HTC One Car Kit brings its sleek design and functionality to the road: Review

HTC One Car Kit brings its sleek design and functionality to the road: Review

Summary: T-Mobile USA is giving away the HTC Car Kit with an HTC One purchase, and after spending a couple weeks with it, I find it to be an essential accessory. It works well and is priced right, at just $60.


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    HTC One Car Kit in retail package

    I am very pleased with the HTC One I purchased from T-Mobile, and one nice addition that T-Mobile threw in the package was the HTC One Car Kit for free ($59.99 retail value). I've been using the HTC One Car Kit for the last couple of weeks, and wanted to share some thoughts on using it in my vehicle.

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    Everything you need to get started

    The HTC One Car Kit is designed specifically for the HTC One only, due to the way it slides into the holder so that half of your HTC One is secured on the right side. Inside the package you will find the Car Kit, a long special Car Kit cable, a USB to auto port dongle for charging, and a mounting piece if you don't want to secure the Car Kit to your window.

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    Base, arm, and cradle mounted to my window

    The Car Kit assembly includes a stout suction cup base, a stainless steel arm that rotates in a ball and socket joint, and the cradle piece attached to the arm. These pieces come all assembled and are not designed to be taken apart.

    I like placing my car mounts up in the lower left of my window so my view of the road is unobstructed. With large Dodge truck windows, this is not an issue. I like the way you simply rotate the ring around the bottom of the base to secure the suction mount to your window. It is not going anywhere, even with bumps in the road. You can use the double-sided tap disk that is included to mount the base somewhere else in your vehicle if you do not want to mount it on your window.

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    Last Christmas took the family on vacation and, because I'm probably the cheapest human being alive, rented the smallest car that the local no-name-rental company offered. It was a Toyota Corolla, with very basic amenities and a very basic radio. I did notice, to my surprise and delight that the radio had bluetooth. And once I paired my phone I was further delighted to discover that the radio also featured A2DP. So not only was I able to take calls, I was able to play music through the stereo and use Google maps for navigation, with turn prompts muting my music.

    The future is here and it is awesome.
  • Doe it fit a HTC One with a case on it?

    I really like the look and functionality bit I have a care on mine.
    Is there any adjustments or adapters to use the kit with a case on the phone?