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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent bargain for playing iPhone on stereo system!, July 15, 2008
This review is from: Insten - Cradle v3.0 w/ Remote and Dock Plates for Apple iPod - Black (Electronics)
Before finding this amazing $20 bargain, I was already connecting my iPhone to my stereo system, but it was ugly to look at, and it was a hassle to use.

I used to have to plug a 3.5mm audio cable into the headphone jack, and, to keep the iPhone charged, I had to tie up my excellent Apple Ipod Nano 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen, Mini, Touch, Video, Classic, Photo, U2, Iphone 2-in-1 Retractable Hotsync & Charging USB Data Cable to connect it to my extra USB wall charger: iPod USB Travel Power Charger Adapter for Nano, Shuffle, 4G, Mini, Photo and U2- HHI Brand. Furthermore, I had to walk across the room every time I wanted to change track or even to pause.

Here are the +'s and -'s:

PLUSES:

* Handsome, solid, with cool blue light.

* The remote is tiny but remarkably powerful---it works from at least 25 feet, without aiming.

* Works exactly as advertised: can pause, play, fast forward, change track, and adjust volume.

* The product description states, "Note: The iPod's volume indicator does not appear when using the remote to change the volume." At least with an iPhone, this is NOT true---the volume indicator DOES appear on the screen.

* Comes with a 5' USB 2.0 cable! In many stores you could pay $10 just for this cable.

* Because it uses a standard USB cable [included] it frees up my specialized iPhone/iPod USB cable.

* If you ignore the warning message [see below] and do not switch to airplane mode, then you can answer phone calls while connected, but you have to touch the Speaker icon on the iPhone to hear the call---you do NOT hear it on your stereo system. At the conclusion of the call, it smoothly and automatically switches back to what you were listening to.

* I have not tried this feature (since I'm only connecting it to a stereo system) but it does have a Firewire port.

MINUSES:

* CANNOT NAVIGATE MENUS. I knew this when I bought it, but it's still a major nuisance to have to walk over to it to change albums. I REALLY wish the remote had this feature. Amazingly, this serious flaw is shared by Apple's own dock/remote combo, which costs twice as much and does not include any cables! See the many disgusted reviews of Apple Universal Dock- MB125G/A.

* Each time you plug the iPhone into the dock, an alarming warning message appears on the screen saying, "This accessory is not designed to work with iPhone." It goes on to say ask you if you want to switch to airplane mode to reduce audio interference, and puts "yes" and "no" buttons on the screen. If you ignore this warning it will automatically disappear after a few seconds, but you may indeed hear some clicking noises in the background. Most of the time I accept these background noises in order to be able to still receive phone calls, but for some recordings the clicking is too noticeable and I do indeed switch to airplane mode.

* You do not hear incoming phone calls through your stereo system. This is sad since this DOES happen if you simply plug the audio cable directly into the headphone jack of the iPhone.

* The appropriate included adapter plate does not fit the iPhone snugly---the positive aspect being that the gap in the front is SO large that I can press the Home button on the iPhone. The serious negative is that rather than mindlessly sliding the iPhone into a precise groove that makes it connect (as with Apple's own dock) you have to carefully adjust the position and angle of the iPhone to plug it in. It's annoying that this could have been avoided so easily by making the hole the right size!

[7-15-08 UPDATE: this last flaw has a silver lining---despite being slightly wider than the original iPhone, the NEW 3G iPHONE STILL FITS.]
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