User Ratings & Opinions
Pros: Light, tangle-free, way better than OEM cable, disconnects easily.
Cons: Not specific to 680
One issue that applies to this and all similar products is that the connector is universal and doesn't fully leverage the advances in the 680. Product description needs to be updated. The OEM cable will trickle-charge the Treo 680 from discharged to 100% from a powered USB 2.0 port (that's all I have used so far). The connector for the Treo end of the the retractable cable doesn't need the power adaptor as far as I can tell, they could make it even more compact by removing that. The 680 OEM adaptor only has 4 prongs, but this product has all 13 prongs which are apparently not required for the 680. When my battery was fully discharged though, the OEM sync/charge cable wouldn't charge it, but no problem if there was a tiny bit of charge left. This cable did recharge (in about 4 hours!), and it works fine syncing from my docking station USB port which the OEM doesn't seem to do.
With battery life as cr*ppy as the 680's this is an important issue. I'd rather not carry more batteries & chargers than I absolutely have to!
Pros: Small and compact
Cons: cord can become tangled
Pros: Slick design, decent craftsmanship, great idea
Cons: "paint" flaked off, connection stopped working properly
Now, dont get me wrong, this thing worked pretty well when it was playing nice, but that only lasted so long. Im still going to keep it, as it still powers the Treo just fine (making it fantastic for keeping the Palm alive on road trips). The craftsmanship is decent at best, and I noticed the "paint" (some sort of also-black rubberized coating? I dunno) started flaking off around the edges, and is now about 30 gone.
Overall, its decent, for a while. If you want something to keep your Treo charged on a road trip, thisll do it (along with the 12VDC-USB adapter), but if thats all youre looking for, theres better products out there.
Pros: works well as a charger
Cons: have never gotten sync to work
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