The Treo 600 does not ship with a cradle. While I wrote about the weaknesses of the cradle concept more than once, beeing the animal of habit that I am, I wanted a cradle for my Treo 600 – and Brando complied. Brando shipped a really good Palm Z22 cradle and also got a cool one for the Palm Tungsten E2 – lets see what they produced for the Treo 600!
Brando’s products ship from Hong Kong in rather small envelopes via standard mail. Customs seem to leave them alone, and stuff always arrived in good condition so far:
The cradle itself comes in a small white box:
After unpacking, I noted that one of the ‘feet’ was missing – no real problem, as the other ones fell of real fast too:
It looks like some kind of AC power supply can be attached to the back of the cradle to charge the Treo 600 faster – but as of now, I cant find such a thing on Brando’s web site.
Inserting the Treo usually works well – once you have figured out how to dock the Treo onto the connector. This is a bit more difficult than it was with the multiconnector, as the peripheral needs to ‘slide’ into the Treo quite a bit:
A bright blue LED lights up when power is available. When the Treo is docked, it starts to flicker uncontrollably sometimes – dont ask me what that means, none of my USB ports were fried so far. The Treo stands upright in the cradle. It charges even when powered on – since Treos always charge slowly, the USB connection doesnt seem to have a major impact: