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By Cptnodegard, Senior Member on 17th January 2012, 09:46 PM
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Ever since I got the S2 I've been a bit concerned about that stupid microUSB port. Unlike the Apple 30 pin on my old iPhone or the Samsung 30 pin on my Galaxy Tab, the microUSB connection seems about as sturdy as a matchstick holding up a house. Standard USB my ass, I'd take something sturdy any day.

Anyways, I figured that with all the microUSB devices supposedly out there, someone would have had to have fixed this by now. Then I searched around and found nothing. Basically what I'm imagining is a simple USB plug that plugs into the connector and expands the USB plug to 4 magnetic connection points similar to the magsafe thing on apple's macbooks or the magnetic cable on the blackberry playbook. You'd then have an adapter on the cable that would snap to the magnetic connector on the phone and allow you to connect the two without stressing your microUSB and also make it faster to get connected.

Is there really nothing like this out there?

18th January 2012, 02:10 AM |#2  
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id get a patent on that quickly if i were you.
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18th January 2012, 02:55 AM |#3  
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Too lazy to get it produced myself so I'm just happy if somone does it at all
18th January 2012, 03:30 AM |#4  
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Wouldn't the magnet interfere with the magnetic sensor of the phone?
18th January 2012, 03:54 AM |#5  
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Wouldn't the magnet interfere with the magnetic sensor of the phone?

Magnetic sensor? You mean the digital compass? Not any more than the Smart Cover would do that for an iPad 2, or any case with a battery lock would do it. Very small magnets we're talking about here, their magnetic effect is next to nothing unless directly paired with another magnet.

Here's the kind of magnet I'd imagine being used:



Aside from the Apple and RIM versions of this, the closest I can think of is the Replug: http://www.replug.com/home.php
Not magnetic, and only for audio. Ofc doesn't have to be magnetic if the concept still works, but pretty much have to be microUSB :P

If you look at the HTC Rhyme, it comes with a charging dock that uses the more common spring loaded pin connection system: http://img.gfx.no/993/993523/topp1.788x525!.JPG
There are pins on the back of the phone that matches up with the three you can see on the cradle. I would be happy with simply something like that, I just don't like how thin and fragile the microUSB connector is compared to 30 pin connectors
19th January 2012, 12:49 PM |#6  
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You'd just be replacing one cable with another, kinda pointless if you ask me. MicroUSB seems sturdy enough to me
19th January 2012, 08:42 PM |#7  
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You'd just be replacing one cable with another, kinda pointless if you ask me. MicroUSB seems sturdy enough to me

It's pretty much a safety feature. No more risk of the USB port bending or anything.

For example, my charger won't reach from the wall socket to my bedside table, so I leave it on the floor. Sometimes when walking around in the morning my foot pulls the cable and yanks my SGS2 across the room. With a magnetic connector like this it would simply disconnect and the phone would stay in pretty much the same place instead of getting dragged around with the cable.
19th January 2012, 10:59 PM |#8  
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It's pretty much a safety feature. No more risk of the USB port bending or anything.

For example, my charger won't reach from the wall socket to my bedside table, so I leave it on the floor. Sometimes when walking around in the morning my foot pulls the cable and yanks my SGS2 across the room. With a magnetic connector like this it would simply disconnect and the phone would stay in pretty much the same place instead of getting dragged around with the cable.

Exactly, furthermore, the microUSB port would be protected from dust and debris, and not have a connector plugged in and out of the thing all the time. Since I got my SII a few weeks ago and started reading up on it I've seen multiple people have microUSB port issues, so it's obviously not that sturdy.

A third benefit would be a universal connector. MicroUSB is technically a universal connector, but take my situation - an iPad 2, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and an SII. Three different connectors for charging and USB. And two of the devices are the same brand! Say what you want about Apple, but when I had an iPhone and an iPad, at least I only needed one charger, one cable. Here I am with two 2011 generation Samsung devices and they're not even compatible. What's even more ironic, Apple has a 30 pin to microUSB adapter now. Where is the Samsung version of that to make the Galaxy Tab microUSB? A magnetic system like this would allow me to plug a magnetic plug into each of my three devices and use the same magnetic cable with them. This could be expanded with receiver adapters - imagine a Apple 30 pin female connector and a magnetic receiver connector all in one small package that would turn any iPhone dock into a whatever-dock.
21st January 2012, 02:57 PM |#9  
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Honnestly, production of this could lead to something great. But dont forget that microUSB has 5 pins, so you need 5 small magnet :P this device could be also made for anyother usb port variant. You would then have an universal usb magnetic port.

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Honnestly, production of this could lead to something great. But dont forget that microUSB has 5 pins, so you need 5 small magnet :P this device could be also made for anyother usb port variant. You would then have an universal usb magnetic port.

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It does, but only uses 4 of them. The last one triggers USB host mode when connected to ground. Normal sized USB is only 4 pins so where you make that move from 5 to 4 doesn't matter
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It does, but only uses 4 of them. The last one triggers USB host mode when connected to ground. Normal sized USB is only 4 pins so where you make that move from 5 to 4 doesn't matter

Theorically, this pin might become usefull one day :P better having it already open for possibility

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