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Old July 12th, 2012, 12:50 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Anyone with the Infuse Car Dock: will it hold the S3 with a case on it? Or do you have to insert the phone without a case?
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Got my infuse car mount from AT&T after about 45 minutes worth of phone calls... They don't like PO BOXes on their website. Anyway it fits fine, and this morning I didn't get the audio out, but after re-reading this thread, I enabled the setting, and downloaded car home ultra. We'll see how it works now, thanks for the top on the killer dock for such a low price.
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Just got the Infuse dock in the mail. The S3 fits without a case, but what's the point? Who is going to remove their case every time the get in the car? Stupid manufacturers need to build car mounts to fit phones in a case.
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Just got the Infuse dock in the mail. The S3 fits without a case, but what's the point? Who is going to remove their case every time the get in the car? Stupid manufacturers need to build car mounts to fit phones in a case.
Don't blame all manufacturers. This one is on Samsung.

Both Motorola and HTC made their docks to be able to use a case with the dock (regular sized, not the heavy duty Otterbox cases).
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Went by an AT&T store today, and they had a universal mount that was decent. No charging ability, but it held the S3 with my Speck case.

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Went by an AT&T store today, and they had a universal mount that was decent. No charging ability, but it held the S3 with my Speck case.

FYI.
The whole convenience of having a dock vs. a universal mount is so that you won't have to plug the charger into the device whenever you mount the phone.

If someone isn't going to use a dock and decides on a universal, there are plenty of universal mounts that can be purchased for inexpensive amounts and work just fine without needing to buy from a cell provider.
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I personally purchased a universal mount on Amazon from exomount...

http://www.amazon.com/MSW-Exogear-Exomount-Universal-Mount/dp/B004Z8ZLOS

I bought this when I had my 4S with a Mophie Juicepack on it. Essentially a giant super-clip with rubber grips to prevent scratches. I've stuck the thing on all sorts of surfaces and knock on wood its never fallen off.
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The price has skyrocketed everywhere except for this site, so I went ahead and ordered it. It's almost double on Amazon.
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Looks like this one may work.
Amazon.com: Samsung Galaxy ECS-K200BEGSTA Vehicle Dock - Mount - Retail Packaging - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories
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Which, again, is just a universal with no integrated USB.
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The S3 fits snug and easy to put in and out. the problem I have is it does not charge. I'm using the Motorola OEM charger from my Droid and it charges the S3 fine outside of the dock. Plugging it in the back of the dock does not charge the S3 any ideas?
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The S3 fits snug and easy to put in and out. the problem I have is it does not charge. I'm using the Motorola OEM charger from my Droid and it charges the S3 fine outside of the dock. Plugging it in the back of the dock does not charge the S3 any ideas?
Maybe it does not like Motorola I have a Droid Charge car charger plugged into the back of the infuse dock and it works fine.
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The S3 fits snug and easy to put in and out. the problem I have is it does not charge. I'm using the Motorola OEM charger from my Droid and it charges the S3 fine outside of the dock. Plugging it in the back of the dock does not charge the S3 any ideas?
I'm also using my motorola charger but it works for me.

Does your PC or mac see your phone if you plug it into using the dock inbetween? i.e. take your dock inside and with the phone fully mounted in it, plug a usb cable into the dock connector.
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for those with the Infuse 4G car dock...

im slightly worried that with our phones being plastic that the constant clicking in and out of the dock might add some wear and tear on the corners of the phone and i don't use a case...is this a legit concern?...

i used my DX CONSTANTLY in a car dock while playing pandora and what not in my car and the stock Moto dock was incredible..the phone just sat in the cradle, and was held in place by a "latch" that had foam on it to hold it in place
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for those with the Infuse 4G car dock...

im slightly worried that with our phones being plastic that the constant clicking in and out of the dock might add some wear and tear on the corners of the phone and i don't use a case...is this a legit concern?...

i used my DX CONSTANTLY in a car dock while playing pandora and what not in my car and the stock Moto dock was incredible..the phone just sat in the cradle, and was held in place by a "latch" that had foam on it to hold it in place
Yes, the stock DX dock is amazing and I'm really going to miss it. 2 years straight of putting the phone in and out multiple times each day adds up to thousands of times for the DX yet it never developed wear spots.

