Seeking a Vehicle Dock/Mount Solution

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by Wheeler32, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Wheeler32, Dec 24, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2012

    Wheeler32 macrumors newbie

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    Good evening MacRumors!

    My search for the perfect dock/mount solution for my new iPhone 4S has so far been without great results. Included below is a list of criterion - do any of you have devices or even a combination of devices that work as a solution?


    • It needs to be a one-click solution (i.e. no extra connection of wires).
    • It needs to also function as a hands-free unit and GPS.
    • It needs to use the AUX on my vehicle or be an FM Transmitter.
    • It needs to work with a slim case for my iPhone.

    It may or may not need to use Bluetooth for communication with the iPhone. However, in that case it needs to use A2DP so that bass is not lost over Bluetooth.

    Another thought had been to just use the dock/mount for charging and pair to a little dongle out of the AUX via Bluetooth. So ... what do we think?
     
  2. Vertigo50 macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for, but I love my Griffin Autopilot.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B003SX0O34

    I'll warn you that you may end up with some whine that comes through the speakers. This is due to the alternator bleeding some of its signal through the line. You can fix it with this noise cancelling cable.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0031U1ATQ

    Then, if you still want a dock, you can choose any of a number of universal docks and put the iPhone anywhere you want in the car, and easily rotate it if you need to.

    Hope that helps. Good luck!
     
  3. araje macrumors regular

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    So, this is what I bought recently and I am very very happy with this.

    Just Mobile Xtand Go for iPhone 5 - Black - ST-169B
    There is also a iPhone 4 version for this.

    It has so many different ways of mounting which makes it very flexible. Highly recommended.
     
  4. Wheeler32, Dec 25, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2012

    Wheeler32 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Would you be kind enough to explain? Thanks!


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    EDIT: Also, my options have kind of been narrowed down to the Kensington, TomTom, and Magellan kits. However, the Kensington is lacking A2DP, the Magellan has redundant output via vehicle and mount speakers, and the TomTom has been out of stock forever.

    Kensington: http://www.amazon.com/Kensington-AssistOne-Hands-Free-Device-iPhone/dp/B0041RRNJY
    TomTom: http://www.amazon.com/Tom-Incorporated-Hands-Free-Car-iPhone/dp/B00A46PWCG
    Magellan: http://www.amazon.com/Magellan-Premium-iPhone-iPod-touch/dp/B002WN30IM

    Otherwise, have also thought about ignoring the one-click idea and just doing the cable-and-stick using a Clingo with that Belkin receiver. It's impressive that no real solution exists for this yet - why is each item missing a key option?
     
  5. zzz99 macrumors regular

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    Please correct me if I am wrong, the 1-click solution, is it like a charging dock that you just plugin the phone and it connected to the lightning cable?


     
  6. Wheeler32 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, except for my iPhone 4S it's not a Lightning, just the normal 30-Pin. Each of the three devices linked to in my reply is a 'one-click' solution. Does that help?
     
  7. Wheeler32 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So here's the latest updates on the three kits on my end - for my initial trial, it was the Kensington AssistOne. However, it ended up being impossible for me to know the bass was strong or weak because none of the units were 100% functional.

    For the first, I went for a used kit off of eBay - the MicroUSB jack snapped off but the seller was nice enough to reimburse me for the item. For the second, I went for a refurbished unit - the right channel was strong but the left channel was really, really weak. It's also being returned to the seller without a replacement; not too impressed thus far with Kensington.

    Now it's on to the TomTom kit; going to slip on over to the TomTom forums to check out the missing details - for example, the A2DP requirement or using the stock navigation instead of TomTom. However, have any of you used the TomTom or Magellan kits for the iPhone 4/4S?
     

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