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Looking for Accessories for Your New Galaxy Nexus? May Want to Pass on the Car Dock from Verizon

When the entire Galaxy Nexus accessory lineup was unveiled in a series of videos a couple of weeks back, the Android world was abuzz over the car dock which had a 3-pin connector and charging ports that were mounted in the base attachment. This would allow for you to dock your device, charge it, use an AUX cable to get audio in your car stereo, and also not have cords dangling out the back like most other car docks force you into. It was a beautiful design.

As the device went on sale yesterday, many of you were extremely interested in picking this accessory up as one that Verizon had plenty of. Some of you picked it up and quickly realized this was not the same dock that we saw featured on video and was essentially a $40 piece of plastic. There were no pin connectors and the back end has been opened up so that your AUX cable and mico USB charging can be inserted through there rather than the base piece. So you aren’t getting the full pin charging experiencing, but you also have to drag  your cords up and out of the side of the mount, making your dashboard look like Lindsay Lohan’s life – a mess. 

It’s tough to tell if we will ever see the nice version of the car dock here in the states, but places like Amazon UK and Expansys are doing their best to get them. You may be waiting a few weeks though.

Cheers Nathan, Muffnman, Alex, and Eric!

  • Anonymous

    I was in the Verizon Store picking up a Gnex today. I told the salesman that the car dock sucks and he checked his system and said that it looked like another one might be “in the pipeline.” He could not give me an ETA.

  • Daniel Maginnis

    no one cared anything about the droid 3 dock. that one has a single usb port on the back of the dock that will charge as well as drop the aux out all the way down to the end of the cord. i liked it a lot, but returned it because of the blur cardock. now that i am running liberty, i might consider getting it again.

  • Alexander Amato

    I bought it. I am disappointed. I want power built in. I want to drive to Canada. Why Verizon? Why?

  • Anonymous

    People still buy accessories from Verizon? Wow. Learn something new every day.

  • BOOOO!  They allowed me to use my livingsocial coupon to order accessories parts online and this was one of them.  If I can get the “nice” version for close to the same price, then I will be taking advantage of the 14 day return policy.  Man, they will pull anything to try and save on production costs and pass along the cost premium to the consumer.

    Thank you D-L for the heads up!!!

  • Sh!t I guess I’m returning it. I bought it and is coming on Monday. I will not open it and take it to the store for credit.

  • Ed

    Experiencing significantly better battery life when on 3G only.  Anyone know of a toggle widget that will work to switch between 3g and 4g on the nexus, beautiful widgets only works on HTC/WiMax.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah this dock sucks. Bought it with excitement, used once, now back to my RAM X-grip.  Sad when a “universal” mount rivals OEM for functionality. 

  • Anonymous

    Does anybody elses nexus have gray lines on the screen. And will the extended battery work with the shell holster

    • Anonymous

      Another thing does this phone charge extremely slow with a car charger

      • Cam

        It seems like it charges extremely slow with any charger. But, this may also be due to the break-in period with the battery.

  • Robert

    Does the nice version with the pins on the back also provide a signal amplifier? The Nexus needs it.

    • Anonymous

      no

    • Liderc

      Posting this response with my nexus at 4 bars of 4g in my barbershop,so you fail.

      • Emacs

        I’m sure all 4G phones would have 4 bars at your barbershop. It comes down to areas with weak signals. That’s when good radios really count.

        • Al Heasley

          I live in the sticks………i mean 20min to the nearest gas station/subway/post office. And my nexus gets just as good of signal as my droid 3 and x2 got. About 1 bar of 3g……no 4g yet. I was worried about that since moto is know for its radios……..but its just as good…….i actually got rid of my house phone because of having semi decent signal……so i was like i said very concerned……..but it has preformed pretty well so far.

    • Lenton

      That would actually be a pretty cool idea. I’ve only found generic docks that amplify only the 3G signal.

      • TMaken46

        I’ve been looking for something like this. Would be very useful on my road trips. The only things I’ve found that boost voice, 3G and LTE were big and meant to be mounted in RVs.

