When it comes to being able to use your phone inside your car, there has been a few evolutionary steps. There has been the advent of headset which allowed you to answer phone calls to the Bluetooth headset and speakerphones which are not only essential these days due to legal requirements, but are also becoming a part of most cars. Smartphones have changed things a bit, which means there are now apps that are designed for in car usage, which include the likes of navigation apps as well as specific GUIs built to be used in car dock mode, which offer the additional advantage of playing music, showing your speed, flashing speed cameras or just reading out your text messages. As a result, things have moved back to good old fashioned car cradles, where you just stick the phone into a cradle that holds the phone in, and depending on how good the setup is, charges it as well.
Since I have been experimenting with the navigation apps on my phone recently, I decided to go for one such cradle, and I chose the following from Mobile Fun:
I chose the KiDiGi brand as I have already used their HDMI dock for the HTC ONE X and it has proved to be a good buy. This is another one of those classic delivers exactly what it says on the tin product, and some more.
The device comes with a sticky pad, which means that you can actually stick the mount using that on your dashboard. This means that your windscreen does not have to suffer smudge marks when you try and stick your device to it.
The other stuff with this is the windscreen mount, the cradle that fits perfectly into it and holds your phone, a USB car charger and a cable that attaches the two to charge your phone.
One interesting thing I noticed was that the cradle as well as the mount seem to have some sort of universal fitting, which means it can actually connect to other mounts as well, for example to hold a navigation device such as a Tom Tom, or some other mobile.
Once you stick the windscreen mount on, it stays on, which, if you use these devices often, believe me, is a fresh of breath air. I have driven over a 100 miles since I have attached this to my car, and it has not just stayed on, but it also avoids any vibrations to the phone, and holds it tightly.
The phone fits perfectly in to the cradle, and as you fit it in, the micro-usb mates with the port on your phone. The cradle also has a small bracket inside, which if removed, means that you can actually fit your phone in while it is still in a protective case. This means that the user does not have to go through the hassle of taking the phone out of its protective case.
Once the phone is docked in, it automatically starts to charge, assuming the car 12V socket is delivering power.
Another interesting feature is that the HTC ONE X comes packed with a car dock software. That means that the moment you connect your phone, the software comes on and replaces your regular UI with a cleverly designed UI. This is designed to let you use a phone while driving, as it divides the screen into big buttons. This allows the user to access the Internet Radio (something I never use), the Music, the Phone and your Navigation Apps. It also automatically turns on Bluetooth on your phone, and tries to connect to any Bluetooth device you may have in your car. This little extra feature added by HTC, and the fact that this dock enables it as soon as you plug in your phone, adds an extra star from me.
I think this product packs in enough features that for anyone who wants to use their phone in their car needs to own it. More information on this cradle as well pictures and buying information can be found at the following link. The same device can also be bought for other mobile phones, such as Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone.
I have to thank www.mobilefun.co.uk for sending this out to review for me. If you want phone accessories, mobile phone speakers, mobile phone docks, laptop/notebook accessories, iPod/iPhone/iPad accessories, or other mobile accessories, MobileFun is a great site to visit. The KiDiGi Car Cradle and Charger for HTC ONE X can be found under mobile phone charger at www.mobilefun.co.uk.