Top 8 | Speaker Docks for iPhone

Recently, we took on the latest wireless speakers available for the iPhone and found a bunch of fascinating and innovative designs. It seems as though, at least these days, developers of hardware and accessories have really figures out what today’s users are looking for: that being smart, robust accessories that you can take with you wherever you go and that aren’t going to break upon contact with a little dirt or water. Indeed, of those wireless or portable speakers we reviewed, our favorites were definitely the more robust options such as those developed by Logitech – and the ones that give you some kind of 360 degree sound panorama. Given all these innovations, I guess it’s kind of surprising that the old speaker dock is still in production and – much more than that – still notches up the sales as people look for an uncomplicated speaker system that they can simply plug into their iPhone upon getting home from work and accessing their favorite tunes. These days it’s all about home media centers and wireless entertainment systems, but what if you still have an iPod or iPhone and want a physical dock to slide it into? We take a look at some of the best options, of those still in production!

8. JBL On Stage Micro III ($69.99)

JBL On Stage Micro III

Speaking of the 360 degree sound system we saw in the wireless speakers post, it’s perhaps susprising that so few of the companies listed here haven’t come up with their own dock that offers the same. One company that has is JBL, with their interesting and quite simple design. Actually, as far as designs go the speaker docks that you see out there today tend to vary quite wildly in terms of shape but all end up offering the same kind of functionality. The JBL On Stage Micro III is the most bizarre looking you will find on Amazon today, but it is great in terms of the sound quality it produces. It’s a lot smaller than some of the other options we mention here, which is great if you’re the kind that has cluttered surfaces and only a small amount of space within which to position your speaker dock. – Buy from Amazon

7. Logitech S315i ($69.99)

Logitech S315i

I’ll speak more about Logitech below, but know that this one is a nice small and affordable option with a classic dock design and over 20 hours of listening pleasure available. It’s also perhaps the lightest option we found, so you can carry it with you when traveling! – Buy from Amazon

6. Soundfreaq SFQ-06 ($134.99)

Soundfreaq SFQ-06

I really love the design of this one since it doesn’t apply to the old system of two speakers with the dock in between them, instead taking a more modern approach. You get a basic black box that I suppose is less decorate but offers more in terms of sound quality. Then there is a simple place to lie down your iPhone at the front of the device, while connecting it using Bluetooth. I actually wish there were more speaker docks out that that offered the same thing, and the fact that there isn’t any defined space means that this one works with all kinds of devices, including the iPad, Blackberry and also Windows Phones.- Buy from Amazon

5. Philips DS1155 ($51.50)

Philips DS1155

Another cute little design that kind of falls in line with the JBL effort mentioned above is the Philips DS1155, which is another realtively small option that comes with a clock display as well. It seemed to be almost suggested with the JBL dock that this was a product to go on your bedside table or your desk rather than other places that might have less clutter, but with this product it’s clearly the case given the clock functionality. Personally, I love the combination and would definitely benefit from having a speaker dock at reach on my bedside table, that I could slide my iPhone into and listen to must while sitting on the bed, then leave it there to charge throughout the night. It’s also a cool option in that it gives you somewhere concrete and safe to place your iPhone during the night. We’ve all been there, woken up  by an alarm clock or a call and unable to find the damn thing. Or, sitting on it, or having it fall off the bed. In this case, that won’t happen!- Buy from Amazon


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