Motorola Docking station

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  1. idahojoe23
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    Not sure if anyone has covered this yet. I am looking to get the docking station. Was wondering what people that of this.

    Thanks
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    I love the docking station. I use it at night for my alarm clock and I love not having to roll over in the middle of the night to unlock my phone just to see what time it is. I also bring it to work an use it there, no real benefit but I think its cool.

    I'm thinking of picking up a second one and I don't know what the difference is between the one at best buy for $40 and the one at verizon for $30 except the one at best buy comes with the rapid charger. If the rapid charger has a longer usb cord then I will definitely spend the extra ten to get the one at best buy but if it's the same length or not usb then I'll just get the one at Verizon. Anyone have an answer to this?
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    I'm not sure about the differnce between the two, but if the cable length is a problem, you can pick up one of these Amazon.com: Belkin F3U134-06 USB Extension Cable - 6ft: Electronics
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    The only thing I don't like about mine is the fact that the screen does not stay lit. You can only have it displayed for a max of 30 min. (unless I just don't know how to do otherwise *hint hint*)
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    1. The official Motorola Multimedia Station comes with a rapid charger. It's listed as $30 on Vzw's website and with the ACC20 code, you get 20% off and free overnight shipping (and tax free in most states).

    2. Any micro USB cable will work as an extension to the short, 3ft cable. You can find cables at monoprice.com for dirt cheap. Just pick the length you need/want.

    3. Don't use or buy any 3rd party chargers of any kind for the DROID. People have reported really odd behavior that can only be accounted to using a non OEM charger.

    4. To keep the screen lit while in the cradle, the phone has to be connected to the wall charger. USB on your PC is only rated at 500mAh (the wall charger is 1100mAh) and will not keep the screen lit.
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    PLEASE search and read the existing threads.
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    Thanks for the code, I just ordered the docking station and car mount, saved me $12.:icon_ banana:

    Think I'm going to try using my droid as my alarm clock as mentioned earlier.
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    My Droid wakes me every morning with it's rooster call! I can't comment on the Moto Dock as I use my own product, but can say that it's great to have such an awesome alarm clock built into the Droid! That's gotta be worth at least twenty bucks for a normal nightstand alarm clock. You know, you add up all these little perks (alarm clock, GPS unit, camera, etc.) and the Droid is a relatively cheap investment! Especially as it also has a phone buried inside! ;)

    And since I get such a great personal discount on my own docks (hee hee) I've got one in every room of my house, including three at my job! ;) I'm wondering why all the other phone manufacturers do not have this feature (multimedia mode) incorporated into their products!

    A plug for monoprice here - I've purchased a dozen micro usb cables (6' and 10' lengths) and their stuff is first class! Buck and change each is easy on the wallet also! :)
    cuskit
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    Please forgive the newb question but what is "docked"? Is it when you have it plugged into the USB on your computer?

    Thanks.
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    Cuskit is a shameless promoter but he can be forgiven in view of the fact that he makes/sells a great product.

    I decided against the Verizon dock because it won't work with a plastic case, e.g. Seidio. Cuskit's Micradle, on the other hand, accommodates virtually any case that I've seen as the photo above suggests. I have mine on my desk connected to the wall socket and it works like a charm.
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    AHA! So that is the explanation. Thanks. I thought I'd noticed the different behavior but wasn't sure.

    I've noticed one other oddity in the Droid's behavior while in dock mode. If I simply connect the Droid and place it in the dock, it goes into dock mode and stays lit. However, if I then push the power button and turn off the screen, when I push the button again to light the screen, it resumes the timed behavior and goes dark after a couple of minutes. To keep it lit, I must remove it from the dock and repeat the docking procedure.
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    i want one, how much? and do i get a discount cuz im from jersey all so.... ffffffoooorrrrgggeeetttaaabbbooouuutt it! lol j/k! i do want one tho
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    If you really want one, for now just go here MOTOROLA DROID MULTIMEDIA DOCK MIKRADLE (CHERRY) NEW! - eBay (item 140373933325 end time Feb-11-10 15:06:09 PST)

    Dougdroid (administrator) has been good enough to invite us to join up here as a Supporting Vendor, and we should have all the details completed within the next week or so. Our banners will then point you to the debut of our upcoming website - but for now follow my link here, or just type MIKRADLE on eBay.

    Did you move to Florida from Jersey? If so - what part of the state did you originally live in?

    cuskit
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    If you download the new Dock APK and install it - it's WAY better FYI.
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    Do you mean the Dock Runner Application for the Droid?
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    I'm curious also - are you speaking of Dock Runner? And if so - why is that so much better than using a dock to implement the Multimedia Mode? Are there different functions with Dockrunner? I had it installed and removed it since the docks automatically turn it on or off without having to use a widget. Me, I'm all about simplifying my life! ;) Not sure what APK means...

    Thanks for your input! :) cuskit
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    No... just like many of us have the new music player from 2.1 and the 5 screens from 2.1 etc.. there is an APK that is in one of these threads that has the new Docking Station software from 2.1.

    I don't recall which thread but I'm sure with a little searching you can find it. Everything is different in the 2.1 Docking Station software - it looks way better, the dimmer really dims - and after 5 minutes it changes to a green clock that moves around your screen. The bottom of the new screen has the same functions but it looks like they are on frosted glass - just very cool.
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    I have a Docking station. It is great. It on my night stand. I have NOT used my alarm clock since I received the doc.

    As mentioned in a previous comment, the plug-in cord was too short for me, I ordered another one on Amazon.

    Monty
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    What kind of pricing do you get at Amazon? Here's a copy of my invoice from monoprice.com for (3) six foot cables (yea - the stock cables ARE much too short). This might help others looking for longer cables - the part number and price are displayed on my attached invoice.

    I had previously ordered ten foot cables, but found them to be TOO long! Looped all over my desk! ;) So I'm awaiting these now. I think monoprice products to be very high quality as well as some excellent pricing. cuskit
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    ya i move to south fl 2 yrs ago and i grew up in bergen county in a town called elmwood park which is next to paterson
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