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  1. bigdav1178's Avatar
    Anyone have any recommendations on a car dock for the Droid Turbo?

    I'm coming from a Droid 4, and was used to having a custom fit dock with simple one hand operation.
    11-03-2014 02:44 PM
  2. doogald's Avatar
    11-03-2014 02:51 PM
  3. datagrrl's Avatar
    I have the second one he linked to. My DT fits in there with a case. Pretty snug, but I am happy.
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    11-03-2014 03:06 PM
  4. ancientdroid's Avatar
    After going through many car docks over the years, my favorite by far:

    Amazon.com: Kenu Airframe - Portable Smartphone Car Mount - Black: Cell Phones & Accessories

    Minimal and holds it perfectly in your cars vent. For my car that puts it at the perfect height without having to stick something on your dash.

    I would recommend getting the phablet one in case you upgrade in the future to a larger phone:

    Amazon.com: Kenu Airframe+ Car Mount for Phablets: Cell Phones & Accessories

    As a side note, I haven't tested the non-phablet one with the Turbo + case. It works fine with the Turbo without a case. So if you have a case, go with the phablet airframe.
    11-03-2014 03:51 PM
  5. dmark44's Avatar
    I consider a dock to be something with a charging port. These solutions are mounts/cradles. That said, I skipped the car dock for my current Moto X, and I use the iOttie recommended above. I vouch for the fantastic suction power! My previous mount had a suction cup that failed every time the temp got down to 40 degrees, and it would fall off occasionally in any condition.

    Sent from my Moto X
    11-03-2014 04:08 PM
  6. areyes163's Avatar
    I third the iottie. I have used the same one for years without issue. Even fits the turbo in the defender case.
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    11-03-2014 05:21 PM
  7. doogald's Avatar
    I have about four Kenus that I've tried using with the Droid Maxx. I'm not sure it's a great idea for the Turbo, for the same reason: the weight. It puts a lot of strain on the vents, and you have to be careful to place the phone so that the volume buttons aren't hitting the frame. They work great with iPhones, though.

    I have an Airdock Qi charging dock as well - I'm not sure I can recommend that one. It uses magnets and a tacky surface to hold the phone. It worked great on the Maxx with the Griffin Reveal case, but not so well on the Kevlar back of the phone by itself. You also have to place the phone just right on the dock. That said, it's kind of cool to always charge the phone without plugging a cable in.

    Well, I guess I've tried a lot of docks...

    With the iOttie docks there is plenty of space to plug in a cable when you want to charge.
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    11-03-2014 05:44 PM
  8. NoahForeman's Avatar
    I for one hope a good Qi dock comes soon that uses a microUSB to power it since I have one wired into my car under a pocket.

    Posted from my Droid Turbo via the AC App
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    11-03-2014 05:56 PM
  9. Fable's Avatar
    Its not available yet.. but soon.. and I am all over it when it comes out:

    TYLT • VU • Wireless Charger
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    11-03-2014 06:00 PM
  10. doogald's Avatar
    Hang on, maybe the Airdock is ok after all...

    https://mobile.twitter.com/TheAirDoc...19411405279232

    (I still like the iOttie more though...)
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    11-03-2014 10:56 PM
  11. Firedogee's Avatar
    Anyone have any recommendations on a car dock for the Droid Turbo?

    I'm coming from a Droid 4, and was used to having a custom fit dock with simple one hand operation.
    I love my iOttie 3. Very low profile and holds Turbo snuggly

    Sent Turbo-fast from my bulletproof 64GB Droid Turbo
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    11-03-2014 11:07 PM
  12. Chiplg's Avatar
    It's not a real car dock unless it:
    Charges the phone.
    Puts the phone in car mode.
    Is compatible with a 17mm ball mount, or at least something that fits an AMPS pattern plate.

