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      18.06.2012 15:47
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      great for some points not for others

      For my Birthday I was given an Apple Ipad dock for my Ipad 2 from my sister, she knew how much I loved my Ipad and decided that it was an accessory that I would need as my Birthday was shortly after Christmas I had not purchased many accessories yet other than a cheap leather case.

      This dock allows you to not only charge you Ipad, but it also can connect to your computer so that it can sync to your ITunes account as well. The dock also has an audio line out port to allow you to connect it via speakers, all you need is to purchase an audio cable.

      I regularly use the audio cable and it has a great sound quality, I prefer to use this as it is also connected to the dock it so it also charges your IPad at the same time, so you do not have to worry about your battery running low or out of power.

      The dock is a great holder and it allows me to place the Ipad on the dock and watch videos at the same time whilst it is charging.

      But there are some disadvantages of this dock and that is that the Ipad sits in the dock and has to be portrait and not landscape, so if you are trying to watch a film for example while it is charging the picture is smaller than it would be than if you were holding it landscape.

      If you are using a cover or a case for your Ipad you may have to take it off or out of the case to enable the Ipad to sit in the dock and charge correctly. My case does not allow it to connect to the dock this can be annoying and defeats the object of keeping it in a case to protect it in the first place.

      So I only really use the dock when I am looking for louder music to be played, as I can easily control the volume when attaching it to my sound system and do not mind it being out of its case. If my Ipad needs charging I just use the cable that it came with as this works with my case and means that my Ipad is protected and does not get any unnecessary marks or finger prints over it when taking it in and out of the case. While also protecting it from accidents.

      This was a gift so I cannot complain about the price, although in looking on the Apple website I noticed that this retails at £25, which I am not sure if I would pay as there are cheaper brands of docks that are on the market that do exactly the same thing with a smaller price tag.

      But if you have a decent sound system already this is a worthy buy and it is a lot cheaper than buying a speaker dock for your Ipad as these can cost around a hundred pounds or more for a decent one.

      Due to the lack of practicality when it comes to charging your Ipad whilst in its case I would have to mark this three out of five stars, but for playing audio it is amazing.


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