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Travel Tips: Best Car Phone Holders from RAM Mounts


These phone holders are guaranteed to keep you driving safely hands-free whilst on the road.

Smartphones, no matter how strongly they’re positioned to be a gadget of productivity, are also becoming a source of distraction for their users. With the number of things, we can do on our phone, a single notification can make our eyes shift from the road to our phone. This is where car phone mounts act as an essential to a motorist’s daily drive. Governments are now limiting what you can do with your phone while driving. One of the common restrictions is that you’re not allowed to text and drive. Governments are also requiring drivers to place your phone in a position that doesn’t obstruct the view while driving. With the right phone mount, you can listen to your favourite Spotify playlist and use your GPS without breaking any road laws. Plus, with a phone cradle, you don’t need to worry about your phone dropping at the slightest bumps on the road.

Luckily, there are phone holders from RAM Mounts that do more than just hold your phone securely on the road. RAM Mounts has designed mounting solutions for any application and vehicle. Their phone mounts feature an interchangeable mounting solution that includes other features such as charging.

RAM® Tough-Charge™ Waterproof Wireless Charging Suction Cup Mount (RAM-B-166-UN12W)




One of the latest mounting solutions from RAM Mounts is the Tough-Charge range. This solution features waterproof wireless charging phone mounts. The phone cradle is designed with X-Grip technology which expands and contracts to secure any phone.  It’s compatible with multiple devices including the Apple iPhone 11 series and Samsung Galaxy S21 range. You don’t have to worry about dropping your phone on bumpy roads because the X-Grip cradle features 4 rubber-coated arms that securely holds your device.

This phone mount is also suitable for different outdoor applications and weather conditions. You can mount your phone on your car, boat, kayak, and more without the fear of damages from water splashes. The wireless charging output is compatible with 5W, 7.5W, and 10W. It might be pricier than the usual phone holder, but its features make it worth the price. Just take note that this phone holder is only compatible with smartphones that have built-in wireless charging capabilities.


RAM® X-Grip® Phone Mount with RAM-A-CAN™ II Cup Holder Base (RAP-299-3-UN7BU)


If you want to keep your windshield free from obstructions, you can opt to mount your smartphone in your vehicle’s cup holder. This mounting solution also comes with an X-Grip cradle to securely hold your phone. The soft fins on the side of the cup holder base can be trimmed to fit your vehicle’s cup holder. This solution is compatible with any vehicle cup holder that has an inside diameter range of 2.57" to 3.5".

RAM Lil Buddy™ Adhesive Mount with X-Grip® Universal Cradle (RAP-SB-180-UN7U)



RAM’s adhesive mount is a fast and easy mounting solution. The RAM Lil Buddy mounting solution features an adhesive disk that you can stick on your vehicle’s dashboard. You can stick the adhesive base on any flat surface of your vehicle. Just make sure the placement is allowed by your road laws.

You can view our wide range of mounting solutions from RAM Mounts here. Send us an email at [email protected] for inquiries and we’ll help you find the right mounting solution for you.

Apple’s iPhone 13: 2021 Release Date, Lineup, Rumours and More

Posted on July 23, 2021

As we’re entering a new fiscal year, rumours are surfacing on the web about Apple’s next flagship. Apple has been consistent with the names of their flagship using consecutive numbers but skipping an iPhone 9 on their list. It’s suggested that Apple will go with naming the next lineup with iPhone 13. 

We know that Apple doesn’t make drastic changes in the design of their flagship models with their yearly release. It’s rumoured that the iPhone 13 smartphones will have the same features as their iPhone 12 predecessor. Aside from improvements in the latest flagship’s specifications, the best rumour is the way the flagship’s PRO models are positioned at a lower cost. 

iPhone 13 Release Date
The rumour about the iPhone 13’s release date is patterned to Apple’s previous releases. Although last year’s iPhone 12 release was pushed back to October because of the pandemic, we’re expecting to see the iPhone 13 flagship announced by the third week of September. 

iPhone 13 Desig
The four phone models to be released this year are rumoured to be same in the size as the iPhone 12 predecessor.  We can be expecting the phone sizes to be 5.4-inch, 6.1-inch, and 6.7-inch respectively for the iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max model. It’s also rumoured to be a few mm thicker and heavier than the iPhone 12 to accommodate a larger battery.

