For those that commute or take long road trips in their MINI there's certain amount of comfort or livability that is appreciated within the daily grind. Certainly some of that livability comes from nice seats and a well engineered view of the road… all things the MINI possesses. However one thing that the MINI (especially the pre-2005 models) does not possess is an over abundance of interior storage space. And while some of that concern can be dealt with by installing things like the Euro parcel shelf (standard on cars outside the US) there's still more that can be done.
The Phone Console Holder is a simple solution to one of those issues… where to put your mobile phone. The holder a adjustable and thus will fit almost every size of phone save maybe a Treo. It's designed to fit well within the look of the MINI interior and remain out of the way from the glove box, the radio and other controls.
The installation is a quick one-step process. You simply remove the top torx screw out of the right side pillar and replace it with the supplied screw while placing the holder in the appropriate location. To fit different phones just press the button on the right side and adjust accordingly. It's dead simple.
p>If your phone supports a speaker phone type of functionality it's a great alternative to an expensive bluetooth set-up. It also makes sense using it in conjunction with everything from Bluetooth headsets to even wired headsets. But even beyond that it's great as a storage area for a mobile phone that keeps the display completely visible.
p>As a bonus the version of the holder that I reviewed barely (and when I say barely I mean barely) fits a standard 40 gig iPod as well. However, it would fit an iPod Mini perfectly. I'm told by Quality Auto Interiors (where the holder is sold in the US) that there may be a new version coming down the road that fits the iPod a bit better out of the box. But in the meantime, it'll do a in pinch.
p>In the end it's been a fantastic addition to the interior of the my MINI. It's very simple to use, fits within the look and feel of the car, and operates without interfering with anything around it . The price might seem a bit high ($44.95) considering it's simplicity, however the end result is worth the money to anyone who is a heavy mobile phone user.
Rating: 4.5 (out of five)
The Cell Phone Holder is made by in Europe by the Wood Company. It's sold in the US by Quality Auto Interiors for a retail price of $44.95.