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Other variants of this dock are far better for the job.
on 7 December 2014
I really like the idea of magnetic charging, particularly on a device that to remain dust/waterproof shouldn't really have its covers opened regularly. However this particular dock is not Sony's best work!
Yes, it does what it says on the tin, and the 'events' capability on the majority of the Xperia Z series phones mean that you can drop it in the dock and will automatically run a sideshow of your photos or start up some other media player app or put you phone on silent etc..... BUT this feels like a half-arsed attempt that detracts somewhat from this novelty.
The first issue comes with the difficulty in locating the connectors of the dock, with those of the phone; you would think that it would almost self-locate being a magnet and all! But infact, it requires some delicate maneuvering of the phone before it will seat properly and begin charging. The magnet could do with being just a little stronger to overcome this issue.
Secondly, the 2 adaptors that come with the dock; one for the naked phone, and the other for a phone with a cover. If you have an expensive phone like any of the Xperia Z series, 99.9% of us will want to give it a decent cover that offers quite substantial protection - even with no adaptor and the dock at it most accommodating, I cannot fit the phone in it without first removing the case! If I'm going to take the time to do that each time, I may as well take the same amount of time picking open the cover of the micro USB charging port and save myself the added cost of a magnetic dock!
The best thing about this dock is the viewing angle of the screen while docked. I've used it on a desk at work and look down on it quite comfortably, beside my bed as an alarm clock that I can glance at without fumbling around to pick up and orientate the phone to see the time, and sat on the kitchen counter with a film on in the background. Perfect for all of these scenarios and probably more, but it's not a phone stand, it's a charging dock, and so on this attempt, Sony have executed this concept brilliantly in one aspect, and below par in the other. There are other variants of this dock for Z series phones and tablets. They all do the same job; dock and charge, but they seem to do it better than this particular model.