By on March 9, 2017

iOttie Easy One Touch 2

With the average age of cars on the road now on the far side of 11 years, the latest electronic safety and convenience systems don’t do most drivers much good. But the good news is that any car can be upgraded with many of these features, from blind spot warning to Bluetooth for streaming music and hands free phone calls. You can easily install most of them yourself, and for a lot less than making payments on a new car.

Our new series of articles detailing some of these features will take you through what products are available, how they work, and what they cost. We’re starting with nine products available from the automotive aftermarket provided by our sponsor eBay, who has also graciously offered up three $500 gift cards. We’ve independently made our product choices based on ease of DIY installation, popularity, favorable reviews from other sources and users, and brand recognition with websites and readily available customer support.

Oh, and we’re installing all these upgrades on a 1999 Acura TL with 152,000 miles.

First up, let’s keep it simple: a trick phone mount from iOttie, the Easy One Touch 2.

iOttie Easy One Touch 2

The single biggest upgrade you can make to an older car is to bring along your smartphone, whether it be for for navigation, listening to the, or hands-free phone calls behind the wheel. And most drivers are doing just that. A recent AT&T study found that 70 percent of all drivers say they use their phones while driving, many of whom are engaging in far more than lively spoken conversation. The problem is, anecdotal observations on any highway will show that a lot of in-car mobile phone users aren’t using a phone mount.

Without getting into a discussion about what kind of bonehead needs to be taking selfies or posting to Facebook behind the wheel, let’s just say using a secure mount makes phone use in the car a lot safer than holding it in your hands. This is the first upgrade you should make to any car regardless of its age. A mount puts your device in your line of sight, making it easier to view navigation and see who’s calling without taking your eyes off the road. It may even reduce the likelihood of becoming one of the almost 3,000 people killed and 424,000 injured every year due to distracted driving according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If avoiding becoming a statistic isn’t enough motivation, the convenience of a good phone mount is cheap — around $20 or less.

iOttie Easy One Touch 2

iOttie has long been one of the more popular and highly rated brands in the business, earning accolades from outlets like Consumer Reports and CNET, as well as glowing user reviews. Featuring a sticky suction cup base that can be washed if it starts losing its stickum, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 we sampled is easily adjusted to sit either on your dash or windshield, and held my iPhone 6 securely in place even with its protective cover installed.

Part of the beauty of the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 is that it makes installing a phone a snap, as the side and bottom grips automatically snug down on your phone as soon as you press it into the mount. Removing it is as simple as squeezing the releases on either side. Either can be accomplished with one hand as the name implies, making the iOttie that much more user-friendly.

The iOttie Easy One Touch 2 uses handwheels to adjust the arm and phone angle for a custom fit, and is easy to use overall with a substantial feel — better than the last iOttie mount I sampled three years ago. It uses a telescopic arm that extends from four to six inches, and a ball joint that quickly changes your phone between vertical or horizontal view. Its arms expand up to 3 3/8-inches wide — enough for most phones, but measure yours first if you’re not sure.

If there’s anything to gripe about, its sticky surface on the suction. While it does help keep the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 firmly attached to the windshield or dash, the last one we tested lost its stickiness over time, particularly if left uncovered. It was also a magnet for animal hair, dust, Cheeto bits, and whatever else might be cluttering up your car. In fairness to iOttie, that sample was passed around between several cars and testers with varying degrees of slovenliness. The best advice is to keep its surface clean if you remove it from the windshield, and use the plastic cover it comes with to protect the suction cup. Also be aware that the sticky surface can be a little overambitious, especially when new. Removing the iOttie from the windshield can be tough, and the manufacturer recommends using an included pad for dashboard mounting to prevent damage to your dash surface.

Widely available for $21 or less, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 is worth a look — no matter what you do with the phone in your car. Just don’t tell us. We don’t want to know.

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66 Comments on “The 18-Year-Old Auto Upgrade: Phone Mount – iOttie Easy One Touch 2...”


  • avatar
    Shortest Circuit

    Bought the same on Aliexpress for $6.95
    It is worth that. But not $21

  • avatar
    kefkafloyd

    Do you really have to spell out the full name and include the hyperlink each time you want to mention it, Jim? Makes it look like an advertisement (or advertorial, as they used to say in my circles). A little shame is probably in order.

    • 0 avatar

      The content is sponsored by eBay. The referral links are not on Jim. It’s part of the deal with eBay.

      • 0 avatar
        gtemnykh

        Mark did you get my emails Re: reviews I wrote?

