10-10-2012 01:33 AM
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  1. Prozak's Avatar
    Hi all, I just received the iBolt Charging dock for the S3 and thought I would give some impressions to help with your decision:



    Likes:

    Build quality:
    -Plastic, but sturdy. Seems like it will last, all the clips working as they should. Happy with the quality. Had no problem fitting in my phone with a case on. I like that they included separate foam pads to use when taking out the insert to get a cased phone to fit. It's a small detail, but a welcome one.

    Installation:
    -Putting it together was a breeze, as was installing it in my vehicle (window mount). It does take up a lot of my windshield space, but thats because I have an HHR... not the docks fault.

    Function:
    -Cord is plenty long enough, I like that it goes into the USB and has a built in AUX OUT cable. This is SUPER important for those that use bluetooth, as it solves the "mute" issue that a lot of people are having. This is a big win for me, as I was pretty upset that I couldnt use bluetooth if I have an AUX OUT cable.

    Side note, I had to go into the dock settings and click on "use external speakers" to get it to play out of my stereo, I thought it was the other way around.

    Dislikes:

    Design
    -To use the charger, the home button needs to be on the left, meaning the power button is hidden in the dock. I dont like my phone being on the whole time unless Im using Nav. I would rather be able to access the power button rather than than the volume controls.

    .-The built in USB is a little tight. Its a pain to plug in. I imagine this will get a little easier when the cord is used a little more

    While sturdy, I find that the mount moves a little bit when snapping the phone in and out. I have had to adjust it a couple different times.

    Function
    - When plugged in, S Voice immediately launches. I dont like this. I do not want S Voice launching, unless I want to do something. I personally find S Voice useless, and almost never use it. I recomend getting Car Home Ultra as a dock replacement.

    Overall, this is my 2nd dock. I have a Mount tek CD mount as well, and so far, I much prefer the iBolt. Given the choices out there currently, I think this is the best option available, and its not too bad of a price.

    If any one would like to know anything else, would be happy to answer questions.
    beh and dmmattix like this.
    08-06-2012 08:13 PM
  2. MARQUISMARC's Avatar
    It should be noted that you can rotate the phone so that the power button faces up, and you can plug it in to charge and use aux with the 9 ft cable but dock mode will not launch itself.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Android Central Forums
    08-06-2012 08:27 PM
  3. eagle63's Avatar
    but dock mode will not launch itself.
    Can you explain that part a bit more? What do you mean the dock will not launch itself?
    08-06-2012 10:56 PM
  4. Prozak's Avatar
    Can you explain that part a bit more? What do you mean the dock will not launch itself?
    When you plug it in using the built in connection that connects the dock to the phone, it automatically goes into car dock mode and launches s voice.

    If you plug it in using the provided 9 ft cable, it doesn't do anything when plugged in.

    The cable plugs into the dock to power it, then, the dock plugs into the phone.

    The only way to have the power button accessible is to flip the phone in the dock, and plug it in with the cable itself, not using the built in connector

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    08-07-2012 06:19 AM
  5. alan sh's Avatar
    Can you get it in the UK - looks nice
    08-07-2012 08:34 AM
  6. drakefm's Avatar
    Hi there,

    I'm wondering how well the mount works with cases? More specifically, something like the Otterbox Defender?
    08-07-2012 09:13 AM
  7. Prozak's Avatar
    Hi there,

    I'm wondering how well the mount works with cases? More specifically, something like the Otterbox Defender?
    There is an insert that you can remove that will allow for most cases. I'm not an otterbox fan, so I can't comment on if that specific case will fit, however, I believe someone who works for ibolt said that the commuter case would fit, but the defender series would not.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Android Central Forums
    08-07-2012 09:18 AM
  8. Prozak's Avatar
    Can you get it in the UK - looks nice
    Not sure, might want to check mobile fun UK?

    I suppose you could always import. Though, I think it is worth the $45 I paid, not sure it would be worth the cost plus import fees.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Android Central Forums
    alan sh likes this.
    08-07-2012 09:20 AM
  9. lsmunoz's Avatar
    I am eagerly awaiting this dock. I ordered through VZW, where it was shockingly the best price around. With my corp discount, I got it for $30
    08-07-2012 09:35 AM
  10. Prozak's Avatar
    I am eagerly awaiting this dock. I ordered through VZW, where it was shockingly the best price around. With my corp discount, I got it for $30
    Definitely worth the $30. I fully expected to see it on VZW for $80+

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Android Central Forums
    08-07-2012 09:53 AM
  11. ansextra's Avatar
    I am eagerly awaiting this dock. I ordered through VZW, where it was shockingly the best price around. With my corp discount, I got it for $30
    Same here. Mine shipped yesterday by First Class US Mail from PA so I expect it tomorrow or Thursday...
    08-07-2012 10:08 AM
  12. eagle63's Avatar
    @Prozak
    ok thanks, that's what I was guessing he meant.
    08-07-2012 10:41 AM
  13. alan sh's Avatar
    Not sure, might want to check mobile fun UK?

