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By Kebab3000, Member on 20th November 2010, 12:53 PM
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Does anyone know if the HTC Desire Z support a proper docking station like the Motorola Milestone does?

I've bought some cheapo dock off Amazon, and it charges the phone fine, but there doesn't seem to be a special dock mode like the Milestone had (it used to know it was in the dock by rotating the screen and acting like a Desk Clock). Strangely, the desire Z has a desk clock app, but the app doesn't automatically start, nor does it use landscape mode unless you open the keyboard.

This could either be because its a cheapo dock or the desire Z just lacks the magnetic switch to tell the phone that it's in a dock. Anyone know?
22nd November 2010, 09:45 PM |#2  
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Which dock did you purchase? I haven't been able to find any on Amazon specifically for the Desire Z (tried searching as the G2 also). I have seen a few different ones on Ebay but they all look cheap and are coming from overseas...
22nd November 2010, 09:51 PM |#3  
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It's this one:
w w w . a m a z o n . c o . u k /gp/product/B004AH22NC/ref=oss_product
(sorry, newbies can't post proper links)

It has one captive USB cable that goes to your computer, then a micro-USB socket that connects to your charger. It looks pretty cheap and nasty and doesn't completely surround the side of the Desire Z, so you have to 'aim' it onto the USB connector that sticks out of the base.

It's ok, but not great.
22nd November 2010, 10:13 PM |#4  
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That looks just like the ones that are being sold on Ebay. Price is about the same but they are shipping from Hong Kong...
23rd November 2010, 09:19 AM |#5  
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Tbh, it's a bit rubbish. I just found out that if I have it plugged into both a computer (for syncing) and the charger (for charging when my computer is off at night), it will get confused and won't send any power to the phone (the amber/green LED isn't turned). It also causes my computers bios to hang for 10-15 seconds when it boots.

I wouldn't recommend getting it. Hopefully someone makes a better dock
23rd November 2010, 05:16 PM |#6  
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Thanks for the heads up as I was considering ordering one for myself (would take 2-3 weeks to get here anyhow). I'm sure its only a matter of time until someone makes a more official one for the G2 or the Desire Z.
25th November 2010, 10:01 AM |#7  
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yesterday i recieved the docking station from Ebay

: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=250725370529 :

Quality is awesome, long cable.. fits perfect on my desk.. if you search for a dockingstation i recomen this 1.
6th December 2010, 09:06 PM |#8  
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Ordered the one in Roachie's post.
Now waiting for it
11th December 2010, 06:47 AM |#9  
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some pics:


11th December 2010, 04:41 PM |#10  
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@sergioka: Are you satisfied with build quality and overall impression?
12th December 2010, 02:16 AM |#11  
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It has a good quality,
but it was a little bit hard to put the device on it, because of the usb connector.
You should put the docking station on a higher place to look on the display, the device looks only to one direction, to the front.

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