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teh Jax
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Okay, I got this cradle in. Here's the initial quick review. This unit is going to be used on my desk at work.

Pros:
  • This thing really looks nice! The pictures make it look like a bright silver but it's more of a dark silver. If you know much about colors then you probably know that there are blue-based and black-based silvers. This is most certainly a black-based silver.
  • It works! The phone sits snugly in there so you don't have to worry about it falling out or anything (even if you hold it upside down!)
  • It only cost $12 shipped on eBay.
  • This has a very small footprint so you won't have to use up much space on your desk for this.
  • These photos are with the extended battery and cover on the phone, so it's compatible with the stock or extended battery.
  • I expect this will work with the GSM version as well. The bag mine came in was clearly labelled I9250 so I could be wrong on this point, but the auction lists both the i515 and the i9250.
Cons:
  • There is absolutely no way you can get a case in this thing.
  • No way to charge a spare battery with this cradle. That's always been a nice feature of some desktop cradles but not this one.
  • Took ~3 weeks to ship from China.
  • No spare cables or AC adapters or anything came with it. It was very bare bones.
  • Does not work with an MHL adapter. Apparently this is missing some of the required additional pins to support it.
A few photos (more can be found in this post):
Furniture Wood Bumper Automotive tire Gadget

Mobile phone Light Portable communications device Communication Device Mobile device

Communication Device Gadget Grey Audio equipment Bag


p.s. Sorry about the crazy jpg compression. Was trying to get the files to be incredibly small. If you want a better photo, please DM me with an email address and I'll send you the originals.
p.s. #2: The white skin on my phone is from here.

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Was only $12 shipped on ebay. Whatcha's think?

I got one for my desk at work. If I like it, I'll get another 2 for home: 1 for my nightstand so I don't have to fumble around with cables and 1 for my AV Rack with my MHL cable coming out of the back! Then I'll have my "HDMI" dock for less than $20 between this and the $6 MHL cable from Monoprice!

Unfortunately, it ships from China so I may be waiting for a while...
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teh Jax
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Plugging the mhl adapter into the dock may not work. Some docks don't have all the pins connected.

Otherwise, decent looking pickup.
Yeah, that's why I just got one before I buy more. I need a power-only (data would be nice but not important enough for me to care much) cradle for my desk at work so I'll try it out with my MHL adapter at home first. But thanks for the heads up! I'll let people know how good it is once I get it, which is estimated for sometime in Feb.
 

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I saw this today, thought about buying it, but saw it was coming from china and I was in the process of designing my own. I really need a car dock more, my car has no where to put a phone. The other day I had my nexus sitting on the seat next to me, I picked up a bag off the seat and my phone fell on the blacktop. Got a couple of nice chunks out of the back.

Let us know how this works and if you could try it with a case that would be great.
 

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I saw this today, thought about buying it, but saw it was coming from china and I was in the process of designing my own. I really need a car dock more, my car has no where to put a phone. The other day I had my nexus sitting on the seat next to me, I picked up a bag off the seat and my phone fell on the blacktop. Got a couple of nice chunks out of the back.

Let us know how this works and if you could try it with a case that would be great.
Check out ProClip. Expensive but best docks for the car by a long shot. The 2 amp charger is nice being able to charge and no dangling wires.
 

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Just got this in. It looks very nice. I'll try to get pics up tonight. So far, all I've done is put my phone in it and it appears to charge. Only had it ~5 minutes so far. It even has a pretty blue light in it so you know it's charged in (it doesn't change colors while charging or anything though - is just for "sexy technology look" purposes.

At this point, aside from it being very nice looking, my only other comments are:
1. The phone fits very snugly into it with a carbon fiber skin on. It's probably a bit less snug without the skin but there is absolutely no way you can get your phone in there with any kind of case on. 0 chance.
2. The angle that the phone is held up at is just barely sloped. I find myself wishing it was sloped a bit more so it was angled upwards rather than straight forward. There is a slant there but just barely. If I get one of these for a night stand and for on top of my A/V rack (if MHL works via it - I'll test this later), then the slope will be perfect for there but the primary reason I bought this was for my desk at work and for that, the slope isn't ideal.

I saw this today, thought about buying it, but saw it was coming from china and I was in the process of designing my own. I really need a car dock more, my car has no where to put a phone.
See my points above. The tight fit might make this a viable option to be part of your car dock that you're working on building. However, there's no way you can get a case in there - no way at all unless the case doesn't cover anything on the bottom of the phone, at which point, it'd be a pretty dumb case. :p
 

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Just got this in. It looks very nice. I'll try to get pics up tonight. So far, all I've done is put my phone in it and it appears to charge. Only had it ~5 minutes so far. It even has a pretty blue light in it so you know it's charged in (it doesn't change colors while charging or anything though - is just for "sexy technology look" purposes.

At this point, aside from it being very nice looking, my only other comments are:
1. The phone fits very snugly into it with a carbon fiber skin on. It's probably a bit less snug without the skin but there is absolutely no way you can get your phone in there with any kind of case on. 0 chance.
2. The angle that the phone is held up at is just barely sloped. I find myself wishing it was sloped a bit more so it was angled upwards rather than straight forward. There is a slant there but just barely. If I get one of these for a night stand and for on top of my A/V rack (if MHL works via it - I'll test this later), then the slope will be perfect for there but the primary reason I bought this was for my desk at work and for that, the slope isn't ideal.

See my points above. The tight fit might make this a viable option to be part of your car dock that you're working on building. However, there's no way you can get a case in there - no way at all unless the case doesn't cover anything on the bottom of the phone, at which point, it'd be a pretty dumb case. :p
I'd be very interested to know if MHL works with this. Keep us posted!

Thanks.
 

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Looks cool Jax. I need a freakin dock but don't want to have to de-case it every night. Why can't someone make one that fits with a case?
 

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Looks cool Jax. I need a freakin dock but don't want to have to de-case it every night. Why can't someone make one that fits with a case?
Like this? I believe that has a silicon insert that you can remove if you have a TPU case on your phone to allow it to still fit. I thought about getting that one but decided I wanted a purdier one. :)
 

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Like this? I believe that has a silicon insert that you can remove if you have a TPU case on your phone to allow it to still fit. I thought about getting that one but decided I wanted a purdier one. :)
I thought I had heard someone say it still didn't fit well with extended battery and tpu. Maybe I will try anyway.
 

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I'm liking that a lot but like nate I always rock my otter box case(which ever is the thinner one) and not sure if one is made to fit with this case that would be cool tho.
Definitely don't expect this cradle to work with your Otterbox Commuter (the Defender is the tank-proof case whereas the Commuter is for those on the go and need it to be lower profile). Personally, I like my Nexus naked (despite having the skin on in the photos).
 

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does mhl work with this down? had an idea if if the mhl adapter doesnt work with the dock. if someone is willing to is there any way someone could crack this dock and mhl adapter open and and mod the dock to have the adapter fit inside it?
 

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For those who want a dock that will work with anything and I mean just about ANYTHING the fidelio as111 is what you are looking for



You won't be able to use it as an hdmi dock, but that's what the mhl adapter attached to a box on my tv stand is for (easy to make a cardboard ghetto cradle with a little electric tape, rubber and of course cardboard). That aside, its a great little alarm clock dock despite its somewhat high pricepoint (the audio fidelity is actually pretty good for the price). Got mine on saturday and I can honestly tell you it woke me up this morning in time to get to the study hall on campus.

I know this pic shows the nexus s, but it definitely fits the galaxy nexus, I'll update with my own pictures when I get home if I remember (I'm sick so I might just pass out instead)
 
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