      • FStop

        You’re probably talking about the one made by Wilson Electronics. Too bad I haven’t heard anything about a version that also supports Verizon’s LTE. The current version works great for voice and non-4G data when I’m on the road and hit pockets of weak signal areas.

    • Anonymous

      I’ll have to compare the Nexus to my Bionic when it arrives today. I wonder how much of this radio issue is just people new to 4G. My 4G signal shows 1-2 bars in my area while 3G shows 3-4.

      • Josue

        If you don’t find yourself in weak signal areas often then you won’t notice any difference.

  • I just bought one this morning and realized this. I am taking it back after work. I wonder if there is any way to get the one we saw on the videos last week. That is what I really want.

  • PSU_DI

    I picked ordered this when I ordered the Nexus tonight thinking it had the pins, I was very disappointed when it arrived today, it’s going right back to the store.

  • Jason

    That kinda sucks because that was one of the main accessories that I wanted to get! Hopefully like the old OG car mount they come out with the better one soon. I might get a destop dock later on but the car mount is a must. Does anyone know if the power cords will work with this phone? I am using the old power cord from my OG on the rzr and it works fine, not sure if it’s just cause it’s moto or are all the phones using this plug now?

    • Anonymous

      yes…i have it and tested it…universal micro USB

      • Jason

        Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    I have a concern about the Fommy one.  Fommy’s part number (ECS-K1F8BEGSTA) matches the samsung one from the samsung shop alright, but the samsung’s site’s gallery shows it to be the same one sold by Verizon, i.e Fommy’s looks to be the same as the Verizon one with Fommy putting in the wrong pictures.

    • Anonymous

      just contacted them…said they went and had the item inspected while i waited and they assured me it had the ports on the dock

      • Anonymous

        My problem is two fold.  First someone is more likely to fake a pic than a part number.  If Samsung’s store doesn’t have them, where is Fommy getting them from?  Fommy just happened to have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus that was released yesterday there to test the car mount?  Its possible what they told you and what they have is totally legit.  I’m just gonna wait.

        • Anonymous

          they did not say they tested it, just inspected the unit and said the ports were on it…im skeptical too…probably should’ve waited but i’m impulsive 

          • maybe they missinterpreted the term ports… Sometimes people may assume a port is just an opening.. so maybe they were just looking for an opening in the mount for you to plug in the power cord etc…  Instead, try asking if it has the metal contacts. 

          • Anonymous

            their response: “You do not need to plug the connector into your phone. The dock can stay plugged in while you simply place your phone in and out of it”

  • GNex_Is_The_New_Apple

    You can get all the official accessories for your GNex here. There is also a cool forum for people that act the same as you GNex fans http://goo.gl/nujb

    • Anonymous

      HA

  • Glad I wasn’t imagining things when I looked at it and said “this ain’t the one, no thanks.”

  • Anonymous

    I returned mine this AM. What a waste of perfectly good plastic.

  • Sam Freistedt

    I saw where others are getting the extended battery for 24.99.  I called in to telesales and also got anti-scratch covers and incipio black case at discounted prices.  9.99 and 22.00 respectively.

  • The one on the Amazon.uk is the correct one, as well as one or two of the others here in the comments.  Just MAKE SURE you look at the part number before you buy it, or you will end up spending more money for the same P.O.S. that Verizon’s selling.

    • HuskerHog

      The one at Amazon.UK says it will be available on January 1st.

  • Anonymous

    Fommy customer support:

    James Urquhart:
    Want to make sure that the Galaxy Nexus vehicle mount i just bought WILL have the charging ports on the dock…so that i DO NOT have to pug them into my phone every time…if thats the case i do not want it
    Call accepted by operator Agent 2. Currently in room: Agent 2,James Urquhart.
    Agent 2:
    Hello, may I please have your order number so I can look up your item
    James Urquhart:
    fom252152
    James Urquhart:
    your site says it will, but I’m skeptical
    Agent 2:
    One moment please while I look that up
    James Urquhart:
    still there?
    Agent 2:
    Yes sorry for the delay, give me a few more minutes please
    James Urquhart:

