Evo 4G accessory review: Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle

The Seidio Innodock Jr. Desktop Cradle for Sprint HTC Evo 4G was one of the first desktop cradles to come out for the Sprint Evo 4G, and as such it holds a special place in the section of my heart reserved for gadget accessories. So, after the break, let us take a deeper look at it, shall we?

The cradle is designed to support your Evo with or without a case -- and even if you use an extended battery. Also included in the package is a male-to-male USB cable that plugs into the back of the dock and into a charger or USB port on your PC. That may seem a tad odd, but it also allows you to swap it out for a longer one if you need more reach. All that, plus the convenience of a desktop dock for your phone, make this a very nice thing to have sitting on your desk at work, while your co-workers walk past and turn green with envy at your setup.

The Seidio Innodock is extremely light but feels pretty plastic because of it -- almost too light. And that worries me a little when I set my Evo into it. Speaking of actually putting my Evo in its cradle, that took a few tries because the only port on this thing is the male microUSB end sticking up out of a piece of plastic that moves when you push on it. I understand the movement, considering this is supposed to handle phones in cases as well as with extended batteries, but it still gives the whole thing a wobbly feel. Which brings me to my next point: The Evo 4G has an HDMI-out port on it, but the cradle doesn't take advantage of it.

Other than work or by my TV, the other place I would think to use my desktop cradle would be by my bedside. I, like many others, use my smartphone as my alarm clock. Right now I use the Evo's kickstand for this, but the cradle would be even better. But as often is the case, the cradle's power LED is so bright that it would keep my wife awake. Not to mention, I could see myself breaking the cradle trying to turn off the alarm because it's so flimsy.


  • Holds your phone upright
  • Comes with a detachable male-to-male USB cable
  • Decent basic cradle


  • Very light
  • Takes a little effort to line my phone up in the cradle
  • Power LED is annoyingly bright
  • No micro-HDMI support

All that said, if you're looking for a very basic cradle on which to charge and sync your phone, this is it. Not much in the bells and whistles, but you know that going in. The Seidio Innodocko Jr. Desktop Cradle is available now in the Android Central Store for $29.95.

Ali Fazel
  • How much support does it have on the backside vis-a-vis the angle it leans back on? And how big of an extended battery will fit? I have the 3000MA chinese battery. I got this desktop cradle here for about 30 bucks and it has an external battery charger as well. The clear plastic support for the leaning phone is about two inches high and holds the phone firmly in. It wont work with a case and works best with the stock rear cover, but my 3000ma battery can fit into it, though it causes the micro-USB connection to be pushed forward. The clear plastic support can be removed and Im sure if I made a custom back support, the 3000ma and even a phone with a case would fit like a champ. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=350374108312#ht_3600w...
  • I'm STILL waiting for the HTC HDMI desktop dock that was supposed to be released to Best Buy in July!!! Any idea when those are coming?? Or am I the only one who still cares??
  • I just e-mailed HTC to ask them what the deal is... I want my official dock!!!
  • I'm with you, I've been waiting as well. I've got a $40 credit to best buy that I've set aside for this dock and its taking forever!
  • I'm waiting for the same thing. Until then, I've got this Seidio sitting on my desk.
  • I bought this Seidio Innodock but every time I tried to use it, my phone would lose charging. Instead of the phone to charge, it will lose charging. Am I the only one who is having this problem? Is any one else experiencing this problem? Or is my Seidio Innodock faulty? I bought it for over two months now to use in my office but I have not been using it because of that.
  • I have the exact same problem with the Seido Innodock as "urbarrie", mine does not charge the phone, it actually discharges it.
  • Here is the response from HTC: [BLOWOFF] I understand how important it can be to receive information on purchasing accessories for your Sprint EVO. Currently I do not have direct accessory information I can offer for the Sprint EVO. You can research information at www.shopamerica.htc.com to obtain information on purchasing accessories for your device if accessories are available. [/BLOWOFF] Thank you HTC
  • I avoided this dock because of the lack of support for the phone, just the USB connector. I did buy a car dock the Seidio car kit http://www.seidioonline.com/product-p/ck17hev4c04.htm
    It holds the phone securely, and it appears to NOT subject the usb connector to stress, even when driving or minor off road driving. It is a bit weird with a MICROusb for the phone, but a MINIusb for the dock to car cigarette lighter for power.
  • You should buy the Official Car Kit for the Evo 4G. It's very secure ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toyZ13QtBfk