gadget reviews

Smartphone Docks Don't Have to Suck

By Andy Ihnatko on August 4, 2015


Most people think of dashboard smartphone mounts as a triple threat of badness: poorly made, barely functional and, given the richness of modern factory and aftermarket entertainment and navigation systems, unnecessary. The category conjures images of cheap plastic clips that… Read More

Smartphone Docks Don't Have to Suck

By Andy Ihnatko on August 4, 2015

Most people think of dashboard smartphone mounts as a triple threat of badness: poorly made, barely functional and, given the richness of modern factory and aftermarket entertainment and navigation systems, unnecessary. The category conjures images of cheap plastic clips that… Read More

Making an iPhone6 Work With In-Car Wireless Charging

By Joe Bruzek on May 28, 2015

For years, automakers have promised in-car wireless phone charging systems and they're finally rolling out at a feverish pace. Toyota, Lexus, Jeep, Cadillac, Dodge, GMC and Chevrolet currently offer wireless charging systems, and more automakers will follow. The catch is,… Read More

MapQuest 3.0: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Robby DeGraff on July 25, 2012

What is it? MapQuest brings traditional turn-by-turn navigation into the car with voice guidance, quick destination input and points-of-interest markers Price: Free Platforms: iOS 4.3 or higher; Android 1.6 or higher; BlackBerry and Windows phones Info: www. wireless.mapquest.com App-based navigation… Read More

Up-Close Mobile App Inspection: iOnRoad

By Dave Lee on May 9, 2012

What is it? A smartphone solution for vehicles without collision detection systems. Price: Free Platforms: Android 2.2 and higher; iOS version coming soon Info: www.ionroad.com Yes, you can have a collision warning system for your car in the palm of… Read More

Gas Buddy: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Dave Lee on April 17, 2012

What is it? Gas Buddy allows users to report gas prices at fueling stations across the United States and Canada. Price: Free Platforms: iOS 3.0 or higher; Android 1.5 or higher; BlackBerry and Windows phones. Info: www.gasbuddy.com With the national… Read More

Vlingo: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Dave Lee on March 20, 2012

What is it? Voice-to-text assistant that lets you speak phone, text and navigation commands. Price: Free (with ads) Platforms: Android 2.0.1 or higher; iOS 4.0 or higher Info: www.vlingo.com I’ve always wished that my 2008 Toyota sedan had some kind… Read More

Road Ninja: Up-Close Mobile App Inspection

By Dave Lee on February 20, 2012

What is it? A location-based app that finds food, lodging and other attractions at upcoming interstate exits. Price: Free Platforms: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch; requires iOS 4.2 or later Info: roadninja.mobi Road Ninja is designed to show what points of… Read More

MyFord Touch Gets Upgrade

By Colin Bird on November 6, 2011

Ford has upgraded its MyFord and MyLincoln Touch systems to be faster and simpler to use, according to the automaker. Prominent differences are simpler graphics and larger, bolder fonts used throughout the interface. We have images of the old and… Read More

Motorola H17txt Review: Headset Reads Texts

By David Thomas on June 15, 2010

We’ve spent a lot of time on KickingTires on the topic of distracted driving. We even recently rated the best apps for reading text messages to you. But the latest headset from Motorola, the H17txt, does the same, and with… Read More

Voice-to-Text App Review: Nearly Hands-Free Texting

By David Thomas on December 15, 2009

We have to preface this post with a small PSA: You should not text message while driving. You also shouldn’t apply makeup, read a novel or eat anything with a utensil while driving. While those and other unsafe habits aren’t… Read More