    James Urquhart:
    i know everyone and their mother is trying to buy this right now 
    Agent 2:
    You do not need to plug the connector into your phone. The dock can stay plugged in while you simply place your phone in and out of it
    James Urquhart:
    sorry to be a pain, but are we positive?
    James Urquhart:
    this could be a BIG hassle because i’m going to go return the one i just bought from verizon
    Agent 2:
    Yes I just had the dock tested to be sure
    James Urquhart:
    OK…thank you…(fingers crossed)

  • Anonymous

    Fommy customer support conversations i just had:

    James Urquhart:
    Want to make sure that the Galaxy Nexus vehicle mount i just bought WILL have the charging ports on the dock…so that i DO NOT have to pug them into my phone every time…if thats the case i do not want it
    Call accepted by operator Agent 2. Currently in room: Agent 2,James Urquhart.
    Agent 2:
    Hello, may I please have your order number so I can look up your item
    James Urquhart:
    fom252152
    James Urquhart:
    your site says it will, but I’m skeptical
    Agent 2:
    One moment please while I look that up
    James Urquhart:
    still there?
    Agent 2:
    Yes sorry for the delay, give me a few more minutes please
    James Urquhart:

    James Urquhart:
    i know everyone and their mother is trying to buy this right now 
    Agent 2:
    You do not need to plug the connector into your phone. The dock can stay plugged in while you simply place your phone in and out of it
    James Urquhart:
    sorry to be a pain, but are we positive?
    James Urquhart:
    this could be a BIG hassle because i’m going to go return the one i just bought from verizon
    Agent 2:
    Yes I just had the dock tested to be sure
    James Urquhart:
    OK…thank you…(fingers crossed)

    Also, please note that the dock is currently scheduled to ship on 12/27 due to a backorder
    James Urquhart:
    sounds good

  • Finger

    When the sales guy was pushing the car dock on me while I was buying my phone, I asked if it had the three-pin connector, he quickly responded, “yes.” Then moments later, while examining the car dock, I said that it wasn’t there. He was confused, so I pointed out the three-pin connector on the phone and explained what it did. He reacted “Oh. That’s really cool!”

  • Anonymous

    I bought the car dock.  Really wish I hadn’t…  You have to squeeze your phone in.  Loved my OG Droid car dock.  I wish it was more like that.  Also, I noticed that the car dock app from google isn’t supported on the galaxy nexus

    1 just about never used car dock for sale 🙂

  • Anonymous

    The part number of the one we need is ECS-K1F8BEG.  Samsung says it is for the i515 galaxy nexus.

  • b00ky

    For the $24.99 Extended battery and cover that Ed mentioned… I found out that you have to go to the site and not log in to your account. When I did it that way it showed $24.99, but the first time I tired is showed 37.99 while I was logged in. Just log out or use a different browser.

    • Anonymous

      You must have an employee discount. I spoke to a rep and they said you can only get one or the other. Oh well, 25% off would have been like 6 bucks but for $25 it’s still a good deal. 

      • b00ky

        Not an employee, but we do get an 18% discount on accessories through my wife’s school district. Usually a decent deal, but the $25 off just happened to be better.

  • RW-1

    Frack!

    Its just another example of how we get gouged by VZ …

    Was this actually made by Samsung?  Obviously someone has to have that better version, or it was like that and VZ dumbed it down to their executive level of mentality.

    Still looking to score a good deal on the phone itself, and the pouches/holsters leave much to be desired so far. Any good third party acc sites yet?

  • Anonymous

    Anyone know if the extended battery will fit in the charging dock accessory that came with a regular battery?

  • Anonymous

    well the fommy.com site is super slow. for anyone wanting to get it at a premium the fommy.co.uk has it with shipping for 50 pounds which is $77 including shipping!! im going to hold off until someone in the states carrys it

  • J Dub

    Glad to know about this. I was super excited of the how clean the car dock was going to be. I can keep it plugged in and route the charge wire and the AUX wire under my dash to keep it looking factory. Finally meaning it will be super easy to rock Google Music in my ride. No fiddling around trying to get stuff plugged in while driving.

  • richard melcher

    The big question that everyone is asking: “Is the Verizon Gnexus larger than the GSM version and will it fit in the 3pin nice version of the car dock.” could you answer this for us Kellex?

