Accessories for Windows Phones can be very generic or device specific. Bluetooth Headsets are one of those things that you can pretty much guarantee will work just as well no matter what device you’re using. Desktop Cradles on the other hand are one category of accessories that are device specific by necessity. I’ve already reviewed the Innodock Jr. from Seidio, but there are other options that may be a better option for your needs; such as Mobi Products’ Desktop Cradle for the AT&T Tilt2.
Hit the jump for the full review.
Any time you’re talking about something that holds or plugs into your device one of your primary concerns should be with the quality of the design and construction of the product. Mobi Products did a good job of making a product that does a good job of integrating design elements that enhance the strength of the cradle, the fit of the device, and the features that are offered. The cradle is mostly plastic; making it safe to use without having to worry about scratching up your device.
The Mobi Products Cradle has a number of features that set it apart from other products. The cradle itself features a single USB port that matches up perfectly with the port on the bottom of the device. The back of the cradle features a cable going out to a plug for power, as well as a USB port that can be used for synchronization. This particular cradle also features a spot to charge a second battery, which is particularly handy for the most power hungry of users. Last but not least, a clear stylus is included which can be easily placed into a hole in the dock. An LED light creates a glowing effect when the stylus is being stored.
A couple of things about this cradle are a little perplexing. The documentation states that the AC adapter is only used to charge the spare battery, while the USB cable is used to sync and charge the device. In my testing I found this was false. Also, the USB cable is hardwired to the charger; the AC adapter is a separate unit, but plugs into the cradle using a USB port. None of these quirks really cause any problems; they just seem a little weird when you think it through.
Desktop cradles aren’t for everyone, but they are indispensable for people that use them on a daily basis. Whether you’re constantly in need of an extra bump in power or you count on the ability to synchronize your computer on a regular basis; a cradle like this is the best option to accomplish those goals. The fact that you can simultaneously charge a spare battery is an extra bonus. If you’re in need of this kind of a solution, $24.95 is a small price to pay. Hit up the WMExperts Store for one of your own.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.