Review: Mobi Products Cradle for the Verizon Droid Incredible
The Mobi Products Cradle/Dock for the HTC Droid Incredible is a great way to hold your phone on your desk, whether at work or at home. The dock is made of solid black plastic and has rounded edges, which is a nice feature you may not find on cheaper docks. The dock's color goes nicely with the black trim of the DInc and your eyes could almost mistake the combination for a single device. I was surprised to find that the dock comes with three cables, each of which has a different purpose. Let's go more in depth about those cables and the rest of the dock (plus, more pictures!) past the break, shall we?
Having separate data and charging cables is a great feature because charging of my laptop's USB plug was always incredibly slow and required the laptop to be on, while charging from the wall with HTC's stock charger could top me off in an hour or two. Using the dock put me somewhere in the middle, which works great for charging the phone nightly. I play around in the Android SDK and App Inventor on occasion, so this solution is the perfect compromise between needing to mount the phone to your computer and needing to charge it. The cable that plugs into the phone itself could have been shorter as it only has about four inches to go, but this is a minor complaint.
The phone itself is held vertically at the front of the dock. Remembering back to my iPod days (cue dramatic music), I wish Mobi had angled the dock a couple degrees back so the screen would be easier to see from a natural siting position at my desk. That said, it is still perfectly viewable in its 2001-like obelisk position. The dock has a cutout for the DInc's virtual joystick and the four buttons on the front are perfectly usable. Around the back is a nice bonus in a charing space for an extra battery. I use the Sedio 1750 mAh battery day-to-day, and this feature lets me keep the stock 1300 mAh battery that came with the phone charged and within easy access. A pull tab not unlike what Droid X users are familiar with lets you pop the battery out of the charging socket. A pair of lights between the phone and the spare battery charger let you know that both are charging. Oddly, the blue light on the right is unusually bright, and somewhat lights up my room at night. Blue is my favorite color though, so it is ok by me.
Overall, the Mobi Products Cradle for the Droid Incredible is a great dock with a few bonuses I am not used to seeing in docks. I was just looking for something to slide my phone into for charging purposes, but got a way to keep my spare battery charged and use the Android SDK and charge the phone more quickly at the same time. DInc docks (well, non DYI-ones that is) are few and far between, and the Mobi didn't disappoint. Head on over to the Android Central Store to get the dock for $24.95.
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