For the longest time I barely remembered to charge my iPhone at night. The iLuv App Station changed that by being a simple no-hassle speaker/charger dock that I can drop my phone into before dozing off to some mellow tune.
The iLuv App Station will set you back $US90. For that price you get the dock and the corresponding AC adaptor. You’ll of course have to purchase the optional six AA batteries separately.
The dock is simply designed without any frills. You’ve got an on/off switch, a volume button, a snooze button – which works with the iLuv App Clock – and a 3.5mm audio input jack. The dock can be rotated to hold your iPhone in either a vertical or horizontal orientation. That’s it, but then again you don’t really need anything beyond that to charge your phone and listen to some music at a louder volume.
In theory, you’re supposed to use the iLuv App Clock iPhone app with the App Station, but I’ve found that I’m happier just relying on my iPhone’s built-in Alarm, Weather and iPod apps. This is mainly because the iLuv app isn’t iOS 4 compatible and can’t run in the background. This means that if I accidentally close it to read an SMS, I’ll find myself waking up to realise that I overslept.
Nonetheless, it’s a neat app – it lets you set alarms, shows the local weather or plays music from your playlists – and seems like it could be great with a little update.
I’ve been using the App Station for a while without really thinking about it – not that I can think much while sleepily sliding my iPhone into the dock for a charge anyway – and that’s a good thing. It’s a great bedroom iPhone speaker/charger dock that does what it’s designed for without requiring much thought or fiddling. My only qualm with it is its $US90 price tag. If that were dropped to about $US40-$50, then I’d comfortably recommend the gadget.