TechMatte MagGrip Vent Car Mount [Review]

One of the most difficult tasks that I had as a smartphone owner was finding a nice and sleek looking vent mount for my car. I tried a couple different ones but they were either too bulky or didn’t stay connected to the vent very well. After searching Best Buy, Target, and Wal Mart, I turned to Amazon and crossed my fingers on ordering a few since I couldn’t see them in person. I tend to be pretty picky about my phone accessories. After testing all the mounts that I had purchased, I found one that I really like and that works really well, it is the TechMatte MagGrip Vent Car Mount found on Amazon. To make it easy on you, click on the link to be taken to the direct listing on Amazon. Below is my full review and some things that you may want to know before purchasing it.

As you can see it is a very simplistic accessory, it comes in a small and compact box. In the photo to the right, it will show you what is in the box. It comes with the mount, a rectangular magnet, and a circular magnet. I have only used the rectangular magnet because it gives me the ability to put my phone a little higher or lower on the mount without having to adjust the magnet. If you use the circular magnet, you will most likely need to place the phone in the same place on the mount, so you have a firm grip. I do like how they have a back up magnet, though. Should something happen to the magnet that I am using, I will have another one I can use as a back up, which is nice. The magnets can either be placed inside your phone case or if you don’t have a case, they do have adhesive on one side to stick to the back of your phone.

My only complaints with this mount have been the scratches on my vent and the prongs do get stretched out eventually. However, something to keep in mind is that I share a car with my wife, so she is constantly taking it down as it restricts air coming out of the vent. If you were to install the mount on your vent and not take it down often then it would be perfect. The prongs wouldn’t stretch out and you wouldn’t need to keep sliding it on, therefore, you wouldn’t get the vent scratches. Overall, for the price, this is an awesome car mount. It’s simple, it works well, and it is inexpensive. Click below to be directed to the product listing on Amazon.

TechMatte MagGrip Vent Car Mount


The Matrix PowerWatch

I would like to start this post off by asking an important question. Would you purchase a smartwatch from a manufacturer other than your phone manufacturer or a smartwatch with limited app functionality? What if a smartwatch solved one of the largest problems about smartwatches but the app functionality was limited or it didn’t communicate with your phone very well, would you still purchase the smartwatch? This is an interesting question because Apple has made the Apple Watch work so well with the iPhone and enables quite a bit of functionality for a smartwatch. Samsung, too, offers smartwatches that I don’t think are very far behind from Apple as far as user experience goes. I am all about functionality and the user experience, so if a smartwatch was released that didn’t work well with the phone I have then that is probably going to be a deal breaker, for me. Because of this, it leads me back to my original question, would you purchase a smartwatch from a manufacturer other than your smartphone manufacturer?  I ask this because there is a smartwatch coming out that you’re going to find very fascinating and that is feature-packed, but the manufacturer is not a phone manufacturer and it only offers “micro-applications” and notifications, so app functionality will most likely be limited. If you’re all about specs and features then the Matrix PowerWatch should intrigue you. What if I told you that you didn’t have to charge the Matrix PowerWatch when you take it off? What if I told you that the watch would be “charging” while on your wrist? You would probably think, “tell me more!”, right? Below is some information on The Matrix PowerWatch and it is actually pretty impressive.

The Matrix PowerWatch

What we know:

  • It is the first smartwatch that you never have to charge.
  • It offers the most accurate calorie burn count.
  • Water resistant up to 50 meters.
  • Tracks activity, sleep quality, steps, and calories burned as you would expect.
  • Only one model will offer notifications.
  • Has the ability to use “micro-applications” which hints that the functionality will be limited.
  • Has an app that allows customization to the interface.


The unknowns:

  • How well will this smartwatch work with iOS and Android?
  • What will the app functionality look like?
  • Since it never has to be charged while off of your wrist, how well will the display look and function?
  • How will the large and rugged look be accepted by more than just the outdoors people?
  • Will this feature-packed smartwatch offer enough for people to click the “Buy it now” button?

We would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this smartwatch. I can’t wait for this smartwatch to be released because I am interested to see how well it works and, most importantly, how it is perceived in this industry.


Source: The Matrix PowerWatch