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  1. BanterandRant

    BanterandRant Well-Known Member

    I went into my local Sprint store to show my friend, the manager, as he had made sure to call me when he got them in on Friday. (It was the first call I got on my Photon! Friday at 5:30pm, he called and said "they came in! and I replied, "I'm talking to you on one!")

    He had one each of the Home & Auto Docks. They were on sale for $99 (Home) & $49 (Auto) no premier discount. ....I bought both.


  2. donniegood

    donniegood Well-Known Member

    I want that web dock
  3. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Bought the car dock and HD station through one of the Sprint stores.

    25% off for premiere customers purchasing 2 or more accessories, which is why I needed to find a Sprint that had both (which there was only this one out of 6 Sprint stores I checked in my local area). I have premier gold, but I think that applies for silver also.
  4. l1fe

    l1fe Member

    Anyone else having problems with the holster case + car dock? The phone + extender piece of the car dock fits perfectly, and everything looks/sounds great. However, when I remove the extender piece and use the holster case, it will fit, but setting doesn't stay flush so the audio cuts in and out.
  5. thebrocklee

    thebrocklee Member

    I just got my Photon today, and I'm loving every moment of it. Such a big upgrade from my old Hero. Anyways, I purchased the Car dock and a case (with the holster) from the sprint store.

    After playing around with the car dock, using the insert and naked phone works perfectly. The car app launches and everything is fine.

    Then when I take out the insert and leave the phone case on, I have problems. The phone doesn't go into the dock completely flush. I have to tightly squeeze the phone and dock together for the car app to launch. It's annoying.

    Anyone else having problems with a case and car dock?
  6. selinz

    selinz New Member

    Well, I've now had a chance to play with both the car dock and the livingroom dock, or whatever they call it.
    First the Car Dock. It sticks, it rotates, it works. There is a line level out near the USB based car power plug that is not volume controlled. It appears that when making and receiving calls, if that is plugged into your car Aux jack, it puts the phone in "speaker phone" mode. Not my first choice but given all of the potential car audio enviroments, it's the most fool proof. If you press the speaker button during the call (turning it off), it plays through the car audio system but alas, the caller cannot hear you. I haven't tried putting the car audio cable into the earphone jack on the phone but I suspect that will allow you to both hear the caller through the car audio system and speak to them (through the phone mic) as if it were not in its dock... And then the audio out would be phone volume controllable. I choose the convenience of never having to worry about the audio cord and using it in speaker phone mode. The car dock app is nice. Big buttons and you can assign your favoritie apps.. Very nice.

    The living room dock is small, comes with the correct HDMI cable (glad I didn't get one from Fry's) and has 3 USB outputs, an audio out, and a power supply. When you put the phone in the dock, you can have the photon's normal screen mirrored on you TV (complete with rotating) or have it boot into a cool desktop version complete with a firefox browswer. The photon turns into a tablet/keyboard. Total coolness. I plan on getting a bluetooth keyboard and mouse which would actually make it useful. My wife and I watched an episode of "flashpoint" through the netflix app on the phone (in mirror display mode) and using the home audio system. Since we already have a PS3 in the main system, this can now be used in our bedroom to watch netflix (or whatever from my DLNA server) on our bedroom TV. Cool. Nice. And actually useful! Oh, and you get a little remote control with somewhat useful capability that only works (as far as I can tell) in the "duplicate display" mode...
    Sprint took 25% off since I bought both at the same time: Out the door price of about $130..
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  7. Godfather13

    Godfather13 Well-Known Member

    Great write up. 2 quick questions:
    1. If you buy the car dock do you still need a car charger? Meaning, I know when the phone is in the dock it charges, but lets say you're in the car and have no use for the dock at the time, does the cord allow you to plug it into the phone and charge it while the phone is on your lap? Im basically trying to see if I buy the car dock do I still need a regular car charger or if the dock alone will do double duty and save me the $20.

    2. Did you buy these items online at sprint.com or in an actual store? If in a store do you have to mention the 25% or does their computer automatically gie it when your acct pulls up and sees your a Premier member?

  8. thebrocklee

    thebrocklee Member

    The car charger comes with a three basic pieces: the dock, an USB to microUSB cord, and a car adapter (with two USB ports :)). You essentially plug the car adapter into your car, plug the USB cord into the car adapter, and then plug the microUSB into the back of the dock. I don't see why you couldn't eliminate the dock and plug it straight into the phone.
  9. McLogan

    McLogan Active Member

    I tried hooking the photon up to the inexpensive Amazon.com cable and it did work well. It came up with the options of mirroring the display, playing media, or a picture gallery view. No neat webtop on its own.

