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December 18, 2008

Treo 80w cradle/battery

When I reviewed the new Palm 800w a few months ago, I lamented the lack of accessories and the new, non-standard connector. More recently I have reviewed several handheld screen control applications as an alternative to cradles, which no longer seem to come in the box as in the days of old. Well, Palm now has a nice cradle available for the 800w, and it’s nice to have a cradle again.

One of the things that bothered me about the new connector is that I could no longer use any of my old Palm accessories I had accumulated for the 700w series. It meant that I would have to get new ones, which is a bother and an expense.

However, I must say that the new cradle is an improvement over the old one. The old one required a power cord as well as a USB cable. The new one uses only a USB cable, which will sync and charge at the same time—no power cord required.

The new cradle also accommodates charging a second battery while simultaneously syncing and charging your Treo 800w. The previous cradle required that you disconnect the PDA, open a door, and insert the battery for charging. This was an inconvenience because it would break your sync link, and you would have to start all over again.

The cradle can be yours for $24.95, and I recommend it highly for its convenience and utility. To get yours, go to the Mobihand site at http://tinyurl.com/6nstu3.

What could be worse than running out of juice when on the road or away from a charger? Accordingly, it is always wise to carry a spare battery for emergencies. While you are visiting the Mobihand site, throw an extra battery in the shopping cart. You will be glad you did, and the spare battery compartment on the cradle makes it convenient to keep it charged for emergencies.

A 1350 mAh extended life battery for your 800w will set you back $39.95, but it’s a worthwhile investment I am certain you will never regret.

Posted by conradb212 at December 18, 2008 12:43 AM