For those that aren’t a fan of the notch, this is your year because it’s rumoured to be smaller in size. Although not completely removed, Apple gives its users a bigger screen ratio. The reason for the notch shrinkage is because Apple is rumoured to be compressing the flood illuminator, sensor, and dot projector by using a smaller chip size for the Face ID scanner.

iPhone 13 Colors




Several rumours are circulating about the iPhone 13’s colours. We might be seeing a pink variant, black, and orange for the iPhone 13. Rest assured, the latest flagship is rumoured to be available in appealing and tempting colour variants. 

iPhone 13 Rumoured Features

Display 
It hasn’t been confirmed whether the lineup will feature a 120hz screen as Apple is looking to reduce battery consumption LTPO OLED display technology. Samsung Display will be Apple’s display supplier for the LTPO OLED screen. Aside from reduced power consumption, it also provides a thinner display for the iPhone 13. 

Another rumour for the display is an always-on feature. We’ve already seen this with Android smartphones and Apple might adopt the feature as well. The always-on display will feature the clock, battery charging level, and phone notifications. 

Specifications
The iPhone 13 will sport an A15 bionic chip for its processor which will still be produced by TSMC. Of course, this chip will improve the speed and efficiency of the latest iPhone. 

Some of the features Apple improved lead to better battery performance. For the battery itself, Apple is rumoured to go with a larger battery which should result in longer battery life. We’ve been waiting for Apple to at least have 4000mAh battery life for their yearly flagship and that’s what they’re giving their users for the iPhone 13 lineup. We’ll see significant improvement in battery life, especially with the iPhone 13 Pro Max since it’s rumoured to have a 4,352 mAh battery capacity. Reverse wireless charging capability also remains another rumour for this year.




Camera improvements are also coming to the iPhone 13 lineup. Sensor-shift stabilization which was previously only available in the iPhone 12 Pro Max is now rumoured to be featured across the whole range. Apple is also improving their night mode for low-light environments in the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max by upgrading its ultra-wide lens. You can also use this mode for taking better photos of the night sky.


Strike Alpha Cradles for the Latest Apple Devices




Enhance your driving experience by using Strike Alpha phone cradles. These iPhone vehicle mounts provide a safe and legal driving solution for motorists whilst on the road. It also provides you with the features you need to keep you connected with your team for work and personal use. Strike Apple phone holders are equipped with fast charging and signal boosting capabilities. Its internal passive antenna can significantly improve your mobile signal once connected with a reputable external antenna. 

Strike Apple phone holders are available in different variants. You can choose from PRO-install, DIY, wireless charging, lockable, and more. These phone mounts are also designed for enterprise industries. Strike iPhone car phone holders are engineered to withstand up to 25G in the event of an accident which is suitable for industries with difficult work environments such as Warehousing, Manufacturing, Transportation, Logistics, and more. You can check out the wide range of Strike phone cradles here. Send us an email at [email protected] for inquiries.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Rugged Cases for Outdoor Activities and Workplace

Posted on July 23, 2021.

The Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Galaxy Tab Active3 are Samsung’s latest rugged tablet devices for businesses with difficult work environments. Both devices are designed to improve the productivity of mobile workforces with their next-level productivity and superior performance. These tablets are purpose-built, compact, portable, and rugged. 

The Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 3 play a vital role for enterprise industries including the first responders in the Public Safety sector. Despite the rugged design of these devices, they still require a certain type of added protection. Rugged tablets require rugged cases to further protect them from the strains of harsh work conditions.

