As you may know, there isn’t much in the way of accessories for the Nokia N9, and having a free, good-quality silicone case included in the box is a bonus. There are plenty of other cases available online, including some other snazzier types made by Nokia themselves (CC-3015 for example) but apart from that, there are just loads of car chargers and screen protectors, and I’m not even sure the N9 needs the latter.
Then I came upon this:
It came from China via eBay for just $12 and is most definitely not a genuine Nokia accessory, but it was made for the N9. Basically, it is a classy way to charge your N9 so you can have full view of the screen, instead of it lying down to charge with the regular charging lead.
My N9 fits snug and secure in the well of the dock, and it is held at a good viewing angle. You can then use the microUSB cord in the top of the N9 to charge it, while plugging the USB end into your USB-AC plug. A blue LED indicates the dock has power. Now, while I say you can charge it, (and it says it’s charging on the screen) you can’t access the screen. While this may be down to the fact that I don’t have an official Nokia USA usb/ac adaptor, I might suggest that those guys lucky enough to have the N9 released in their country, should be in a better position to have this work with the included Nokia usb/ac adapter that was shipped with their N9.
Unfortunately this doesn’t work with my MacBook Pro. When the phone is connected to the microUSB and I plug the USB cord into the Mac, the phone says it’s charging, but ‘Mass Storage’ brings up an error on my Mac’s screen, telling me it doesn’t recognise the disk. Hmm. I then tried ‘Sync and Connect’ to use Nokia Link, but opening Nokia Link didn’t work either.
I didn’t use this with a Windows computer, and my Mac is having trouble booting my Windows partition, but I can assume it won’t work with Windows if it doesn’t work with Mac OS X Lion.
Another problem with it is that the N9 fits snugly, which is great, but only if you either carry your N9 around ‘naked’ or you wouldn’t mind taking the case off each time. There is no way it will fit with the case on.
So, in summary, it’s basically a very nice stand for your N9 to sit in so you can better see you incoming calls, texts or watch your Twitter feed. And it will charge from the wall, but I can’t guarantee you’ll be able to interact with the phone while charging. So, was it worth it? For $12, sure. If I didn’t use a case for my N9, I would use this dock while not charging it, because it just looks good in this position.
But I can’t carry mine around without its case, and I’m not about to take the case off each and every day, so I’m giving it away. Not the N9, the dock! Tell me what you love the most about your N9 on Twitter, and I’ll pick somebody at random and mail it to them (worldwide), totally free! I’m sure someone out there can put this to better use than me, so I’ll let you know who the winner is at the end of May.
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