I have tried seemingly countless holders for my devices over the years starting with my Palm LifeDrive (remember those?) to my current iPhone 5. I read about the OSOMount U-GRIP EX in EVO Magazine and it looked like it had significant promise. My biggest complaint with phone/tablet holders is that they often hold the device so it breaks the plane of the dashboard thusly (in this case it's a bud vase on a VW Beetle):
Some people don't mind this, but I just hate how it looks. I especially despise anything being affixed to the windshield and it's not legal in some jurisdictions.
The good people at OSOMount have addressed these concerns with the U-GRIP EX. It has an arm that extends down and is flexible in how it is configured. Oh, and you can have it configured with a small part that will break the plane of the dashboard. Where I might use this, would be for a dash cam.
The shape of the holder is elegant and gracefully holds your device that isn't quite beautiful, but it's at least not clunky and ugly. The other key design feature is the grip itself. It is nicely sprung and both releases and grips your device solidly. If the spring ever goes, that'll mark the end of this holder. Is it an Achilles' heel? Who knows.
The holder works with any case, which in the past was often an issue.
How does the holder actually stay affixed to your dash board? It has a gooey substance on the suction cup, which itself has a lever to suction itself to the surface. In the case of my E46, it has a grainy, medium soft surface and the suction device, well sucks - to the car. Victory! It can be rinsed with water and reused over and over again.
My overall assessment? Well worth the $29.99. If it only lasts a few years, I'll be more than satisfied. Click here to see the OSOMount site.