New iBOLT Note II active car-dock available for preorder

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Hello all, the new active car-dock made for the Note II (but also compatible with virtually all other Samsung phones) is now in production. Below are a list of the features and also pictures with details. This Dock will be available to ship in 2-3 weeks here on Android Central.

Have a car-dock for a device like a Note II is probably a must to take advantage of the great GPS Navigation features. Also, few people realize that cell phone reception and GPS signal is optimized when having the phone above the dashboard! The Dock we have designed look very nice, it has a bunch of components, metal latch and it includes electronics for pass through charging and a 9ft cable with USB and aux-out. With gray/black details and a small design it will look great inside any modern vehicle... If you buy this Dock we'll send a nice discount coupon for the wireless version (although wireless charging is slow when using a case) when it's coming in a few months

The flexible design makes it compatible with Galaxy S II, S III and Note I and II, even when using extended batteries etc. Here's the details on features...

1. Spring loaded latch. Users told us they don't want to insert the phone and have to "fold down" the latch. This design makes it a smooth 1-step motion to insert the phone. The opening supports phones up to 92 mm, which is based on a Note II with the Defender case.

2. Expandable feet to fit phones up to 18 mm thick. Adding an Otterbox Defender to a Note II makes it twice as thick!

3. 17 mm ball joint mount on the back of the Dock. Turn in any direction with one hand or even use a vertical dock. The Dock also works with any mounting solution compatible with Garmin, type dashboard. vent, bike mount etc. For anyone preferring a ProClip vent mount or KUDA leather mount for mounting, just add an AMPS mounting adapter and they will play nicely together.

4. Automatically triggering car-mode/smart dock mode. On Google Play there's several good apps, including CarHome Ultra, that can be used as a replacement for Samsung's "default" docking screen (no real app included anymore from them).

5. Pass through charging with a 9ft (2.7meter) USB charging cord is also included. This makes it possible to place the Dock on the left side of the steering wheel, where it is out of the way and within easy reach. This position is also "legal" in California. If you don't have a USB port in your car, plug into a 12 Volt car charger featuring a USB port (which most people probably already have?).

6. The aux-out sound (music, gps & all apps) comes through the 9 ft microUSB cable and it ends with a split USB and a 3.5 mm male connector. If you have a car with a 3.5 mm input, you can hear music and GPS turn-by-turn directions through this connection. Please note that Samsung's firmware does NOT route the sound from the phone calls trough the aux-out (as Motorola does) so for hands-free calling you MUST have a Bluetooth headset/speaker phone or car-stereo Bluetooth connection.

7. Minimal design with completely open back so the Dock can function as a "dash cam" without any blockage. We're amazed how many people seems to use this feature! Power button and volume button on the Note II are also completely accessible with this design.

8. Compact size, yet sturdy and pretty stylish size. Much smaller footprint then even a medium size Samsung phone. Users like you guys have told us that when the phone is not in the Dock you don't want a big "blob" of plastic obstruction the view.

Well, that's it folks! Price is a most reasonable $44.95 considering the many components included but a $5 off pre-order rebate until end of December brings it down to $39.95. Order here on Android Central, iBOLT xProDock for Samsung - Android Car Kits & Mounts. For the European Amazon, click here. Better photos and videos coming in the next week. Feel free to comment, ask questions and we'll do our best to answer...
YouTube video showing the product.
 

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Does this come with the window mount? Will it also mount on the dash? If it does come with the mount, will it hold securely? If it doesn't come with a mount, shame on you, ha!
 

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Doesnt using navigation on the phones also use data? If so, why not use a stand alone GPS unit to avoid data usage especially in the days of very limited tiered data.
 

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Doesnt using navigation on the phones also use data? If so, why not use a stand alone GPS unit to avoid data usage especially in the days of very limited tiered data.

Because it uses only a tiny bit of data and is a major feature of android software. How's that?

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Because it uses only a tiny bit of data and is a major feature of android software. How's that?

Not to mention preloading large chunks of Map data before going on the road.

And having a mount like this is excellent for dash cams. I fully intend to get one and use it as such. Hoping it doesn't have much vibration.
 

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Answers to the questions here:
1. Yes, it comes with a window suction mount, exactly as shown in the pictures. It also comes with a dashboard mounting disc for those of you that prefer to keep it on top of the dash instead of on the windshield.

2. The iBOLT mount works excellent as a dash cam even for a heavy phone like the Note II (works with any case). You should not have any vibrations.

Tomorrow Monday we'll make sure it comes up for pre-order here on Android Central in addition to the Amazon site.
 

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This looks great, as I was reading the description I was thinking too bad it won't mount to my proclipusa vehicle adaptor, then I saw on Amazon you offer a part to make that work as well.

I have a few questions, first do you have a video of the features and all that up yet?

Second, can it be hard wired electrically to the fuse panel like the pro clips can be, I would rather not have USB or chargers noticeably plugged into the front of the dash.

Third what is the part number I need to order for this to mount on the pro clip mount and where can it be found?

Thanks for what looks to be a great product.
 

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Answers to your questions:
1. No video yet, should be up by tomorrow Monday. Will link from this thread once it's on YouTube.
2. Yes, there is no problem to hardwire. We will offer a solution but the one you currently have (?) from our friends over at ProClip should work fine. All you need is a straight microUSB to plug into the back of the xProDock and you're good to go.
3. The link to our AMPS plate on Amazon is here.
I hope we answered your questions?
 

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Answers to your questions:
1. No video yet, should be up by tomorrow Monday. Will link from this thread once it's on YouTube.
2. Yes, there is no problem to hardwire. We will offer a solution but the one you currently have (?) from our friends over at ProClip should work fine. All you need is a straight microUSB to plug into the back of the xProDock and you're good to go.
3. The link to our AMPS plate on Amazon is here.
I hope we answered your questions?

Thanks for the quick reply. Right now I do not have a hardwire solution, looking at car mounts in anticipation of getting a note 2 in the next few days. All i have now is the vehicle side of my mount and the cell phone side is for my current blackberry. If you have a link to the hardwire solution you offer that would be great.

Thanks again for your time.
 

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Is the included power cable 2 amp charge capable? I have already gone an purchased a 2 amp car charger and charging only cable to allow my Note 2 to rapid charge, but many car chargers and cables only support upto 1 amp.
 

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Today I was able to purchase the Otterbox Defender for the Note II and we could take some pictures together with the first production samples of the xProDock, see attached JPEG image.
For both consumer and b2b customers the Defender case and our Dock will be an awesome combination. I tested them today and this must be ultimate GPS solution, the Note II screen is so clear and large and perfect with GPS applications.
 

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Ordered one today along with the pro clip adaptor, will review once I get it. Hurry up and get them into production please, the phone sitting on the car seat isn't very convenient lol.
 

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this looks awesome! I just pre-ordered mine, I can't wait! :)

When is the ship date? Amazon says January 7th, but I hope earlier??? :)
 

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how does this work with the flip cover? is it possible? can you fold it behind it so you can still see the screen?

Mike-Mike, good comment... We checked this and took some pictures today. See attached rough photo (not photoshop work) of the flip cover. The Samsung OEM works great. With the feet being extendable up to 18 mm there is enough space to fold it behind and still have a firm grasp. I also added the Otterbox Defender photos. Hope this photo helps?
 

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