Review: ProClip for the T-Mobile G1

One thing ProClip is known for is solid in-vehicle mounting systems, and now they have a m0unting system for the T-Mobile G1 or HTC Dream.

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I chose the Holder with Tilt Swivel and Cigarette Lighter Charger for my G1.  For the Vehicle mount, I chose the 2003 Kia Sedona ProClip Center Mount.

Installation in our van was a breeze, as it required nothing but the tool that the mount came with and a screwdriver.  After it was installed, the swivel would hold the G1 in any position.

Now comes the hard part.  I wanted to like this mount a lot, but the single problem I’ve had with the mount is I was unable to slide the G1 in and out of it on a consistent basis so the phone would charge as we drove.  There was almost no wiggle room to help get the connector into the G1.  I could press on the top of the phone to get it into the holder, but I was afraid that I would break the phone’s connector.  My suggestion would be to change the design on this, and have less holder with some additional foam pads.  I think this would keep the mount tight so it would not go flying, while giving enough wiggle room to seat the connector properly.

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If I had it to do over again, I think I would have chosen the mount without the charger, and provided my own cigarette charger to get the same effect.

The fact that you must remove the phone from any case it may be in also adds some inconvenience to using the mount.  However, if you use the pouch that the G1 ships with, this may not be that big of deal.

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The ProClip Mounting system I reviewed is $179.96 as tested, and it included the MoveClip system which allowed me to move the mount from vehicle to vehicle, or use the same vehicle mount with other devices.  It’s available now on the ProClip website.

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What I liked: When in the mount, the G1 was solidly in place and did not move while driving.  If I was able to get it to seat properly, the mount would charge the phone as well.

What needs improvement: The connector rarely went easily into the phone.  I would either redesign the mount to make it easier to slide the phone in and out, or go with a mount without an adapter and add my own.

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Joel McLaughlin
Joel is a consultant in the IT field and is located in Columbus, OH. While he loves Linux and tends to use it more than anything else, he will stoop to running closed source if it is the best tool for the job. His techno passions are Linux, Android, netbooks, GPS, podcasting and Amateur Radio.