Left: Strike Rugged Case with Hand Strap and Lanyard for Samsung Galaxy Tab Active Pro (CAS-STK SAM TAB ACTIVE PRO RGD HSL)
Right: Strike Rugged Case with Hand Strap and Lanyard for Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3(CAS-STK SAM TAB ACTIVE 3 RGD HSL)


Strike designed protective cases for the Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Galaxy Tab Active3. Strike’s Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Tab Active3 protective sleeve fully protects your device from scratches, dents, bumps, dirt, and shock. This shockproof case also offers convenient access to your device’s ports and buttons. Strike’s rugged cases for Galaxy Tab Active devices are also equipped with additional features such as a kickstand design, hands strap, and lanyard. Here are the complete features of the Galaxy Tab Active Pro and Galaxy Tab Active 3 rugged case: 

  • Ultimate Protection – Strike’s rugged cases are guaranteed to protect your device from accidental drops because of their dual-layer feature. The outer layer is made of an impact-resistant hard outer shell while the inner layer is high-quality silicone skin.
  • Enterprise-grade Rugged Design – This rugged case is engineered to meet military drop-test standards. It meets the conditions outlined in US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810G 516.7. This feature makes it suitable to meet the demands of industries with demanding environments including transportation, public safety, warehousing, logistics, and more.
  • Hands Strap – These Galaxy Tab Active cases offer a built-in hands strap that can be adjusted easily to fit the palm of your hand. It provides a secure and firm grip on your device.
  • Lanyard – These rugged cases also come with a detachable lanyard. You can choose according to your preference how you would like to carry your Galaxy Tab Active device. You can choose to carry your Tab Active device with the lanyard hands-free. Use this as a shoulder strap, sling, or use it to hang the device on your car seat.
  • Built-in Kickstand – The rugged case also features a built-in kickstand which you can use for horizontal viewing. 
All Strike rugged cases come with an industry-leading lifetime warranty. Give your Samsung tablet the best protection with Strike’s rugged cases. Check out Strike’s Samsung Galaxy Tab Active3 Rugged Case in a video here.



Strike also offers a wide range of rugged cases you can choose from. You can check them out here. Email us at [email protected] for inquiries.

How to Boost Slow Data Connection?

Posted on July 2, 2021

One inconvenience every smartphone user has experienced is a slow mobile data connection. Do you get frustrated when you’re unable to send a multimedia message or browse the internet because you can’t connect to your data properly? There are several reasons why you might be experiencing slow data connection, and we listed below solutions that can speed your mobile data connection. 

Phone Settings

Android and iOS smartphones have the option to reduce data usage with data saver mode. Turning on data saver mode is handy if you’re running on limited data. But this feature can also result in slow data connection. You can try turning this off and check if your browsing speed will go a little bit faster. If you’re hesitant to turn it off, you can always turn it back on to limit your usage. 

Applications Running in Background and App Updates

You might want to check if some of your applications consume data in the background. It might cause issues since it shares data with the apps you’re  using. One way of fixing this is disabling the app’s access to background data. 

You might also experience using an application smoothly whilst other apps are running sluggish. It might be because your app needs updating. Some application bugs can be fixed with an update from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.  

Application Cache

Another possible reason for the slow mobile data is because you haven’t cleared your phone’s cache. You’ll notice that some sites on your phone would load quickly once you’ve opened them. It also goes for your applications. When you scroll through social media apps, some data have already been preloaded. This is because of the phone’s cache. It’s the bits of preloaded information on your apps and browser which speeds up your browsing process. However, once this is accumulated it can also cause performance issues and compromises your RAM. You would need to clear up your cache occasionally to improve your data speed. 

Cellular Reception

Mobile data is reliant on the stability of your mobile phone signal. However, your 4G/5G services can’t help you when you’re dealing with factors that affect your cellular reception, such as geography and obstructions. You might happen to be in a place where there’s a weak mobile signal. One solution you can do to boost your signal is by using an external antenna. Just take note that you need an existing signal from a nearby cell tower. An external phone antenna works by picking up a signal and transmitting it to your device. 

When battling with cellular reception, we recommend Strike Alpha Car Cradles and Strike Car Phone Antennas. When you’re travelling to rural areas with unstable mobile signal, this combination will help boost your signal and mobile data whilst on the road. This bundle is also effective for a home and office setup.

