[MOD] Verizon GNex w/ Play Store Desktop Dock w/ Pogo Pin

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litso

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Jul 4, 2010
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So I've been wanting the landscape Desktop Dock with Pogo Pin for my Verizon Galaxy Nexus for quite some time. When they went up on the Play store for $54 I decided to take the plunge. Everywhere I read that the phone would not fit in the dock, it would slowly rise up out of the dock and lose connection with the Pogo Pins. Well, I figured it should be a pretty simple job to modify the dock so that my Verizon phone would fit in it. I wasn't wrong.

The project isn't 100% finished, but its fully functional. All I need to do now is make it look prettier, IF ANYONE KNOWS OF SOME FORM OF PAINT OR FINISHER THAT RESEMBLES SOFT-TOUCH RUBBER PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Basically all I did was take some 220 grit sandpaper to it, then followed up with some 400 grit to smooth it out. The process took me quite a while because every time I would finish it with the 400 grit the phone would once again start sliding up and lose connection with the pins. I found that you will either need to remove quite a lot of material, or leave the surface relatively rough so that it grips the phone and holds it in place. I initially started with some 100 grit paper, but you have to be very careful as this will gouge the plastic pretty bad. You can smooth it out, but it will take a lot of work. If I did it again I'd start with some 180 grit or so for the primary material removal, then smooth it out with some 250 or 300 grit.

I left the phone all night in the dock and it did not lose connection. I have had it in the dock all morning, with some light use, and the connection hasn't been lost. I am running AOKP B37 and the phone immediately launches the clock app and begins charging when I place it in the dock. Also, the phone charges at AC rate when the dock is connected to a wall outlet. I haven't tested when connected to my PC via USB. Data transfer doesn't work over the Pogo Pins anyway so there isn't really any point to connect it to your PC. AUDIO OUT VIA A PAIR OF CHEAP PC SPEAKERS WORKS FLAWLESSLY, IT IS NOT USING BLUETOOTH.

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I initially tried sanding down only the side to the left of the pogo pins, where the bottom of the phone rests. Unfortunately this did not work, I had to remove some material down the entire length of the dock. I also found it very important to sand down the inside edges of the front ridge running along the bottom and sides. Its relatively easy to remove a decent amount of material from these sides, and will help the phone rest on the pogo pins. I also remove a good amount of material from the 'groove' where the top and bottom of the phone slide in.

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Its not the prettiest thing right now, but it is functional and I think with a little more sanding and the proper paint I'll be able make it look almost like new.

If you're like me and love having a dock on your desk, don't be afraid to try this out! Its very easy and as long as you don't mind the dock looking a little scuffed.
 

BrandT90

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Thanks. I was really curious how others would approach fitting their Verizon Galaxy Nexus in this dock along with their experiences doing so. Pretty simple fix. I may just try to do this myself.
 

hlaalu

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Looks good so far. Just some tips from my experience with this kinda stuff, you need to work up to at least 2000 grit paper. This will get rid of the sanding lines. Also I wouldn't bother with the rubberized material, it's expensive and not going to match anyways. You could go with the cheap plastidip but it will surely come off after a few dozen uses of the dock.

You're definitely on the right track... I would just keep sanding off a little more material at a time until the phone fits without sliding up, then either leave or sand the whole dock and paint the whole thing.
 

litso

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Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely keep that in mind. My primary concern was getting it functional, which it is.

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ficklecycler

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For a soft touch-like surface you can try using spray on plasti-dip. Its a material that you may have seen for dipping tool handles in. It has a nice rubberized surface that covers well. You can get it in black (and a few more colors online) and it isn't terribly expensive. Remember, light coats always.

The actual finish that gets used for on phones and consumer products that we call soft touch is really expensive for you and I to buy. I tried getting some one time for a project and was quoted something like $90/pint. Good luck!
 

