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Moto X Griffin Vehicle Dock Quick Look

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You have already seen our quick hands-on with the Griffin PowerDock for the Moto X, but not all of you sit behind a desk all day and potentially need something a little more mobile. Enter the Griffin Vehicle Dock, which also runs $39.95 from Motorola (assuming they have it in stock) and is technically the official Moto X dock since it carries “Made 4 Moto X” branding on it. 

This is your typical car dock with mount, suction and adhesive properties, and swiveling head piece. You’ll find an opening for the headphone jack on one end with a microUSB plug on the other. There is a microUSB charging port centered underneath, rubber grips to hold your device in place, and no included cable. That’s right, if you want to actually charge your phone while driving, you’ll need to supply your own power plug.

The quality seems good enough. The plastics used are quite thick and not necessarily cheap feeling. Assuming the plastic holds up over time from swapping your phone in and out, this dock should secure your device firmly and is a reasonable option.

In the video below, you’ll see it all in action.

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  • Tommy3141

    Should have read all this good input before making the mistake of buying one. Mine had a rubber coated ball that would not go into the socket unless so much force was applied that the rubber ripped off. It took an escalation at Moto customer support to get a return authorization for credit. What junk. Hard to believe that Moto is promoting a nearly useless, low quality dock that can damage the phone, doesn’t go together and costs forty bucks. Surprising fail. Moto – if you manage to get a better solution, please say so in the advertisement. This unit should be removed from your website, and Griffin should be spanked.

  • josephz2va

    Mine still says “Coming Soon” to US Griffin.

  • RoadsterHD1

    Phone and modified Bionic Dock

  • RoadsterHD1

    I’ll post a picture with the phone in it soon.

  • RoadsterHD1

    here is a picture

  • RoadsterHD1

    The dock for the Droid MAXX and Ultra are crap. It appears the same as this one so I’ll assume its the same crap. It’s cheap and does not accommodate a holster cover on your phone. It says it does but I tried it at the store and it may damage the micro USB. The reviews on this dock are terrible. It’s not worth 40.00. Do your research. I modified my old Bionic Nav mount instead. I cut out one side and removed the micro usb connector and flattened out that area. It’s not all that pretty but it works great. It won’t activate the car mode but who cares. This is better than that crap their passing off for 40.00. Moto if you are listening, Griffin is not working out.

  • Tim Draper

    Decent dock, but not worth $40 plus the waiting and hoping for it to be available (IMANSHO and YMMV). I’m using a $12 universal dock; yeah, my power cord sticks out the side (in landscape mode), but I’m OK with that over spending $40 after I’ve already bought a universal so I’d have something available in my car while waiting.
    If this dock had been available when (or even shortly after) the phone was released, I probably would have bitten the bullet and bought it (sorry for the alliteration…) but not this late in the game.

  • http://www.jugarjugar.net/ Jugar Jugar

    It seems quite convenient and easy to use but it looked really rough and not very nice design. I look forward to the beautiful and elegant design more luxurious than future

  • CasperTFG

    Most times I see accessories like these, I get bitter that the toro pogo dock was never available. (I’m not counting the Samsung one for $90 that had two in stock)

    • Mike Hilal

      The car dock was $55 from expansys, and worked beautifully with a bit of x-acto knife shaving for the volume button recess.

  • Campbell Rice

    Piece of junk, broke the charging tab the first day I had it, cheap made compared to the past docks from Motorola. A sure dissapointment.

  • jaredgreenwald

    What about with a case? How does it fit with a small-ish case on the phone?

    • RoadsterHD1

      They say that the rubber squishes but not true, the micro usb goes into your phone at an angle and it can and has damaged phones.

  • ROB

    http://www.slipgripcarmounts.com/Moto-X-Phone-XT1053-XT1055-XT1056-XT1058-XT1060_c_28322.html

    Much better in my opinion and you pick which case you are using…

  • MikeSaver

    Whatever happened to “Car Home”?

    • Jeralmac

      That is a good question, especially if you’ve used Moto phones in the past. I spent hours trying to figure out where the new car home screen was after docking, how to modify car home settings, etc. They simply don’t exist. As Kellex points out, it simply makes Assist aware that the phone is now traveling and starts up the assist settings, if they are activated. I was pretty disappointed so I’ve been playing with CarHome Ultra. It’s got about a million settings but after playing with it for a while, it’s pretty awesome and a nice compliment to the dock.

      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=spinninghead.carhome

      • Mike Hilal

        Car mode = car home so far as I can tell. The only difference is that it’s black on every other device vs blue for Moto.

  • David Verba

    I have this dock and it’s complete garbage. A decent $15 universal car dock is FAR better than this. Yes, it’ll work with a Gnex (I tried) and it will take a Moto X with a Seidio case on it as well. It’s not worth half the price a paid and the way you have to insert the phone into the case, it puts stress on the USB port. I highly discourage anyone purchasing this item.

    • michael arazan

      Can’t wait for the day they make a wireless charging car dock that that feed off the cigarette lighter so you don’t have to screw around with the cables and entanglements.

      • Billyt

        You know they make wireless charging car docks, right? Of course this phone doesn’t do that but the docks are there for phones that support Qi charging.

  • aBabyPenguin

    We getting a DL Show tonight?

  • fartbubbler

    lemme tell ya. This is one sturdy freaking dock. I’ve had mine two days and use it whenever I’m driving.

    Today, I got hit by a train. Not full speed, it was slowing down, but it completely totaled my car.

