When I first got my O2 Xda Orbit I decided to get a desktop cradle so that my shiny new phone could sit upright, alert and ready for me to answer a call rather than slumped lazily on its back.
However, I struggled to find one that was guaranteed to work with an Xda Orbit, and any that claimed to didn’t back it up with photographic evidence — they only had photos of the HTC P3300 sitting comfortably in its new desktop home.
Keep it in the family
It would appear that the Xda Orbit is a variant of the HTC Artemis; other models in this family are:
- Dopod P800
- Dopod P800W
- HTC P3300
- MDA compact III
- Orange SPV M650
- Xda Orbit
but some users claimed that the location of the USB port on the base of these machines was slightly different from model to model and so while the cradle might work for one machine it wouldn’t work for another. I don’t know whether this is true or not.
What I bought
In the end, having read quite a few reviews, I took someone’s advice (and a gamble) and ordered what claimed to be a “O2 Xda Orbit desktop cradle” from Discount Sat Nav on eBay for about £4.99 + P&P. Bargain!
And to my delight it worked! … as demonstrated by the photograph above. In fact, I now have two: one for home, the other for work.
It would appear that there are two models available: one with a spare battery charger or one without. Mine also came with a USB cable and an A/C adapter cable for quicker charging.
Where to buy
Here are the locations that I’ve found that sell this kind of cradle:
- eBay UK (from £4.99 + P&P)
- GPS for Less (£13.98 + P&P)
- BoxWave (from US $32.95 + P&P)
I hope that’s helpful to someone.