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Unlike the regular in-the-box cradles, the Mini Cradle has a unique, modern design complete with built-in lighting and a silver metallic base. Kris Keilhack brings us a excellent review of palmOne's stylish mini cradle accessory.
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too bad...

GregGaub @ 8/6/2004 10:10:30 PM #
palmOne seems to be moving to mini-USB connected devices rather than Universal Connectors. Personally, I hope they stick with UC, but I have a feeling it will be otherwise.

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RE: too bad...
Gekko @ 8/6/2004 10:48:52 PM #
It's a mini-cradle using UC and reg USB. not a mini-usb cradle.

RE: too bad...
The Black Moose @ 8/7/2004 12:04:49 AM #
True, I saw the headline and thought, "hmmm... interesting, a cradle for Tungsten E owners."

The article obviously showed it to be UC, but the title needed clarification. I wonder if a mini USB cradle (mini USB connection) would fly if introduced. Thoughts, people? I personally think syncing with bluetooth and only hooking up a charge cable would be my style when I get a Zire 72.

RE: too bad...
Wollombi @ 8/7/2004 2:00:16 AM #
Personally, I like having a cradle better. Oh, I have a cable for travel and work, but on my desk a cradle provides a little more organization, and it's just more aesthetically pleasing IMO. Also, I like being able to stand the Palm up in the cradle and have it double as a clock or a dynamic photo album while it is charging.

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RE: too bad...
Strider_mt2k @ 8/8/2004 9:07:58 AM #
They should make one with the mini USB.
It might make it easier for someone to hack a WIFI solution together for those that want it.



RE: too bad...
alanh @ 8/9/2004 9:28:46 AM #
The Blue Moose:

Bluetooth hotsyncing works OK in my experience, but it it significantly slower than USB. I estimate that it doubled or tripled my Hotsync time.



-alan

I like the big light up tombstone

Strider_mt2k @ 8/7/2004 7:11:21 AM #
When your Palm dies you can use it to mark the grave.

RE: I like the big light up tombstone
Strider_mt2k @ 8/7/2004 5:15:00 PM #
Ahh, maybe it's to mark the death of the "Universal" Connector!

RE: I like the big light up tombstone
lamp @ 8/9/2004 12:28:12 AM #
>>When your Palm dies you can use it to mark the grave.

Yuk Yuk. Is this comment a play on words "from cradle to grave?"



Not an appropriate buy IMO

vesther @ 8/7/2004 1:35:37 PM #
I realized after knowing that PalmOne is swaying away from the Universal Connector that I have to declare this one not an appropriate buy. My main complaint is that you cannot darken your room unless you unplug the Power Outlet for this baby, so stick either with the standard cradle, or just steer away from this baby, since future PalmOne handhelds will not use this kind of cradled connector anymore.

Intel PXA27X, Motorola's ARM Processor, or Texas Instruments OMAP? Pick one Palm Enthusiasts, the choice should be yours. When handheld makers make you choose the ARM Processor, you win.
RE: Not an appropriate buy IMO
vesther @ 8/8/2004 1:11:46 PM #
Furthermore, the rise of Sync Cables contributes to the dimming value of these cradles.

In the future: Bluetooth replaces IR, there will be a Bluetooth Keyboard, there will be a new, more cost-efficient connector with a HotSync Button (which should be an amalgamation of Apple's iPod Dock Connector and PalmOne's Universal Connector Cigarette Cable) with dual-charging capabilities.

My ideal Connector for PalmOne Handhelds: HotSync/Charging Combo Cable that can be charged through a FireWire Connection and an AC Adapter Plugin, ala iPod Cable.

Intel PXA27X, Motorola's ARM Processor, or Texas Instruments OMAP? Pick one Palm Enthusiasts, the choice should be yours. When handheld makers make you choose the ARM Processor, you win.

Must be a slow news day

MasterSamwise @ 8/7/2004 10:06:43 PM #
So what, we're reviewing cradles now? How about a T|E review or a review of one of the new Clies, or of the iQue 3200.

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RE: Must be a slow news day
hkklife @ 8/8/2004 9:15:35 PM #
I don't have a T|E, a Clie, or a Garmin. I wanted to get a quick review posted on PIC and I decided to use a peripheral that I had purchased a few months ago and had immediate access to. I'll gladly write another review in exchange for any of the above items ;-)

I just figured that since these UC USB cradles are popping up on the 'net for low prices nowadays, some folks might want to snag one for sentimental purposes or the cool factor or whatever. I really hope that this isn't that last PalmOne-branded cradle that we'll be seeing, however. They need to reissue this one in mini-usb flavor and price it a bit less. Addiitionally, PalmOne needs to standardize on a location for the charger & mini-usb ports (hopefully on the bottom where the current UC is and with no Zire 31-style flap over them) so that such a beast can be produced.

If this thing had been released 2 years ago at half the MSRP, there would be a great deal of interest in it, IMHO.

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