Left: iPhone 12 Car Phone Holder
Right: Strike B2 7dBi Heavy Duty Bullbar Mount 5G Antenna - Full Black

Strike’s car phone holders provide a safe and legal drive whilst on the road. These car cradles securely mount your device on bumpy roads. Strike’s phone cradles are custom-designed and available for various devices, including Apple, Samsung, Motorola, Panasonic, and more. All Strike phone mounts are equipped with fast-charging capabilities. You can choose from its different variants: PRO-install, DIY, wireless charging, lockable, with NFC Extenders, and more. It can also significantly boost your cellular reception since its equipped with an internal passive antenna that provides signal boosting once connected to an effective external antenna such as Strike B2 7dBi Heavy Duty Bullbar Mount Antenna- Black


Additionally, you can use Strike’s vehicle mounts in harsh work environments. It’s designed with rugged protection, and it’s engineered to withstand up to 25G in the event of a crash that’s suitable for enterprise industries. Strike has car phone holders for enterprise devices such as the Motorola WAVE TLK 100 Two-Way Radio Car Cradle, Panasonic Toughbook FZ-T1, Zebra TC21/26, and more. 


More information on Strike’s Car Phone Antennas. Strike’s mobile phone aerials are the perfect combination with Strike’s phone holders. You can travel with ease to rural areas without the worries of unstable signals and dropped phone calls. These mobile phone car antennas are available in a bullbar mount base, magnetic base, or glass mount base. These are high-quality car phone antennas that provide up to 7 dBi gain in mobile signal. You can view our wide range of antennas here. We also have variants compatible with 3G/4G and 5G frequencies. Send us an email at [email protected] for inquiries. 

RAM of the Month: Drive Safely with these RAM Unit Holders

Posted on June 24, 2021.

Safety is a top priority when driving. Whether you are using your mobile phones or tablets, it is best to have a phone holder to keep your focus on the road; and your device safely mounted.

RAM Mounts has built its reputation for quality products and is the leading manufacturer of rugged mounting solutions for different applications and devices – including mobile phones, tablets, cameras, laptops, GPS systems, and many more.

Have you been thinking about which RAM Unit Holder is best for your need? Here are some recommended unit holders available from RAM Mounts to protect and secure your device.

RAM® X-GRIP®


Top: X-Grip Mount RAM-HOL-UN7BU
Bottom: X-Grip Tablet Holder RAM-B-166-UN8


The RAM Mount X-Grip is the most popular unit holder for its ease of usage and flexibility to expand and contract. It ensures that it fits any device with or without a case. This unit holder has a clean, ingenious four-leg design for protection, security, and stability with its tight grip yet can easily adjust. RAM Mounts X-Grip is available for mobile phones and tablets, with its size range from 7” to 12”.



A frequently asked question: “When do I need to use a tether?” The X-Grip Tether is recommended for open cockpit and extreme environments such as driving on a bumpy road, biking on a rough trail, or driving at high speed because it provides further stability and protection to your device.



RAM Level Cup


This RAM Level Cup is a self-leveling drink holder that can be your travel buddy suitable for several vehicles, including motorcycles. It secures any of your favourite cups, cans, bottles, or mugs wherever you go. Upon purchase of cup drink holder, included is a drink koozie.


RAM® Tough-Wedge™ for Phones and Tablets



You can ease obstruction from your air vent, dashboard, or windshield with RAM Tough-Wedge where it is designed to fit in that space between your centre console and passenger seat. You can also use the Tough-Wedge for back-seat applications, especially if you have kids on the ride, so you can focus on the road and keep you all safe.

RAM Mounts provide everything you need to keep your device secure whilst keeping it completely functional and accessible, whether you’re driving a car, bicycle, motorcycle, etc.

A wide range of RAM mounts are available, you can check them here. You can also see our top solutions here for base, arm, and cradle options.

Do You Need a Car Phone Mount?

Posted on April 28, 2021.

A simple innovation can be the reason for the decline in sales of another product in the market. With the invention of Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto, do you still need a car phone holder? Apple Car Play and Google Android Auto allow you to integrate your smartphone into your car radio if it’s compatible with your infotainment system. What exactly makes these applications deeply integrated into your car infotainment? As soon as you get in, with just Bluetooth or USB connection, you can activate voice control to manage the basic applications that you need whilst on the road, such as your music, messaging, navigation apps and more.


