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Consumer Reports: Cell phone holders for the car

(WMC-TV) - It is hard to beat your phone's GPS, but driving and looking down at a map can be dangerous. Some people have started mounting their phones in places where they can see them -- vents, cup holders, lighter sockets, and even the sun visor.  So, which is the safest solution?

Consumer Reports checked out 11 smart phone holders, ranging in cost from $9 to $25.

"Being on the sun visor means you have to take your eyes off the road. And the instructions tell you to put it on the passenger side, which is way out of your line of vision," said Jim Travers, Consumer Reports.

The ones that sit in your cup holder have the same disadvantage. You will have to look down, taking your eyes off the road. Plus, you cannot use your cup holder.

Consumer Reports also evaluated how easy each one is to use. How well they hold the phone. And to check for stability, the testers made some quick turns to see if the phones stayed in place.

The lighter socket mounts tended to be unstable, shaking a bit while you drive. And the ones that mounted on the vent were flimsy.

"The ones that we like the best are the ones that attach to either the windshield or the dashboard. They hold the phone securely and they keep it right where you can see it easily," said Travers.

The favorite among Consumer Reports staffers is the $20 Lottie. It holds different phone models in place, is easy to use, and keeps your eyes in front of you.

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