Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




3283 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 605

Trusted

Topic # 83831 21-May-2011 15:25
Send private message

hi, i'm looking for a car kit for my iphone 4.  it has to 
- play music/calls over fm and have good sound quality
- charge the phone
- plug in via the cigarette lighter
- be hands free
- work with iphone in protective rubber case
- have a longish arm (my car cig lighter is low and kind of hidden)

bonuses
- perfect fit, just "snap in" without having to close arms (like those cheap cradles from $2 stores)
- connect via bluetooth (ie hands free still works without iphone being plugged into cradle)
- only one connection required, doesnt require a line input from the headphone jack.


closest thing i've found is a [url=http://www.belkin.com/pressroom/releases/uploads/06_01_09TuneBaseDirect_TBFM.html]Belkin TuneBase FM with Handsfree for iPhone[/url].

but that requires a input from the headphone jack.  other than that its nearly perfect.

there are a lot of cheap things on trademe, just wondering if anyone has found the perfect cradle? 

TIA 

Create new topic
1377 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 279


  Reply # 472014 21-May-2011 21:46
Send private message

I use a http://www.dealextreme.com windscreen mount cradle, and a cig plug belkin tunecast fm transmitter/charger. Also Bluetooth earpiece. Mostly used for gps duties, hardly take calls so works ok for me.
You may be better to start looking at compatible head units with USB/Bluetooth connectivity.

72 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 472032 21-May-2011 22:48
Send private message

I think for hands-free you will have to plug the 3.5mm jack into the headphone jack because Apple didn't allow that feature?
But I do know some BMWs have that cradle without the need of a headphone jack but I don't know if that works in tangent with bluetooth.

Hope you find what your looking for.
Chris 

 
 
 
 




3283 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 605

Trusted

  Reply # 472349 22-May-2011 14:22
Send private message

oh is the jack for handsfree? i thought they were doing that for the music output. makes sense really since theres another belkin one just for music that doesnt have the jack thing.

might just go with that one then.

cheers guys

Ham

462 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 13


  Reply # 472363 22-May-2011 14:45
Send private message

Go with a bluetooth headunit



3283 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 605

Trusted

  Reply # 472370 22-May-2011 14:55
Send private message

my car has a built in stereo that would be annoying/very difficult to change, and my old car i had one of these units, really good bluetooth for music, but hands free was pretty meh.



3283 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 605

Trusted

  Reply # 472826 23-May-2011 10:13
Send private message

purchased the belkin fm with hands free, but the one i got was a dud, so have to take it back for a replacement.

the mic didnt work properly and other call just heard a constant beeping sound (and not my voice), was able to get them to hear me perfectly if i only partially plugged in the plug in the headphone jack, but then i couldnt hear them at all through my stereo. tried it in two cars, same result.



3283 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 605

Trusted

  Reply # 473139 23-May-2011 19:49
Send private message

ok 2nd belkin had same issue, very very loud beeping on other callers end. so that was a bust. definitely wouldn't recommend any one buying that device.

might have to shell out for a parrot device.

Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

CPTPP text and National Interest Analysis released for public scrutiny
Posted 21-Feb-2018 19:43


Foodstuffs to trial digitised shopping trolleys
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:27


2018: The year of zero-login, smart cars & the biometrics of things
Posted 21-Feb-2018 18:25


Intel reimagines data centre storage with new 3D NAND SSDs
Posted 16-Feb-2018 15:21


Ground-breaking business programme begins in Hamilton
Posted 16-Feb-2018 10:18


Government to continue search for first Chief Technology Officer
Posted 12-Feb-2018 20:30


Time to take Appleā€™s iPad Pro seriously
Posted 12-Feb-2018 16:54


New Fujifilm X-A5 brings selfie features to mirrorless camera
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:12


D-Link ANZ expands connected smart home with new HD Wi-Fi cameras
Posted 9-Feb-2018 09:01


Dragon Professional for Mac V6: Near perfect dictation
Posted 9-Feb-2018 08:26


OPPO announces R11s with claims to be the picture perfect smartphone
Posted 2-Feb-2018 13:28


Vocus Communications wins a place on the TaaS panel
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:16


SwipedOn raises $1 million capital
Posted 26-Jan-2018 15:15


Slingshot offers unlimited gigabit fibre for under a ton
Posted 25-Jan-2018 13:51


Spark doubles down on wireless broadband
Posted 24-Jan-2018 15:44



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.