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Old August 13th, 2012, 11:24 PM   #201 (permalink)
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Been using an adjustable Arkon Air Vent Mount like the following since my GPS days in conjunction with whatever AC/DC adapter is required

The SM429-SBH is available for < $11 via Walmart and other vendors.

Sure beats buying a custom setup.
There are also friction mount options: Arkon SM412 and SM512 for < $20.

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hmm...so VZW is carrying the iBolt in stores now??...i know they have it online and have just been dragging my feet on actually ordering it...
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Yes. I picked my iBolt at a corporate Verizon Store...unsure about 3rd party Verizon outlet stores.
Something like the Arkon SM012 is also handy for something like this (e.g. quickly remove or move between vehicles while minimizing wear to the suction cup, where windshield mounts are illegal or where mounting to the dash is impractical):

Arkon SM012 Friction Dashboard Mount with Safety Anchor, with manual here (with lots of others offering something similar type designs, including the slightly better bean bag types for uneven surfaces ~$10).



I used something similar for my Garmin GPS.
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been using the iBolt car mount for couple days. Only thing I dislike is when you put it in the mount & plug in the attached USB cable, the phone stays on the home screen all the time. Phone is hot to touch after riding around for an hour with the home screen always on & charging. I wish a car dock could be launched instead or have the ability to turn off screen...can't because the on/off button is on the bottom along the long side of the mount.
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I've been using the Infuse 4g dock for almost 2 months now and it's perfect! It even fits in with the OEM Samsung ultra-thin case on!!
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i actually picked up the iBolt dock at my local VZW store yesterday...didnt have time to mess with it today...but tomorrow im gonna give it a go for a bit and let you guys know how i like it
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been using the iBolt car mount for couple days. Only thing I dislike is when you put it in the mount & plug in the attached USB cable, the phone stays on the home screen all the time. Phone is hot to touch after riding around for an hour with the home screen always on & charging. I wish a car dock could be launched instead or have the ability to turn off screen...can't because the on/off button is on the bottom along the long side of the mount.
I use Car Home Ultra - it launches automatically when I put the S3 in the IBolt dock.
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I use Car Home Ultra - it launches automatically when I put the S3 in the IBolt dock.
Did you end up buying or are you still on the 30day trial?
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I purchased it - but did so back when I had my Droid X.
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I purchased it - but did so back when I had my Droid X.
Oh cool. So the license is transferable?
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Oh cool. So the license is transferable?

My understanding is that any app purchased from the Google Play store is transferable to another Android device (as long as that device is compatible). Most apps that I purchased for my Droid X - I also use on my Xoom (tablet) and vice versa. Also, any app that I purchased for my Droid X I can transfer to my S3 (if compatible).

Hope that helps. I really like Car Home Ultra - great app, and very customizable.
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Anybody know how the S3 recognizes the dock? The Motorolas use a magnet, but the S3 doesn't have that, so I don't understand how it could differentiate between a car dock, home dock, or just regular USB power from a wall plug.
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Anybody know how the S3 recognizes the dock? The Motorolas use a magnet, but the S3 doesn't have that, so I don't understand how it could differentiate between a car dock, home dock, or just regular USB power from a wall plug.
I had the same question. It doesn't seem to recognize the dock until you plug in the small connecting wire from the Ibolt to the phone.
It seems that it must have something to do with that connection (however, I wouldn't pretend to know what that "something" is). :-)
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Found this thread. This helps to explain the "something" in the connector/wire. :-)

DIY docks & hacking docks tripping dock mode & AC charging mode - xda-developers

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"Dock mode

Samsung phones will trip their dock mode when they sense a resistor of a particular value between the ID (pin 4) & Ground (pin 5) pins on the micro USB connector
  • Car mode - 619k ohm (Validate on my Galaxy S 1 & Galaxy S 3)
  • Desk mode - 365k ohm (confirmed finally thanks to mikejr83 cracking open the SGS3 dock his wife got him. 1k ohm for SGS1 & 1k or 365k for the SGS2)"
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Cool. Thanks for the info. Good to know.
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My understanding is that any app purchased from the Google Play store is transferable to another Android device (as long as that device is compatible). Most apps that I purchased for my Droid X - I also use on my Xoom (tablet) and vice versa. Also, any app that I purchased for my Droid X I can transfer to my S3 (if compatible).

Hope that helps. I really like Car Home Ultra - great app, and very customizable.
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I just got my iBolt and I have to say it's a pretty solid car dock. It allows me to hook up to my car's AUX even though the S3 mysteriously didn't recognize my car when it was directly connected from the audio out port to my car's AUX. The only annoyance is the lack of access to the power button.