    I have 2 dash mounts with AMPS pattern plates. On one I have a 17MM ball for my Garmin. On the other I have a 14.2mm ball that more or less fits the Droid Maxx dock (14.7mm) with some help. I miss the days when Motorola made their own car docks before Google bought them. They all worked well, and fit the same 17mm ball that most devices use for mounting. Back then, I had 2 17mm ball mounts. There are a lot of car specific mounting options out there that work well. Suction cups and vent mounts are not needed as long as the dock uses a standard ball mount, or something compatible with an AMPS hole pattern.

    Eventually Android Auto will eliminate the need for a car dock for the phone. That will be nice. I'm tired of going through this game every time I upgrade. I use the old phone in the existing dock until a new dock is available. That's what I'm doing now. I switched my Droid Maxx to my secondary line, and it provides my functions in the car while the Droid Turbo does the rest on my primary number.
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    11-04-2014 12:47 AM
  13. Firedogee's Avatar
    It's a real car dock for me. I'm gonna go give iOttie a treat after those hurtful words. Lol

    Sent Turbo-fast from my bulletproof 64GB Droid Turbo
    11-04-2014 12:54 AM
  14. dmiller440's Avatar
    I just picked up the TYLT VU for my night stand. Great quality and design. I would imagine this would be the same.
    11-04-2014 07:24 AM
  15. doogald's Avatar
    It's not a real car dock unless it:
    Charges the phone.
    Puts the phone in car mode.
    Ok, I get you're wanting all that, but I just need something to hold the phone while I drive. Plugging in from a cable when necessary (I only do so when the phone is under 80%, so I don't want something that always charges anyway) is fine with me, and I just wrap a usb cable around the base of my mount. Special car modes just aren't required for me anymore since touchless controls ("ok Google now, open play music", "ok Google now, call my wife", "ok Google now, navigate to Starbucks" all work great with little to no touching of the screen required, though for some reason, navigating does require that last touch to have it start.)

    The Airdock does use a standard ball mount, by the way. I don't know which size, but it was the same as the Motorola bionic dock, because I had to start using the suction cup mount from my old bionic dock when I ruined the one that came with the Airdock. Because it has magnets, you can also get the droid maxx into car mode if you place it on the Airdock just right, and still have it charge (though it can be tricky, too.)

    That reminds me - has anybody found if placing a magnet somewhere on the back of the turbo starts a car dock or desktop dock mode, as it does on the maxx when you place a magnet on the back across from the volume buttons?
    11-04-2014 07:52 AM
  16. FredBassett's Avatar
    Ok, I get you're wanting all that, but I just need something to hold the phone while I drive. Plugging in from a cable when necessary (I only do so when the phone is under 80%, so I don't want something that always charges anyway) is fine with me, and I just wrap a usb cable around the base of my mount. Special car modes just aren't required for me anymore since touchless controls ("ok Google now, open play music", "ok Google now, call my wife", "ok Google now, navigate to Starbucks" all work great with little to no touching of the screen required, though for some reason, navigating does require that last touch to have it start.)

    The Airdock does use a standard ball mount, by the way. I don't know which size, but it was the same as the Motorola bionic dock, because I had to start using the suction cup mount from my old bionic dock when I ruined the one that came with the Airdock. Because it has magnets, you can also get the droid maxx into car mode if you place it on the Airdock just right, and still have it charge (though it can be tricky, too.)

    That reminds me - has anybody found if placing a magnet somewhere on the back of the turbo starts a car dock or desktop dock mode, as it does on the maxx when you place a magnet on the back across from the volume buttons?
    its not a car dock without the charger and how it changes the phone to "car mode".. you just want a cradle or a dunkin donuts mug with some double sided tape lol
    11-04-2014 08:15 AM
  17. UtahRoadie's Avatar
    I am using an "Air Dock" with a CD adapter. Turbo sticks to it like magic and it has Qi charging.
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    11-04-2014 11:51 AM
  18. Firedogee's Avatar
    Special car modes just aren't required for me anymore since touchless controls ("ok Google now, open play music", "ok Google now, call my wife", "ok Google now, navigate to Starbucks" all work great with little to no touching of the screen required, though for some reason, navigating does require that last touch to have it start.)?
    This x100 ^^^^^

    Don't need a special overpriced car dock with special modes when you've got a phone as advanced as the Turbo. The Moto Assist app knows when you're driving and does all this for you...touch free.

