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Quick Look: Griffin PowerDock for DROID ULTRA and MAXX

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Because I’m impatient, and grew sick of waiting for Motorola to release the official PowerDock for the Moto X, I went ahead and ordered a similar dock made by Griffin that was built specifically for its half-robotic DROID brothers on Verizon. This is the DROID PowerDock, that while being made by the same company, is still strikingly different than the modern, minimal design we are expecting to see with the official dock for the Moto X. It has definitely been DROID-ified with a boxy, all-black exterior. 

The dock runs $39.99 from Big Red, though I’m sure you could find a corporate discount or coupon code somewhere online to drop that down a bit. There is no audio jack or HDMI-out port – it’s more of a desktop dock than anything. The sell here, is that it props up your phone at a reasonably comfortable viewing angle to let you take advantage of Android’s DayDream functionality or to use Motorola’s TouchLess Controls while your phone charges. That’s pretty much it. It does all of those things well, so it’s purpose is indeed served.

But does it work well with the Moto X? It does, sort of. When placed in the dock, the Moto X wobbles a bit much for my liking, but will charge or sync since the center-placed USB plug matches up to that of the dock. I definitely wouldn’t recommend that you buy this dock for your Moto X, though. This dock was clearly designed for the DROID line and no other phones.

The dock comes with three inserts that can be swapped out around the microUSB plug to help you adjust fit in case your phone has a case around it. Those inserts are also made for each device – the Mini, ULTRA, and MAXX. I was able to test the ULTRA on the dock, and can’t complain about anything. The device fits perfectly on the PowerDock as expected. It’s a solid product, assuming you are in the market for a dock.

Note:  Yesterday, the Moto X PowerDock became available from Motorola for a brief time. However, shortly after we ordered one, Motorola sent out emails saying that a glitch in the system had caused them to show as in stock, when they really aren’t expecting inventory until some time in September.

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  • Matt

    Will there be a vehicle navigation dock available for the Droid Maxx?

  • atlantadoug

    Save your 30 and get the wireless charger made for the Droids at Verizon. Works amazing

  • Tripod
  • Dooger

    Might be a dumb question but what’s the launcher on the Moto X shown in this video? Or is it the default launcher with some customization on the lock screen? I just want to know how can I get those icons on the lock screen.

    Thanks

  • Hoffman

    Kellen, the last census was taken in 2011, so that’s why the population information was from back then. That’s the government’s, not Google’s, fault (if anyone is really to blame).

  • jonnyrazr

    I have a HD Razr Maxx, and currently have this charging station, which I love. It should still work on the Droid Maxx? with the exception that the charging plug would connect on the right side, bottom of phone, in landscape position. or I could just put the phone in upright, portrait position.

    • Will Wells

      I don’t think so. The Razr Maxx has the charging port on the side, correct? The new Droids have the charging port on the bottom.

  • chris420o

    for those who have a maxx…how big is it compared to holding the razr hd or hd maxx…i have an hd and if its bigger then this i wouldnt want it…truly wish moto kept the onscreen buttons for these droids

  • harryballs

    The Griffin car dock for the Maxx sucks. Can’t believe Moto let someone else make the accessories. Hard to hit the usb port. I can see this breaking easily.

    • Bruce Miller

      I just got mine today. I totally agree. No where near the Motorola quality for the previous generation car docks. The usb port is very flimsy, and there is no audio out via usb. I’m debating on taking it back or holding on to until Motorola hopefully releases the real thing.

      • neo1738

        I don’t understand why they don’t make a qi charging car dock for the Maxx. Would be so simple to just clip in. That’s what I want.

        • JasonS

          Does anyone know if QI charging is just as fast as plugging it in? I am thinking of getting one, but do not see the point if it charges significantly slower.

  • bboyairwreck

    Yeah I really cannot wait for the Droid-Life review for the Droid Maxx. Also I hope the new droids will be able to be rooted. That would seal the deal for me. Having the Bionic since release day, I told myself I’d never get another Droid again but that 48 hour battery life is just too juicy to me. (pun intended)

  • jbdan

    Uhhmm that motoX says tmo…. :D

  • tyguy829

    Kellen you got another customized moto x? So you guys have 3 Moto Xs now?

  • drudometkin

    Disappointed with the lack of accessories available. At launch with my bionic I got a dock, car dock, spare battery, spare battery charger, and case all with motorola branding.

    • Mike Hilal

      After you (and everyone else) waited months for the phone in the first place.

  • James_75

    Where’s the DROID-ified Qi Charger Verizon???? FAIL!

