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Old 06-29-2010, 11:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Blackberry eco-friendly cable - CSQUID review

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I was hoping that someone else was going to do a review on what was requested on some other forums but since no one has, I will give it a go. Before I start, please bear in mind that I have not done any product reviews before and I am a total non-tech person. So please forgive the lack of any deeply technical insights.
I got the APPLE+MICRO version on Amazon for my Apple IPOD and Blackberry (there is also a mini+micro version available for non apple people). This version also comes with an adapter that works for some of the older devices (they call is a microB-to miniB whatever that means) and a BAG.
There are 2 switches on the side - one to select the cable (A/microB) and one to select the mode (Greenchg/Syncchg). When the device is set to Greenchg, I do not need to have my PC on, it can charge even when it is sleeping. Another good thing in this setting is that I can charge from any PC without installing the blackberry software. It does not look for the software for some reason (my lack of knowledge here hurts ... sorry). So I can charge from any PC.
In the Synccharge mode the PC must be on to charge and make backups/ upload files

The BONUS revelation I just found is that this also works with the IPAD. The cable that came with the IPAD would not allow me to charge from my Dell - I need to use a wall adapter. But the CSQUID does allow me to charge in the Greencharge mode. It does not allow me to do it from the synccharge mode but I do not know why.

The mfr also says that it allows charge from depleted batteries. I do not really understand what all that means but I put it here in case you do I thought that my regular USB cable also allows me to charge batteries when my phone is dead .... kinda the point.

My car has a USB port so I tried that and turns out that I can also charge from that port (only in green charge mode.....again I do not understand why sync charge does not work). Cool thing is that I do not need to use the cigarette lighter cable to charge anymore

Looks and buildwise it seems to be good quality matt black finish. So far no issues with things breaking but then I only had it for a few days. It fits nicely into the bag so it is very compact. The one thing though is that the text on the side is a bit on the small side. I can read it but have to squint. Wish it was a teeny bit bigger but this is a minor point.

Well thats all folks. Please feel free to add anything. I know that there are a lot of holes in the explanation but I was trying to state it from a user experience rather than from a tech side (which I cant do anyway
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