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Car mount for the Nexus S 4G?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by bamhm182, May 18, 2011.

  1. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I bought a Nexus S 4G last night, and I must say, I LOVE this phone. I originally had a Blackberry Curve 8530 and have wanted to upgrade to an Android for a while. I finally had the chance to do it and I took it.

    The only thing I've noticed that I've liked about my Blackberry so far is that it stayed put in a good position when I tossed it on my center console. The Nexus S slides down and becomes inconvenient to look at when I'm using the GPS. I'd like a dock that I could stick to the dashboard and hold the Nexus S so it's easy to see. I don't need it to do anything fancy like charge the phone(I have a USB cable and a USB cigarette charger) I just need it to hold the phone. I'd also prefer not to have to spend a WHOLE lot on it.

    Also, what's the status on getting batteries? I'd like to pick up a spare one. I always used to carry around a blackberry battery in case my primary one died while I'm not able to charge it.

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  2. KoukiFC3S

    KoukiFC3S Android Expert

    Check out the Kensington K39256US. Made for the iPhone but it works great with the Nexus S.
  3. lanny84

    lanny84 Lurker

    I just got one of these and it works great. Holds the phone firmly, comes with a vent mount AND a windshield mount. For less than $13 you cannot get any better! This thing is worth more than the more expensive mounts I've seen.
  4. Azelis

    Azelis Well-Known Member

  5. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I ordered a Kensington K39256US today for $15 and $7 or so for shipping. It just showed the windshield mount in the picture, so hopefully it's got the dashboard mount too, but if it doesn't, I'm perfectly fine with the windshield mount as long as it stays put. I imagine it's just a suction cup. Would I be correct in that assumption?

    EDIT: Actually, I was using Amazon's mobile website with my Nexus S earlier. Apparently it does include the dash mount and it is a suction cup. Quick question for the Nexus S users who have this dock. People were complaining that it doesn't grip the iPhone 4 well. How's it grip the Nexus S without a case? Anyone have a case? Does it still work well? I bought a thinish rubber case for the phone.
  6. eddieras

    eddieras Well-Known Member

    here's a rebate too

  7. Wiley_11

    Wiley_11 Android Enthusiast

    Samsung OEM battery 1440 mAh $5 to $15 on the web. Part# AB653850CA

    Here's a link from XDA... comparison of 1500 mAh vs 1440 mAh

    1440 mAh OEM Samsung battery REVIEW - xda-developers
  8. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Thanks for the rebate. Gotta love those. :)

    Thanks for the info about the battery, for $5 that's a steal.
  9. eddieras

    eddieras Well-Known Member

    i waited to late to order -now it's $18!
  10. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I think I did too. I've been spending way to much money recently as it is. If it were a $5 battery, I'd highly consider buying it, but right now I need to seriously stop spending all my money on niceities and start fixing up my car...
  11. Sir Digby

    Sir Digby Lurker

    When buying ultra-cheap name-brand batteries on the web, you need to be certain they are actually selling you a new battery and not a battery they've salvaged from a used phone. I did some shopping for a Nokia-branded battery for my "dumb" phone and numerous customer reviews clearly indicated that the batteries (which were in the neighborhood of $5) often had less usable capacity than the old batteries they were replacing. So the batteries were clearly not new.

    Buyer beware. Fortunately, for $5 you aren't taking much of a risk. :)
  12. Wiley_11

    Wiley_11 Android Enthusiast

  13. eddieras

    eddieras Well-Known Member

    wow = over $90 - does look nice tho
  14. MarkHirt

    MarkHirt Guest

    Worth every penny, they fit the phones they are designed for like a glove.

    Just slide it in and slide it out when your done
  15. Wiley_11

    Wiley_11 Android Enthusiast

  16. acipollo

    acipollo Well-Known Member

    The back of the phone has the magnets like the Droid X. Is there a car mount for it?
  17. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't that's a magnet. I'm not entirely sure what it is, but I've heard it is to be used as one of those credit "card" devices that you can tap to the machines instead of sliding a card though them, so that's what I'm going with...
  18. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Just bought one of the $20 batteries from Radioshack, I'll let everyone know how it works for me when I get it. Now the next issue. An external charger. While I COULD just do what I did with the blackberry and charge 1 battery up, then charge the other, that was somewhat inconvenient. Considering how long it takes this Nexus S to fully charge, I don't see that as a REAL likely solution. What would be great is if I had an external charger that I could use to charge 1 battery while the other is inside my phone charging. Does anyone have a recommendation for an external charger that's good, and preferably cheap? Do you think I'm able to trust the ones off eBay? Amazon?
  19. Wiley_11

    Wiley_11 Android Enthusiast

    I don't "recommend" this but it's the style I like and it's the only thing of this type I've found so far. Compact,fold out 110v prongs. The part I don't like is it looks like a regular usb port, would prefer micro usb.

  20. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    I think that's the same one I bought off the internet. I agree, I don't know why it would have a regular USB. Hopefully it comes with one. :/
  21. danz

    danz Lurker

    I picked up 2 of the K39256US for $9.99 each at ecost, looks like it was a pricing mistake and are 29.99 now. Should have got more.
  22. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Haha, lucky you! With the rebate you could have got it for free (or for shipping - $0.01 anyway :p)

    EDIT: Nevermind, the rebate was apparently only if it was bought in a 1 week period. I lucked out with my timing, that NEVER happens! ^_^
  23. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Sorry for the double post. I got the car dock today. It's perfect for what I need it for. It came with the vent and windshield mount. The windshield mount seemed really nice (high quality, non-distractive, etc.), but I don't live in the best neighborhood, so I'd hate to have my window bashed out by someone thinking I'm hiding something worth value in the car. The vent mount is a little less eye-catching and works well in the quick little test run I took.

    I have a window right next to my bed, so I clipped the windshield mount to that. Works perfectly. Now I can watch Netflix or whatever else while laying down and not have to worry about holding my phone. Pretty sweet. ^_^ The only problem here is that I only have one of the removable clips. Since I'd prefer to not have to drag that around with me, I'd like to buy another clip and leave one in my room and 1 in the car. It seems like I'd be able to. Does anyone know where I'd be able to pick one up at?
  24. eddieras

    eddieras Well-Known Member

    can you post a link to the one you got?

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