      • 0 avatar
        kefkafloyd

        I apologize to Jim, then. I read the bit about eBay in the opening, and that would have been OK, but it just went downhill from there from a reader’s standpoint. However, Mark, some deals are not worth making. It’s one thing to be sponsored, it’s another to read like an infomercial. Your heart’s in the right place to try to keep the lights on, but this reads terribly. If you had put “sponsored post” in the title, and not in an image, I wouldn’t have even opened it from my RSS feed, so I feel a little tricked. I fully blame eBay for terrible requirements, but it takes two to tango.

        If you need the money that badly, I will subscribe to TTAC if given an option to directly fill your coffers. I appreciate that you are here in the comments to address concerns, but these kinds of posts are not why I read this website. I put my money where my mouth is (as my Patreon account proves), and I promise that if you offer up that method, I will be one of the first to put in to it.

        • 0 avatar

          ” … but these kinds of posts are not why I read this website.”

          And you’re not the only person who reads TTAC, so I need to keep that in mind when developing a good content mix.

          Other than a couple of references to the contest/deal with eBay, the copy is as Jim wrote it. Our affiliate team put in the links.

          While you may not see this deal as adding value (and in the context of a phone mount or other “cheap” accessories, you’re probably right), there are some harsh financial realities I need to tackle each and every day, and I’d much rather work a deal with a company we do not cover from a journalistic point-of-view than one where ethical boundaries could easily be crossed.

          We’ll be running nine of these pieces in total, and the value of the goods reviewed is over $1,000. Add to that the cost of producing the content itself and you can see how this would be a massive drain on TTAC’s editorial capital resources.

          Let me make one thing crystal clear as well: Jim pitched the idea of upgrading an old car with modern tech and gadgetry on par with a new vehicle. It’s something I considered doing with my Astra before I traded it in for the Fiesta, so this is something I really wanted to publish. eBay has zero say in the content of the articles.

          • 0 avatar
            kefkafloyd

            “And you’re not the only person who reads TTAC, so I need to keep that in mind when developing a good content mix.”

            I can only speak for myself, for as much as that counts. As one reader of the site, that isn’t much, but it is something. I do not presume to speak for other commenters. That’s why that I didn’t say “The B&B don’t come here to read these.”

            “While you may not see this deal as adding value (and in the context of a phone mount or other “cheap” accessories, you’re probably right), there are some harsh financial realities I need to tackle each and every day, and I’d much rather work a deal with a company we do not cover from a journalistic point-of-view than one where ethical boundaries could easily be crossed.”

            Believe it or not, I actually am interested in the kinds of ideas (like keeping old cars current, or useful auto accessories), or product reviews, but it’s just the execution that I disagree with. Is that a fair cop? This site runs on advertising, so I have no beef with ads, and I get they keep the lights on. Had it been written differently, I wouldn’t have complained. I also get the not wanting to be ethically compromised by car companies, but there is a line with sponsored content that you would do well to heed.

            I get what you’re trying to do, but my complaint is more about something that reads poorly versus the concept.

        • 0 avatar

          Also, don’t think for a moment I am dismissing your comments. We could probably identify it as sponsored content in a better manner. This is the first time we’ve done something like this driven from the editorial side of the fence, so there are bound to be some hiccups.

          This is also the first time Jim has written any sort of review for TTAC. He comes with a pretty epic CV, having spent 10 years with Consumer Reports. Give him some time to come around to how TTAC does things ;)

          • 0 avatar
            kefkafloyd

            I totally understand, and as I said, I apologize to Jim for assuming the worst. If improvements can be made, I will at least give good-faith attempts to check out the other ones.

        • 0 avatar
          Russycle

          Floyd, I had the same reaction to the links in the article, but I get it. As for the advertorial, yeah, I would like it to be labeled as such, but I still found it interesting and helpful, I’ll probably get one of these for my Scion.

  • avatar
    dangit56

    My once-favorite site is rapidly declining into Jalopnik territory.

  • avatar
    bunkie

    Simpler is always better. I’ve struggled with various phone mounts and was never really satisfied until I switched to the Scosche magnetic mount. It comes with a thin steel plate that you stick on the back of your phone or phone case and it used a super-magnet to hold the phone in place. It’s great, holding the phone much better and in any orientation than any grip-style mount.

    The best part is that the fixed part of the mount requires only about one square inch of surface, it adheres with a sticky pad. The fixed part is much, much smaller than any suction-cup mount, a major plus. It was the only mount that worked on my Tacoma.

    I seem to remember it costing about $20, a bargain for something that eliminates the frustration of more complicated mounts.

    • 0 avatar
      spookiness

      I tried a vent magnet and it wouldn’t work with my phone because phone has sensor associated with optional flip case. When u put phone in mount, screen would go dark because it thinks you are closing the case. Could not find way to defeat.

