Pros Has GPS, speaker, aux line, plug in charger once and forget about it
Cons Bit pricey
Summary Reviewer goes on and on about TomTom app. Use what you like though as that app isn't needed and this review isn't based on it. Navigon is pretty good.
Someone else mentioned Droid. That's a beta google app that requires a data connection. Many others need maps on the device. Someone mentioned price. Go find another similar mount with speaker & GPS for cheaper.
Here's what i know. I commute an hour to work each day. Having the iphone front and center on the dash is worth the premium. It doesn't have to be a GPS all the time, but fills that need well when necessary. I've never used a case for any phone so that's not an issue. Jailbreak lets you listen to more than just itunes while using a nav app.
I could pay similar for a standalone and in fact have owned them since 2003 or so. But i don't have room for two devices. Don't have time to tweak a standalone, put in addresses, maintain current maps on it, etc when it's all on the phone.
Pros Combines microphone and loudspeaker amplifier, in addition to reference-standard GPS-receptrion. All this through a industry-standard bluetooth connection compatible with most software. In addition aux aut will let you connect to a modern car-stereo.
Cons Pricey, and an FM sender would make this product perfect
Summary I've not found any car holder that has all these functions. In almost every area the iPhone has meager car-performance, this holder compensates. Sound is amplified throgh the microphone, audio out is clear and loud, and GPS is much more accurate. The holder itself is very practical and easy to use. It will hold an iPhonoe with protective cover as well. I've connected the holder to a FM sender (IceMan iPhone holder) thorugh the aux out, the only thing I do every morning before driving to work is mount the iPhone: the bluetooth connection doesn't initiate until the phone is mounted.
Pros A must if you need to you the TomTom app in big city driving.
Cons There is a defect in the design. When driving over bumps, the unit rotates from the horizontal to vertical position.
Summary Great except the design flaw - where it rotates upon hitting bumps in the road. I can't recommend this product.
Pros works in all your cars by releasing a suction cup.
Cons first adopter consumers will pay more to be avant garde: Tom Tom is embracing the future and wants to definitely be first.
Summary I was saying this as soon as I heard about the Sprint GPS nav app for Blackberry and other Sprint phones from by brother who uses it: The $200 and up stand alone GPS units may just disappear if most people will have this in their phones with their data plans.
Another idea: car in-dash GPS systems better be lower priced going forward or else who would want to spend $1,000-1,300 for them if most will have it on their phone and get the sound via Bluetooth dashboards or speakerphones.??
Unless people will agree to pay that level for a larger display in the dash and the large display by itself in terms of hardware cost DOES NOT justify $1G to $1.3G
Pros It is nice to have a gps source when you are in a hurry.
Cons Price point is to high. 220 for a gps is crazy, when you can buy a standard gps unit for 59-89 dollars that preforms the same function.
Summary Nice idea, but pre recession price.