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A few weeks ago, UDS offered a deal to Android Police readers for a silver Capta and three PuGoo pads for $30. By now, the bulk of you who ordered have probably received your goodies, and some of you may already be looking for new ways to use Capta. We already know that it makes an excellent accessory to attach your phone to a tripod, but it also makes an awesome dash mount in the car.

But how? you may be asking. Allow me to explain.

Back at the beginning of July, we took a look at the Arkon Dash mount with Friction Pad. Arkon also has another similar type of dash mount, only this one is designed for cameras. You already see where this is going, don't you?

Basically, using the Friction Pad from the previous Arkon review combined with the windshield/dash mount for cameras, Capta makes an amazing on-dash solution for mounting your phone. Its strong grip keeps the phone in place, and the entire setup is versatile enough to hold the device in a few different positions.

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The camera mount works a lot like the previously reviewed dash mount: it features a suction cup that will adhere to the windshield, friction mount, or any other flat, smooth surface. It also has the added benefit of fewer moving parts than the dash mount, so there are less things that can go wrong with/break on this particular mount, while still offering just as many useful positions by simply flipping the arm upside-down.

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The best part is that it's a fairly affordable solution, given the amount of versatility it provides (remember, you can also use the mount with your camera if you want): the friction and camera mount combo is only around $18 from Amazon. If you already have Capta, that just another way to make good use on your initial investment. Hit the link below to buy.

ARKON Camera and Friction Mount (Amazon)

Capta (UDS)

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

    I'm a bit lost; how does it hold the phone in place? Looks like magic to me.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      The black stuff on the back of Capta in the third image is super sticky (the same thing PuGoo is made from). Check out the Capta review (
      http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/04/24/lightning-review-capta-thanks-to-some-awesome-alien-goo-tripod-ifying-your-phone-has-never-been-easier/) for more info.

      • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

        it doesn't come off on the phone at all does it??

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          Nope. Completely clean. It's incredible stuff.

          • Paul A.

            What about when it gets very hot? Clingo seems similar to this and it starts to leave residue after a while I have read. Im happy with a Exomount as is grips physically, and dont have to worry if your case or phone back surface will mate with the goo.

          • ChumbleSpuzz

            The makers of this product are from Texas, like me. I asked them this very question. They assured me that it would not melt. So far, they've been correct. Haven't yet used it on my brand new white Samsung GSIII yet, then again, I don't leave my phones in my car in the summer heat either.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    This has become my favorite car mount solution - the Capta is now permanently sitting in the car with this Arkon screw and friction mounts.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    Funny that this is being posted now. From Artem's previous recommendation for this mount, I ordered it about 2 weeks ago and just got it on Saturday. I've already put my second Capta on it (the first one stays on a GorillaPod, it's annoying to unscrew it repeatedly) and showed it off to a buddy (who's about to buy the same setup), but I haven't really tried it out yet.

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    I got in on the capta deal and it is indeed magical. However, I'm curious how this really beats a simpler setup with a standard car mount. Any insights? I will admit this seems potentially more versatile compared to a one-size-sorta-fits-some mount.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I like it because it's ridiculously easy to remove my phone from this, much easier than the other universal mount Cameron reviewed earlier (I have both). Just pull the phone off, and off it goes.There's also absolutely no annoyance when the cables connected (say, audio and power) - with the mounts that grab your phone with a claw of sorts, you'll likely need to adjust or it won't be able to grab at all. Capta has no such limitation.

  • Nelson

    Are you able to rotate the mount to have the phone in portrait/landscape, or would you have to take the phone off and reattach it?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      You have to remove the phone and re-attach it.

      • Nelson

        This looks pretty good and I could see myself using it, especially if I use a different camera suction mount that lets me rotate it. How difficult is it to attach the phone? In all the videos he uses two hands which seems a bit annoying to do every time I get in the car.

  • Nelson

    Also, do I need to put the cover back on every time I'm not using it? I'd like to just keep this sitting in the car and not have to deal with the cover each time. Not sure if that would screw up the stickiness.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Does your car get dusty? The pad only loses stickiness when stuff gets stuck to the surface. The cover will help to prevent random dust from getting on the pad, but you only need to wash and dry it to return it to it's original performance. Without the cover, you'll have to clean it more often, but the environment of the car determines frequency, so YMMV.

  • Stas

    and once again i need it but they don't deliver it to Canada :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/princesation Prince Dela Cruz

    Idk if it was a fluke but I was able to order the deal they had using your links. Got a confirmation email saying it's been shipped.