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Treo 800w Cradle Review

Mobi Products Cradle With Battery Charger For Treo 800w Offers Best Desktop Sync & Charge Solution

Treo 800w cradle

There are currently only two Treo 800w cradles available but in terms of quality and overall value there is no doubt that the Mobi Products Cradle is by far the best choice to make. 

Best Treo 800w cradleFor starters the Mobi Products Cradle for Treo 800w is cheaper ($24.95 vs. $29.95) and allows you to not only sync and charge your smartphone but also conveniently charge a spare battery (such as the standard 1150mAh Palm battery or the much larger capacity Seidio 2600mAh Extended Battery) thanks to its built-in battery charging slot at the back of the unit.

Cradle for Treo 800w

This Treo 800w cradle is solid and well built but arguably a bit plain with no particularly attractive design features.  Having said this it also doesn’t look out of place on my desk and stays firmly in place thanks to six large rubber feet at the base.

 Treo 800w cradle - battery & connector Treo 800w cradle - back

Your Treo 800w slots quickly and easily into the microUSB connector at the front but because the base is form-fitting it will not accomodate skin cases such as the very popular and extremely well designed Seidio FlexArmor skin case.

Cradle for Treo 800w - front

While the Mobi Products Cradle for Treo 800w is my top choice there are however a few things that could be improved.  For starters, the manufacturer chose to use a miniUSB charging connector at the back instead of the microUSB that the Treo 800w uses so you won’t be able to use the included wall charger to power your smartphone.  Next is the somewhat complicated internal wiring which uses two separate power blocks – the first (USB) only sync & charges your Treo 800w while the second (wall charger) only charges your battery.  Clearly I would have preferred the wall charger to simultaneously charge _both_ the battery and my smartphone (particularly when for example the cradle is used by your bedside and not at your desk).

Overall, even with the minor above complaints, I feel that this Mobi Products Treo 800w Cradle is by far the best available choice today as it offers excellent value, very good build quality and rather conveniently and importantly also includes an essential built-in spare battery charger.

Separately, below you’ll find some more bestselling Treo 800w accessories which are all Editor’s Choice products as well:

1. Motorola MicroUSB High Performance Car Charger
Treo 800w Car ChargerPower and battery life has been one of the most debated issues with the Treo 800w.  However, it’s evident that the combined use of 3G + WiFi + GPS on a daily basis will drain power on this smartphone faster and this is presumably the reason for the popularity of this Treo 800w car charger (along with a battery and spare wall charger) which allows you to keep your device fully charged while driving to or from work or while on the go.

This Motorola MicroUSB High Performance Car Charger in particular is extremely well built and beautifully designed with a strong and durable coil for extendable reach and the unique lens illuminates when plugged into your vehicle's power socket

Only $14.95 – See More Treo 800w Car Chargers  

2. Seidio Spring Clip Holster Un-Skinned
Treo 800w HolsterThe newly released high quality and custom-fitting Treo 800w holster from Seidio provides the convenience of always having your smartphone by your side and also offers the fastest way to answer your phone within close reach.

Only $29.95 – See More Treo 800w Holsters  

3. Smartphone Experts Screen Protectors (3-Pack)
Treo 800w Screen ProtectorsAs I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions, most seasoned Treonauts know full well that the touchscreen is not only one of the most delicate components of their smartphone but also one prone to scratches if unprotected.  These Smartphone Experts Screen Protectors ensure peace of mind.

Only $15.95 – See More Treo 800w Screen Protectors  

4. SPE P6 Pouch Case
Treo 800w CaseGiven the fact that this P6 Pouch Case has been the bestselling case for all Treo smartphones for over two year it should not be surprising to see that it’s also one of the most popular for Treo 800w owners.  Its extremely sturdy build combined with a large and strong front magnetic flap combined with its low price continue to make the P6 one of the best value products.

Only $19.95 – See More Treo 800w Cases 

5. Motorola MicroUSB Rapid Travel Charger
Treo 800w Wall ChargerAdding to the Treo 800w “power kit” this Rapid Travel Charger from Motorola is not only perfect for travel as it’s very small and light but also ideal for recharging your smartphone quickly as it does so in just 120 minutes.

Only $19.95 – See More Treo 800w Wall Chargers

Treonauts always find the best solutions

Posted by Andrew on October 15, 2008 at 11:13 AM

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by John Elliott | Oct 16, 2008 10:45:29 AM

I ordered the Amzer cradle from another store over two months ago and it finally arrived. At the time it was the only Treo 800 cradle I could find that included a spare battery charger. Works like a charm, but is $26.95 and takes waaaaayyyy too long to ship!

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