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Take your tablet in the car with the iGrip windshield mount for the BlackBerry PlayBook

By Zach Gilbert on 23 May 2012 01:55 pm EDT
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Navigating the world and keeping people entertained is hard enough in a moving vehicle, but add a tablet or a cell phone and it becomes a daunting task. As I drive down the road, I'm constantly using my phone or tablet for directions and music, all while thinking that there needs to be a better way to hold my BlackBerry PlayBook to make driving safer. When I had the chance to take a look at the iGRIP car mount for the PlayBook, I jumped at the opportunity. Continue reading to see if the iGRIP car mount for the BlackBerry PlayBook can hold its own.

PLEASE NOTE: While throughout this review I will be talking about using the BlackBerry PlayBook in conjunction with the iGRIP windshield mount while driving, the driver should not be using the tablet. It is not safe to control an electronic device while driving, and is also illegal in many countries, so don’t do it.

Something I keep reiterating in a lot of my articles about the PlayBook is the size, and how well it is set to be an ultra portable device, and I’m going to do it again. If you compare the PlayBook and the iPad in size, the Apple iPad looks massive. While the size of the iPad may be okay for putting around the house, it isn’t the best for in the car or on the go. If you were to place the iPad on a car mount and put it on your dash a large portion of your viewing space would be obstructed by the tablet. If you take the PlayBook and it’s 7” screen, place it on a windshield mount and stick it in your car/truck/boat/plane, you have an instant infotainment system. It’s not like we haven’t seen the PlayBook being used in a car in the past.

Design

I guess you honestly can’t go too wrong with the design of an in car mount for a tablet, but there are a few things on the iGRIP mount for the PlayBook that actually make it stand out. First off the dual arm mount that supports the PlayBook to the suction cup allows the tablet to hold its own and not wobble. What I mean is, on lesser quality mounts you often see the tablet or phone wobbling while you try to operate the device, but with the iGRIP mount you don’t see any of this. The second part of the design I wanted to point out in the review is the extension arm. Often, you will see mounts designed with a fixed length arm, which limits the locations that you can attach the mount. With this particular product, you are actually able to extend the length of the arm to almost double its reach, allowing you to place the PlayBook in locations that other wise seemed impossible.

Features

Along with the extending arm and the dual arm support system, the iGRIP windshield mount for the BlackBerry PlayBook has a few other features. In the box, you will receive the mount of course, but also a dual function case/stand/and mount support. This part of the mount holds the PlayBook and allows it to be attached to the suction support, but also doubles as a case and a stand.


Also in the box you will receive a small circular disk in which you can adhere it to your vehicles dash to offer more locations for mounting your PlayBook.

The Good
  • No wobble dual arm design
  • Strong industrial suction mount
  • Multipurpose case and stand
  • Non-obstructing design
The Bad
  • No charging feature
  • Extendable arm could be a little longer
The Bottom Line

Whether you’re going on a long haul or a short trip to the store, having your BlackBerry PlayBook mounted in your car can save you your sanity and entertain others. The iGRIP windshield mount for the BlackBerry PlayBook provides easy access to your tablet and all the controls, like volume +/- and power on and off. While I do wish that there was an integrated power connector to keep the tablet changed on the long trips, it isnt hard to connect a micro usb car charger yourself. Also the other features and stability of the dual arm mount more than makes up for the missing power connected. The iGRIP windshield mount is certainly worth its price. In a few months, I’m on my way to travel half way across Canada, and I know it’ll be there to keep my PlayBook mounted for the ride. You can pick up the iGRIP windshield mount for the BlackBerry PlayBook from ShopCrackBerry.com for $32.95.

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Take your tablet in the car with the iGrip windshield mount for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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I see the mount arm is in the middle of the device...is there a way to attach it and not have the rear camera obstructed?

I use this one too, only difference is I changed out the back piece so instead of it being a windshield mount, it's a vent mount

I have this mount in my car currently, and as Zach states, this is the most stable mount I have ever used. I like the case and would use it exclusively if it had some sort of cover for the front. It does fit VERY tightly in the case, which makes it a pain in the a$$ to take out if you want to use a different case while out and about. My everyday case is the Incipio Executive Premium Kickstand Leather Case, which I also like very much. The iGrip is great with VCMS app! Hopefully one of these days Google Maps will work flawlessly on the Playbook or even better, BlackBerry Traffic with integrated maps...ah....one can dream, right? Feel free to PM me if anyone has a question about it.

I have this Mount as well, just couldnt stand trying to take it out!! so i changed to an Ram mount for my dash & modified the Headrest Igrip to allow the Igrip mount to connect.... All good!!

I have one of these .. but haven't have the chance to mount it yet .. my playbook has crashed twice .. had to send it in for repairs so i'm waiting still .. should be getting it next week so i'll see how it goes .. someone did advise me that seeing this mounted on my windscreen might entice people into breaking into my vehicle though .. considering that.

Police here in Ontario, Canada are ticketing drivers for having a GPS or smartphone mounted in the center of the windshield, below the mirror or on the dash in the center. They are telling drivers to mount them on the left side, near the A pillar so that it doesn't obstruct the field of vision. I think this is a great idea, though I'd argue that many factory installed units popup is a similar position and are just as distracting.

As a driver and a cyclist, I'm glad they are doing this. The roads were far safer before all this gadgetry started getting bolted into cars to distract drivers. Putting a 7" tablet on your windshield is a recipe for disaster, and in my experience the heavier devices weigh too much and often cause the suction cup to lose its grip and fall off while driving.

For my money, I'd buy a RAM mount and mount it low, on a flex post that clamps on the left front passenger seat rail, similar to how the police mount their in car laptops.

FWIW, I looked at this mount, and was impressed with it. When Magellan 3 came out, I decided to get a cupholder mount to start with, as it would be easy to switch between the Kia and the Buick. Prob'ly not as steady, but doesn't block the windshield. Not as obvious to passers-by. (also cheaper!)

I realized that most car mounts are pretty bad, either its too flimsy or the arm is too short. I use it for my ipad & playbook.

Either way, just to share, I found a decent mount that has 2 suction cups, a longer arm (i have a honda civic, hence the windshield is different from most cars)

Got it in germany for eur 44. forgot the brand and all. Let me know, Il post some pics.

However, I like the playbook and all, but I cant seem to find any proper Map / navigation apps & most of my dash-tablet usage is for navigation and sometimes music.

Could anyone recommend me a decent GPS Navigation app? Im fine if its a paid app.

Thanks mate, Using it now,
I was actually expecting something line TomTom / Sygic.
Still a long way I guess.

1. It does obstruct the rear camera, but not the front camera.
2. It does allow for a charger to be plugged in. If you read the blog post, you would know.

I have this mount but have issues with it.

The mount itself is fine. The case is another issue.. Its make it extremely bulky and and is impossible to take out of the case. On my other PB it partially pull the back cover on my playbook off. If you have a skin for your playbook, don't use this case, it will tear it up.

This mounting system would be much better if you could clamp your playbook in like other mounts.

The mount itself is awesome and allows you to tilt the playbook in a bunch of different directions.