i8910 Omnia HD Car Phone Holder user review

i8910 Car holder for GPS

Today I received my i8910 Omnia HD car holder. This is a car holder I brought from ebay, hearing only positive reviews from our i8910 HD User forum I decided get this car holder Vs the (expensive) Brodit holder.

The car holder come from Hong Kong and took over a week to arrive. I’m really surprised by this as the plastic is quite strong, its stable and the suction cup connection to the windscreen doesn’t move about at all. Very tight! The best thing is it holds the phone very well and there is no movement at all. You have access to all the phones button and even the camera is free to record your trip. As well as the 3.5mm phone jack if you can stereo has a 3.5mm stereo input.

I took this out for a spin on a quick 25 minute trip out near the airport. It worked flawlessly and as I said I’m very impressed with it. It can be used both vertical and horizontally. I prefer having it horizontal and it even makes the phone look more like a dedicated GPS unit rather than a mobile phone.

My i8910 looks more like a dedicated Garmin GPS unit here :)

My i8910 looks more like a dedicated Garmin GPS unit here :)

The holder hold the phone from the clips and the top and bottom, plus two lips on the side. The left and right loudspeakers and both free and not covered. The design of this is great, the only issue I have is that it might scratch the phone when placed in the holder and when removed. To fix this I decided to do a quick mod of the holder. Using some soft black insulation tape on the places where the phone is in contact with the car holder this removes any risk of scartching the phone. See my photo of this below. Its not as pretty but it works and least its black insulation tape. Not white!

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Quick mod: Black insulation tape to advoid any phone scratches.

Conclusion:

Design: 9/10 – It has been designed well.

Construction: 8/10 – Made of solid plastic and holds the phone well. Very strong glass suction cup! However lacks some soft foam or rubber on the clips to help stop scratches.

Price: 10/10 – about 8 pounds delivery its a bargain!

Usability: 10/10 – Its small. Can be used both horizontally and vertically. All buttons are free an usable. Even the camera is free, an added bonus!

Overall: 9/10 – If it had some foam or rubber feat on the clips it would be 10/10.

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  1. Briggs
    August 6, 2009

    FYI: The Ebay auction I brought this from is here: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130317651419&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

    Others aren’t made for the i8910 and are just generic phone holders that are very poor as they block the usb/ port and buttons.

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  2. In Car Holder???? - Page 5 - Samsung i8910 Omnia HD User Forums
    August 6, 2009

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  3. Andersson
    August 6, 2009

    Brilliant
    Where to buy this car holder, can you apply a link please.

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  4. Briggs
    August 6, 2009
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  5. Andersson
    August 6, 2009

    Thanks Mr Briggs

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  6. Ultraman666
    August 6, 2009

    Mmmmm very nice I have been looking at this for awhile, will have to order it, for scratches I got this hard rubber case man its nice and not bulky at all works well!!!! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250476662295

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  7. surge
    August 6, 2009

    Yo, what nav program is that?

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  8. Ultraman666
    August 6, 2009

    Garmin XT

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  9. guyver2077
    August 7, 2009

    nice review… would like to keep seeing these accessory reviews..

    i wonder if the phone will still fit with the outer rubber case on…

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  10. nyknight
    August 8, 2009

    Thanks Briggs. I was debating if I needed a holder but after seeing this review, I went and ordered one! :)

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  11. Jon
    August 11, 2009

    what is the car charger you used? at i have heard bad things about ebay car chargers!

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  12. Richard White
    August 12, 2009

    Get an Official Samsung i8510 car charger. Its the same one for the i8910. I brought a i8910 cheap charger off ebay and it melted :( Stay away from non official charges.

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  13. Andersson
    August 17, 2009

    Recieved my holder today and car charger from ebay.
    The holder is great, havent yet tested the car charger, but i hope it does not melt….

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  14. 2Perfect
    August 20, 2009

    Did you end up buying this holder? If you did, did it still fit with the rubber case?

