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Old September 1st, 2012, 06:57 AM   #251 (permalink)
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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....
Could you simply put a shortcut in the car home app that will do that? Just throwing out an idea.

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Note from iBOLT: SpinningHead (the developer) have just posted a Beta version of a "support app" for the CarHome Ultra application. Only the Galaxy SIII version is supported at this time. The new beta app features a "dim screen" button. The intended functionality is to give users a way of dimming the screen with 1-button and to "wake it" up too with one touch. Very useful when in the car dock. Here's the link... Sleep Mode (beta) | TheSpinningHead Test together with CarHome Ultra dowloaded and insert this new app as a favorite in one of the first squares so you have easy access to it while driving.

Please provide feedback directly to this thread, the developer or email info@ibolt.co and we'll work close with SpinningHead to summarize the user feedback so we can move towards a final software version.

Please note that you go need to go to Settings-Security-Device Admin-Unknown sources (accept download outside of Google Play). If you are not comfortable with this, please do not try. See attached screen shot.
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Note from iBOLT: SpinningHead (the developer) have just posted a Beta version of a "support app" for the CarHome Ultra application. Only the Galaxy SIII version is supported at this time. The new beta app features a "dim screen" button. The intended functionality is to give users a way of dimming the screen with 1-button and to "wake it" up too with one touch. Very useful when in the car dock. Here's the link... Sleep Mode (beta) | TheSpinningHead Test together with CarHome Ultra dowloaded and insert this new app as a favorite in one of the first squares so you have easy access to it while driving.
This is a really cool idea -- and will address some of the concerns voiced about no longer being able to get to the power button when the phone is docked.

But on that same topic ... I thought I saw some feedback from iBolt about coming out with a NEW version of this dock that WILL give access to the power button (sorry, but my quick browsing search failed to find that post).

So, does anyone know if is this just going to be a hole in the case? Or is it going to be something fancier -- like a button? Asking because I just tried setting my S3 (in its case) on the side and pressing down -- to see if that pressed the power button, and it does NOT. So, without this feature, unless I remove the case every time I dock the phone, I will have no way to turn it off.
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WAWood8: The iBOLT dock comes with phone pads that you can insert in the side of the dock that will prevent the power button to turn on and off. The latest revision also features an cavity in the cradle that prevents the button from ever touching the cradle so regardless which version you have it should not be a problem. If you have lost the pads for your Dock, send an email to info@ibolt.co and we'll send you new ones.
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I bought the official Samsung car dock for Galaxy devices, comes with a car charger. You can mount it to either your dash or windshield.

Amazon.com: Samsung Galaxy ECS-K200BEGSTA Vehicle Dock - Mount - Retail Packaging - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories

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WAWood8: The iBOLT dock comes with phone pads that you can insert in the side of the dock that will prevent the power button to turn on and off. The latest revision also features an cavity in the cradle that prevents the button from ever touching the cradle so regardless which version you have it should not be a problem. If you have lost the pads for your Dock, send an email to info@ibolt.co and we'll send you new ones.
Mikael: Thanks for the response ... but I guess I phrased my question poorly.

I was looking for a way to turn OFF the phone while it was in the dock, and was asking if iBolt planned to have a new opening in the case where you could then reach the power button and press it.

However, you're telling me that the current case has pads, so that I could insert a pad (or two) and then just press "down" on the phone to turn it off?
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Is the iBolt holder padded? Around the bottom and the arm at the top?

Looks like a lot of hard plastic rubbing against my 500 phone...
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Is the iBolt holder padded? Around the bottom and the arm at the top?

Looks like a lot of hard plastic rubbing against my 500 phone...
Top clamp is padded and bottom is NOT.
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I customized my iBolt (read: sacrificed the base) to make a custom car mount:
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Very cool. I assume you ran the power cord through the vent?
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Taking the iBolt dock back -- two reasons. First, and this is NOT the dock's fault, was hoping that using a dock would correct the problem with this POS phone in which it does NOT pair with my car BT most of the time. It did not -- and having the car app on the screen actually make for MORE work in trying to force this garbage phone to work! (note: my OLD HTC Dinc (1) paired without problems, so it's this phone).

