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    • Honey Badger
    • By Honey Badger 4th Feb 18, 11:07 AM
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    Mobile Phone as Sat Nav
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    • 4th Feb 18, 11:07 AM
    Mobile Phone as Sat Nav 4th Feb 18 at 11:07 AM
    I'm in the process of changing car from one with a built-in sat nav to one without. As I've a fairly decent smart phone I'm thinking of using that.

    I wonder if anyone can recommend a phone cradle that will mount on the new cars dash. My phone is one with a 5.5 inch screen.

    I don't use sat nav a lot except when away on holiday, am I likely to need an additional data allowance on the phone?

    Thanks in advance of any replies.
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    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 4th Feb 18, 11:33 AM
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    Data allowance will depend on which map app you use.

    Most you can download some if not all of the maps you require.

    I like the Here Now maps which used to be Nokia's OVI maps many moons ago.

    Recommend a cradle, thats hard when you dont mention the exact make/model of phone and the car and how/where you want to install it?
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    • TadleyBaggie
    • By TadleyBaggie 4th Feb 18, 11:35 AM
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    Personally I always use Brodit cradles and mounts.
    • Tyler Du
    • By Tyler Du 4th Feb 18, 11:38 AM
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    • 4th Feb 18, 11:38 AM
    The Nokia maps are good if you don't have enough data allowance, make sure you download the maps / areas you need over WiFi before you travel.
    For convenience I use a magnetic style dock which fits into the air vents
    • Honey Badger
    • By Honey Badger 4th Feb 18, 11:38 AM
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    • 4th Feb 18, 11:38 AM
    Data allowance will depend on which map app you use.

    Most you can download some if not all of the maps you require.

    I like the Here Now maps which used to be Nokia's OVI maps many moons ago.

    Recommend a cradle, thats hard when you dont mention the exact make/model of phone and the car and how/where you want to install it?
    Originally posted by forgotmyname
    Thanks for the reply, the phone is an iPhone 6S plus and the car is a Honda Jazz 2018 model. I would like to mount it so it's easily visible but otherwise I'm open to suggestions as exactly the best location.
    • DUTR
    • By DUTR 4th Feb 18, 11:45 AM
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    Thanks for the reply, the phone is an iPhone 6S plus and the car is a Honda Jazz 2018 model. I would like to mount it so it's easily visible but otherwise I'm open to suggestions as exactly the best location.
    Originally posted by Honey Badger
    It's not as if you are foolish enough to leave the thing in situ when you are away from the vehicle, also any self respecting theif will remember the apple maps saga and move onto stealing something of use
    • Honey Badger
    • By Honey Badger 4th Feb 18, 11:57 AM
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    It's not as if you are foolish enough to leave the thing in situ when you are away from the vehicle, also any self respecting theif will remember the apple maps saga and move onto stealing something of use
    Originally posted by DUTR
    Wasn't that 6 years ago? There's always people who hate Apple products, I like them, we'll just have to differ.
    • JP1978
    • By JP1978 4th Feb 18, 2:03 PM
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    Personally I always use Brodit cradles and mounts.
    Originally posted by TadleyBaggie
    +1.

    Brodit Pro-clips clip onto your dash using existing panel gaps or slits between panels, on most cars you can get 2 or 3 different options/positions. The Pro-Clip gives a flat surface to mount a cradle, whether that be one of Brodits own or 3rd party.

    Brodit support most phones and have device specific cradles for them and the more popular phones will have options to fit phones with & without cases.

    If your phone has wireless charging, you can buy compatible holders for the car from ebay / amazon - Samsung for instance have their own.
    • forgotmyname
    • By forgotmyname 4th Feb 18, 2:20 PM
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    I like the Bury products, fitted their universal handsfree kits to several cars now having bought a car with it already fitted, i thought thats a good idea.

    Silly people dont advertise them properly and i pick them up for pennies.

    £70 for the bluetooth cradle attachment, err no the blackberry bluetooth one for £2.50 worked equally as well with my nokia phone at the time.

    Most of the time the phones in my pocket and fully charged so the bluetooth was more important.
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    • AnotherJoe
    • By AnotherJoe 5th Feb 18, 9:10 AM
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    I've got one of these which works well on a 7s so the same size as your phone.
    Bought it for a foreign trip where the cost of sat nav to rent was more per day than buying this http://amzn.eu/chaUuUc

    It's a sucker type though not a clip into heater vent type.
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 5th Feb 18, 1:41 PM
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    Another for Brodit Proclips. You buy it in two separate parts. First part is a plate that is made specifically for your car and attaches without the need for any screws. The second part is the cradle for your phone which you screw into the plate.

    They're well strong, I use one to mount my amateur radio head unit.

    The plate (those screws go into a bit of plastic in the kit that hooks behind the top of the silver plastic):


    The head unit (on the left of the picture). It easily weighs 10 times what my phone does and doesn't move even when going down rough country lanes.

    • missile
    • By missile 5th Feb 18, 2:54 PM
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    Originally posted by Tarambor
    How many gadgets can one man fit in his car?
    "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." ~ Mahatma Gandhi
    Ride hard or stay home
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