    • Anonymous

      I say it will.  The cheap case I bought AND the cheap verizon car dock works with the LTE nexus WITH the extended battery – no problems.  It will at least work with the standard battery LTE.

  • Larrysteinburg

    My verizon store tried to sell me their car dock at release, but when i asked about this one they ordered it for me. Fedex should ship soon.

  • Anonymous

    Kellex, you made my day!  “making your dashboard look like Lindsay Lohan’s life – a mess.”

  • You guys might want to check the part number on the dock that was posted here in the comments.  There are 2 different part numbers for the different docks.  There’s a thread on it on the Phandroid forums…..


  •  making your dashboard look like Lindsay Lohan’s life – a mess.”

    Awesome!

    • LohanHardOn

      Lynsay Lohans life is going pretty well….for me at least

  • Droidlifeisgone

    Whew…. I was worried that this site was going off topic with that Droid story that posted..  Thanks goodness we can get back to the Galaxy_Nexus_Life.

    • Anonymous

      What news would you like to see? Maybe you’d rather not see any posts at all unless it’s about a Motorola phone? Face it, the G-N is the most popular phone at the moment. There’s a lot of news about it because it’s a big deal and relevant to a majority of readers.

      Other VZ device news is still covered, there’s just not much else going on.

      • Droidlifeisgone

        Ahh.. Timoh you are still around. My bad. I just get confused with the whole Droid life vs Android life..  anyhow I digress, no wait not me… 

      • Jason Miner

        I think the point he was making is that the whole site is Nexus and nothing else lately.  I get the reason, but it is still called Droid Life, not just Nexus.

        • Anonymous

          To both of you, just give it a few more days. The time leading up was big because it’s a big deal and yesterday was the release. There will be some fallout over the next couple days, then it’s on to the next one.

          It’s Droid-Life but for a while now it’s been all about Droid phones and all other high end Verizon Phones with bits of the more exciting normal Android news thrown in.

          Whether you like the nexus or not, you should be able to admit it’s kinda a big deal to have a Nexus, or even just a pure Android experience back on Verizon. After all, the hardware was Motorola on the OG but the bigger deal, and something that’s been missing since, was how awesome an unlockable, pure Google device was.

          • Droidlifeisgone

            I understand Timoh, and it is awesome to have an unlocked
            phone on vzw and it is y’alls site to do what you want with. I’ve been a long
            time reader and occasional contributor and I’ve seen the hype-beast a rock’en
            before, it’s just waaay too much for this *Droid phone.

          • I mean, if they only talked about DROID then they’d only have about 6 phones to talk about, wait by the time I hit “post” it’ll be 7…8…9… slow down on the keyboards moto…

        • EC8CH

          yet today there’s already been a post about the RAZR Maxx?

          • Droidlifeisgone

             yeah I posted there too.

      • GNex_Is_The_New_Apple

        Wake up a smell the “entire consumer public” about .05% of Verizon phone buyers bought this phone yesterday. That number will increase to maybe 1% through out the year. There are probably about 2,000 people in the entire country that bought this phone. 

        • Anonymous

          I said majority of readers, not entire consumer public. The Inventory was wiped out yesterday within a few hours of opening according to the people I’ve talked to. It’s probably more than you think.

          I’d love to see some real numbers though.

        • Dude, take a chill.  You’ve got this whole apple thing backwards anyhoo.  we mock isheep because they accept it when they’re locked into their garden for their own good.  Android fans differ  by valuing OPEN software.  The Nexus does that in spades compared to all the other Verizon Android phones.  May I suggest you go read PCMAG they don’t like the nexus.

    • Theandyplan

      yes. how dare he inform us about a product that we should pass on because it isn’t what we think it is. that is hardly news. for shame Kellex. next time i want you to save me money, i’ll ask! /s

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, OK. So what should they post about? Or should they purposely withhold any stories about the Nexus in order to appear “unbaised?” The GSM version is the best-reviewed Android phone, period. Is there some reason this Verizon version should get very little attention on an Android blog focused on Verizon phones? Please show me how to do the math correctly since I am having trouble, apparently.

