Make an iPhone 5S dock from a HTC Desktop Cradle CRG300

HTC Desktop Cradle CRG300

Before I bought into the whole Apple ecosystem, I used to love the HTC phones.. Throughout the years I pretty much owned all of them. Along with their accessories. One of my favourite of all the accessories was the HTC Desktop Cradle CRG300, I loved the sleek design and shiny surfaces.. Even if they did attract finger prints and dust.

HTC Desktop Cradle CRG300

I’ve had the cradle now for properly 7 years, just could bring myself to throw it away.

Today I decided it was time to either repurpose of get rid – in the end, I have settled with repurposing!

Using some household tools (a hand full of screwdrivers) and some Sugru, I have managed to ’embed’ a lighting cable from Amazon into the HTC Desktop Cradle CRG300 housing. I have to admit, currently there is more that needs to be done on this project – as there’s nothing taking the weight of the phone. (Until more Sugru arrives – as I ran out!) However, if you would like to give it a go, there are some basic instructions below:


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DataVis RoadSync – Exchange ActiveSync for Android based devices

RoadVisI have recently acquired a HTC Dream phone, which as you may know runs the ‘Android’ operating system. Which currently has no built in ActiveSync support. which is where RoadSync comes in. 

RoadSync is supports 6 six different operating systems on more the 100+ devices. It connects direct to your companies exchange server, so doesn’t need any other applications running on either your server or PC.

Key Features:

  • Direct Push
  • Remote Wipe
  • Global Address List Look-up
  • Subfolders & Attachments
  • HTML E-mail
  • Tasks
  • Contact Photos
  • Auto-Discovery of Settings
RoadSync is available to download direct from the Android market place, and comes as a 15 day free trial. DataVis currently have an introductory offer price of $9.99 on the full version (normally $19.99). So it’s worth grabbing your copy as soon as possible!
Screen shots:


I have only been using the application for a day now, but as I am away from the office all next week it will be a good test on its usability.
If you know of any alternatives, leave a comment to this post.

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Diamond gets a new ROM

HTC DiamondAfter six months, I have finally decided it’s time to get rid of the Orange ‘OEM’ ROM. Although I have now had any major issues with it, I’m looking forward to moving to a faster tweaked ROM.

Of course my first port of call was XDA Developers, as countless ROM Chef’s hang out around the boards. Several forum threads later I have finally decided to go with Duttys 5.2.20764.1.4.3 I have used Dutty’s ROM’s on every windows mobile phone I have owned to date. So I know it’s a safe bet.

As with all ROM flashes, the first thing I downloaded was HARDSPL, again from XDA Developers you can download with a valid XDA Developers account.

Whilst that downloaded I started the download of the ROM, unfortunately it’s hosted on RapidShare.. Which is always painfully slow. No doubt it gets faster if you subscribe! But why would I want to do that???

Anywho, back to the flash…. I installed HardSPL with no problems at all (as expected) so on with the flash I went.. After downloading the ROM from RapidShare I was greeted by a password prompt so back to the post I went and found it: “V4 3.02 Produced by Dutty”. The file then extracted, no questions asked and I launched the CustomRUU file.. Off it went to do it’s thing, however the phone had other ideas…. The flash stayed at 0% and made no attempt to move, after a quick hunt around the forums I found the HardSPL version required.

So let’s try again. It’s finally kicked in and the ROM is installing…

Next on the menu is a new radio version I decided to go with Radio v1.00.25.05 after reading quite a few good reviews from other Orange customers.

Now thanks to Dutty in his Chef’s hat, my phone is running shed loads quicker and is also sporting lots of toys:

ARCsoft MMS_5.0.27.63
BT BPP_1_6_8_0
BT SAP_3_1_0r
BT Ftp_1_2_33309_91
HTC Album 2_5_1820_1831
HTC Audio Booster_2_0_1814_3227
HTC AudioManager_1_6_1820.3027
HTC Camera_6_00_32837_00
HTC ConnectionSetup_1_5_35362_1
HTC Endkey_1_1_34582_1 [Mapped to End key]
HTC EnlargeStartMenu_1_2_35075_100
HTC Ezinput_1_5_32437
HTC FM Radio_1_6_1819_1820
HTC G-Sensor Calibration_1_1819_2126
HTC Labrynth Teeter_1_4_1819_2028
HTC LargeTitleBar Settings
HTC MP3 Trimmer_1_1_1816_2327
HTC Manilla_2.1.Dutty.1_1745.40
HTC Quick GPS_1_0_1820_2228
HTC Random Access_4_1_1820_1320
HTC RSS Hub_2_1_1077
HTC Sim Manager_6.57
HTC SMSInboxThreading
HTC StreamingMedia_3_1820_2621
HTC Task_Manager_2_1_35096_00
HTC VoiceRecorder_1_10_1815_1728
HTC Volume Control_1817_4025
HTC YouTube Application_1_0_1819_2130
JBlendJava_V3.3.5, XXXXXX[Available by cab]
Microsoft NetCf 3.5 RTM
Microsoft Office 2007
Microsoft Sqlcemobile 3.5
Microsoft voice Command
Microsoft Windows Live
Opera Mobile Browser Build 15316
Remote Destop

Toms Soft Reset
File Explorer Extension [Thanks to tnyynt]
GP-Soft Tweak
PHM Regedit + Task Manager _V3.01
Pim Backup
Screen capture

Now all I have to do is retrieve all of my SPB Software Serials and install all my software again!

I will test and ‘benchmark’ the ROM over the next few days and then post a review.

Thanks for reading.. 

Please note: flashing ROM’s on your mobile is dangerous and an incorrect flash could rendor your device useless, I suggest you only do this is you are confident you know what you are doing!

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