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    Default YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    HAHA! I didn't think I'd be able to get this phone tomorrow because I couldn't find information about the car dock.

    Here is the link Set Your Location (Ok, is there a way to name this link? I didn't see the option. Oh well. Just click Set Your Location. LOL)

    And a pic.




    I want 3 things from a car dock, and from the site the last 3 features are:

    • Automatically transitions phone to Car Mode
    • Ball and socket arm adjusts to any angle
    • Built-in Micro-USB connector allows to charge while mounted


    Wish wireless charging was an option, but I'm happy it charges.

    It's a Griffin. So, I guess Motorola has abandoned making car docks. My only regret about it being a Griffin is that I'm not the person who the company is named after. (Griffin is the g in my user name.)

    It's only $40. I'd pay more for, but I'm happy to only pay this.

    It has a ball socket. So, it will mount to my dash mounted plate/ball mount. (UPDATE: Wrong size ball. Scroll down to the pics to see how I overcame this.)
    (Yay! I now have 4 unused suction cups. Not entirely, I use them when I have to fly and get a rental car.)

    Now after dropping the kids off tomorrow at camp, I'm heading to VZW for a new phone. I don't expect the dock to be in stock yet. My RAZR dock took a while to show up. I just wanted to know it existed. I can rough it with my phone in the cup holder for a while.

    Oh yeah, In case you don't go to the link, this dock is compatible with the Ultra as well as the Maxx. According to the website, it is even compatible with the Red Ultra. Yeah, I know somebody was sweating that one!
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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    Looks like I'll be getting this when I get the phone!! A charging dock is just what I need for my work commute.

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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    Beats the $75 i paid Verizon for the Motorola car dock for my Droid X. Well off to the dentist and then to the Verizon store to check out the Maxx. Griffin seems to make decent stuff, hopefully this will hold up as well as my Droid X dock that is still in use 3+ years later.
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    Nice. Motorola made a good car dock. Unfortunately they were always far too expensive, and every time a new phone came out they moved the danged connectors rendering the old dock useless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiplg View Post
    HAHA! I didn't think I'd be able to get this phone tomorrow because I couldn't find information about the car dock.

    Here is the link Set Your Location (Ok, is there a way to name this link? I didn't see the option. Oh well. Just click Set Your Location. LOL)

    And a pic.

    http://s7.vzw.com/is/image/VerizonWi...mnt?$acc%2Dlg$


    I want 3 things from a car dock, and from the site the last 3 features are:

    • Automatically transitions phone to Car Mode
    • Ball and socket arm adjusts to any angle
    • Built-in Micro-USB connector allows to charge while mounted


    Wish wireless charging was an option, but I'm happy it charges.

    It's a Griffin. So, I guess Motorola has abandoned making car docks. My only regret about it being a Griffin is that I'm not the person who the company is named after. (Griffin is the g in my user name.)

    It's only $40. I'd pay more for, but I'm happy to only pay this.

    It has a ball socket. So, it will mount to my dash mounted plate/ball mount.
    (Yay! I now have 4 unused suction cups. Not entirely, I use them when I have to fly and get a rental car.)

    Now after dropping the kids off tomorrow at camp, I'm heading to VZW for a new phone. I don't expect the dock to be in stock yet. My RAZR dock took a while to show up. I just wanted to know it existed. I can rough it with my phone in the cup holder for a while.

    Oh yeah, In case you don't go to the link, this dock is compatible with the Ultra as well as the Maxx. According to the website, it is even compatible with the Red Ultra. Yeah, I know somebody was sweating that one!
    Glad you found one! awesome. and great price too.
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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    Might also want to check out the Owlpad. It has 2 advantages it is a wireless charging setup and you can use different phones in it. For example my son owns a DNA and I have a MAXX. We can use the same cradle. It goes for about $50.00.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturm Rider View Post
    Might also want to check out the Owlpad. It has 2 advantages it is a wireless charging setup and you can use different phones in it. For example my son owns a DNA and I have a MAXX. We can use the same cradle. It goes for about $50.00.
    Which Owlpad did you get? I don't see one for the MAXX...
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    They have a carpad called all. It supposedly takes care of the HTC Droid DNA as well as the MAXX I am waiting for my MAXX to be sure. I ordered through Wirefly. The all does the Samsung with back, Galaxy Nexus 4 HTC and more so I see no reason why it will not do the MAXX.
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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiplg View Post
    It has a ball socket. So, it will mount to my dash mounted plate/ball mount.
    (Yay! I now have 4 unused suction cups. Not entirely, I use them when I have to fly and get a rental car.)
    Which dash mounted plate/ball mount do you have and are they all of a universal size?

    I was looking at getting this to attached to my existing proclip Ball Mount Adapter Plate - ProClip USA and I was wondering if the socket on the Griffin will fit this ball.
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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chiplg View Post
    HAHA! I didn't think I'd be able to get this phone tomorrow because I couldn't find information about the car dock.

    Here is the link Set Your Location (Ok, is there a way to name this link? I didn't see the option. Oh well. Just click Set Your Location. LOL)

    [...]