    On my 55in Vizio lcd you could see the pixels when blown up that much, but pretty good all in all. It did a passable job when I played a netflix movie on the photon and on the big screen in mirror mode. It would still respond to the bluetooth keyboard ok, but the webtop mode would still be better. I tried taking a small 1/3 in neo magnet and sliding it at different angles, but could not trigger the full mode like is possible with some of the droids.

    Again, the Motorola bluetooth keyboard is on sale for half off at bestbuy for $35.

    Also, I have a y-adapter that gives me more than one 12v outlet in my truck. It also has a usb power port. I plugged the photon's power/data cable into that and it charges my photon in the truck without any other adapter.
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  10. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    hmmm Good observation. So basically if one has a case on the Photon it can't fit into the dock. Makes sense but also annoying.

  11. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Just wanted to give you all an update on the Car Dock. I personally feel like it was SO worth the money I spent. Motorola provides WAY more bang for the buck than HTC does with their Car Docks.

    What I didn't show, when I posted the pics http://androidforums.com/3019894-post88.html, was there is a 3.5mm adaptor that splits near the car charger and can connect directly to the car stereo (rather than having to plug the 3.5mm adapter into the phone itself.

    It works great, but unfortunately my adapter went bad in my car, so I'm waiting for my new one to be delivered.
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  12. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Haven't even set up my HD dock yet, but I know the car dock was built with extra room for a people that use cases on their phone. They have an insert for people like me who don't use a case. Motorola really thought the car dock out very well. Other than the charging plug connecting to the back of the holder, and not creating a retractable neck for more adjustment levels (for ideal viewing), I'm extremely happy with the car dock. I'll have my feedback on the HD dock this weekend when I set aside time to set it up.
  13. wubbie075

    wubbie075 Well-Known Member

    Not at the stores I went to. It was 129.99 at every store I visited until yesterday. When I went to another one today to confirm that it wasn't just a special at that one store I was told the price just got dropped.
  14. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Wow, really? The Sprint store I went to sold the HD station to me at 99.99 + the additional 25% off (premier discount) because I also purchased the Car Dock at the same time. That was on Saturday, prior to the phone release!

    Overall, I did the math (based on the $129 value that was on the box), I basically purchased the HD station at retail price and got the car dock for free! My total was $130.48 (including CA sales tax).
  15. wubbie075

    wubbie075 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, when I was at the store last night and noticed the reduced price I asked about it and she even said "no, it's $129.99" until I showed her the sign and she confirmed the price with her manager.

    That's New York for ya!! :)
  16. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Hahaha...Nice! Sounds much like places in L.A. also. What's funny is, when i was asking about both docks, the girl said the price of the HD Station, so I asked her to check the system to make sure because the official Sprint press release had stated a $99.99 price tag. Sure enough, she checked her system, and she confirmed. For me, that was a done deal and I asked them to hold both docks for me. They only got 1 HD station at that store, so I was lucky (considering the 4-5 stores I checked prior only had 1, but not the other.
  17. horn34

    horn34 Active Member

    Did they scan it at the register? It will ring up as $99. When I went in Sunday morning to get the phone and dock, I was surprised to see the dock with a $129 sticker and I told the rep it should be $99. It scanned as $99 when she rang me up.
  18. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Bumping this thread so that people know there's a discussion thread about any and all docks for the Photon.
  19. cwhite86720

    cwhite86720 New Member

    still no word as to whether or not we can connect the dock to a laptop (let's say a mac) in order to bypass tethering fees?
  20. horn34

    horn34 Active Member

    Connect the dock to a laptop in what way? HDMI?
  21. Mikenk

    Mikenk Well-Known Member

    I use easytether to tether to my mac via USB - don't need dock. I tried PDANet but couldn't get it to work.

  22. davidcline

    davidcline New Member

    I plugged my phone into my 50 inch plasma with a htmi cord but unless I am streaming 1080 from the web the picture looks less than ideal. The streaming 1080 looks great. Does the dock do anything to help this out? In other words does it somehow convert 720 so that it displays better on the bigger screens? I am assuming that is why it shows pixals?

  23. charmcityjz

    charmcityjz Member

    I just got the Photon and HDMI dock. When I put the phone in the dock, the only options that show up in the application picker are Widget Clock and Dismiss Picker. A red Moto icon floats around the HD screen, but no mirroring, no WebTop. Any suggestions about what I am doing wrong?
  24. horn34

    horn34 Active Member

    This happens to me all the time when I have the Sprint case on mine. I just have to yank it out and keep dropping it back in till I get the webtop option. If I remove it from the case and drop it in, the webtop option pops up immediately.
  25. charmcityjz

    charmcityjz Member

    I'm not using a case. Even still, I tried taking it on and off several times, still no WebTop option...

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