    • Tripod

      The Droid branded Qi charger from Incipio was in stock on release day for the new Droids. $39.99: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/accessory?action=accessoryDetails&archetypeId=15164&accessoryId=63767&initialPhoneId=6972

      • chris420o

        actually pretty slick looking….shame the moto x doesnt have wireless charging

      • Chris Brown

        I love how when I chatted up the sales rep on the Verizon website that pops up every time you visit a new page about if they had any Qi chargers on there and they told me know. So I bought one on Amazon and it tells me that my device isn’t charging when it is and it says its charging when it isn’t.

    • LiterofCola

      Do some research next time…..FAIL!

  • KOBALT

    Why not just change the name of the site to Moto-Life? Jesus…

    • something

      Well, there’s not much else going on right now.

    • PuttsMoBilesiCit

      There are no other phones being released atm…

    • No

      Well, it’s called DROID life. And this is a post about a DROID

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Ummm…. Well these are DROIDS…. Are you not paying attention?

    • Warwick

      They talk about whats currently out. When the S4 was released they blew up Sammy toys.

    • Tyler Durden

      Yeah cause Samsung LG HTC all recently released phones. /s

      • Tyler Durden

        This site was also founded on the original Motorola droid.

    • 2Berad

      This is article is about a droid hence droid-life… did you come to the wrong site?

  • MichaelFranz

    Kellex – You getting a review unit for the Maxx? Every site I have read reviews on say it is night and day difference i term of feel and overall pleasure of using because of the added weight and it is not as thin. I am curious to hear your opinion on Maxx Vs Ultra after having them both to use

    • PuttsMoBilesiCit

      MAXX OP!

      • schlanz

        1. Read Droid Ultra or Moto X review
        2. Feel Maxx in VZW store
        3. ????
        4. Profit

        I’ve been using the Maxx all week, the battery lives up to the name and is incredible. The soft touch kevlar feels and looks nice. Wireless charging… meh. You’ll never run out of juice in a day, just plug it in at night like everyone else.

        • PuttsMoBilesiCit

          Yup, love the phone. Bought it the day after it was released.

          • LiterofCola

            It’s truly a remarkable device

        • JasonS

          I agree with Schlanz. I bought the phone on launch day. One day I used the hell out of it while running errands. I had over 4:06 (hours:minutes) of on screen time over a 14:18 period and had over 30 percent battery left. I used it in the car running Doggcatcher listening to podcasts, kept the screen awake (unplugged) while it was in the dock, unplugged. I charge my phones every night and do not think I will ever use it enough in one day to kill the battery. It feels very sturdy and is easy to hold and use. I do not have large hands and it does not feel too big to me.

    • T4rd

      I came here to ask this. I’m looking to replace my wife’s Rezound, but can’t find any reviews on the Maxx. Her priorities are battery life and camera. The camera part kinda throws a wrench in the gears when considering any Moto phone. I hope they fix it quickly with a software update. Otherwise, the Maxx and Moto X seem like a near-perfect phone.

      • Cody

        I’ve had the Thunderbolt, Bionic, Gnex, S3 and now the Droid Maxx. I gave up my Moto X dreams just for the battery. It’s heavier and larger than I wanted (that’s what she said). I also wanted on screen buttons. Those things aside it’s a great phone. I use my camera a lot and the pictures are fine for me. This may also be the first phone I don’t root. The things that really matter on this phone work well.
        Moral of my story is that it’s a great phone and she’ll like it. Hope this helps.

      • 2Berad

        I’m going on day 2 with my new MAXX and I love this phone. There are a few things that cheese me but its nit picky. Positives are: I have not been able to kill the battery in one day and I have been on this thing non stop. wireless charging works well, motorola migrate works very well with a little helium and I have app data from my Gnex. The negatives: The message counts on gmail app and message apps, the lack of google news and weather widget (I know I can get the apk but still) and amazon preloaded. I use amazon mp3 everyday and it is flat broken I cannot register the maxx through amazon mp3 app, I have a ticket open with amazon on this currently. -those small things near perfect phone IMO.

        • LiterofCola

          That’s weird, my Amazon MP3 registration worked well. Hope you get it fixed.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Unless you read the seemingly rushed Verge review where David Pierce pretty much did it on a coffee break and just bashed away

      • T4rd

        Lol, I hate that guys reviews. He’s so damn critical and exaggerates everything, it seems. That and he talks like 50 words/second in his video reviews.

      • MagnificentN

        lol

        • michael arazan

          more of a 0.1

          Should add that photo to wikipedia under the definition of DoucheBag

        • MichaelFranz

          finally read the review….i swear this guy is a joke…..either he just doesnt know what he is talking about or he is sucking at the teet of apple

    • Tyler Durden

      The verges review was trash. Typical Apple hipsters

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        I agree. The previous Motorola made accessories were much better! Quality is much lower, and I am disappointed that the there is no audio out via the usb. I tried plugging in my Motorola cable from my old Maxx dock and that didn’t work.