Yes, your concern is legit. There's no way that the dock isn't going to destroy the finish on the corners over time and as a result, I've been hesitant to use it as much. On short trips I'm not bothering...not like with the DX where it didn't matter if I docked it 20+ times a day on lots of little short trips. I'm contemplating modifying the dock to fit it with a slim case.
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Yes, the stock DX dock is amazing and I'm really going to miss it. 2 years straight of putting the phone in and out multiple times each day adds up to thousands of times for the DX yet it never developed wear spots.

Yes, your concern is legit. There's no way that the dock isn't going to destroy the finish on the corners over time and as a result, I've been hesitant to use it as much. On short trips I'm not bothering...not like with the DX where it didn't matter if I docked it 20+ times a day on lots of little short trips. I'm contemplating modifying the dock to fit it with a slim case.
thats all i needed to hear...as tempting as this dock is i think ill pass to see if a better alternative is found...
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I made a vid of the Arkon sticky mount on the dash with 2 holders, the Mobile Grip and the Slim Grip. I'm a big fan of the Mobile Grip.

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I made a vid of the Arkon sticky mount on the dash with 2 holders, the Mobile Grip and the Slim Grip. I'm a big fan of the Mobile Grip.

I really like how those both go on and off and I've never been able to stick anything on the dash because it's curved and not smooth, so maybe this solves that problem; but two things:

I checked Amazon reviews, and seeing a lot of people saying how it performs great the first month but then gets loose and just hangs.

It moves around easily (I like that), but you never pushed on the screen while it was in position. Does it stay steady in the dock while swiping the screen?

How long have you had it?
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About sagging with the Mobile Grip, apparently, it can happen if it's really hot. I live in Los Angeles and I've never had that problem.

The Mobile Grip stays steady; it takes some force to move it. The Slim grip has a ring on the back that you can tighten so that it wont move at all if you wanted it that way.
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I have the Arkon one with the flexible tube. So far it's annoying because I end up moving the position of the mount every time I take the phone out. I can see how that ball joint will loosen up after a short time. It also shakes on slight bumps compared to my specific HTC Incredible mount, and I thought that was shaky. Might have to try one of the other ones without the tube and one with the slim or mega grip.
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I'm looking for a car dock also. I'm going to miss my DX car dock. ><
Yeah, I hate it when you had a system that worked flawlessly then have to find new solutions. Why can't they just make things newer and faster without changing anything else?!
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I really like how those both go on and off and I've never been able to stick anything on the dash because it's curved and not smooth, so maybe this solves that problem; but two things:

I checked Amazon reviews, and seeing a lot of people saying how it performs great the first month but then gets loose and just hangs.

It moves around easily (I like that), but you never pushed on the screen while it was in position. Does it stay steady in the dock while swiping the screen?

How long have you had it?
I didn't watch the video do this may be what you're talking about, but have you tried a friction mount?
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Yeah, I hate it when you had a system that worked flawlessly then have to find new solutions. Why can't they just make things newer and faster without changing anything else?!
honestly, the Motorola car dock made for the DX (or Shadow lol, if you look closely it has the old code name Shadow printed on the parts) was simply the best car dock out there..

1. the phone just sat in the cradle and was held in such a way that could never damage the finish
2. it was a powered dock
3. used the DX's magnets to automatically launch the car mode
4. had the removable insert so you could keep it in a slim case

the first two points are ones that are a requirement for me with the S3...i dont use a case, and i can click a button to launch something if needed...but the dock MUST be powered...and it must not cause additional wear and tear to my phone over time...
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I didn't watch the video do this may be what you're talking about, but have you tried a friction mount?
When I said I liked how they went on and off in my previous post I meant the phone, not the mount (I wasn't clear on that...sorry)

I'm not sure what you mean by friction mount. Are you talking about a mount that just sits on top of the Dash?

For the record I'm coming from the Droid X, and as everyone has mentioned, that was a great mount for various reasons. That was a big reason I went with the Droid X in the first place. With Samsung selling so many of these phones it's seems crazy for them NOT to make a mount specifically for the S3; they could sell a ton of them. In fact, there's no reason they couldn't improve on the Motorola mount.
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This thread is a great read!

