$3 DIY car mount (works with case!)

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    Hey all, thought I might share this setup I have for my Droid X. I actually had the real Motorola car dock, and returned it because my setup was more elegant and superior!

    Note, this setup only works if you have the Verizon shell/holster combo that I got. The basic idea is that I'm using the holster itself as a dock, which I have hanging off a twist tie, which are tied across two stick-on hooks from any hardware store. That's it! Without further ado, pictures!

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    Here's what the holster combo looks like. Note the DX with shell is normally inserted with the LCD facing inwards (to protect it during normal use).


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    And here's the "docking station" (more like a docking belt/wire). The clip is used to push against the right side of the phone so the LCD is angled towards the driver.



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    Here's what the setup looks like after I clip on the holster to the wire.


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    Finally, here's the whole setup in action. Note I do need to remove the phone from the shell (which is easy), and now it slides snugly right into the holster with LCD facing forward.

    I have full access to everything on the phone. I can even set a Homescreen shortcut to the Car Dock mode if I want.

    Note that I'm also powering it with a 3rd party USB charger with a retractable cable, thus decreasing the mess. And when I'm done with a trip, I just take the holster and go.

    My dashboard is completely uncluttered with any base stations (for using the dash mount) or any cables flying about. There's no tell-tale signs that I even use a GPS or a smart phone that would attract thieves.

    Feel free to comment or copy!
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    Is there a way you can post a picture from the backside to show how you rigged that up(when the holster is resting on that "station")?
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    I'm simply clipping the holster (that usually clips onto your pants belt) to the twist tie. That's it!

    Nothing fancy.
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    Innovative and cheap, I like it. And the best part about it is that you can choose to have your phone in portrait or landscape just by rotating the clip.
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    Once Seidio comes out with their cases and holsters, you'll could replace that the holster and not have to take your case off.

    I thought about doing this but I REALLY prefer to have an integrated charger. If I have to use 2 hands, I'm that much less likely to actually use my phone instead of just listening to the radio.
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    Note sure what you mean by that... my entire setup only needs one hand to operate.

    With the real dock, I ~do~ need two hands to put on the dock and remove if after each trip. (I'd never leave the dock visible in my car. That's just asking for trouble)
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    Boy I love these kinds of threads. THis one is a much more professional homemade holder than the usual bent wire hangers and such ahahaha.
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    Yeah, I don't know why people even bother posting that crap. One post letting people know where the magnet to trigger dock mode is makes sense, but I've seen enough cardboard and coat hanger pictures for one lifetime.

    That's what I mean. No big deal, but I know from experience that most of the time I'm not going to bother if I can't just slap it in place with one hand.
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    Really? I'd love to see some of these other creations. I could use a laugh. Got links?
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    At least their thinking, and they are fun to look at.

    A quick search for "hanger" brought these up

    Spare Wire Hanger? Make a DROID Stand!

    Here's one made with the droid box your phone came in
    Home Made Droid X Docking Station

    HOW-TO: DIY media/car dock Has where to place the magnets (check out page 7 for another idea).

    DIY Droid Dock/Stand - Using Legos or K'Nex this one has some links to the ideas, scroll down. And check out post #8.... ;)
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    More mounting ideas are always good. This one has some merit, but I still like my DYI more. I want to have the smallest footprint possible in my car, and while I'm okay with sticking a small thing to my dash, I'm not okay with sticking things permanently to my phone.

    This mount might have uses for some other gadgets though, so thanks for the heads up.
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    I actually ordered these from work where the work filter blocks video. I didn't realize it required sticking something more or less permanently to my dash until after it shipped. I will probably use them somewhere for some other purpose, I just haven't figured out where/how yet. I just liked the bargain, $20 off of a $25 mount.
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    Excellent! reminds me of the hands free cell phone device which was a rubber band around your head holding your phone to the side of your head.
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