Second, tried using the cable with the audio connector. Get a real LOUD, annoying buzzing sound and LOTS of static. Turning up the volume to actually hear the music and the phone calls doesn't help because that just turns up the buzzing and static.

Tried regular audio cable with phone connected to car Aux jack -- no buzz, no static.

Update: Discovered that this is a "common" problem with some mobile devices when both charging the device through USB and having the audio line connected. There are Ground Loop adapters that claim to remove this -- and I have ordered one. Will have to wait (probably a week) to see if that fixes this. Please note that, I did the same connections with my HTC Dinc (1) and did NOT get the Ground Loop problem.
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Taking the iBolt dock back -- two reasons. First, and this is NOT the dock's fault, was hoping that using a dock would correct the problem with this POS phone in which it does NOT pair with my car BT most of the time. It did not -- and having the car app on the screen actually make for MORE work in trying to force this garbage phone to work! (note: my OLD HTC Dinc (1) paired without problems, so it's this phone).

Second, tried using the cable with the audio connector. Get a real LOUD, annoying buzzing sound and LOTS of static. Turning up the volume to actually hear the music and the phone calls doesn't help because that just turns up the buzzing and static.

Tried regular audio cable with phone connected to car Aux jack -- no buzz, no static.

Update: Discovered that this is a "common" problem with some mobile devices when both charging the device through USB and having the audio line connected. There are Ground Loop adapters that claim to remove this -- and I have ordered one. Will have to wait (probably a week) to see if that fixes this. Please note that, I did the same connections with my HTC Dinc (1) and did NOT get the Ground Loop problem.
I have the iBolt and used it with a JVC deck, connected via Bluetooth, and no problems.

Just bought a new F150 and connect via Bluetooth with Ford SYNC, and no problems.

This is an awesome dock. I honestly have no idea how it could be any better.
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Taking the iBolt dock back -- two reasons. First, and this is NOT the dock's fault, was hoping that using a dock would correct the problem with this POS phone in which it does NOT pair with my car BT most of the time. It did not -- and having the car app on the screen actually make for MORE work in trying to force this garbage phone to work! (note: my OLD HTC Dinc (1) paired without problems, so it's this phone).

Second, tried using the cable with the audio connector. Get a real LOUD, annoying buzzing sound and LOTS of static. Turning up the volume to actually hear the music and the phone calls doesn't help because that just turns up the buzzing and static.

Tried regular audio cable with phone connected to car Aux jack -- no buzz, no static.

Update: Discovered that this is a "common" problem with some mobile devices when both charging the device through USB and having the audio line connected. There are Ground Loop adapters that claim to remove this -- and I have ordered one. Will have to wait (probably a week) to see if that fixes this. Please note that, I did the same connections with my HTC Dinc (1) and did NOT get the Ground Loop problem.
I tested the STATIC issue with my Ibolt and a KiDiGi desktop dock and both had similar issues. I trouble shooted with an Audio Ground Loop Isolator and it got worse. I now believe the issue to be a core hardware design flaw with my S3.

Positive alternative...running a normal usb out for power with the headphone output results in CLEAN audio during charging. Not only that, but calls will get routed through the headphone out....and BT will still over ride headphone out during a call if need be. (that may be rom dependent though)
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check ebay for cd car cell phone dock
amazing device. goes into your cd player and holds the phone. may be good for some not for all but a great stand and very adjustable to not get in the way of buttons or ports
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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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I just ordered this one too. I'm hoping it will hold my SGS3 in the Defender case. If not then I'm going back to my original plan of making my own mount out of the Defender holster.
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I have the Ibolt dock, does exactly what it says on the box.

The best thing about it is that I can use my s3 in the dock without removing my phone from its flip case. Bonus.!
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Update: received the Ground Loop isolator -- and it does what it claims to do! The sound coming through the speakers now is clear without any distortion, buzzing, or hum.

