Motorola DROID Multimedia Station
The Motorola DROID is a beautiful piece of hardware that generated a ton of buzz this past fall, mostly because of the much hyped and slightly controversial ad campaign that Verizon ran for the device, that whole "Droid DOES" business. Remember that? Well, the Droid does, as far as I'm concerned. It does most if not all of the things the iPhone does, the screen resolution is mind blowingly awesome, and while perhaps a bit heavy and still a little on the complicated side (for me, an iPhone heavy user, trying to do many things on the Android OS is difficult and slow. It would take a little bit of time for me to truly become fluent, I believe. But that's just me.) This is not a review of the DROID, however, nor Android itself, believe it or not! Last week I got my hands on a review unit of the Droid Multimedia "Station". What the little station is, is a small dock which holds the phone in a horizontal position and switches its mode to "Multimedia." The display changes to a nifty alarm clock look, and there's a couple of widgets like weather, music, and alarm that get forefront screen real estate. The dock functions as a holder, and a charger for the unit, which needs to be plugged in via USB to an outlet to charge. It does not come with speakers, so you would still need to plug the device into some external speakers to achieve that bass blasting party we all know and love.
It works by magnets-- there are magnets inlaid in the DROID hardware, and magnets inside the multimedia station and (separate) car dock. When the DROID is placed in the stand, the placement of the magnets alerts the device to run the "Multimedia" app. The same thing happens when its clipped into its car dock-- the placement of the magnets in the car dock alerts the phone that it needs to run the car version of the app. SO-- some awesome dudes at Engadget rigged up their own super cool designed (right, watch the video) "docks" for the DROID using some cardboard, and 4 little magnets. And then, it worked.
Couple THAT knowledge with the fact that there's actually a free app in the Android App Market called DockRunner that runs the Multimedia app on command-- and then ask yourself if a $30 piece of plastic which serves then only to HOLD your phone in place, really, is worth it. I mean, sure, it charges it if the stand is plugged into your wall, but then really you're only paying for another charger. Considering that for the DROID, an extra charger costs between $2 and $8, depending on where you look, the jury's out. I'm a frugal gal myself, so I would say neigh. Call me crazy.