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Car phone cradle

Post by josbrownlie » Sun Oct 20, 2019 5:37 pm

Does anybody use a cradle for their mobile phone in the car and would you recommend it ?

Previously I've had great success and happiness with a scoosche magnetic jobbie but they don't seem to work as well in my new car
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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:09 pm

I've had the Mag Mount from Pitaka recommended to me as being the bees knees of phone holders. They're quite pricey but properly top end.

Snag is the corresponding phone cases are only available for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy / Note and I have a Sony Xperia. :(

Keep meaning to research holders on Mobile Fun who have more regular priced items; aiming to get an Air Vent one as I don't want to clutter up the view from through the windscreen.

Really ought to get this sorted as I'm travelling around quite a bit these days on my own and to have Google Maps or Waze available could be useful. Alternatively, perhaps I should just change my car for one with a fitted SatNav! :o

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by monkeymax » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:14 pm

I've been using this all year:
https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00RVHC2B0
Like Guy I don't like having my windscreen obscured and on my car this placed the phone in a good, visible place, while also not intruding anywhere. And as I use the Bluetooth on the phone to listen to Podcasts, I don't feel like I'm missing out on not listening to CDs either.

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by jtc » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:50 am

Bahnstormer_vRS wrote:
Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:09 pm
I've had the Mag Mount from Pitaka recommended to me as being the bees knees of phone holders. They're quite pricey but properly top end.

Snag is the corresponding phone cases are only available for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy / Note and I have a Sony Xperia. :(

Keep meaning to research holders on Mobile Fun who have more regular priced items; aiming to get an Air Vent one as I don't want to clutter up the view from through the windscreen.

Really ought to get this sorted as I'm travelling around quite a bit these days on my own and to have Google Maps or Waze available could be useful. Alternatively, perhaps I should just change my car for one with a fitted SatNav! :o

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by josbrownlie » Mon Oct 21, 2019 6:14 am

Yeah I was going to say changing your car for one with sat nav seems like a backward step. Although my new car does have on board sat nav I don't use it as it's not as up to date as Google maps and it certainly doesn't have live traffic updates
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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by Bungle-ator » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 am

^^^^I can't stand using Google maps on Android auto but that might change one day. For now I'm much happier with the inbuilt sat nav.

As for a phone holder, is blue tac not sufficient?

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by jtc » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:23 am

Bungle-ator wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 am
^^^^I can't stand using Google maps on Android auto but that might change one day. For now I'm much happier with the inbuilt sat nav.

As for a phone holder, is blue tac not sufficient?
Give Waze a go - same map detail (Google bought them) but much friendlier interface :thumbup:
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Post by Amor Vincit Omnia » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:54 am

Bungle-ator wrote:^^^^I can't stand using Google maps on Android auto but that might change one day. For now I'm much happier with the inbuilt sat nav.

As for a phone holder, is blue tac not sufficient?
There speaks a man after my own heart. My phone remains in my bag with the ringtone switched off when I’m driving, and I use the inbuilt satnav if I don’t know where I’m going or I think there may be traffic problems. Of course, I don’t have to use the car for work, apart from getting there – in fact I’m not allowed to have the ringer on at work either. At least, not when I’m teaching.


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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by Bungle-ator » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:00 am

jtc wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:23 am
Bungle-ator wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 am
^^^^I can't stand using Google maps on Android auto but that might change one day. For now I'm much happier with the inbuilt sat nav.

As for a phone holder, is blue tac not sufficient?
Give Waze a go - same map detail (Google bought them) but much friendlier interface :thumbup:
Naaah, I quite likey the one in my Skoda and I don't need to wire up my phone for that.

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by atnits » Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:30 pm

I stick to old-school.

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by sproughton » Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:21 pm

Bungle-ator wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:00 am
jtc wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:23 am
Bungle-ator wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:34 am
^^^^I can't stand using Google maps on Android auto but that might change one day. For now I'm much happier with the inbuilt sat nav.

As for a phone holder, is blue tac not sufficient?
Give Waze a go - same map detail (Google bought them) but much friendlier interface :thumbup:
Naaah, I quite likey the one in my Skoda and I don't need to wire up my phone for that.
Ha, interestingly I hate the one in my Skoda. Android Auto all the way

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by magicman » Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:38 pm

I've got this, automatic open/close, nice tight grip on the phone and vent grasp.
Wireless charging too.
NANAMI Wireless Car Charger Mount
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H32QGHW/ ... RDbBXS02X5

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by gwells » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:58 pm

i don't know if it's possible to get these in Europe, but both my wife and i have Pro Clip mounts in our cars.

https://www.proclipusa.com/

They're car-specific mounts. They're designed to fit into specific places within the interior structure of your car, with pieces pushing into gaps in the dashboard with clips or onto the top/bottom of things like vents. very sturdy mounts. different cars have multiple areas (usually 2-3) that they can be mounted in. very sturdy, well made. it's a two piece system, with the car mount being one piece (specific to your car) and the phone mount being another (to fit a general range, choose one your phone will fit into).

for example, these are the two locations on my nissan frontier. These are the base plates that the phone mount attaches to.
proclip.PNG
not cheap. but they don't look so "add on" like the magnetic, CD, vent, dash, or windshield mount and they have a long life. the car mount i have in my truck is already 12 yrs old (bought the pro clip w/in the first month i had it) and still works perfectly. i've changed the phone mount side a few times as i've swapped phones.
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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by Bahnstormer_vRS » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:41 pm

gwells wrote:
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:58 pm
i don't know if it's possible to get these in Europe, but both my wife and i have Pro Clip mounts in our cars.

https://www.proclipusa.com/

They're car-specific mounts. They're designed to fit into specific places within the interior structure of your car, with pieces pushing into gaps in the dashboard with clips or onto the top/bottom of things like vents. very sturdy mounts. different cars have multiple areas (usually 2-3) that they can be mounted in. very sturdy, well made. it's a two piece system, with the car mount being one piece (specific to your car) and the phone mount being another (to fit a general range, choose one your phone will fit into).

for example, these are the two locations on my nissan frontier. These are the base plates that the phone mount attaches to.

proclip.PNG

not cheap. but they don't look so "add on" like the magnetic, CD, vent, dash, or windshield mount and they have a long life. the car mount i have in my truck is already 12 yrs old (bought the pro clip w/in the first month i had it) and still works perfectly. i've changed the phone mount side a few times as i've swapped phones.
Great shout Greg. :clap: :clap:

The proclipusa website appears to be USA specific; certainly doesn't has a number of European cars listed e.g. Skoda.

Did some googling and found Brodit who are a UK company, selling proclips.

Very much like the idea of a more secure, and neater, fixing. :thumbup:

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Re: Car phone cradle

Post by gwells » Tue Oct 22, 2019 12:53 am

awesome. i figured since the site name was proclipUSA, that there was a possibility that there was a non-US distributor.
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