June 12th, 2013, 06:31 PM
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S4 in the car
I'm wondering how you guys are managing your S4 in the car. I've got 2 main problems...
1. Trivial probably, but this is the first phone I've had with the audio socket at the top, rather than next to the micro USB on the bottom. Therefore, when in the car cradle, rather than reasonably tidily coming out of the bottom and disappearing behind the steering wheel, the cables are all over the place and running over the instrument panel, whether in portrait or landscape. The audio sticking messily out the top looks awful! Anyone got a neater solution, or a dock that manages this??
2. I want my phone to automatically detect when I plug it into the car charger, switch off the screen timeout, switch on the GPS, set the volume to max and enable speakerphone. Can the S4 do this? By default?
My old phone (Desire HD) did this by default, whereas from what I've gathered, I seem to have to manually switch on Driving mode, which starts S Voice Drive voice recognition by default, which I don't want and have heard is rubbish in the car, especially with music playing (which is generally why I use the phone in the car). I also wouldn't want stuff read out by the phone (badly), especially with other people in the car with me!
Maybe I'll explore some of these features later, but right now, I just want my new phone to be able to do what my old phone did by default.
Or should I just install Tasker and set a power state screen time out and volume change?