Summer vacation gadgets

By Mark Gibbs, Network World |  Mobile & Wireless, gadgets

INRIX also offers realtime traffic and realtime routing, and can calculate your arrival time which you can share with others also via the INRIX app.

INRIX provides some social collaboration features so that you can report accidents, incorrect speed estimations and police sightings.

The free version of INRIX allows for just home and destination locations, while the premium version (priced at $24.99) allows for unlimited locations and provides personalized routing. INRIX also gets a Gearhead rating of 5 out of 5.

Other gear I took? Well, I won't go over everything but let me mention a few highlights ...

Actually, my next gadget is one that I was going to take but it doesn't fit my car: The Satechi SCH-121 mount and holder for smartphones and tablets (pictured at right).

This is a cool idea: The fat end goes into a cup holder and then you turn the bezel on top of the fat end to lock it in place. After that you can change the angle of the "stalk" and the device clamp to orient your i-device as you please (it comes with clamps for both tablets and smartphones).

The result is a solid, reliable and safe mount that fits the Kindle Fire, iPad, iPad 2, Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Galaxy 10.1, Viewsonic Gtablet and probably many other devices.

The problem with my car is the fancy cup holders in the front have a spring-loaded "gate" to allow for monster-sized cups so I need to find some kind of insert to reduce the overall size so the mount fits. I suspect my car isn't the only one with this problem but I have to award the Satechi SCH-121 (currently priced at a very reasonable $39.99) a Gearhead score of 5 out of 5 anyway ... check your cup holders to make sure that there's a maximum hole diameter of 3.375 inches before you purchase.

I wound up taking the Bracketon Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex (pictured at left), which plugs into what used to be the cigar lighter socket (now, it seems, referred to as a "12V port") and provides not only a pretty stable holder for smartphones but also a standard 5V, 1.5A USB power socket so you can keep your device charged.

The Bracketon Universal USB Power Dock Pro Flex is a solid, well-made product and priced at $34.95 gets a Gearhead rating of 5 out of 5.


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