Vehicle Navigation Dock IMPORTANT!

Discussion in 'Droid 4 Accessories' started by bluebanzai, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. joncarwash
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    No problem. The reason I said it is because I don't have built in Bluetooth, so I have a combo Bluetooth receiver/FM transmitter that I was using with my OG Droid. It worked well, but it was an extra step or two to turn on and set, and I am admittedly lazy!
     
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    So,

    As I suspected, the Otterbox commuter case for the Droid 4 will NOT fit into the car dock unless you trim the rubber bit off the bottom that is covering the USB/HDMI ports.

    If you try to fold this back, the phone won't nest down in the dock and thus won't enter car mode.

    And yes, I removed the plastic insert first.

    The cheap $6 case that I ordered off of amazon Amazon.com: Black Rubberized Hard Case Cover for Verizon Motorola Droid 4: Cell Phones & Accessories fits just fine in the car dock.

    I will be using the lesser case as my daily, and save the OtterBox for when I'm not docking.

    I love the car dock otherwise. Well engineered compared to the Seidio I used to have for the Droid 1
     
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    Good to know... that means I won't be getting that case... ill probably go with the case and holster combo...
     
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    BTW for anyone interested:

    Did some power supply tests with this powered dock for the Droid 4.

    Adapter: Provided Cig Plug --> USB x2 Motorola Brand
    Input: 12V DC Agilent DC Power Supply

    Adapter w/ no Cable: 16mA
    Adapter w/ Cable: 16mA
    Adapter w/ Cable Plugged Into Base Unit (no phone): 18mA
    Adapter w/ Cable Plugged Into Base Unit (with fully discharged phone powered on): 336mA

    I'd suspect that the extra 2mA is some standby current for the technology in the docking station for the audio output (since it only connects to the USB port, not the HDMI port).

    Figure useful numbers for anyone leaving this plugged in 24/7

    Later,
     
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    My guess is that the phone knows what kind of dock is attached due to the presence of a dirt cheap eeprom in the dock, which may be where that 2ma comes from.
     
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    I can confirm that my generic $5 case fits perfectly in this dock. I'm pretty sure it's the same case that BrandonĪ€ has even though it's listed as a separate product on Amazon.
     
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    Does anyone know where to get this for a reasonable price? (Less than $60...)
     
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    Amazon's current price is $51.31 as of 3/7/12.
     
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    Damn, I bought mine Saturday for 59.99.
     
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    Hoping this mount will work for me...

    I am switching from the Droid Pro to the Droid 4 and want to purchase a mount for my vehicle so I am able to use VZ Navigator. This will be the first mount I have used and I haven't even had the luxury of seeing a mount in someone else s car. The information on Verizon's website is very limited on this mount so I hope to find some answers here. I drive a mini van, and am wondering when the mount is attached to the windshield if I will be able to reach it.

    Using a wheelchair, I drive with hand controls limiting my ability to reach much of a distance from the steering wheel since it takes two hands to control the vehicle. I am curious when attached to the windshield just how close the phone is to the driver. Verizon also has a mount that attaches to the vents but IMHO does not look to be as well made or stable as this one.

    Since I have quite a bit of dash board in my van, will this mount suction onto the top of the dash? There is a flat spot that is used for holding things on the dash and I was thinking if the mount would attach to the dash and stay there this would work fantastic. The mount also needs to be on my right side so I can reach it. My left hand controls the gas and brakes, so I am unable to be messing around with a phone with that hand. :)

    Thank you for any input you are able to give.

    Lynn
     
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    This mount should work just fine for you, mine actually came with a disk you could stick to the dash with some adesive and then stick the mount to that disk. Should work for you that way :)





    Also my pure gear case fits awesome in this thing!
     
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    As Noodle mentioned, it comes with a stick-on mount that would work perfectly for the location you mention. Shouldn't have any problems!

    I may be missing a benefit, but why on earth would you pay for VZ navigator when google navigation is included on the device and is completely free?
    I'd definitely recommend dropping that from your bill if you're currently paying for it.

    Cheers.
     
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    Whoa i didnt even catch that! Yes ditch the paid apps, theres very few (and i mean very few) apps ill pay for, theres usually a just as good free counterpart :)
     
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    buzz audio

    I don't have bluetooth so use the audio plug and the buzzing i get out of my car audio makes it unusable. I tried using the 3.5mm plug but the mount auto switches to usb and the buzz continues. I will do more tesring to clarify. Anybody having this issue?issuing
     
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