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EleMount universal mount

There is no shortage of mounts for smartphones and tablets. What sets the EleMount apart from them is its design and flexibility. The mount consists of two pieces of CNC-machined aluminum and two proprietary polyurethane pads that stick to any smooth flat surface.

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Device-agnostic

Aside from being one of the nicest-looking mobile device mounts I've seen, it's also one of the simplest. It works with any device with a flat back and will stick to any flat clean surface. There are no suction cups and no odd clamping mechanisms, and it can be removed and attached again and again, so you're not limited to using in just one place.

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Strong

The more you push on the pad, the more it sticks. However, just a light touch is enough to make it hold a smartphone and it's still easy to remove the device and go. The pads leave behind no residue at all. The pads do decrease in stickiness if they pick up lint or dust, but a quick rinse with some water restores them.

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Tablets aren't a problem

If you need it to hold a tablet, the pads can handle the weight. The ball-and-socket design can be rotated easily 360 degrees, but was still stiff enough to hold its position. And the one I tested was well-used, too.

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Two-piece design

The EleMount consists of two base pads, but one of the bases can be unscrewed revealing a standard 1/4-inch tripod mount. The EleMount will also be available in a Mini version, which is just the piece pictured on the right.

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Tripod mount

If you shoot a lot of pictures or movies with your smartphone or tablet, the EleMount can steady your shot.

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Pricing and availability

The EleMount Kickstarter campaign is well past being completely funded, but you have until October 3 at 9 p.m. PT to add to the funding and be among the first to get one. It's not cheap, though: available in black or silver, the EleMount is $69 for backers, while the Mini is $60.

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