By Stephen Schenck | December 2, 2011 1:40 PM
While reviewing Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, we pointed-out the phone’s set of metal contacts on its side, designed for use with docking accessories. At the time, no such hardware was available, but today we get to take our first look at a whole bunch on their way for the Galaxy Nexus.
Those metal contacts line-up with the spring-loaded pins in the handset’s landscape-orientation desk stand. While in place, you can charge the phone’s battery, and attach headphones or speakers to the dock’s audio output.
If you’d prefer a portrait-orientation dock, the HDMI desktop dock is the one for you; besides letting you charge the phone, you can easily connect it to a larger TV or monitor to share videos with others.
Next there’s a stand for the Galaxy Nexus that doesn’t directly charge the phone, though it does give you the freedom to use the phone in either portrait or landscape modes. Instead of powering the Nexus itself, this stand has a compartment for a spare battery, which it can keep charged. Then you need only swap it out with the battery in your phone to jump right up to a full charge.
Last but not least, there’s a car dock that swivels between orientations.