28
Jan
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With the number of options that are out there, our smartphones have gradually become more useful for in-car navigation than dedicated GPS units. Unfortunately, holding a phone in your hand isn't the safest (or most legal) driving habit, and mounting your device to the dashboard doesn't work as gracefully as many accessories out there claim. Yet Scosche might be on to something with its latest products, the magicMOUNT magnetic mounts.

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Scosche is offering magicMOUNT in multiple formats, so users can mount devices to dashboards, windshields, tabletops, or walls. Each variation works the same. Users install a "MagicPlate" on the back of their phone or tablet, inside the battery cover, or within a case. The device will then magnetically stick onto the mount

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The magicMOUNT Surface, which is good for walls, is the cheapest option at $14.99. The magicMOUNT Window costs $24.99, while the general dashboard and tabletop friendly option sits between the two at $19.99. There's also a magicMOUNT Power option that plugs into your car's power outlet, but it doesn't look like it will be available for quite a while.  

magicMOUNT ($19.99)

magicMOUNT Surface ($14.99)

magicMOUNT Window ($24.99)

Source: Scosche

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Doesn't look safe enough

  • LazarusDark

    my problem with these type of mounts is that I don't trust them in a sudden stop situation (common for anyone) or in any spirited driving around curves (less common I guess).

    • Unknown182

      I got a 10 pack of magnets (round ones, thinnest available) for my car and a cheap metal clip from target. One magnet between my case & phone, one on metal clip, BOOM! That sucker goes nowhere no matter how shitty I drive.

      • Chris

        Could you take a pic or two? I imagine many would like to do this too! Thx

    • http://www.allankintz.com ack154

      I have had the iMagnet in my car for a couple months now with zero issues... and I probably fall into the "spirited driving" category. It doesn't feel like a super strong hold when you pull it off of the mount, but not once have I noticed it move at all.
      I'm also a backer of the Air Dock campaign on IndieGogo... mostly because my first thought when I got the iMagnet was "this needs wireless charging like yesterday."

  • matt

    If only they'd make the Magic Mount Power that was a wireless charger. I wanted to try to use the new Nexus charger like that, but there isn't a suitable surface to stick it on in my car.

    • Unknown182

      I tried doing this setup with a $30 wireless charger from Amazon to no avail. The magnet/case I use on my phone make it barely too thick.
      Is the magnet strong enough to hold the phone by itself in the official Nexus charger?

    • reneMAC
      • matt

        Yeah, I looked at that, but it's $63 and I'd still have to mount it on my windshield or possibly the top of my dash. I really don't want it there, especially since then I'd have the power cable stretching across everything else.

        • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

          I want that but with a cd player disk slot mount.

  • vpraveenis

    Will this work with the internal Magnets in Nexus 5? Or do we still need to stick the "Magicplate" onto the back of the device? It might also interfere with the wireless charging..

    • CerealFTW

      I was wondering the exact same thing

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  • Bob G

    Isn't this just Tetrax, but 5 years late to the game?

    • Da_James

      Tetrax Fix is what I actually use in my car. So small, but everyone is always interrested (can I push that?) lol However, rounded metal pins aren't that great for laying a case or a phone flat.
      Plus, tetrax is only up to 150grams if I recall. This seems to hold a 600g tablet just fine.

  • HDScorpio

    Or, go buy a strong magnet, stick that to the dash or other spot. Stick a small thin painted steel plate to your device. Total cost, a lot less.

    • NunjaBusiness

      And the added bonus of looking craptastic!

      • HDScorpio

        That depends on your level of craftsmanship. Mine would not.

  • Paul Troy

    I'm worried that magnetic fields may wipe data on phone or SIM. It's that valid?

    • psychoace

      No, the Nexus 5 has magnets all over the phone and its Qi charger uses magnets to hold it to the base.

      • Paul Troy

        Thanks..

  • NunjaBusiness

    The iMagnet vehicle mount already does this quite nicely.
    Warning, place the metal disc carefully or it will interfere with NFC (if you have it)

  • JPB

    IF you install this between the case and the battery does it interfere with the NFC?

    • DoctorRabbitfoot

      iMagnets are similar and they do not interfere with NFC as long as you don't place it directly over the contacts, so I would assume this is the same.

    • NunjaBusiness

      It is the metal disc/plate that you stick on the phone to attach that interferes.
      I had to use the small round plate that came with my iMagnet dock. The larger rectangular one blocked the NFC on my S4.

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    Anybody know how this would work with a curved-back phone like the Moto X or the HTC One? Are those magnets rigid or do they bend and form to the phone?

    • alexcue

      I have a Moto X and the comparable iMagnet mount. The plates are thin enough to bend to fit the X's curved back. While I was using a case, I just put the plate between the back and case, and it worked fine. I ended up taking off the back of the Moto X and putting the disk carefully on the back. Doesn't block NFC, and looks much cleaner. Bonus, no worrying about the adhesive.

    • CREX

      I'm using the small plate the kit came with. I placed the plate inbetween the case and the phone. I'm using the Incipio Frequency case.

  • Android Developer

    doesn't putting a magnet so near the battery consumes the battery power?

  • Ritz

    Tried to order two. $100+ to ship to New Zealand (just the shipping cost)......Uhhh I'll pass!

  • C64

    I will never trust this system to hang my tablet like that.

    it looks way to unsafe

  • alexcue

    I've been using the iMagnet setup for awhile now, and I love it. The head uses a standard ball mount so you can attach it to your existing suction/vent mount. Their included dash/window mount is pretty bad, IMO, so you'll want to use your own.

    The magnets are plenty strong, too. I was using the rectangular plate + the round plate on my Note II with the ZeroLemon 9300 mAh battery (which weighs a TON), and it never came off the base while driving, even on the terrible roads in my town.

    This setup looks fine too, but I gotta stick with the iMagnet.

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