DIY Z1 charging dock and magnetic charger cable
People used all sorts of stuff to make DIY docks for the XZ, cardboard, plastic, wood, duck tape etc... there's a great thread here with some great low tech solutions:
it'd be interesting to see if the Z1 gets the same DIY love?
Anyway, I've got my z1 today and now need to make a new dock/charger cable and car dock, sadly I'm going to have to start from scratch as my wife wants the ones i made for my xz.
I have some spare sugru and pogo pins so will post back later this weekend once I've put something together
EDIT: added pictures of my first attempt at a maglock cable, it works but is not very neat, the pin polarity is the same as the XZ, the top pin is positive
put some soapy water on the charger contacts and push the sugru in to take an impression, peel off the sugru impression and let it dry overnight( keep the sugru impression thin, the soapy water stops the sugru sticking)
solder pogo pins to tails of an old USB cable
stick pogo pins through the contact positions in the dried sugru impression
use more sugru to make the plug, adding a magnet behind the impression
let it dry
mine comes unnattached from the phone too easily at the moment, but I'll modify it with a longer stronger magnet, although it will do for a desk stand or car dock where the phone is held in place, thus not relying on the magnet to get the contacts in the right position
main phone: Sony Xperia Z1
+ Sony Xperia Z (given to wife but i still tweak it, much to her dismay)
Previous Android phones (RIP):Samsung Galaxy( notes 1 & 2, S2 & S3), Nexus S and original Galaxy; Sony Arc and X10
Who said crapple invented the smartphone??? before Android I used windows mobile and symbian devices for years!