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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    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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    Special charging cable to secure to cradle

    The included USB cable has a special end that secures into the cradle piece of the Car Kit. The cable is something like 3 feet long, so I was able to route it straight down from my window and across my dash without it interfering with anything. It is long enough that I could tuck it away in places, too, so it doesn't look hillbilly or anything, either.

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    Cable attached

    The USB to auto adapter piece is short, so it sits fairly flush with the plug when inserted. You place the USB end into the charger and will see an indicator light when powered on.

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  • Bluetooth...

    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?