I wonder if we really know that Samsung isn't planning on an official S3 car dock. Where can I find the official word on this? I know some of you called Samsung and got the Universal Mount as the answer but I think those reps were just being "drones" - simply telling you what is currently available for the S3. I doubt these reps know what the upcoming accessories are for S3 nor can they look it up. Maybe someday they will get the memo for the new S3 dock.
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Got my infuse car mount from AT&T in store for 50% off (net out at $17.00) same as online. Works GREAT on S3 for USB power AND earphone jack to car speakers [Thanks Ches111]. Sooo much nicer looking than ANY of the universal docks!
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Got my infuse car mount from AT&T in store for 50% off (net out at $17.00) same as online. Works GREAT on S3 for USB power, although the earphone jack is not working. May have to try the dock SW recommended by the infuse dock instructions. Sooo much nicer looking than ANY of the universal docks!
In settings you need to scroll down to the "Dock" item and set to use external speakers.

Then you need an app like car home to take the phone into Dock Mode.

Once it is in Dock mode the Line out provided by the dock works just fine.
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For those of you using the Infuse dock:

Are any of you periodically having your device pop out and immediately back in to car mode? It's happened only a few times, and it seems to happen with I only have the aux plugged into the dock and not the usb. Any ideas?
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Can anybody tell me how the swivel part on the Infuse mount is made? Is it a ball and nut like the Motorola mounts? Can you take it apart and use another ball mount? I already have a Panavise custom mount in my car with a 17 mm ball mounted to it.
I'm wondering this as well. After getting the Photon last year, as well as the car dock (which included a dual port charger, usb cable, and also had an integrated aux where the charger is connected), I've been spoiled by how Motorola designs their accessories. The car dock has been the best car dock I've ever used and because they made it with a universal garmin ball-joint, it gave me a lot more mounting options. If I get the SGS 3, I'd also like to have the same option as with the Photon car dock.

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thats what it looks like, dont know the size. paid for a 'bulk' packaged one so save as much money as i could
Thanks for posting this. I'm not sure if Reginald got his infuse car dock yet, but can you actually remove the ball-joint from where it's connected on the dock?

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awesome, thanks for the pics. Looks like I can make that work.
Reginald, were you able to mount just the dock portion using the ball-joint on the infuse car dock? I just want to know my options, if I end up getting the SGS 3.
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I have the Arkon one with the flexible tube. So far it's annoying because I end up moving the position of the mount every time I take the phone out. I can see how that ball joint will loosen up after a short time. It also shakes on slight bumps compared to my specific HTC Incredible mount, and I thought that was shaky. Might have to try one of the other ones without the tube and one with the slim or mega grip.
Well, after three days of just taking the phone out of the mount normally, the ball joint loosened up to where the phone would sag to unusable positions. The good news is you can easily fix it by sticking a piece of paper on the ball of the phone mount before putting it in the socket.
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Well, after three days of just taking the phone out of the mount normally, the ball joint loosened up to where the phone would sag to unusable positions. The good news is you can easily fix it by sticking a piece of paper on the ball of the phone mount before putting it in the socket.
That doesn't sound right. They have excellent customer service, you should try calling them; they'll probably send you a new one for free.
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That doesn't sound right. They have excellent customer service, you should try calling them; they'll probably send you a new one for free.
I'll keep that in mind. The paper is working great right now though .
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hey all! I'm new to the forum but agree whole heatedly that the dock MUST be powered. Who wants to fool with cables when docking the phone? And who would run gps without it being plugged in???

I've been searching since I got my s3 and found one from brodit and one from kidigi. I'd post url's but the forum wont let me since I'm a noob. Just google them. The brodit I've found as low as $45 and the kidigi $36

I had a powered dock with my old tbolt and just can't do without it now... I may try the infuse dock too just because of the price, the 2 I listed are a little pricy bt they are made to fit the s3.
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hey all! I'm new to the forum but agree whole heatedly that the dock MUST be powered. Who wants to fool with cables when docking the phone? And who would run gps without it being plugged in???

