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Re: Recommended phone holder?

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:53 pm

I just use a sticky suction cup mount I got for cheap at Wally-World. Mounted to the windshield by the ticket holder, so it doesn't obstruct my view of the road. I find this is the perfect spot as it passes my line of site when I check my mirrors and doesn't require I look down away from the road. I don't usually look at my phone while driving, but lately Google's turn by turn navigation has been a mixed bag at best.

My old Volvo VNL had a Garmin GPS system that gave turn by turn navigation, alerted me of potential hazards, gave the speed limit, traffic reports, and road restrictions. It was a great setup, but it cost about $1,800 plus a monthly subscription fee.

If you really care about up to date traffic reports and road hazards (and speed traps), a CB radio is a much sounder investment.


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Re: Recommended phone holder?

Post by wrybread » Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:56 pm

I haven't found cb to be very useful anymore, since there's just not enough of them in use. Their range is so low (line of sight essentially, if using legal amounts of xmit power) that it really takes a critical mass of them before they work well for information. At least the last time I owned one, which is probably 10 years ago.
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Post by WhatAmIDoing » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:23 pm

Maybe no one uses them in California anymore, but where I spend most of my time driving, it's hard to get a word in edgewise on 19. And I am by no means running an even moderately powerful setup.


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Post by wrybread » Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:37 pm

Interesting. I was using it all over the country, maybe I just had a crappy radio. And they're definitely at their best on interstates, which I don't spend a lot of time on. Waze and that kind of thing works everywhere, or pretty close to it.

That said, do you happen to know of a good receiver for cb radio? I gather that's a lot easier (smaller antenna) than transmitting. Something like a police scanner for cb.



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Post by WhatAmIDoing » Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:40 pm

I just use a cheap $60 cb I got from Amazon and other bits cobbled together from flee markets, Walmart, and Amazon. You don't have to spent a lot of money to have a useful CB in your car.


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Post by abscate » Tue Apr 30, 2019 5:49 am

Very very region dependent.

I’m almost exclusively a waze user for nav.


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Post by callahanoffroad » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:00 am

I used to use Waze, but I've been using nothing but Google maps these days. I guess I just never saw the benefit of the extra info on Waze at the trade off of the less intuitive layout. But in honesty I think it's whatever you like works for you. I prefer a quicker and more minimalist GUI personally. It's probably also the reason I rarely ever use the voice assists, I can type faster than it takes for Google assistant to do anything I need it to do. Well, except for set a timer. I do use that... Hahahaha


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Post by wrybread » Wed May 01, 2019 9:39 pm

I guess I just never saw the benefit of the extra info on Waze at the trade off of the less intuitive layout.
Agreed, I still hate the Waze interface. But it's got one feature that's pretty awesome, that Google Maps doesn't do (I think): it speaks any urgent info, like road hazards ("watch out, there's a mattress on the road up ahead"), even if the app is in the background. But yeah, so many odd choice in their GUI.

@Eddystone: I got (I think) the holder you mentioned. Is this the one?



It keeps pulling out of my vent when I grab my phone though. In other words the magnet holds the phone so hard that I just pull the unit out from the vent. Not for you? If so, any tips on attaching it? I only played with it for a minute, maybe I missed something.

For now I mounted my ol reliable, that I mentioned in the first post of this thread, below the stereo:

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I had to trim the plate a little to make it fit, but it fits well, but definitely isn't ideal since the phone is so low. But it beats having my phone flopping around on the center console and inevitably falling between the seats yet again, ha.

The ideal place for me would be between the two vents:

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Does anyone know if that vent cover is a separate piece, like a bezel? Or is it attached to the vents behind it? And how easy is it to remove? If it's a separate piece I might just get a spare at the junkyard and epoxy a plate between the two vents, and attach a phone holder to that.

(On a sidenote, you can see the difference in the stereo in those two pics. Thanks all for the tip on using rubbing alcohol to clean off that strange coating that was on there. I'll finish the other buttons at some point, it's a good project when stuck in traffic.)



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