MobiValet Cell Phone Holder Review



When Julie posted her news item introducing the MobiValet mobile phone holder for the car, many of the commenters remarked that they just used their drink holders for their phones.  There are many ways to hold your phone in the car, ranging from holders that attach to your car windows or air vents, phone cases that may already be attached to your body, free solutions like putting the phone in a drink holder or just throwing the phone on the seat beside you.  Let’s look at the MobiValet and see what it offers.

I carry my phone inside my purse.  I have my phone ringer on the loudest setting, but I sometimes can’t hear it ringing in my purse, even without the car noise and road noise interfering.  Leaving it in my purse in the car doesn’t work for me.  I can put the phone in the drink holder, but that doesn’t work when I have another person in my car and we both have sodas.  When I’m in the car alone, I sometimes throw my phone on the passenger seat, but that often results in my phone being dumped in the floor in start-and-stop traffic.  I tried one of the hard holders that clip onto the plastic vent louvers.  That holder didn’t work for me.  It wouldn’t clip onto the plastic louvers in my car, and I really didn’t like the idea of blocking the air flow anyway.

I was excited to be given a chance to try out the MobiValet.  The holder is available in a variety of materials, ranging from cordura nylon to leather.  I was sent the brown palo and the black palo leather holders.  Visual inspection shows nice even stitching on the smooth leather exterior.  The brown case has light contrast stitching;  the black case had black stitching.  The interior of both cases  is a black velveteen fabric with a large, but not scratchy, MobiValet tag.


The website shows the MobiValet installed on the side of the center console just above the seat, facing the driver.  I couldn’t install mine there, because the console is lower than the seat.  I couldn’t install it on the side of the console at the seat back nor in front of the driver’s seat because it would interfere with seat adjustment.  (I’m 5’0”, and my 6’2” husband sometimes drives my car.  That requires major seat adjustments!)  I found that it fit perfectly on the front of my upper console compartment.

Installation is easy.  Just peel off the clear plastic backing and use your fingers inside the case to press the Velcro in place.  Check the website for complete installation instructions.


I measured the interior dimensions at 4 3/8 inches long by about 5/8 inches deep.  The MobiValet website says the holder works for all smartphones, but you can see I don’t have a smartphone.  (Please do not laugh at the geriatric phone with the dowager’s-hump extended battery!)   Although my phone is smaller than most smartphones, it is held snugly inside the MobiValet.  In lieu of a smartphone, I did try my iPod Touch inside a leather case, and you can see the MobiValet holds that snugly, as well.


Having the phone in the MobiValet works really well for both me and my husband.  The case is cut lower on the sides, and this makes it easy to grab your phone.  The leather is flexible enough to allow the phone to slip out without struggling with it.  I could easily hear my phone ring, even with the radio on.  Even my husband could hear his phone ring with the radio on, and he listens to music somewhere around 11 on the Spinal Tap scale – LOUD!

You can even charge your phone while it’s in the MobiValet.  You can see my charger attaches to the side of my phone, but the low-cut sides of the case would allow the charger to attach to the end of the phone.


I was concerned about how well the MobiValet would attach to my car.  I live in North Carolina, and it gets very hot here in the summer.  I worried that the heat would loosen the adhesive and the case would fall off.  We haven’t had any 100-degree days since I installed the MobiValet, but the adhesive has held up nicely to the 90-degree weather.  It seems as sturdy as when I installed it.  The website says they use temperature-resistant acrylic adhesive.

I really like the MobiValet.  It keeps my phone safe and safely in reach, even when charging.  My phone can actually be heard when it rings.  And it doesn’t block my air-conditioning vents – something you just don’t want when you live in the southern United States!


Product Information

Price:$39.95 for the palo leather cases; ranges from $24.95 for cordura nylon to $44.95 for the brown pebbled leather
  • Holds phone snugly and safely
  • Phone is within easy reach
  • Easy to hear when phone is ringing
  • Can charge phone while in the case
  • Can install in various places in your car
  • None that I found
Posted in: Car Gear
{ 9 comments… add one }
  • 1hen2ducks September 2, 2009, 7:56 pm

    I’ve been using a glasses case for years, velcroed to my console or dash depending on the car.
    Silly me !

  • Annabelle S September 3, 2009, 9:47 am

    Nice review. A little pricey for the leather cases, but the nylon may be just what I need to reclaim my drink holder. Thanks!

  • Mike September 3, 2009, 10:53 am

    Very interesting indeed. Yeah, I’ve been doing the cupholder thing for years. What a great idea!

  • Mohammad September 4, 2009, 12:22 am

    TOTALLY COOL!! just the other day i couldn’t find my phone in the car so i had my girlfriend call my phone — it was down under the pedal by my feet! LOL

    i disagree with Annabelle about the pricing – most leather cell phone cases range from $40-50…the price is right. I like the name to. Nice job guys and very cool design! can’t wait to get mine!!

  • kirk September 4, 2009, 11:23 am

    anyone know if it will it work with the iPhone? i sometimes put it in the cupholder also, but it bounces all over the place. i like this solution better.

    great review btw! 🙂

  • Janet Cloninger September 4, 2009, 3:59 pm

    Well, as you could see from the pictures, I don’t have an iPhone. However, I did include a picture of my iPod Touch in a leather case in the MobiValet. If it could hold the Touch in that case, surely it can hold an iPhone.

  • Priti September 7, 2009, 11:51 am

    This has to be the best solution I’ve seen yet for a place to put your phone…checked out the site – the pic shows a quite the custom look. Curious to see if that’s the real deal.

    btw…very cool site! 🙂

  • Brenda September 18, 2009, 6:23 pm

    I love my MobiValet!! I’m in pharmaceutical sales and drive all over the state of Arizona. My phone is now safely at my fingertips at all times. I had a holder that clipped into an air vent but found that in the AZ sun, my phone was always blistering hot. The MobiValet installed easily on the side of my console where it stays cool and the heat has not affected the adhesion. I really do feel that it is a safety gadget. I’m no longer a distracted driver, searching through my purse or sweeping the floor or seats when my phone rings. They make nice gifts and I plan to purchase several for my sisters and nieces for Christmas. What a great idea!

  • michael ridener March 10, 2011, 2:40 pm

    I was suspect until I tried I got one for a gift. I can’t describe how much better it is not to put my phone into my cupholder which is usually sticky with coffee residue.

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