I've been searching since I got my s3 and found one from brodit and one from kidigi. I'd post url's but the forum wont let me since I'm a noob. Just google them. The brodit I've found as low as $45 and the kidigi $36

I had a powered dock with my old tbolt and just can't do without it now... I may try the infuse dock too just because of the price, the 2 I listed are a little pricy bt they are made to fit the s3.
does the phone "click" into the ones you found like it does the Infuse dock?...i use the dock so much (when i have one) that there is no way im going to wear out the finish on the corners of my phone constantly clicking it in and out of the dock..
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does the phone "click" into the ones you found like it does the Infuse dock?...i use the dock so much (when i have one) that there is no way im going to wear out the finish on the corners of my phone constantly clicking it in and out of the dock..
No idea, I haven't bought anything yet just a few things I found.
Both "look" like they would hold the phone ok and I like the fact that they don't clip on the top because I agree the clicking in and out could wear the corners and the phone is too new and pretty ;-) I also use the dock (when I have one) constantly. Every time I get in the car it gets docked
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I'm guessing still no word from Samsung on an "official" S3 Car dock?
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Old July 20th, 2012, 01:02 AM   #137 (permalink)
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Why is an official car dock even needed? There tons of GPS docks out there that you can use a standard DC adapter with ?
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Why is an official car dock even needed? There tons of GPS docks out there that you can use a standard DC adapter with ?
Anyone seen a car dock?

On top of that, some people just like having an official dock. It certainly is my preference and I'm sure there are many others that feel the same.
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I agree. I for one don't want to have to fumble around to find the charger and all.
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Another possibility:

http://www.4u-mobi.com/onlinestore/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=57
http://www.4u-mobi.com/onlinestore/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=56

Anyone want to take a chance and try one of these?
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Another possibility:

KiDiGI Car Mount Cradle for Samsung Galaxy S3
KiDiGI Car Mount Cradle with Hands Free for Samsung Galaxy S3

Anyone want to take a chance and try one of these?
Don't know. Is it safe for landscape?
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I just got this Samsung mount. It securely holds the phone from the sides and does not interfere with any buttons or ports. The phone was in a Verizon case and the car mount contacts the sides of the case and does not touch the phone finish. It appears like there will be enough clearance at the back for an extended battery. The mount can attach to the windshield or dash and can be oriented in landscape or portrait. The mount comes with a car charger cord that connects to the phone, not the mount.


Samsung Car Mount Kit for Samsung Galaxy S3 III at MobileCityOnline.com
Looks like they have dropped their price to $39.99.
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That's a shame because the description:

Samsung ECS-K200BEGSTA Vehicle Navigation Car Mount Kit for Galaxy S III S3 i9300. The vehicle navigation mount holds your Galaxy S III S3 i9300 handset securely while you travel. The Vehicle Power Charger is connected directly to the mount so that when your Galaxy S III S3 i9300 handset is docked, its charging. The mount automatically charges your Galaxy S III S3 i9300 handset without you having to plug / unplug the Vehicle Power Charger. It's truly brilliance on the go.

I assume the description is wrong? You have the mount and it doesn't have the usb plug, right?
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That's a shame because the description:

Samsung ECS-K200BEGSTA Vehicle Navigation Car Mount Kit for Galaxy S III S3 i9300. The vehicle navigation mount holds your Galaxy S III S3 i9300 handset securely while you travel. The Vehicle Power Charger is connected directly to the mount so that when your Galaxy S III S3 i9300 handset is docked, its charging. The mount automatically charges your Galaxy S III S3 i9300 handset without you having to plug / unplug the Vehicle Power Charger. It's truly brilliance on the go.

I assume the description is wrong? You have the mount and it doesn't have the usb plug, right?
Yeah, the description is wrong. You had even pointed that out when I posted the link:

Anyone seen a car dock?
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Yea I know, but that was because other descriptions including samsungs own website didn't mention the usb connector. I was just reaching and hoping beyond hope that perhaps it really did and we were just wrong
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Yea I know, but that was because other descriptions including samsungs own website didn't mention the usb connector. I was just reaching and hoping beyond hope that perhaps it really did and we were just wrong
Once you mentioned the part number, I knew it had to be a typo in the description.
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I'm wondering this as well. After getting the Photon last year, as well as the car dock (which included a dual port charger, usb cable, and also had an integrated aux where the charger is connected), I've been spoiled by how Motorola designs their accessories. The car dock has been the best car dock I've ever used and because they made it with a universal garmin ball-joint, it gave me a lot more mounting options. If I get the SGS 3, I'd also like to have the same option as with the Photon car dock.