There’s also the case of the wireless charging pads that come with these kinds of system. You can slide in the pad or plug your smartphone with a USB charger to charge your phone as you drive. Even without a car phone holder, you can control your device as freely. Even volume control keys are provided in the more recent car systems.

Why Would You Still Need a Car Phone Cradle?


We can list down some important points on why car phone holders are still essential to have. 1. Car phone mounts securely hold and charge your device. 2. Using a phone mount also lessens driver distraction. 3. It also provides you with a comfortable and legal view of your device whilst on the road. This feature would be helpful, especially when you rely on taking a view on your navigation apps whilst driving on the road. You just need to attach it to your windscreen, vents, or a part of your car that provides the best view – depending on where your country’s road laws allow as well.

In Australia, you’re only allowed to use your smartphone provided that you don’t have to touch your device whilst driving. It is where voice control comes in. You can also use it for navigation provided that you also do not try to access your smartphone whilst driving. It’s best to set your navigation apps from point to point before starting your drive.

iPhone 12 Car Phone Holder

Strike strives to provide motorists with the best hands-free solution. Strike car phone holders are designed with features you need whilst on the road. These phone mounts securely hold, charge, and protect your device. Its fast-charging capabilities can charge your smartphone with 3 amps of charging power for the PRO-install version and 2.4 amps for the DIY version.

Strike’s phone cradles are also engineered with a rugged design that can 25G in the event of a crash. This feature is suitable for enterprise industries, such as Public Safety, Transportation, Warehousing, Logistics, and more. The phone holder provides accessible reach for quick access to your device when needed, especially for mission-critical activities.

Additionally, Strike’s phone mounts are engineered with an internal passive antenna that can boost your mobile signal effectively once connected to an external mobile aerial. You can conveniently travel to rural areas without worrying about unstable network reception. We recommend Strike’s B2 Bullbar Antenna for the best chance at a signal gain. Strike’s car phone antennas can boost your cellular reception with up to 7 dBi in signal gain. You can check our wide range of antennas and patch leads available here.

Strike develops car phone holders for the latest smartphones in the market. Strike has vehicle mounts for Samsung, Apple, Panasonic, Motorola, and more. These car mounts are available in different variants such as PRO-install, DIY, lockable, or with NFC extenders.

About Strike Group


Strike Group is Australia’s leading provider and manufacturer of innovative car technologies. Strike integrates innovative design and seamless engineering in all its products. The company now exports to 72 countries having appointed key partners in the American and European market.

Driving in Australia? How To Use Your Phone Legally

Posted on April 22, 2021.

Using your mobile phone whilst driving is a known hazard and one of the leading causes of road accidents. Studies explain how this serves as a road distraction to motorists since it may lead to slower reaction times and riskier decision making. Governments are now implementing stricter road laws to prevent accidents caused by driver distraction because of using your smartphone whilst on the road.

Australia has strict road laws nationwide, and the government charges a huge fine and demerit for anyone using their phone whilst driving. Using your smartphone for texting, taking photos, or any application where you need to reach your device is considered illegal in Australia. It’s unlawful to do any of these whilst your car is stationary.

State

Fine

Demerit Points

Queensland

$1000

4

Southern Australia

$554

3

Northern Territory

$500

3

Victoria

$496

4

Australian Capital Territory

$480

3

Western Australia

$400

3

New South Wales

$344

5 – demerit points are doubled during Christmas, New Years, and Easter

Tasmania

$336

3

Information in this table is subject to change without prior notice.

When Can a Driver Legally Use Their Phone?

You can still do essential applications like make or receive phone calls and play music as long as these are operated without touching any part of your device whilst driving. These applications must be managed only via Bluetooth or voice control. You can also use your smartphone for GPS, provided your phone is in a cradle or position in the car that doesn’t obscure the road’s view.

