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 [TOPIC] Garmin iPhone Designer Car Kit
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Posted - 25 juin 2012 :  14:27:53  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote

After being a late starter in the GPS on Smartphones market for obvious reasons (full line of GPS systems and nuviFone project with Asus), Garmin played catchup at a steady pace with the StreetPilot software for iOS and the purchase of Navigon last year, a Smartphone GPS leader. Their latest offer is the Designer Car Kit for the iPhone 4 and 4S.

Offering a car kit is certainly a good idea because this is a required piece of kit if you want to navigate with your iPhone, both to see it properly and to keep it charged. The TomTom Car Kit released in late 2009 certainly did very well for them. Garmin's version was designed by the Platinumdesign studio and certainly looks smart. It's a kit so you get access to Garmin's StreetPilot software for full "on-board" (maps and routes handled locally) guidance.

Questions, comments ?

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Posted - 25 juin 2012 :  19:15:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1. It seems limited to iPhone 4/4S when iPhone 5 is a few months away.

2. At 30 quid, it must not have its own GPS like the TomTom, nor an amplified speaker?

It looks nice but seems expensive for what it is. I'd rather have something like this:

If a bigger iPhone is released (or the rumored iPad Mini), that has a chance of fitting it. You have to supply your own charger but it's cheaper.

Amplified speaker is kind of a must. New cars are getting aux jacks and even USB ports but you can't depend on rental cars having that.

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Posted - 26 juin 2012 :  12:50:57  Show Profile  Visit gpsmapper's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Looks like a repackaged Navigon iPhone mount to me.

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Posted - 26 juin 2012 :  13:18:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I had my iPhone 3G, I bought a mount from Griffin. I sold the mount when I upgraded to iPhone 4 (also sold) as the mount only has clip on pieces for iPod Touch, iPhone, iPhone 3G(S).

And for amplified sound, I have nothing except using a 3-in-1 charger-FM_Transmitter-dock for iPhone from a cheap brand. I modified the short cable to a long cable by extending it (gave away as I don't have iPhone anymore). The FM transmitter is not very good and only 4 frequencies. But the charger is very fast and good quality.

I think if they bother to label it as a Car Kit, then amplified speaker is a must (GPS might not be needed as the iPhone 4 GPSr is very good), even old mobile mounts from Semsons (one old sponsor of this site and I have bought lots from in old days) have the amplified speakers.

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Posted - 26 juin 2012 :  13:26:52  Show Profile  Visit gpspassion's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yes, it's a pretty basic "kit" and it does remind me of the Navigon style of mounts, might as well use the expertise of the company they bought ;-)

I'm not about to replace my TomTom iPhone Car Kit, "drop in", powered, amplified and even though my 4S built-in GPS module is powerful enough (probably even better since it can leverage AGPS) not to need the built-in GPS module of the mount it probably helps it not to heat up by using it.

Still, Garmin's kit is probably there to encourage people to jump on board with a "turn key" solution rather than not doing it because they'll have to get the pieces separately.

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Posted - 30 nov. 2012 :  16:52:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It looks like this has not made it to the United States.
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Posted - 01 déc. 2012 :  16:58:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm thinking of this one:

But there are conflicting reports in the reviews on how well it sticks to dashboards.

Or something like this, so that I can try something like the iPad Mini or another 7-inch tablet:

This one looks interesting:

But you have to order it out of Britain, it looks like.
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Posted - 23 mars 2013 :  16:09:55  Show Profile  Visit mediawdr's Homepage  Reply with Quote
i have car DVD + GPS
I dont know the software or operating system
the information as follows written

APIVer: 2012-09-20 09:46:16 v1.80
MCU: 2012-12-13- 10:33:16 9023_v1.22-BD3702_S
DVD ver 120921p1EN-1
LASH Capacity : 6/21 MB
RAM Capacity 77/112 MB
GPS COM1 9600

please help me upgrade details and need software installation procedure

Edited by - mediawdr on 23 mars 2013 16:14:51
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