Thanks for posting this. I'm not sure if Reginald got his infuse car dock yet, but can you actually remove the ball-joint from where it's connected on the dock?



Reginald, were you able to mount just the dock portion using the ball-joint on the infuse car dock? I just want to know my options, if I end up getting the SGS 3.
Sorry for not seeing this sooner, I took a bit of a break.

To be honest with you, I never even tried it. As soon as I tried to put my phone in the first time, the mount went back in the box and back to AT&T. I feel like I should have been more vocal about it, because it really does not fit. You have to force it in, and I just was not comfortable with that as a long term solution.

Samsung really needs to step up to the plate here. It's not rocket science. I bought four S3s for my family in large part because I knew this would be the most popular phone to come along in a long time and I assumed that meant Samsung and the aftermarket would take the accessory situation seriously. I rely heavily on my phone to run my business and when it comes to day-to-day usability, the phone itself is only half the equation. So far I've been pretty disappointed, but I guess I have no one to blame but myself for assuming. At this point I'm back to having an ugly ass metal flange sticking out of my dash just waiting for somebody to make something that works.

As an aside...

Apple has never gotten a penny of money out of me, and I really disagree with many of their philosophies, but I'm seriously thinking about switching. I'm almost willing to put up with their BS so I can have some accessories that work. I love Android, but there truly are advantages to having a fairly homogenous hardware platform like the iOS devices. If there was one thing I could change about Android, I'd go back to day 1 and have Google mandate a common connector and position thereof. MicroUSB is fine, but if it was in the same place on all devices, it would be a lot easier to design accessories.

This sort of thing just shouldn't fly anymore.
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MicroUSB is fine, but if it was in the same place on all devices, it would be a lot easier to design accessories.

This sort of thing just shouldn't fly anymore.
This is exactly why the iPhone has been stuck with a 3.5" screen forever. BTW, the iPhone 5 is using the micro usb connector. Wonder what that's going to do to all the loyalists that are planning on using their existing accessories.

I dremeled my infuse 4g dock to make the fit slightly less tight. Did more on the bottom inside corners so the the connector closes now without having to do that light press on the bottom of the phone.

The KiDiGi dock I posted earlier looks like it might work well in landscape. I found a youtube review of the dock but for a different phone and there's a pad on the back that applies just enough pressure to keep the phone from sliding when in landscape.

But no matter what, none of the current solutions is as good as a DX Motorola car mount. Really going to miss that
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Sorry for not seeing this sooner, I took a bit of a break.

To be honest with you, I never even tried it. As soon as I tried to put my phone in the first time, the mount went back in the box and back to AT&T. I feel like I should have been more vocal about it, because it really does not fit. You have to force it in, and I just was not comfortable with that as a long term solution.

Samsung really needs to step up to the plate here. It's not rocket science. I bought four S3s for my family in large part because I knew this would be the most popular phone to come along in a long time and I assumed that meant Samsung and the aftermarket would take the accessory situation seriously. I rely heavily on my phone to run my business and when it comes to day-to-day usability, the phone itself is only half the equation. So far I've been pretty disappointed, but I guess I have no one to blame but myself for assuming. At this point I'm back to having an ugly ass metal flange sticking out of my dash just waiting for somebody to make something that works.

As an aside...

Apple has never gotten a penny of money out of me, and I really disagree with many of their philosophies, but I'm seriously thinking about switching. I'm almost willing to put up with their BS so I can have some accessories that work. I love Android, but there truly are advantages to having a fairly homogenous hardware platform like the iOS devices. If there was one thing I could change about Android, I'd go back to day 1 and have Google mandate a common connector and position thereof. MicroUSB is fine, but if it was in the same place on all devices, it would be a lot easier to design accessories.

