HTC Desire desktop cradle needs better headline

I’ve been trying to come up with a clever title for this post for over half an hour. There has to be some brilliant pun with words like “desire” and “erect”. It just seems to elude me. Oh well. What really matters is that this little piece of plastic makes sure my Desire is always ready to go.

Modern smartphones run out of steam so quickly you need a quick way to charge them. This particular desktop charging cradle was sent to me by, and it offers great value for money. The base has rubber feet that give it plenty of grip, and on the back there are two micro-USB connectors. One is used for power only, whereas the other offers full data sync capabilities. A data cable and a small power brick are supplied with the cradle.

I don’t usually use my phone while it’s in cradles like these, and this one clearly wasn’t made to do so. The phone doesn’t penetrate the dock very much so the micro-USB connector pretty much holds the device in place. Unlike the car kit I tested earlier, this absolutely is a Desire-specific product, and my guess is that this was done so the buttons beneath the screen would still be easy to press when the phone is docked.

Since I got a dock for my iPod Touch, I’ve been using it a lot more, and I hope this product will do the same for my little robot phone. Recommended.


  1. Do you reckon the Desire would fir it if it had a silicon case on? I can’t make out from the picture

    Comment by Dave — July 1, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

  2. Nice fallback headline. My son is a writer and editor, says writing a headline sometimes is harder to do than writing a post.

    Comment by Jeff — July 1, 2010 @ 7:05 pm

  3. Dave, it would have to be a very, very slim case. The phone fits pretty snugly into the cradle. Personally, I don’t see any benefit to putting the Desire in a silicon case, as the phone’s material seems very sturdy already. Plus it probably adds insulation, and my phone tends to get really hot already.

    Comment by Roy — July 2, 2010 @ 11:10 am

  4. Link: FreshlyGadgets !
  5. How about “Desire gets a bit of va-va-voom”?

    Comment by Karen — July 8, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

  6. I’m not a fan of cradles. This one looks like a beast!

    Comment by iphone 4 cover — July 16, 2010 @ 11:20 am

  7. The Blogger that rocks the Cradle?

    You’re the blogger, and you’re rocking the cradle by using it. Geddit? GET IT?!?!!?

    Good post.

    Comment by Jon — August 2, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

  8. At least its base is made up of rubber.

    Comment by Mr.Choice — August 3, 2010 @ 8:47 pm

  9. Excellent review. Let me know if you find other awesome Android cradles/docks. I’m looking to for one to give as a present the man. Cheers!

    Comment by Donna Vitan — August 5, 2010 @ 9:37 am

  10. I’m “erect” for an HTC, if you know what I mean 😉

    But I rather have a plug in the wall outlet then an erect stand, seriously.

    Comment by Jake | People Search By Phone Number — August 10, 2010 @ 3:32 am