New Navigon/Kensington windshield/car mount

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by weezerr, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. weezerr macrumors member

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    Hey gang,

    So I have been looking into the various iphone car mount options, specifically the sexy looking one from Navigon:

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    Yesterday on their facebook page they posted the following:

    We can't wait for the Traffic Live feature to launch in the US as well! In terms of the mount, we are currently evaluating the options of launching it in the US. But we are also partnering with Kensington, and they are launching a sound amplifying iPhone mount in the US that has NAVIGON co branding. Check it out:

    http://us.kensington.com/html/17546.html

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    -Amplifies iPhone speaker for twice the volume with no added battery drain
    -Insert and remove your iPhone with one hand
    -Provides a safe, secure mount on even the roughest roads
    -Includes both windshield and vent mounts
    -Cradle pivots for vertical or landscape modes
    -Flexible arms securely hold your iPhone-even when in a case
    -Includes 4 sets of rubber inserts to fit 2G/3G/3GS iPhones with and without a case
    NOTE: Because the design of cases can vary from brand to brand, the acoustic amplifier may not perform as specified when a case is used

    This baby looks like a winner, both windshield and vent mounts, works with or without a case, and provides sound amplification for those of us without bluetooth in the car. It is not as sexy looking as the other navigon one, and is a bit clunky, but looks like its gonna do the trick for me. Hopefully street prices will be $30 instead of the MRSP of $40

    Edit: Found the press-release, which says early November, 2009 release date.
     
  2. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Personally, I prefer the look of the first one.

    Nice, very nice indeed! :)
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

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  4. lemonademaker macrumors 6502a

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    are either of those flexible enough for a case (otterbox defender)?
     
  5. weezerr thread starter macrumors member

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    It says right in the description, in bold, that it works with cases :) None in the wild yet, so not sure if it works with your specific one.
     
  6. BriGuy20 macrumors member

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    I'd be interested in the first one if the price was right (~$40ish) and there was enough room for a cable passthrough.
     
  7. SooneratND macrumors regular

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    That was my question too. I would expect a pass through to work. Wouldn't be very useful if it didn't, given the high rate of battery use in navigation otherwise.
     
  8. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a

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    "In terms of the mount, we are currently evaluating the options of launching it in the US."

    What about Europe then? :confused:
     
  9. weezerr thread starter macrumors member

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    They are a European company, it will for sure launch there. Atleast that was my impression.
     
  10. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a

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    I hope so, yet still no news over here and we're pushing towards November.
     
  11. greengio macrumors newbie

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    Does anybody know when it will be available ?
     
  12. weezerr thread starter macrumors member

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    In stock at amazon now, debating pulling the trigger....
     
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  15. GeneticFreak84 macrumors regular

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    How does this thing compare to the Tom-Tom car mount?
     
  16. weezerr thread starter macrumors member

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    Other than being $100 cheaper? :)

    It works with iphones in cases, and provides both a windshield and vent mount options.

    It does not have an integrated GPS chip, or speaker. It is much less fancy basically, but the tomtom mount is overkill and overpriced IMO.

    Amazon link when from being in stock, to order soon only 3 left, to shipping in 1-3 months. Not sure whats going on with them.
     
  17. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    Uh, I bought almost the exact same Kensington mount in July 2009. It is adzustable with ratcheting side clips to hold phone in case. Worked like a charm in trip to Colorado. Yes, car charger plugged into it (can put the dock side of the phone in either direction)
     
  18. Cali3350 macrumors regular

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    Anyone know of a good charger/fm transmitter combo for use with this? I realize FMTransmitters are pants for quality but I like listening to my Ipod. Conversely, does anyone know if the built in speaker with this dock is good enough to listen to music with?
     
  19. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    It has no built in speaker, the shape of the cradle "amplifies" the sound.
    You would be better served looking at aftermarket plug-in options for your car stereo - FM transmitters blow. Try these guys: http://www.usaspec.com/
     
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  21. dan5.5 macrumors 6502

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    i like this mount, I am going to pick one up as soon I see one in person...
     
  22. mscofield macrumors member

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    I live in the Netherlands, own the Navigon since two days and am happy with it so far.

    If you have the Kensington holder, you should put it in front of the vents for sure.
    It's too big and ugly in my opinion to put it against the window.
     
  23. Veinticinco macrumors 6502a

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    Care to share a link or post where it's from?

    Just I can't seem to find the Navigon branded mount anywhere for sale here in Europe. That Kensington one looks cheap, inelegant and bulky.
     
  24. 0B1 macrumors member

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    You can buy them from the navigon website, look under accessories.

    Personnally I would want to wait for some more reviews specifically on mounting options, as given its basic functionality it seems quite pricey, and dare i say it makes tom tom's offering look reasonable on price.

    Anyone have one already and know if it can be monted onto the dash using a disc like the one whch comes with the tom tom?
     

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