    Now after dropping the kids off tomorrow at camp, I'm heading to VZW for a new phone. I don't expect the dock to be in stock yet. My RAZR dock took a while to show up. I just wanted to know it existed. I can rough it with my phone in the cup holder for a while.
    It was in stock this morning. I ordered one and it's on the way. Thanks for the heads-up!
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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    Quote Originally Posted by opuntia2 View Post
    Which dash mounted plate/ball mount do you have and are they all of a universal size?

    I was looking at getting this to attached to my existing proclip Ball Mount Adapter Plate*-*ProClip USA and I was wondering if the socket on the Griffin will fit this ball.
    That is the same size as my mount. 17mm seems to be standard. Some places used to call it a Garmin ball since that is what all of their GPSs use.

    The owl pad looks like it would work, but it does not appear to activate car dock mode. That kills it for me. I'll look into it to be sure. I'm also concerned about how secure it is vs. a phone specific dock.

    The owl uses a 17mm ball.


    I have been assuming the Griffin dock does as well, based on the photographs. I have seen other size balls, but like I said, it is pretty standard.


    ***EDIT*** It is not the same size ball!!! It is smaller. Have not measured it yet, but it will not fit a 17mm ball.
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    Will you send me the photo or video clip for the MAXX? I'd like to make sure Owl CarPad/all is working with MAXX also. moon@owlcharger.com
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    Many of clients ask me whether CarPad/all is compatible with MAXX. So Please help me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by doogald View Post
    It was in stock this morning. I ordered one and it's on the way. Thanks for the heads-up!
    doogald,
    Just checking to see what your thoughts were on the quality and functionality of the car dock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LOTL2 View Post
    doogald,
    Just checking to see what your thoughts were on the quality and functionality of the car dock.
    I unboxed it and put it together, verified that the Maxx fit, but then didn't have time o try it out further. I'm on a trip at the moment and won't be able to try it out until Thursday. I'll let you know what I think then.

    Based on my quick first look, it seems fine. However, I may decide to go with a different solution if this dock keeps the phone powered on the whole time while docked. I'm not sure I need that for everyday use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doogald View Post
    However, I may decide to go with a different solution if this dock keeps the phone powered on the whole time while docked. I'm not sure I need that for everyday use.
    That's kind of the point of the dock, in addition to its other features. Having said that, you should be able to hit the power button on turn off the screen when you don't want it on.

    Mine should be here later this week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiplg View Post
    That's kind of the point of the dock, in addition to its other features. Having said that, you should be able to hit the power button on turn off the screen when you don't want it on.

    Mine should be here later this week.
    With touch less control, I just want the phone to be visible if I get a call or text but powered off. I rarely navigate with the phone (though I do it; that's why I got the dock) and this phone doesn't need to be plugged in while driving.

    So, docked but powered off, waiting to hear me say ok google now - that'll be fine 95% of the time. I may look for a generic dock that will just hold the phone in addition to the official Griffin.
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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    I have it now and it is not great, but it is better than a generic dock.

    It does an ok job of holding the phone, but it is not a Motorola dock. Not anywhere near the quality I came to expect from my Droid X and RAZR docks. I don't know where the engineers that worked for Motorola's accessory division went, but I wasn't to work for Griffin. Don't get me wrong. The dock is ok and usable, but it is obviously a third party product built for a specific device. It's "OK" The phone fits, but it is wiggles left and right. I can't use my Motorola USB/Audio cable with it yet. The cable I'm talking about has an audio jack on it and will allow audio from the phone to pass through the USB to the radio. It worked on the RAZR. Not on the Maxx. Also, I have to find another ball mount for my AMPS plate. IT IS NOT 17MM!!!!!!!!!!! What the Hell? Motorola used 17mm. Garmin uses 17mm. What is wrong with this company? So, I have a dock and I can't use it unitl I find a ball for it.

    By far the absolute worst thing about this is that there is no Car Home app. Seriously, I want a Car Dock app that makes interacting with my phone simple and straight forward. My phone does not always understand me in the car. I want to talk to it, but I don't want that to be the primary feature. I want a #$^&($@ app that I can configure with the features I use while I drive. I want the music apps I use right there. I don't use the same apps for music in the car that I do when I'm sitting at my desk. This really sucks. I want Poynt, Ingress, a browser, and all of the things I need there. I don't just use the Car Dock app while I'm driving. I also use it in the parking lot when I first get in the car, or when I stop. Whoever was in charge of the driving features had no idea what they were doing.

    I really wonder, do they use focus groups or do they just make up what they think is ok and do it? I feel abandoned. They did not put any serious thought into this.


    Ok, before I posted my rant, I went to the play store. I found an app I hadn't seen before called indrive. It is more visually pleasing than the other apps. Looks well made, and I am happy to report that when I put it in the dock it asked me which app to use and if I wanted to use it always. However, there is a major problem still. Hit the home button and you go to the launcher, not the car dock app. I'm very disappointed, but I have something that will work. I still miss the Car Home on the RAZR.