Zenoran

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I ordered this dock thinking it would work with a minimal amount of Modding but the design of the dock is molded very specific to the size of the GSM phone. Your fix us encouraging but is it really worth all that work sanding down that beautiful finish? I'm thinking the dock from Samsung might just be the better choice if it ever gets off back order.
 

litso

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I ordered this dock thinking it would work with a minimal amount of Modding but the design of the dock is molded very specific to the size of the GSM phone. Your fix us encouraging but is it really worth all that work sanding down that beautiful finish? I'm thinking the dock from Samsung might just be the better choice if it ever gets off back order.

The samsung dock for i515 would certainly be preferable, but I was tired of waiting and didn't like the $90 price tag. It was really not much work to sand it down, maybe an hour total just because I was constantly stopping and checking to see how the phone fit. I plan on touching it up a bit and making it look nicer. To be honest though, I'm the only one who ever really sees it, and whenever I see it my phone is in it so I can't even tell :).
 
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hlaalu

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The samsung dock for i515 would certainly be preferable, but I was tired of waiting and didn't like the $90 price tag. It was really not much work to sand it down, maybe an hour total just because I was constantly stopping and checking to see how the phone fit. I plan on touching it up a bit and making it look nicer. To be honest though, I'm the only one who ever really sees it, and whenever I see it my phone is in it so I can't even tell :).

Yeah I think I'm going to try and contact Samsung to see what the deal is before I buy and mod this one. I mean we've been waiting six months now, it's ridiculous!
 

guod2002

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TLDR Answer: Rubberized Undercoating

I read this thread the other day and happened to think of a possible solution. If you are familiar with rubberized undercoating for vehicles, this may offer a similar texture to the stock finish. Basically its rubber coating in an aerosol can for preventing rust on the underside of vehicles. It probably wouldn't work too well straight from an aerosol can but if you sprayed some into a jar then thinned it out with lacquer thinner/paint thinner and either lightly brushed it on even sprayed it through an airbrush if available I bet you could get close. I'd just test it out on an old piece of metal or something first and you could even tweak the color by adding a little flat or semi gloss paint to match the stock dock color.

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Zenoran

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The samsung dock for i515 would certainly be preferable, but I was tired of waiting and didn't like the $90 price tag. It was really not much work to sand it down, maybe an hour total just because I was constantly stopping and checking to see how the phone fit. I plan on touching it up a bit and making it look nicer. To be honest though, I'm the only one who ever really sees it, and whenever I see it my phone is in it so I can't even tell :).

Ya good points. I still have this dock and am tempted to just try this out instead of shipping it back to Google. Thanks very much for the post. :)
 

EC8ECH

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IF ANYONE KNOWS OF SOME FORM OF PAINT OR FINISHER THAT RESEMBLES SOFT-TOUCH RUBBER PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Might give this a go...

"Plasti Dip"

It's used a lot by car modders to give a flat black plastic look to chrome and other trim. Might work, but masking would be difficult.

Other option would be to just polish with finer grits until you match the dull plastic finish.
 

aagvain

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thanks to op for idea.

i did the same and phone stays in place. not crazy about the look but i was able to get the sanded parts fairly smooth using 400+ grit. im pretty sure if you spent enough time on it you could get it to look pretty good.

to be honest though if the i515 dock was readily available i would probably spend the extra $ for it so as not to have to expend the elbow grease
 

zkolev

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Awesome!

I just received my $54 dock this week and was going to hit it with the sandpaper this weekend to make room for my VZ Gnex. This post/thread is super helpful! Thanks!!!
 
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    So I've been wanting the landscape Desktop Dock with Pogo Pin for my Verizon Galaxy Nexus for quite some time. When they went up on the Play store for $54 I decided to take the plunge. Everywhere I read that the phone would not fit in the dock, it would slowly rise up out of the dock and lose connection with the Pogo Pins. Well, I figured it should be a pretty simple job to modify the dock so that my Verizon phone would fit in it. I wasn't wrong.