This sort of thing just shouldn't fly anymore.
No worries, Reginald. I appreciate your coming back to chime in anyway. I still haven't decided on which phone I'll be upgrading to, but all of the collective feedback in the community is really helping me decide on which way to go. Car docks are extremely important to me. As much time as I spend in my car, commuting to work and driving around LA, a phone specific dock makes getting in and out of the car so much easier and faster for me.

As far as 3rd party accessory support in comparison to the iPhone, I completely agree...but it's understandable for 3rd party accessory manufacturers to be hesitant in creating "android" specific accessories because unless they're able to make it "universal" to Android (regardless of the brand), it's difficult for them to really pinpoint a great design that everyone will really like a lot and use. Phillips is the first company I've seen that has "android" specific radios (similar to the iphone radios). I finally purchased one for a cheaper deal through thingfling.com (which always has sales on the different Phillips Android radio docks). For what it is, it's great. Using my MoPho, it is a little difficult to connect the phone on the micro-usb of the dock, but overall not too bad.
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This is exactly why the iPhone has been stuck with a 3.5" screen forever. BTW, the iPhone 5 is using the micro usb connector. Wonder what that's going to do to all the loyalists that are planning on using their existing accessories.

I dremeled my infuse 4g dock to make the fit slightly less tight. Did more on the bottom inside corners so the the connector closes now without having to do that light press on the bottom of the phone.

The KiDiGi dock I posted earlier looks like it might work well in landscape. I found a youtube review of the dock but for a different phone and there's a pad on the back that applies just enough pressure to keep the phone from sliding when in landscape.

But no matter what, none of the current solutions is as good as a DX Motorola car mount. Really going to miss that
I agree, it complicates things, but if Google had said from the beginning, "Put your USB ports on the bottom centered on the device, X MM from the back plane and parallel to it," we might have a ton of accessories that would much more usable. All the manufacturers would have to do is make a cheap little insert for each new device. Certainly this is an oversimplification and I realize Google doesn't really have the authority to decree something like that, but putting their weight behind a universal standard couldn't have hurt.

At a bare minimum, why do they have to make it so hard to mount the SD card as USB storage? I can plug my iPod into the USB port in my Acura, and it works like a dream. The best I can do with my Android devices is Bluetooth audio or line out. I love the way my iPod remembers where I stopped when I last shut the engine off and picks back up with I go again. I've seen a few media players and podcast apps that come close to mimicking this behavior, but it's not as slick as Apple's integration. It's stupid crap like this that keeps the perception of Android as a "poor man's" operating system alive and well.

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No worries, Reginald. I appreciate your coming back to chime in anyway. I still haven't decided on which phone I'll be upgrading to, but all of the collective feedback in the community is really helping me decide on which way to go. Car docks are extremely important to me. As much time as I spend in my car, commuting to work and driving around LA, a phone specific dock makes getting in and out of the car so much easier and faster for me.

As far as 3rd party accessory support in comparison to the iPhone, I completely agree...but it's understandable for 3rd party accessory manufacturers to be hesitant in creating "android" specific accessories because unless they're able to make it "universal" to Android (regardless of the brand), it's difficult for them to really pinpoint a great design that everyone will really like a lot and use. Phillips is the first company I've seen that has "android" specific radios (similar to the iphone radios). I finally purchased one for a cheaper deal through thingfling.com (which always has sales on the different Phillips Android radio docks). For what it is, it's great. Using my MoPho, it is a little difficult to connect the phone on the micro-usb of the dock, but overall not too bad.
You're right, I certainly don't expect any 3rd party accessory maker to put much effort into designing parts for a phone that might sell what, 1/100 as many as an iPhone? But I sense an opportunity for accessory makers and Samsung to take it to the next level with the S3, but so far they've all been pretty slow.

I did contact ProClip USA, and they're making a charging cradle for US model S3s which should be out "in the next 1 to 3 weeks". They have one for the international version, but according to their tech guy the US models are all just a little thicker because of the chipset (which is news to me). Looks like that's the one I will wait for, but it's still not as good as an OEM solution (audio line out, truly solid clip-in).
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