    Sent Turbo-fast from my bulletproof 64GB Droid Turbo
    11-04-2014 12:18 PM
  19. ghbishop's Avatar
    UtahRoadie,

    Which back do you have that works well with the AirDock?

    Thanks
    11-04-2014 07:37 PM
  20. NoahForeman's Avatar
    11-04-2014 07:55 PM
  21. doogald's Avatar
    Those Amazon reviews look pretty brutal, though.
    11-04-2014 08:10 PM
  22. NoahForeman's Avatar
    Those Amazon reviews look pretty brutal, though.
    Yeah, not too many options though. And I bet that TYTL on is gonna be $80+

    Posted from my Droid Turbo via the AC App
    11-04-2014 08:14 PM
  23. dmark44's Avatar
    This x100 ^^^^^

    Don't need a special overpriced car dock with special modes when you've got a phone as advanced as the Turbo. The Moto Assist app knows when you're driving and does all this for you...touch free.

    Sent Turbo-fast from my bulletproof 64GB Droid Turbo
    I understand not needing dock mode but you have got to admit that being able to place your phone in a dock and have it plugged in as part of the same step (and not fishing around for the cord) is convenient.

    I wanted a dock for my Rezound because that thing needed sucked down battery like it was nothing. I don't feel the need to plug in my Moto X on my short commutes, so I really only plug it in when using navigation. Therefore, I'm happy with the more universal iOttie right now. But I can totally understand the desire for a true dock.

    Sent from my Moto X
    11-04-2014 10:32 PM
  24. Chiplg's Avatar
    With the Maxx, the ONLY time I charged my phone during the week was when I drove to and from work. Slap it in the dock. Drive an hour to work. Slap it in the dock. Drive an hour home. On the weekend, I would top it off on the Qi charger on my desk, unless I was out enough for the car dock to take care of it. In other words, I almost didn't have to even think about it. For now, I'm going to slap it in the dock anyway, and driving two hours a day with the screen on would kill my phone if it wasn't charging.

    As for the dock mode, I can manipulate my phone much more efficiently with buttons than speech. I do talk to my phone. It doesn't always understand me. Even if it did, I can touch it and get the job done very quickly. The dock puts the apps I use while driving where I want them, and with larger icons than on the regular home screen. When I take it out of the dock, the dock home screen goes away, and the same apps are in their respective folders where I want them. I don't want to make a separate car screen on my regular launcher, and I don't want to dig for them in the folders on my home screen.

    I get it. Not everyone uses their phone in their car the way I do. I don't know many people with any kind of dock or cradle in their car.

    This is all still just a stop gap until my next car with either Android Auto or something similar is ready to take the phone's place. Ultimately, I don't want to even interact with my phone directly. I'd just as soon leave the phone in my pocket and have it automatically link to my in dash device with BT. I want to interact with the in dash device for navigation, calling, music, scheduling, data, etc. I'd gladly buy a second Qi charger for my desk at work to keep charging easy.

    The point is, I have it working the way I want with the Maxx. I want the same for the Turbo. I had a generic cradle a couple of phones back while I was waiting on the official dock to release. It just wasn't the same. This will be my fourth phone in this car. I had a Droid X and then a Droid RAZR, both with the official Motorola docks. Then I had the Droid Maxx with the official Griffin dock. Now I have a Droid Turbo. This should be the last phone I'll have to worry about a dock with. I'm still considering my options. I didn't want to get an aftermarket radio until my next car. I guess I'll have to think about it and see what kind of official dock is released (The Griffin dock for the Maxx leaves something to be desired.) and how long I plan to wait for my next car.
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    11-04-2014 11:51 PM
  25. Firedogee's Avatar
    You, sir are the most interesting man in the forum.

    Sent Turbo-fast from my bulletproof 64GB Droid Turbo
    11-05-2014 12:48 AM
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