The dashboard base is simple; its underside is covered with a strong, permanent adhesive tape that can be pressed into the dashboard. The AirCurve's clip is then slid into the base. You'll have to leave the base in the vehicle when removing the AirCurve for storage, limiting its multivehicle use dramatically.
As I just mentioned, the windshield cling mount is, well, odd. It's essentially a plastic clip that's identical to the dashboard clip, but rather than using a permanent adhesive, it attaches to the phone's windshield with a temporary clingy material that's a bit like a large, square screen protector. Griffin says that this mount has been rated to hold up to 30 pounds, so it should be more than good enough to keep an iPhone in place. I also like that this mostly transparent mount doesn't really obstruct the view out of the windshield any more than it absolutely must. However, it can be difficult to adjust and fine-tune once you have it in place. Additionally, intervehicle transporting is difficult without picking up dirt and dust on the sticky side on the way -- you'll likely just want to set it and leave it in place.
With an MSRP of $39.99, the AirCurve Windshield Mount may seem a bit pricey for what's basically a plastic cradle with no internals. For that price, I'd have liked to see an actual suction-cup mount, and not a, frankly, cheap-feeling cling mount. Aside from that, this is not a bad car kit. There's no Bluetooth to pair, no additional cables to wrangle, just simple, over-100-year-old tech that greatly increases the visibility and audibility of your iPhone 4 or 4S without adding further complication.