Custom steel and plexi desktop dock - $5 easy DIY!
Just something I played around with, feel free to make your own and improvise...
-substantial, industrial materials
-access to all controls (yes, even volume)
-integrated charging cord
-some kind of superglue
-4.5" heavy-duty steel hinge ($1.50 like-new at Urban Ore)
-4.5" x 3" x 1/4" piece of Lexan or Plexiglass ($2 or less, TAP Plastics)
-2 rubber feet (~1in deep, ~1/2"diameter) ($1.50, OSH)
-2 small wood screws with finishing washers, a few tacks (cost negligible)
-(optional) 90-degree MicroUSB cord (Prices vary - I have one of these http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rev_prod_title
Loose DIY Guidelines (no guarantees, do your own measuring!)
1) Slice a 1/4" disk off the bottom of each rubber foot with the knife.
2) In one of the foot pieces, carve out a slot for the usb cable so the metal prong sits flush with the surface, secure with tacks and glue.
3) Drill holes in plexiglass and rubber disks slightly smaller than wood screws.
4) Line up and screw together as shown in picture, putting glue between the rubber pieces and the plexiglass. (Screw > Washer > Hinge > Rubber Disk > Plexiglass > Rubber foot) and you're done.