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Computerized Investing > October 13, 2012

SEIDO Desktop Charging Cradle

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by CI Staff

$29.95

The SEIDIO Desktop Charging Cradle for USB smartphones does exactly what it is designed to do.

The SEIDO Desktop Charging Cradle holds the phone upright and charges it in a reasonable time. It allows flawless syncing to a computer without any problems. The cradle also has a minimal footprint, taking up very little space on the desk.

Using the cradle for the first time is a bit awkward. The phone needs to be placed downward directly onto the USB connector. It took about a week to get the movement down, but after that, it is easy to use.

The cradle only works with USB smartphones (models are available for Blackberry, Treo, iPhone, HTC and Samsung). The model I reviewed was for HTC phones, but I was able to attach it to the new Samsung Galaxy S III. However, the USB port on the HTC EVO 4G—and likely other HTC phones—is backward from those used on devices from other manufacturers. This means that the Galaxy S III faces away from the raised backing on the cradle, which is designed to keep the phone upright. I noticed the same thing when I attached smartphones made by Motorola and LG. So, be sure you get the model specific to your device.

A small light turns green when the phone is fully charged. The light is tiny, however, and easy to overlook. On the other hand, it is not distracting either.

A micro-USB cable is included.

Pros:

  • Small footprint

SEIDO Desktop Charging Cradle

$29.95 for HTC model (prices range from $29.95 to $39.95 depending on model)

Charles Rotblut, CFA is a vice president at AAII and editor of the AAII Journal. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/CharlesRAAII.


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