Packaging and what's in the box
The dock comes with pretty much everything you need (and more) -
- the wireless dock itself
- an adaptor to use it with the air vent in your car
- a suction cup to use on your windscreen / dash
- a suction disc you can place on your dash to place the suction cup on
- 2 (yes 2) USB to Micro USB cables, a short one for when using dock in air vent and a longer one for when using dock on dash or windscreen
- small stick on cable runners to keep the USB cable from flopping around while you drive
- cigarette lighter adaptor to plug the USB cables into (5V,2100mA output)
It's a generic dock, and is more than big enough for the S5, and fits the Note 3 nicely as well. I'd expect it would just barely fit a 6 inch phone (space between the arms of the dock is 9.5cm (3.47 in) ).
Even though it is a wireless charger, it still has space in the 'bottom' edge for a standard size micro USB charger connector for phones that have a micro USB charging port in the center on the bottom of the phone - this means you can plug the USB charger directly into your phone for a quicker charge (wireless charging is usually less efficient than wired charging) or you can use the same dock with phones that do not have wireless charging.
The suction cup works well on glass and the suction disc. I have not used it in my car's air vents as they are very weak and will not support the weight of the dock and phone - this will obviously be a limitation for any dock that uses car air vents.
So far, I have not noticed any more vibration / shaking on the phone when in the dock, compared to other docks I have used, but then I have only driven on tarred roads in good condition while using it.
One tip - as the arms are not as thick as they could have been, and thus not as strong as they could be, they do not grip as well as they probably should. The solution to this is to squeeze them good and tight, though I expect this will put more strain on them and may result in them not lasting as long as one would expect - only time will tell.
With most 'generic' products made in China, build quality is usually sacrificed in a bid to keep costs down. The arms on the dock look quite thin and I expect they would break quite easily under stress, especially taking my 'tip' above into consideration. That being said, I am quite impressed with the build quality of this dock. Even though it is quite 'plasticky' it still looks premium, and seems pretty well put together. Also, it does not have the expected 'rattles' you get with low build quality plastic devices.
All in all, I'm quite impressed with this dock, and even though it is comparatively expensive (when compared to generic non wireless docks), it's not a bad price for a generic wireless dock, considering all the extras that come in the box (my xProDock, which was not wireless, not generic, and cost more, did not even have a cigarette lighter adaptor, never mind handy cable runners).
It seems that I was a little premature about commenting on the build quality, as it seems to have 'broken sort of'. It seems the plastic piece housing the suction cup and the plastic arm have partly come apart ever so slightly, but there is now a rattle and you can see vibrations in the phone when mounted. Maybe it was me that did something, but still, you'd expect it to last a little longer.
I use my phone for navigation and also as an in car DVR, so I use iBolt's Dock 'n Drive app, as it has built in support for DailyRoads Voyager.
In the screenshots below, you'll notice I have an NFC tag (yes I know I shoulda used a black one) on the dock. I use this in conjunction with the Trigger app to automatically enable bluetooth, turn off wireless, set volume to max, enable GPS (you need root for this option) and then launch iBolt Dock 'n Drive (I do not both enabling 'dock mode', or using the iBolt Dockmode app, as Samsung has removed dock mode from the S5)
Notes about using NFC and Wireless Charging
As I am not yet able to get the Samsung Wireless Charging Cover (but will when they are available), I have purchased a third party wireless charging receiver for my S5, which fits under the standard (non wireless) back cover, with only the slightest of bulges (yes I know it probably messes up the water resistance of the phone, but then I don;t usually leave it in a glass of water, or take it swimming) and it also allows me to use my Spigen Slim fit case. I am not sure if what I am about to describe is due to the wireless charging receiver I am using, but thought I would mention it anyway.
(This only applies to people that use a non swipe lock screen, as NFC is disabled when using a non swipe lock screen.)
When I put my phone in the dock, NFC will only pick up the tag in the dock if I have already unlocked the phone. This is because NFC does not seem to work once the phone is charging wirelessly. This means that if I put the phone in the dock while the phone is locked and it starts charging wirelessly, when I unlock the phone, NFC will not pick up the NFC tag.
- EDIT - kms108 has just confirmed that he does not have the issue with NFC and wireless charging when he uses the Genuine Samsung Wireless Charging kit (for desktop, not for car), so I guess the issue I am experiencing lies somewhere in the car dock, or the wireless receiver. I've ordered a Genuine Samsung Wireless Cover and will update this post on whether that has the same issues with NFC on this car dock.
Dock with windscreen suction cup
iBolt Dock 'n Drive
iBolt Dock 'n Drive with media controls, DailyRoads Voyager controls, and a compass
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