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  15. darkcooleo
    August 23, 2009

    Hi, what sat nav software are you using there? i am using Orange Maps but that does not have the option to go horizontal, only vertical. Can you pm me, darkcooleo or e-mail me @ challinor1@msn.com. Thanks.

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  16. Guan
    August 24, 2009

    Sorry to repeat the same question from other readers for the third time but,

    “DOES THE PHONE STILL FIT WITH ONE OF THE HARD PROTECTION CASES ON IT?”

    These hard rubber cases are great but almost impossible to take off without breaking the clips.

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  17. GSMGuy
    August 24, 2009

    Received mine also this morning, £7.04 delivered from the same seller – excellent holder!

    The phone will not fit into this holder with any sort of case on it, as it’s a really snug fit – Which is great IMO, a screen protector is about all you’ll get away with.

    Indeed, the only cradle Samsung themselves sell for the i8910 is a universal (read useless) one!

    Mike

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  18. Pyrobob83
    August 26, 2009

    No, the phone won’t fit with any kind of case on it – it’s molded to fit perfectly without a case.

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  19. GSMGuy
    August 26, 2009

    Can somoeone explain why, this has “18 comments” but I can only view 14??

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  20. Kainster
    August 28, 2009

    At first I saw it great. The problem is, that it is so hard to get phone in and specialy out from it. The two side locks are very badly done (hard and fragile) and the plastic is bad quality. The side holder broke when I wanted to take the phone out of the holder and I pressed on it. So, I do not have it any more. Bad luck someone would say. I say, bad product.

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  21. Rystar
    August 29, 2009

    do you see how some of the direct replies to peoples questions are indented? they are included in the post count too….. the large number you see on the right is counting new questions.
    cheers Rystar

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  22. Tim
    September 13, 2009

    HeyHey,
    does any tried to use this holder in combination with a silicon case at the phone?

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    September 16, 2009

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  24. sammyboy
    September 25, 2009

    Hi there, can you tell me which software version you can run Garmin ST, as I have heard its incompatible with some versions, and I have just received my Garmin XT!!

    Sammy.

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  25. gryrie
    September 30, 2009

    Hi Briggs

    How do you stop the screen turning off when using GPS ?

    Regards
    Graham

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  26. Thais
    October 5, 2009

    Hi all,

    I would clearly recommend the following car holder for i8910: Ebay Item number: 150373902606.

    The quality and functionality levels are very high and the price is reasonable.

    /Thais

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  27. Kenrick
    October 15, 2009

    Would this car mount work with an Invisible Shield applied to the phone?

    As well, which would you guys recommend: the car mount on this review, or the one posted by ‘Thais’ (post #19)?

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  28. jez
    October 17, 2009

    just thought i’d let you know i’m on orange maps an mine does horizontal and vertical fine, mind you my phone id only a few weeks old, so i might have a newer firmware or software on it!

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  29. dejanslo
    October 25, 2009

    Mine broke in two. Considering the place of fracture, I would say the reason is poor quality ( http://www.shrani.si/f/D/pi/4QdUSmby/photo010.jpg ). Otherwise I found it great – it’s small, I found it very easy to put the phone in and out (just turn it around a little and it jumps right out) and it held the phone well untill it broke. The only thing it made me wonder were the vibrations it put to the phone, because it doesn’t damp it one bit, so when I was driving on the highway, the vibrations were quite “heavy”.

    Another member bought the one in the post #19 and he is very satisfied. But it’s expensive and you can’t take photos while it’s in. He bought it from a store for 20+€ (only the holder), which I find too expensive. 20€ for the holder and the charger is good price, but I already have the charger, so I’m staying with the generic holder for now. Or maybe I will glue this one.

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  30. Garrett
    March 5, 2010

    Please help me I have bee trying to put my lock code to clear up my call timers on my phone but can not seem to put in the right code I’ve tried resetting it back to factory setting and putting in all 00000 but that does not work so can you please help me with this thank you.

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  32. Ford KA Parts
    May 13, 2010

    The design of this is great, the only issue I have is that it might scratch the phone when placed in the holder and when removed. To fix this I decided to do a quick mod of the holder.

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