    I suppose you could always import. Though, I think it is worth the $45 I paid, not sure it would be worth the cost plus import fees.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Android Central Forums
    Perfect - they have them in stock.

    Alan
    08-07-2012 11:49 AM
  14. Prozak's Avatar
    Dislikes:

    Function
    - When plugged in, S Voice immediately launches. I dont like this. I do not want S Voice launching, unless I want to do something. I personally find S Voice useless, and almost never use it. I recomend getting Car Home Ultra as a dock replacement.
    .
    Jus heard from iBolt on this issue, and it turns out, Samsung tied dock mode to S Voice, so in order to activate the mode, s voice must be launched as well. I withdraw my criticism on iBolt on this one, as it isnt their fault. Car Home Ultra should still solve the issue though. Perhaps iBolt should partner with someone to create a car dock app to go along with their docks? may be a good investment on their part.
    08-07-2012 07:33 PM
  15. beh's Avatar
    I too am awaiting mine which should be here Friday or Saturday. From the review above I am feeling rather good about this purchase.
    08-07-2012 08:15 PM
  16. tojo152's Avatar
    Waiting for mine also. I did see that as stated previously the iBolt dock is compatible with the Otterbox Commuter, which I also have ordered. All should be here Friday 8/10.
    08-08-2012 04:02 PM
  17. beh's Avatar
    Got my ibolt car dock today. It looks like it will do the job nicely indeed. I agree with the likes of the first post. I agree that S voice is not a great app and it would be nice to have the option to have google voice started instead. The power button issue isn't as much of a concern as I prefer to have access to the volume control while on the road.
    With the nude phone insert removed and the supplied back and bottom corner foam pads installed it holds the S3 in the Rearth slim case and in the Tech 21 slim case perfectly and very securely.
    08-09-2012 04:17 PM
  18. Prozak's Avatar
    Got my ibolt car dock today. It looks like it will do the job nicely indeed. I agree with the likes of the first post. I agree that S voice is not a great app and it would be nice to have the option to have google voice started instead. The power button issue isn't as much of a concern as I prefer to have access to the volume control while on the road.
    With the nude phone insert removed and the supplied back and bottom corner foam pads installed it holds the S3 in the Rearth slim case and in the Tech 21 slim case perfectly and very securely.
    Try car home ultra. Great car dock app, launches instead of s voice when docked

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Android Central Forums
    beh likes this.
    08-09-2012 06:23 PM
  19. beh's Avatar
    I saw you mention that earlier and I did download it will give it a try. Thanks.
    08-09-2012 06:35 PM
  20. Kyle L's Avatar
    I received mine yesterday... works well and I can confirm it does fit with a commuter. The issue i have noticed is the camera app when opened in the dock while plugged in gives the initial picture upside down before snapping the picture. However once the picture is taken it auto corrects and gives the taken picture right side up. I called ibolt and they said this is a known issue, the work around is to unplug the USB charger and turn the dock 180 degrees upside down, please make sure the dock is seated and locked correctly. Other wise i am very impressed with the dock... very sturdy and love the long cord.
    08-09-2012 07:55 PM
  21. VicVinegar's Avatar
    So does this look like it would work with other phones? Ideally I'd like a dock I could use with a future phone, especially since I doubt that future phone would be larger than the S3.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
    08-10-2012 07:32 AM
  22. Prozak's Avatar
    So does this look like it would work with other phones? Ideally I'd like a dock I could use with a future phone, especially since I doubt that future phone would be larger than the S3.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
    Wouldn't see why not, but keep in mind that button placement and the USB plug in spit may be different.

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    08-10-2012 07:52 AM
  23. tojo152's Avatar
    Waiting for mine also. I did see that as stated previously the iBolt dock is compatible with the Otterbox Commuter, which I also have ordered. All should be here Friday 8/10.
    Everything came in yesterday and I spent all night playing with the phone and mounting the dock (I work nights). The mount is pretty solid, the phone fits nicely with the Commuter case. I did experience the issue with the camera and wondered why it did not auto rotate. I'm kind of shocked, but then again not, to hear of the "solution" provided by iBolt.

    I called ibolt and they said this is a known issue, the work around is to unplug the USB charger and turn the dock 180 degrees upside down, please make sure the dock is seated and locked correctly.
    08-10-2012 05:50 PM
  24. b0btech's Avatar
    just buy the AT&T infuse 4g dock works way better :-) :-) :-)



    from MY SIII in sunny FL.
    08-10-2012 11:55 PM
  25. beh's Avatar
    just buy the AT&T infuse 4g dock works way better :-) :-) :-)



    from MY SIII in sunny FL.
    It works but only if you drill holes in the back of the mount to allow the camera and microphone to be exposed. As it comes stock the camera is blind and doesn't show images upside down or any other way
    08-11-2012 12:00 AM
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