    So, In the end I wish I had not bought this phone. I'll never do this again. It is my fault for not verifying the mount size and the functionality of the device. I'll make it work, but I shouldn't have to MAKE it work. Change is fine, but standardization would be nice. I'd like to be able to depend on simple things like the ball size of my car dock, and that there is a car home app option if I don't want to talk to my phone all the time. I'm going to be very pissed on my drive to work tomorrow. My phone will be in the cup holder and my car dock will be sitting at home until I find what I'm looking for.
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    I found a ball size that is .56" This could be what I need for this dock. I couldn't find my micrometer. I'll take it to work tomorrow and measure it. I also sent an email to Griffin asking what size it was and letting them know that I would appreciate it if they used 17mm from now on. I doubt they care. Maybe I should have ordered the Owlpad after all. I'd have to see a report of someone using it that could confirm that it charges faster than the phone uses power while in GPS mode without producing significant heat.

    This dock does not do what I want anyway. I can manually launch the car dock app. I'll wait and see what I can do with this dock first.

    **EDIT** No micrometer, but I found a ruler it appears to be somewhere around 14 or 15mm which would make the .56" (14.224mm) ball about the right size. I cant' find one yet with an AMPs Plate, but I can make the one I found work. This is very frustrating, but I don't give up easily.
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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    You can side load the google car home app without being rooted. I did it on my bionic but I'm forgetting the exact steps. This seems familiar [APP] Google Car Home 2.2.1.4 - xda-developers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiplg View Post
    However, there is a major problem still. Hit the home button and you go to the launcher, not the car dock app. I'm very disappointed, but I have something that will work. I still miss the Car Home on the RAZR.
    Also, just a FYI that the home button issue is by design by Google starting with Android 4.2, https://code.google.com/p/android/is...etail?id=39662 (look at post #100).

    I did find this potential work around on XDA forums, requires two downloads, can't hurt to try Roms, Windows, upgrading, info help? - xda-developers
    Let us know if you try it and it works.
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    I'd really be interested in hearing a report back on the owlpad. I haven't seen these before but I've very intrigued.
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    Default Re: YES!! There is a car dock with built in charging!

    Quote Originally Posted by opuntia2 View Post
    Also, just a FYI that the home button issue is by design by Google starting with Android 4.2, https://code.google.com/p/android/is...etail?id=39662 (look at post #100).

    I did find this potential work around on XDA forums, requires two downloads, can't hurt to try Roms, Windows, upgrading, info help? - xda-developers
    Let us know if you try it and it works.
    Thanks for the links. I'll look at the downloads tonight. Also, I'm very glad to see the outrage of other users. I hate to feel like I'm a single ranting madman :-)

    Btw, I rigged the dock to work temporarily until I get a better mounting solution. The phone shifts in the dock every time I touch it. I'm not happy with the design.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chiplg View Post
    Thanks for the links. I'll look at the downloads tonight. Also, I'm very glad to see the outrage of other users. I hate to feel like I'm a single ranting madman :-)

    Btw, I rigged the dock to work temporarily until I get a better mounting solution. The phone shifts in the dock every time I touch it. I'm not happy with the design.

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    I am in the car a couple hours a day, so I am waiting for you to find a solution for me to copy. Keep us posted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelGator View Post
    I am in the car a couple hours a day, so I am waiting for you to find a solution for me to copy. Keep us posted.
    will do. I'll try the suggestions tomorrow on my drive. Still looking for a better mounting solution for this dock. I think I'll stay with this dock for now. I might try another docking solution later if I can't get past the way it wiggles in the dock when I adjust it.

    As for the suction mount, I am using it until I get a better ball mount. I can tell you that the range of motion is more limited on this ball than any ball mount I have ever used.


    I will say this though. I drive a couple of hours, and it looks like in the dock charging may be all the charging I need during the day. I'm thinking I might just get one Qi charger for the house, and not worry about it at work. I'm at 94% right now. I'm still plugging in the phone while I sleep. So the drive in to work keeps me topped off. I was at 71% at the end of my work day. I will also say I am using an app called Beat the Traffic that is running the GPS all day and draining my battery more than my screen time, which wasn't as much as usual today. Anyway, I'll be watching the trend over the next week to see how I feel.



    On an unrelated but funny note, I had a surprise waiting for me in my car today. I was confused when I got in the car. My console by the shifter had standing liquid in it. I looked up and there were splash marks everywhere. Then it hit me. Oh crap, I grabbed a Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper this morning and forgot to drink it. Triple digit temps made that Dr Pepper can explode and bounce around my car like a rocket. I really love my Dodge Charger and I try to keep it nice, but I was laughing so hard I couldn't start the car for a minute. The ceiling is a light color, not what I wanted. I scrubbed hard with Oxyclean. I'll get an upholstery cleaner on it next. Oh well, at least it didn't happen when it was new.

    I rarely drink soft drinks in the morning, but I just had the urge today. Dropped the kids off at school, and forgot about it on the way in. I guess the urge wasn't that great after all. Both of my kids wanted to know what happened when I picked them up. The cherry made it look like someone had been brutally murdered.
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