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THOUGHT: How much do you miss a cradle?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 20.12.04 - 21:33:49 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 8727x
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Back 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 accessory only.

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 charger.

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 her.

Cheers ~ Arne