From way back in the Blackberry 81xx Pearl series, BlackBerry devices typically had these wonderful charging pins and all of these charging pods have been fairly similar, with a chromed deep-dish style design. Most came with a “lighted” Blackberry logo on the charging pod as well. When the new flagship earlier, the torch 9800 came out, the omission of the contact pin did not stop rim from churning out the charging pod still, albeit using the usb port, allowing it to be “docked”. Now on the latest BlackBerry Bold touch, the contact pins are reintroduced, the two white connectors at the bottom, as opposed to the traditional gold pins at the back and the large silver one on the two sides.
The BlackBerry Charging Pod is supposed to give a convenient and attractive way to charge our BlackBerry devices, and by default (you can change it), when you place it into the pod, and the clock is displayed while it begins to charge right away. Also, if you’re on a call, the speakerphone feature of your BlackBerry Bold Touch is automatically enabled so you can continue talking without un-podding it.
The new charging pod for BlackBerry Bold Touch now features a blacked-out look (with green light indicating the pod has charging power) together with an ultra-slim, minimalistic design. Compared to the old designs, you need to be a little more accurate in dropping the phone into the pod, and it’s not quite as secure or “tight” fit as one would say, but overall it’s a super nice design, really complimentary to the new BlackBerry Bold design.
As you can see, the pod is comprised of 2 main materials – the glossy portion where the phone goes to, the rubbery portion covering the bottom to the back of it. The rubbery grip gives the pod a really firm grip and also gives you a firm grip when handling it. However, the glossy portion is really glossy and feels really prone to finger prints, scratches.
Overall, this pod is good for both work use or for charging, giving protection to your usb port on the phone. The only gripe would be those using casing might find it troublesome to remove it whenever you want to charge it, unless its the specialized cases such as Inpicio ultralight cases where the bottom portion is left unprotected. The charging pod is available from Blackberry stores from $63.
Note: No units was sent for this review. All equipment featured here are paid for by the author