  • avatar
    Ermel

    This is severely disappointing. Personally, I shall consider every such “sponsored post” as a very good reason to not buy the product being tested, er, advertised.

    • 0 avatar

      We picked the products. We are marking it as a sponsored post because the products are provided by eBay. These products are not provided by the manufacturers. This is editorial content and we will review these items just like we review everything else.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        isn’t it sad how Internet People have turned into a bunch of juvenile freeloaders? there’s an old saying, “they all want three d!cks and the Rockettes for free.”

        • 0 avatar
          golden2husky

          Agreed. I see nothing wrong here; a website needs a stream of revenue to exist, and this is an easy way to do it and frankly, one can skip right over it if they want. I would feel different if I had to be exposed to a video ad before each new article but the powers that be thoughtfully chose not to use that model.

        • 0 avatar
          Ermel

          This is not about freeloading. It’s about blurring the line between journalism and advertising. And in my book, claimed journalism with a “Sponsored Post” sticker on it isn’t any better or worse than the opposite: there just isn’t a clear distinction anymore.

          Admittedly, there wasn’t one with reviewing free demonstrators either. But that doesn’t matter much to me, as I’m not in the market for a new car in the first place. I might well be in the market for something like the product being reviewed (or advertised) here, but this article looks and reads too ad-like for me to be able to trust its judgement, and so my only possible response is explicitly to not buy the item in question.

          And that’s all I’ll have to say about that.

  • avatar

    Before you all post the same comment over and over again …

    There’s a reason why we are tying this in with eBay. By having eBay furnish the products, it makes us another step removed from the manufacturers of these products so we can review them in a fair and equitable manner. If anything, due to our reviews being further removed from the products manufacturers, this is even less “ethically dubious” than reviewing cars furnished by manufacturers directly.

    However, it was my decision to label it as a “sponsored post” due to our requirement to offer referral links to eBay and eBay’s offer of the three $500 gift cards for you folks.

    I’m more than willing to be 100-percent transparent here and will answer any of your questions.

    • 0 avatar
      notapreppie

      I’m okay with this.

      Really.

      I’d rather you get products from a distribution source for review than from the mfr.

    • 0 avatar
      Land Ark

      Anyone who comes here complaining about sponsored content should surely not be using any type of ad-blocker.
      I realize that’s not why this is here, but it seems like a lot of people see “sponsored” and immediately post that they hate it. That’s why most sites don’t allow commenting on that type of content.

      If you aren’t happy about it, take a step back and realize you don’t have to read any of the content you don’t want to.

  • avatar
    zoomzoomfan

    I had one of these for my iPod way back when (pre-smartphone). Now, I just sit my phone in the little cubby that my car has for it. I assume that’s what the spot is for, since it is beneath the HVAC controls and is iPhone-ish sized. I’d certainly grab one of these for an older car, though.

  • avatar
    Rnaboz

    the cheaper way is to keep your phone in your pocket. Just Drive.
    I was at Jalopnik yesterday and this is nothing like the slop they have turned into. If these “sponsored” reviews keep the $ coming and TTAC writing, then so be. It is like Porsche selling SUV’s to support their racing program.

  • avatar
    spookiness

    I tried a few types of mounts for my 2010 focus and found the type that uses the CD slot to be best for me. Puts screen up high, easy to see when navigating, easy to control audio, etc. Car already has USB for charging, and BT pairing and some voice controls with the early version of Sync.

    I get the articles premise about extending the useful (tolerable?) Life of older cars. I had an old Protege which I wasn’t ready to replace, and life changed and gave me a long boring commute. 2 of the OEM speakers were shot, and one DIN space in the dash was occupied by a cassette player. For less than a car payment, plus an afternoons work I got 4 new speakers, a head unit with BT, steering wheel remote, phone integration, hardwired microphone, Cd, USB and more. It really changed the car.

    P.S. I’m OK with the reality of sponsored content.

  • avatar
    notapreppie

    I had this mount. Works well enough.

    The mild adhesive coating on the soft rubber suction cup does a good job of helping it seal against mildly textured plastics. However, it will leave residue behind on glass or plastic and can even damage the softer vinyl/rubber/soft-touch-whatever materials of some dashes.

  • avatar
    Richard Chen

    This mount’s plastic molding isn’t designed to hold objects that deep, my iPhone 6 + Apple battery case pops out at least once a week.

    Time to get out the Sugru…

    • 0 avatar

      The Apple battery pack case is a weird one. I know because I run the same setup. I have a cheap-o mount I use for my phone and it won’t hold it with the battery pack attached. Instead, I just take the battery pack off and run the phone naked in the mount.

