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Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by messtress, Feb 3, 2010.

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    Hi everyone,

    I got the car mount the other day. I have it set up so the phone will be in landscape mode. I noticed the other day while driving that the screen will switch between landscape and portrait. Anyone else have this issue? I also noticed that while using the maps, some times the screen will flicker black and then then the map will come up. I just figured it was the map reloading or something...
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    as far as your landscape vs. portrait, what does the orientation of your cradle look like? do you have your phone facing you, like a television, or is it more flat or is it angled? can you take a pic?

    for the blanking out, both my DROIDs do that. i opened a thread and no one else seemed to notice it except 1 or 2 people. i'm not really sure what the problem is, to be honest.
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    I have noticed both these issues.

    I think the switching from landscape to portrait is due to the G's created while turning/hitting bumps etc, triggering the accelerometer. I have found that it happens more often when I am driving more aggressively. Try the dock at a few different angles, some positions seems to better at dampening.

    The map refreshing thing also happens on both of my droids, but not all the time. I figured it had something to do with the quality of the data connection.
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    it's weird to think that data has anything to do with it. i know that navigation downloads sections at a time, but i was under the impression it was your entire route, in case you lost service.

    regardless, it IS still in Beta, so hopefully it'll get better, and soon.
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    Mine does the same thing because the mount vibrates slightly causing the droid to wiggle left and right. If you have the 2.1 gallery installed, check it out the album view while driving. They will be tilting left and right rapidly because the sensors in the droid are going crazy. I also notice the black flicker, I believe it is related to the phone switching from portrait to landscape. I have kind of just stopped using my car mount due to this issue.
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    i've never had an issue with the switching. do you guys have your DROIDs cocked sideways or something? i keep mine pretty level with the car because i might use it for video capture.
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    Yeah, I know what you mean, but data was the only variable that I could think of that would effect performance.

    I knew that it cached your maps, but I thought that it might download different size packets depending on connection quality. Like, maybe if you have a slow connection it gives you a smaller chunk of data that has reduced framerates?

    But keep in mind, this is just my speculation, I haven't done any real research/testing.
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    i haven't seen anything that says different, so you could be dead on.
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    I sometimes have a slight angle to it, but not sideways or anything.

    I would imagine driving style/vehicle quality would also be a factor. For me it seems to happen more in our Civic than in our Subaru Forester. The subbie has much better suspension.
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    i took a 250 mile trip in my STi and i never saw the screen flip once.
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    I will be happy to trade you my Civic if you want to see what we are talking about!
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    i dumped my "civic" (RSX) for the STi. no thanks.
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    I had mine level, but it kept switching so I have been trying different positions. I would bet it has to do with bumps, suspension, I am driving a Jeep, so it is a pretty bumpy ride most of the time.
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    It does not save all your maps incase the data is lost. it saves the entire route but not the maps. What happens when data is lost in navigation is that the phone goes back to the route page and it says, "data connection lost follow route to reach destination" or something like that. so it may be data refreshing the route when it flickers.
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    Mine is horizontal and level. It is hard to notice at night and it does not try to flip very often unless you are on a rough road a something. During the day however, the wiggle will cause reflections to flash at you off of the screen. It is horrible. I am considering affixing the front portion of the mount to my dash with some hot glue or something to stop it from vibrating. I am in a Jeep as well so I do experience a rougher ride than most vehicles.
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    you guys realize that each of the joints can be locked, right? have you tightened down those joints as best you can? mine are rock solid because i like to take in-car video, so the position never changes.
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    Yes, the issue is with the flex in the arm combined with the weight of the Droid at the end of it. At certain speeds it will resonate left and right slightly, throwing the accelerometers out of whack and throwing reflections all over the place. This is likely not an issue with some vehicles, but it is very apparent for people with rougher riding vehicles. I have a Jeep and I would not consider it a rough ride at all, but the car mount is almost unusable during the day.
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    lol i'm just not seeing this level of vibration. are you guys off-roading or something? lol. i'll have to try this on a bumpy road for a test.

    there's two joint locks. one direction behind the droid, and one on the arm.
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    maybe it has something to do with how mine is positioned too. i keep the suction cup to the right and the DROID to the left, so that the camera has the most optimal view of the road.
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    My joints are locked, but I am not experiencing anywhere near the amount of flipping that Dro is talking about in his Jeep.

    Mine will just on occasion flip to portrait( I notice it most with pandora), when I whip around a corner or hit a pothole or something.

    640, surely you can reproduce this in your lil rocketship.. go out and pull some g's in some bends, it will switch... make sure you have something open that will switch, like pandora. Correct me if im wrong, but it doesn't switch in video mode.
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