    The dock stayed suctioned to the holder, and the phone was still clamped into the dock.

    Don’t worry, my phone’s fine :)

  • Gr8Ray

    You didn’t show the one thing that anyone with a GNex dock would be interested in seeing: removing the phone from the dock.

    • Mike Hilal

      Is there a graceful way to remove the Gnex from the car dock? The best way mashes the side buttons up at the very best.

  • Chris

    Can this dock do audio out via usb with the motorola smart cord?

    • Jeralmac

      So you’re saying Moto makes a USB cable that pulls analog audio from phones??? If so, I’d be highly interested in this as well…..

  • Ryan N

    I may be getting my hopes up here, but is there any chance this dock will accommodate any cases?

    • Qwerty

      Was wondering the same thing.

      • Ryan N

        I received mine in the mail today. I have an Incase Pro Shell Case for my moto x and it does fit snug into the dock. The only issue I have noticed is that while it boots into car mode when inserted into the dock, it wont charge the phone unless I squeeze the two ends of the dock together on either side of the phone. At which point it will continue charging. The micro usb must be just barely too short to meet the charging contacts with the case on the phone. As I am always overly pre-cautious anytime something involves a usb on a phone, I’ll probably end up removing the phone from the case when I use the dock. It is a great case and removes without much effort.

        • Ryan N

          hope this helps

          • Qwerty

            Yes it does. Thank you! I was thinking it would I might have to remove the case in order to use it.

    • Gr8Ray

      It said it does in the product details on the website.

  • JRUIV

    If the phone is used vertically, the cord will stick out to the side

    • Pedro

      And if the phone is used with the bottom on the left, then the cord will stick out the top.

      • Mario

        And if its upside down, the cord sticks out to the right.

  • Guy Pierce

    Looks pretty universal. I wonder if it will work with me GNex? If it does a may have to keep it.

    • Jeralmac

      You caught me just before boxing up my Gnex for eBay sale so I tried it. No go, the Gnex is too long so you’d have to bend the dock really far to get it to fit, probably to the point of breaking the dock.

      • Guy Pierce

        Well that stinks. Thanks for checking.

  • Jose gontijo

    A little off the subject bu,t Kellen, in your personal opinion which phone would you buy (if you had to) the Moto X or LG G2? The reason I ask is because I know you love stock but I saw your video of the G2 and even thou is has LG UI you did not had many negative things to say about it. Anyways thanks in advance.

    • Ryan

      G2. I have it and love it. after a full day of heavy use i never have to worry about battery life. snapdragon 800 is awesome and the UI isnt all that bad.

    • Booyah

      Moto X. My battery has yet to go below 25% by the end of the day, and it’s the most fluid phone I’ve ever used. Even Hangouts and Chrome are lightening fast! That and you don’t have to deal with LG’s horrible UI.

  • GJB

    What’s the random hole in the back for? At first I thought, “Wow, a maker of an official car dock FINALLY decided it’s a bad idea to block the camera!” but it seems the hole is where the bottom of the phone would be…just…sitting there… IMO, one of the best things smartphones can do is act as dash cams when driving, yet so many docks, and almost every “official” dock that I’ve seen for any phone, block the camera to prevent it from doing so. Just a little cut out of the dock opens up the camera. Such a simple solution, yet so often overlooked.

    • tharealoc

      Motorola didn’t block the camera with most of their docks…they should have built the dock for the Moto X too…

    • Mark

      Isn’t it for the speaker (to the right of the camera)?

      • tharealoc

        whoa just realized there is no speaker cut out either. that hole is on the bottom of the device where one of the microphones is.

        • Mark

          GACK!

        • driver74

          There is a groove cut-out for the speaker. It doesn’t open to the back of the dock but rather directs sound downwards.

          • tharealoc

            Yeah, I realized it after I commented. Might be OK, but I think this dock is not worth the money

    • Jeralmac

      The little cut out on the back is for the rear mic. And you’re right, there should be one for the camera. I got my dock yesterday and I’m pretty disappointed. Too cumbersome to get in and out.

    • jeesung

      the Razr Maxx dock has a hole for the camera

  • NemaCystX

    They made a hole for the microphone but none for the camera? What if you wanna take photos or video (insurance and leisure reasons of course) with a steady holder and just have to tap the screen? with this you have to remove it …. other docks have the camera cutout…

  • tharealoc

    cant say this dock looks worth 40 bucks. personally I like my phone docked vertically, and the cable placement looks poor for my needs. Also it looks like it is more hassle than it should be to dock it. My final complaint is that there is no cutout for the camera, it’s nice to have the option. imho the og razr/razr maxx car dock is one of the best designed, easy to dock, and vertical orientation is default.

  • Gnex

    A little random, but oh well: According to Jcase, the camera update does break root. He also said a little back that he and another developer were working on a Safestrap recovery. Does anyone here know if we could flash a modified version of the camera update through said recovery?

  • NexusPhan

    I can’t tell if I like the look of this dock. I think I need to see some more pictures of it on miscellaneous rocks and other abstract surfaces before I can make up my mind.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s as generic as they come, nothing custom about it really. Might as well pick any of the other 3rd party car docks

      • NexusPhan

        I was just making fun of Kellen because he loves to takes pictures of all the phones/accessories he is reviewing on the strangest of surfaces. But, the dock here is just on a white background. I thought I was being clever. Guess not.

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    Looks like it does the job.

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