Making transactions with e-wallet functions are also okay only if the vehicle is stationary and off the road (e.g. car parks and drive thru). Drivers are also only allowed to hold their phone if they’re passing it on to a passenger.

What is considered illegal?

Other functions such as texting, emailing, or browsing is not permitted even when you’re waiting at a stoplight or stuck in traffic. These are only allowable when your car is parked and out of the line of traffic.

Australia and Motion Detection Cameras

Motion detection cameras are slowly being rolled out by the government nationwide. These cameras are used as a tool to detect drivers using their smartphone illegally while on the road. The motion detection cameras program is first introduced in NSW, with ACT to follow next in the first half of 2021.

Avoid Driver Distractions with Strike Car Phone Cradles



Samsung Galaxy S21 5G Car Phone Holder

Strike delivers legal hands-free solutions for motorists. Strike’s phone mounts provide you with fast charging, signal boosting capability, rugged protection, and a comfortable viewing position in your vehicle. The PRO-install version charges your device with 3.0 amps and 2.4 amps for the DIY version.

These car phone cradles are designed with an internal passive antenna that you can connect to a reputable external antenna for signal boosting capabilities. We recommend our car phone antennas, such as the B2 Bullbar Mount Antenna, for effective signal gain. You can also check out our wide range of antennas and patch leads available here.

Strike’s car phone mounts are also engineered with rugged protection. These phone cradles can withstand difficult work conditions and survive up to 25G in the event of an accident. This feature is suitable for enterprise industries and workforces, including Public Safety, Warehousing, Manufacturing, Transportation and more. Check out our wide range of Strike car phone cradles available here!

About Strike Group


Strike Group is Australia’s leading provider and manufacturer of innovative car technologies. Strike integrates innovative design and seamless engineering in all its products. The company now exports to 72 countries having appointed key partners in the American and European market.

Best Military-Grade Rugged Cases

Posted on April, 15, 2021. 

Whether you’re using your smartphone for work or your lifestyle, it’s considered a smart investment to buy a rugged case. Manufacturers can claim that their latest device can survive a certain meter in drop or weatherproof protection, but we know that only a rugged case can put our mind to ease when bringing our phone out. Not even high-end smartphones can survive an accidental drop when it falls with the display down first. You’re fortunate enough to have just a crack at your screen protector (if you have one) because your LCD can break completely in worst case scenarios. Here are our top recommended military-grade heavy-duty cases from Strike that are worth the buy to prevent these scenarios.


Armour Tough Cases

Strike iPhone 12 Pro Max Armour Case (Black)


The armour heavy-duty case range has a clear cover that preserves the sleek design of your phone. It’s made with dual-layer protection that prevents acquiring damages from accidental drops and bumps. The corners of the rugged case are also designed with reinforcement for a shock-absorbing design. This protective sleeve has an additional feature; it has a 360 degrees rotation kickstand that you can conveniently prop up for horizontal viewing. The metal ring provides a comfortable and secure grip on your device. Lastly, it comes with a magnetic patch that you can use to attach to a magnetic car mount.


Strike’s armour tough case range is suitable for you if you want to accentuate the style of your latest smartphone device whilst giving it the best protection.


Iron Rugged Cases

Strike Samsung Galaxy S20/S20 5G Iron Case (Black)


If you’re looking for a military-grade rugged case that also gives your smartphone’s look an edgy style, then this is the tough case for you. Strike’s iron rugged case range also provides the same features and protection as the armour case.


Strike Rugged Cases

Strike Rugged Case for Samsungc Galaxy S20+ (Black)


Strike’s rugged cases range is the first among Strike’s military-grade protective sleeves. This tough case range is guaranteed to give you enterprise and military-grade protection suitable for industries with harsh work environments. It features dual-layer protection, a built-in kickstand, and MIL-STD 810G in drop test standards.


Strike strives to provide the best protection for the latest smartphones and tablets in the market. These rugged cases wrap tightly around your device for the best defence against unwanted bumps and drops. All of the above Strike rugged cases are designed to give you hassle-free access to your ports and raised edges to prevent scratches on your screen. Additionally, Strike’s heavy-duty cases come with an industry-leading lifetime warranty. Check out Strike’s wide range of protective cases here.


