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iBOLT In-Vehicle Charging Dock for Galaxy S III

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  • A real "active" car-dock with integrated cable for aux-out sound through microUSB cable. Sell-off for remaining units.
  • COMPATIBILITY: Designed to fit Samsung Galaxy S2, S3 and now S4. Works with cases up to the size of Otterbox Commuter (not Defender case).
  • DockMode: microUSB arm activates "Dock Mode" that allows Dock'n Drive Interface (free download) to be set as "home screen" while driving. Turn Bluetooth & WiFi on/off automatically when phone is in Dock.
  • AUX-OUT: Included 9ft charging cable features integrated 3.5 mm aux out. Plug into car-stereo aux-in to listen to sound from any App type Music or GPS. ONE cable for aux-out & charging!
  • MOUNTING: Strong and vibration free ROK II Mount included. 17 mm industry standard ball joint so many mounting solutions can be used, including optional AMPS. Open camera view.
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Size (LWH): 3.94 inches, 3.94 inches, 3.94 inches
  • Weight: 3.52 ounces
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Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 x 3.9 inches ; 3.5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B008MLUTPK
  • Item model number: IBPF-33307
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (348 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,972 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
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Product Description

Color: Black

AUGUST 21, 2013 UPDATE: Inventory sell-off for the remaining units of the S3 dock featuring the original Samsung "Car-Dock Mode"! Home screen icons will turn horizontal and aux-out can be heard through the car-stereo using the included 9 ft "Aux/USB charging" cable. With many features we recommend watching our video demo, find by typing in "iBOLT S3 Dock" into the YouTube search bar. The 33307 model will NOT work with the S4 as Samsung has changed the pin-out. See model ibpf-33309 for S4 compatibility. The S3 Dock can placed on the left side of the steering wheel, where it is easy to reach. Route the Audio/Charge cable down the drivers door to the center console where USB port and Aux-in (if available) are located. Download free "iBOLT Dock'n Drive" App from the Google Play store for best performance. Sound from all Apps (like Pandora, TuneIn, Spotify etc.) can be hard through car-stereo speakers. Phone calls NOT routed to speakers due to Samsung firmware limitation. Bluetooth hands-free solution recommended for making and receiving calls. The battery will charge continuously when driving. Designed to be compatible with cases up to 2.5 mm thick, including Otterbox Commuter. Otterbox Defender and Ballistic Maxx type are NOT compatible. With an open back, record HD video while driving. Expect a vibration free driving experience with the ROK Solid suction mount. Attach to windshield, or use the included disc to place on dashboard. A ball-joint connector system allows the driver to adjust to almost any viewing angle. The female ball connector on the Dock is a 17 mm "industry standard" size, allowing any dash, vent or bike mount designed for Garmin to work with the cradle as an alternative to the suction mount.NOTE: The Audio/Charge cable ends in a USB male connector. If your vehicle does not feature an integrated USB port you will need a standard 12 Volt car charger with USB port to operate the Dock.

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Customer Reviews

Over all the quality is very good.
Tony M.
Your phone will not like being plugged into the dock's power cable, if the dock is not connected to a power source.
Paul Jacob Dunlap III
The phone recognizes it's plugged into a car dock, so I can configure it launch GPS or other apps automatically.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Mojo Tooth on November 25, 2012
Color Name: Black
At first I was quite satisfied with the product. The S3 has an absolutely horrible interface that pops up when the "car dock" mode starts, but that is no fault of the iBolt.

However, after several weeks I started noticing during long trips that my phone was draining battery and not charging as it should have been. When I started paying closer attention I noticed that the connection from the dock to the phone via the USB cable would intermittently terminate. If I bypassed the built-in cable and plugged an external cable into the phone while it's in the dock, I do not see this problem. I only see the problem when the phone is connected directly to the dock.

And then finally, the phone would no longer recognize the connection to the dock at all. This has been a rapid degrading in functionality of the iBolt dock. I still use it as a physical holder of the phone, but for the price charged for this item, I need more value.

