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I bought this after purchasing my iPhone recently. I really wanted somewhere I could place the iPhone in an upright position. This seemed like the perfect device to do so.
It is a bit pricey as I ended up buying one on eBay for 30 euro. They are selling on Amazon for just 19 pounds. It is definitely worth shopping around for as they are being sold for 39 pounds on Apple's website. It can only be bought in white as is the trademark Apple design.
The dock itself is universal so you will be able to use it for all your Apple devices. The USB cable is inserted into the back of the dock and can either be connected to the mains or to your computer. Its pretty heavy which I found good because it doesnt tip over easily on my desk. Even if it is knocked it tends to hold up.
It can be used with the Apple remote as there is a sensor on front of the dock so you can control your iPod with the mini remote. There is a great range on this as I can use the remote from several feet away. The remote is easy to use too. The only problem I have is that it is very easy to loose and has almost gone into the washing machine a few times too! This will cost a bit extra for this remote but if you plan on using this dock as a way of playing your music I would say it is a necessity.
My iPod touch is a bit shaky in it though. Its as if it doesnt fit perfectly and is always loose. I have used it with my iPod touch, iPhone and my mothers iPod Nano 4G and they all work fine but it is a bit disappointment that it is not compatible with the iPad which is something that would looks great standing upright!
I would recommend this to any Apple fan if you plan on using it to charge and play music. Other than that it looks pretty good sitting on a desk but it is overpriced and shouldnt be bought for the sake of features because you will only be disappointed.
I bought this after getting my iPod Touch as I thought it would be useful. It turns out it has been useful and I have used it a lot, but for the price it comes at, I think it needs to include more of the cables required to actually use the doc. The product comes in an Apple box with 5 different doc adapters inside to fit all iPods and the iPhone, a user guide, the universal doc and an Apple remote.
The Apple remote is the little white one, which I don't think is an excellent product itself but is useful when used in conjunction with things such as this. The remote has a similar design to the classic iPods in terms of the wheel. This is because there is an outer circle with an inner button where the controls are, similar to the outer scroll wheel and select button on the classic iPods. You can change the volume, skip, select and play/pause from the infra-red remote. There is a corresponding sensor on the front of the doc, which picks up these signals.
The doc itself is very sleek - basically a white square base with rounded corners that sits on the desk. Any iPod or an iPhone can just slot onto the doc. It's useful as you don't need to connect your iPod via the USB cable to charge anymore. Instead you can connect this via the USB cable that comes with the iPod to your computer and then simply put your iPod on this when you want. They make this out to be so much easier, but you are then always using up one of your USB slots and you still have to plug it in originally, and maybe more times if you don't have enough USB slots and want to utilise other things such as printers/scanners.
With the right cables, you can connect the doc to speakers or even a TV. None of these cables are included, which means that Apple are selling you simply a piece of plastic to hold your iPod on pointlessly as it may as well lie on the desk. You get a remote with it, which is kind of pointless too unless it's connected to a TV or speakers. All in all, Apple have decided to rip us off in this respect once again.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of Apple but not when they rip you off so much! What you get is certainly not worth their RRP of £39. It's as if they have given you half the package and expect you to go and buy the rest yourself. It does make a sleek and nicely designed doc to charge your iPod on but for it to reach its full and intended potential, you need to go out and buy more cables.. or get them from Apple where they will rip you off furthermore! I wouldn't recommend this product, I think it's quite pointless.
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From someone who never goes anywhere without her musical friend, sometimes headphones don't cut it and you'd rather give your ears a rest and just listen to your music in all its natural glory. Time for a dock station :) I had a little shop around online for one that would be compatible with my iPod. Eventually I settled for the apple universal dock which robbed me £35 from their online store.
The item arrived relatively quickly - so what exactly is in the box? Well the package includes the iPod Universal Dock itself, an apple remote control, an instructions manual and five adapters that ensure compatibility with various models - not bad :)
I cannot deny the dock and remote certainly makes an attractive addition to my bedroom with its stylish, minimalistic white finish. It's quite convenient too, acting as a home base for things such as charging, syncing, and more. I only own an iPod, but it's really handy for those of you that own various other i-products, be it iPhones or other versions of iPods, through the adapters included with the purchase you need only buy one station.
Once placed in the dock and connected to a television or stereo system you can use the handy little remote control to listen to music, flick through your photos - and all from the comfort of your bed :) Functions available with the Apple remote include play, pause, volume and backwards and forwards keys.
I'd recommend without hesitation to anyone owning one or more iPod/iPhones, its well worth the price and is compatible with most models.
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I am a dance teacher and fitness instructor and this using this doc in conjunction with the apple ipod remote has made teaching my classes much easier. It comes with adaptors so it can be used easily with a variety of ipods and is a very useful size that it fits into my overflowing bag with great ease. It has two sockets at the back, one for the device to be connected to a stereo and one to enable you to charge the ipod (something which I find very useful as the battery on the ipod does not last anywhere near long enough for my liking). I have not compared it to other models on the market but as I now have a number of ipods on the go the adaptors (which are ridiculously easy to use) were the main selling point for me. Th remote is also great for the continuity of your class as it means you do not spend most of the lesson running too and from the stereo (something which is priceless when trying to control a room of budding ballerinas!) I lost mine just before xmas and didn't think twice about buying another to replace it.
As with many Apple products, you're inclined to be a 'completist'.
The Universal iPod Dock is one such product. You feel compelled to get it to make your iPod look it's best, to stand out on your desk or wherever you happen to want to keep it.
It doesn't come with a cable (Apple seem to assume you will already have one, which makes a lot of sense as any iPod put in this dock would come with a cable), it comes with eight 'dock adaptors' compatible with what seem to be the more popular iPods (i.e. the Classic, the Nano, et al) and that's it all housed in some lovely minimal packaging (again, something Apple excels at.)
On the front of the dock is an infrared receiver (the newer dock has a more subtle receiver), on the rear is a dock connector socket and an audio jack.
The design of the dock is so simple there isn't a lot more that can be said about it, other than the newer version comes with an Apple Remote, which is a welcome addition as the first generation of this product did not.
It's only something you need if you want to keep the clutter down and even then it may only be suitable for the die-hard completist.