Has anyone looked into drilling a small hole through the bottom of the dock that would allow access to the on/off switch. I'm sure a button-like object could be mounted into the hole to provide some form of access to the button. This is probably more work than the resulting benefit and for all i know, there might be important wiring/circuitry that I'd be drilling through. I was just wondering if anyone had attempted this with any success.
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I re-read the post by the Ibolt rep in this thread and im not 100% sure if this dock can accomodate most cases so can somebody verify that? If not, it would seem that it would be cheaper to just get the Infuse dock.
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I re-read the post by the Ibolt rep in this thread and im not 100% sure if this dock can accomodate most cases so can somebody verify that? If not, it would seem that it would be cheaper to just get the Infuse dock.
it has a "sleeve" (for lack of a better term) that you take out to accommodate a case...not sure how large of a case it would fit though
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it has a "sleeve" (for lack of a better term) that you take out to accommodate a case...not sure how large of a case it would fit though
Thanks for the info. Im guessing standard TPU cases should fit. It's the Otterbox type cases that probably wont fit
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I have an Acase case (Amazon.com: Acase Samsung Galaxy S3 case - Superleggera PRO Dual Layer Protection (White/Black) (Fits AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon): Cell Phones & Accessories) and it fits the iBolt perfectly. It has a thin silicon cover with a hard outer shell. From what I understand this is similar to the otterbox commuter series. Also, for anyone still looking for a case, the Acase is great and also very reasonably priced at $15 on Amazon.

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Plugging the S3 into the iBolt auto launches just "Hello Galaxy." Is there suppose to be some other kind of car mode UI that I should be seeing? Is the screen suppose to stay on as long it is plugged in even if I am not using any application? thanks
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Download something like "CarHome Ultra" or other car dock app. Inert phone into dock. The auto launcher will come up with CarHome and S-Voice. Select always use this action check box and then select CarHome so that it doesn't ask you again. Now when you insert the phone into the dock connector, it will launch CarHome automatically. S-Voice is useless.
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got iottie easy one touch car mount. its on ebay/amazon about 22-25 bucks. works fine for me .
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got iottie easy one touch car mount. its on ebay/amazon about 22-25 bucks. works fine for me .
Certainly has glowing reviews on Amazon (~$20), although some seem to have issues with the S3 button placement.

iOttie One-Touch Windshield Dashboard Car Mount Holder

Also this regarding phones > 1/2" thick.

It also appears that the Note version may be more applicable to the Galaxy S3, given its size:

iOttie One-Touch windshield and dashboard car mount for Galaxy Note

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Certainly has glowing reviews on Amazon (~$20), although some seem to have issues with the S3 button placement.

iOttie One-Touch Windshield Dashboard Car Mount Holder

Also this regarding phones > 1/2" thick.

It also appears that the Note version may be more applicable to the Galaxy S3, given its size:

iOttie One-Touch windshield and dashboard car mount for Galaxy Note

on ebay i talked to an iottie rep about it. was going to get the note size but they said

It would work, however the side buttons on the phone are covered by the arms that hold the phone into place. So you should most likely purchase our One Touch Universal Car Mount for iPhone4s.

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iOttie Easy One Touch Car Mount Holder for Apple iPhone 4 4S Samsung Galaxy 2 S3 | eBay
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on ebay i talked to an iottie rep about it. was going to get the note size but they said

It would work, however the side buttons on the phone are covered by the arms that hold the phone into place. So you should most likely purchase our One Touch Universal Car Mount for iPhone4s.

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I ended up with the Arkon SM412 (~$16 @ amazon), which has the pad included and doesn't block any buttons or ports. Nice to have lots of options.

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Akita. The iBOLT S III dock fits with cases up to 2.5 mm thick. This means all known cases except Otterbox Defender and the Ballistic cases fit. The Otterbox commuter for example fits very nicely. We will work towards having a case compatibility list. As soon as I have something I will post it here...
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Akita. The iBOLT S III dock fits with cases up to 2.5 mm thick. This means all known cases except Otterbox Defender and the Ballistic cases fit. The Otterbox commuter for example fits very nicely. We will work towards having a case compatibility list. As soon as I have something I will post it here...

The iBolt is awesome! I got mine over the weekend and it is perfect. IT is very low profile, clean looking, and the phone fits perfectly, even with my TPU case on the phone. In conjunction with Car Dock Ultra, it is the perfect accessory. As far as those complaining that they dont have access to the power button, I have found that if I press the opposite side of the phone that it will activate the power button from underneath. A+ iBolt!
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The iBolt is awesome! I got mine over the weekend and it is perfect. IT is very low profile, clean looking, and the phone fits perfectly, even with my TPU case on the phone. In conjunction with Car Dock Ultra, it is the perfect accessory. As far as those complaining that they dont have access to the power button, I have found that if I press the opposite side of the phone that it will activate the power button from underneath. A+ iBolt!
I take it from your post, that your S3 display shuts off at some time. Mine stays always on when plugged into the iBolt. Is this normal? How can I turn off the screen if the power button is below & covered by the mount so the phone can stop heating up from hours of the display being on on trips? thanks
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Akita. The iBOLT S III dock fits with cases up to 2.5 mm thick. This means all known cases except Otterbox Defender and the Ballistic cases fit. The Otterbox commuter for example fits very nicely. We will work towards having a case compatibility list. As soon as I have something I will post it here...
Cool. Thanks for the info.
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I used the Infuse dock a couple of times and today it cracked the corner of my screen...not very happy but that's what I get for buying something not made specifically for that phone. Guess I'll be getting the iBolt soon.

