Seemingly, Cooper has created the Elementary case to meet the practical demands of Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 owners. This rudimentary folio case design provides everyday function and protection all in one sturdily-built, low-cost package.
Vertere Universal Tablet Car Mount
The Vertere plastic tablet car mount is like heavy commuter traffic - the design is a bit stop and go - best suited for use in vehicles that drive in the car pool lane. The cradle piece has some flimsy components that makes installing any tablet a bit problematic for even the most patient drivers, and can often require assistance from a fellow passenger. The suction-cup base is hassle-free, and all other working functions here allow the tablet to be positioned in many angles and formats for the driver, side passenger, or even those riding in the backseats, to have clear view of the display.
- Fits any tablet size
- Mounts securely to a variety of surfaces
- 360° tablet display rotation
- Up/down tilt and left/right pan movement
- Problematic cradle design
- Clamp-feet can cover buttons on some devices
- Not heavy-duty
The Vertere universal tablet car mount is a two-piece design consisting of a holder cradle with four clamping feet. It snaps onto a pedestal base with an incorporated rubber suction-cup that securely fastens onto glass, metal, porcelain-ceramic,and most plastic-based materials. The adjustable cradle can extend from a minimum 4.1”(10.5cm) to a maximum 7.6”(19.5cm) in order to welcome any tablet size. It’s even possible to keep the device enclosed in a back protector , folio or book-style case , as the clamping feet are also expandable and include soft rubber pads to help grip/cushion the device or case sides. The one drawback is that the top two feet (4.1”/10.5cm wide) can cover buttons/volume-controls on smaller tablets sized 7” or less, if not center-positioned, like those in the Blackberry Playbook.
- Universal design to fit any size tablet
- Apple Smart Cover compatible
- Works with tablets enclosed in a back protector or lightweight/slim folio case
- Rubber suction-cup mount securely attaches to a variety of different surfaces
- Lightweight hard plastic design
- Clamping feet lined with soft rubber padding
- Clear access to controls/features on most devices
- Ball-bearing socket rotates display 360°, tilts up/down and pans left/right
- Swinging arm component adjusts screen display up/down
Once the mount is locked, the pedestal arm doesn't swing the full 180 degrees as advertised. There is still little to prevent the user from finding an ideal display angle/formatted-position, nor from mounting this solution in a variety of places other than the car. The clamping feet can cover some buttons, specifically those on smaller devices, so it is recommended to double-check the measurements here for reassuring proper alignment.
Not designed for device protection.
No issues with the suction-cup base, it is the cradle that is the big let down here. The clamping feet don't lock, so their flimsiness makes for a difficult fitting process that often requires an extra set of hands. The tablet does shake and rattle some, but this plastic design can work just fine for everyday highway/surface-street commutes. The suction is even strong enough to suspend upside down while mounted to the sunroof for backseat display.
$22.95 can help off-set expensive fuel costs, but I am not sure it's enough to off-set some other user-friendlier car mount designs. Most of the value here lies in the hassle-free suction-cup base, which gives this solution some extra uses beyond the automobile.
This plastic car mount is nothing special, but it can perform the job of getting your tablet from point A to point B and back - though the troublesome cradle design would suggest you head out the door a little bit earlier if you have an important schedule to maintain.