which magnetic car mount would you get????????
06-19-2015 10:09 AM
- **update 2**
so i received the cd slot mount and it's a huge disappointment. i cannot recommend this product due to the weak magnetic force. With a name like Magneto, you'd think the magnetic charge is strong enough to hold a nexus 5. nope, it's soooo weak. at first, i thought maybe it had to do with the skin i have on. so i removed it and it didn't make a big enough difference. oh, and it definitely cannot hold the nexus 7. i am returning this product.
alright guys, i placed the order for the magnetos universal cd slot mount (same as infinitiapp but cheaper) yesterday and it's been delivered to my house already. As soon as i get home tonight, i'll rip that sucker open and do a quick little review.
so i can't wait for the indiegogo's magnetic/wireless charging dock i ordered. i need something for now.
i'm stuck between two choices and i'd appreciate some input from people with car mounts (i never had one). both are magnetic but they are mounted differently.
InfiniApps Slyde CD Slot Mount for Smartphones
Amazon.com: InfiniApps Slyde CD Slot Mount for Smartphones, Cradle-less Universal cell phone holder with Quick-snap technology, magnetic cell phone mount: Cell Phones & Accessories
pro: this one is pretty cool because you utilize the cd slot and the way my car's dash is setup, the location is ideal.
possible con: just by looking at the pics, i can tell the neck of this mount is the weak point. i plan on using this mount for both my n5 and n7 so i'm not sure if it can handle the weight of my n7.
Nite Ize STCK-11-R8 Steelie Car Mount Kit for Cellphones
Amazon.com: Nite Ize STCK-11-R8 Steelie Car Mount Kit for Cellphones - Retail Packaging: Cell Phones & Accessories
pro: takes up very little space and it looks so clean compared to all the other car mounts.
possible con: not sure if it'll work with my n7 due to nite ize's design.
anybody have experience with either mounts? better yet, if you know something that's even better, let me know.
it turns out infinityapp (choice #1) is just a generic design which is sold under many alias'. i just found another one (same design just different name/logo) for $17. it's called
Magnetos Universal CD Slot Magnetic Cradle-less Smartphone Car Mount.02-04-2014 04:03 PM
- I would get this one. Not magnetic, but way better built.
Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk02-04-2014 04:52 PM
- I have the iMagnet Mount (Amazon.com: iMagnet Cradle-less Universal Phone Mount with Quick-snap Technology, One Hand Smartphone Car Windshield Dashboard Mount Holder for iPhone 4S/5, Galaxy S4/S3/S2, Blackberry Bold, Note 2, Android HTC One: Cell Phones & Accessories), it can hold my Samsung Note 3 no problem with a thin plastic case. I was not used to it at first because it was so hard to pull off, but I got used to it after a week. The thing about these magnetic mounts, it highly depends on the case you are using. If you use a thin case, then it will hold your phone. But if your case is thick, the distance from the magnet to the metal disc is a little more than usual, and the strength of the hold weakens exponentially. I had a thick case for my Note 3 that was no good, so I had to buy a thinner case.
Another alternative is that you can place the thin metal disc inside the battery case, and i found that pretty sleek if you don't mind not having a case on your phone.02-05-2014 02:41 AM
- I actually just ordered the InfiniApps Slyde last night. Should arrive by Friday. I'll update with how I like it once it comes in.
Edit: It came in last night, I installed it this morning. My first impression in taking it out of the box is that it feels very solid and well built. The magnet stuck to my N5 very well, even with a Spigen hybrid case on. I turned it upside-down, shook it, and it stuck on there no problem.
