A good car dock solution?

Discussion in 'Android Accessories' started by qoncept, Feb 3, 2010.

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    What are people with cases doing for car docks? Is there any complete solution? I've seen a million posts about what kind of works, but I want something that holds my Droid securely, charges it (WITHOUT having to plug it in manually -- I want to slide it in, like a DOCK), and sets the phone to car dock mode.

    Seidio's dock does what I want and I love their cases, but $50 is ridiculous, it's big and ugly looking, and I don't want a windshield mount.

    I started making my own with a right angled USB adapter, some angle aluminum and JB Weld, but it didn't really work out. If I can slightly modify something to work (ie, add a magnet or modify the mount) that's fine, but the most important thing is I don't want to have to reach up to it and plug the charger in. Is there anything that does what I want, or am I stuck with Seidio?
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    Yep, I was going to say Seidio.
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    Good luck, I don't see how a generic dock for every possible case out there is a feasible thing. Seidio probably is your best bet. Any solution is going to cost a bit. You really do have to decide on dirt cheap or the feature you're looking for unless you take the DIY approach.
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    I was hoping there was something between "dirt cheap" and "stupid expensive" :) I'll probably go with the Seidio, but I still don't like the mount or how the thing looks as big as my Sequoia, but I suppose I'll deal. Just don't tell the old lady what they cost.
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    I may have a good soloution for you but Im at work right now maybe if I can get home soon enough I can take a video and show you what I did......I'll try and repost later.
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    sorry I could not get to it tonight bit will try again tomorrow
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    It's all relative I guess but Seidio is far from "stupid expensive" from what I've seen. I'll definitely post anything I might run across for less.
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    I'm interested to see what your project looks like, CD.
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    Because of this thread, I ordered a ProClip mount set. I can't wait to try it :D
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    I wonder if I could mount the Seidio clip somehow.. I'd have to plug the thing in still. I dunno, I got a coupon code for Seidio's web store (10% off, free shipping, LOVE2010 I think it was) so maybe I should just get their dock and quit being a baby.
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    Man I'm at work again it's a 6 dollors fix plus shipping but it's a time thing, single dad, hell today is his b-day, work ect yada yada I was going to try and do a video for ya but if nothing else hit me up and send me a private message and I'll atleast give you the info tonight.....sorry for the delay. Plus I need light for the video. By the time I get home it's just about dark. I havent forgotten about ya though......sorry.

    That pro clip looks like a great solution for ya let us know how it works out and i"ll still try and post a video asap.
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    Ebay has something

    Bought this car mount off of ebay. Hasn't arrived yet so I can't tell you if it's good or not. It's cheap, so I expect cheap but it looks perfect for my Impala that has 2 cig lighters just under the HVAC controls :)
    edit: I noticed you said NOT plugging it in manually. Sorry I didn't read that and it looks like the pro-clip is your best bet. Though you'll need to install a magnet if you want it to switch to car mode.
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    Well, over the weekend, I got my ProClip. I wasn't sure what to think when I ordered it, because I thought the installation looked weird. Now that I have it, The installation went like a breeze, and just like they say, you don't need to take anything apart. I love it, because I hate suction cup mounts, and I couldn't find a Droid-specific air-vent mount that was reliable. This thing is great, and I'm glad I ordered it! One very cool thing about it is that you can still slide the phone open while in the dock. I haven't found a universal mount that can do that yet.

    I'll post pics / vids when time allows, but for now, just take my word!
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    Coming in a little late on this thread, but...

    I have a new Droid encased in the Verizon Shell/Holster combo. Do any of the car mounts allow me to mount the Droid, without having to pry-off the case? If I understand correctly, the Motorola mounts have a magnet that puts the Droid in the Car Mode(?)

    Thanks
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    I bought my Moto Droid on Saturday with the car dock that comes with a case and the media dock. I liked the free case and belt clip wiht the car dock. However it would not slide into the media dock/charger because of the honking huge knob on the back to attach to the car dock and belt clip.

    I went back to Verizon where I got my Droid today and they said that they would exchange it for a snap in car dock for me on Tuesday.
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    Avoid the ebay crap from overseas. It doesn't fit the droid AT ALL. Not sure where they got this from but I'll start a new thread showing pictures. It turned into a slightly more expensive USB car charger, nothing more. For shame.