My Palm Treo Cradle Kit Arrives
Like me, many will call it “the rare Treo cradle” because it is so incredibly hard to find but at last – after waiting for months – I have finally received my own Palm Cradle Kit from our Treo accessories Store.
Considering that I’ve been happily using Seidio’s INNODock cradle until now, you might be wondering why I’m excited to have Palm’s cradle. Well, the strange fact is that there isn’t a single other device out there that will allow you to charge a spare Treo battery (but it is rumoured that one will become available shortly).
It’s not that charging my spare battery is a major issue since most of the time it seems to last forever. However, when I’m travelling I always like to have a fully charged one at hand because I’m likely not to have the time to plug my Treo anywhere for an entire day.
Having said all this, Palm’s Cradle Kit for Treo 650 does have a number of merits beyond just including a built-in battery charger. It feels solid, has four large non-slip rubber feet at the base to secure it firmly on your desk, is well built and inserting the Treo in and out of it is very smooth. Additionally, there are two elegant features with the battery charger hidden behind a flap and the base extending at the back to cover all cable connections. Also, a front light provides you with the battery charging status (green = fully charged) and next to it is the Hotsync button.
The cradle kit includes the standard USB sync cable, international travel adapters and a surprisingly large wall charger which is about 30% bigger than the one that comes with our Treo and which can also be plugged into the cradle if you prefer.
Palm’s Cradle Kit only comes with a wall charger and can therefore not be charged via USB. However, a standard or retractable Sync&Charge cable (not those with a sync button though) can be used to transform the cradle from a wall to a USB powered one.
Overall this cradle is excellent and I just wish that I hadn’t had to wait so many moons for it…
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