Here’s a video on Strike’s rugged tablet case you can also check out.





About Strike Group


Strike Group is Australia’s leading provider and manufacturer of innovative car technologies. Strike integrates innovative design and seamless engineering in all its products. The company now exports to 72 countries having appointed key partners in the American and European market.

How Do Mobile Car Antenna Boosters Work?

Posted on April 12, 2021.

Weak cellular reception is an inconvenience, especially when you need a good signal for constant communication. Although several factors affect the mobile signal, there is also one known simple solution – using an external antenna. Let’s list down the common reasons for weak cellular reception:


1. Distance from the nearest radio tower. One of the most common reasons for a weak signal is that you might be travelling to a rural area with limited radio towers. Your mobile signal can reduce the farther you are from the radio tower’s range.


2. Network Congestion. You’re getting 5 bars in mobile signal, but the call’s not as stable as it should be. It happens when there’s a large number of users sharing the signal of a mobile tower. Each cell tower has a capacity, and networks get busy when there’s high channel loading. You can say that this factor is related to when you’re in an area that has limited cell towers.


3. Obstructions. Your cellular reception is obstructed whether it’s because there’s a tree, building, or mountain in the cell tower’s path. Mobile signal gets better when the cell tower’s in your direct line of sight.


Weak signal is sometimes out of our control, and a cell tower doesn’t just prop up when needed. But we can significantly improve the mobile signal with the use of a car antenna. How exactly can car phone antennas help us boost signal? A car phone antenna signal booster captures the existing signal from outside of your vehicle and amplifies it to your smartphone inside the car. It would only work, however, if there’s an existing signal nearby. The car phone aerial picks up the signal and transmits it to your device.


How Do Strike Car Phone Antennas Improve your Mobile Signal?

You can use Strike’s external car aerials not just for vehicle use but also for a home setup. Our car phone antennas help improve your mobile signal when travelling in rural areas or secure stable reception at a place where there might be obstructions, such as in your own home. For long drives, Strike’s external car antennas are best positioned at the highest part of your vehicle for a better chance at getting cellular reception.


Strike has a variety of car phone antennas that can significantly improve your cellular reception. You can pair this external antenna with a Strike car phone holder for long drives or working whilst on the road. Strike phone holders are equipped with an internal passive antenna that can be connected to external car antennas such as our Bullbar Antennas.


Strike B2 7dBi Heavy Duty Bullbar Mount Antenna- Black


We recommend the Strike B2 Bullbar Mount Antenna for the best chance at a signal gain. This external aerial provides up to 7.0 dBi gain and comes with a removable whip for seamless removal and attachment according to your needs. This car antenna can be screwed to almost any surface to improve your mobile signal. The bullbar mount antenna is also available in a 5G variant – suitable for 5G frequency bands and devices compatible with 5G networks. Our Strike car phone antennas are also available on a Magnetic Base.


Learn more about Strike’s cell phone antennas with this video. For inquiries and more information, you may email us at [email protected].




About Strike Group


Strike Group is Australia’s leading provider and manufacturer of innovative car technologies. Strike integrates innovative design and seamless engineering in all its products. The company now exports to 72 countries having appointed key partners in the American and European market.

The Free Car Apps You Really Need (Android Auto and Apple Car Play)

Posted on April 09, 2021.

In the current age of smartphones, it is important for tech companies to keep one-upping and perfecting themselves to stay on top. Eventually, they make it their mission to find better ways of tying together technological gaps to benefit their consumers.


Today I will explore two aftermarket solutions that you can use while driving that might benefit you more than what you already have inside your car. These are the Android Auto and the Apple CarPlay.




              


The Android Auto is a free-to-download app designed specifically for phones with the Android system. You can use the app on either your phone as is or connect it to your car display.


Android Auto’s phone interface is easy to navigate and use. If you want to use it on your inbuilt car display, all you have to do is set up your phone to connect with your car following the instructions and you’ll be ready to drive.