(Edited 12/3/2012: I'm happy to say that iBolt is standing by their product and sending me a replacement, free of charge. I am bumping them up a star for standing by their product.)
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Christian on September 3, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Works with those cases:
Works well with my Seidio Active case (ASIN: B008FYFVNE)
Works well with Case-Mate POP! 2 (ASIN: B007ZL0QVA)
Reportedly works with Otterbox commuter (ASIN: B0085JRQQE)

Does NOT work with those case (Use with Ibolt ProDock instead)
Reportedly the Otterbox defender is too big
My wife's Amzer AMZ94215 Double Layer Hybrid Case with Kickstand (ASIN: B008AU20Q4)

A couple of things I learned in setting up this car dock:
- the "car mode" on the phone is just that "a mode".
- We generally associate "car mode" with a special car user interface.
This is really just a car dashboard app that gets started when you enter car mode.
The one that comes with the S3 is miserable (it just starts S-voice asking you what you want to do)

But the Android Play / Market easily comes to the rescue. Just search for "car home" and you will
be presented with a few good options. I use one called "Car Home Ultra" and it's PERFECT!

Some of those apps can trigger the car mode on/off for you based on a combination of bluetooth, usb and
audio connection which can be useful if you use a different dock that doesn't trigger it for you
(the Ibolt ProDock and Prodock Plus come to mind as they can accommodate ANY size of case).

Other tidbits:
- This dock can accomodate cases up to 2.5mm thick (from the instruction sheet)
- Do read the instruction sheet: To configure audio coming out of the dock's connector go
to Settings --> Dock --> Audio output mode and enable it.

That's it. GREAT dock, go buy one and drive safely!
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Tom Braun on September 14, 2012
Color Name: Black
What can I say? This is a great car dock. Very sturdy, fits the phone nicely with or without case, and plugging in the phone activates 'car mode' (do yourself a favor and get the Car Dock Ultra app to replace S-Voice).

Coming from a former Droid X user who was used to having a phone-specific plug-and-play dock that 'just worked', I had high expectations for car docks. I wanted one that would do the same thing for my GS3 that the old Motorola dock did for the Droid X. This dock does it.

One cool thing to note / minor complaint: the dock leaves the camera exposed so you it can theoretically work as a dash cam. However when the USB cable is plugged in, the picture will be upside-down. This is not iBolt's fault. Apparently when the phone is in car mode it 'locks' the horizontal orientation for reasons known only to Samsung. And the iBolt is holding the phone the 'wrong way'. Of course, if the cradle held the phone the 'right way' the volume controls would be inaccessible.

Anyway, there are a couple work-arounds: flip the cradle upside down, temporarily unplug the USB jack, or just deal with the upside down picture and flip it later with an editor.

Again, I don't fault iBolt for this issue, but you should know about it if you plan to use this as a 'dash cam'.

Other than that, five stars and worth every penny.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bill K. on August 30, 2012
Color Name: Black
After seeing the youtube video, I pre-ordered this from smartphonepedia since Samsung didn't have a dedicated GSIII charging car dock. It replaced the Infuse 4G dock I was using for my GSIII.

I have to disagree John's review. First off, the directions are clear on how the supplied pads are to be used. The power button never gets pressed. The dock allows for a very good fit with or without a case thanks to the removable insert (nice design). The same is true of the, I think, brilliantly simplistic charging solution, which again allows for use with or without a case. The other benefit of this design decision is that if the cord gets tugged on it doesn't pull on the handset's micro usb socket.

The flip latch is much easier to use than locking the handset into the Infuse 4G dock. The single cable which terminates in both a USB plug and aux audio plug reduces clutter. I use the spigen Kuel P12Q/C car charger because my car doesn't have a USB socket.

My only gripe is that when the phone is in the dock the volume rocker is partially covered by the latch, so I can increase but not decrease the volume without using the software UI controls.

It's not a perfect solution, but grading on a curve it's a 5 based on my experience with numerous other docks. Highly Recommended.
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