  • Anonymous

    It’s funny that Verizon says their reps need to sell 3 accessories with each phone but there were no useful accessories when the Nexus launched.

    • Liderc

      i know i felt bad for the girl who sold me mine, i was like there is no way im buying a crap case/screen protecter from verizon. Made me feel guilty not helping her out.

      • huh, they gave me a silicone case for free.  I told him i might buy a zagg shield from BB.  lol

  • Justin Lightner

    You guys might want to post that the extended battery and back cover are compatible with the otter box. I grabbed the battery, hdmi cable, and otter box last night with mine.

  • Verizon, you’re killing me here.

  • Anonymous

    are you sure the one from expansys will fit the verizon version? just making sure before I purchase it…

    • It will, because it’s the same one Verizon’s selling……  Look at the part number.

      • Anonymous

        but i don’t want the one from verizon… I want the one with the dock pin connector things

  • Freddy Basset

    Love the Razr Motorola car dock. For me this will be a deal breaker if the GNex dont have one like that. The way the Razr workd with that car dock is perfect and it takes an otterbox case too

  • Rangertrav

    Where can I find a desktop dock?

  • EC8CH

    Verizon will see just as many of these returned over the next two weeks and RAZRs and Rezounds

    😛

    • 😛

    • Ravnos CC

      but, but, I thought the Rezound was better than the gnex…. 

    • tjmonkey15

      I’ll most likely be returning mine.  I didn’t even realize there was a better version.  I’ll probably just wait for Pro-clip to come out with their own.

    • Guesswhatchickenbutt

      This coming from a person that probably has never even tried a Razr or Rezound. Get off your high horse bud. The jokes on you for buying a plastic device with a junk radio in it. Somebody should return you to the store.

      • EC8CH

        I wonder…do I have a restocking fee?

      • Anonymous

        Without hostility, explain why using plastic is such a bad thing? Feels pretty solid in my hands.

        Radio is just about the same as my Droid X so far.

      • Brian Mejia

        EC8CH is referring to lots of people “renting” a Razr or a Rezound in anticipation of returning it when the Nexus comes out, of course having to shell out a $35 restocking fee. You are pretty trollish, though. I admire

    • Anonymous

      I’ll be returning my car dock.  I don’t care if the 3-pin car dock in $100, I’ll be getting it instead.   I don’t see the thicker LTE (even with extended batter) version being a problem it it’s a GSM dock.

  • Ed

    FYI, I was just able to order the extended battery/cover from verizon wireless website for $25, instead of $50, change shows after it’s in your cart.  Not sure how or why, but just an FYI if anyone is thinking about it.

    • thanks for the heads up. just bought one for $25

    • awesome dude just ordered one thank you!

    • Definately an error, if you add two of them to your cart the price goes up to 74 bucks, so if you need more than one, order one at a time

    • Deiler

      Crap, it still shows $50 for me.

    • Deiler

      sweet !  Got it! 

    • thanks! can’t beat it for $24.99.

    • Anonymous

      Nice find! Just ordered one too. Can’t pass it up at $25.

    • Kornfag11

      They are running a deal when you buy a 4g extended battery you get it half off

    • Steve Edholm

      Its weird, sometimes it says $49 in the cart and sometimes it is $25.  I checked out the first time and it was $57 or whatever it was after tax, backed out and tried again and it was $27.  So if you take this deal, just keep trying and it should hit the right price.

    • Anonymous

      I got this price in-store yesterday.  In the morning when I picked up the phone they told me about the discount, but I passed until I could get authorization from the boss…those of you who are married understand…I went back after work and was told the sale was over, but they would honor it since I was in earlier that same day.  Maybe the sale ended and there’s still some bugs plaguing the product page/checkout?

    • Anonymous

      Got the battery! WOOT! $25

    • Jason

      Thanks for the heads up! I just got mine, was 24.99 in the cart! Now I just gotta get the phone! lol

    • Anthony Armando

      when i was in the store they didnt mention the discounted price, just asked if i wanted it. i figured it was ridiculously overpriced like everything else they were pushing and i said no. but ordered one now. thanks for the heads up.