Additionally, text messages are able to be read aloud to you; you can even compose replies as well with its voice recognition function. There are over 500 apps supported by Android Auto – you can easily access music apps such as Spotify, Google Maps, Google Play Music, etc.



Music

Presuming your Android device already comes with a Google Play Music application, you will be entitled to a free 90 days of ad free music.





Listen to your person curated music via your car’s speakers. And further, you can also listen to your favourite podcasts and audiobooks in your car as well. Simply select what you want to here before you drive and then you’ll be listening to it all the way to work or wherever you like. That’s the thing though, you can’t access your phone while it is connected to your car.



Voice Control




Simply use OK Google or the microphone on the top right corner of your car display to activate the app; there’s no need to go through the tedious process of unlocking, swiping, then tapping. Messages from third party applications can also be read aloud to you – this includes Twitter and Whatsapp.


In addition, you can even reply to these messages and the system will be able to post them. However, one must wonder at how accurately the system can recognise voice commands.



Other Apps

The other apps will be located either at the very bottom of your phone or at the bottom of your car display. It is a simple, limited selection: navigation, phone, home screen, and music.



Google Maps


Here is the essence of the Android Auto app. The one thing you really needed from an app such as this one. The Google Maps application updates alongside mobile phone updates, so you’ll always be using the latest and most accurate map functions while you drive.









The Apple CarPlay is a similar phone application as to the Android Auto, except, of course, it is designed for IOS.


Apple CarPlay allows for a safer way of using your iPhone while you drive. Over 200 vehicle models are compatible with Apple CarPlay as of now. Apple has the benefit of quicker application updates and refreshes than your car’s preinstalled infotainment systems. That is why there seems to be need now for better aftermarket solutions that are safer for the road.


Using your phone while driving is a crime, but that doesn’t stop people from getting impatient with their slow GPS systems and outdated infotainment systems. So Apple has devised a solution to save you.




Apple CarPlay
Source: www.apple.com/au/ios/carplay/



Connect your phone to your car via its Lightning cable/charger or phone holder (check out our Alpha Car Cradles – we have device docking systems to suit your every iPhone need) and then you’re all set. The screen of your car display will feature an interface much like your Apple iPhone that you can select or use your voice to activate. If your car as a touchscreen display, you can also use your fingers to select your preferred application.


But do keep in mind, only iPhone 5 and beyond can access Car Play.



Maps and Navigation





Once you connect your phone to your car, you’ll be able to play music, make phone calls, take your calls, read books, listen to podcasts and audiobooks, send text messages, and of course, navigate using Maps. The Apple Maps app is capable of all the functions of a usual GPS but it is smarter and more susceptible to change. By change, I mean updates.


Once again, a major benefit of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay is that you don’t have to wait for your car systems to update. Which is kind of great, isn’t it? In a way…



Apple Car Play vs Android Auto


Unlike the Android Auto, you can still use your phone’s screen while it is connected via Lightning cable to your car. Slightly less safe, but this also means you can use your phone while parked.



Battery Life and Utility


One major downfall to both of these apps is that they will still drain your phone’s battery when used on its own – it will only last for as long as your phone’s battery allows it to last.


Having the Android Auto and Apply Car Play installed either on your phone or in your car means that your phone is constantly active. This will no doubt drain your device’s battery and that would be unfortunate if you were in the middle of driving somewhere.


So it is highly advised that you also have something to tether your phone to – for example, a phone holding accessory. Since Android Auto and Apple CarPlay was designed with driver safety in mind, then it is only natural to have a docking system as well. This will make sure your driving experience is secure.



Our Strike Alpha Car Cradle is one such solution that could benefit your experience with the Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Strike Alpha Car Cradle is designed to minimise road distractions. The Alpha cradle’s charging and signal boosting capabilities can allow you to use your phone without worrying about depleting its charge. The phone will maintain its high-level performance and therefore maintain access to the apps’ features. We have car phone holders for the latest devices in the market. Our Strike Alpha Car Cradles can even turn your phone into a Dash cam by just downloading a free Dashcam app and docking your phone onto the cradle.


View our wide range of car cradles at www.strike.com.au/products/Cradles and learn more about its features.

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