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Navigon Announces iPhone Mount


While we’ve been hearing rumors and even tiny hints from Navigon themselves over the past few weeks, today Navigon confirms that they are building their own “Car Kit” for the iPhone. Details are still short at this time, however we’ve got a picture (below) and a few details on timing.

Navigon iPhone MountClick on the image for a bigger view, but this is a pretty sharp looking mount. We don’t have too many details yet– it doesn’t appear to support Bluetooth or have any audio-out capabilities. But it does leave room for a power cord which might be included. I also don’t see any indication that an external speaker is included– though that isn’t confirmed. If so then the mount is simply a sharp looking mount.

In order to match the performance of a PND, the mount really needs a GPS chip and a speaker. The GPS chip in the iPhone 3G and 3Gs is kind of weak and so is the speaker. Otherwise there are other auto mounts of the iPhone already out there. The lack of a GPS chip would also mean that navigation functionality couldn’t be extended to the original iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

We do know that the mount is scheduled to become available in October and will almost certainly be a whole lot cheaper than TomTom’s Car Kit also now scheduled for October.

4 Responses

  1. That just seems like a fancy looking mount with no other utility as you said. I’m not sure why they would offer this since there are many others out there already. If the promised TT mount has all of its stated abilities this one would seem to be pointless.

    John P - September 4th, 2009
  2. Since Navigon is releasing a car kit, does that mean that they will probably not write code to make there app compatible with the tomtom car kit. If this car kit does not have a gps chip in it I would rather have tomtoms

    John E - September 9th, 2009
  3. Im using the ProClip iPhone dock, plugged into my car stereo.

    I can play music through the car speakers and hear navigation commands through the car speakers. I do not need a cradle that carries sound, but I do need a cradle that charges. The USB from my stereo does also charge the iPhone.

    I just spent 2 days in Big Sur with ZERO CELL phone reception.

    Navigon worked FANTASTIC! I dont really see a big problem with the GPS chip in the iPhone, I never missed a turn using Navigon.

    I have a lot of experience with Garmin Nuvi 350 and 765. I find the Navigon on iPhone almost as good as the n765.. multipoint routing is stronger on the Nuvi, but, really, I dont see a problem with the GPS reception on iPhone, so I dont think TomTom’s audio/gps enhanced phone holder is all that necessary

    I cant recommend enough how well it works to dock iPhone to the stereo through USB capable or iPhone capable cabling and docking.

    Also, there is a benefit to a phone holder that does NOT use suction to the windshield, which is illegal in California..

    hence for my money, proclip gets the job done, along with Navigon

    Jonathan - September 29th, 2009
  4. Navigon’s mount to be available by Nov 3rd in the app store. They claim it can double the iphone volume.

    gatorguy - October 5th, 2009

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