thunderbolt USB port location... ridiculous?

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  1. TheOldFart

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    It is the same as the Droid. They will probably have a charging cradle, perhaps with a magnet to put it into the night clock mode. I don't know if the TB has a magnetic switch like the Droid, but I would bet that it does. The USB port would also be in the correct location to mount into a car dock with a power plug. In my opinion, it's in the correct location for both cradles. I have a Droid and the home cradle and it is more convenient to just drop it into the always plugged in cradle than to have to find the cord and plug it in at night.

    What is the big deal with buying a probably $30 cradle, considering the cost of the phone and just the data plan over 2 years is at least $970?
     
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    At least they corrected the error they made on the Incredible putting the port and volume controls on the same side, so we were never able to get a good landscape desk cradle. Note that the kickstand does work in both landscape and portrait mode, so you can charge and use it as a clock at the same time, but not charge and watch videos at the same time :(

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    because it's a unnecessary when the phone has a kickstand.......... the purpose is borderline defeated.
     
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    So I have thought hard about this subject.. the charge port was a deal breaker but now it is not.. I thought why did they put it there. Well TB is being shown and sold as a Skype phone right? They are wanting this thing to be in the portrait for the video calling and therfore the charge port is fine. But you watch TV, Movies, etc.. I do to.. all day thats all I do on my D1.. Well if you place the port on the bottom then you can't put into portrait and would then negate the skype features and videpo calling. Yes you could still do it in landscape, but that is not how they are marketing it. If you place on the top then when in portrait mode you have the wire out the top and the phone is less stable. NVM having the charge cable and your headphone line right next o each other and well you get the point.. If on the right side then in landscape you have a wire out the top and the phone is less stable, blah blah.. so since they are marketing this thing as a skype device the right side made the most sense.. right?
     
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    It might be defeated for you, but not for me. I would not want to put my phone on the nightstand with a cable attached - too light and easy to knock off. I would much rather have it plugged into a heavier base cradle like I use my Droid. The real advantage of having the kickstand is when you are sitting at a table having a coffee and want to read. I would have no reason to have it plugged in then. Actually, I have never wished that my Droid had a stand, so it really doesn't matter to me. However, the proper location of the charging port for a cradle does matter to me, and the TB has that proper location.
     
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    It's not like it would be some monumental feat of engineering to have a cradle with the charging port on either end instead. Point being, though, that in that case more people would probably opt NOT to purchase the cradle.
     
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    Is it just me or is it a bigger deal the TB doesn't have an hdmi out?

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    That I can agree with. Not having the connection at all is far more important than ranting that it is not in the proper location.
     
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    I personally don't care where the charging port is....i am trying to decide if the hdmi port is worth waiting for the bionic or not

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    This is what is really making me want to wait for the Bionic more than dual core. I have nothing that uses DLNA but HDMI, definitely.
     
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    I keep saying to myself and will I realistically be hooking my phone up to my tv that often...and the answer is most likely no.

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    Agreed. I wasn't implying that you were ranting about the location. Sorry if you thought that.