It's not easy finding a suitable place to safely store your iPhone in our cars, but I have found one solution: butchering a second-hand ashtray!
I could have got a cradle to stick to the windscreen (would be great for when using the tomtom app though) but I don't want to constantly stick/unstick a cradle every journey, and I know Brodit do some sort of cradle that clamps to the left of the centre console, but that will be in the way of passengers legs plus it's not so easy to take off/get back on with every journey. And here in London I want a stealthy solution that doesn't say I may have a phone somewhere in my car...
So with the new stereo having full iPhone compatibility, I had my fitter run the cable to the spare ashtray bought from Autolusso. The ashtray has been stripped of the metal 'spring' at the bottom and the fins that protrude from the inside of it. I also cut a strip out of the bottom to feed the cable through, but just about left the hole at the bottom so it can still be held in place by the screw.
I then cut some thick neoprene (Pentonville Rubber - the foam and rubber supplier
) to wedge in the ashtray, with an angled cut-out to hold the phone in position so it doesn't fly about when cornering. It's angled so I can see the screen if there's a text or reminder etc without having to unplug the phone. I used some sticky back felt from John Lewis to cover the rest of the exposed inners of the ashtray to protect the phone too.
There is a semicircular cut out on the side of the ashtray as I was going to feed the cable through that and lay the phone on top of the ashtray lid, but the cable is too thick and the connector of the cable too big for the phone to sit comfortably like that, it pushed the phone over the cigarette lighter which looks rubbish, hence the solution I've gone with.
So now the phone gets plugged in every journey to access the music on it, and it syncs with the head unit to I have full hands-free calls now with the microhone positioned on the internal light fitting. Once I'm done I unplug the phone and close the ashtray.
I know iPods can be kept in the glovebox or armrest box, but being a phone I wanted to be able to see its screen.
So here's one solution, I'd love to hear of any others!