I picked up an iBolt ($39.99 +tax) last Friday at a Verizon store and it's awesome (the ibolt, not the Verizon store). I use it in conjunction with Car Home Ultra (paid version) and it works great. I also have a Seidio Active Case and it fits perfectly.
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so ive been using the iBolt for a bit now...ill write up a more in depth review at some point....but i like it for the most part...

im not CRAZY about how the power connector works...but i think i was just spoiled by the DX Dock from Motorola on that one...

my only other gripe (and its more with Samsung than iBolt) is that you have access to the volume rocker, but not the power button...sometimes with my X it was easy to place the phone in the dock but not be using it for anything (playing music, nav etc) but just wanted to charge it...so it was nice to be able to click the power button and lock the screen...

but overall its a SOLID piece and im glad i waited for this instead of getting the Infuse dock which i knew was going to eventually start problems
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Only had it a few days but ibolt is working good for me
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Thanks for the info. Im guessing standard TPU cases should fit. It's the Otterbox type cases that probably wont fit
That is what I have - an OtterBox case so I don't have to worry about it while hiking. Does anyone have experience with fitting an S3 + OtterCase in a car dock?
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That is what I have - an OtterBox case so I don't have to worry about it while hiking. Does anyone have experience with fitting an S3 + OtterCase in a car dock?
which one? im almost POSITIVE i read in this thread that the commuter fits in the iBolt dock (which IMO is THE BEST dock for our cars)
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which one? im almost POSITIVE i read in this thread that the commuter fits in the iBolt dock (which IMO is THE BEST dock for our cars)
Found this video, so I ordered a commuter case. Been using iBolt for a couple of weeks and I agree, best dock available!

iBolt Car Charging Dock For The Samsung Galaxy S3 Demonstration - YouTube
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I also have had the iBolt for a couple weeks now and have to say it's probably the best dock for our phones. I have an aluminum bumper cover and it fits perfectly. I'm using Car Home Ultra.

I like my old DX dock better but the charge port on the S3 is on the bottom so it kind of limits the dock design.

Only thing I don't like is that when the phone is docked and charging, the camera/video mode will be upside down. Only way to record is by unplugging the charge. Not sure why this happens. I plan on road course racing and would like to record my experience on the track.
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I re-used the Brodit that I had for my iPhone, modified it slightly and it fits the S3 great now, its the adjustable on so fits with pretty much any case on, my case is the Otterbox commuter. It also rotates so can view the phone in landscape for satnav etc.





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I used the Infuse dock a couple of times and today it cracked the corner of my screen...not very happy but that's what I get for buying something not made specifically for that phone. Guess I'll be getting the iBolt soon.
curious how the Infuse car dock cracked your screen? I've used mine nonstop for weeks and haven't seen any problems, but don't want to break my phone.
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Old August 26th, 2012, 02:43 PM   #239 (permalink)
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Am I an idiot or am I missing something on the iBolt website to actually buy it?
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curious how the Infuse car dock cracked your screen? I've used mine nonstop for weeks and haven't seen any problems, but don't want to break my phone.
My infuse dock works great as well. In and out a couple of hundred times so far and no prob. I did use a Drexel on it though so it goes in and out easier.
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Am I an idiot or am I missing something on the iBolt website to actually buy it?

you can buy it directly from the VZW website.
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you can buy it directly from the VZW website.
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My infuse dock works great as well. In and out a couple of hundred times so far and no prob. I did use a Drexel on it though so it goes in and out easier.
I had thought it was too tight a fit and cracked the screen when I was taking out of the dock. Came to find out when my wife was checking out my phone, she dropped it on the driveway before I was able to put my case on so that's probably where the crack came from. I wish I had known that before I sent the Infuse dock back. I already got an iBolt so it's too late now.
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Broke down and bought the ibolt from my local VZW store. I actually love the damn thing. Not as great as the dock I had with the Droid X though.
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anyone using a car dock with an extended battery?
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Got my iBolt yesterday from Amazon. Love this thing. I with my car had an AUX in though
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Exogear's Exomount for me....love it. Plus it works with all phones without having to change anything....of course i get it into car-home mode using an NFC tag.
The only thing its missing is the internal charger so yes, it does require a cable hanging...but I am willing to deal with that.

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We at iBOLT are working on a solution for being able to dim the screen when in car mode. In a few weeks we'll have something more to share so be patient. Being able to dim down the screen while in car mode (Samsung sVoice or CarHome Ultra) would be great so stay tuned....
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