But now, I notice that the telephone calls do NOT come through the car speakers but through the phone speaker. I think I remember reading that is is yet ANOTHER Samsung design "decision", this time, to NOT allow phone audio to use external speakers. Can anyone confirm this?
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Positive alternative...running a normal usb out for power with the headphone output results in CLEAN audio during charging. Not only that, but calls will get routed through the headphone out....and BT will still over ride headphone out during a call if need be. (that may be rom dependent though)
You mean that if I connect the iBolt cable directly to the phone, instead of using the cable attached to the dock, that phone audio will get routed through the car speakers -- along with the other (Navigation, Music) as well?

Update: Connecting iBolt to their supplied USB cable results in NO call audio coming over the speakers -- because that would have to come out the USB port, which as already been said, does NOT work.

Using a USB cable and separate audio cable pretty much eliminates the usefulness of the dock -- unless you simply want something to cradle the phone in the card.

So, at this point, looks like I have to live with phone audio coming out of the phone -- without using BT.
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Anyway to have the screen not automatically stay on when S3 in the iBolt dock? I put my phone in the dock, plug it in, & the screen stays on constantly even if not using any apps. I find this to over heat my phone & just want the phone in the dock so that if I do have to use it, it is easily accessible.
How do I get the S3 to keep the screen off? thanks
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You guys should check this out. Ordered mine from ebay for $15
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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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Just got mine in a couple of days ago...
It fits the SGS3 while it's in the Defender case!, awesome!
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From post 252...try this: Sleep Mode (beta) | TheSpinningHead

I gave it a try and it's a nice alternative.
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What's up with the reviews on Verizon's website regarding the ibolt dock? Last I checked, they were all pretty much negative but on here everybody talks highly of it.
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Update: received the Ground Loop isolator -- and it does what it claims to do! The sound coming through the speakers now is clear without any distortion, buzzing, or hum.

But now, I notice that the telephone calls do NOT come through the car speakers but through the phone speaker. I think I remember reading that is is yet ANOTHER Samsung design "decision", this time, to NOT allow phone audio to use external speakers. Can anyone confirm this?
I used an AUX cable from the S3 to my Civic's plug and I had the same issue, while audio would go through the car speakers phone calls would automatically be through the S3's speakerphone.

I got a $4 AUX-microphone cable on Amazon that solved the problem, the calls now play through the car speakers and it also solved a terrible feedback issue I had as well. In other words, I don't think its a Samsung design choice
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Hi there. The solution to dim the screen while driving is very easy. Download CarHome Ultra and then also their new app as described in this video. It works really well... The app for dimming the screen is only available for the Galaxy S III though. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vpZT8kMbL4&feature=plcp
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Thanks, but $4 seems like a lot for a car dock app.
Wish Samsung would have included one in the phone.
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Taking the iBolt dock back -- two reasons. First, and this is NOT the dock's fault, was hoping that using a dock would correct the problem with this POS phone in which it does NOT pair with my car BT most of the time. It did not -- and having the car app on the screen actually make for MORE work in trying to force this garbage phone to work! (note: my OLD HTC Dinc (1) paired without problems, so it's this phone).

Second, tried using the cable with the audio connector. Get a real LOUD, annoying buzzing sound and LOTS of static. Turning up the volume to actually hear the music and the phone calls doesn't help because that just turns up the buzzing and static.

Tried regular audio cable with phone connected to car Aux jack -- no buzz, no static.

Update: Discovered that this is a "common" problem with some mobile devices when both charging the device through USB and having the audio line connected. There are Ground Loop adapters that claim to remove this -- and I have ordered one. Will have to wait (probably a week) to see if that fixes this. Please note that, I did the same connections with my HTC Dinc (1) and did NOT get the Ground Loop problem.
Side note, for BT... If you are running any type of battery savers or task killers it might be messing with BT. Its a long shot but I have had that problem in the past. As someone mentioned in another post I too use a JVC and Bluetooth works 100% of the time... One of the reasons I went away from the HTC one x (Which runs a task killer from HTC to "Save battery").
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Well, I quit using the iBolt with the aux cable because, like so many others, despite using a ground loop isolator, the hum and buzz returned!