    • Erik

      Thanks! Successfully got one just now. FYI, for those of you looking to order one but not seeing the $25 price tag, refresh the cart a few times. It was still showing up as $50 for me, but after waiting a few minutes and reloading my cart, the half-off price was showing up.

    • I had issues where it would show 24.99 after adding into my cart then went to checkout it showed the regular 49.99 price.  I chatted with support who informed me they “were unaware of any deal.” So I reopened my browser after emptying my cart.  Started fresh.  Went into cart at full price a few times and after clicking update cart a few times the 24.99 price reappeared then finally showed up at complete order at that price.  Quite the run around but got the deal nonetheless.  Just in case anyone else is not seeing the 24.99 price in their cart.  Just try clicking the update cart between continue shopping and checkout a few times.

      • Boogie

        If you sign in  and try to order the price changes to 37.00 but if you don’t log in, add it to your car, you should see the 24.99 price

      • JamesM

        Thanks for the tips, guys! I used a different browser, didn’t log in to my account, and was able to purchase the battery for $25. The lower price only showed up when it was in my cart.

      • Emilio Figueroa

        They are never aware of any deal. Food for thought. lol

    • DQW

      this can be done in store just has to be manuallt entetered guy did it for me yesterday and donr forget if u live in the midwest get 100 dollars off the upgrade price of the phone just have them look up the 3g to 4g smartphone promo in the doorways system

      • John-Mark Clawson

        I called Verizon to ask about this and apparently it is only available for those who live in the city of Chicago

        • DQW

          O maybe they caught on i called wednesday night had them note the promo to my account and wenrt to the store thursday and used it on 2 4g phones… i defineetly dont live near chicago nor ever been there… id try another csr goodluck

    • Anonymous

      Worked! All I did was add it to cart once at $25 then proceed to checkout. It was $50. I closed the tab, went to VZW.com again, clicked on the cart and proceeded to checkout. This time it was $25. Glad I scrolled down to the comments!

    • Anonymous

      Thank you good sir! I got mine for $25 🙂

    • Crackmonkeys4hire

      I went to a Verizon store yesterday to get my Nexus. I walked out with the Nexus and the larger battery for a total of $304 including tax.

  • Damn it! They didn’t have any in the store so I ordered one through the sales rep and it should be here today or tomorrow.  Guess I’ll be making another trip to return it as soon as it gets here.

  • Anonymous

    Does the GSM dock fit the LTE version?

    • Anonymous

      The one on fommy should work.  I googled the part number and found the samsung page that says it is for the i515 (verizon) galaxy nexus.

  • Not too many things can make me ad about my Nexus, this def was stupid though. ANyone having trouble with twetcaster pro on the nexus though?

    • TweetCaster is force closing alot… 

      @JDSavarese:disqus 

  • Thanks for the heads up!!! — PASS!

  • Dave

    Will the Verizon version work with Samsungs? And if so, what about with the extended battery?

  • I bought one at VZ and didnt even look at it.  Will go home, check it out and see what I’m gonna do, damn! Will it fit out 4G units?

  • Anonymous

    Good to know…at least the razr’s dock has a built in power plug. I’m gonna start using bluetooth for audio, which will cut down on the cables. 

    • Anonymous

      I tried using Bluetooth audio but the audio quality sucks. I’ll be all over the car mount with the hard wire to keep the integrity of the audio. Just mentioning this in case you happen to be an audio purist. Lots of signal recompression with bluetooth.

  • Yeah this sucks, will just stick with my mountek cd slot holder

  • FUNK!! I JUST ORDERED THIS THING LAST NIGHT!

  • Anonymous

    The car dock is so disappointing!!!!  I hope they have something better soon.

    • EC8CH

      they do… they just need to start selling it in the states

      • Anonymous

        I hope so, it’s the only thing that’s annoying me about this phone having a borderline useless car dock, especially after seeing the videos of the 3-pin ones.

  • Haha.  I was just on Verizon’s page looking at this when I saw this article.  Perfect timing.

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/accessory?action=accessoryDetails&archetypeId=12924&accessoryId=49882 

  • Crap.

    Glad I waited.

  • Anonymous

    Yep, buy the samsung one (they have it on Fommy shipping next week, I think).