If you’re looking for a charging cradle for your phone when you’re riding in the car, you might like to consider a Strike Alpha cradle.
Ausdroid has been playing with one for the last week or so, and our review unit designed for the HTC One (M8) has performed well. The suction cup grip isn’t too strong, but when paired with the supplied adhesive disk (for fitting to a dashboard or similar), it holds on like a limpet mine, and nothing short of a head on collision is likely to dislodge it.
It’s not just grippy. The Strike Alpha cradle features a 2 Amp charger, meaning even the most demanding of handsets will take a charge nice and quickly. There’s even a passive antenna booster built into the cradle which, when paired with an external antenna on the car, will offer your handset better reception while driving around in regional areas.
Not satisfied with just offering a better cradle. the Strike Alpha also integrates NFC circuitry, meaning you can set your handset to perform particular tasks when docked (e.g. switching to a Car Mode or starting some tunes).
We found the Strike Alpha cradle a great little unit, and in a market flooded with cheap car holders that don’t really do a great job, it might be worth checking one of these out.
The Strike Alpha cradle is available online for $149 (for most models) at strike.com.au.