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17th May 2014
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Don't buy for computer use...
I love the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, it is every bit as much the device I was hoping it would be, and like my Nexus 7 tablet, is a joy to use. Sadly the same cannot be said for this charging dock accessory.
It's been built in such a way that means it requires more power than a standard USB port on a computer can provide, rendering it useless for use with either a laptop OR a desktop PC. Which raises the question as to why is has a mini-style USB connector on the back to begin with.
It's not that it will charge the phone slower connected to a PC, it just won't charge AT ALL. In all fairness, the instructions do warn you of this though.
It comes with no charging cable, so you must use the one Sony provide with the phone itself, and the adapter also supplied with the phone to charge your device. This seems somewhat cheap on Sony's part considering how much they are selling this for.
The two supplied inserts are both too thick to use with any of the cases you are likely to use with it (The Flexishield and CruzerLite cases being two such examples), and you can't use it without any insert as the weight of the phone will cause it to come loose from the magnetic charging contacts on the phone with one of those types of case on.
The charging cable supplied with the phone itself isn't long enough to hang down behind a desk to a low lying wall socket, or extension multi-socket, so the dock is only really useful in rooms where you may have wall sockets halfway up the wall (like the kitchen or bedroom).
Finally, the price being charged for what is essentially a magnetic charging adapter is steep. Much cheaper magnetic charging USB cables that DO work with your PC can be found online at much cheaper prices.
Sony have dropped the ball with this charging stand unfortunately. It's well made, but too limiting in the functionality it provides.
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