For those of you looking for an alternative to paying $60 for a car charger ($29) and car mounting kit ($29) from Verizon, I have found a few generic brands that work well with the Motorola Droid. Not only will you spend less money for a car charger and car mount (I paid $16.57 including shipping) but you will also get a FM transmitter to play music from your Droid through your car speakers.
First, I purchased a generic car mounting kit from Ebay. I used the buy it now price of $7.69.
Next, I purchased a FM Transmitter with USB port from Amazon ($5.87 used, shipping included) to use as a charger for the Droid. The FM transmitter has an USB plug to charge any USB powered device. Obviously, the FM transmitter also allows me to play music from the Droid through my car speakers.
Finally, I purchased an extra USB to micro SD cable in order to charge my phone while in the car. Your Droid comes with one USB to micro SD cable but I'd rather have 2, one for the AC charger I keep inside, and one for the FM transmitter/charger to keep in the car
Car Mount Holder Cradle Kit for Motorola Droid A855 = $7.69
Car Mount Holder Cradle Kit for Motorola Droid A855 - eBay (item 280422130688 end time Jan-10-10 01:56:23 PST)
The car mounting kit works better than expected. Suction cup is very secure and the phone clamps in very securely. There is a little shakiness from the mount but it's not bad enough to prevent reading the display. The mount features adjustable clamps so you can line up the clamps between the buttons on the phone. This is very nice because I can access all the buttons, including the headphone jack and charging slot while the phone is securely mounted.
The holding arms on the mount feature a ratcheting system of sorts to hold the phone securely. Simply put the phone inside, clamp the arms until the phone is secure and the arms should lock in place. To remove the phone simply hit the release button the arms will retract allowing you to remove the phone. It appears to range from 2” minimum arm length to 4 1/2” maximum. This mount should work fine with any protective cases you've put on the Droid as the mount arms are adjustable.
For what it's worth, if mounted horizontally (see picture of droid mounted in my car), the video camera is not blocked by the mount. Well, to be true approximately 5-10% of your scren is blocked but could be adjusted to eliminate the tiny black bar on the right side of the picture.
The car mount did include a car vent mount, although I haven't even really tried it as I don't like having a vent blocked.
Griffin iTrip Universal FM Transmitter and Charger for MP3 Players = $5.87
Amazon.com: Griffin iTrip Universal FM Transmitter and Charger for MP3 Players: Electronics
The FM transmitter works well enough. I would say it's cassette tape quality more so than CD but is definitely passable. I live in Raleigh, NC and only found about 10 or 12 stations that were primarily static and the transmitter has worked well so far.
Worth noting, you can put the FM transmitter into international mode to get access to stations 87.7 and 87.9 which are never used in the US. The trick is whether or not your car radio can access these stations.
The FM transmitter worked well playing Pandora or Slacker while running the GPS navigation. The song would stop when the GPS was giving me voiced directions, which was a nice feature.
Unfortunately, the FM transmitter did NOT work for phone calls. I tried taking a phone call while using the transmitter and the voice of the person calling me was inaudible. On the bright side just switching to speaker phone worked well and the caller could hear me just fine. Looks like the Droid's speaker will have to suffice while taking calls.
The FM transmitter does have a USB plug so you can charge any USB device (in this case my Droid), but does NOT include any USB cables.
USB Data Charge Sync Cable for Motorola Droid A855 / CLIQ = $3.01
Amazon.com: USB Data Charge Sync Cable for Motorola Droid A855 / CLIQ: Cell Phones & Service
I tested this cable today along with the cable that came with my Droid. It may have just been my imagination but the cable purchased online seemed to make the FM transmitter plug that goes into the cigarette light very warm. I'll need a little more time on the road to fully test but the online purchase cable seemed fine when plugged into the AC adapter.
It should be noted though, that the USB cable only seemed to be maintaining a charge as opposed to charging the phone. When I plugged the cable in initially the phone was reading 90% charged. On a half hour outing using GPS navigation and Pandora the whole time, the phone was reading 90% charged after I finished my drive.
Considering I paid a grand total of $16.57 (including shipping) for these items, I highly recommend considering one if not all of the items.
Following is a link for a youtube video I shot with the Droid in low resolution (MMS) in the car mount. Sure you could adjust the mount so as to get a wider view:
if the link doesn't work do a youtube search for "vid taken with droid in mount".
I will update the reliability of the these products and keep you all posted on any concerns/issues down the road.
PS. The picture of the Fed Ex truck and motorcycle was taken with my droid mounted in my car, as you can see there is a small amount of white on the far right side of the picture which is the car mount. Adjusting the droid to eliminate this shouldn't be too tough. All other pictures were taken with my Canon digital camera.