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Areaware Alarm Dock
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2012
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Rewind and rewrite:

I am using this with an iPhone 3GS.

This item looks good, and could be a five star product if not for several (simple) flaws, one fatal.

First, the hole for your cord is drilled in such a way that the only cord that can be used is an absolute standard one. It goes through the front, usb end first. This means no using the (perfect) cable with the plug attached. I can handle that one. Next, this dock is flat out made backwards. The phone would rest flat if the connector came from the left. As it comes from the right, your phone rests on the volume rocker, so not only does it not sit at an angle instead of flat, when you're touching it to unlock, adjust, or do anything, you turn the ringer down down down, oops off. I suppose I can live with that one too, and it would still at this point be a four-star item, even though these small fixes would make it five-star.

There is no lip, edge, nor anything at all to keep your iPhone in place once it's on the dock. Meaning if you tap/touch/move the dock, the iPhone falls out at the left, unsecured end, and ends up bottom plugged in but hanging out, and the top clunks the table the dock is on. I thought at first, I could deal with this - it's not like a slight tap like that's gonna matter, right?

Then the one-star incident: whether from multiple knocks, or from this knock just being the right one, one of my cats jumped on the table, which made the iPhone go the 1.5 inches to the table, and clunk, my glass was broken. So this dock cost me current price + a phone repair, and I really don't want to do that again, so it's either another dock, or use a rubber band with this one to keep the phone from flopping out.

When I have to use a rubber band to keep a phone in a dock, you've made a serious, back to the drawing-board, we're really sorry our short-sightedness and inattention to detail caused you harm mistake.

On the last episode of this review:

This is a difficult product to review.

Many complaints are some form of this: it's just a block of wood.

This is true. No speaker, no cord, nothing but a block of wood, with a hole through it for your cord, and a little piece of metal as the shelf for y our phone. It also doesn't matter. I didn't want the things I already had duplicated, so I didn't want to get one of the many many other clock docks, that include a screen, an alarm, buttons, and speaker(s) that use extra electricity. My phone has all those things.

If you could agree with that, you'll probably like it.

But, there is also plenty of room for improvement. First, it could all be much tighter - if your nightstand gets jostled or you have crazy pets, your phone might not exactly stay on the tiny metal shelf. Said tiny metal shelf also pushes on your volume rocker button if you try to mess with the phone while it's on this dock. I'm not sure why it wasn't made in its mirror image, therefore resting on the side of the phone that does not have buttons, so also resting straight instead of slightly tilted. Every clock app I've downloaded can orient to any position of the phone. Alternatively, a thin piece of self-adhesive foamy rubbery stuff that stopped before the volume rocker would help keep the buttons from being pushed while also helping keep the phone in place. It's a little annoying it's just short of perfect, and the problems with it are obvious and easily rectified.

I have found these issues to be small enough for them not to matter enough to me, and I would recommend it completely if you think these issues are small too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2012
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First, I had some trouble inserting the usb cable (it doesn't come with the cable, you insert your own). I bought a ten foot cable (off brand)and it took some coaxing to get it through the Alarm Dock. The turn that the cord has to make is tight and certain cables might not fit or might have to be "muscled" through. I use it for my ipod touch.

Next, the areaware free app is basic but works fine. I prefer the nightstand central app (it has progressive alarm funciton), or the clock on the appbox pro.

Finally, this piece could also function as something to throw at burglars...enjoy
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on May 18, 2014
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My daughter in law requested this specific item for Christmas so I ordered it for her. I don't personally think machine tooled block of wood is worth what I paid for it, but it does what it's supposd to do and the DIL is happy
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on November 23, 2013
Well made - very solid. Looks great - retro/modern. Is exactly as described. Would recommend to friends and family. Love mine.
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on October 15, 2013
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I don't know why this is listed as a toy - it's a great desk accessory. I use mine on my nightstand. Not only is it handy for holding your phone while it's charging, it let's you use your phone as an effective nightlight too!
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on May 5, 2013
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Love the stripped down, simple look of it. It serves my purposes well without taking up too much space or looking clunky.
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on February 24, 2012
I got this dock for Christmas. Basically it's just a block of wood that has been carved to resemble a clock radio. It has a small metal shelf which holds an iPhone or an iPod. You thread your cable through it, plug it into a USB port and that's it. There's a clock app that is neat, clean, and legible. I love it.
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9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2012
I am using this with an iPhone 3GS.

This item looks good, and could be a five star product if not for several (simple) flaws, one fatal.

First, the hole for your cord is drilled in such a way that the only cord that can be used is an absolute standard one. It goes through the front, usb end first. This means no using the (perfect) cable with the plug attached. I can handle that one. Next, this dock is flat out made backwards. The phone would rest flat if the connector came from the left. As it comes from the right, your phone rests on the volume rocker, so not only does it not sit at an angle instead of flat, when you're touching it to unlock, adjust, or do anything, you turn the ringer down down down, oops off. I suppose I can live with that one too, and it would still at this point be a four-star item, even though these small fixes would make it five-star.

There is no lip, edge, nor anything at all to keep your iPhone in place once it's on the dock. Meaning if you tap/touch/move the dock, the iPhone falls out at the left, unsecured end, and ends up bottom plugged in but hanging out, and the top clunks the table the dock is on. I thought at first, I could deal with this - it's not like a slight tap like that's gonna matter, right?

Then the one-star incident: whether from multiple knocks, or from this knock just being the right one, one of my cats jumped on the table, which made the iPhone go the 1.5 inches to the table, and clunk, my glass was broken. So this dock cost me current price + a phone repair, and I really don't want to do that again, so it's either another dock, or use a rubber band with this one to keep the phone from flopping out.

When I have to use a rubber band to keep a phone in a dock, you've made a serious, back to the drawing-board, we're really sorry our short-sightedness and inattention to detail caused you harm mistake.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2013
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The dock is very beautiful, but is really just an outlet to hide a cord to the phone; it does not have any electrical setup. Had I read the description carefully, I would have know that. To connect the phone to the cord is a bit of a hassle.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2012
While it admittedly is a questionable buy from the get-go, it's just a block of wood after all, it was even more disappointing in person. The way the phone fits in make it difficult to use, the associated app and alarm are obnoxious and unpleasant, and due to chord length issues, it has to be placed inconveniently close to an outlet. I've been trying to offload and wouldn't recommend it.
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