August 10, 2009
Finishing my smart-iPod integration.
It occured to me this weekend that I never finished my ipod into smart car integration story. A few days after I hacked a new dc outlet into my glovebox, my chosen mounting bracket showed up.
I decided to go with the proclip solution. It’s a two-part solution that includes a vehicle specific mount, coupled with a device specific holder. It happens to have a mount for the smart, which is extra awesome seeing as not many companies have much smart love. For the longest time, it had a mount for the 450 but not the 451, but now it has both.
I like it because it’s not destructive to the interior. It’s held on with double-sided tape and tabs that fit in the natural gaps of the dash. However, it was obviously not made to be in a black car with black leather interior in the summer heat of Georgia. The double-sided tape tends to get a bit wobbily on the hottest of August afternoons.
I was pleased to learn that all of the branding on the mount came on stickers that were very easily peeled off. It goes a long way to making this feel like a properly integrated solution. My biggest complaint is that there’s no way to mount it that doesn’t at least partially obscure the source button on the factory radio. I never turn my radio off aux input, though, so it’s not a huge deal.
Overall, I’m very pleased with my solution. This is massively better than holding my ipod in my lap and digging it out of my floorboard whenever I have to slam on brakes.