One of the big hassles with using your smartphone in the car for things like music or GPS navigation is the length of time it can take for you to set things up once you get in the vehicle, even before you switch on to drive away. Now a very cool product from car mount people OSOMount promises to take the pain away completely.
The new OSO Push NFC car mount looks like a conventional car mount for your phone, but it comes with an inbuilt NFC reader. What this means is you can set up a tag on your phone using any NFC tag writing app, and when you push the handset into the mount it will automatically and instantly pair with the mount, at which point the preset settings you created will flick into action. You can see it in action in the video below.
The key to the whole thing is to use one of the free NFC tag creation apps on the app stores to create a tag which the mount can recognize. We used the NFC Tools app, which is free and features the ability to create tags which will launch apps, switch on things like Bluetooth, increase your display brightness etc etc.
As you’ll see from the video, it only takes a few seconds to set up a tag with all your desired settings. We set it up to switch off WiFi and fire up the Ultimate Car Dock app, which I’d populated with a bunch of apps I want to access as part of the drive. Things like music player and satnav, plus the One Shot function from Camera MX camera app which lets me take an instant photo through the camera just by pressing the icon once.
It all worked fine, even the voice control which comes with Ultimate Car Dock worked well when tested. What’s great is that all this functionality comes into play instantly, just by dropping the phone into the car mount, no fiddling around having to configure stuff. It just works. Well actually the one thing that didn’t work is the WiFi disable function, which for some reason didn’t want to trigger with the tag. Not sure if that’s a bug or not, but if it is, it’s most likely the app, not the car mount.
So all in all we’re very impressed with the OSO Push NFC car mount. It’s sturdy, sticks to a surface like glue, and features the easy slot in mechanism (although we found un-hitching the phone was not as easy as we thought it would be). A very nice product and available for $29.99 / £24.99 with a 2 year guarantee. The NFC mount comes in standard, CD tray and air vent models.