How to Play an iPhone Through a Car Radio

A recent inquiry from a friend prompted some investigation worthy of sharing.  A new Apple iPhone 7 coupled with an old Subaru lacking current connectivity ports posed quite a dilemma for his 17 year old daughter.  She wants to play her iPhone through a car radio.  Not so simple in an older car. Wanting to make it right for his daughter, my friend was about to replace the head unit in his Subaru for hundreds of dollars.  The new head unit would provide her with a traditional interface to play audio from the iPhone and perhaps a little more in … Read more…

Problem Fixed: Bluetooth Switches Off on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

This is a public service announcement.  A little off topic for the MountGuys site.  I spend a few weeks dealing with this.  Why should you.  My Bluetooth switches off on my Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 6.1.  All without my prompting and quite unexpected.  Here’s how to troubleshoot and fix it.  You won’t believe what finally did it. Spoiler alert:  skip to the end of this article if you have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and try that first. So here’s my problem.  The Bluetooth would turn off for no apparent reason.  I could be in the middle of a … Read more…

Car and Motorcycle Mounts for the Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S and 61 LMT-S GPS

Garmin has decided to continue the DriveSmart line of automotive GPS devices.  The Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S and Garmin DriveSmart LMT-S are a step up from the base Garmin Drive models. The Garmin DriveSmart 51 LMT-S and 61 LMT-S carry all the basic GPS features found in the Drive which includes traffic and lifetime map updates.  The DriveSmart adds the ability to interface with your smartphone via Bluetooth and take advantage of Garmin’s smart notifications which facilitates sharing of information, including contacts, search results, favorite locations, your driving destination, and even your parking spot. Looks like Garmin merged the 6″ and 7″ models … Read more…

Mounts for the Garmin Striker 7 Fishfinder

Two Garmin Striker 7 models were recently introduced to fill the mid-tier market.  When I compare the Garmin Striker 7 to what one would purchase a few years ago, there are a slew of improvements in mapping features, color display and transducers. There are two models for this series.  From a pure mounting perspective, the Garmin Striker 7sv and Striker 7cv are the same.  Any mount that fits one model, will fit the other. Installation typically requires use of two cables.  One for power.  The second for a transducer.  It’s worth noting that the transducer is included with the Garmin Striker 7sv and Striker 7cv. … Read more…

Mounts for the Garmin inReach Explorer+ and inReach SE+ GPS

Garmin recently closed their purchase of Delorme and integrated their popular inReach line of handheld GPS devices.  The first of the new lineup includes the Garmin inReach Explorer+ and Garmin InReach SE+.  Reminds me a bit of the old Garmin eTrex line but with much improved software.  These handheld devices are great for hikers or geocaching and can even be used in the car or on a motorcycle. Garmin integrated the Delorme Earthmate maps into these handheld devices.  However, I think the most important differentiation in these devices is the availability of Iridium Satellite coverage which enables 2-way text messaging from … Read more…

My Experience with the Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector

I recently tried the Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  This product, made by Otterbox, is designed to work with their line of cases.  The fortified glass custom fit protector is made to help protect an expensive smartphone from screen damage. A photo of the Otterbox Alpha Glass Screen Protector for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge retail package accompanies this article. There are a lot of companies that make tempered glass, albeit not as any for a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  So how is Otterbox Alpha Glass different from the rest? What sets Otterbox Alpha Glass from … Read more…