in the early days of the Pocket PCs, it was good "tradition" to deliver the
device with a cradle and also the first Smartphone like the HTC Canary, Tanager
or Voyager included one. Now it seems to become more and more common to send the
new devices without cradles - doesn't matter if Pocket PC or Smartphone. For
instance neither the Motorola MPx220 nor the Orange SPV C500 or the HTC Magician
(T-Mobile MDA compact) includes a cradle anymore but it's available as separate
As long as my phones were just phones I had no real use for the cradles other
than for charging but even this was convenient. Now where I have to charge my
devices even oftener as well as I want to sync them with my PC(s) most of them
doesn't includes a cradle anymore out of the box. To be honest - this annoys me
a little bit and the user experience is slightly lost - without a cradle. I hate
it to fumble the cable into the plug - good old days where I just plugged the
device into the cradle and when it was charged and synchronized.
Does it makes the devices cheaper? At least the package excludes one (not so
expensive) part but I'm not sure if the devices became cheaper at all. If the
OEMs take the profit - "no problem at all" - at least that's how capitalism
works but from the user point of view I miss my cradles. :-(
- It was so easy and convenient in the morning when you left the house:
you know where your Pocket PC or Smartphone were and it was charged.
- It was so easy and convenient when you entered the office: it was always
the same place to put the device to get it charged and synchronized.
- It was so easy and convenient in the evening when you came home since
you know where to put your device to get it charged for the next day.
Today it's a little bit different:
- In the morning I'm permanently looking around to find my devices - just
to find out I forgot to charge it over night.
- In the office I forget pretty often to synchronize it every time I'm
adding a new appointment just to notice later in the meeting that I don't
have the latest appointments or Notes with me.
- In the evening I have no clue where to put my device which brings me
back to the morning where I recognized I should have connected it with the
I'm always a little bit jealous of my girlfriend if she simply puts her Smartphone
into the cradle in the evening - well, she will do it at least until Christmas,
then she will get an "upgrade" - "for sure" without a cradle which might be a downgrade for
Cheers ~ Arne