Installation was pretty easy, though I kind of felt like I was going to break the CD slot. Not that I would really be disappointed by that, as I haven't actually played a CD in a few years. But it held my phone on there no problem, despite a bumpy ride due to snow/ice on the roads. I'm happy with it so far.02-05-2014 08:04 AM
- 02-05-2014 11:15 AM
- 02-05-2014 07:38 PM
It looks like the Air Dock uses a ball mount and I wonder if it's the same as the Arkon type, which is based on the Tom Tom ball mount. If it's the same, I would possibly consider buying just the charger portion of the Air Dock and put that on the Arkon mount to go on the dashboard. We'll see after April if they ever have that option.02-06-2014 03:42 AM
But I see you posted below about getting the CD slot mount, so I'm guessing you'll be attaching the Air Dock to the CD slot mount?02-07-2014 12:47 AM
- **update 2**
so i received the cd slot mount and it's a huge disappointment. i cannot recommend this product due to the weak magnetic force. With a name like Magneto, you'd think the magnetic charge is strong enough to hold a nexus 5. nope, it's soooo weak. at first, i thought maybe it had to do with the skin i have on. so i removed it and it didn't make a big enough difference. oh, and it definitely cannot hold the nexus 7. i am returning this product.02-07-2014 12:17 PM
- **update 2**
so i received the cd slot mount and it's a huge disappointment. i cannot recommend this product due to the weak magnetic force. With a name like Magneto, you'd think the magnetic charge is strong enough to hold a nexus 5. nope, it's soooo weak. at first, i thought maybe it had to do with the skin i have on. so i removed it and it didn't make a big enough difference. oh, and it definitely cannot hold the nexus 7. i am returning this product.02-07-2014 03:20 PM
i ordered another magnetic mount called "Steelie". It's by a company called nite ize. seems promising.02-07-2014 04:46 PM
- 03-05-2014 07:50 PM
the steelie magnetic ball mount is great! i've been using it for the past three weeks (daily) and it's been performing flawlessly. the force is strong with this one. the way the magnet snaps when you place the device close to each other is satisfying. it tells you, "hey, i got this" with the utmost confidence. just for reference, my car shakes, rattles, and vibrates at all rpm. plus, my suspension is stiff enough to snap your back in half on your way to the groceries. this is not being used on some plush, luxury car that rides as if it's floating on air. if it can handle my car, it can handle pretty much 99.99% of everybody's needs. last week when it was pouring buckets here in s. california, i ran over a huge pot hole traveling at 40 mph (couldn't see it in time to react). i swear i though my wheel was bent or perhaps blew a tire because thats how jarring the impact was. luckily no damage was done to my car and on top of that, my nexus 7 was sitting pretty on my dash. it didn't even move an inch after such impact.
the installation is fairly easy and straight forward. my dash is not smooth, its textured so i had to used the primer (supplied with steelie). the trick is to let it (primer) dry before applying the mount to the surface.
i highly recommend this product. It's strong enough to hold the nexus 7 and because of the way it's designed, you can get very creative with the mounting point. i'll post pictures of my setup tomorrow.03-05-2014 09:25 PM
- It looks like the Air Dock uses a ball mount and I wonder if it's the same as the Arkon type, which is based on the Tom Tom ball mount. If it's the same, I would possibly consider buying just the charger portion of the Air Dock and put that on the Arkon mount to go on the dashboard. We'll see after April if they ever have that option.03-25-2014 06:32 PM
- My 2c: I put a Steelie in our cars so our phones (wife and I) could use our phone with GPS and bluetooth in each others cars.
I cut a hole in our phone covers (S4/S5 and Note2 with $1 TPU gel covers) and stuck the magnet bit on the hard cover, with the magnet sticking through the TPU gel cover. This makes the magnet not stick out quite as much, but it's a royal pain to put my phone on the desk and to type/browse or play a game.. it just slides away or spins around on the magnet.
When i'm cooking, I can stick my phone to the metal rangehood, or if i'm mechanicing in the garage I can stick it to my toolbox... which is neat, but.... I cannot use my stylus on my Note 2 anywhere near the magnet. There is a 2-3cm perfect circle dead-zone now where I cannot draw with the stylus without removing the case, then the back cover with the magnet bit on it.
Other than that, it's super easy to bang the phone onto the dash and rip it off again, and mounting the ball to the dash part rather than the window means it doesn't melt in our Australian summer heat (I have deformed FOUR car mounts like this, including a genuine GripGo).
I am currently investigating getting the ball magnetised, and mounting a big metal washer to the phone backing... I think it's a matter of magnet strength, and getting the circumference of the ball matching with the inner diameter of the washer. The washer would be as thick as my TPU gel case, so it wouldn't slide around, and in theory I should be able to use my stylus again. We'll see!07-02-2014 12:10 AM
- I personally use the official nexus wireless charger. I had a universal mount installed w/ that garmin ball & socket mechanism. I used 3M command strips to attach the charger (so I can remove easily when I change phones or car). Has not fallen off in the 6 months I've used it (unless the passenger knocks it down).
Here are are the pictures of the install.08-15-2014 11:24 PM
- I also set up a Nexus Wireless Charger in the car. Converted my old Bracketron ball & joint vent mount by adding a $3 Reverse AMPS Adapter Plate with the T-notch connection. The plate is a perfect fit to 3 sides of the charger base, with just a small lip extending at the bottom.
The charger's sticky backing is so strong, I haven't added an adhesive tape yet. Will use 3M Command tape, as soon as the temps here in SoCal rise. If you're in a hot climate, keep in mind the charger and 3M Command tape's maximum environment temps are 104 F and 105 F, so not as convenient in the summer as I had imagined (no "grab the phone and go" when parking in the sun).
I see no advantage to using the permanent 3M VHB tape over the Command removable, unless I'm missing something.
(Completely edited post.)
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