      • michael arazan

        I quit reading the verge last year, half their article, at least on mobile tech is pretty biased against Android.

      • LiterofCola

        Just about.

    • Elwin Gill

      I will be happy to say that I could not be more pleased with my MAXX. I am on Verizon and had an upgrade on one of my lines. Coming from the Droid X, to the Razr Maxx, to the Maxx HD… I guess it made since. I like the Moto X, and I got my girlfriend the S4 (she loves it) and I picked up the Droid MAXX. This phone is awesome. Feels great, solid. the battery life is ridiculous. I also picked up the wireless charger and it rocks as well. I even have a case on my phone and it charges just fine. Games like Golfstar load faster and run smoother on my phone than my girlfriends S4. But battery alone, my phone kills any I have ever used.

      • Elwin Gill

        Here is a look at it charging with my case on.

        • Elwin Gill

          Here is a look at the battery life… at 12h

        • LiterofCola

          Got that same charger, bs that Verizon doesn’t apply accessory discounts towards it though.

          • bluebanzai

            Where did you guys get this charger?

        • rabidhunter

          Where did you get that charger?

      • jhlinka

        The only problem I’ve had with the maxx is that one day, using headphone inputs with 3 insulators (headphones w/ mics have 3, vs two on just earbuds) it didn’t recognize the device. Contacted moto and they couldn’t figure it out. Hopefully it’s a software issue that will be fixed in an update…

    • Paul Hansen

      I have my maxx in hand and i can say it’s definitely a solid device. The ultra was too slick on the back with the coating over the kevlar. The added heft honestly makes it feel more solid and “premium” if anything. It’s definitely not a “heavy” phone but doesn’t have that plasticy light feeling either. Everyone knocks the chin on the bottom but I actually kind of like it as it stops me from accidentally hitting the capacaitive keys and if i were to drop it with the bottom edge leading, it’d take less damage (my old maxx is testament to that. It looks nearly immaculate after a year without a case and it’s been dropped a several times… you know… nights at the bar… had a few too many). The wireless charging positioning is far less picky than my GS4 was on the same pad (or the nexus 7 for that matter). I’ve been thinking of writing a review for it on the other site that I frequent but as the Moto X has been beaten to death I haven’t bothered. It’s basically the same device with a better chassis, touch larger screen (and capacitive keys), double the storage, and wireless charging. Exactly the same engine under the hood though. I picked up mine for the battery prowess and wireless charging. If the X had the wireless charging coil I might have picked up the developer edition instead. Overall I’m very happy with the device so far.

  • Tripod

    It appears to me (my speculation) that Motorola went with Griffin Technology to produce the “Vehicle Navigation Dock” and “PowerDock” for the Moto X and the Droid Mini, Ultra and MAXX. I see no reference (yet) to a Motorola branded dock on motorola’s site, just the ones from Griffin Technology.

    Verizon Wireless went with Incipio for their wireless charger for the new Droid models that support that. It even has the “Droid” name molded in the front.

    FYI, the Verizon Wireless salesperson told me that the Incipio charger was not eligible for corporate discount.

    The Griffin docks and cases are. http://www.motorola.com/us/accessories-docks/PowerDock-for-Moto-X-by-Griffin/griffin-power-dock-moto-x.html http://www.motorola.com/us/accessories-docks/Navigation-Dock-for-Moto-X-by-Griffin/griffin-navigation-dock-moto-x.html http://www.motorola.com/us/accessories-docks/Navigation-Dock-for-2013-Droids-by-Griffin/navigation-dock-2013-droids-griffin.html

    The Verizon Wireless page for the PowerDock is http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/accessory?action=accessoryDetails&archetypeId=15165&accessoryId=63768&initialPhoneId=6972

    The Verizon Wireless page for the Vehicle Navigation Dock is: http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/accessory?action=accessoryDetails&archetypeId=15166&accessoryId=63769&initialPhoneId=6972

    The Verizon Wireless Corp discounts show on the pages for the docks when you log in.

  • PuttsMoBilesiCit

    Just got the Griffin Car mount for the DROID MAXX. Definitely different then the previous mounts they have released. Not sure how I feel about it.

    I liked the old ones like the Bionic. Razr MAXX and RAZR MAXX HD once where it was a arm that held it in place.

    • Bruce Miller

      I agree. The previous Motorola made accessories were much better! Quality is much lower, and I am disappointed that the there is no audio out via the usb. I tried plugging in my Motorola cable from my old Maxx dock and that didn’t work.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Do we have any good desktop docks for the HTC One? Kind of silly that HTC didn’t bother making one.