    The project isn't 100% finished, but its fully functional. All I need to do now is make it look prettier, IF ANYONE KNOWS OF SOME FORM OF PAINT OR FINISHER THAT RESEMBLES SOFT-TOUCH RUBBER PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

    Basically all I did was take some 220 grit sandpaper to it, then followed up with some 400 grit to smooth it out. The process took me quite a while because every time I would finish it with the 400 grit the phone would once again start sliding up and lose connection with the pins. I found that you will either need to remove quite a lot of material, or leave the surface relatively rough so that it grips the phone and holds it in place. I initially started with some 100 grit paper, but you have to be very careful as this will gouge the plastic pretty bad. You can smooth it out, but it will take a lot of work. If I did it again I'd start with some 180 grit or so for the primary material removal, then smooth it out with some 250 or 300 grit.

    I left the phone all night in the dock and it did not lose connection. I have had it in the dock all morning, with some light use, and the connection hasn't been lost. I am running AOKP B37 and the phone immediately launches the clock app and begins charging when I place it in the dock. Also, the phone charges at AC rate when the dock is connected to a wall outlet. I haven't tested when connected to my PC via USB. Data transfer doesn't work over the Pogo Pins anyway so there isn't really any point to connect it to your PC. AUDIO OUT VIA A PAIR OF CHEAP PC SPEAKERS WORKS FLAWLESSLY, IT IS NOT USING BLUETOOTH.

    2012-06-05.jpg


    2012-06-05.jpg


    I initially tried sanding down only the side to the left of the pogo pins, where the bottom of the phone rests. Unfortunately this did not work, I had to remove some material down the entire length of the dock. I also found it very important to sand down the inside edges of the front ridge running along the bottom and sides. Its relatively easy to remove a decent amount of material from these sides, and will help the phone rest on the pogo pins. I also remove a good amount of material from the 'groove' where the top and bottom of the phone slide in.

    2012-06-05.jpg


    2012-06-05.jpg


    Its not the prettiest thing right now, but it is functional and I think with a little more sanding and the proper paint I'll be able make it look almost like new.

    If you're like me and love having a dock on your desk, don't be afraid to try this out! Its very easy and as long as you don't mind the dock looking a little scuffed.
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    Pictures of my sanding.
    Both are post sanding pictures. It isn't even visible from a direct front view.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
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    Hey guys, I hate to come in late to the party like this, but I found a much simpler, prettier method to getting your charger to work, with tons less effort. If there is a way to get around tedious work, I will find it.

    After staring at the dock and messing with it for a while, I noticed that the reason it would creep back up was the left side of the dock was a little too snug. So, rather than pull out the sandpaper and grind it all down, I whipped out my handy utility knife and shaved off a little of the left edge of the base. It really didn't take much shaving before it fit snugly in the base and didn't rise back up.
    I have been charging it and playing music with it and have yet to have a problem!

    If not for this thread though, I would have spent a lot more money on the LTE dock, so thanks for the OP for being willing to use your dock as a guinea pig!

    Edit: I should also mention that I am using the Extended battery.
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    I ordered this dock thinking it would work with a minimal amount of Modding but the design of the dock is molded very specific to the size of the GSM phone. Your fix us encouraging but is it really worth all that work sanding down that beautiful finish? I'm thinking the dock from Samsung might just be the better choice if it ever gets off back order.

    The samsung dock for i515 would certainly be preferable, but I was tired of waiting and didn't like the $90 price tag. It was really not much work to sand it down, maybe an hour total just because I was constantly stopping and checking to see how the phone fit. I plan on touching it up a bit and making it look nicer. To be honest though, I'm the only one who ever really sees it, and whenever I see it my phone is in it so I can't even tell :).
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    So I just got my dock yesterday and took some sandpaper to it. I used 400 grit on JUST the left side. My phone fit after about 3 min of sanding. It felt like all I really took off was the rubberized coating. The amount of sanding was very minimal. You can barely even tell I've modified it.

    I've let the phone sit for a few hours to test with no connection issues.

    I tried to post a link to the pics but I am a new user. I'll try to upload them in a bit.


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