But, the good news is, using Car Home Ultra, the phone now pairs automatically with the BT in the car!

So, I'm back to using the card dock -- and it's great.
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Does anyone know if the ibolt car dock will fit with an otterbox case? The website says that it works with "most" cases...
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The guys at Smartphonepedia did a You Tube video review on the iBolt and showed it fitting the Otterbox Commuter but said the Defender did not fit.
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All, here's a new YouTube video demo showing exactly how to use the CarHome Ultra application in the car with your preferred holding solution. If you are using an OEM dock, like the Samsung Infuse for the S III, or an aftermarket like our iBOLT.co dock the application will start by itself. If you are using any universal holder you can still use this type app but you have to start it with an NFC tag or click on it manually when you get into the car.

Note how you have speedometer, compass, real time address where you are on the main screen plus 30 "tiles" that you can use to insert shortcuts to apps, contacts or whatever you want.
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Using Car Home Ultra and the iBolt. I found it easy to just press down to turn off. My problem was I use it in my 4WD, the phone was turning itself on and off randomly on dirt roads. I've now "modified" (ground a large hole in!) the iBolt so I can now access the power button easily and it doesn't turn itself on or off. Very happy with the set-up now.

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If you search back through this thread, you'll find a post indicating an app that you can install that will allow you to darken the S3 screen by tapping it. I use that, and it works great.
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The "Ibolt" car/docking system works great for my galaxys3.... Charge+auxiliary connect...I came from Motorola with docking and found the "Ibolt" at verizon for only$39.99... It looks great, works great, and youcan leave your case on!
A must have!
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I need a recommendation or two. I grew up in and most of my family lives in Rockaway, NY. I have been driving to and from Westchester all week and will be for a while. I need a dock that will hold the phone in the Convert case, what options are there right now. Has anything new sized for the Note 2 come out. I need one Asap. For example tomorrow morning I'm driving 25 gallons of gas and 10 more of diesel down. I need to make driving as safe as possible because I am on the phone constantly coordinating relief and family living arrangements
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Old November 7th, 2012, 07:39 AM   #286 (permalink)
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Just a heads up, but AT&T has the Infuse 4g dock that is said to fit the Galaxy S3 on sale for $5 with free shipping:

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/accessories/cases/sku5190308.html#fbid=7Ghcuz4Ctio
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Bought an exogear exomount 2 from Amazon, unfortunately it shipped USPS first class. Hopefully it fits with a case. Impossible to find reviews.
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Bought an exogear exomount 2 from Amazon, unfortunately it shipped USPS first class. Hopefully it fits with a case. Impossible to find reviews.
I have the exomount.
It will fit the with any case... even with the Otterbox Defender.
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I finally saw in one of the images that the largest the clamp opens is 3.75" or something around there. Should arrive tomorrow. I'm getting the exomount 2, it looks nicer than the original. I'm not sure what else changed.
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Thumbs down Exomount 2 manufacturing defect

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Exogear Exomount 2 Universal Car Mount for iPhone 5 Android Phone GPS Black

The Exogear Exomount 2 I received was defective. The ball joint was overtightened and was very difficult to get loose. Now it won't tighten down enough to hold the phone up.

I contacted Exogear by email this evening and hopefuly they send a replacement. Don't want to go through the reseller in case the problem is with the whole lot. This is why being an early adopter can bite you on the ass.

The positive is that the suction cup stayed on while I repeatedly wrestled with the nut on the ball joint trying to tighten it down.
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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....
It would be nice if, "you at iBolt", made it able to hold the S3 with the Otterbox Defender case on the phone. A lot of people have their phones in this case... that's a lot of sales you are missing out on!
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