arkon’s Megagrip Travel Mount for mounting a phone on the windshield. This mount has the necessary expandable cradle which expands to 3.4 inches by pressing the button at the lower left corner. This will fit your phone with or without a 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 dash disk is handy for states that do not permit windshield mounts which we documented in a recent article.
Arkon also makes a very formidable Arkon Megagrip Car Cup Holder Mount that includes the same cradle. This is a nice alternative to traditional windshield mounting. The bottom of the cup holder mount is adjustable so that it can expand to fit almost any cup holder. The mount features a gooseneck that is flexible to allow further adjustments. I have used this mount as well and it’s great. This is shown in the photo that accompanies this article.
My personal favorite location for a 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 Microsoft Lumia 650 very tightly so that it stays put through the vibration of a ride. We continue to recommend the RAM X-Grip line. These are heavy-duty mounts that are mostly constructed of metal and feature a lifetime warranty. 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 and RAM now includes a tether with these mounts which is a thoughtful touch.