October 22, 2014

iBOLT car dock - a complete NFC driving experience [Review]

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iBOLT car dock – a complete NFC driving experience [Review] Reviewed by on . Rating: 4.5

I had the opportunity of reviewing the iBOLT car windshield/dash dock kit and it couldn’t have come at a better time, since the unusually hot weather we’re having in the UK had resulted in my previous dock losing it’s ability to actually support the weight of my device.

First impressions of the iBOLT are very positive, with the dock itself feeling extremely well made in hand. The kit comes with either an arm to stick to the windshield or a pad for attaching it to the dash. I opted for the windshield and had it attached within minutes. The iBolt is extremely easy to assemble out of the box and is secured to the windscreen using a very secure suction cup.

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There are three toothed supports which are adjustable on the iBOLT; two on the bottom and one on the top. The arm on the top slides up and down with a springback in order to insert your phone into the holder. This is then secured using a little switch on the rear of the holder to provide the downforce needed on the device to keep it secure. It’s this switch which can be often hard to access, especially with the holder attached to the windscreen as you can’t see it and can’t look behind it without banging your head.

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When it comes to the way it holds the device, the iBOLT is second to none, keeping my phone absolutely still when driving; often docks can hold your phone but it’ll vibrate up and down as you drive along.

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The iBOLT also takes advantage of NFC enabled devices by including a dongle that can be swiped against the device to launch a dedicated driving app. The iBOLT Dock’n Drive app turns your Android device into a driving assistant, providing a variety of utilities including a speedometer and compass. In addition, the app uses something called ‘ItCanWait’ functionality to suppress your incoming SMS alerts to avoid distraction.

Not only is the iBOLT a fantastic dock to securely hold your device, but it also comes with a great companion app that finishes off the package, offering the perfect tools for your device that can improve your driving experience.