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Maybe I am too much of an Apple Fan Boi, but I find Apple Maps and Siri's voice through Apple Play works quite well. I like to load the destination before jumping the the car and then it works well. Took me a while to figure out how to get her voice at the right audio level, but seems fine now. When I take a different route, it recalculates quickly. I suppose someday, I will drive into a lagoon, but until then I am happy.
I'm glad it works for you. I find it slower than other apps and not as good in terms of giving me a "head's up" as to what lane I should be in, etc, when I'm in new locales. The voice directions could also come sooner as I find that with traffic, I'm always in the wrong lane when the app wants me to turn.

Then again being a city boy, I get lost a lot. When it comes down to it, I'd rather keep my eye on the road than on the map.

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My problem with google maps is that the infotainment system takes too long to switch over to the phone. An instruction like, "in half a mile, turn left," comes out as, "turn left." This happens whether I have the phone connected through USB or Bluetooth. I don't have this problem with Apple CarPlay and Apple maps.

Unfortunately, the Lyft app doesn't work with CarPlay or Apple maps. I must disconnect both USB and Bluetooth when giving Lyft rides.

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Here is the Boltphone. Made by the same guy that makes the Boltshelf.
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I'm glad it works for you. I find it slower than other apps and not as good in terms of giving me a "head's up" as to what lane I should be in, etc, when I'm in new locales. The voice directions could also come sooner as I find that with traffic, I'm always in the wrong lane when the app wants me to turn.

Then again being a city boy, I get lost a lot. When it comes down to it, I'd rather keep my eye on the road than on the map.

Here's the magnetic mount without the phone attached.

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Thanks for this. It works perfectly. I can't imagine a better phone solution.

I have mine oriented horizontal with the plug/bottom of phone pointed to driver. Advice: do a dry run on how you want to the phone to sit. I have my metal plate attached to the phone on the drivers side at the top of the horizontal layout.

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I stopped using this magnetic solution when I started to go through pixel phones in alarming quantity. My current mount is magnetic free and so far has not been anything other than awesome. Actually as I use Android Auto there is no need to mount the phone, I usually whack it into the wifi fast charger slot upside down so the cable can get plugged in.

Android Auto does need more call management work though, it is this aspect that makes me unplug and use the phone while driving.

It needs to be easier to operate calls and calendars with webex and such audio conferencing tools. I spend a lot of time on the road so taking calls is important.
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I stopped using this magnetic solution when I started to go through pixel phones in alarming quantity.
What were the symptoms you experienced?
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the voice part stopped working, ie the phone part of a smartphone, eventually i could not make or get phone calls but for some reason it was great as a computer, that all worked fine. I was told there were solder flow issues on pixels that was recently fixed but I am not chancing it again, they seem rather delicate to electromagnetic pulses as well as strong magnets and such.

my high voltage lab antics also don't help, i keep my cell phone well out of the way locked up in a lead lined drawer in my desk.
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Super strong neodymium magnets are not a great idea next to electronics in general. I also would avoid theses type of mounts.
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O.o the one I'm using has Neodymium magnet. Granted it goes in the vent, but would this damage my phone?
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RE: safety of magnetic phone mounts

I found this article that goes over the possible issues using a magnetic phone mount: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile...s-hard-drives/

Seems the worst that will happen with any modern smartphone is the compass may be jacked up.

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