What are some great car docks for the iPhone?

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  1. AudiA3 macrumors member

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    I decided to order a brand new car, but opt out of the navigation system because of my limited budget. I'm now wondering if there's any good car dock that looks nice when placed on the car's dashboard?
     
  2. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    "Looks nice" is highly subjective. I'd always recommend ProClip/Brodit froma functionality standpoint. However, I'd recommend using their device mounts with Panavise's brackets instead of ProClip's vehicle mounts. ProClip tends to rely on friction and double sided tape where Panavise securely bolts to the vehicle.

    Don't overlook prior discussions as well.
     
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  4. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Here is one I have:
    iOttie HLCRIO102 One Touch Windshield Dashboard Universal Car Mount Holder for iPhone 4S/5/5S/5C, Galaxy S4/S3/S2, HTC One DROID RAZR HD - Retail Packaging - Black
    http://amzn.com/B007FHX9OK
     
  5. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a

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    I love my Steelie for a simple phone mount.
    http://www.niteize.com/product/Steelie-Car-Mount-Kit.asp

    Pros:
    Slick, low profile. Can be mounted lower than the top of dash so to not advertise the presence of your phone to everyone in the world.
    Mounts by 3M adhesive that can be dissolved with alcohol
    Adds a magnet to your phone (or phone case) that allows your phone to be stuck anywhere (bathroom stall, refrigerator, etc). And I have used that more than I ever thought I would.
    Allows easy portrait or landscape orientation
    Super quick pop on and off

    Cons:
    Mounts by 3M adhesive, if that bothers you
    Adds a magnet to your phone, if that bothers you. I added the magnet to my Spigen ultra lite case and it actually gives the phone a slight heft that the 5/5S were always missing IMO. I don't think it detracts from the phone styling and actually makes it more ergonomic to hold in some ways. YMMV.
    At $30, may be expensive for some.
    Bluetooth is easiest, unless you have an interface cable long enough
     
  6. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    I've got one of the other iOtties. This thing suctions amazing to the dusty ass dashboard of my Jeep Wrangler, and I love the gazillion different positions it can do. I usually have it hold my iPhone a little below the dashboard level.

    I also like how it can close up on itself when you're not using it, so it looks more like a thick hockey puck vs. a weird arm sitting their without a purpose. Third picture on the left, if you look at the Amazon page.

    http://www.amazon.com/iOttie-HLCRIO104-Windshield-Dashboard-Holder/dp/B0099RGRT8/ref=pd_cp_cps_0
     
  7. Zmanbaseball2 macrumors 68040

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    Iottie has some great designs. OP I think iottie is what you are looking for:)
     
  8. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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  9. DynaFXD macrumors 6502a

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    Except for the fact that it is covering an air vent! Structural and climate control implications aside, it may be an OK solution for some. But "amazing"?
     
  10. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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    Dang, this would be nice... but seems like I have to sacrifice a lot by carrying the magnet stucked on my phone all the time... :mad:
     
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  12. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    Yep using this one too, not sure how good the cold air con is for the phone though.
     
  13. FieldingMellish Suspended

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    I wonder how many car crashes resulted from focusing on an iPhone screen mounted at air vent level.
     
  14. Mobile923 macrumors 6502

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    Suction mounts... suck. No pun intended.
    Vent mounts... they're okay if the vent isn't being used, or you can switch off individual ones. During the winter time, constant hot air blowing at your phone can damage it.

    I got a Mountek CD Slot Mount: http://www.mountek.com

    [​IMG]

    It doesn't damage the CD player at all, you can still play a CD while the mount is on.
     
  15. webslinger85 macrumors 6502a

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    It's pretty sturdy for such a little thing. Holds my iPhone rock solid

    How is it a structural problem? Also it's not like this is the only vent mounted solution out there.

    No more so that any other mount i assume. Windshield mounts i personally find unsafe which is why i won't use one, and cup holder mounts or just sitting on the passenger seat would require people to take their eyes off the road for longer than just glancing at a vent mount.

    Either way, the only operation of my phone that happens while i'm driving is changing songs
     
  16. AudiA3 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright I'm gonna get it
     

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