Nexu One Car Dock

Update: And it's now available for $55 plus shipping at google.com/phone. [via official Nexus One blog]

Original: One piece of the Nexus One puzzle that's been missing for a bit has been the car dock, which we saw teased in the making-of videos back in early February. But now it has a proper place in Google's Nexus One help articles. And from it we learn:

  • The dock has a built-in speaker and volume controls. (We'd like to see an FM transmitter, but we're not holding our breath.)
  • The Car Home app loads automatically (we assume that means "launches") when the phone's inserted.
  • There's a proper 12V charger to keep you juiced up and navigating.

What's still missing: Price and actual availability, though it sure looks like we could see it any day now. Keep your eyes peeled, people. [Google via Android and Me]

 
There are 37 comments

ChuckG73 says:

I will buy this as well even though I still do not have the phone because I am on Verizon. All the accessories and no phone :(

bustafone says:

Great! Now all I need is a car.

yimmy says:

ahem... Verizon?

chapstick says:

Actually, they must've just put it up. $55.

https://www.google.com/phone/choose?hl=en&gl=US&s7e=

Its available now. http://www.google.com/phone

Argent says:

now we just need the Verizon phone...

and WHO CARES WHERE IS THE N1 FOR VERIZON

Rahul says:

Read the Dock PDF Manual.

*YOU CANNOT USE BLUETOOTH HEADSET WHEN THE PHONE IS DOCKED*

Waiting to hear from ppl who buy it to see how is the Speaker, hopefully not as bad as the one on the phone.

Andrew says:

I do! Everyone else has their N1 for their carrier EXCEPT VERIZON!! (sprint gets the EVO, so they don't care about the N1 lol).

Anonymous says:

$55.... WOWZERS That's half the price of a full fledged GPS unit.

Anonymous says:

Yeah, but NO GPS unit is early as awesome.

Anonymous says:

I think you mean to say "Yeah, but NO GPS unit is nearly as awesome." Lolz

kidphat says:

If it had a FM transmitter, I would be sold. $55 for a dock, please!

Anonymous says:

What a ripoff!

saimin says:

Why are Nexus One accessories so much more expensive than Motorola Droid accessories? The Droid car dock is only $20 from Amazon.

Anonymous says:

The reason this dock is more expensive is because it has bluetooth connectivity. Its more than just a dock with magnets like it is for the Moto Droid. It has a microphone and also a speaker to boost the navigation volume and music. I personally think its fair considering the technology in this thing. You can always buy a $20 universal dock if you think its too much.

ebartolon says:

i still wont get it!

sjcea says:

$55.00 ?? They are nuts !!!!! My car mount was purchsed for $16.00 and works just fine , I can mount it on the glass or a vent . Go to best buy and save the $$

Anonymous says:

The reason this dock is more expensive is because it has bluetooth connectivity. Its more than just a dock with magnets like it is for the Moto Droid. It has a microphone and also a speaker to boost the navigation volume and music. I personally think its fair considering the technology in this thing. You can always buy a $20 universal dock if you think its too much.

xarophti says:

I'd pay more for a dock with a speaker (for better sound) for my MTG3... Tmo??? HTC???

Anonymous says:

I really think that people should stop complaining about the price. There is clearly a difference between the Moto Droid and Nexus One car docks. The reason this dock is more expensive is because it has bluetooth connectivity. Its more than just a dock with magnets like it is for the Moto Droid. It has a microphone and also a speaker to boost the navigation volume and music. I personally think its fair considering the technology in this thing. If you're still not satisfied then you can always buy a $20 universal dock.

Anonymous says:

Did you really need to post that three times?

Anonymous says:

No, but I posted replies and it didn't show up right away, so I posted my own and after 5 minutes, they all showed up. Sorry everyone!

Klotera says:

The fact that I can't use this with another Bluetooth "headset" is a dealbreaker for me. I have Bluetooth audio built into my car with steering wheel and voice controls. I can't give that up. I was ready to put down the 55. Too bad I waited so long for this when I could've gone and found another car charger and mount.

Anyone know a good nexus charger, itself, that charges at full capacity (not the half rate of USB charging)?

