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My Android Wants a Docking Station Too!

Updated on October 22, 2013

My husband and I do not have iPhones. I know, I know, hard to believe. Sometimes I feel like we are the only people without an iPhone in the world!

When our mobile contracts were up recently, we did a lot of research and ended up choosing the Motorola Droid Maxx. We actually liked it better than the iPhones, though our daughter is still in shock (she has the iPhone 5).

I have never been a follower so to get an iPhone simply because everyone else seems to have one was not a good enough reason. I find my droid to be very easy to use, intuitive and absolutely love the bigger screen display. We have been very happy with our choice.

We Want a Docking Station Too!

Our daughter has an iHome for her phone and that was one thing we were jealous about. So, I went to Amazon to see what was available for our droids. I was actually quite pleased with the selection available. But, it also meant we had to whittle down the choices. Ultimately, we ended up with the Phillips Fidelio Bluetooth Docking Station.

We had a list of "must haves", so we started there -- eliminating any model that didn't possess all the options. We wanted:

  • Charging while docked
  • Quality Speaker
  • Clock with alarm
  • Bluetooth wireless streaming for listening to our music collection on the phone through the speaker

Our Purpose and Bonus Feature

We intended to replace our ancient clock radio in our bedroom with this device. We found we were using our phones for our morning alarm anyway so the docking system charges, tells time, plays music and wakes us up all in one!

It's compact in design so it doesn't take up a lot of room on the bedside table but is easily accessible.

This model also has a nightlight feature that I really love! It brightness can be set to low or high or we can turn it off completely. The light is a calming, restful, light orange glow. Perfect for our bedroom.

Landscape Docking

One of the biggest reasons we went with the Phillips was because of the location of our charging ports (micro USB). On the Droid Maxx, it is located on the left side towards the bottom. This, means that the phone needs to sit in a "landscape" position rather than an upright ("portrait") position for charging.

Lots of the docks on the market are only made for charging ports at the bottom and they won't accommodate phones like ours. That cut down the options considerably. The phone itself will switch between portrait and landscape screen orientation intuitively but the docking port has to work with a side port and the Phillips does. (See photos below of my phone docked.)

It has a nifty little feature that supports/balances a phone that is docked sideways. It keeps it supported and not putting undue pressure that can cause damage to the port and charging capabilities.

I Love my Docking Station!

It is affordable and does everything we wanted it to do. I actually have decided to gift it this holiday season, to a few family members that have androids too! I am sure they will love it as much as I do. There is no better feeling than giving a gift you have personal experience with and a gift a person can actually use!

Photo Gallery

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The box of our Android Docking Station.On our bedside table. Compact is great!You can see the little Android icon on the back support and the long stand that will support the "landscape" docking of our phones.My phone is docked and charging here.Now I am listening to music through the bluetooth capabilities. The sound is great!A photo our the side of my phone with the ports and the docking area of the Phillips.
The box of our Android Docking Station.
The box of our Android Docking Station.
On our bedside table. Compact is great!
On our bedside table. Compact is great!
You can see the little Android icon on the back support and the long stand that will support the "landscape" docking of our phones.
You can see the little Android icon on the back support and the long stand that will support the "landscape" docking of our phones.
My phone is docked and charging here.
My phone is docked and charging here.
Now I am listening to music through the bluetooth capabilities. The sound is great!
Now I am listening to music through the bluetooth capabilities. The sound is great!
A photo our the side of my phone with the ports and the docking area of the Phillips.
A photo our the side of my phone with the ports and the docking area of the Phillips.

A few more Android docking stations to choose from...

Philips Fidelio AS351/37 Bluetooth Android Speaker Dock (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Philips Fidelio AS351/37 Bluetooth Android Speaker Dock (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

This is a bit fancier Phillips docking station if you want to use it in the living room, family or a larger room than a bedroom.

 

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      4 years ago from United States

      Oh! I just know my baby girl would love this! An excellent Christmas gift suggestion! Thank you!

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