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July 22, 2011

Spot Connect Communicator Mount Discussion

Filed under: GPS Mounts and Accessories — Tags: , — mountguys @ 3:04 pm

The third generation of the personal communicator adds a smartphone interface and is packaged with some third party GPS units.  The smartphone app allows you to greatly expand the functionality of the Spot in the way of custom messages and social networking.  While we understand the social networking part still needs some work, it’s still a nice feature in our opinion.

So this comes with a belt clip.  Nothing else in terms of mounting options.

We present some ideas below.

Marine Mount for Spot Connect

Marine Mount for Spot Connect

Bike Mount for Spot Connect

Bike Mount for Spot Connect

Suction Mount for Spot Connect

Suction Mount for Spot Connect

Motorcycle Mount for Spot Connect

Motorcycle Mount for Spot Connect

July 13, 2011

Time for a Motorcycle GPS Upgrade?

There are automotive GPS devices and motorcycle GPS devices.  Ever wonder what the difference is?  GPS devices made specifically for motorcycles are normally waterproof and somewhat more shock resistant than the car versions.  The screens can normally be used with gloves.  Motorcycle GPS devices also typically have bluetooth integrated within.

Back a few years ago there were two primary players in the motorcycle GPS market and they were Garmin and TomTom.  Most popular were the TomTom Riders.  They made two versions but have not come out with a new motorcycle device in several years.  Garmin has updated their Zumo line with recent additions of the Zumo 220, Zumo 660, Zumo 665.  The big difference between the three is primarily screen size as well as headphone jack and customization options and for the price, we like the Zumo 220 best.

So if you have, let’s say, an old TomTom Rider, is it worth the price to upgrade?  If you are having any difficulties with your current Rider, we suggest considering an upgrade versus trying to find parts which are difficult to come by and quite expensive.  The newest Garmin Zumo devices will provide updated maps and features that were not available five years ago when you purchased the Rider.  For less than $400, this is half the price of what you may have paid for that Rider five years ago.

We present some mounting options for the newest Garmin Zumo.

Garmin Zumo 220 Car Mount

Garmin Zumo 220 Car Mount

 

Garmin Zumo 660 665 Motorcycle Mount Kit

Garmin Zumo 660 665 Motorcycle Mount Kit

Garmin Zumo 220 Motorcycle Mount Kit

Garmin Zumo 220 Motorcycle Mount Kit

My Sirius / XM Antenna Looks Goofy on the Roof of My Car

Satellite radio was introduced roughly ten years ago and has changed dramatically since the original introduction of the Delphi Skyfi.  The most significant change is that SiriusXM is now built into many vehicles.  However, you might be surprised at how many standalone units are still in use.  The latest models include the Onyx, XMp3i, and the extension of the Stratus, Sportster and StarMate lines (they are up to the sixth generation).

The standalone models all require an antenna to be mounted within the line of site to the satellite.  Many customers are under the impression the antenna must be mounted on the roof outside the car.  That’s not the case.  The antenna works quite effectively within the car as long as it is mounted where it can see the sky.

Sirius / XM Antenna Mount

Sirius / XM Antenna Mount

SiriusXM Antenna Mount

SiriusXM Antenna Mount

Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Car Mounting Options

Filed under: Other Mounts & Accessories — Tags: — mountguys @ 11:46 am

Samsung realized that the 7″ inch tablet isn’t for everyone.  Recently releasing their Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to compete (in size anyway) with the Apple iPad.  Running Android just like its smaller cousin, this larger tablet has all the features you would expect in a higher end tablet that can access the app store.

Mounting the larger Tab is a bit of a challenge as there are no custom cradles available yet.  The 10.1 will share the same mounting options as the iPad with the case which deploys an expandable cradle to grip your 10.1 in landscape mode.  We offer a few pictures within this post.

Car Headrest Option

Car Headrest Option

Seat Bolt Mount

Seat Bolt Mount

Car Cup Holder Mount

Car Cup Holder Mount

 

 

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