Rick says:

The lack of an audio out jack combined with the inability to use car bluetooth while docked is a potential dealbreaker for me. My car has bluetooth through its speakers and steering wheel as well. However, I could forgo that when docked, IF the dock had an audio out jack. Then the speakers would still play the other side of the conversation. This would also make it handy to play music and GPS through the speakers, which I currently do by connecting a cord from the headphone jack to the audio in jack in my car. Presumably the dock would work the same as the desktop dock which would still allow me to play music through the dock if I needed to pick up my phone to do anything while stopped at a light. The fact that I don't see a mention of an audio out jack has me greatly disappointed.

JoeyW says:

Yeah, no audio jack really disappointed me! Does anyone know if there is another dock that will work with the N1 that has an audio jack?

xyvyx says:

I wonder if the maps/nav work better than the droid version..

ie: my Droid's (w/o the aid of KeepScreen) screen will still turn itself off automatically, even when docked. Why should I have to change the timeout/power-saving settings when I go from handheld to automotive use? dumb...

Anonymous says:

U CAN use bluetooth wile doct!!If U read the pdf, ( http://www.google.com/googlephone/NexusOneCarDock.pdf )U wuld know.

Anonymous says:

You cannot use your bluetooth headset when the N1 is docked. This is incredible and a deal breaker for me. It looks cheaply made. I don't trust the ball and socket to not loosen, and I also do not trust that tab on top for inserting/extracting the device from the dock. Does the noise cancelation technology work when one uses speakerphone? I bet it doesn't, and it's more difficult to hear, and to be heard. BT headsets have come a long way, and I enjoy using mine while the N1 sits in the generic dock.

I use the new Motorola P513 micro usb car charger ....under $10- on Amazon. It works great. The plug has a clear round tab that glows blue when plugged in. I paid $14- for the dock that came with the disk, suction cup, and vent mounts. I can still use Nav features, etc, so the justification for this N1 dock at $55- is very difficult to justify.

and if I purchase a new smartphone? This industry is too volatile to spend alot of money for a vehicle mount.

Anonymous says:

You used the Moto P513 with your nexus?

Miguel says:

OK, let me first say that I'm not opposed to paying $55 for a dock. And maybe this one is worth it. I disagree with those complaining about a lack of an audio-out jack. Doesn't the Nexus One have an audio-out jack right on the top of the phone? So what's the big deal? And why would you want to listen to music AND listen to navigation directions AT THE SAME TIME? Huh?

I also disagree about the justification of the price being that it's a "Bluetooth dock" Yes, but the Bluetooth is only used to connect the Nexus One to the dock, which it's [b]in direct physical contact with already![/b] Does this strike anyone else an expensive waste of Bluetooth hardware? Why the hell didn't they just put a MicroUSB plug in the dock and establish the connection that way? This way, the Nexus One could still communicate with other Bluetooth devices directly.

What is the point of Bluetooth in this dock if it only adds to the cost and only serves to make a simple connection that microUSB could have easily accomplished?

Rick says:

Why listen to radio and GPS simultaneously? Maybe because the N1 does a superb job of muting music when directions are being read by the GPS unit. In fact, that's one of the main reasons I would use the N1 for GPS rather than my stand alone unit.

Yes, I can still use a cord to connect to my audio in via my headphone jack. But if I'm going to have a bunch of cords connected to my actual phone, I might as well plug a generic microUSB cord to the phone as well. I was hoping for a dock that allows me to connect the wires permanently, which allows for easier hiding of wires and easier removal of the device from the unit. Basically a car version of the desktop dock, which by the way, I think they got 100% right.

Anonymous says:

Sorry!!! My mistake. Left my glases at home...

Klotera says:

Even though the manual says you can't use a separate bluetooth headset, I was thinking if there was a way around that. Even though it pairs automatically, for any paired device, you can tap and hold to go to the options and uncheck phone and/or media for use over that BT connection. If one were to do that for this device, would it then be able to utilize another bluetooth device for whichever of those is unchecked? Curious if anyone who gets one of these could try that. I'd be back on board if that worked.

TedP says:

No suction cup mount is my beef. I am not sticking some puck that is not removable to my dash / glass / whatever.

Miguel says:

Huh? It uses a suction cup mount!

Mike S. says:

The dock does have suction cups to use for regular windshield/dashboard mounting.. the adhesive disc is only an additional option in the case the surface is such that the suction cups won't work. The disc is affixed to whatever surface and the the suction cups are attached to the top of it.