I had to wait two months for this charger to come into stock, so by then I was used to opening up the charging flap every day. But using this charger makes it easy to drop the phone on for a quick boost during the day on the desk or in the car. 1. It holds the phone snugly. I don't think it will fit with a phone with a cover on. 2. It holds the phone at a good angle for desktop viewing, much better than the other charger I have, that is too upright 3. The charging pins locate firmly onto the phone, unlike the generic holders that switch off and on when going around corners in the car, making the screen flash annoyingly 4. I have used blu tak to stick this to my car dashboard. Using Smart connect it will automatically start the Sat Nav and leave the display on. fun 5. No dock can offer anything apart from charging as there are only power pins on the side of the phone, not USB connections. 6. It doesn't come with a cable, which is a touch annoying but by now I have lots of cables. Although labelled 1800mA, it works with 1000mA 1500mA and 2000mA chargers I have for various other gadgets. 7. The styling is minimal but functional. I am happy to look at it with no phone docked.
You might feel you are being over charged for £ 1 worth of plastic by Sony but if you can afford the phone, buy the best charger !