Griffin Moto X car dock.

Now that we've taken a look at the official Griffin Desktop Dock for the Moto X, it's time to turn our attention to the Griffin Moto X Car Dock. This one's also a pretty simple affair. You get the dock that affixes to either your dash (via the included plastic disc) or windshield — and that's it. No charger, no cables — just a dock to hold your phone and keep it (and you, hopefully) safe and usable in your car.

Inserting your phone into the dock is easy enough, though you'll want to take your time to make sure things fit properly. Start on the end with the microUSB plug, and make sure things are situated. Then ease in the top of the phone. There's enough pressure from that end of the dock to make things stay fast, and there are little rubber tabs on the inside of the dock (you can see them in this picture) that give it some grip over the phone.

And that, basically, is that.

Like we said — if you do want to plug this guy in so it'll charge your phone, you'll need to provide your own cord. (I'm still using this dual-charger from HTC.) It plugs into the base of the dock and then powers your phone. 

The Griffin dock is properly pinned to activate the "driving mode" on the Moto X — so it'll start reading text messages and incoming call info aloud or send automatic replies. Thing is, there's not a built-in dedicated car app, so you'll need to find your own if you want to use one. (We're partial to Car Home Ultra.)

Touchless Control still works — so you can issue commands to your Moto X just by speaking.

Again, it's an easy, good-looking car dock. The ball joint gives proper movement and viewing angles. You insert and remove the phone with ease — just take your time when lining up the USB plug. And running power into the dock is easy, with the port in good spot at the rear of the dock. A good $39.95 spent, we say. You can pick one up directly from Motorola or from Griffin.


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The Griffin Motorola X car dock


Same here. I love my HTC one but this Is a fantastic device in its own regard.

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I will give a +1 to Car Home Ultra - been using it for a while and it is fantastic! Now if I could just afford this phone

This and a car bluetooth adapter are the solution to how I make a MOTO X fit into my life.

Now to just wait for Verizon to drop it to $99 on contract around Thanksgiving.

You should know that your product photo depicts an illegal operation in the state of California.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles Code Section 26708:

26708. (a) (1) A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied upon the windshield or side or rear windows.

(2) A person shall not drive any motor vehicle with any object or material placed, displayed, installed, affixed, or applied in or upon the vehicle that obstructs or reduces the driver’s clear view through the windshield or side windows.


(b) This section does not apply to any of the following:


(12) A portable Global Positioning System (GPS), which may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone, if the system is used only for door-to-door navigation while the motor vehicle is being operated.

So, in California, it's legal to mount a GPS on the front windshield only in the corners, not in the center.

I was really excited about this but I couldn't wait so I ended up buying a generic one A universal mount but I'm kinda glad I didn't know as nice as this is I actually have my phone plugged into my stereo be a aux cable so I wouldn't be able to my music unless I bought this dock and also change my stereo to a bluetooth 1 I don't really care if it comes with cables or not but I think it's kind of dumb to just completely block off the headphone jack

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This is the same design as the Droid Maxx/Ultra dock, and it sucks. It works, but the phone will wobble in the dock. Also, if you're like me and re-mount the dock on a custom solution with a ball, be warned. It's not a 17mm ball like Motorola, Garmin, etc use. It is very close to a Ram "A" size ball. I started a thread in the Droid Maxx forum where I show how I re-mounted this dock to my custom AMPs pattern dash mount. I got it all to work, but Griffin does not compare to what Motorola used to make

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Does anyone know what USB cable is used in the pictures of the dock? I know that's a weird question, but I really like how it looks and it must be long enough to reach down to the center console of the car.

For anyone that runs a dash / crash cam application on their cell phone to record video while driving, I have made a template which can be printed out for the Moto X for use with this dock to drill a hole where the camera would be. I can give you the template to print out which will show you exactly where to drill and can tell you the drill bit size to use if you are interested in modifying the dock to use the camera function while docked. A drill bit seems to work quite nicely on this dock and has a nice clean finished look to it as if the dock came that way. I will post some pictures of the process along with the template if anyone is interested and will check back within a couple days, so please let me know if you want it.