Willing to give it a try, drop me a line
One interesting fact is that the power adapter it comes with is only rated at 750mAh, as opposed to the 850mAh of the regular Droid 3 charger. Not sure why they opted to go this route, other than cost.
Bought but am returning. As a previous user said, it's a cheap piece of plastic, and dose not have the nice weight of the Droid 1 dock.
Also, you can't charge it in the dock if it's plugged in though USB, it only charges if the dock is plugged into the wall, which is the final dealbreaker.
Last edited by DrForester; 07-17-2011 at 08:25 AM.
If I recall correctly, does the D3 have the "smart dock" feature that lets the phone "remember" the settings for each dock?
That leads me to believe there's no magnet anywhere, I think it might be in the MicroUSB itself this time.
Howdy gents, first time posting, and i wanted to enlighten everyone, and hopefully provide a way to modify the D3 dock to transmit data.
I owned the OG Droid and loved it. I rooted it strictly for root access. It treated me nicely over the last two years so I'm making it my PMP. I picked up my D3 yesterday and got the dock too, even after reading this topic. I had dismantled my D1 dock earlier that same day, and had an idea. I read that someone was a little worried about taking their new dock apart, but I am not. I once made my living refurbishing home and office printers, so I know how to take electronics apart without leaving a trace.
Now that I've got my intro in, I wanted to explain the major differences between the D1 dock and the D3 dock. (due to forum constraints, I have to break up the post to a few separate ones to accommodate the 5 pic per post rule.)
After dismantling the D1 dock, I made a quick parts list in my head;top and bottom plastic pieces, steel or iron weight, Micro USB cable and its bracket. You can see most of the parts in the pictures, how everything looks inside and you might even get the same idea I did.
After I got home from the Verizon store yesterday, I set my phone up, tested out the dock for a second, then set about dismantling it. My mental list came up a bit lengthier; top and bottom plastic pieces, middle plastic bezel, mini HDMI extension cable and bracket (the bracket also keeps the Micro USB cable in place), Micro USB cable with controller board and 3.5 jack connected. There's no weight added here, but the quality of the plastic and injection molding are very similiar, but the D1 still wins in rigidity.
The the idea I had really came to life once I took out the Micro USB controller board and cable from the D3 dock. I saw that the male end of the Micro USB cable (the part that actually inserts into the phone) was the exact same shape and length of the D1 cable... So I thought swapping them was worth a try.
Last edited by Warglock; 07-18-2011 at 09:09 AM.
The cable from the D1 was a perfect fit into the slot. It also fits in the bracket that holds the HDMI cable in place as well keeping it well seated. With some strips of electrical tape I routed the female end of the D1 cable to the Micro USB port on the back side of the D3 dock. I don't have a hot glue gun I couldn't properly secure it, so I plugged the dock into my computer.
Lo and behold, it works. The drawback, no dock screen pops up, so IMNOTMIKAL's theory that the cable was the trigger was partially true. I believe it's the controller board. If there is anyone out there who knows how a proper USB cable is wired, it might be possible to make some form of modification to keep the dock-screen functionality and add data transfer at the same time. If anyone is interested in better quality pictures, or specific ones, I would be more than happy to provide them. I would also be tempted to do some soldering if someone were kind enough to provide one...
PS: All pictures except the one showing my D3 in it's dock showing PC connectivity(taken with my old D1) were taken with the D3. As some reviews have said, the white balance is quite blue, but only on most of the pictures. The ones that weren't tinted blue look pretty decent for a camera phone. I am using a lightbulb that has a specific color temperature (5500k) which is pure white.
Last edited by Warglock; 07-18-2011 at 09:10 AM.