  • avatar
    True_Blue

    I guess I’m the only one that wanted to hear more about the 156K mile Acura? Love keeping the older sedans on the road and updating them. Restomodding works for turn-of-the-milennium six-cylinder FWD’ers as well as it does for ’60s big-block Chevelles.

    Perhaps use the space for reviewing products that continually update the TL, and can be used for other similar-vintage cars? (Hell, I’d review a product or two for my ’02 300M.)

    PS – sponsored content doesn’t bother me personally. You can always, I dunno, not click it, if ya want.

    • 0 avatar

      Maybe we can get Jim to write up a piece about the car itself, too :)

      • 0 avatar

        After all the mods are done.

      • 0 avatar
        True_Blue

        A step between the new car reviews and Murilee’s junkyard finds… middle-aged cars finding new life with simple upgrades. And I’m serious on the review stuff for my 300.

        A dedicated thread would be fantastic, I think people would relate well to it.

        • 0 avatar
          spookiness

          Building on your theme (but not revenue generating content…) junkyards are another way to extend the life and pimp out middle aged cars. My Protege got upgrades in form of nicer visors from a later MY car, a nice autodim, compass, homelink rear view mirror from a later Mazda6, some exterior door moldings in better shape, and other bits and pieces that cost peanuts.

          My Focus will have a homelink module eviscerated from a Lincoln LS visor to be installed in the headliner, and has a sunglasses holder from an Aveo(!) in the headliner. Other fun finds were OEM carpet mats, a leather ATX shift knob from a Taurus X, and some other bling. Future plans are for LED puddle lamps, additional interior courtesy lights, lighted 12v sockets and better lights in the dark trunk. Junkyarding is great fun if you’re not doing it out of financial desperation.

          • 0 avatar
            True_Blue

            Absolutely with you. Hitting the partsyard isn’t just a great way to upgrade and repair on the cheap, it’s a fun and relaxing way to spend a warm afternoon.

            Good on ya for the upgrades – the Homelink module is an especially nice touch.

      • 0 avatar
        DavidB

        I drive (a 2002 ES300 with 108K miles) for my outside sales position. This article speaks to me, as does the iOttie thingamajig. Probably gonna buy one and follow the subsequent eight articles in this series. FWIW.

  • avatar
    davefromcalgary

    Suction cups = no buy.

    • 0 avatar
      PrincipalDan

      I’ve loved my suction cup (to the windshield) mounts but they’ve never lasted the 2 years I typically keep a phone. The cup eventually dies and won’t keep suction. I like to mount the phone at eye level so I can quickly glance at navigation, iHeartRadio, Pandora, etc…

      Although every one has lasted longer than the vent clip mount I had in my old pickup.

      • 0 avatar
        davefromcalgary

        Currently rocking a vent clip in the beater Hyundai. My last one lasted 5 years, the clip mechanism worked fine, the tabs that anchored the phone finally fatigued.

        I have also in the Hyundai a bluetooth speaker rearview mirror and it works great. We are driving the hyundai more and more because I DONT want to get charged to hard for extra miles on the Buick, and I’m damn close.

        I’ve had terrible luck with suction cups. Maybe its the thermal cycling here. The only one thats worked reliably for me is the one that came with my tom-tom. It has a screw type suction cup, which seems legit, and almost no eccentricity of the load, which certainly helps.

  • avatar
    paxman356

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-XML8100-AM-FM-Mechless-Receiver-with-iPod-Dock-BT-Ready-SWI-iPlug-and-Re-/311786326679?hash=item4897e9ca97:g:31wAAOSw9GhYhlxy

    Got an old 30 pin iPhone/iPod? This would be your product. It’s not the only dock out there, but it is certainly the least expensive. I’ve had it in every car I have owned, and it just works well. It sounds good (when the speakers are good) and having your device plugged in like this gives you better sound and control.

    Have a newer iPhone? Haven’t seen anyone making something like this for you.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    That thing looks like complete butthole. I hate clunky one-size-fits-all mounts. If you want to do it right, go to Panavise or Proclip and get you a vehicle-specific, phone-specific mount. Nice, clean, and sleek.

    http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l72/ChrisStack22/A04D8D8B-1289-4F47-AD0B-56B69E8C8414_zpsmpbofrbz.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      In a world where most phone users are using some form of case to protect their device, a model specific mount is like pissing into the wind.

      Vehicle specific brackets are awesome though – I have a modifry dash bracket for my phone in my S2k and love it – I use a arkon clip screwed to it. If you can find a mount that will use a traditional AMPS pattern it’s the best solution out there.

