It’s no secret that Seidio makes some of my favorite accessories for BlackBerry. We’ve covered almost every product they offer for BlackBerry 7 devices. Now we we’re lucky enough to put our hands on their famous Desktop Charging Cradle for the popular Bold 9900-9930 series.
One of the first things that I thought about when Seidio was sending this item over was how does it compare to RIM’s own BlackBerry Charging Pod? So I ordered one and began using RIM’s first party product first. I loved RIM’s tiny sleek “desktop solution”. But the addition of the Desktop Charging Cradle by Seidio gives their product a bit of an advantage. RIM keeps it simple. 1) you can not charge with a case on or any protective covering using RIM’s solution. 2) The Bold is not very secure on this tiny Charging Pod from RIM. A slight rumble, tap or miss grab and your unprotected BlackBerry Bold slips out of the pod. I found I have to keep the Charging Pod right in the center of either my nightstand. I cannot open any drawers or forget that my device is there or it may be drastic. On the flipside; I did love to look and feel of RIM’s Charging Pod more. It’s lightweight, has a soft felt-like bottom to keep it from sliding around, as well it does have a nice green LED to let you know your ready to charge. So it really comes down to consumer needs.
My needs fall right into Seidio’s hands. Now I’m using the Desktop Charging Cradle Kit from Seidio. I now have multiple options and never worry about my brand new 9930 taking a spill. Which is what I need to maintain my anxiety.
Days of use — I must admit I’ve been quite greedy with the Charging Cradle. I use it just as often as I can. Some days I am using a case that’s not one of the listed compatible cases above, and on those days I just do battery swaps when the Bold has reached it’s limit. Although the days I’m wearing a simple to remove case I do use the Charging Cradle. With the micro-USB cable I can plug right into the laptop. Now I have my BlackBerry posted in a position where I can see the screen and rock a fair charge at the same moment. Carrying the Cradle up to my room at night isn’t a hassle either as I can just unplug from the back micro then plug right into my bedroom travel charger.
This is the first Seidio Cradle I’ve ever used so I don’t have a previous to compare it to. Though I have found it to be much sturdier and user friendly when compared to alternatives.
Quality — Seidio has never disappointed with their products in the past. Everything packed inside with the Desktop Charging Cradle is a good quality as well. I’ve dropped the cradle from about 3 feet a couple times. No damage whatsoever. It takes no time to figure out how to use the Cradle. You have one insert for using with your Bold without a case. Remove the insert to use with your ACTIVE and/or SURFACE Cases. The Cradle also features a nice Power LED so you can see when your powered up. I’d highly recommend the Cradle for any user who prefers a little more organization in their life.
— The price is $29.95 – 39.95. Not bad for all you get with either package.
— Works with 2 of Seidio’s popular BlackBerry Bold 9900/9930 series cases.
— Isn’t compatible with other 3rd party cases.
— Won’t butter your toast unfortunately.