Nokia Accessories for the Nokia Lumia 920 remain elusive, which means those of us looking for solutions in the car or around the home and office have to look elsewhere. After asking at the local Telstra store, I was told they have no ETA on stock and to head to eBay for accessories.
As it turns out there’s some real bargains to be had. I picked up this no-name car mount for the Nokia Lumia 920. The mount holds the phone securely in portrait or landscape orientation and clips in easily to the vent in the dash. Connect the power from the cigarette lighter port and you’re good to go for long trips with the GPS, aka Nokia Drive.
If you’re head unit supports Bluetooth, then you’ll be ready to stream, if not, connect the 3.5mm cable from the headphone port to the aux in and your music or hands-free voice calls will come through the car speakers. This is a setup I had for the iPhone, but struggled to find a solution for the Lumia 920.
For this kind of functionality you may expect to pay $30-$40, but on ebay I scored the mount for just $1.95 and $7 delivery from China. 2 weeks later I now have it installed in my car. It’s pretty poor that no vehicle mounts are available through official channels and that I had to resort to ebay to get equivalent functionality. Still, with the prompt timeframe and seriously low cost, I’d recommend you start searching for alternative too. It seems Nokia are happy to leave money on the table.
One of the best features of this car mount is its ability to rotate on a ball mount. This makes precise positioning for the driver easy and the phone snaps in and out of it better than a Surface keyboard click.
Hat tip to the creator of the Car Tunes app on Windows Phone 8. There’s no small buttons to screw around with, just a quick swipe to skip to the next track. This allows you to manage your music safely while keeping your eyes on the road.