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    First: Mods- If this is the wrong section, I apologize. Feel free to move.

    Well I couldn't wait any longer (sorry TC, I wanted to buy it from you) but I took the plunge and bought the Seidio G2500 Mobile Car Mount.

    My first impressions were favorable. It had a decent feel (the material could be a little more solid-feeling) but all in all seems to be a nice build. The first thing that I noticed is that the item I was shipped looked different than the one shown on the website. After a quick call to their customer service I was told that there had been a change in model. It seems that now that audio jack has been removed and the audio signall is pulled from the data port. (Make sure that you go to www.seidio.com for several different phone numbers. Otherwise you may have problems getting through.) More on that later.

    Installing the item was easy enough once I was able to find the install instructions here on TC. Seidio, if you read this, consider including detailed installation instructions, because even though it may seem simple enough, many people (myself included) had never seen or installed a vent mount. It sounds easy enough, but the plastic pieces are so thin, I was scared to death that I would break them.

    The Treo fits well in the mount, however, it seems that you must push quite hard to make sure the contact is fully made. Probably just a "New Item" issue, but it has plagued me several times when the music signal must not have been making contact. Since I did not get the chance to review the previous G2500 with the physical plug, I cannot comment on the differences in quality, but it seems like this could be a little better thought out.

    Seidio includes tons of stuff with the kit for your money, I have to admit. However, perhaps the consumer would like the chance to eliminate some of these items for a discounted price. I knew ahead of time that I would not be using the window mount, but this is not that big of a deal.

    There is no mic built in to the unit. This is probably one of the biggest "What were you thinkings?" that I have run into. It has a decently loud speaker built-in to the back, and with such a large front, a mic could have easily have beeen routed to the front. This is one of the biggest drawbacks. I hate wires with a passion, and the fact that I HAVE to use an external mic really irks me.

    Like I said, they really give you a lot of stuff, one of which is the DC adapter to power it from your Cig lighter. However, I would have much have preferred a straight wire instead of the standard curly cord. Also, why charge $10 for the hard wire cord? This should have been an included item. It's worth about 30 cents.

    I'm using a Belkin TuneCast II (very cool FM Transmitter, by the way. $20 shipped on ebay. PM me and I'll tell you from who if you are interested.) And it seems to work well. However, at the price that I paid for the mount, I would really have expected to have one built in. For those of us who are anal about wires, this would have been an AWESOME feature. I guarantee you would sell twice as many if you're reading Seidio. Also, the audio output is the same size as the output of the phone. A standard 1/8" jack would have been much appreciated.

    On a sidenote, I purchased the audio jack adapter from Seidio as well since I was already paying their inflated shipping. As a point of advice, skip it. It is made so pathetically cheaply, I've used it for less than 2 hours (one day's commute) and it's already shorting out.

    Anyway, just thought that you all may be interested. All in all I give it 6.5 out of 10.
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    Thanks for thr review! How long is the external mic. I like having it next to the visor above my head. Will it reach?
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    I've had the G2500 for a couple of weeks now and I thought I'd share my exp. to see if maybe I am missing something. I use it with and w/o GPS (tomtom w/ BT-338) and it has a number of fundamental flaws. Seidio seems to have forgotten that the Treo is a PHONE! When the Treo is in the cradle the phone is, for me, unusable. I can't use my BT headset and I can't plug in a wired headset. I'm forced to use an external mic with poor sound quality. When a call comes in I'm forced to quickly yank the phone from it's cradle to answer it. Am I missing something? Is there a better cradle out there that will work with a headset?
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    I have one of the 2500 gps kits as well. The external mic is plently long for reaching to the visor. I have mine routed up there with slack to spare.

    As to the headset, you may be able to rig a wired headset by finding some way to split its mic/speaker leads and use the mic and audio out jacks on the cradle. The bluetooth headset should work fine whenever you're not already using BT for Tomtom though.
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    I have the G2100 which is the one without the builtin speaker. I chose that one because their stupid design covered up the antenna port with the speaker. In my opinion it is a piece of junk. I have had the same experience as sbade where I have to quickly yank the phone out of the cradle when it rings. This is because about 50 percent of the time when I answer the phone when it is in the cradle, the microphone does not work and the people can't hear me. When it does work, the person on the other end cannot understand me most of the time due to microphone picking up their audio from the stereo speakers. The most aggrivating thing is the intermittent operation of the thing which I attribute to the lousy quality of the connector. You just never know when it will or won't work. I WISH SOME COMPANY WOULD COME UP WITH A BETTER PRODUCT!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by phlidwsn
    I have one of the 2500 gps kits as well. The external mic is plently long for reaching to the visor. I have mine routed up there with slack to spare.

    As to the headset, you may be able to rig a wired headset by finding some way to split its mic/speaker leads and use the mic and audio out jacks on the cradle. The bluetooth headset should work fine whenever you're not already using BT for Tomtom though.
    I appreciate you trying to help, but I don't care how long the external mic is, it doesn't produce sound that can be heard by people I am calling. Does anyone have a more positive experience with this mic?

    For $100+ the thing should not require me to "rig" anything to use my phone. I'm sending it back.

    SB
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    One other major beef I have with the cradle: When the phone is in and I'm traveling down the road it rattles like crazy. Pull the phone out and it goes away. Not sure if anyone else has seen this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sbade
    I appreciate you trying to help, but I don't care how long the external mic is, it doesn't produce sound that can be heard by people I am calling. Does anyone have a more positive experience with this mic?

    For $100+ the thing should not require me to "rig" anything to use my phone. I'm sending it back.

    SB
    The mic length was in reply to delao13, who did ask how long it was.

    And at least for me, with the mic clipped to the visor and the cradle using the suction arm mount it works fine for handsfree operation. However, if you do not click the Treo all the way into the cradle (mine is on the dash, attached to the windshield, such that the bottom of the cradle rests on the console, so I can press firmly down), you will have the power connection in, but not the audio connection. When you get it all the way in, you can hear a slight click as the speaker powers on.

    All that being said, I purchased the cradle for GPS navigation more than the handsfree aspect, and I havn't had any problems with it.
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    I'll give it a try tomorrow. The external speaker is working, so I assume I'm connected, but I don't recall ever hearing a click through the speaker. I purchased mine for GPS too, but I still want to use it as a phone.

    Question: the documentation talks about a little switch on the front of the unit to switch between GPS & MP3. Do you have that switch? Did I get a unit that is older or newer than the one with the switch?

    Thanks (and sorry about the mic length flame).
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    The included mic is useless, at least the one I got is. The rattling that you hear is a metal plate that is located between the circuit board and the plastic behind where the phone sits. You can separate the pieces (be careful, though. I don't know how strong that connector is.) and fix that.

    I, toohave had to rip the phone out more than a trillion times because I am between bluetooth speakerphones.

    Would I buy it again? Dunno. For the price it was, I doubt it. But there is not much else to choose from.

    Seidio, if you're listening, again, give some thought to a better made product, instead of $20 worth of plastic, wires, and a speaker.
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    The length of the mic should be about 6.5 feet long. According to the one I have.

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