Centro Cradle by Cellet Review - Editor's Choice
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The new Cellet Centro Cradle finally delivers the level of quality, design and value that has quickly and very easily allowed me to award it with my Editor’s Choice for Best Centro Cradle.
The Cellet Centro Cradle offers an elegant, very slim (only 0.75”) and almost square base (4” x 3.5”) - a solution that allows you not only to charge and Hotsync (via included USB cable) your smartphone but also to keep a spare Centro battery charging simultaneously as well.
The front of the cradle (above) provides a short translucent sleeve to quickly and easily insert your Centro. At the same time a small blue LED light at the front left indicates that the base is powered and ready to charge your smartphone.
One of the things that I like best about the Cellet Centro Cradle is that it’s nearly half the thickness of previous models such as the Mobi Battery Cradle. The Cellet version also happens to be much more robust and elegant thanks to its high quality black plastic construction and a good weight to keep the cradle steady at your desk (along with four large flat rubber feet at the base) – you can clearly feel that the designers have put both care and thought in putting this together.
The back of the unit for its part provides access to both the USB and DC power ports as wel as the battery charging base which easily accomodates either your standard Palm 1150mAh battery or Palm 1850mAh Extended Battery. There’s also a small green/red LED light which indicates that the battery compartment is powered and ready to charge.
Both a USB cable and DC wall charger are included in the package. Using just the USB cable allows you to charge and Hotsync your smartphone from your PC while using the wall charger allows you to simultaneously charge both your Centro and spare battery (you can also have both the USB cable and wall charger plugged into the cradle at the same time).
Overall, the Cellet Centro Cradle is without a doubt the very best cradle + HotSync + battery charging solution available today. It offers the greatest value with the added benefit of a very elegant design and solid build in the slimmest form factor.
Separately, whether you own a Centro or a Treo one of my top and best value accessory recommendations continues to be the SPE Retractable Sync & Charge Cable (see my review). Also, my top Treo cradle remains the Palm Cradle Kit and you should also consider the terrific, ultrasmall and light Treo Battery Charger.
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