I have the Radmo Classic with an iPhone 6 but it works for most phones. It's perfect for the GLA since it only blocks the middle vent, which I usually just shut while my phone is there. I also hang a charger on it running from the car's usb. I use the mount primarily for navigation cause it's usually faster and easier than the Becker navi.
I want a truly professional mount with an OEM feel. I don't have patience for the ugly and dysfunctional mounts found online. I mean come on, we're driving a beautiful new car, not some POS.
I'd actually like to design a mount that would go next to the navigation screen. I don't want to damage the trim and am hoping to find a way to explore what's behind the wood panel and center console area. I'm hoping to create an attachment point that goes between the wood and the lower trim, attaching to something back there, and allowing me to tuck the power / data cabling out of sight.
If anyone has instructions on how to take apart the dash, or better yet access to official documentation and diagrams of the area so I can get started without taking it apart, I'd be willing to put in the leg work to come up with a workable solution.
To the creator of this thread, I'm sorry you've had to endure this harassment. I hope this behavior isn't typical of this community. It has no place in reasonable discourse.
To: Boxster986S and anyone who has or would post these types of responses. Your comment is off topic, inappropriate, ignorant and judgmental. You're welcome to your opinion, but let's not deride someone for asking the question. Not everyone does things exactly the same way as you. Let me answer your query and educate you as to some reasons why I care about the question which may or may not be shared by this thread's creator. Who knows, maybe you'll change your mind and want a mount of your own.
There are countless reasons why:
First, vehicle navigations are useless. Maps have to be updated manually, In my GLA, I've been sent to countless dead ends and sent on illogical routes into traffic tripling the distance of my travel and wasting even more of my time. The system has 'traffic data' but that's also useless. This data only shows for arbitrarily labeled 'colored' streets. Also, the main reason why I use GPS daily is to know and share my arrival time, and status. I'm trying to be polite to friends, clients, and colleagues. I also want to use my time as efficiently as possible. Modern apps like Waze, Google Maps, and Glympse take care of all of these problems. Maybe the limited data available seems advanced to those who aren't tech savvy, are simply ignorant, don't care as much about their time, or live in cities with little or no traffic. I think most people, or at least the person who placed the initial question don't fall in most of those categories.
Second, let's talk safety. It is unsafe to hold your phone in your phone in your hand or grab it out of your pocket while driving. It's also unsafe to have to constantly look down at your phone, especially while using driving-related applications which may need you to look down to know where you're going. When properly mounted, a phone won't take your eyes off the street any further than looking at the navigation screen.
Third, have you heard of Siri or Google Now? Being able to trigger these functions and see results which are conveyed visibly is priceless. Also, these can place phone calls much more safely than interacting with the car's own systems.
Fourth, you must not use your phone much, or sit in the car for very long. Cell phone batteries are insufficient for almost everyone. I can't know or judge your usage scenario, but 'Keeping your phone in your pocket' while driving is a very bad idea for most people's driving habits. Yes, the car has a USB port, but mounting your phone is a better option for most people.
Fourth, let's talk about Bluetooth signal quality. I can't speak for your use scenario. But, in my experience it's definitely an issue. I always have two cell phones: the latest iPhone Plus, the latest Google Nexus device. I get both the day they come out. This means I have two of the highest-end and best quality devices on the market. If I leave my phone in my pocket, I often have connection issues with the three iPhones and two Nexus devices. This can make music playback annoyingly choppy, or phone conversations rudely cut out. Placing a phone in a mount or in the central area of the car in an open space pretty much eliminates the issue. I've found that traffic, speed, and nearby interference all contribute to this issue. If this isn't a problem for you, lucky you. There are also countless reasons for wanting this. Frankly, the reason's are none of either of our business. What is your business is to treat the person who posted the initial question with respect. Please be a positive member of this community and don't be a troll.
I know many people have existing builds, and it's not yet certain whether CarPlay/ Android Auto capability can be retrofitted, but there's a strong case for auto makers to start integrating these technologies, which enable some but limited access to apps while driving.
As Zam says, built-in GPS/nav is pretty hopeless, and can never match Waze/Google maps for being up to date. Smartphones also comprise our personal entertainment systems these days, including digital radio, and have much better voice control systems than any car I've owned.
Until cars become fully autonomous, we need to ensure we minimize (human) driver distractions, which account for something like 1 in 4 car accidents. For this reason, I'm keen to be able to put my iPhone/Nexus out of view, and hopefully to use Siri or Google to interact with the functionality necessary while driving.
In Australia, it is illegal in all States to touch a mobile phone while driving, so these new technologies will reduce temptation.
Proclip is the best mount I have seen. It works great and only blocks one vent with the phone next to the Command screen. Escort Live and Waze stay on the phone when driving to avoid the debilitating effects of microwave (radar) damage to my body. lol
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