      • 0 avatar
        S2k Chris

        You can get a Proclip mount to accommodate cases or naked.

        • 0 avatar
          duffman13

          Fair enough. At $40 for the cheapest one then have and still needing a mounting bracket, you have to really like the aesthetics compared to the one in the article for $10.

          • 0 avatar
            S2k Chris

            True. I bought the Modifry dash bracket when I bought the car 10 years ago:

            http://www.modifry.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=57_81&product_id=105

            I’ve probably hung 5-6 different brackets on it for different phones over the years. For that car, yes, I’m anal about the aesthetics. For my other cars, my phone rides in my pocket or cupholder.

  • avatar
    JMII

    I’ve always used ProClips mounts in my vehicles, had them in four different rides so far (Dodge, Nissan, Volvo, Infiniti). These units are two part setups and I’ll warn you they are bit pricey compared to the competition.

    The first part is a vehicle specific clip that snaps or slots into some panel gaps around the radio or other dash panel often with a small bit of 3M adhesive to ensure its doesn’t flex. Once placed they do NOT move! I track my car with Harry’s lap timer running on my phone, so trust me when I say the ProClip is as solid as they come. The second piece is a holder/cradle that is designed for your specific brand/model phone with or without a case. What I like about this holder is the Apple Lighting dock connector goes into as well, then once the phone is snapped in place its also wired up – on my installs the (carefully hidden) connection runs to a USB port for tunes and charging. My wife didn’t like how tight it gripped her gel-like iPhone case so we ditched the holder on hers and went with the Sosche Magic Mount magnet applied directly to the ProClip vehicle specific mount.

    For my travels when I rent cars I have a super small A/C vent clip that is spring loaded and grips the phone. It works wonders. Only downside is it blocks air flow and thus once during a particularly cold trip I overheated the phone by cranking up the heat.

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I use an old digital camera with video recording as a dash cam, so I’m always looking for something I can use to mount it.

    I’ve found this type of mount isn’t really suited for that as it takes up too much of my visual field and there’s no real place to stick it out of the way. Plus the arms tend to not stick out far enough to hold a camera.

    I currently use one that screws into the tripod spot (the video records upside down) but it can be a challenge to get it facing the right way while still being secure. My concern is that in an accident it will flop around – still attached to the windshield, but facing the wrong direction.

  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    Never seen this one before, but I used a similar gadget on my ’01 Z3. Having a phone conversation in a roadster at anything above boulevard speeds is a fool’s errand, but having navigation is not. My unit came with a smooth adhesive disc that stuck to the dash. The suction cup on the holder would stick to this disk. Not enough windshield space to stick it to the windshield. I recall hearing somewhere that California will ding drivers who stick devices to the windshield, but I can’t say for certain that it’s true. Had a second disc stuck to the dash of my ’08 Pilot so I could easily move the phone between vehicles.
    The price of factory navigation is insane, and it’s not as good as Waze.
    No problem,BTW, with this sponsored article.

  • avatar
    Arthur Dailey

    According to JB’s article of last week, aren’t “the almost 3,000 people killed and 424,000 injured every year due to distracted driving according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” either predominantly the victims of ‘illegal’ immigrants or a much smaller number than those injured in collisions with vehicles driven by ‘illegal’ immigrants?

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    Don’t some states now have regulations that you can’t have anything attached to your windshield where it can impinge on your view of the roadway? I think it goes so far as to say it can’t be mounted either to the glass OR the top of the dashboard.

  • avatar
    Wade.Moeller

    I have the iOttie Easy Flex 2. It doesn’t have the telescoping feature but it does take up much less windshield real estate.It worked great, until I let the adhesive get stuck to a plastic bag and tore off a chunk of the adhesive when I removed the bag. Now it won’t stick to the windshield. I need to buy another one.

    If I was chosen to receive the eBay gift card, I’d invest in a new mount as well as a Kenwood KMM-BT59HD and satellite receiver to replace the stock head unit in my 1995 F350. I could also afford an aftermarket steering wheel control system and bring my old truck right up to modern creature comforts.

  • avatar
    Big Al From 'Murica

    I prefer the magnetic style mounts where you just put a piece of metal in the case and mount the magnet. These squeeze type mounts are so bulky.

  • avatar

    Upgrading an old TL…my brother did that recently. If your older car has a “CD changer” option, you can usually get a bluetooth module to hook up. If your car is newer, and there is an AUX, a $40 bluetooth button and let the smartphone do all the work.

    My SIL was overjoyed that her car had real bluetooth.


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