Product Type: Apple digital audio accessories
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You Only Get Half The Package!
Apple iPod Universal Dock
Member Name: slender_toned
Apple iPod Universal Dock
Advantages: Sleek design, Good idea, Universal
Disadvantages: No extra cables included - bit pointless
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.
Thanks for reading!
Summary: A good idea but doesn't come complete with the cables you should get
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